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The Technology Issue

Ensuring student success in a high-tech world

New Coach Spotlight

Dan Moster Faculty Portrait:

Tim Allwein

The magazine for students, alumni, and friends of

plus: Homecoming Planner Commencement ‘06 Photos

Summer 2006 vol. 2


Special Homecoming Info

Departments 1 16 17 21

Letter from the President Alumni Updates In Memoriam Faculty & Staff News

16 Annual TWIST Golf outing 18 ‘06 Homecoming Schedule Planner 19 Homecoming Registration Form 20 ‘05 Hall of Fame Recipient: Bob Featheringham

Features 2 Elementary Education Plans are in the works to develop a new program aimed at providing teachers where they are needed most.

3 On the Cover: New Era in Education–Software Engineering Get a sneak peak at Indiana Tech’s newest degree

program and see how its director, Monique Anderson, plans to teach software engineering like never before.

6 Distance Learning Indiana Tech expands its campus right into students’ homes.


7 This fall’s L3 Concert: Dave & Rae An Indianapolis favorite, pop band Dave & Rae promise to kick off the new semester with a bang.


10 “WE DID IT!” Commencement 2006 Our annual graduation ceremony photo spread.

People 8 Faculty Portrait: Tim Allwein This enigmatic professor is among students’ favorites. 12 New Coach Spotlight: Dan Moster Tech nets Moster to lead new tennis teams. 14 Alumni Spotlight: Frank Childers See how a Tech grad with small-town roots sprouted a successful career that spanned the country.

Trends Volume two, Issue four

Trends is published quarterly for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Indiana Tech by the university’s Creative Services Department.

© 2006 Indiana Institute of Technology

Janet Schutte, Marketing Director

Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D., President

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Letter from the President

Are you fascinated with technology? People have been amazed, dazed, and even confused for hundreds if not thousands of years by various forms of technological advancements. In business, we often say we don’t need to reinvent the wheel, but think about the innovation it took to develop the wheel in the first place. Or imagine the first time a fire erupted at a gathering of cave people! We’re surrounded by technological advances that we take for granted. Without Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press almost 600 years ago, you wouldn’t have this magazine in your hands. It seems like almost everyone carries a cell phone these days, but what if Marconi, the “Father of Radio,” hadn’t demonstrated the first wireless transmission in the late 1890s? Contemporary times have brought us computer hardware/software, the Internet, once unimaginable medical breakthroughs, DNA marker technology, and much more. As I see it, the one common thread with all inventions and innovations is that they have come at the hands of human beings. People like you and me. As many have said, the human mind is the greatest and most creative computer. At Indiana Tech our foremost goal is to advance the learning of people. By doing so we aim to enhance the creativity of our students, staff, faculty, administrators and all those whose paths we cross. In this issue of Trends, you’ll find stories about how we’re using and teaching technology. While technology is an enabler for improved productivity and lifestyle advances, the point of initiation is the human mind. Indiana Tech will always remain dedicated to advances in wisdom. Raise your expectations!

Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D.

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Teaching Youngsters with Technology Elementary education program promotes technology in the classroom One of Indiana Tech’s newest degree programs will follow in the footsteps of its predecessors – taking a growing career field and introducing students to innovative ways to succeed in that field.

The elementary education program debuting this fall will carve a niche among similar collegiate programs, using Tech’s strength in technology to make a difference in tomorrow’s classroom. Educating today’s young minds means preparing them earlier for interacting and excelling in our global and high-tech society. While reading, writing, and arithmetic are still extremely important areas of teaching, learning use of technology can be just as valid. Compare today to when you were in elementary school. How much did our society rely on technology then? Did you have the Internet or computers? Perhaps not. What would today’s world be without them? The elementary education program prepares graduates to become certified K-6 teachers. Graduates will also be able to pursue an endorsement in Exceptional Needs, allowing graduates the option to teach children with special needs. Students in the program will be exposed to applications of technology that they can utilize in the classroom. These uses of technology, such as interactive software programs, will be effective tools in promoting and enhancing learning. The design of this new program will also embrace the university’s commitment to diversity. Elementary education students will learn to respect and understand others of different races, beliefs, and cultures by immersing them in rural and urban teaching settings. Students are currently being accepted into the pre-education courses this fall and the Teacher Education Component will begin in fall of 2007.

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The next frontier IN EDUCATION is

Software engineering –THE new degree FROM INDIANA TECH . THIS PROGRAM takes a byte out of the traditional curriculum BY GETTING STUDENTS AS CLOSE TO THE REAL WORLD AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT LEAVING THE LAB.








