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Our Students Volume 5, Issue 4 / Summer 2009 The Magazine for Students, Alumni & Friends of Indiana Tech

Maximize Your Memories:

Homecoming 2009

Commencement 2009

Letter from the President

Hello again, Truth be known, I have one of the best jobs in the world, helping to lead this university as it prepares students of all ages for future success. This thought is validated each year as I shake the hand of each graduate walking across the Commencement stage. I suspect some graduates view Commencement as the last requirement they have to get through before moving on to bigger and better things. However, I hope that more of them savor the moments and see Commencement for what it is — the university’s biggest celebration, a celebration of the graduates and their accomplishments. We don’t gather amid pomp and circumstance to congratulate faculty and staff for another year of work. We gather to honor our students’ academic achievements. I also hope our graduates continue to challenge themselves and view learning as an infinite journey. As Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” As you peruse this issue of Trends — poring over the Commencement photos, reading of our students’ accomplishments, catching up on alumni news — think about where your education has taken you. I suspect it has taken you further than you imagined it would. Please consider joining us for Homecoming 2009. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with friends and acquaintances of the past, see where Indiana Tech is now, and learn where the university is headed in the future. Sincerely,

Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, President

Contents Departments


Tech Happenings


Richter’s Notes


Alumni News


In Memoriam


Faculty & Staff News



6 Congratulations, Class of 2009

8 Warrior Roundup

10 Maximize Your Memories: Homecoming 2009 13 Impact of the Economy on Our Students 17


Summer Opening Planned for Fishers Location


Trends Volume 5, Issue 4. © 2009 Indiana Institute of Technology Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D., President

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Tech Happenings

Students Honored for Achievements The close of the academic year brought accolades for many Indiana Tech students as they were honored for their academic achievements.

Alpha Chi

Indiana Tech welcomed 27 new inductees into its chapter of Alpha Chi. Membership for this prestigious academic honor society is by invitation only.

►►Jerry Acord, a junior accounting student from Ossian, Ind. ►► Daniel D. Allen, a junior industrial and manufacturing

engineering student from Rushville, Ind. ►►Justina Kay Andrews, a junior recreational management student with a minor in athletic training from Decatur, Ind. ►► David R. Aschliman, a junior software engineering student from Bluffton, Ind. ►► Todd A. Battershell, a junior criminal justice student from Fort Wayne, Ind. ►► Kristye J. Cook, a junior organizational leadership student from Kokomo, Ind. ►► Nathan L. Davidhizar, a senior business administration student with a concentration in marketing from Goshen, Ind. ►► Teresa K. Davis, a senior organizational leadership student from Ossian, Ind. ►► Ruth deWit, a senior business administration student with a concentration in marketing from Kokomo, Ind. ►► Melanie Ann Godby, a senior business administration student with a concentration in management from Sheridan, Ind. ►► Mallory Kay Harris, a senior business administration student with a minor in personal fitness coaching management from Greenfield, Ind. ►► Stephanie A. Hunsche, a junior software engineering student from Fishers, Ind. ►► Summer Dawn Hurst, a senior business administration student with concentrations in management, human resources, and production management from Waynedale, Ind. ►► Curtis M. Jailor, a senior business administration student with a concentration in human resources from Antwerp, Ohio.


►►Justin John Kaler, a junior business administration student with

a concentration in marketing from Fort Wayne, Ind. ►► William A. Kelly, a junior business administration student

with concentrations in marketing and human resources from Claypool, Ind. ►► Todd Kettelle, a senior business administration student with a concentration in management from Lexington Park, MD. ►►Jordan D. LeuVoy, a junior business administration student with a concentration in sports management from Bath, Mich. ►► Kathryn S. McKelvey, a senior business administration student with a concentration in human resources from Montpelier, Ohio. ►► Steven A. McKinney, a junior industrial and manufacturing engineering student from Dayton, Ohio. ►►Alicia Moser, a junior business administration student with a concentration in management from Bluffton, Ind. ►► Chad Olimpio, a junior business administration student with a concentration in human resources from Fort Wayne, Ind. ►►Ashlie Noelle Sklenicka, a junior business administration student with concentrations in marketing and sports management from Parma, Ohio. ►► Robert Allen Strasser , a junior industrial and manufacturing engineering student from Shelbyville, Ind. ►►Jason R. Thompson, a junior networking student from Akron, Ind. ►► Brian L. Wiederholt, a senior business administration student with a concentration in marketing from Fort Wayne, Ind. ►► Marcus A. Wolfram, a junior accounting student from Elkhart, Ind. ►► Kristina M. Wyss, a junior recreational management student from Fort Wayne, Ind.


Outstanding Graduates

Each year the university chooses Outstanding Graduates to be recognized for their accomplishments while pursuing their degrees. In the traditional day division, outstanding students were chosen in several majors within the College of Business, the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, and the College of General Studies. In the College of Professional Studies, outstanding graduates were chosen at the undergraduate and graduate level for the Fort Wayne area, Indianapolis area, and Elkhart area and for the master’s degree programs in engineering management and organizational leadership.

