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From Operating Room to Boardroom Volunteer Activities Strengthen Community Connection Childhood Love of Cars Leads to Exciting Engineering Volume 8, Issue 2 / Spring 2012 The Magazine for Students, Alumni & Friends

Peter Alexander Sets Bold Course for Indiana Tech Law School

Alumni News

Revitalizing Legal Education

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Letter from the President

Hello, I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet with alumni groups around the country recently, and I always enjoy talking about the future of Indiana Tech and hearing their stories of the past. While I hope our alumni share my excitement about upcoming projects and programs, what I really hope they take away from these gatherings is the belief that Indiana Tech is committed to always improving and growing as a university. We must reject the easy path of being “average.” There is no reward in that for anyone—not for our students, not for our faculty and staff, not for our alumni. If we accept that everything is OK as it is what we are really accepting is stagnation and complacency, which will eventually lead to decline. Rejecting “average” and “OK” drives us to continuously improve and aim higher. This belief in aiming higher is most obviously seen in our plan to open the Indiana Tech Law School in 2013. We first told you about our plans in the Spring 2011 issue of Trends. Here we are a year later, and we have much more information for you. Turn to pages 18–21 for a profile of founding dean Peter C. Alexander, a timeline of developments, and a rendering of the building. We also have a lot of exciting things going on in our undergraduate programs. Student life at our main campus has continuously improved and matured into an excellent environment for young adults to get involved, take leadership roles, serve others, and learn about themselves. Stories on pages 8–13 explore the growth of student organizations, community outreach activities, and faith services on campus. Our College of Professional Studies also is thriving and preparing to launch a very exciting new degree program. The associate degree in health information technology will prepare students for successful careers as the health care industry transitions to electronic record keeping. See page 24 for more information on this online degree. There are a lot of great things happening in the Indiana Tech community. I hope that reading Trends whets your appetite to get more involved. Join us for an alumni event, or just stop by for a visit. I look forward to seeing you. Sincerely,

Dr. Arthur E. Snyder President

Contents Departments 22 Warrior Athletics 34 Richter’s Notes 35 Alumni Updates 36 In Memoriam 37 Faculty & Staff News Features 2 Faculty and Staff Make a Quality Investment


3 8th Residence Hall Coming in 2012 4 From Operating Room to Boardroom 6 Ph.D. Students Score High in International Competition 8 Beyond The Classroom 10 Faith Services Foster Spiritual Side of Student Life 12 Volunteer Activities Strengthen Community Connection 14 College of Business Expands with Fashion Degree 15 Camp Offers Peek at Electrical Engineering


16 Drenched in Success 18 Revitalizing Legal Education 24

New Degree Targets Health Care Technology Needs


Louisville Campus Celebrates Opening


Board Adds International Member


Alumni News

30 Childhood Love of Cars Leads to Exciting Engineering 33

International Business Leader to Speak at Tech Commencement

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Faculty and Staff Make a Quality Investment in Indiana Tech The faculty and staff at Indiana Tech are a committed and dedicated group, and the focus of this commitment and dedication is on the students of this great university. It is demonstrated in the way they serve, educate, tutor, care for, counsel, develop, and prepare the students for success in their careers and continue to engage and encourage students after they graduate. Another important indicator of the dedication and commitment of the staff and faculty is their participation in the annual Faculty and Staff Fundraising Campaign. This year was certainly no exception as 95 percent of full-time employees participated in the campaign by pledging a portion of their paycheck or making an outright gift to continue to help provide better facilities and technologies for the students. Most colleges and universities are excited to have 35 to 40 percent participation from faculty and staff. Those institutions who gain participation rates above 50 or 60 percent are very rare. To have 95 percent of Tech’s faculty and staff contribute in this way is nothing short of spectacular! This year’s theme was “I Made a QUALITY Investment.” The faculty and staff certainly lived up to the theme pledging or donating more than $45,000. This was an increase of almost 7 percent over the 2011 campaign. To help liven the campaign and celebrate its success, parties were held on the Fort Wayne, Warsaw, and Indianapolis campuses with “Gong Show”-style entertainment provided by faculty and staff. There were a lot of talented performances and fun was had by all! 2


8th Residence Hall Coming in 2012

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The 30,000-square-foot building to be constructed on Washington Boulevard between Walter and Schick streets will house 95 students, including three resident assistants. It will share the exterior look of the existing Warrior Row


Enrollment in Indiana Tech’s traditional undergraduate program has nearly doubled in the past six years, from 633 in fall 2005 to 1,137 in fall 2011.

“The Warrior Row townhouses are an excellent option for our older students who want to balance independence with the convenience of living on campus,” Snyder explained. “This new residence hall offers a more traditional campus housing experience for our freshmen while continuing our efforts to develop the Washington Boulevard corridor both as part of our campus and as an entry to downtown Fort Wayne.”


“We’ve been very successful in increasing our undergraduate enrollment and improving the scope and quality of activities on campus,” said President Arthur E. Snyder. “The result is that each year we have more students who want to live on campus, and we are committed to meeting the needs of those students through additional housing.”

residences, but the new building will offer suite-style housing intended for freshmen rather than the townhouse-style units designed for juniors and seniors.

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Demand for campus housing is still growing, so Indiana Tech will build its eighth residence hall in 2012. This will be the fifth consecutive year that the university has constructed a residence hall to accommodate the growth, and the project will bring the total campus housing capacity to 610.


Each suite in the three-story residence hall will house two students and will include a bedroom and bathroom. The two-story lobby area will include a fireplace and other spaces for students to gather, and the building will have laundry facilities and vending machines.

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The estimated cost of the project is $4.3 million, and construction began in February. The residence hall will be completed in July, with students moving in at the beginning of August. Volume 8, Issue 2

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From Operating Room to Boardroom MBA Grad Now COO at Lutheran Hospital Although Erica Wehrmeister says she misses the operating room, she seems perfectly at home in her Lutheran Hospital office. Wehrmeister, a 2011 graduate of Indiana Tech’s MBA program, was recently appointed chief operating officer of Lutheran Hospital. Her experience and education in nursing and health care, along with a passion for health care, are ideal for the position. “I do miss the OR a little bit, but I can still suit up and visit,” Wehrmeister said. “I may not be giving bedside care, but I’m still making decisions that impact the care they receive.” As Lutheran COO, she oversees the daily operations of one of the largest hospitals in northeast Indiana. Her responsibilities include a wide range of areas such as labs, pre-op services, surgery, emergency services, environmental services, and construction projects. As COO, “you know the ins and outs of everything that’s going on, everything that makes this place run,” she explained. “There’s never a typical day. … 4

Every day is a very different day, but every day is a rewarding day.” While much of her time is filled with routine such as standing committee meetings, board meetings, and unit meetings, she also makes time to personally check in with various units and departments. “You have to make a concerted effort to get out and interact with people,” Wehrmeister said. “The staff have to have that personal contact.” Her role as COO actually allows her to get to know patients better in some cases. Rather than only seeing them in surgery as an OR nurse, she has the opportunity to be in touch with all aspects of their care and see their recovery and the outcomes of their care. “You’re their advocate in surgery,” she explained. “But you don’t form that bond.” Wehrmeister earned an associate degree in nursing from Indiana University–Purdue University Fort

Wayne in 2000, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ball State University in 2009. “As a nurse there are a lot of opportunities, and as I went up through the ranks each time I was a little more removed from patient care,” she said. As she transitioned toward a more supervisory role, she realized that she needed to learn more about business and fiscal responsibility. “You don’t get that in nursing school,” she said. She chose Indiana Tech’s program after considering other schools and researching the university’s credentials. She earned her master’s degree through a mix of online and campus-based classes, partially because the health care management concentration courses are only offered online and partially because online courses sometimes fit her hectic schedule better.

and faculty. “I liked going to class, and interacting with people with business degrees and computer degrees,” she said. “Since I didn’t have a business background I wanted to have a person to go to.” The online classes in health care management were a good fit for her because she was more familiar with the material. “In the health care classes I always had topics I wanted to explore,” she explained, “and the online professors were very accessible.” Overall, she found the MBA program very relevant to her career. “I was in administration while I was in the program, I could tie in all of my classes because I was living it every day,” Wehrmeister said. “I definitely couldn’t be here if I didn’t have that business education.”

“I was halfway through my MBA and trying to run a hospital at the same time,” she said of her previous position as COO of Dupont Hospital.

In addition to the knowledge and skills she gained through her coursework, completing her MBA while also serving as COO of Dupont Hospital provided intangible benefits.