Indiana Tech is leading a revolution–a revolution in teaching, that is. This fall will bring the debut of the bachelor’s degree in software engineering, a program designed to change the way the field is taught. “We have worked with industry for well over a year to create the basis for a truly ground-breaking degree program that is intensely practical and academically rigorous,” said Gary Messick, associate dean of engineering and computer studies. Unlike other curricula, based on a collection of courses, the software engineering program will be based on projects. Student teams will work on relevant projects of increasing sophistication in a way that mirrors the work environment of a software development firm. To develop their knowledge in other areas and create well-rounded graduates, the software engineering curriculum will include learning segments of varying length in math, science, engineering, English, humanities, social science, and business. Students will be expected to develop strong communication and social skills along with their technical skills. Monique Anderson joined Indiana Tech as director of the software engineering program in January. Anderson

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has both workplace experience and teaching experience. She spent six years at Raytheon as a software engineer working on their battle management systems and taught at Indiana Tech as an adjunct professor. Anderson describes the role of software engineers as being involved in the complete process of development including programming, meeting with clients, creating the design, and following it through testing. “Software engineering is what computer engineers become in the end,” she explained. “They turn the programming into the entire life cycle. You hear the phrase ‘cradle to grave’ – it’s taking the project from the idea to the finished product.” In addition to developing the curriculum, Anderson has been closely involved in recruiting the first group of software engineering students. “We didn’t have anything – no lab, no curriculum, no graduates,” she said. “But a plus was the coupling with local industry. Companies like Raytheon, ITT Industries, and Fourth Wave said it was a wonderful idea.” The industry partners made suggestions on how to shape the curriculum, and said they’d employ students as interns. As the program progresses, they’ll provide projects for students to work on.





above, left to right: Gary Messick, Marty Mansfield, and program director Monique Anderson. There are a lot of challenges that come with designing a program this progressive, but these professors love what they do. previous page: This detail of a few walls in the SE Lab highlights the bright colors used for the furniture and paint. Anderson wanted the lab’s decor to foster a creative environment.









Bradley Taylor, a graduate of Fort Wayne’s Snider High School, will be one of the inaugural software engineering students. Taylor is getting an early taste of Indiana Tech while working with Anderson this summer. “I was drawn to the specialized program in software engineering. Everywhere else was computer engineering,” he explained. “Plus it’s right here (in town).” The program was created for an enrollment of 12 students. In early June, Anderson said there were 10 students already registered, and she was still talking to three more. With fall quickly approaching, plans already have been made for the first project. “Coming up with the first project was a challenge in itself,” Anderson said. “You want it to be something that challenges the students, but you have to remember that they’re freshmen and consider their skills and abilities.” Professor Matt Hendryx will be the first project manager. Students will make up a language (like those in “Star Wars” and “Lord of the Rings”), then translate a real document such as The Gettysburg Address. “Faculty and staff have been phenomenal,” Anderson said of those working with her. “Gary (Messick) did a good job of planning and putting the team together, finding people who could think outside of the box and



were open to doing cross-functional work.” The faculty team working with the software engineering students consists of Susan McGrade teaching English, Hendryx and Norma Friedman teaching social sciences, Martin Mansfield teaching computer science, and Jerome Heaven teaching math while Anderson teaches software engineering. “Everybody has their passion, and sometimes you have to be careful not to step on someone else’s passion,” Anderson observed, “but so far everybody has been wonderful.” The initial stages of the program launch have been so successful that there is even discussion of adapting parts of it for Indiana Tech’s Early Start program, which allows high school students to take college courses.




The untrained eye might not notice the Apple quad-core G5 and Rocket Calc supercomputer sitting in the foreground or the Sun Microsystems workstation sitting in the background. But for students like Bradley Taylor, Anderson’s summer intern and SE student, these are necessary tools of the trade.

Software engineering is a perfect fit with Indiana Tech’s mission of offering career-oriented programs. After researching hundreds of jobs, Money Magazine and rated software engineer as the best job in America this spring. stated that “software engineers are needed in virtually every part of the economy.” With the new degree program, Indiana Tech graduates will be in high demand.

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Distance Learning: Education on a new level Since its creation in 1930, Indiana Tech has molded its degree programs to meet the needs of its students. This is one reason why our College of Professional Studies division offers so many locations at which students can take courses. Sometimes, however, some students need other options. Technology has made it easy for those who are unable to attend regular courses to still work towards their degree. Tech’s new Distance Learning program has taken the Independent Study Program format and upgraded it into an e-Learning experience. Students will soon be able to take courses online with the use of video-conferencing and e-mail. Dr. Ben Lee is leading the Distance Learning initiative and