The 2009 Outstanding Graduates are:

College of Business

College of General Studies

►► Eric David, business administration, education

►► Hannah Elizabeth McKinnon, communication

►► Rebekkah Elaine Dilley, business administration, human

►► Staci Elizabeth Stork, criminal justice

resources ►►Joshua David Pheils, business administration, management ►► Brian Lee Wiederholt, business administration, marketing ►► Shane Michael Baughman, accounting and overall College of Business Student

►► Mildred Irene Rotzoll, psychology

College of Engineering and Computer Sciences

►► Zachary D. Palmer, recreation management ►► Laura Nichole Booker, therapeutic recreation and overall

College of General Studies Student

College of Professional Studies ►► Rob A. Parker, Elkhart, undergraduate ►► Kathryn Sue McKelvey, Fort Wayne, undergraduate ►► Cheryl A. Barcus, Indianapolis, undergraduate

►► Nicholas Joseph Zipparo, information systems

►►Jennifer Renee Hlutke, Elkhart, graduate

►► Gabriel Andrew Selig, networking

►► Brian Edward Hill, Fort Wayne, graduate

►►Aaron Lee Johnson, overall School of Computer Sciences

►► Richard Bramhill, Indianapolis, graduate

Student ►► Daniel Wayne Hicks, computer engineering ►► Eric Tyler Haynes, biomedical engineering ►►Alan James Gerz, electrical engineering ►► Brandon Leigh Martin, industrial & manufacturing engineering ►►Jason William Ferens, mechanical engineering and overall College of Engineering Student

►► Rebecca L. Chaney, engineering, graduate

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►► David D. Pitcher, organizational leadership, graduate


Tech Happenings

Breakfast Honors Intern, Employer of the Year The Indiana Tech Career Planning and Development Center celebrated student interns and their employers at an Internship Recognition Breakfast on April 29.

Eric Zimmerman of Allen County Adult Probation stands with Staci Stork as she accepts the Intern of the Year award from Dr. Snyder.

Pat Pasterick, principal architect with Design Collaborative, was the keynote speaker and discussed how his internship changed him and convinced him to live and work in Fort Wayne. He encouraged students to use internship experiences to learn about a variety of work environments and locations, so that they can better determine their career paths. He also strongly encouraged them to consider living in Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana after graduating from college, citing the wonderful opportunities available in the area. Pam Norman, executive director of Indiana, attended the event and announced the winners of the Employer of the Year and Intern of the Year awards. Fort Wayne Metals was named Employer of the Year. The company has mentored several student interns and collaborated with the Career Planning and Development Center as a participant in Mock Interview Day and a sponsor of the Etiquette Dinner.

Denise Klausner of Fort Wayne Metals accepts the Employer of the Year award from Dr. Snyder.

Fifteen students had been nominated for Intern of the Year, and the award went to Staci Stork. Stork is a senior majoring in criminal justice and served an internship with Allen County Adult Probation. Stork’s supervisor, Eric Zimmerman, nominated her for her strong work ethic, strong communication skills, and an extremely positive attitude.

Tech Tone Trio Indiana Tech V.I.P.s traded-in their ties for casual wear and guitars. President Arthur Snyder (center), along with Mark Richter (left), vice president of Institutional Advancement, and Don Perry, Dean Barbara Perry’s husband, performed live on stage for an enthusiastic crowd. Attendees also snacked on hors d’oeuvres and drinks from the coffee bar.



Three New Trustees Join University Board Indiana Tech is proud to welcome three new members to the Board of Trustees. The appointments began July 1, 2009. H. Robert Gill, Jr.: Bob Gill, BSELE 1960, is principle of The Topaz Group, which provides consulting services for corporations and investors. He also is chairman of Vixxi Solution, Inc.; chairman of AdPay, Inc.; a member of the board of Varolii Corporation; and venture partner of Appian Ventures. He earned a bachelor of science in electronic engineering from Indiana Tech, a master of science in electrical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Gill also serves as chairman of the board for the Boulder Innovation Center and the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado. He was the recipient of the Boulder Esprit Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.


Norma S. Friedman: Norma Friedman was selected by the Faculty Senate to serve as the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees. Friedman is a tenured professor of business administration and social sciences at Indiana Tech. She earned a bachelor of science in leisure studies and services at the University of Massachusetts, a master of education in human/social services from Antioch College, a master of arts in adult and higher education from Columbia University, and a doctor of education (Ed.D.) in adult and higher education from Columbia University. Friedman also is a management/ organizational development consultant. She has given numerous presentations, written academic publications and has served on many boards and advisory committees. Audra S. Wilcoxson: Audra Wilcoxson, ASACC 1989, was selected by the Alumni Association Board of Directors to serve as the alumni board representative to the Board of Trustees. Wilcoxson is an independent image consultant for BeautiControl. She also works part-time for Independent Networking Group Inc., National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States and Stein Mart. She earned an associate degree in secretarial science from International Business College and an associate degree in accounting from Indiana Tech. She currently serves as secretary for the Indiana Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors and treasurer for the Auburn Business and Professional Women/USA, and she is a member of the Psi Iota Xi Sorority of Auburn.


The Indiana Tech Board of Trustees has 18 members plus the president of the university, Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, and two trustees emeriti. Each trustee serves a three-year term and can be re-elected based on committee recommendations.


