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Coming Soon: Indiana Tech School of Law AEP and Indiana Tech Partner in Energy Education Volume 7, Issue 3 / Summer 2011 The Magazine for Students, Alumni & Friends

Alumni Weekend: Homecoming 2011


congratulations class of 2011

Letter from the President

Greetings, This is a time of great opportunity for Indiana Tech. In one sense, opportunity is part of the annual cycle of academic life. In the fall, we welcome new students who are about to embark on an educational journey full of opportunity. In the spring, we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates as they explore new opportunities for careers or further education. Various awards and honors celebrations lead up to the biggest celebration of them all: our annual Commencement. About 830 students earned degrees from Indiana Tech this year, and about 600 of them (from campus locations throughout the state) were able to join us for the ceremony in Fort Wayne. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Lauren DungyPoythress, offered moving yet humorous advice to our students to remember that they were born to be successful. Many of the highlights of the ceremony were captured in photos found on Pages 8–9. The university is also on the brink of a quantum leap for us in terms of the opportunity to become a more comprehensive, regionally prominent university. On May 16, we announced our plans to establish a law school in Fort Wayne! The opening of this school, with enrollment of the first class slated for fall 2013, will be a giant leap forward after many incremental steps. I am very excited about the challenges and opportunities Indiana Tech’s School of Law will bring in the coming years. Look for more information on Pages 18–19. In my role as president, I often meet and talk with alumni and community members who marvel at how Indiana Tech has grown and evolved over the years. Our strong engineering programs—including cutting edge offerings such as biomedical, energy, and software engineering—are now complemented by degrees in education, business, criminal sciences, and more. If you haven’t seen us lately, I urge you to consider a visit for Homecoming this fall. It’s a great opportunity to learn about our progress while connecting with friends. Look for this year’s schedule on Pages 26–29. Thank you for your continued support. Sincerely,

Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, President

Contents Departments


Tech Happenings


Richter’s Notes


Alumni News


In Memoriam


Faculty & Staff News




2011 Warrior Athletic Hall of Fame


Commencement 2011


How Good is "Good Enough?"


CPS Serving More Students Than Ever


Cyber Warriors


Conference Aims to Share Energy Knowledge


Warriors Wrap Up Successful Year


Coming Soon: Indiana Tech School of Law


AEP and Indiana Tech Partner in Energy Education


PBL Grant Funds Tech's Innovative Approach To Teacher Education


Construction Déjà Vu


Indiana Tech Alumnus Involved in Award Winning Engineering Project


More Awards for the Uytengsu Center


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Tech Happenings

Academic Year Closes with Celebrations › for Student Achievements While Commencement is the grandest of the university’s annual celebrations, a number of students are honored for their academic accomplishments at smaller gatherings each spring.

Alpha Chi Indiana Tech welcomed 21 new inductees into its chapter of Alpha Chi on Sunday, May 1. Membership for this prestigious academic honor society is by invitation only. ›› Ethan Anderson, a junior information systems major from Spencerville, Ind. ›› Kathy Bittner, a senior business administration major from Huntington, Ind. ›› Patricia Boyd, a senior business administration major from Huntington, Ind. ›› Karin Brenig, a junior business administration major from Fort Wayne, Ind. ›› Leann Collins, a senior psychology major from Martinsville, Ind. ›› Carrie Ann Coryn, a senior business administration major from Bristol, Ind. ›› Alyssa Dugan, a senior elementary education major from Fort Wayne, Ind. ›› Tristan Dugan, a senior elementary


education major from Fort Wayne, Ind. ›› Diana Gard, a junior industrial & manufacturing engineering major from Fort Wayne, Ind. ›› Tais Gomes de Oliveira, a senior accounting major from Caxia do Sul, Brazil ›› Jacob Hapner, a senior software engineering major from Fort Wayne, Ind. ›› Adam Law, a senior industrial & manufacturing engineering major from Fort Wayne, Ind. ›› Julie McIntosh, a senior accounting major from New Haven, Ind. ›› Robert Reed, a senior business administration major from Huntington, Ind.


›› Bryn Schlatter, a junior elementary education major from Antwerp, Ohio ›› David Simon, a senior business administration major from South Bend, Ind. ›› Robert Stash, a senior business administration major from Indianapolis, Ind. ›› Adam Steury, a senior business administration major from Fort Wayne, Ind. ›› Angela Stratton, a senior organizational leadership major from Fort Wayne, Ind. ›› Michael Weber, a senior business administration major from Auburn, Ind. ›› Christina Will, a junior business administration major from Lawrenceburg, Ind.