2006 Technology & Engineering Camp Wrap-up

High School Students Get a Glimpse of Life as an Engineer At this year’s Technology and Engineering Camp (TEC), students from local high schools got to put their natural curiosity in technology to work. Over the course of a week in June, they learned about simple machines and engineering principles, and then applied those to develop their own solar powered vehicles. Each year, TEC puts a lot of emphasis on showing kids that their natural interests have a real place in the working world. That’s why in addition to classroom projects, tours of local manufacturing facilities were arranged. One of the places campers got to explore was a speedboat production facility. They could see many of the structural and mechanical engineering principles they learned in their labs put to use building watercraft. During TEC, students lived on campus for the entire week. This gave them a nice preview of life as an engineering student and showed them what kind of learning experience Indiana Tech could offer them after high school. And of course, they didn’t spend all of their time in labs and on tours. In the evenings the kids got to kick back by the bowling alley and rec center in Andorfer Commons. They also took excursions to play laser tag, race go carts, and more.

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setting into place the necessary requirements for kicking off this exciting new program. The eLearning model will allow students to take individual classes that are needed or earn an entire degree online, such as a bachelor of science in accounting or business administration.

Dave & RaE

2nd Annual L3 concert–August 31, 7pm The L3 amphitheater will be alive with music on August 31. To celebrate the beginning of a new academic year for the day students, regional favorites the Dave & Rae Band, will perform for Tech students along with faculty, staff, other college and high school students, and any other fan of fun and upbeat music. The Dave & Rae Band consists of Dave Edmonds on guitar and vocals, Lisa Rae on vocals and percussion, Matt Wilson on bass guitar and Adam White on drums. Hailing from Fishers, Ind., Dave & Rae perform all over the state at bars, weddings, private events, festivals, universities and more. Their appeal comes from the types of music they play – anywhere from ‘70s to rock to folk to pop. They are a high energy band that likes to make everyone feel good and have fun. “Dave and I have been performing together for a long, long time,” states Rae. “But it got to the point where we couldn’t play certain venues with only an acoustic duo.” In order to branch out to larger venues and reach bigger audiences, the duo formed a band, which also offered them a chance to be more creative with their music. Dave & Rae still perform as a duo about 60 to 70 percent of the time, but the band gets together about four to six times a month for gigs. Because of the amount of performances they book, Dave and Rae are able to make music their full-time job. “We love what we do. Absolutely

love it,” says Rae. “I wouldn’t want to do anything else.” Only bassist Matt Wilson has a “day” job, working in the IT industry. Drummer Adam White plays for other bands in addition to working with Dave and Rae. The band likes to stay regional and at the present time has no aspirations for greater fame. “It’s nice to come home after a gig and sleep in our own beds. Traveling is tiresome, and although we will perform in other states when asked, we like to stay within three to four hours of home,” says Rae. When asked what to expect from the concert, Rae states, “You’re going to have fun. People will want to sing along and dance and just have a great time.” The L3 concert with the Dave & Rae Band is open to all Tech students, alumni, faculty, and staff as well as students from local high schools and universities. Admission is free. The concert is lawn seating only, so attendees should plan on bringing blankets or chairs (in inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors). Alcohol is not permitted on the Indiana Tech campus. A collection of boxed and canned goods will also be taken to be donated to the Community Harvest Food Bank. Donation bins will be set up around the stage area.

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Prior to arriving at Tech, Allwein worked for over eight years in non-profit administration as well as in the corporate world and starting his own small businesses. His career experience ranges from sales and merchandising to finance and operations management. Allwein began at Indiana Tech in May 2000, coordinating the Credit for Learning program, as well as teaching parttime. He was more than willing to accept an invitation to join the full-time faculty in January 2003 and earned the title of Outstanding Faculty of the Year. When asked what the biggest difference is between working in the corporate world and working in academia, he noted, “What we do here is all about stretching people, helping them grow, and setting them up for opportunities.” Allwein is perfectly happy where he is and plans to continue teaching for as long as he can. Tim Allwein teaches for both the day school and the College of Professional Studies, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In doing so, he sometimes finds himself teaching peers or colleagues who are going through the CPS program. Recently, he found himself teaching someone quite close to him – his wife, Kathleen. “For the first hour of our first class together, I couldn’t look at her,” noted Allwein. “It was difficult at first, but we both got used to it. She never attached her last name when introducing herself (to avoid the class knowing of their connection.)” His wife was recently named “Outstanding Student of the Year” in the CPS

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program for the Fort Wayne undergraduate division. Allwein and his wife spend the summers at their vacation home in northern Indiana. He enjoys the time off between day school academic years, although he still teaches CPS classes in the evenings. Allwein has three children, two daughters who are in college, and a son who is a high school senior. He is also an ordained minister.