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Congratulations Class of 2009 Almost 750 students earned Indiana Tech degrees this year, with about 550 students from locations around the state gathering in Fort Wayne for the university’s 88th Commencement on Saturday, May 18. Capt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson, a retired astronaut, encouraged the graduates to change the world in his keynote address. “The world needs to change the way it does business,” he said. “If enough of us change ourselves, we just might change the world. … We can assure honesty and truth in everything we do.” In 18 years as an astronaut Gibson flew five space flights, four of them as the mission commander, aboard the Space Shuttles Challenger, Columbia, Atlantis, and Endeavour. Gibson earned an associate degree in engineering science from Suffolk Community College in 1966 and went on to earn an aeronautical engineering degree from California Polytechnic State University. He then joined the U.S. Navy and served as a fighter pilot in southeast Asia. He graduated first in his class at the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School and was a test pilot until being selected as an astronaut in 1978 in the first Space Shuttle astronaut selection. In his career with NASA, he held the positions of deputy chief of NASA aircraft operations, chief of the astronaut office, and deputy director of flight crew operations. Gibson was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2003. He acknowledged that at his own Commencement ceremony many years ago, he had no idea that he would become an aviator and an astronaut. With that in mind, he simply advised graduates to follow their passion and see where it leads them. At the end of Gibson’s keynote address, he was presented an honorary doctorate in aeronautical engineering. 6


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Warrior Roundup ►► Elliot Pisarczyk (junior, C, Cicero, Ill.): WHAC All-Academic ►► Eric Sherrill (junior, P, Fort Wayne): WHAC All-Academic, NAIA

Scholar-Athlete ►►John Toschlog (junior, P, Centerville, Ind.): WHAC All-Academic,

NAIA Scholar-Athlete


The Warriors pounded top-seed Madonna to win the WHAC tournament. After giving up 4 runs in the top of the first inning, the Warriors took control of the game and scored 10 runs in the first three innings. The final score of 11–7 gave Indiana Tech an automatic berth in the NAIA tournament. Unfortunately, the team did not advance past the first round of the NAIA tournament. Although the team did defeat Spring Arbor 6–4, losses to Belhaven (4–5) and Tennessee Wesleyan (0–6) ended the Warriors’ run for a national title. Post-season honors for the baseball team included: ►► Will Richards (senior, C, Toronto): WHAC Player of the Year, All-


The Indiana Tech softball team posted a 14-14 conference record (25-26) overall, but were eliminated from the WHAC tournament with losses to Davenport (10-3) and Siena Heights (4-2). However, several players earned accolades for their achievements this season:

Conference First Team ►►John Paul Akers (senior, P, Naples, Fla.): All-Conference First

Team ►► Keegan McCamment (senior, OF, Greensburg, Ind.): AllConference First Team ►►Todd Phillips (sophomore, P, Rainsville, Ala.): All-Conference First Team ►► Elijah Chee (senior, 3B, Waipahu, Hawaii): All-Conference Honorable Mention, WHAC All-Academic, Champions of Character ►► Lance Hanmer (junior, IF, Greensburg, Ind.): All-Conference Honorable Mention ►► Steve Weigle (senior, OF, Naples, Fla.): All-Conference Honorable Mention ►► Freddie Austin (senior, OF, Cleveland): WHAC All-Academic ►► Gordan Murphy (junior, C, Fort Wayne): WHAC All-Academic ►►Zach Palmer (junior, P, Fort Wayne): WHAC All-Academic, NAIA Scholar-Athlete


►►Justine Brandt (junior, SS/OF, Toledo, Ohio): All-Conference First

Team ►► Brittany Miller (senior, P/3B, Spencerville, Ind.): All-Conference

First Team, WHAC All-Academic ►►Jessica Williams (junior, P/1B, Seattle, Wash.): All-Conference

First Team, WHAC All-Academic, NAIA All-America ScholarAthlete ►► Brittany Bingham (sophomore, P/SS, Woodbridge, Va.): AllConference Honorable Mention ►► Casey Prince (freshman, P/U, Severn, Md.): All-Conference Honorable Mention ►►Tina Andrews (junior, DP, Decatur, Ind.): WHAC All-Academic, NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete ►► Mallory Harris (senior, 2B, Greenfield, Ind.): WHAC All-Academic, NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete ►► Samantha Simpson (sophomore, P/OF, Albion, Mich.): Champions of Character Team


►►The 4 x 400 team of Tiffany Aikin (sophomore, Elkhart, Ind.),

A’rielle Anderson (sophomore, Merrillville, Ind.), Preosha GrahamCoats (freshman, Fort Wayne) and Owsley was 7th with a time of 3:51.36. By finishing among the top six in their events, Chapman and Petridis earned All-America honors.


The women’s golf team competed at the NAIA national championships for the first time and finished 27th. The team was led by Tara Hanna (sophomore, Grand Rapids, Mich.) with an average of 87 for three rounds, Kalie Sanders (freshman, Greenville, IN) with an average of 96, and Brittany Watson (sophomore, Holt, MI ) with an average of 99.

Track & Field

The Warriors sent 10 women and six men to the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championship this spring, and many of them placed in the top 10. For the Warrior men:

Also this spring, Watson shot a hole in one en route to her career best second round at the Milliken Big Blue Classic on April 18. Her ace was from 143 yards and she used a 4-hybrid club on the shot. According to Coach Kelly Mettert, this is the first hole in one during competition in Indiana Tech history for both men’s and women’s golf. Watson shot a 90 in the round for a two-day total of 190 at Hickory Point Golf Course in Forsyth, Ill.

►►Zac Chapman (sophomore, Kendallville, Ind.) was 4th in the 400-

meter hurdles, with a time of 52.76 ►► Evan Carpenter (freshman, Chelsea, Mich.) was 7th in the 100-

meter hurdles ►► Ramon Gates ( sophomore, Danville, Ill.) was 10th in the triple jump at 14.10 meters ►►The men’s 4 x 400 team of Chapman, Derrick Brinkley (junior, Washington, D.C.), Russell Dill (junior, Fort Wayne), and Carpenter placed 7th with a time of 3.11.90.