She found that online and campus-based classes each had benefits. For the business-oriented classes she appreciated the face-to-face interactions with classmates

“Earning my MBA gave me the courage to know that I can accomplish big things on top of big things,” she said. Volume 8, Issue 2

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Ph.D. Students Score High in International Competition By Dr. Ken Rauch Director, Ph.D. in Global Leadership

In the first year of case competition participation, a team of Indiana Tech Ph.D. students took second place in the graduate division of the international case competition at the 2011 International Leadership Association’s (ILA) annual Global Conference in London. The team, which was one of two Indiana Tech teams competing, was joined in the finals by Marquette University and Northern Kentucky University. The students competed against teams from institutions such as Georgia Tech, Kansas State, University of Grenoble–France, Exeter University–England, University of San Diego, Southern Illinois University, and Eastern University. The competition consisted of three rounds:

Ph.D. students compete in London

■■ Round 1: Registered teams received the selected case study (a 25-page scenario) and questions. The teams then prepared a text-only, 2- to 4-page brief. The brief included an executive summary, responses for specified questions, analysis of the situation, and a bulleted list of recommendations. Each team was judged by an international panel. ■■ Round 2: Each team prepared a poster of its written analysis and presented the poster during the Student Poster Showcase near the start of the London conference. Posters were evaluated during the showcase by the international panel. ■■ Finals: Three teams in each division earning the highest scores competed in Round 3. The finalists were required to prepare a PowerPoint presentation and present to the panel and audience. Additional questions were provided for finalists to continue building on their case analysis, using the ILA Conference sessions for further learning and supporting material. Each team delivered a 15-minute presentation to a panel of judges. The case competition was just one of many opportunities for Indiana Tech students at the ILA Global Conference. Our students engaged with more than 800 leadership scholars, practitioners, and educators from close to 50 countries. Many



participants presented their finest research and scholarship, compelling ideas, best practices, newest teaching techniques, and unique stories from the field. Leadership in all its multifaceted and multicultural complexity was examined through a combination of preconference workshops, concurrent sessions, and keynote speakers. ILA’s annual global conference offers a unique learning and networking experience for those with a passion for leadership to learn and share across disciplines, professions, and sectors. More than 150 panel discussions, paper presentations, workshops, and case studies were offered. In today’s complex world, the transformation of leadership knowledge within Ph.D. studies is imperative. While in London, Indiana Tech students engaged in other opportunities with individuals conducting research, making decisions for their corporations, teaching students, and developing young leaders. The students visited Hult International Business School in London and were provided with a lecture and then engaged in a panel discussion. Students also toured the Bloomberg London headquarters and took a rare “behind the scenes” tour of the major international company. International conference attendance of this type is an important opportunity for students pursuing a Ph.D. in Global Leadership.

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Beyond the Classroom

Evolution of Organizations Fuels Student-Centered Campus Life A college education is more than a collection of courses leading to a degree. Experiences beyond the classroom play a significant role in students learning about who they are and who they want to be. Here we examine three aspects of campus life that can enrich a student’s experience at Indiana Tech while helping them grow as individuals: student organizations, community outreach, and faith services. Tucked away on the lower level of Andorfer Commons, you’ll find a spacious, brightly painted room designated the Student Organizations Hub. This is more than just a room; this is a sign of how campus life is subtly but steadily shifting from 8


activities planned by the university to a studentled movement with a spirit of its own. The Hub was established in fall 2011 to give organizations a place to meet and to serve as a

central resource for students interested in learning more about the organizations.

groups including Student Board, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Student Ambassadors, the Sports Recreation and Leisure Society, and possibly the Multicultural Club.

“We’re here to support the growth and development of all student organizations, and sometimes that can be as basic as providing a place for them to meet, sidewalk chalk, or poster-making supplies,” explained Andrea Check, campus life coordinator. Groups such as Student Board, Delta Alpha Nu, and the Warrior Legend staff can reserve the space for their meetings on a semester-by-semester basis. “(The Hub) definitely helps to have privacy,” said Nicole Johnson, vice president of Student Board and co-editor of the Warrior Legend. The growth of Student Board is itself a sign of how campus life is becoming more student-led. The group has weekly meetings to plan free activities for students. “We focus on what students would want to do for fun,” Johnson said. “Everyone has a lot of different opinions.” The Board is bigger than it’s ever been, with about 30 members for the fall semester, and the activities have been very well-received by students. Johnson said she’s heard that a similar group at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne expects 50 to 60 students for activities. “Our turnout is bigger, and we’re a small campus,” Johnson explained. “So, I think that’s really good.”

office and has a role in officially recognizing and supporting other student organizations. Groups such as the Mathematical Enthusiasts Society, the Green Club, and the Multicultural Club can evolve from a few friends with a common interest to a formal student organization by following a process established by the Student Board and Student Life. Delta Alpha Nu, Indiana Tech’s only sorority, is an organization that did just that. Delta Alpha Nu was approved in spring 2010 after a group of nine friends who wanted to form a sorority followed through on the process of writing a constitution and bylaws and recruiting advisors. Some original members have graduated while others have joined, and the current group of eight members recently added seven pledges. “The new pledges are a really good group,” said Erica Schwering, founding member and sage. “They’re all so enthusiastic, all wanting to do things already.”

Orientation activities are the biggest events for Student Board. Johnson sees orientation as important because it gives new students a chance to meet a lot of different people before they fall into groups shaped by their classes, athletic teams or residence halls.

Delta Alpha Nu has taken on a big challenge this semester in organizing Chloe’s Carnival, a fundraiser to help an alum with medical costs for a daughter born with CDKL5. The genetic disorder results in seizures and severe neuro-developmental impairment, and there are fewer than 200 cases worldwide.

“It’s great to see freshmen making friends,” Johnson said. “Sometimes they meet people they never would have otherwise.”

“She may never walk, talk, or stand,” Schwering said. “She’ll need constant lifelong medical care.”

Student Board is a bit different from other organizations because it has a mission within the university’s Student Life

Delta Alpha Nu uses the Hub for its meetings and also takes advantage of the student organization training sessions offered by Student Life. At least one representative of the group has attended each of the monthly sessions, which cover topics such as risk management, the role of an advisor, missions and constitutions, and generating campus awareness about a group. “I’ve found them to be very informative,” Schwering said. “I’m really looking forward to the one on finances and budgeting.” The training sessions have been developed to provide guidance for student organizations as they grow. “Student organizations are a great avenue for students to connect to other students and create an additional affiliation to the institution. At the same time, they become a learning lab for real life skills such as teamwork, identifying priorities, and leadership,” Check explained. “But there’s a learning curve to running an organization, and many of our students have never had to do things like plan a budget for a club or don’t understand how best to utilize their advisor to optimize their efforts on behalf of the group. “By providing training, improved processes, and information we can help them be successful at offering meaningful and authentic experiences for group members and the rest of the campus community.” Where are the training sessions held? In the Student Organizations Hub, of course.

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Beyond the Classroom

faith services

Foster Spiritual Side of Student Life With its commitment to relationship-based education, Indiana Tech strives to support students’ growth in all areas of their lives, including spirituality. Although the university does not have a religious affiliation, faith services are a growing component of student life. “We are not a faith-based campus, but we want to be a faith-friendly campus,” explained Pastor Greg Byman, faith services coordinator. Byman has been involved with Indiana Tech students for several years, working initially as a volunteer chaplain for athletics under former Athletic Director Dan Kline. His transition to a part-time staff position as faith services coordinator came about through a donation from Heinz and Nanalee Wegener, for whom Wegener



Worship Center in Andorfer Commons is named. “Mr. Wegener looked back on his time on campus, and he and his wife said they wanted to make an investment that has an eternal return,” Byman explained. In addition to the worship center and Byman’s position, the Wegeners’ generosity also has supported the purchase of Bibles that Byman distributes and scholarships for students who want to develop ministry leadership abilities by serving at Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) camps during the summer. A chance meeting between Byman and Craig Dyer, assistant professor of sports management, led to the creation of Indiana Tech’s chapter of FCA, a national

organization. Byman was beginning to question his work with student-athletes when he ran into Dyer outside of Kline’s office, and Dyer mentioned an interest in starting a Bible study group of some sort in response to questions from students. “I didn’t know what we were going to do; I didn’t know anything about FCA,” Dyer explained. “I just said to Greg, ‘I’d like to look into serving students who want to grow in their faith.’”

Byman has spoken to students through University Experience classes to let freshmen know that he is available, but he finds that casual interactions are most effective in reaching students. “Just sitting in the cafeteria talking to students is the best way to approach them,” he explained. “Students are very receptive at least to a conversation. Students want to talk about this stuff, share where they are, and ask questions. I try to point them to people who can help.”