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Commencement 2006

As stimulating and enjoyable as college can be, all students look forward to the day they get their degree. That day is a huge stepping stone in their lives and an achievement that’s years in the making. CPS students breathe some of the biggest sighs of relief during commencement, since they often juggle family life and full-time work in addition to their studies. Perhaps that’s why three CPS students in particular were compelled to wear their hearts on their sleeves–or, in this case, their caps–by writing “WE DID IT” in bright orange ink. With those three words they summed up the feelings of every student, CPS and traditional day school, on graduation day. After years spent staying up late to study, working on projects, research papers, and internships, they have finally reached their goal to have a degree. The entire Tech family is proud of this year’s graduates. Congratulations class of 2006–you did it.


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Left to right: Molly Fishel, Lorie and Ed Sroufe are the three graduates who wrote “WE DID IT” on their caps, summing up the feelings of every grad who finally gets their degree.





1. Honorary degree recipient Myles Brand was also the guest speaker at Commencement. 2. It wouldn’t be commencement without picture taking...lots and lots of picture taking. 3. Soccer Coach Martin Neuhoff poses for one last shot with his nowgraduated senior team members.



4. The Coliseum was packed with excited family and friends, who cheered and applauded throughout the entire procession. 5. Family and friends were eager to congratulate the new grads. 6. Indiana Tech alums and supporters James R. Bard and Young J. Paik received honorary doctorate degrees. Also receiving an honorary degree was Myles Brand, the commencement speaker seen in picture # 1. Indiana Tech TRENDS | Summer 2006 11

Indiana Tech’s new tennis program needs a coach who can build the teams from the grass up. For this job, Dan Moster is the

perfect match.

Tennis coach Dan Moster’s office tucked away in the Fieldhouse is relatively sparse. It has the basic furnishings – desk, chair, computer, table where his young daughters play with their Bratz dolls – but lacks those extras that come with years of coaching. There are no conference trophies, no photos of past Indiana Tech tennis teams, no returning players lounging about. Dan Moster is starting from scratch, creating the university’s new men’s and women’s tennis teams. “The biggest challenge is really exposing more coaches and high school players to Indiana Tech, because there hasn’t been a program,” he explained. “Some have heard of the school, but there’s no tradition of college tennis and Indiana Tech.” Moster describes recruiting as a process of education. “First it’s, ‘Here’s Indiana Tech.’ Then it’s, ‘Here’s our brand new tennis program,” he said. The new program was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Dr. Rudy Kachmann, a local neurosurgeon. His gift provided seed money for the program and construction of tennis courts on the Fort Wayne campus. Moster coached high school tennis teams from 1990 to 2005 and was an assistant coach at Marian College in Indianapolis. He has been a USPTA Certified Tennis Teaching Professional since 1988, and is certified as P-1 (Professional Level 1), the highest level of certification. In September 2005, he joined the staff of Wildwood Racquet Club as a teaching professional and will continue to teach there while working part-time as the Indiana Tech coach. The opportunity to coach at the college level was too good to pass up. “The main thing is it’s a brand new program, just the chance to help start a brand new program is great,” he said. “And it’s a nice school, and the other coaches are good.” While recruiting students to a program without a storied history has its disadvantages, Moster feels Indiana Tech has a lot to offer some players. “It opens doors for kids who may have been overlooked,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity.” Moster has traveled all over spreading the word about Indiana Tech tennis. Ideally there would be 10 men and

10 women for tennis teams. He thinks the opportunity to actually get into matches on a regular basis will help attract players. “We don’t have a junior varsity, and maybe never will,” he said. “Not everyone can play Division I varsity tennis.” In addition to recruiting players, Moster has had to build a schedule. The teams will play both fall and spring, but so far only the fall schedule is established. With so many colleges and universities in the area, Moster had little trouble finding opponents. The tennis Warriors will travel to Taylor University, Goshen College, Aquinas College, Defiance College, and Bethel College. Home matches against Grace College, Huntington University, and Calumet College of St. Joseph will be played at Swinney Park.

left: Dan Moster stands atop a small hill just past the soccer field on the northwest corner of the Fort Wayne campus. To most people this looks like a mound of grass and weeds. But Moster sees it as the future home of the teams’ tennis courts.

“Some schools play mostly in the fall, and wouldn’t do anything in the spring unless they were qualifying for nationals,” he said. “A lot of them are just looking for competition.” For the first season, Moster says he’ll focus on helping students adjust to college life. “They’re mostly freshmen, and I just want to get them into the college environment, academically and playing college tennis,” he explained. “I’m not going to get too wrapped up in wins and losses.”

Fun Facts Favorite food: Pizza Favorite TV show: NCIS Favorite athlete: Andy Roddick Favorite sport to watch: Basketball Worst tennis match: One of several practice matches during high school when he broke racquets in anger. Favorite thing to play with two daughters: Tennis

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Frank M. Childers An education at Indiana Tech launched this alum into an exciting career helping protect our country and putting men in space.