Outstanding Graduates Each year, the university selects Outstanding Graduates to be recognized for their accomplishments while completing their degrees. In the traditional day division, outstanding graduates 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. Indiana Tech’s Outstanding Graduates for 2011 are:

College of Business ›› Marcela Bosch (San Paulo, Brazil), Overall College of Business Student ›› David Crowe (Kenton, Ohio), › Accounting ›› Adam Steury (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Business Administration – Marketing ›› Jenna Valentine (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Business Administration – Human Resources ›› Brittany Watson (Holt, Mich.), Business Administration – Management

›› Joshua Lewis (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Web Development

›› Alyssa Dugan (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Overall College of General Studies Student

›› Jessica Rambo (Decatur, Ind.), Computer Security & Investigation

›› Amy Richardville (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Recreation Management

›› Zacharhia Rambo (Decatur, Ind.), Information Systems ›› Brendan Sontag (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mechanical Engineering ›› Kate Whitacre (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Biomedical Engineering and Overall College of Engineering Student

College of General Studies

›› Michael Weber (Auburn, Ind.), Business Administration – Sports Management

›› Kassie Barroquillo (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Communication

College of Engineering and Computer Sciences

›› Amber Birky (Kouts, Ind.), Therapeutic Recreation

›› Nathan Arnold (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Overall School of Computer Sciences Student

›› Danielle Campbell (South Bend, Ind.), Criminal Justice

›› Aaron Highley (Warren, Ind.), Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

›› Mika Davis (Modoc, Ind.), Elementary Education

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College of Professional Studies ›› Vicki Keller (Lebanon, Ind.), Undergraduate—Indianapolis ›› Mark Knight (Granger, Ind.), Graduate— Elkhart ›› Julie McIntosh (New Haven, Ind.), Undergraduate—Fort Wayne ›› Kathryn McKelvey (Montpelier, Ohio), Graduate—Fort Wayne ›› Steven Middleton (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Graduate—Fort Wayne ›› Walter Norris (Indianapolis, Ind.), Graduate—Indianapolis ›› David Simon (South Bend, Ind.), Undergraduate—Elkhart

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Receiving their awards, above: Kassie Barroquillo with › Dr. Snyder; left: Amber Birky; below: Aide Martinez-Villarreal with Dr. and Camille Snyder; bottom: Jeff Rude.

Honors Luncheon The Honors Luncheon each spring rewards students for their accomplishments in a variety of areas. ›› Kassie Barroquillo, from Wolcottville, Ind., won the Outstanding Humanities Student Award. ›› Amber Birky, from Kouts, Ind., won the Hayashi Award. The Hayashi Award recognizes a senior athlete who has done the most to promote athletics and academics at Indiana Tech. ›› Jeremy Lemmel, from Fort Wayne, Ind., was named Computer Lab Monitor of the Year. ›› Aide Martinez-Villarreal, from Queretaro, Mexico, was named Student Ambassador of the Year. ›› Zackery Maurer, from Taylor, Mich., won the Alumni Association Scholarship. ›› Benjamin Swygart, from Fort Wayne, Ind., was named Tutor of the Year. ›› Nathan Whetstone, from Fort Wayne, Ind., was named the Volunteer Networker of the Year. ›› Aurea Shelton, from Champaign, Ill., was the student winner of the Kekionga Feather Award. This award is given for outstanding service to the student body of Indiana Tech. ›› Jeff Rude, director of Creative Dining Services, was the staff winner of the Kekionga Feather Award.



Breakfast Honors Intern, Employer of the Year The Career Planning and Development Center celebrated student interns and their employers at an Internship Recognition Breakfast on April 27. Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters was the keynote speaker at the event, describing how his internship with then-Mayor Win Moses’ office influenced his career choice. ITT Communication Systems was named Employer of the Year. ITT has a strong internship program and has participated in Mock Interview Day and other events sponsored by the Indiana Tech career center. Twenty-one students were nominated for Intern of the Year, and the award went to Katherine Bergfeld. As a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, she served an internship at Press-Seal Gasket Corp. Bergfeld received a plaque and a $500 gift card for professional clothing. “I was immediately impressed by Katherine’s solid modelling skills,” Andy Happel, Bergfeld’s supervisor, said in her nomination. “She worked as the primary engineer on a project that is a new market for us. It is now launching into production, and we expect sales of over $1 million.” Press-Seal offered her a full-time position as development engineer after her May graduation. Three students earned honorable mention and a $100 gift card for professional clothing: ›› Ashli Follrod, a junior majoring in criminal justice served as an intern at the Columbia City Police Department. ›› Sarah Musselman, a senior majoring in web development served as an intern at eMedia Technologies. ›› Zach Diver, a senior majoring in information systems served as an intern at Fort Financial Credit Union.