New faces

Brad Winton, a Warrior alum and former assistant coach, has returned to Indiana Tech as head coach for men’s basketball. Jeff Walker has joined the university as athletic director. Watch future issues of Trends to learn more about them.

For the Warrior women: ►► Dina Petridis (sophomore, Fort Wayne) placed 3rd in the pole

vault at 6.53 meters. ►► Renyae Owlsey (freshman, Indianapolis) finished 7th in the

400 meters at 55.18.

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Save the DateS:






Homecoming 2009 will feature a wide variety of activities involving alumni and families, current students, faculty and staff. Contact your former classmates and make plans now to attend!

Events and Activities

Listed below are events and activities that are scheduled to take place during Homecoming weekend. Any event is subject to change, so please visit the web site at for updates. For more information on 2009 Homecoming, you may contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 800.937.2448, x2219.

Thursday, September 17



Spirit Day Show your school spirit by wearing your favorite orange and black Indiana Tech clothing. Need to update your Tech wardrobe? Visit the Tech Treasures gift shop where alums receive a 20% discount. You can also come prepared by ordering your Tech gear in advance! You



This is a great chance to see the exciting changes that are happening on campus! Tech Student Ambassadors will escort you to your very own Warrior chariot where you can relax, reconnect and reminisce as they guide you on a personalized campus tour. You’ll have the opportunity to visit engineering labs, the computer science department, Warrior Fieldhouse and some of the finest residence facilities in the state. Don’t forget to make a stop at Andorfer Commons to shop at Tech Treasures and check out Tech’s very own bowling alley. Alumni will meet in the atrium of the Zollner Engineering Center and the tour will end at the Frank & Anne Oropeza Residence Hall dedication.

Registration/Meet & Greet Please check-in on the first floor of the Abbott Center to pick up your registration packet, food tickets, and enjoy fellowship and light refreshments.


50-Year Reunion Luncheon 11:30 a.m.– 12:45 p.m.

Join fellow alumni for a special lunch honoring graduates celebrating their 50-year reunion. Lunch will be held in the Andorfer Commons Conference Center, located on the second floor. Free for 1959 graduates. Price for individual meal, if the Homecoming package is not purchased, is $7.95 per person. ►►


Take part in the formal dedication of Indiana Tech’s newest residence facility named in honor of Frank (BSEE, 1959) and Anne Oropeza. The building will be open for tours following the dedication.

1 p.m.


Frank & Anne Oropeza Hall Dedication 4 p.m.

Bard Life Sciences Laboratory Dedication Join us in the atrium of Zollner Engineering Center for the official dedication of the Bard Life Sciences Laboratory and honor James (BSME, 1959) and Joan Bard.

Guided Campus Tours 3 p.m.

9 a.m.–4 p.m.

6–9 p.m.

Friday, September 18

You may also check out discounted hotel rates and register online now at:

can check out Tech’s online gift shop 24 hours a day and use your 20% discount online or view in-store hours if you prefer to shop in person.

►► President's Club Dinner

President's Club Members, donors who have contributed $1,000 or more during the previous fiscal year, are invited to enjoy a special recognition dinner with the president to learn how their contributions impact Indiana Tech. Anyone who established a scholarship in the previous year will also be honored. Cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and program at the Fort Wayne Country Club. This event is by invitation only.

September 18–20, 2009

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TECHnology 101

Wine Reception — Hosted by the Alumni Board

1:30 p.m.

5–6:30 p.m.

Learn firsthand what Tech Engineering students are working on by visiting the labs throughout the Zollner Engineering Center. Each lab will allow the opportunity to work with other alumni and students on a variety of hands-on activities. Alumni will meet in the atrium in the Zollner Engineering Center.

Unwind with fellow alumni at a wine reception hosted by the Alumni Association Board of Directors in the alcoves on the second floor of Andorfer Commons. Enjoy a walk down memory lane as you reacquaint with former classmates and meet other members of the Tech family.




Tech Women's Reserve Soccer Team vs. Women's Alumni Soccer Team 6 p.m.

page 15 for information about bylaws voting. ►►

Indiana Tech’s soccer field ►►

The 2009 Indiana Tech Alumni Hall of Fame and Alumni Award Recipients will be honored as well as the Class of 1959. This event takes place in the Andorfer Commons Conference Center, located on the second floor. Price for individual meal, if the Homecoming package is not purchased, is $35 per person. ►►


Tech Men's Reserve Soccer Team vs. Men's Alumni Soccer Team

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Enjoy a lunch alongside current students in the Andorfer Commons Dining Hall. Free for alums. ►►


12:30–4 p.m.

The recreation center, located on the lower level of Andorfer Commons, will be open for free bowling, pool and a variety of games.

Women's Alumni Basketball Game ►►


Indiana Tech's Kachmann Courts. ►►

This trolley tour of downtown will view the original Indiana Tech campus as well as the Fort Wayne Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the new Parkview Field. Tour will leave at 1:00 p.m. from the Andorfer Commons parking lot. A second tour may be offered, depending on demand.

Breakfast with the President 8:30–9:30 a.m.


Alumni Association Annual Meeting 10–11:30 a.m.

Learn about university updates from Dr. Snyder followed by the annual Alumni Association report. During this meeting, the 2009-2010 Alumni Association Board of Directors officers will be elected. The meeting is held in the Magee-O’Connor Theater in Andorfer Commons. See

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Downtown Trolley Tour 1 p.m.