My story began in Canton, N.C., where I graduated from Canton High School in the class of 1940. My town was established around the Champion Paper and Fiber Co. where most of our graduates went to work after high school unless their family was wealthy. My education was in courses that would equip me to work in the paper mill such as mechanical shop, wood working, and general courses beyond that. I did begin my career there until Pearl Harbor happened. That act by Japan pulled our country into World War II. Seven days after Pearl Harbor, I enlisted in the Army Air Corps. My specialty turned out to be in the area of radio operator-mechanics because of my hobby of radio and electronics and the fact that I could already send and receive five words a minute of Morse code. After my basic training and graduation from Scott Field, Ill., in 1942 and being sent to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) for thirtyone months as a radio operatormechanic, I returned to the States. After my discharge in 1945, I returned to my job in the paper mill. I had my eye on pursuing a career in industrial electricity, but my wife inspired me to try for college on the GI Bill, which would pay for my tuition and give a monthly stipend of $90 for support. Since I had not taken college entry courses, I could not find a local college that would take me. Then I saw a magazine ad about Indiana Technical College in Fort Wayne. I applied and was accepted, then earned a


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bachelor’s degree in radio engineering in 1949. What a great city to go to college in. The college was great and the people were great and the city was great. I called it a “City of Churches.” I graduated from Indiana Tech in 1949 and was immediately hired into the Civil Aeronautics Administration in Atlanta, Ga., as an electronic engineer. I worked there for three years in the area of radio communication systems and control tower work. In 1952, I transferred to the Department of the Army at Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Ala., with a grade increase and assignment to a new department responsible for testing and launching the new Redstone Missiles for possible deployment in Europe during the Cold War. My assignment to the Missile Firing Laboratory resulted in being transferred to Cape Canaveral, Fla., for testing and firing missiles downrange over the U.S. Joint Long Range Proving Grounds for almost all missiles, rockets, and space vehicles. My responsibilities over the years included the assignment to test and calibrate four large weighing systems for the launching of Army missiles and for the launching of the first two U.S. astronauts, Alan Shepard and Virgil (Gus) Grissom, on top of our modified Redstone Rocket in 1961. At the same time, I was supervising technicians in checking and calibrating all of the missile measurement systems that would measure and transmit to Earth all of the intended telemetry

records necessary for study of the success or failure information gained from the launches. I had the same assignments during the preparation and launch of the first free-world satellite, Explorer-1, on May 23, 1958. My career began to expand into the Army’s Pershing Intermediate Range Missile, anticipated for deployment in Europe during the Cold War. I was assigned as the Technical Representative for Measurements, Telemetry and Quality Assurance for that project in Orlando, Fla., until the missile was successfully launched a few times at Cape Canaveral before deployment. The Army Missile Firing Laboratory Team at Cape Canaveral was transferred to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1962, to lend their support to the rapidly expanding space program. On Nov. 29, 1963, Florida’s John F. Kennedy Space Center was formed in honor of President Kennedy. The president had set the mood for America’s space ventures when speaking at Rice University on Sept. 12, 1962.

When we

as well as developing procedures that were new to NASA and the space program. I had worked about 20 years in electronics and then finished my career at Kennedy Space Center in reliability and quality assurance. In 1972, I was certified as a reliability engineer by the American Society of Quality Control. My title at retirement was aerospace engineer. When we launched the first two astronauts downrange in 1961, I began to think, “We’re really making history.” I began to gather data on the faith of scientists, engineers, and astronauts as we prepared to build the proper rockets, build the safe launch pads, and develop the procedures launched the for man to venture into space.

first two astronauts

In 1997, I had my book, “Faith in Space,” published with data I collected over a period of 36 years. downrange in 1961, In 1995, I wrote “The History of Cape Canaveral Lighthouse.” In I began to think, “We’re 2004, I completed “The History of Reliability and Quality Assurance at Kennedy Space Center,” really making history.” which they published in 2004 as KSC Historical Document No. 20 (KHR-20). The document I was given the opportunity to contained reliability and quality assurance information head up a department for radio frequency interference from the early days of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (RFI), which fit my training and education at Indiana (ABMA) work through shuttle launches of today. Tech, or I could venture into reliability and quality assurance. I chose the latter because I wanted to continue in this new field of interest that I had begun to work in on a part-time basis. I was identifying areas in the Apollo program that required mandatory inspection points during the Saturn-V preparation and launches,

Indiana Tech inspired me as a writer during my first semester of college English, when our professor required us to write a short story of some event or place in our life. I highly recommend my college, Indiana Tech.