Receiving their awards, top: Katherine Bergfeld with Dr. Snyder; middle: Ashli Follrod with Dr. Steve Hundersmarck; bottom: representatives of ITT Communications Systems.

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2011 Warrior Athletic Hall of Fame This year’s Warrior Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet took place on Saturday, March 26, at Bergstaff Place in Fort Wayne. It was another fantastic night of festive celebration as five worthy Warriors were inducted for their success both on and off the court/field of competition. The class of 2011 is: Katie Mettler, BSBA 2000; MBA 2007

inductee Dale Graft. Byerly had a long and successful career with the Construction Division of the State of Indiana for 43 years.

Mettler was an outstanding soccer player who was one of Coach Martin Neuhoff’s first recruits. She was also an outstanding student, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Mettler continues to serve Indiana Tech as the president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. In 2008, Mettler was presented with the College of Professional Studies Alumnus of the Year award.

Dale Graft, BSME 1958

Chris Dickson, BABA 1994; MBA 2001 Dickson has served the athletic program in many ways over the past 20 years. While an undergraduate student, he was an excellent manager for the men’s basketball team. After graduation, Dickson spent a couple of years away from Indiana Tech honing his management skills before returning to work for the university. During his time at Tech, Dickson served as an assistant athletic director and sports information director and now serves as associate vice president—student services and remains one of the Warriors’ biggest fans. In fact, he was awarded the Warrior Spirit award at this year’s faculty/staff awards presentation.

Boyd Byerly, BSCE 1958 Byerly was a top student in addition to being a fantastic basketball player who is a member of the Warrior 1,000 point club with a career total of 1,274 points. Byerly shared the 1958 Carmi Award, presented to the most outstanding player, with fellow



Graft was also both an excellent student and an excellent basketball player. His strong leadership and sportsmanship along with his skills on the court helped him to share the 1958 Carmi Award with fellow inductee Boyd Byerly. Graft spent 35 success-filled years at Lockheed Martin in Orlando, Fla., retiring as director of engineering; however, Graft remains an engineering consultant for Lockheed in missile guidance technology and program management.

Jon Mohr For his tireless dedication to Warrior athletics for more than 20 years, Mohr was honored as a special inductee. Mohr currently serves as the Indiana Tech athletic manager assisting with volleyball, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s soccer in addition to carrying out laundry duties and any other task with which he is asked to help. It is not uncommon for Mohr to work 14 to 17 hour days in the fall and 9 to 10 hour days in the spring. Three past inductees were honored during the evening as well: Max Baumgardner (BAME, 1956), Rudy Stegelmann (BSME, 1960), and Coach Murray Mendenhall, Jr. Baumgardner and Stegelmann both had the pleasure of playing basketball with Byerly and Graft, and Coach Mendenhall had the privilege of coaching these young men.

Leepoxy Scholar-Athlete Awards Thanks to the generosity of Leepoxy Plastics, we initiated the inaugural presentation of the Leepoxy Scholar-Athlete Awards at this year’s Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet. The recipients of the Leepoxy Scholar-Athlete Awards will be seniors in the following fall semester as deemed by number of credit hours remaining toward degree or amount of eligibility remaining for athletic competition. Along with the honor of this award, the recipients will each be provided with a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to help them complete their degrees at Indiana Tech. Based on excellence in the classroom, exceptional performance in athletic competition, and character and good-sportsmanship in everyday life, this award will certainly be something about which these individuals can truly be proud.

›› 2009 Most Improved Player ›› School Record for Most Digs in a Season (668) ›› School Record for Most Digs in a Match (37) ›› Second in Career Digs (1,300) The 2011 male recipient was track and field standout, Zac Chapman. Chapman is a double major in sports management and marketing. His accomplishments are many — here are a few highlights: ›› 2010 NAIA Scholar-Athlete ›› 2009 NAIA All-American, Indoor 4 x 400 Relay ›› 2009 NAIA All-American, Outdoor 400 Meter Hurdles ›› School Record - Outdoor 400 Meter Hurdles

This year’s female recipient was psychology major and volleyball player Kayla Hartman. Some of her achievements include:

›› School Record - 4 x 400 Relay

›› 2010 NAIA Academic All-American

›› School Record Indoor Heptathlon

›› 2009 NAIA Academic All-American

Congratulations to all of our inductees, honorees, and award winners! Please continue to support your Indiana Tech Warrior sports teams!

›› 2009 WHAC Honorable Mention

›› School Record Indoor Distance Medley Relay

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Commencement 2011 Congratulations Class of 2011! Indiana Tech celebrated the accomplishments of hundreds of students at the university’s 90th Commencement on Saturday, May 14. For the full academic year, from fall 2010 through summer 2011, Indiana Tech will award 830 degrees. About 600 students participated in the May ceremony. The university holds one ceremony each year honoring all graduates from Indiana Tech locations throughout the state and online.