Dyer said Byman jumped at the chance, happy to know a faculty member wanted to help him. Kline was the one to suggest they look into FCA, noting that FCA has a strong connection to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). “It was pretty evident that FCA was the right way to go,” Dyer said. The group was formed in January 2008, and “It’s been going pretty good ever since.” FCA draws 20 to 25 students to weekly meetings on Monday evenings, and Byman describes it as a positive environment for students. “They want to solve the drama in their life,” he said. “They may laugh at ‘Jersey Shore,’ but they don’t like living it.”

Discussing issues of faith during a meeting of Fellowship of Christian Athletes

In addition to working with Dyer to support students through FCA, Byman works as a chaplain to counsel students and tries to connect students with local churches. Students also can explore faith through weekly Bible studies led by Dr. Ben Gates of Campus Ministry.

Although Byman is pastor of St. Joe Community Church, a local Christian community, his goal is not to recruit students to his faith but to provide a resource for them to channel their own faith and spirituality.

“College students are an almost overlooked population for churches,” Byman said. “They’ve broken from their traditional church home, and they’re searching for independence. The traditional way of drawing people into a church community doesn’t work for the student population.”

“What I’m curious about is ‘Do you have a God story? If you don’t, why or why not,’” he said. “I have no desire to talk people into believing in Jesus just because that’s what I believe in. That’s my story.” Looking ahead, Byman would like to secure a volunteer chaplain for every team, learn how to support the needs of the growing international student population, and foster student movements to create additional faith groups such as Anointing, the university’s gospel choir.

Local pastors have been very receptive to Byman’s efforts, and he has brought many guest speakers to campus. One notable guest was Pastor Rick Hawks, who drew an audience of 50 to 60 students for his presentation titled “Did the Devil Make Me Do It?” Byman would like to bring in “What comes up from the students is more important than additional speakers to discuss different aspects of faith. what I think,” Byman explained. “I’m here to serve students.” “We’re always looking for alumni or local professionals who would want to come and share their faith story and be a positive example or a future mentor,” he explained.

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Beyond the Classroom

Volunteer Activities


Community Connection Indiana Tech’s faculty and staff are well represented in communities around the greater Fort Wayne area and throughout the state. Employees give their time and talents to organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, United Way, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, VFW Women’s Auxiliary, Science Central, Performing Arts Council, Literacy Services, and more. But community involvement doesn’t end there; our students are making an impact as well. In fall 2011, a new opportunity evolved through our School of Education with a Fort Wayne Community Schools program called Study Connection. FWCS elementary students travel to Indiana Tech’s campus to receive tutoring services provided by Tech students majoring in education. It is a great opportunity for both groups of students. This first “teaching” interaction for our education students offers those being tutored individualized attention to assist with their educational needs.



In addition to the partnership with FWCS, Indiana Tech has an ongoing relationship with Junior Achievement. Education students who have completed certain classroom requirements write lesson plans with help from faculty. Those students then go out into the community, with the assistance of Junior Achievement, and present those lessons in classrooms. Indiana Tech students also volunteered at JA BizTown, a simulated town that allows elementary students to operate a bank, manage shops, or run for mayor. Dr. Brad Yoder, director of teacher education, says that in addition to these wonderful partnerships and programs, he hopes that the School of Education will continue to build upon its partnership with Eagle Tech High School in Whitley County and also will be able to establish opportunities to assist the Burmese population in Fort Wayne. Through the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Indiana Tech is a Champions of Character Institution. Each student-athlete participates in various community involvement activities throughout the year. The teams are currently working with Blessings in a Backpack, a program to assist Adams Elementary students who are currently on a free or reduced lunch program. Our student-athletes assist in assembling bags of non-perishable food for the program. Qualified Adams Elementary students receive the pre-packed bags for the weekend, to ensure that they have nutritious meals when not in school. Multiple Tech athletic teams also helped with packet distribution for the Fort Wayne Fort4Fitness marathon run. In addition, the women’s


volleyball team participated in a Special Olympics clinic while they were competing at the national tournament in November 2011. Tech’s Student Ambassadors group has been involved in several community service events as well. During the holidays, the ambassadors collected stocking stuffers for the children at Erin’s House for Grieving Children. They also serve one Saturday per month at the Community Harvest Food Bank, where they help stock the shelves, an initiative that started in November of last year. An upcoming service project will be assisting with the children’s Easter party at St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen on April 7. Each Student Ambassador also is encouraged to participate in individual community service activities throughout the year. The ambassadors serve the Warrior community, too. They help alumni during Homecoming and other alumni events; they help employees during the Faculty and Staff Fundraising Campaign; they assist with campus tours; and they are positive representatives on the campus and in the larger Fort Wayne community.

Indiana Tech’s students, student-ambassadors, studentathletes, faculty, staff members and administrators all are making an impact in the community in their own ways. The specific acts of service are not always well known, but the ripple effect of those kind acts of service can be felt throughout the community at large.

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College of Business Expands with Fashion Degree

The College of Business at Indiana Tech officially launched its new fashion marketing and management (FMM) program in January. The university hosted an open house on January 17 and invited business and community members to learn more about the FMM program. The event featured a guest lecture on careers in the fashion industry by Caitlin Lanseer, product development process assistant at Vera Bradley. Lanseer described a career in fashion marketing and management as a balance between left brain and right brain skills.


“You have your creative side but you also have your analytic, strategic thinking, business skills,” she explained. “I think that’s what’s going to make students graduating from this program so successful because they are going to have that.” Indiana Tech’s Bachelor of Science in Fashion Marketing and Management requires a rigorous core of business classes. Additional specialized courses in the major include fashion innovation and marketing; textiles and apparel evaluation; visual merchandising and promotions; accessories; profitable merchandising; product development; and trend forecasting. Highlights of the program include an opportunity to attend a fashion career day in Chicago and a required eight-week internship during the summer before the student’s senior year. “We are really excited and confident that we are going to prepare these students for wonderful careers,” said Dr. Jeff Zimmerman, dean of the College of Business. 14


Dr. Celia Stall-Meadows, FMM program director, said development of a strong degree program involved faculty, business leaders, and fashion industry organizations. “We developed our courses based on a combination of faculty input, business advisory committee suggestions, and the curriculum meta-goals identified by the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA),” Stall-Meadows explained. The ITAA meta-goals specify that graduates of four-year baccalaureate textile and apparel programs should demonstrate ability in industry processes; appearance and human behavior; aesthetics and design process; global interdependence; ethics, social responsibility and sustainability; critical and creative thinking; and professional development. Students pursuing a major in fashion marketing and management may choose from a variety of creative and business-oriented employment paths, including careers in sales, entrepreneurship, retail merchandising or management, merchandise allocation, product development, visual merchandising, and fashion promotions. Leah Badiac, an Indiana Tech student who plans to major in FMM, enjoyed the presentations at the open house. “I learned about exciting internships at places like Juicy Couture in New York. I’m glad to know there are so many career opportunities available to FMM students.”

Camp Offers Peek at Electrical Engineering The College of Engineering and Computer Sciences has developed a weeklong summer program designed to introduce high school students to electrical engineering. The students will participate in two hands-on electrical engineering projects and interactive mathematics laboratory projects. “We want to offer students a chance to learn about engineering and have fun at the same time,” said Dave Aschliman, dean of the college. “This is ideal for the type of student who is intrigued by figuring out how electronics work, the type who takes things apart for the thrill of putting them back together.” Through classroom instruction and laboratory work with Indiana Tech professors, the students will explore electric circuit design and assembly. Students will then apply what they’ve learned by building their own electronic products. The students will build their own AM radio and electronic musical keyboard trainer. With these projects, students will explore principles of: ›› ›› ›› ›› ››

Electrical engineering Simple circuits/voltage/amperage Analog/digital circuits Mathematical concepts Assembly of electronics

The students also will get a small taste of college life by living in Pierson Center for the week, eating in the dining hall, and participating in social activities on campus. “This is a great opportunity for students interested in science and math to learn more about electrical engineering and consider whether it might be a good major for them,” Aschliman said. For more information: ›› Visit ›› Contact Dean Aschliman at

Dates: June 17 through 22 Who should attend: High school students interested in science and math or considering electrical engineering or computer engineering as college majors Cost: $525 if registered by May 7; $595 after May 7. Cost includes room and board plus all camp activities and a camp T-shirt. Students who register with a friend will each receive a $25 discount. Registration: Visit for a registration form. Space is limited to the first 30 students who apply. Volume 8, Issue 2

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Drenched in Success Competition Helps CPS Student Launch Swimwear Company 16