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alumni updates Alumni NEWS Stanley A. Clemenz, BSEE 1942, now lives in Pensacola, Fla., after a 61-year career in aerospace, shipbuilding, auto production, and subway transit systems. He still works as a consultant in space tourism research and other commercial space ventures. His e-mail address is Roger Doriot, BSCE 1966, and his wife, Suzanne, are missionaries to the Nalja tribe in Irian Jaya, Indonesia. He also is working with Wycliffe Bible Translators on a commentary series in English for national translators wordwide.

Bridget Jones, BSCS 1986, is employed as a clinical administrative coordinator for Sheppard Pratt Health Systems and lives in Baltimore, Md. She has four children: Brandon Baker, Kenneth Baker, Samuel Carter, and Brianna Carter. Her son Brandon attends Purdue University, and her son Kenneth will attend Indiana Tech in fall 2006. Toni Darga, BSEE 1999, married Brian Terry in March 2006 and they live in Mesa, Ariz. Darga is training for her first marathon in January 2007. She can be reached at tmdarg@


It’s that time of year again–the Trask/Walls Invitational Student Tournament is here for its 17th year in a row. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends are invited to enjoy good food, drinks, and friends while helping to raise funds for Indiana Tech scholarships. For more info contact Rose Schafer at 260.422.5561, ext. 2219 e-mail:

where: Brookwood Golf Course when: September 17th, shotgun start at 12:30pm who: 18 holes, 4-person scramble, 144 total golfers cost: $80/person ($60/student); Includes lunch, dinner, course fees, golf cart, and prizes.

Sponsored by International Truck & Engine 16

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in memoriam

we have learned of the deaths of the following alumni & friends: Eishin Akamine Redondo Beach, CA BSEETGR 1956

George Cook Lakewood, OH BSCE 1948

Clarence Gerbitz Rochester, NY BSRE 1953

James Pauley San Jose, CA BSRE 1954

Bernard Strough Palatka, FL BSCE 1949

Walter Bartlett Walden, NY BSELE 1957

William A. Darling Fort Wayne, IN BSCE

Charles Groff Garden Valley, ID BSANE 1950

Woodrow Ramsey Hotchkiss, CO BSCE 1938

Clarence Stultz Winchester, VA BSME 1953

Richard Becker Hutchinson, KS BSCE 1963

Edwin Deck Franklin, IN BSEE 1933

Lessel Hart Bennettsville, SC BSEE 1960

Adolph William Razant Delmar, NY BSEE 1950

Vernon Thompson West Lafayette, OH BSEE 1937

John W. Bolam Merritt Island, FL BSEE 1957 Pliny Brestel Mercer Island, WA BSANE 1953

Joseph Donaldson Neenah, WI BSME 1948

Andrew Janis Cadiz, OH BSEE 1950

James Sagnis Egg Harbor Township, NJ BSEE 1957

John Dooley Louisville, KY BSCHE 1958

George Kroh BSCE 1953

Lloyd Climenhaga Crestview, FL BSME 1956

Herbert Fujii BSME 1955

Elwood Laackso Sparks, MD BSEE 1957

Harvey Shopsky Latrobe, PA BSME 1954

Donald Tierney Burbank, CA BSCE 1951 Roger Wehr Narrowsburg, NY BSCE 1968

Lewis Garis Dothan, AL BSME 1950

Everett Olson Olympia, WA BSME 1947

Paul Stash Houston, TX BSCHE 1969

Bill Whittaker Hixson, TN BSEE 1950

Memorial Bricks Installed We are pleased to report that the first phase of the brick patio project outside of the Abbott Center on campus is complete. Thanks to those of you who purchased a brick. Please be sure to visit sometime and take a look at your piece of the university. If you have not purchased a brick and would like the opportunity to leave your legacy at Indiana Tech, please contact Chad Pieper, Director, Alumni Relations/Annual Fund. He can be reached at (800) 937-2448 ext. 2270 or by e-mail at Indiana Tech TRENDS | Summer 2006 17