Words of Advice Dr. Lauren Dungy-Poythress, one of the nation’s leading perinatologists, gave the keynote speech at Commencement and encouraged graduates to believe in themselves as they consider their next move in life. Dr. Dungy-Poythress is the medical director of maternal-fetal medicine for Community Health Network of Indianapolis. Her speech was both humorous and thoughtful as she referred to somewhat unexpected sources for inspiration, from Simba of “The Lion King” to Adrian Monk of the TV show “Monk” to biblical figures such as David and Joshua. The thread that wove them together was a triumph over setbacks or challenges. 8

Dr. Dungy-Poythress urged graduates to be strong and courageous, always remembering that they were born to be successful.

of the Year. The winner is then chosen by a panel of students representing both traditional students and those in the College of Professional Studies.

“If you believe in yourself that you can do something, don’t let anyone convince you you can’t,” she told them in the spirit of David slaying Goliath.

The 2010–11 winner was Susan McGrade, associate professor of English. Students who nominated McGrade wrote about how she instilled in them a passion for reading and took a personal interest in their success. “Even after the course, she was there for me,” one student wrote.

After her speech, Dr. Dungy-Poythress was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, an honorary degree.

Top Prof Each year the university asks students to submit nominations for Faculty Member Trends

“Go forth in the world and do good things.” — Dr. Arthur E. Snyder

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Editor’s Note: As president of Indiana Tech, Dr. Arthur E. Snyder faces decisions of varying importance and complexity on a daily basis. In this essay, he shares his philosophy on problem solving.

How Good is “Good Enough?” By Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D.

People and organizations that pursue opportunities to achieve goals and solve difficult problems often find the road to success daunting. Seeking perfection, while admirable, is hardly practical in most cases. Moreover, optimizing individual and organizational problem-solving is an elusive goal. It often leads to frustration, and when it does we often settle for “good enough.” Is it possible that “good enough” is really the lowest acceptable level of preparation or performance for decision making? It seems unlikely that “good enough” will lead to innovative ideas, constructive and topnotch solutions to problems, or breakthrough products or services. So why is it apparently so pervasive in everyday life? Surely we can’t expect a high level of success if our aim is so low as to hit “good enough.” What we can expect is to just get by, or gross mediocrity. “Good enough” doesn’t take much effort—and it probably isn’t worth much at that! So then, there must be a place between “good enough” and perfection. The idea of doing work or facing challenges with 10


the mindset of “good enough” as the outcome isn’t part of our culture at Indiana Tech. We have an important responsibility to live up to a set of standards that our students deserve. Yet, knowing how much time and effort to dedicate to a project isn’t always an easy, straightforward matter. Nevertheless, in my view we have done a very good job focusing on both effectiveness and efficiency. Herbert Simon (1955) coined the term “satisficing” to represent a combination of meaning from the words satisfy and suffice. He views satisficing as a problem-solving routine or process “through which an individual decides when an alternative approach or solution is sufficient to meet the individuals’ desired goals rather than pursue the perfect approach” (Simon, 1971, p. 71). Ideally, decision makers should take into account all applicable solution alternatives until they arrive at an optimal outcome. In reality this is unlikely to occur and is theoretical at best. We all seem to agree to the many advantages and challenges of the information age, the availability and volumi-

nous nature of data, and the issues of validity and reliability of secondary research. Constrained by time, resources, and financial limitations there is good reason to “satisfice.” After all, we can’t search resources endlessly for that one nugget of information that may change our paradigm. How do we know when to stop searching? The answer is hidden in the way humans assess the information they find along the research trail and how they evaluate whether it is enough to satisfy their specific need. According to Byron (2004), scholars from a variety of fields of study see the “satisficing” method as a “contrast between choosing what is satisfactory and choosing what is best.” I understand Byron’s assertion, but I don’t entirely agree. Byron implies that if enough time is spent on a particular problem or area of research there will be an optimum result. The flaw in this thinking is the time and attention factor and the interval in which the benefit of the solution can be achieved. In other words, it is possible to research past the point of greatest value thereby resulting in a diminished return. Subtle as it may appear to some, I believe there is a difference between a “good enough” approach and “satisficing.” “Good enough” connotes accepting the first solution without ample consideration for alternatives. “Satisficing” suggests that the relevant constraints be considered and a plan of action employed thereafter. For example, a student required to submit a term paper will take into account the number of weeks available to prepare the paper, the grading criteria and overall value to the course grading components. Perhaps he or she will count the minimum num-