By Mary Kinder

Like most typical Indiana Tech students, Olivia Fabian is busy. She’s wrapping up classes for her bachelor’s degree in the College of Professional Studies while simultaneously running a burgeoning business, OFabz Swimwear. She also teaches ice skating and martial arts. And then there’s her recent stint on Turkey’s version of Ice Skating with the Stars. A Fort Wayne native, Olivia Fabian spent much of her childhood competing both nationally and internationally in figure skating and martial arts. While competing as a figure skater, Fabian and her mother grew frustrated with the high cost of skating apparel and the lack of designs. So her mother began sewing costumes herself. The one-of-a-kind outfits garnered a lot of attention, and before they knew it, Fabian and her mother were running an international figure skating apparell company. So how does figure skating lead to swimwear? It came down to a simple twist of fate. One day, while looking through material left over from a skating outfit, Fabian asked her mother to make her a swimsuit from the remnants. Again, when people saw the oneof-a-kind design, they were interested. However, when talking to friends about swimsuits, Fabian heard over and over again that women want swimsuits that are fun and fashionable, but still allow them to be active. That was the creative spark that led to her unique Whim Suit, a sheer one piece bathing suit that’s worn over a bikini, combining the best of both worlds. With that, OFabz was born. But starting the company required money. So, Fabian entered the local New Venture Competition, a business plan contest presented by Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast and the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, designed to promote economic development and job creation. After a grueling 10-week competition, Fabian walked away with the prize. She not only received $17,000 to launch her company, but also a business-mentoring residency on the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center campus. Completing Her Education

Even while all of this was going on, Fabian was hard at work at Indiana Tech, working to complete her bachelor’s degree in business administration. As a smart and capable entrepreneur, Fabian could have probably had her choice of colleges. So why did she

choose Indiana Tech? For her, the choice came down to confidence in all the school has to offer and a family friend. As she tells it, her mother is good friends with a family in India that operates a very successful business. When it came time to send their son to college, they chose Indiana Tech over much more prestigious schools. As Fabian says, “If Indiana Tech is good enough for someone who could have chosen any university in the world, it’s good enough for me.” Even with two associate degrees under her belt, Fabian says her Indiana Tech degree has been invaluable to her. “Indiana Tech has given me a more well-rounded education,” she says. “I feel like my further education gave me a leg up in the New Venture Competition.” With her business and other pursuits, Fabian says she could not have completed her degree at Indiana Tech without the College of Professional Studies. Designed to fit the schedules of students who are already in the workplace, the College of Professional Studies provides a career-focused practical education for adult learners who already have workplace or college experience. Fabian really enjoyed the more self-sufficient teaching methods the College of Professional Studies offers, saying it fits her work ethic and busy lifestyle better than traditional classes. A Bright Future Ahead

Scheduled for graduation in May, Fabian is looking toward the future. She has ambitious goals for OFabz, which include getting her line in boutiques throughout California and other warm weather states. She hopes to expand the line to include men’s swimwear and women’s accessories. She’s currently working on a bag that utilizes thermal technology to help protect sensitive items such as make-up and electronics from the heat of a summer day. Another top priority is keeping the quality of her products high. She’s proud of the fact that all her swimwear is made in the United States — something she plans on continuing not only because it helps keep jobs in our country, but also because it’s simply more practical to do business here. When asked how Indiana Tech has prepared her for her future, she smiles and says, “Indiana Tech has given me the ability to look beyond where I am now. They’ve given me a runway for my future. Now it’s up to me to get there.”

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Peter Alexander Sets Bold Course for Indiana Tech Law School:

Revitalizing Legal Education It would be reasonable to suspect that someone who has been teaching and practicing law for more than 25 years might have harbored ambitions to become a lawyer from a young age. Reasonable, but in the case of Peter C. Alexander not quite accurate.

the Hon. Larry L. Lessen, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of Illinois, and the Hon. Harold A. Baker, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of Illinois. Alexander’s clerkship with Lessen led to his specialization in bankruptcy law.

“I kind of fell into it,” the founding dean of Indiana Tech Law School says with a laugh. “I was a political science major, and I got swept up in the atmosphere. I didn’t know any lawyers growing up, I didn’t have that urge.”

“He said to me, ‘I will teach you a skill you will have your whole career,’ ” Alexander said of working for Lessen. “It was eye opening. I learned the practice from the judge and all the lawyers. I’m not sure what I would have done as a career had I not had that skill.”

Alexander’s interest in the law profession was formed during his undergraduate years at Southern Illinois University. “There were a lot of guest speakers brought in, and I heard it over and over, and it became what I was meant to be.” Indiana Tech is fortunate that Alexander’s career path worked out that way. President Arthur Snyder introduced Alexander to the community as founding dean of the law school in November 2011. Snyder described the perfect candidate for the position as someone who has a passion for the study and practice of law; someone who has been a law student, a professor, a dean and a practitioner; someone with the drive and enthusiasm to take on the challenge; and someone aligned with Indiana Tech’s mission and vision. “Finding all of these qualities in one human being was not an easy challenge,” Snyder said at the news conference. “But we found the person who fits the bill.” Prior to joining Indiana Tech, Alexander was a professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Ill., where he had served as dean from 2003 until 2009. He also had taught at The Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Penn., and operated his own practice for several years. After completing his bachelor’s degree at SIU, Alexander earned his juris doctor from Northeastern University in Boston. Although he grew up in suburban New York, he returned to Illinois to serve as a law clerk to

Alexander was in private practice in Champaign, Ill., for seven years, before being drawn to teaching law full time. “One of the perks of the district court clerkship was teaching at the local community college,” he explained. “I loved it. I had a great time; students liked me.” He taught part time for four years, but the demands of practicing law took over. He opened his own practice in 1988 and a second office in 1990. After a while, however, he began to think about teaching again. “Teaching was freeing and fun; (the practice) was becoming a business,” Alexander explained. He applied for full-time teaching positions and was hired at Dickinson School of Law (which later merged with Penn State University). He taught there for 11 years, including serving two years as associate dean for research and faculty development, then returned to SIU as dean of the School of Law in 2003. The chance to build a law school from the ground up, particularly a law school with a new approach to educating lawyers, drew Alexander to the position at Indiana Tech. “Being a dean brings more administrative responsibility, less time with colleagues and students, less time doing the things you love,” he said. “But with the authority to set the direction, if thoughtful, careful and inclusive, you can create a dynamic school.”

When it comes to reinventing legal education, a new law school has an advantage over established institutions. “SIU has a history, a way of doing things, a way of thinking. To suggest change is often a political thing. Big change is difficult,” Alexander explained. “It can be frustrating for someone who wants to do things better. SIU has done better than most, but still has a long way to go. “Indiana Tech is not bound by history, not obligated by tradition, no egos to regard,” he continued. “We’re free to set a course. That’s rare and important.” That commitment to creating not just another law school, but a better law school is Alexander’s answer to critics who suggest there are already too many lawyers and too many law schools. “We always have room for good lawyers that are better trained,” he said. “I believe the legal academy will see contraction in the next decade. Some law schools that haven’t changed their model may disappear.” The Indiana Tech Law School curriculum will stress practical experience, which will be a benefit for the community as the students will operate legal clinics under the guidance of area professionals. Services for the community will include an immigration clinic and tax preparation for low-income and senior citizens through the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program. Additional clinics will prepare wills for Indiana Tech faculty and staff and provide mediation services for students.

Getting to know

Peter C. Alexander

Favorite food: Deep dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs Favorite movie: Silence of the Lambs First job: Produce clerk at a supermarket. “I couldn’t eat salad for a long time after seeing the way it came in.” Early bird or night owl: Night owl Ideal vacation: “A long lazy weekend in Quebec City to practice my French.” Secret talent: “I sing and play the piano.” Favorite band or singer: Natalie Cole

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they need a lawyer and they go to an Indiana Tech trained lawyer.”

“As a high school student, I developed a love of architecture through shop and drafting,” he explained.

In his first few months as dean, Alexander has spent a lot of time getting to know people in the Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana legal community.

A tour of a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Wisconsin inspired the book. “The docent mentioned that his second wife had filed an involuntary bankruptcy proceeding against him. I immediately thought, ‘I have to know more about this.’”

“The bench and the bar have been very welcoming ,” he said. “I’ve had dozens of meetings, and the first thing they ask is ‘How can we help The story about the bankruptcy turned out to be you succeed?’ ” an urban legend, but his research led him to write “Insufficient Funds: The Financial Life of Frank Lloyd Although hiring staff and faculty, developing Wright,” which will be published later this year by curriculum, and overseeing building plans doesn’t leave Ashgate Publishing. him with much spare time right now, Alexander said he enjoys skiing, playing tennis, and cooking. He’s also For someone who “fell into” the legal profession, a Frank Lloyd Wright scholar on his way to publishing Alexander certainly seems to have the energy and drive his first book. to make the Indiana Tech Law School a success. chitecture will house classrooms, faculty offices, the law library, a trial courtroom, a legal clinic, and meeting space.