special info

Homecoming 2006 schedule This year’s celebration spans an entire week, with a wide range of events designed to involve current students, staff, faculty and alumni. Don’t wait any longer to make your plans to be here for homecoming. Sunday, Sept. 17 TWIST XVII, 12:30pm–finish (Trask Walls Invitational Student Tournament) 4-person golf scramble, 18-holes, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Course fees, electric cart, lunch, dinner, prizes and guaranteed fun are included in price. $80 per person/$60 for day students TWIST is an annual golf outing at Brookwood Golf Course. It was started by former professor Walter Trask and current professor Dr. Jeffrey Walls as a social event for the students. Over the years, the tournament has evolved into a large university event involving not only students, but also faculty, staff, and alumni. All proceeds go to an endowed scholarship named for TWIST at Indiana Tech. Monday, Sept. 18 Sundaes on Monday, 5–6pm Enjoy ice cream with all of the traditional toppings at the Elkhart, Fort Wayne, and Indianapolis campuses. Fun Night, 8–11pm Texas Hold’em Poker and free bowling & games in the student recreation center in Andorfer Commons. Tuesday, Sept. 19 Cookout, 12–1pm Enjoy a lunchtime cookout outside of Andorfer Commons. L3 Amphitheater Forum: 1–1:45pm Student discussion, topic to be announced. Women’s Volleyball vs. Siena Heights, 7pm Wednesday, Sept. 20 Women’s Volleyball vs. Indiana Wesleyan, 7pm Special Movie, 7–9pm Free viewing in Andorfer Commons theater Thursday, Sept. 21 Lunch Entertainment, 12–1pm Mentalist Chris Carter Mini Health Fair, 1–3pm In the Wellness Center President’s Club Dinner, 6:30–9pm (invitation only) President’s Club members, donors who have contributed $1,000 or more during the past fiscal year, are invited to enjoy a special recognition dinner and learn how their contributions affect Indiana Tech. Friday, Sept. 22 Spirit Day, all day Show your school spirit by wearing your favorite orange and black Indiana Tech gear. 18

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Guided Campus Tours, 1–4pm Tour the engineering labs, computer science department, and some of the finest residence facilities in the state. Men’s & Women’s Alumni Basketball Games, TBA Engineering 101, Zollner Engineering Center, 3–4pm Men’s Soccer vs. Cornerstone University, 3:30pm Reception, 6:30–9pm Enjoy great food and conversation at this meet and greet event with casino games in Andorfer Commons. 50th and 25th Year Reunions, 6:30–9pm Classes of 1956, 1981, previous Alumni Board Presidents will be recognized. Held in Andorfer Commons. Bonfire and Karaoke, 9pm–midnight Sing along to your favorite songs and warm up by the fire. Look for the fun near the soccer field. Saturday, Sept. 23 Prayer Service, 8–8:30am Non-denominational prayer service in the Heinz & Nana Lee Wegener Worship Center. Breakfast with the President, 8:30–9:30am Start your day off right by sharing the most important meal of the day with fellow alumni, students, and Dr. Snyder in the dining hall. Alumni Association Annual Meeting, 10–11:30am Election of new officers, a report from the association, and an update from the president; open to everyone. Men’s & Women’s Tennis vs. Calumet College of St. Joseph, 11am at Swinney Park Special Unveiling at Scully Square, 11:45am. Cook-out, 12–1:30pm Alumni Baseball & Softball Games, 12pm at Memorial Park Women’s Soccer vs. Cornerstone, 1:30pm Men’s Soccer vs. Cornerstone, 3:30pm Carnival Games, 12–4pm Fun for the whole family Banquet Dinner, Cocktails: 6pm, Dinner: 6:30–8:30pm Performance from Indiana Tech Chorus and announcement of Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient; in Andorfer Commons. Homecoming Dance, 8–11pm The “Ice Breaker @ Club Tech” is today’s version of a Homecoming Dance. The tent will be transformed and students will dance to music played by a professional D.J. The 2006 Homecoming King & Queen will be crowned.

Homecoming 2006 registration form To register, just tear out or photocopy this page, fill in your info, and pop it in the mail to:

Indiana Tech, attn: Alumni Relations 1600 East Washington Blvd. Fort Wayne, Indiana 46803

Or register by phone by calling (800) 937-2448 ext. 2219, or online:

first name



maiden (if applicable)


guest names



state ZIP

e-mail address

home phone

daytime phone


year graduated or anticipated graduation date


Homecoming Registration Fee: $75 This includes all events during homecoming week, excluding the TWIST golf outing. Children 5 and under are free. All registrations are requested by September 18. There will be no refunds for cancellations after that date. TWIST Golf Outing: $80/person, $60/students The TWIST Golf outing requires a separate registration. Contact Rose Schafer at 260.422.5561 ext. 2219 for more details. Event Registration Please let us know how many in your party plan to attend the following events during the week. Sunday, Sept. 17



Tuesday, Sept. 19


Thursday, Sept. 21 Lunch Entertainment, Comedian Friday, Sept. 22 Engineering 101 Reception

Saturday, Sept. 23

Breakfast with the President


Banquet Dinner

special info

2005 Homecoming Inductee:

Bob Featheringham

During Homecoming each year, Indiana Tech inducts a new member into the Alumni Hall of Fame. The inductee for the 2005 celebration was Bob Featheringham.

billion-dollar programs and won a number of information security contracts and task orders.