ber of resource citations required and use this measure as the trigger point to cease researching. These among other constraints present possible quantitative factors. In this scenario the qualitative research stopping point may occur when the student encounters the same or similar information repeated in several sources. While this example uses a common student “satisficing” example, we all are prone to limit or expand information search and consideration. The criteria for such expansion or limitation should be the importance and value of the decision and the need to have multiple alternative solutions or decision paths. I do this every day; you probably do too. Our university faculty and staff have committed to the growth and development of Indiana Tech with great vigor. As an institution of educators, we have committed to continuous improvement, not just as a popular mantra but as a dogma. We have taken on long term challenging projects as well as shorter term, relatively “easy to address” improvements. For both the long and short term we have positively altered the way we teach and support our students and one another. When necessary, we have studied matters deeply to reduce the uncertainty and risk of our most important decisions. Along the way we have had a bias for action. And yes, we have made some mistakes as well. But when all is said and done, I am one among us who believes we have “satisficed” with great precision…and “good enough” has never been good enough for any one of us.

Citations/References Byron, M. (2004), Satisficing and Maximizing: Moral Theorists on Practical Reason, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Prabha, Chandra, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Lawrence Olszewski, and Lillie R. Jenkins. 2007. “What is enough? Satisficing information needs.” Journal of Documentation, 63,1: 74-89. Scott, J. (2006), Rational Choice Theory, University of Essex, Colchester, available at: http:// (accessed 20 June 2006). Simon, H. (1955), “A behavioral model of rational choice”, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 69 No. 1, pp. 99-118.

Simon, H. (1971), “Designing organizations for an information-rich world”, in Greenberger, M. (Ed.), Computers, Communications and the Public Interest, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, pp. 37-72. Wilson, T.D. (2005), “Evolution in information behavior modeling: Wilson’s model”, in Fisher, K.E., Erdelez, S. and McKechnie, L. (Eds), Theories of Information Behavior, Information Today, Medford, NJ, pp. 31-6. Zach, L. (2005), “When is ‘enough’ enough? Modeling the information-seeking and stopping behavior of senior arts administrators”, American Society for Information Science and Technology, Vol. 56 No. 1, pp. 23-35.

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CPS Serving More Students Than Ever Additions and changes to locations, programs broaden reach The growth in Indiana Tech’s traditional program is easy to see with the construction of more campus housing, the addition of new athletic teams, and planning for a new academic center. Growth in the College of Professional Studies is just as strong, and the evidence is spread throughout the state and beyond. Crossing the border The university is preparing to expand to Louisville, Ky.—the first satellite campus outside of Indiana. The state of Kentucky must approve Indiana Tech’s application for a license to offer classes there, and that approval is expected within the next month or so.

“This is obviously a big step for us, growing beyond Indiana,” said Steve Herendeen, vice president of CPS. “Based on demographic research and demand for higher education in that area, we think the metropolitan Louisville area will be really receptive to our accelerated degree programs.” Indiana Tech-Louisville will be located at 11853 Commonwealth Drive and will likely open in early September. Admissions representatives will be hired and trained during the summer to prepare for enrolling students in classes expected to start in fall or winter. On the move in Warsaw

The College of Professional Studies first offered classes in Warsaw in 1999, and then moved to its existing location on North Pointe Drive in 2005 to accommodate enrollment growth. Now it’s time to move to a bigger location as enrollment continues to climb. Plans are under way to renovate a building at 2928 Frontage Road in Warsaw, near the intersection of U.S. 30 and Center Street. “This location will give us more classroom space and will be easier for students to find,” Herendeen explained. 12


The timing of the move depends on the renovation schedule, but classes will probably be relocated for Session 2 or 3. MSE goes online In addition to growth at satellite campuses, online program offerings are also expanding. CPS will begin offering the master’s degree in engineering management online in September. The Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSE) explores issues that face engineers in a variety of fields as they assume more managerial responsibilities. The program uses the expertise gained through an undergraduate degree in engineering or a related field as a base for further education.

The university first offered the MSE program at its main campus in Fort Wayne in January 2005. The shift to online delivery will make it available to more students. “We’ve had quite a bit of interest in this program throughout the state,” Herendeen said. “Online delivery allows us to serve students who don’t live near our main campus, while giving all of the students in the program more flexibility to balance work and graduate school.” Health IT degree coming In response to demand for a program related to health care, CPS will soon launch an associate degree in health information technology. Health information technology is an area in the healthcare industry that uses computer systems to compile, manage, and communicate patient health information. It combines medicine, information management and computer technology to provide a comprehensive system of healthcare management.