Since President Arthur Snyder first announced the university’s plans to open a law school, one of the most frequent questions has been: Where will it be? Now we know: the Indiana Tech Law School will be built on the west side of the main campus, in the area bounded by Maumee Avenue and Comparet Street.

Law School Will Be Built on Main Campus

“We seriously considered several possibilities, including some downtown, but ultimately decided that constructing a new facility on our campus is the best way to serve our future law students,” Snyder said. The 70,000-square-foot building designed by SchenkelShultz Ar-



“Having the law school on the campus will provide many more opportunities for the law school community to interact with the rest of campus and vice versa,” said Peter Alexander, founding dean of the law school. “The location also is close to downtown, which will allow us to foster close working relationships between law school faculty and students and the local bench and bar.” The curriculum will place a heavy emphasis on practical experience, and the on-campus location will facilitate the establishment of legal clinics to serve the Indiana Tech community. “For example, our Mediation Clinic will mediate disputes between undergraduates, among other duties,” Alexander explained. “Our Estate Planning Clinic will provide simple wills and powers of attorney for Indiana Tech employees. These activities will give our law students vital practical opportunities to apply what they learn while

building relationships with others in the university.” The on-campus location also will allow Indiana Tech law students to more easily take advantage of services and facilities such as the university’s wellness center, student activities in Andorfer Commons, and athletic events. “I also see the law students being able to take courses in the MBA program and in other graduate programs that will count toward degree completion in the law school,” Alexander said. “With this location on campus, the law school programs and the general university programs will have a greater chance of being synergistic with one another, and there will be more opportunities for team-teaching and crosslisted courses.” Site engineering for the construction began in January with the building expected to be under roof by December and completed by July 2013. Cost will be about $15 million.


MARCH 2012 Assistant dean for admissions will join staff; recruitment materials will be available; and dean and assistant dean will begin visiting undergraduate institutions to recruit students





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Freshmen Travis Barroquillo (above) and Tanner Martin (right) earned All-American status at the NAIA National Championships

Monthly Award Honors Achievements

Softball Player Chosen for Leadership Program

As part of the new Warrior Pride program, the athletic department names one male athlete and one female athlete as Warrior of the Month. Athletes can earn recognition for hard work on the field, excellence in the classroom, or activity in the community. Winners thus far have been:

Sophomore Baily Tom was one of 14 NAIA studentathletes selected to participate in the 2012–13 Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program. Tom is a therapeutic recreation major from Monroe, Mich., and an outfielder for the Indiana Tech softball team.

›› September: Soccer player Reece Richardson and golfer Megan Garrison ›› October: Bowler Tyler Keele and volleyball player Melanie Forman ›› November: Distance runner Aaron Belcher and softball player Baily Tom ›› December: Sprinters Dontaey Paige and Adella King ›› January: Wrestler Reece Lefever and volleyball player Kayla Foreman



The program, which is in its sixth year, is designed to inspire, motivate and create a new and diverse generation of American Red Cross volunteers and leaders through exemplifying the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program. The leadership program kicks off with two weeks of energetic training at the Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C., from June 4 to June 15. The incoming class will participate in coaching, mentoring and professional leadership training presented by the Red Cross. In addition, Kristin Gillette, director of Champions of Character, will hold character workshops during the two-week leadership academy.

Wrestling Warrior wrestlers had a very successful first season, with freshmen Travis Barroquillo (133 pounds, 4th place) and Tanner Martin (174 pounds, 6th place) earning All-American status at the NAIA National Championships. As a team, the Warriors placed 16th out of 35 teams competing. The team earned a fifth place finish at the NAIA East Regional in which freshman Reece Lefever was champion in the 149-pound class. Other notable finishes at the regional meet were: ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ››

Freshman Tanner Martin, 174 pounds, 2nd place Freshman Conner Lefever, 165 pounds, 3rd place Freshman Connor Hughes, 125 pounds, 4th place Sophomore Dustin Boyd, 184 pounds, 4th place Junior Kafuba Donzon, 165 pounds, 4th place Junior Andre Dunn, 285 pounds, 4th place

Track and Field The women’s team took home their second straight championship while the men’s team placed third at the WHAC Indoor Track and Field Championships.

›› Foster—4x400 relay ›› Gary—high jump ›› Ruth—4x400 relay The women’s team placed sixth overall at nationals, while the men’s team placed 21st.

Men’s Basketball The men’s basketball team finished the regular season ranked 19th in the nation with a 22–6 record overall, 12–6 in the conference. Senior forward Rodney Bartholomew was the team’s standout player earning an NAIA Player of the Week honor, four WHAC Player of the Week honors during the season, and the WHAC Player of the Year award in the post-season. He averaged 17.9 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. The Warriors lost to Davenport in the conference tournament semifinals, but earned an at-large bid to the NAIA National Tournament. Unfortunately, the team was defeated by St. Thomas University in a very close first-round game and finished the season with an overall record of 23-8, the most wins since 2004–05.

In the women’s championship, junior Adella King was named Most Valuable Performer after scoring 30 points including first place finishes in the 60 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, and 4x400 relay with freshman Kirsten Flake, sophomore Jamela Kimbrough, and sophomore Chloe Brooks. Sophomore Stacia Murray had a first place finish in the triple jump, and Doug Edgar was named Coach of the Year.

Women’s Basketball

In the men’s championship, freshman Herb Gary was named Outstanding Performer for his 2.14 meter mark in the high jump. Other highlights for the men were junior Chadd Keller winning the shot put, senior Chris Ladd winning the pole vault, and the team of freshman Jordan Foster, sophomore Austen Barnes, junior Brandon Reynard and freshman D’Quan Ruth winning the 4x400 relay.

The team’s season ended with a loss in the first round of the WHAC Conference Tournament.

The Warriors then finished the indoor track and field season with 16 All-American performances at the NAIA National Championships: ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ››

King—60 meters, 200 meters, and 4x400 relay Reynard—4x400 relay Barnes—4x400 relay Brooks—200 meters, 400 meters, 4x400 relay Sophomore Cora Tatum—long jump Freshman Shayne Armbrister—4x400 relay Flake—400 meters, 4x400 relay Freshman Andrea Ford—60 meter hurdles

The women’s basketball team had highs and lows during the season and finished with a record of 14–16 overall and 6–12 in the WHAC. Senior forward Yasmine Coleman led the team with 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

WHAC Adds Bowling, Lacrosse The Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference is making history by adding lacrosse and bowling for both men and women as conference sports effective in the fall of 2012. Indiana Tech added men’s and women’s lacrosse in 2009, followed by men’s and women’s bowling in 2010. The WHAC is the first conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to offer the sports as a conference championship sport. The conference, which expands to 12 schools in the fall, now offers 22 conference sports for its members in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

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New Degree Targets Health Care Technology Needs industry,” said Steve Herendeen, vice president of the College of Professional Studies. “This degree fills that need and is ideal for current employees who need to be retrained, as well as people interested in entering the health care field.” Although the new degree program does include two courses on the new ICD10 coding system, it goes far beyond outdated paper coding training programs to prepare graduates for a long term career path. The skills covered in the HIT associate degree include: Indiana Tech is always exploring ways to improve or add degree programs to meet the needs of employers, and a new health information technology (HIT) degree could have a big impact on the health care industry. The online associate degree begins in fall 2012. Students who complete the HIT degree will have the specific skills required to support and use information technology in the delivery of health care. Federal regulations that require the use of electronic health records are expected to create tens of thousands of jobs in health information technology within the next three years. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allocated $38 billion to computerize patient records by 2015. “The shift to electronic patient records has created a tremendous need for workers who are trained to deal with the unique technology needs of the health care

■■ Infrastructure implementation ■■ Integration of HIT into clinical workflow ■■ Meaningful use of HIT ■■ Application development and use ■■ Data-mining and analytics ■■ Report writing and compliance ■■ System analysis and evolution The HIT degree will be offered online through the College of Professional Studies. Each course lasts five weeks, and students can access the course materials anytime, anywhere with broadband Internet access. Although the HIT courses will not be offered until the fall, interested students can enroll now and begin taking other required classes such as English and math courses. For more information or to contact an admissions representative, visit or call 800.288.1766.

Louisville Campus Celebrates Opening The College of Professional Studies celebrated the university’s first campus outside of Indiana with a ribbon cutting and open house in Louisville on November 3. The admissions staff in Louisville began recruiting students for online classes in September, and on-campus classes began in January. To contact the Louisville campus, call 502.708.2363.