A native of Massillon, Ohio, Featheringham holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering (with Option in Mathematics) from Indiana Tech and a Master of Science in Technology Management from the University of Maryland. Before retiring, Featheringham enjoyed a 40-year career working with defense contracting companies in the Washington, D.C., area. He served in a number of positions of increasing responsibility from junior engineer to vice president and general manager of an operating division, where he managed his own business development. As a line manager, he supervised the engineering and testing of state-of-theart communications-electronics systems for the US Army and Marine Corps. A seasoned business manager with P&L responsibility, he met or exceeded his revenue and income targets for ten consecutive years. As a business developer he grew his division from a single contract to a $30 million, multi-contract business unit. Later, he was director of new business development for a defense information systems integrator, where he positioned the company on several

In October 1999, he retired from full-time employment, moved to Toms River, NJ, and married Connie Caputo, a longtime business colleague. They established Two Feathers Consulting to provide business development and management consulting services to the US Army communicationselectronics community at Fort Monmouth, NJ, as well as other Army installations. Featheringham has a keen personal interest in helping young engineers define and reach their career goals. To this end, he operated the executive offices of Sigma Phi Delta, an international fraternity of engineers. As a volunteer, he serves on the Fort Monmouth AFCEA chapter’s Scientific and Engineering Careers Committee, which raises and distributes over $100K of annual scholarships and grants to high school students at the Jersey Shore. He co-chairs an annual science fair for high school students and guides a program for mentoring young engineers and professionals at Fort Monmouth. He endowed a $2,000 scholarship for deserving engineering students at Indiana Tech in memory of his first wife, who died in 1995.

Escape With Indiana Tech Combine a gathering with fellow alums and a luxury resort vacation in one event at the inaugural Indiana Tech escape. Indiana Tech alumni and friends are invited on a 3-day trip to MonteLago Village Resort on Lake Las Vegas. From Nov. 3 to 5, you can enjoy shopping, dining, golf, gaming, art galleries, and spas at the Mediterranean-themed resort. Special Indiana Tech activities will include a reception with President Arthur Snyder and his wife, Camille; a helicopter tour over the Las Vegas lights; a Saturday morning breakfast; a tour of the Hoover Dam; a yacht cruise on Lake Las Vegas; and an alumni and friends dinner. Trip packages are available for two or three nights, and prices vary depending on the size of the room that is needed. For more information, visit our Web site:

faculty & staff news Professor Wins Innovation Award Dr. Norma Friedman, professor of business and social sciences, has received the Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology to be presented at the 17th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, April 10 through 14 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. She will represent Indiana Tech and present the process and findings of the Relationship Based Education Symposium held in December 2005. Professors Susan McGrade, Steve Malloris, and Friedman developed and worked on this university symposium.

Faculty Share Work at Engineering Conference Indiana Tech contributed two faculty presentations and three student project presentations to the Illinois-Indiana and North Central Joint Section Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) on March 30 and April 1 at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Dr. Steve Dusseau presented a paper on “Ethics in Engineering Education.” Dr. Feng Lin and David Aschliman, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Studies, coauthored a paper on “Integrated Design and Analysis for a Trebuchet using a High Speed Photographic Measurement System and Matlab.” The paper was co-authored with Dr. Richard Kenefic, now at Raytheon. Kenefic presented the paper. Three student groups presented their projects in a student poster session. Andrew Burns and Justina Horner presented their work on “Busting Height of an Egg”, developed as a class project in MA 2430 Probability and Statistics. Jay Welsh and Lindberg Williams presented the continuing rocket electronics activity, which began as an IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) project. Chris Cress, Janelle Freeland, and Clinton Gulley presented work on the “Buzzer Project,” an electronic signaling project to support the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) games that were hosted by Indiana Tech this past spring.

University Welcomes New Staff Indiana Tech is pleased to announce several additions to the university staff: Amy Jagger, human resources assistant Cassandra Herriford, enrollment manager, College of Professional Studies, Merrillville office Josh Clements, technical specialist for online learning Holly Trail, associate admissions counselor, traditional program Robin Close, admissions representative, College of Professional Studies, Greenwood office Marlena Lewis, administrative assistant Byron Douglas, admissions representative, College of Professional Studies, Indianapolis campus Rhonda Ladig, admissions coordinator, traditional program Cathy Elrod, administrative assistant

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Featured Item:

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Special Alumni Price: $10.39 Regular Price $12.99

To order, stop by the gift shop in the lower level of Andorfer Commons, call (800) 937-2448, ext. 2150, or fax (260) 420-1453. Please add $5 to your order for shipping.

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Trends: Summer 2006 (Volume 2, Issue 4)  

Indiana Tech's university magazine for alumni and friends

Trends: Summer 2006 (Volume 2, Issue 4)  

Indiana Tech's university magazine for alumni and friends