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and physiology, health data requirements and standards, clinical classification and coding systems, data analysis, healthcare reimbursement methods, database security and management, and quality improvement methods. The program is tentatively slated to debut in January 2012.

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College prep expanding Along with more and larger locations and expanded degree programs, CPS is also expanding its free college preparation program for adult students.

Free college preparation courses in English, math, and computer basics were first offered by Indiana Tech in Munster. The success of those courses led to plans for expansion to the main campus in Fort Wayne and CPS satellite locations throughout the state, funded by an $18,000 grant from the Ball Venture Fund. “We’ve found that one of the biggest fears among adult students is whether they can handle college coursework,” Herendeen said. “English, math and computer use seem to be their biggest concerns.”

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that we didn’t offer something like this,” Herendeen said. “The program will be primarily online, but it will also include practical experience.” Curriculum details are still in development, but typical coursework in health information technology includes medical terminology, anatomy

Plans are to offer the math and English courses in a two-hour format once a week for four weeks and the computer course in a two-hour format once a week for two weeks, but exact times and dates will vary depending on the site. Students may take as many of the free courses as they wish. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. “This is a unique approach to helping adults explore the idea of returning to school,” Steve Herendeen added. don’t have to be enCampus Main“They rolled at Indiana Tech or intend to enroll at any Campus Auxiliary college. The idea is to give them a taste of what a college course is like and start them on their way. Tech Facility Our belief is Indiana that many will find they want to go on and pursue a degree and Class Locations feel confident that they can do it.” Volume 7, Issue 3

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Indiana Tech’s cyber defense team includes (clockwise from upper left): Geoffrey Ross, Matt Hart, Gus Walzer (alumnus/mentor), David Isaacs, Jeremy Lemmel, Jacob Hapner, Kelie Bailey, Lindsey Dohse (team captain), and Daniel Freer.

Cyber Warriors

Defense Team is Among Best in Country Indiana Tech’s cyber defense team continues to gain recognition, Members of the team are chosen based on their skills and how making its second trip to the national competition this year. The well they handle stress. team qualified for nationals by winning the Midwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. “This year we sort of had a class session going on,” Dohse said. “Then there was a test online plus an in-class competiAlthough the team did not place in the top three at the Nation simulation.” tional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in April, they did gain valuable experience and made a good impression on The competition is designed to test each team’s ability to secure potential employers. a networked computer system while maintaining standard business functionality. Team members simulate a group of employees “The sponsors loved us and the students really represented Indifrom an IT service company that will initiate administration of ana Tech well on this national stage,” said Julie Mansfield, associ- an IT infrastructure. The teams are expected to manage the comate professor of computer science and team advisor. “They did a puter network, keep it operational, and prevent unauthorized great job at the recruiting events and also in the competition. I access. Teams are scored on the basis of their ability to detect am very proud of all they accomplished to get to nationals.” and respond to outside threats, including cyber attack while maintaining availability of existing network services such as mail Only nine teams make it to the national competition out of 109 servers and web servers, respond to business requests such as the teams across the country. The Midwest region has the largest addition or removal of additional services, and balance security pool of competitors and is the only region that also has state against varying business needs. competitions, with 30 teams competing at state levels prior to the regional. “From an outsider’s point of view, it would seem like pure stress,” Dohse said. “It’s frustrating, but fun.” This was Dohse’s second year with the team, and she described it as a very cohesive group. Most of the team members were The University of Washington was the winner of the national networking majors, in addition to a computer engineering major competition this year. For more on the competition, visit www. and a software engineering major. In addition to Mansfield as ad- visor, Dohse said it was very helpful to have Gus Walzer, BSNET 2010, helping out since he was part of the team that went to nationals in 2007. 14


Conference Aims to Share Energy Knowledge Indiana Tech’s installation of a geothermal system has provided significant energy savings, and the university wants to share what is has learned. Together with Viridian Architectural Design and Primary Engineering, Indiana Tech will present “The Geothermal Advantage: A One-Day Conference on Sustainability and ROI.” The conference is targeted toward facilities and finance managers of schools, colleges, and other organizations who are looking for ways to cut their energy costs. The event will include presentations on: ■■ Optimization of a community loop geothermal system ■■ The challenge of updating a Civil War-era building to be one of the most energy efficient buildings in northeast Indiana ■■ Integration of the geothermal system into Indiana Tech’s engineering curriculum

When: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29 Where: Andorfer Commons, Indiana Tech, 1600 E. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne Cost: The conference is free, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

■■ The ROI of geothermal energy based on Indiana Tech’s cost savings data The conference also includes a tour of the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center, which was awarded LEED® Gold Certification, and a complimentary lunch.

Registration: Visit www.IndianaTech. edu/geothermal

For more information or to register to attend the event, visit geothermal.