Board Adds International Member International business leader Manuel Peña-Morros joined the Indiana Tech Board of Trustees on December 1, 2011. Peña-Morros is chairman of the Board of Directors of Banco Leon, S.A., in the Dominican Republic. His prior position was president and board member of Banco Leon. “I am honored by this new responsibility,” Peña-Morros said. Peña-Morros has more than 40 years of diversified experience in corporate, investment and international banking. In addition to Banco Leon, his career has included executive positions at Banco Professional, S.A.; Credicorp Financial Group, Inc.; and Chase Manhattan Bank. Peña-Morros studied civil engineering at Indiana Tech from 1963 to 1966 before earning a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from the Inter American University in 1968. He also holds an MBA from Inter American University.

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Alumni News

From the Desk of Mike Peterson

Mike Peterson, director of alumni relations

Greetings from the Indiana Tech alumni office! I’m excited about the addition of this new column in Trends featuring yours truly. This space will allow me to share news and information about alumnirelated events and activities as well as provide a peek into my personality and perspective. So for this first column, I thought I would start at the beginning: It all started back on July 13, 1970 when I first poked my head into this wonderful world… OK, maybe that’s going a little too far back! Actually, I’ll share more about my past and my personal life in future editions, but for now, let’s jump right into the present… What a cool job I have! Just this week, I had the opportunity to interact with an alum from South America who would like to reconnect with classmates from the class of 1970; I spoke with a 1954 graduate who recently purchased an RV so he and his wife could travel to Fort Wayne for homecoming 2012 (in addition to seeing more of the country, of course!); I heard from a recent graduate who is quickly being noticed by his company for his talented engineering skills,



which he attributes to the excellent education and practical projects during his time as a student at Tech; I experienced the leadership of our Alumni Association Board at work as they discussed plans for more effectively engaging our alumni and encouraging our current students; and I watched our amazing Student Ambassadors discuss ways of serving in the local community and developing new plans to improve the overall experience at Indiana Tech. These are just a few of the interactions that I experience on a weekly basis as I serve this wonderful Warrior community. Indiana Tech is a community filled with talented alumni with amazing accomplishments and dedicated students with unlimited potential. My goal as director of alumni relations is to help all of us better engage and network with each other so that we can be inspired to greater success, become aware of new opportunities, and provide increased support for the people, places, and programs of this institution of higher education and excellence. There are many exciting events planned over the upcoming months, and I hope to see many of you take advantage of getting involved. Beyond special events and activities, please connect with us through Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Also, if you haven’t already subscribed to our bi-monthly e-newsletter, the Tech Aluminati, please visit our website at stories and sign up today.

Until next time… stay savvy, Warriors!

New Alumni Board of Directors The Indiana Tech Alumni Board of Directors volunteer their time to help promote the welfare of Indiana Tech, provide opportunities for engagement and networking, sponsor events that encourage the current student body, and assist with the ongoing affairs of the Alumni Association. Over the years, many dedicated individuals have served the university on this board. Our current members are doing an excellent job, including the six new members who began their service following elections during Homecoming in September 2011. The latest additions to this team are: Tom Scalzo (BSEE, ’61), Bill Hollinger (BSCHE, ’63), Suzie Ebbing (BSBA ’02; MSM ’07), Nejith Fernando (BSCIS, ’05), Kevin Faus (BSBA ’09), and Angie Delagrange (ASBA ’10). If you have questions or suggestions for the Alumni Association, please contact Mike Peterson, director of alumni relations, at or 260.399.2847, and he will forward your thoughts to the alumni board.

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Back, left to right: Tom Scalzo, Bill Hollinger, Suzie Ebbing, Terry Van Daele (president), Kim Clapp (secretary), Audra Wilcoxson, Dave Barrett (vice president) Front, left to right: Nejith Fernando, Amy Thompson, Kevin Faus, Angie Delagrange Not Pictured: Greg Lynch, Lori Eifrid (treasurer)

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Arizona Gathering Drew Six Decades of Alumni

Upcoming Alumni & Friends Events:

Alumni across the country are excited about the growth of ■■ Chicago 2012 Regional Alumni Gathering: 5 to 9 p.m. ThursIndiana Tech, and this was evident at a recent regional alumni day, March 22 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill., gathering at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. Presifeaturing a presentation by President Arthur Snyder. If interestdent Arthur Snyder and Associate Vice President of Institutioned in attending, please contact Rose Replogle at 800.937.2448 al Advancement Larry Piekarski provided a firsthand account ext. 2219 or of the current success and future plans of the university. ■■ Cirque Kidz at the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne followed It was an intimate gathering that offered alumni an opportuby a free Ice Cream Bar at the Courtyard by Marriott Downnity to ask questions, engage in conversation, and network town: 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31. For more information or to with university leadership and fellow alumni. Snyder was very purchase special discounted tickets for just $9 per person, please encouraged by the variety of successful alums that participated. contact Mike Peterson at or The most recent alumnus graduated in 2008 and the most 260.399.2847. senior alum graduated in 1948—a span of 60 years! Each one shared many wonderful and lasting memories from their days at ■■ Warrior Run for One: 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Meet at the Indiana Tech which have proved invaluable both personally Schaefer Center on the Fort Wayne campus. To register for this and professionally. fun, family-friendly, one-mile street race/run/walk, please see the online form at Proceeds Watch for opportunities to attend a similar event in other from this event will benefit both Warrior athletics and the regions in the near future. Northeast Indiana Burn Council. ■■ Homecoming 2012: September 13 to 16. See back cover for more details on the annual weekend celebration.

A Message to our Alums About Bequests Many graduates of Indiana Tech achieve great personal success. Applying their education, intelligence, drive, hard work, and in some cases, just plain old-fashioned grit, they are propelled forward into leadership positions in their work and communities. As we meet with alumni throughout the country, it is our privilege to get to know many who have attained significant levels of accomplishment. This is a reflection of many things, but certainly on a very fundamental level it is a profound testament to the power of a quality education. With great personal success comes the chance to consider the possibility of improving the opportunities that exist for others. This path is, of course, a personal decision and can be present for those who make a bequest to Indiana Tech. Bequests are an important component in supporting our mission and in providing support for generations of students who look to follow in the footsteps of the successful alumni who went before them. Bequests



help ensure Indiana Tech’s continuing ability to provide its students with a quality education at an affordable price. Bequests are the most popular planned gift, and they are also the easiest to establish. Our supporters also gain the maximum amount of flexibility because they retain the use of their property during their lifetime. If circumstances warrant a change, they can modify or even revoke a bequest. In addition, bequests may be earmarked for an unrestricted use, or if the donor prefers, a bequest can be restricted for a particular purpose, such as an endowment fund for scholarships. If you are considering a bequest to Indiana Tech in your will or as part of your estate plan, please contact Mark Richter, vice president of institutional advancement, at 260.399.2816 or mrichter@ He would be pleased to help.

Alumni Association Members Now Listed on the Web Our talented webmaster has added another new tool to the alumni website. You can view a list of dues-paying Alumni Association members at members. This is an excellent tool for you to determine whether you are current with your annual $20 dues. Visit to learn more about what the Alumni Association does and the benefits of membership. Thank you for staying involved with your Indiana Tech Alumni Association!

View Indiana Tech Yearbooks Online Beginning in 1949, Indiana Tech published a yearbook called the Kekiongan. This special book was published every year until 1976. These yearbooks hold a wealth of information and fabulous photos that will bring back great memories for some and provide a history lesson for others. An electronic library of the Kekiongan is now available as part of the alumni and friends website; just visit and click the link in the middle of the page for A Look Back. We hope you enjoy reliving special memories or learning more about life at Tech in the past.

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Alumnus Deep Thakur (BSIME 1999)

Childhood Love of Cars Leads to Exciting Engineering Career As a young boy growing up in New Delhi, India, alumnus Deep Thakur (BSIME 1999) always loved playing with little cars and trucks. At the age of 11, Thakur and his parents moved from India to Rome, Italy, and from Rome to Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, and then to Ankara, Turkey. While his surroundings changed often, there was one constant for Thakur—his love for playing with cars. “Everyone around me knew how much I loved cars, and there was no doubt, that one day I would be working on real cars.” This childhood love of cars is what led him to pursue a degree in engineering. “Several educators familiar with schools in the Midwest recommended Indiana Tech to my father, who is a professor himself,” Thakur said. After applying to about five schools in the Midwest with strong engineering programs, Thakur felt that the smaller size of Tech would be the best fit for him. He liked the fact that there would be much more interaction with his professors than there would be at a larger university. In fact, many larger institutions delegate graduate teaching assistants to work with students. At Indiana Tech, Thakur felt he would receive more individualized attention which would enhance his learning experience. While attending Indiana Tech, Thakur made the most of many opportunities to be involved outside of the classroom, too. He was an active member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Also, he served as a student resident advisor in the 3-north wing of the old Indiana Tech residence hall. One of his favorite memories from his time at Indiana Tech was a special trip to Robert Morris College in Pennsylvania with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers to compete in a national robotics competition. “That trip was truly a memorable journey, and even though we didn’t win, it was a tremendous learning experience,” he said. These types of hands-on projects and activities were an important part of the educational process at Indiana Tech, and they led Thakur to become a more critical and innovative thinker. These skills would prove very helpful in his career.