All are welcome to start their day at this non-denominational prayer service in the Heinz & Nanalee Wegener Worship Center in Andorfer Commons (second floor).

Share a hot breakfast with fellow alumni, students, and President Arthur Snyder in the dining hall of Andorfer Commons. Price for individual meal, if the Homecoming package is not purchased, is $10 per person.

Warrior Tennis Orange and Black Challenge 1 p.m.

8–8:30 a.m.




Fraternity Open Houses 1–5 p.m.

The Sigma Phi Epsilon and Sigma Pi fraternities invite alumni to visit their homes for a variety of “brotherly” activities. ►►

Women's Lacrosse team Black and Orange Intersquad Game 4 p.m.

Don’t miss your chance to see our new women's lacrosse team! An intersquad game will be played at Indiana Tech’s soccer field.

Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet 6–11:30 p.m.

Starting at 6 p.m., join us in honoring the 2009 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees at the new Holiday Inn. Dinner and inductions will be followed by casino games, music and fun. Starting at 8 p.m. a cash bar, casino games, DJ, and a silent auction will entertain you until 11:30 p.m. Price is $39 per person for full evening; $10 per person for casino only. Event is free for 2009 inductees and Warrior Club members. Please RSVP by September 4, 2009 to the athletic office at (800) 937-2448, x2227.

Road Warrior Cruise-in Have a muscle car, NOS auto or street rod or just enjoy looking at them? You definitely want to check out the variety of wheels on display at Indiana Tech’s Road Warrior Cruise-In located in the parking lot by the soccer field. For more information, call Dave Barrett, BSEE ’77, at (260) 637-2930.

Saturday, September 19 Prayer Service

Enjoy a movie at Cinema Center Tech in the MageeO’Connor Theater in Andorfer Commons. Visit the Cinema Center Tech Web site at for an updated list of movie showings and times.

12:30–4 p.m.

Warrior Races

Cinema Center Tech Movie 6:30 p.m. & 8:45 p.m.

Open Bowl

Indiana Tech's soccer field

Dust off your potato sack, take a refresher course in the three-legged dash, and start training now for a day of racing excitement through Tech’s campus. Alumni and friends are encouraged to join Indiana Tech students in a wide variety of racing opportunities that are sure to be fun for both participants and spectators!


Indiana Tech’s Warrior Field.

12:30–2:30 p.m.


Men's Alumni Baseball Game 12:00 p.m.

9 p.m.



7 p.m.

This event takes place on Kline Court in the Schaefer Center gym.

Share food, fun and your favorite stories as you take a trip down memory lane with fellow alumni on the first floor of Abbott Center. This is your chance to view old Tech yearbooks, try your hand at Tech trivia and celebrate your 10th, 25th or 50th reunion! Price for the food buffet, if the Homecoming package is not purchased, is $15 per person.

Played at Memorial Park. ►►

Alumni Reception 6–8 p.m.

Women's Alumni Softball Game 11:00 a.m.

Alumni Banquet 6:30–8:30 p.m.


Sunday, September 20 ►►

TWIST XX (Trask/Walls Invitational Student Tournament) 12:00 noon

Join us for Tech’s annual 18-hole golf scramble at the Donald Ross Golf Club, located at 7102 S. Calhoun Street. Price includes green fees, golf cart (2 golfers per cart), food, and more. Entry fee is $80 per person, $25 for Tech students 24 or younger, or $320/foursome. Contact Eve Colchin at or (800) 937-2448 x 2335 if you are interested in a sponsorship at the event or making it possible for a student to play at no cost. TWIST is an Indiana Tech tradition started by former professor Walter Trask, as well as current professor Dr. Jeffrey Walls. The outing began as a networking event to teach students about the game of golf as well as the business exchange that often happens on the course. Over the years, the tournament has grown significantly. The event aims to involve faculty, staff, alumni, community leaders and, of course, students in a relaxed game of golf. Proceeds from this event benefit the Moore/Trask Scholarship (awarded annually to a business student) and the Warrior Club (to benefit athletics).


Registration Form A discounted $60 registration package (if made by Sept. 7, $75 after) includes all events on campus. Children under 5 years of age are free. The additional cost for the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet is $39/person. TWIST XX is $80/person, $25/Tech students 24 or younger.

How to register: Please fill out this form and send it to the Institutional Advancement Office.

send by mail: Indiana Tech Alumni Office 1600 E. Washington Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46803 send by fax: 260.422.1578

register by phone: 800.937.2448 ext.2219 register online: e-mail your registration:

Participant Information First____________________________________ Middle_ _______________________ Last Name_________________________________________________ Maiden Name_ _________________________________________________________ Spouse/Guest Name_________________________________________ Street Address_ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City_ _________________________________________________________________ State________________________________ Zip Code_ _____________ E-mail_ _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Home Phone________________________________ Cell Phone________________________________ Work Phone _________________________________ Graduation Year__________________________ Degree__________________________________________________________________________________

# of packages Event Registration □ Homecoming Package—all events ($60/person).................. _____ ($75 after Sept. 7) Includes all events except the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet and TWIST Golf Outing.