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Warrior Athletics

Warriors Wrap Up Successful Year Finish 2nd for All-Sports Trophy Indiana Tech finished in second place for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference All-Sports Trophy for the 2010–11 athletic year, just 2.5 points behind winner Davenport University. The Davenport Panthers scored a total of 54.5 points while the Warriors finished with 52 points. The conference uses the highest regularseason finish in eight conference sports (four women and four men) for each school to determine the All-Sports winner. The number of schools participating in each sport determines the amount of points awarded. A sport with all nine schools participating gives nine points to first place, eight points to second place, and so on. The Warriors earned three conference titles that counted in the score, all in women’s sports: volleyball, golf, and outdoor track and field. Their fourth league title, in indoor track and field, was not included in calculating the overall score because Tech’s second-place finish in softball earned more points. For the men’s teams, scores were counted for basketball (third place), baseball (third place), golf (third place), and track and field (second place in both the indoor and outdoor seasons).

Baseball Beats Madonna for Tourney Title The baseball team continued its dominance of conference tournament play by winning its third straight WHAC Tournament Championship this year. The Warriors defeated top-seeded Madonna University 12–7 to earn an automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament. The Warriors entered the national tournament as the No. 4 seed in the Cleveland, Tenn., bracket for the opening round. They advanced to the final game in the


opening round with a 3–1 tournament record before being defeated 13–2 by host and No. 1 seed Lee University. The Warriors finished their 2011 season with a 37–20 overall record, the most wins by Tech since the 2007 season when the team posted a 40–15–1 mark.

Lacrosse Teams Dominate Indiana Tech won the inaugural National Women’s Lacrosse League Tournament by defeating Tennessee Wesleyan College 15–10. Autumn McMillin scored four goals and was named tournament MVP. The team finished its season with a ninegame winning streak and an 18–4 overall record, four wins better than last year. The men’s lacrosse team finished the regular season as Division II CCLA Central Champions, earning a No. 4 seed in the opening round of the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association Playoffs. Unfortunately, the 21st ranked Warriors were beaten 19–17 by 17th-ranked Hope College. They finished the season with an 11–3 record and were a perfect 4–0 in divisional play.


Track and Field Teams Excel At the NAIA Outdoor National Championship, the women’s 4 x 100 relay team of Abigail Torian, Adella King, Chloe Brooks and Katelyn Lewis took first place with a school record time of 45.29. This is the first relay national championship in Indiana Tech history. Overall the team finished sixth at the national meet. In addition to the relay team, notable achievements included: ›› 100 meter dash: King placed third, and Lewis placed fourth. ›› 200 meter dash: King placed second, Lewis was fourth, and Brooks was eighth. ›› 400 meter dash: Dominique ElizondoSmith was ninth. ›› 4 x 400 meter relay: The team of King, Elizondo-Smith, Tiffany Aikin and Kemi Doss placed third ›› Pole vault: Dina Petridis placed third Warrior women won both WHAC track and field titles—indoor and outdoor—this year, with Doug Edgar named Coach of the Year for both. At the indoor confer-

ence meet, Adella King was named the › Outstanding Performer. She placed first in the 60-meter dash, 400-meter dash, and 200-› meter dash. The Warrior men Adelia King finished 26th overall at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship. Notable achievements included: ›› 400 meter hurdles: Brandon Reynard placed sixth ›› 4 x 400 meter relay: The team of Jonathan Tims, Chris Brown, Zac Chapman, and Reynard placed ninth ›› Discus throw: Aaron Baker finished second The men’s team placed second at both the indoor and outdoor WHAC championships.

Judy Gets a Taste of Big Leagues Former Warrior Josh Judy, who was featured in the spring issue of Trends, made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians on May 22. He pitched a scoreless 9th inning in a 12–4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and struck out the first batter he faced. Judy had been called up from Triple-A Columbus a day earlier, but was sent back to Columbus on May 25 when Indians starter Mitch Talbot returned from the disabled list. To follow the ups and downs of Judy’s career throughout the season, visit

Academics Hit New High Tech student-athletes had their best year ever in the classroom with 71 students named to the WHAC All-Academic Team and 40 earning national academic honors.