Innovating the Volt at GM Thakur’s desire to have a career in the automobile industry has been fulfilled as he has been working at General Motors for the past five years. His early love of cars combined with his passion for and family background in education (both of this parents are teachers and his grandfather was a school principal) have proven very important in his position at GM.

About three years ago, Thakur began working on a new vehicle project at GM, the Chevy Volt, a new type of electric automobile. His first role with the Volt was working with a team on battery development that focused on validating the battery design. Through testing and the lessons learned through this experimentation, new production process requirements were implemented to improve the overall performance of the Volt. Next, he worked with production suppliers to develop product quality processes that would help ensure both quality and safety. “We had to create various checks and balances so that only safe and working parts would make it into the actual vehicles,” Thakur explained. Currently, he is working to analyze the warranty performance of various Volt parts for which he was responsible during development (A/C charging components, battery management system, battery disconnect unit, manual safety disconnect, battery wiring, and bus bars). Thakur’s mechanical background and education offered much learning and personal development in the electrical field. With his position working on the Volt, he has Volume 8, Issue 2

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In addition to his responsibilities with the Volt, Thakur is working on various components of a hydrogen propulsion system. “The plan is to introduce a hydrogen powered production vehicle in the United States market in early 2016,” he explained. NASA has been using hydrogen fuel cells for many years, and GM has been gathering valuable data from running a fleet of their own vehicles that use this type of propulsion system. According to Thakur, it shouldn’t be long before the right application will be ready for introduction to the consumer market. When asked about his keys to success, Thakur shared three things:

studied and gained a great deal of knowledge about the inner workings and efficiencies of batteries. He also has gained experience about the various forms of hybrid and other alternatively powered vehicles. In order to be better prepared for the future, Thakur is pursuing a master’s degree in energy systems engineering through the University of Michigan. “I want to build upon the knowledge that I’ve gained and apply it to the next generation of hybrid and electric vehicles.” Inspiring Return to Tech

It may be the teaching gene in the Thakur family that helped draw Deep Thakur back to Indiana Tech recently to share some of his knowledge and experience working on the Volt with current students on the Fort Wayne campus. However, the idea was sparked during the wedding of a college friend when Thakur found himself sitting next to Indiana Tech professor Dr. Jeff Walls. “Dr. Walls encouraged me to come back and provide a presentation to students and faculty,” Thakur said. “That ignited the desire to make the trip to Fort Wayne to discuss some exciting technology with the next generation of engineers at Tech.” During the presentation, students had the opportunity to learn about the development of the Chevy Volt and even had a chance to see the vehicle in person. The Volt is an electric vehicle with extended range that eliminates the range anxiety of traditional hybrid vehicles. It can operate on battery power alone up to 40 miles without any need for gasoline or the production of emissions. For more information on the Chevy Volt visit www.



1. Be a continuous learner and always be willing to do research throughout your career; 2. Be willing to take risks; and 3. Strive to become adept in many areas, in other words, a “jack of all…” philosophy. Books that have been important to him are: The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt; A Smart Energy Policy: An Economist’s Rx for Balancing Cheap, Clean, and Secure Energy by James M. Griffin; and Factory Man: How Jim Harbour discovered Toyota’s quality and productivity methods and helped the U.S. auto industry get competitive by James E. Harbour. Thakur also offered some parting words of wisdom for current students: “Internships are crucial for applying lessons learned in class to real life.” He encouraged students to search across the country to find an internship that will prove invaluable in life. Another area of focus should be making connections with as many people in their area of interest as possible through networking. “Do not limit yourself to one area of expertise,” Thakur also advised. “Think outside the box. There are growing areas in renewable energy and non-fossil fuel based propulsion that need innovative thinkers.” The next time you see a Chevy Volt, picture a young boy in India playing with cars who dreamed of a day when he could make his mark on the real automobile industry. And maybe you’ll also remember your own childhood desires and discover a new way to allow those desires to drive you to make a difference in the world while doing something you love. Thakur lives just outside of Detroit, Mich., with his wife Keli (whom he met while attending Indiana Tech) and their five children.

International Business Leader to Speak at Tech Commencement Bernardo Quintana, an engineer and business leader, will deliver the keynote address at Indiana Tech’s 2012 Commencement on May 19. “Our graduates will be working in a more global economy than ever before,” said Dr. Arthur Snyder, Indiana Tech president. “We are fortunate to have someone as internationally successful as Mr. Quintana as our guest speaker.” Quintana’s international expertise is particularly fitting this year because the university will confer its first Ph.D. in Global Leadership at the May ceremony. The ceremony also will honor more than 550 students from Indiana Tech locations throughout the state who have earned an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree. Quintana is chairman of the board of Empresas ICA, the largest construction company in Mexico and one of the most important in Latin America. He also is chairman of the board of Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, which operates 13 international airports in Mexico in alliance with Aeroports de Paris. Quintana earned a civil engineering degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California – Los Angeles.

Quintana is a member of the Mexican Council of Businessmen, and he sits on the boards of CEMEX Mexico, Banamex Financial Group, and Grupo Maseca. He is a member of the Mexican Civil Engineer’s College, the Alumni Society of the Engineering Faculty at UNAM, and the Javier Barros Sierra Foundation. He supports education and culture through foundations and board positions. Quintana is the head of the ICA Foundation, which promotes the development of engineering. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees of the UNAM, the Management Committee of the National College for Professional Technical Education, and the Center for Research and Graduate Studies of the National Polytechnical Institute. He was a founding member of the Music Academy of the Palacio de Minería and an associate founding member of the Letras Mexicanas Foundation and the UNAM Foundation. Recently he has been named an international trustee of the Museo del Prado in Madrid. In the United States, Quintana is a member of the boards of the Claremont Graduate University, the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, and the Culver Educational Foundation. In 2007, in recognition of his career in business, the Mexico–U.S. Chamber of Commerce of Washington, D.C., honored Quintana with the “Good Neighbor Award,” an award given to both public and private sector leaders.

About Commencement Speaker: Bernardo Quintana When: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 19, 2012 Where: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum More information:

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Richter’s Notes

One of the Secrets to Our Success

Mark Richter, vice president of institutional advancement

I’d like to share a quote about change that I think contains great wisdom and understanding:

zation on operating themes that are offshoots of this underlying approach.

There is no more delicate matter to take in hand, nor more dangerous to conduct, nor more doubtful of success, than to step up as a leader in the introduction of change. For he who innovates will have for his enemies all those who are well off under the existing order of things, and only lukewarm support in those who might be better off under the new.

This was brought home to me in a striking way in early January at the university’s annual “State of Our Success and Significance” meeting. President Snyder showed all of our employees the themes that have been developed and followed at all levels of the organization year by year. Here is the full list:

—Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince Now, I am not always a fan of Machiavelli or his insights, but in this instance I think he got it exactly right. When I consider his statement and I think of my personal experiences, it is clear that resistance to change in organizations can be considerable. As you might imagine, there can be firmly entrenched and uncooperative constituencies. Having read this far, perhaps you are thinking, “What does this have to do with Indiana Tech?” Actually, it has a lot to do with us. Sometimes I am asked about the secret to Indiana Tech’s success of late. In an era when many universities are struggling, how does Indiana Tech manage to grow and thrive? There may not be one short and concise answer to this question, but I think in large measure the answer lies in Indiana Tech’s ability to respond to change, not as something that is threatening, but to see change as an opportunity that can lead to innovations and improvements in our learning environments. At the same time, although we are growing larger, Indiana Tech is still small enough and nimble enough to move quickly when opportunities arise. I have worked for several other universities, and I have never experienced a school that is even close to Indiana Tech in this regard. This has become a key part of our culture, and one of the ways President Arthur Snyder seeks to instill this throughout the university is to focus the organi-



I Make a Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . fall 2004 The Journey is the Destination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . spring 2005 Raise Your Expectations!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . fall 2005 Accelerating Excellence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . spring 2006 Foster Creativity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . spring 2007 Have You Done Your Best Work Yet? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . fall 2007 Continuous Improvement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . spring 2008 The Path to Excellence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . fall 2008 The Time to be Happy is Now . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . fall 2009 Innovation Begins with You. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . fall 2010 Fasten Your Seat Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . fall 2010 Quality Everywhere! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . fall 2011 Focusing on each theme serves as a springboard to constant renewal within our organization. These operating mantras are simple to understand, yet profound in their application. They apply to everyone, and all of us are expected to find ways to implement these themes within our circles of influence. When we unite around a common purpose, we inevitably increase our success.