Please put a check by each event you plan on attending, whether purchasing the homecoming package or not. Please fill in the total number of attendees, including yourself, in the column on the right. # of attendees Friday, September 18 □ Registration/Meet & Greet......................................................................................... _____ □ 50-Year Reunion Luncheon ($7.95/person without package)................................ _____ □ Bard Life Sciences Laboratory Dedication................................................................ _____ □ TECHnology 101........................................................................................................... _____ □ Guided Campus Tours................................................................................................ _____ □ Frank & Anne Oropeza Hall Dedication.................................................................... _____ □ Wine Reception — Hosted by the Alumni Board.................................................... _____ □ Tech Women’s Reserve Soccer Team vs. Women’s Alumni Soccer Team.............. _____ □ Alumni Banquet ($35/person without package).................................................... _____ □ Tech Men’s Reserve Soccer Team vs. Men’s Alumni Soccer Team.......................... _____ □ Women’s Alumni Basketball Game.......................................................................... _____

Saturday, September 19

# of attendees

□ Prayer Service............................................................................................................. _____ □ Breakfast with the President ($10/person without package). . ............................ _____ □ Alumni Association Annual Meeting........................................................................ _____ □ Women’s Alumni Softball Game.............................................................................. _____ □ Lunch — Free for registered alums........................................................................... _____ □ Men’s Alumni Baseball Game................................................................................... _____ □ Open Bowl.................................................................................................................. _____ □ Road Warrior Cruise-in.............................................................................................. _____ □ Warrior Tennis Orange and Black Challenge............................................................ _____ □ Downtown Trolley Tour.............................................................................................. _____ □ Fraternity Open Houses............................................................................................. _____ □ Women’s Lacrosse team Black and Orange Intersquad Game.............................. _____ □ Alumni Reception ($15/person without package).................................................. _____ □ Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet.................................................................................. _____ Price is $39 per person for full evening; $10 per person for casino only. Event is free for 2009 inductees and Warrior Club members.

Sunday, September 20

# of attendees

□ TWIST XX Golf Outing................................................................................................. _____ Entry fee is $80 per person, $25 for Tech students 24 or younger, or $320/group of four.

Payment Please total your registration fee(s) and/or fees for additional activities you are participating in and fill that information in below.

□ Check payable to Indiana Tech Credit Card: □ MasterCard

□ Visa □ Discover □ American Express

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Thanks so much for participating in Homecoming 2009—Warrior Weekend! Our alumni and friends are at the heart of Indiana Tech. This institution couldn’t be the success it is today without your support. See you in September!

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impact of the economy on our students

Elaine Pontillo, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs

As all of us experience the uncertainty of the current economic conditions, our students and graduates are facing the challenges of entering or progressing in their chosen career fields. We at Tech work closely with our students, recent graduates and now with alums seeking career advice and guidance. The support is comprised of services provided by the Career Planning and Development Center (CPDC) along with advising by faculty and staff. We are all committed to the university mission of preparing individuals for careers and professions and, therefore, approach these services vigorously. The CPDC, under the leadership of Cindy Verduce, provides a broad base of services and materials including interest inventories and self-assessments to assist individuals in selecting academic programs/ career paths, preparation of letters of inquiry and application, resume/ portfolio development, interviewing techniques, professional dress, professional networking, and internship and job search and placement. The center works collaboratively with faculty and staff to promote the services and integrate them into academic program initiatives. This is especially notable within the internship area. With the economic stress, we are experiencing a trend for organizations to use the internship model for two purposes: (1) to contribute to student learning by providing real world experiences and (2) to scrutinize potential permanent hires. Consequently, more internships are becoming available in a variety of fields of study. Internships are unique experiences in that they must provide meaningful experiences related to the student’s major field of study while the intern performs valuable work for the organization. Historically, most internships were available to students in engineering and computer fields. Today, internships are available in many different fields. At Tech, we are seeSummer 2009

ing opportunities for students majoring in criminal sciences, human services, psychology, therapeutic recreation, sports management, accounting, information technology, etc. Many internships are available on campus as well and can be found in departments such as information technology, admissions, student life, institutional advancement, and the career center. Internships afford a win-win situation for the organizations and the students. Internships provide organizations flexibility in their staffing as they face the uncertain economic conditions of today. Interns are hired to address specific needs of the organization without entering into long-term commitments. On the other hand, students gain greater knowledge of their field and experience to prepare them for future permanent employment in the field. Internships take on a variety of forms from full-time to part-time employment and may occur during a semester, an academic year, a summer, or whatever meets employer and student needs. In most cases they are paid but some fields, particularly those that are service oriented or involve non-profit organizations, may be unpaid. In the 2009 Experiential Education Survey, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that employers are responding to economic conditions by reducing the number of internships offered while increasing the wages paid. This strategy is intended to attract highly talented students to their organizations. The CPDC maintains a listing of available internships and is linked to a Web site with a statewide registry. This service supports our students as well as organizations providing internships. If you are in need of career assistance or are in a position to offer an internship, please feel free to contact me or CPDC director Cindy Verduce, or visit the website at 13

Richter’s Notes

Summer observations Mark Richter, vice president of Institutional Advancement The Sky Is Not Falling

A second factor to consider is the security of the annuity. The gift annuity is a contract with Indiana Tech and is secured by the annuity reserve fund and generally all of the assets of Indiana Tech. With volatility in the stock market at unprecedented levels, why not take this opportunity to lock in returns and put an end to sleepless nights worrying about your investments?

Contrary to some popular views, the sky is not falling. Media reports depicting huge drops in philanthropic giving are not universal. Granted, some organizations are seeing declines, but others like Indiana Tech, with its strong case for support and a solid record of success, are seeing increases in contributions, gifts, and support. We give people solid reasons to invest in us!

If you would like to receive an example of how a gift annuity would work in your situation, please get in touch with me.

Spelling Bees IRA Rollover Update A provision was included in the recent stimulus package that revives the availability of IRA rollovers through December 31, 2009. As you may recall, this provision originally expired at the end of 2007. The IRA rollover allows individuals who are 701/2 or older to make tax-free distributions of up to $100,000 from an IRA to Indiana Tech or other charities. This is a unique opportunity because it is a tax exclusion, which means the donor does not have to report the IRA withdrawal as income on his or her tax return. Please contact me if you would like more information.

Rest Easy Right now is a perfect time to consider a charitable gift annuity with Indiana Tech, and simplify your life. For example, a prospective annuitant, age 70, would qualify for a 6.2% annual return for life on a charitable gift annuity. This is much higher than the rate he or she would receive with a CD. In addition, when one considers the income tax savings and the tax-free payout from the gift annuity, the effective rate rises to 8% or 9%.

Watching the last hour or so of the national spelling bee championship was a humbling, yet uplifting, experience. It was humbling because words that I had never heard of were spelled correctly by 13-year-olds. It was uplifting for the same reason. Silent letters, foreign derivations, and obscure meanings rarely tripped up these young people. The competition came down to the last two words: Laodicean and Maecenas. Do you know what they mean? I’ll give you a clue by using them in a sentence (the spelling bee contestants can ask the judges to do this): “Do not be Laodicean toward Indiana Tech; rather, get involved and be Maecenas.” Here is the answer. Laodicean means indifferent, and Maecenas means a generous benefactor. So, the sentence becomes, “Do not be indifferent toward Indiana Tech; rather, get involved and be a generous benefactor!” Mark welcomes your calls and visits. You can reach him at 800.937.2448, ext. 2346, or stop by his office in Abbott Center.

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Our Momentum Campaign, launched in July 2007 for the purpose of funding scholarships, campus improvements and program growth already has raised $16.1 million toward our goal of $19 million.


Alumni News New Alumni Association Bylaws Please visit the alumni web site at for the link to review the proposed revisions to the Alumni Association Bylaws, as submitted by the Alumni Association Board of Directors bylaws committee.

accounting at Indiana Tech’s Warsaw location. She is currently an assistant office manager handling accounts payable and payroll functions at Miller’s Merry Manor in Warsaw. Her goal is to earn a promotion after completing her degree.

All alumni are encouraged to vote at the Alumni Association annual meeting on September 19 during Homecoming weekend.

Brandon Barger is the recipient of the 2009 Alumni Association Scholarship. Barger is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an associate degree in accounting. He is a member of the Indiana Tech tennis team and a student tutor.

If you do not have access to the Internet and would like to receive a printed copy of the bylaws, please contact Eve Colchin, director of institutional advancement, at or (800) 937-2448 x 2335 or 260.422.5561, x2335. If you are unable to attend the annual meeting and have any objections to the proposed bylaw changes, please notify the alumni office in writing no later than September 1.

Junior Ashlee Sklenicka was named Student Ambassador of the Year. She has been a member of the Student Ambassadors for three years, and is the public relations officer for the organization.

Two Students Receive Alumni Scholarships The Alumni Association recently awarded two scholarships: the Legacy 2001 Scholarship, given each year to a student in the College of Professional Studies, and the Alumni Association Scholarship, given each year to a junior or senior in the traditional program. Melissa Bellamy is the recipient of this year’s Legacy 2001 Scholarship. Bellamy is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in

Sklenicka Named Ambassador of the Year

Sklenicka is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sports management and associate degree in accounting. In addition to her involvement with Student Ambassadors, she is a resident assistant and co-chair of the class memorial gift committee. Student Ambassadors are a select group of students who work with the Office of Institutional Advancement. Their responsibilities include increasing student awareness of alumni programs, assisting with campus tours and college fairs, and fostering relationships among students, alumni, and the public.

Alumni Updates ►► Michael Fisher, BSEE 1971, has retired from Northern Indiana

Public Service Company after 38 years working in the areas of transmission, distribution and electric generation management. He and his wife have moved from Valparaiso, Ind., to Macungie, Penn., to be closer to their daughter, son-in-law and new grandson. ►► Jason Kline, BSBA 1994, head men’s

basketball coach at Park University, collected his 200th career win in his eleventh season. In Kline’s eleven years as a head coach at Indiana Tech and Park University, his teams have advanced to the national tournament three times, including the Sweet 16 in 2007 and the Elite 8 in 2005. Individually, Kline has been named Coach of the Year three times and has had 13 AllJason Kline Americans, 17 Academic All-Americans, 27 All-Conference players, 50 Academic All-Conference players, and 12 players who continued their playing career professionally in the United States or overseas after graduating.

executive officer at the Wabash County REMC. He has served as the CEO since 2002 and has been in the electric utility industry since 1983. ►► Harold “Huck” Lewis, ASBA 1996, was named mayor of

Lebanon, Ind. Lewis had been a Boone County commissioner and was chosen by the Boone County Republican Party to fill the position after the death of Mayor John Lasley in May. ►►Justin Hoffman, BSCE 1997, has joined the Fort Wayne office of

T-E Incorporated as a civil engineer. ►► Robert Grabowski, BSBA 2004, MBA/MSM 2006, has joined

DRG as information technology manager. DRG is a nationally known publisher of special-interest magazines and books. ►► Matt Clauss, BSBA 2008, has joined Bausch & Lomb in

Rochester, NY, as a vision care territory manager. Clauss can be contacted at ►► Larry Johnson, BSBA 2009, has joined ADT in South Bend, Ind.,

►► Robert Pearson, BSBA 1994, has been appointed to the

Wabash County Hospital Board of Trustees. Pearson is the chief

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as a sales consultant. He can be contacted at larryjohnson66@


Alumni Board at TinCaps On June, 12 members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors enjoyed a night with the Fort Wayne TinCaps baseball team.