Alumni Updates

›› Daniel Finch, BSPH 1963, has joined the board of directors of Enable IPC Corp. Finch, who also holds an MBA in economics and corporate finance from the University of Chicago, is chief operating officer for Revolutionary Tracker.

›› Dianne Glasscoe Watterson, BSHS 1996, has published her second book, “The Consummate Dental Hygienist.” Watterson was a practicing dental hygienist for several years before becoming a consultant in dental practice management. ›› Michelle (Fater) Batchelder, BSBA 2000, is manager of Staff Finders, Inc. in Fort Wayne. ›› Julie Morrison, MSM 2008, is an online advertising executive with Fort Wayne Newspapers. ›› Coley D. Arnold, BSBA 2009, CEO and senior financial planner, is the founder and owner of Alpha Omega Financial Group in Fort Wayne. ›› Timothy Bixby, BSME 2009, is a product development engineer for Navistar in Naperville, Ill. ›› Russell Goodman, BSACC 2010, is a revenue agent for the Internal Revenue Service in Merrillville, Ind. ›› David Jones, BSOL 2010, has been named a full-time instructor in automotive technology at Ivy Tech Community College.

Michael Heintz, courtesy

›› Michael Heintz, BSCS 1991, is director of Group Control IT for BP in Houston, Texas. He will be bicycling from Houston to Austin (180 miles) April 21 to 22 to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The BP MS150 is the largest charity event of its kind in North America with 13,000 cyclists and more than 3,000 volunteers. In 2011, the ride raised more than $17 million. To sponsor him, visit goto/michael.heintz.2012. ›› Kelly (Boyce) Weaver, BSTR 1995, is an activity coordinator for Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana.

›› Angela (Schaeffer) Delagrange, ASBA 2010, is a purchasing agent for KMC Controls in New Paris, Ind. ›› Danielle Campbell, BSCJ 2011, has been accepted into the honors program at Valparaiso University Law School based on her academic performance in her first semester of law school. Admission to the program is by invitation. ›› Kate (Whitacre) Schoessler, BSBME 2011, recently began a two-year training program to become a biomedical flight controller at NASA in Houston. She will be working on the International Space Station’s medical systems and crew health operations.

Volume 8, Issue 2

Spring 2012


In Memoriam

We have learned of the deaths of the following alumni and friends.

If you would like to send a memorial gift to honor someone, please contact Michael Peterson at 800.937.2448, ext. 2418.

Delevan J. Arnold Jensen Beach, FL BSME 1957

Clyde T. Havey Wichita, KS BSME 1957

Willard G. Skinner Yorktown, IN BSChE 1938

T. Robert Boldt Sun Lakes, AZ BSRE 1948

Harry L. Ide Englewood, FL BSEE 1953

Francis E. Stramandinoli Phoenix, AZ BSCE 1951

Robert L. Boswell Fort Wayne, IN BSME 1956

Harper Johnson, Jr. Greenwood, MS BSEE 1938

Kenneth E. Thompson Indianapolis, IN BSCE 1960

Kenneth R. Crowe Boulder, CO BSPHY 1961

Marion P. Jones Calera, AL BSRE 1950

George L. Trubin Princeton Junction, NJ BSChE 1943

Gary Dean Williamsburg, OH BSME 1967

Carl G. Kitz Seattle, WA BSChE 1965

John Dudoic New Castle, PA BSCE 1951

Herbert H. Klug Fort Wayne, IN BSEE 1961

Michael S. Fisher Allentown, PA BSEE 1971

Edward L. Leeka Newark, OH BSRE 1955

Larry W. Fletcher DuBois, PA BSCE 1961

Roger A. Lehman Fort Wayne, IN BSEE 1964

Irving M. Fogel Narberth, PA BSCE 1954

Paul W. Seitz Fort Pierce, FL Longtime Board Member

Paul W. Seitz, 102, passed away December 27 in Florida, his residence for the past 21 years. He had built his very successful career in Fort Wayne in the gravel, concrete and building supply industry, becoming president and chairman of May Stone & Sand; Erie Haven, Inc.; and E.H. Concrete. Known throughout the community for his generous support of and service to numerous educational, charitable and civic organizations, he was a member of Indiana Tech’s Board of Trustees for more than three decades, serving as chair for 14 years. The university awarded him an honorary doctoral degree in 1981, and the Seitz Conference Center is named in his honor. We remember and appreciate the leadership and kindness of this great friend of the university. He will be missed.



Faculty & Staff News

Sengstack Promoted at Franklin Electric Indiana Tech Trustee Gregg Sengstack has been promoted to president and chief operating officer at Franklin Electric Co. in Bluffton, Ind. Sengstack previously served as senior vice president and president, fueling and international water group. In his new role, he will be responsible for the company’s global water systems and fuelGregg Sengstack ing systems business units along with the global engineering and operations support organizations. He has been with Franklin Electric since 1988. He has been a member of the board of the Indiana CPA Society and currently serves on the boards of Canterbury School and energy control and optimization equipment provider Woodward.

Dr. Brad Yoder, director of teacher education, participated in a panel discussion on project-based learning at an informational meeting for Eagle Tech Academy’s incoming Class of 2016. Eagle Tech Academy in Columbia City, Ind., is part of the New Tech Network, which works with communities nationwide to develop innovative public high schools.

Demitsas in Charge for a Day Yiani Demitsas, College of Professional Studies enrollment manager in Fort Wayne, was one of 50 community members who served as a guest principal in Fort Wayne Community Schools’ annual Principal for a Day program.

Mirtz on Board Dr. Timothy Mirtz, assistant professor of physical education, has been named to the Board of Program Reviewers — Specialty Areas Studies Board, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, 2011.

Sengstack holds a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

University Welcomes New Staff

Faculty Participate in Panels/Teams

The following people have recently joined the Indiana Tech team:

Dr. Timothy Mirtz, assistant professor of physical education, served as a Delphi panelist for National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company Foundation‘s Health Promotion, Prevention and Wellness in Chiropractic Consensus Project. Dr. Ken Rauch, director, Ph.D. in Global Leadership, served as national panelist for “Re-Rubricing Methodology of SPHR and PHR Testing Criteria” for Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) in Minneapolis. Rauch also served as discussant for the academic paper presentations “Using Paei-Code and Analysis of the Corporate DNA to Diagnose Efficiency of the Institution of Higher Education” and “Linking Organizational Energy and Individual Well-Being: The Influence of Leaders’ Talent Mindset” at the Global Business and Technology Association Conference at Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey, in July. Dani Witzigreuter, director of the Title III program, served as a panelist for “Bridging Academic and Student Affairs” at the Indiana Student Affairs Association (ISAA) conference at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne. The conference theme was “Crossing Bridges for Student Success.” Tim Allwein, associate professor of business, participated on a Higher Learning Commission team that provided continuous quality improvement feedback to the University of Saint Francis (Joliet, IL). The team analyzed nine of St. Francis‘ university-wide systems as a part of the Academic Quality Improvement Program.

›› Peter C. Alexander, dean, Law School ›› Eric Bensel, admissions representative, College of Professional Studies—Louisville ›› Carrie Billings, financial analyst ›› Travis Blume, registrar ›› Victoria Carey, enrollment assistant, College of Professional Studies—Mishawaka ›› Dana Carlson, Tutoring Center supervisor ›› Mary Chamberlain, information analyst and researcher ›› Debra Clevenger, financial aid specialist ›› Miranda Collins, Academic Resource Center assistant—Warsaw ›› Jamie Eloph, academic resource specialist ›› Emily Guth, enrollment assistant, College of Professional Studies—Louisville ›› Kristi Jarmus, College of Professional Studies—Fort Wayne ›› Eula Johnson, Academic Resource Center assistant —Indianapolis ›› Lucinda Neff, graphic designer ›› Vicky Scott, Academic Resource Center specialist—Elkhart ›› Matthew Seese, technology support technician ›› Cammi Singer, Ph.D. program coordinator ›› Gregory Smith, professional development coordinator ›› Scott Thum, director of financial aid ›› Katherine Treesh, accounts receivable specialist ›› Lucas Vaas, associate admissions counselor ›› Sara Zorn, career advisor

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