Tech Me Out to the Ballgame! Jeff Myers (above), son of Mishawaka CPS student Angela Myers, threw the first pitch at Indiana Tech’s Alumni Day with the South Bend Silver Hawks at Stan Covaleski Stadium on May 30, 2009.

Pictured above are Greg Lynch, BSCE ’81; team mascot Johnny; Mike Rossi, MBA ’03; Dave Barrett, BSEE ’77; Jason Crandal, BSACC ’99; Julie Morrison, MSM ’08; Mary Brown, BSACC ’88 and Colin Crandal (future Tech student). Also in attendance but not pictured: Audra Wilcoxson, ASACC ’89; Tamra Dominique, MBA ’01; Gene Dominique, BSME ’61.

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 Eve Colchin at 800.937.2448 ext. 2335.


Howard N. Carder Cuyahoga Falls, OH BSCE ‘49

Stephen D. Karp Dudley, MA BSCE ‘63

Max G. Papazian Fort Wayne, IN BSEE ‘49

Chester F. Roscoe Hagerstown, MD BSME ‘49

Lawrence B. Chodzinski South Bend, IN BSBA ‘00

Karl W. Kurz Katy, TX BSME ‘58

Rollie E. Pipes Newark, OH BSEETGR ‘60

Richard L. Schiess Westfield, IN MBAM ‘02

John M. Giardini Huntsville, AL BSEE ‘48

Stephen V. Libbing Fort Wayne, IN BSME ‘58

Bryan W. Richardson Pittsburgh, PA BSCHE ‘70

Frank A. Yenalevicz Pottsville, PA BSEETGR ‘61

Robert C. Guard Perryville, MO BSEETGR ‘60

Jerome H. Lieblich Malibu, CA BSDR ‘40

Donald M. Riley Farmington, NM BSME ‘58

Blair L. Young St. Simons Island, GA BSCHE ‘56

Richard E. Hedges Ocala, FL BSCE ‘48

Walter S. Lykins Lake Villa, IL BSEETGR ‘59

James J. Rooney, Sr. Kalamazoo, MI BSCHE ‘53


Faculty & Staff News Allwein Adds Certification Tim Allwein, associate professor of business, has earned the Certified Employer Rights and Responsibilities Professional credential from Michigan State University’s School of Labor and Industrial Relations. The certification demonstrates “commitment to understanding the complex legal issues surrounding the employment relationship.”

Allwein Goldstein Chosen for Baldrige Team Sheldon Goldstein, associate professor of business, has been selected to be on the 2009 team of Malcolm Baldrige Quality Examiners. Goldstein teaches graduate courses in statistics and quality management at the Indianapolis campus. Goldstein also does consulting with businesses on process improvement, customer satisfaction and employee satisfaction. He is an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor and Six Sigma Green Belt. The Malcolm Baldrige Award is administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

University Welcomes New Staff Indiana Tech is pleased to announce several additions to the university staff: Cleveland Anderson, admissions representative, College of Professional Studies—Hammond Colleen Hickman, admissions representative, College of Professional Studies—Merrillville Duncan L. McCorquodale, admissions representative, College of Professional Studies—Fishers Carol Robison, administrative assistant, College of Professional Studies—Huntington Lillian Schumacher, director, Ph.D. in Global Leadership John Sheehan, faculty development coordinator Jennifer Smith, administrative assistant, College of Professional Studies—Greenwood David Streicher, internship coordinator/career advisor Jeff Walker, athletic director Brad Winton, men’s basketball coach

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Fishers location 10765 Lantern Road Fishers, IN 46038

Summer Opening Planned for Fishers Location Indiana Tech is expanding its central-Indiana campus locations with the addition of a new Fishers campus. The new facility for the College of Professional Studies will be located at 10765 Lantern Road, in the northern Indianapolis suburb. “We’re very excited about the addition of Fishers, as it will enable the university to more effectively cater to working adults who live and work in Hamilton County,” said Perry Collins, vice president of the College of Professional Studies. Undergraduate classes are scheduled to begin at the new location in Session 1 (July), with graduate courses following in Session 3 (October). Fishers will be positioned as the center of Indiana Tech’s graduate studies program in the greater Indianapolis area, according to Collins. “There’s a huge concentration of people in Hamilton County that have bachelor’s degrees,” Collins said. “Now we’re offering a convenient way for those people to earn graduate degrees close to home.” Indiana Tech has offered classes in Fishers since 2002, renting classroom space in a local hotel. The new facility will allow the university to offer a wider selection of courses and have admissions staff on site. The location will have 3 full-size classrooms and one smaller classroom/conference room. Classes that were formerly held at the Fishers Comfort Inn and the McKenzie Learning Center on 75th Street in Indianapolis will be moved to the new Indiana Tech facility on Lantern Road. The Fishers site allows room to grow from about 45 students initially to about 150 in the future. Fishers will become the twelfth Indiana Tech facility established with classrooms and admissions staff, joining the main campus in Fort Wayne and satellites in Elkhart, Greenwood, Hammond, Huntington, Indianapolis, Kendallville, Merrillville, Mishawaka, Plainfield, and Warsaw.


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