WHAC All-Academic Team The following athletes in winter and spring sports have been recognized by

the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference for their academic efforts. Honorees for fall sports were listed in the spring issue of Trends. To receive this honor an athlete must be at least a junior and have a minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ››

Yasmine Coleman, women’s basketball Brittnay Jones, women’s basketball Ebony Robinson, women’s basketball JaMyrah Sargent, women’s basketball Bryn Schlatter, women’s basketball Amanda Tipton, women’s basketball Nikola Mihajlovic, men’s basketball Elliot Munz, men’s basketball Kalie Sanders, women’s golf Alex Bunner, men’s golf Mike Kasperski, men’s golf Chris McMahan, men’s golf Nick Quick, men’s golf Adam Steury, men’s tennis Craig Wassell, men’s tennis Daniel Yamamoto, men’s tennis Kassie Barroquillo, women’s tennis Sarah Didandeh, women’s basketball Katie Stewart, women’s basketball Chris Anderson, baseball Bryon Huff, baseball Josh Johnson, baseball Modesto Martinez, baseball Paul McIntosh, baseball Riley Muhlenkamp, baseball Reinaldo Scott, baseball Brendan Sontag, baseball Tyler Watts, baseball Eric Zagone, baseball Jenn Anderson, softball Brittany Bingham, softball Callie Busch, softball Dani Campbell, softball Amber Edmundson, softball Megan Groce, softball Jordan Lehman, softball Stephanie Parker, softball Nicole Potes, softball Casey Prince, softball Andrea Sexsmith, softball Samantha Simpson, softball

NAIA Academic All-Americans The following athletes in winter and spring sports have been recognized by the NAIA for their academic efforts. Honorees for fall sports were listed in the spring issue of Trends. To qualify, a student must be nominated by each insti-

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tution’s head coach, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status. ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ››

Keith Briggs, men’s basketball Elliot Munz, men’s basketball Heather Muir, women’s basketball Ebony Robinson, women’s basketball Bryn Schlatter, women’s basketball Katie Stewart, women’s basketball Kalie Sanders, women’s golf Nick Quick, men’s golf Adam Steury, men’s tennis Craig Wassell, men’s tennis Daniel Yamamoto, men’s tennis Kassie Barroquillo, women’s tennis Josh Johnson, baseball Brendan Sontag, baseball Jenn Anderson, softball Dani Campbell, softball Jordan Lehman, softball Stephanie Parker, softball Andrea Sexsmith, softball Samantha Simpson, softball

All-NWLL Academic Awards The following women’s lacrosse players earned academic recognition from the National Women’s Lacrosse League. Players were required to be at least a sophomore in class standing with a GPA of 3.25 or above. ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ››

Brandi Beasley Audrea Castaneda Ashley Elvey Clea Endres Nicole Johnson Nicole Moffat Alyssa Priebe Chelsea Olson

NCBCA Academic All-America Team The following students were named to the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association 2010–11 Academic Recognition team. To be selected, a bowler must be a United States Bowling Congress collegiate athlete who has a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 based on a 4.0 scale. ›› Jessica James ›› Michael McIntyre ›› Brent Lumbrezer

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Coming Soon: Indiana Tech School of Law

Indiana Tech has added a variety of new programs since its start as an engineering college, but President Arthur E. Snyder recently announced the university’s boldest step yet: the establishment of an Indiana Tech School of Law. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved a proposal to move forward with establishing a law school in Fort Wayne after presentation of a feasibility study on May 13. Snyder announced the decision in a staff meeting and news conference on May 16. “We haven’t had a new law school open in Indiana since 1894,” Snyder said. “It’s about time we did.”

tion. Indiana Tech could offer the nation’s first combined juris doctorate-master of science in leadership. ■■ The number of lawyers in Indiana: The state is under-served in terms of the number of lawyers relative to the state’s population and economic activity. ■■ Indiana residents attending law school out-ofstate: About half of all Indiana residents who enroll at American Bar Association-approved law schools do so out-of-state. The university immediately began a search for a dean to lead development of the academic program and pursuit of accreditation by the American Bar Association in accordance with the Standards for Approval of Law Schools.

University leaders had been exploring the idea of a law school for about a year. In February, the board gave its approval for a formal feasibility study. The study explored the demand for legal education, the job market for individuals with a “We’ll be moving forward to hire a founding dean law degree, the university’s capability of providimmediately,” Snyder said. “This is a very imporing a unique educational experience in the field of tant decision for us. It will set in place the phase law, and the benefits a law school would provide three planning.” to the community. The dean will be instrumental in next steps “The establishment of the Indiana Tech School of including: Law is a tremendously significant development not just for this university but for the community ■■ Developing curriculum details including potenof Fort Wayne and the state of Indiana,” Snyder tial areas of specialization and dual degrees said. “We have given this decision careful research and consideration, and we believe we can develop ■■ Hiring faculty a school that will attract and retain talented individuals who will contribute to our region’s ■■ Choosing a location for the law school economic development.” ■■ Establishing admissions policies and proceFactors that influenced the board’s decision in dures favor of establishing a law school include: ■■ Beginning formal recruitment of the first class ■■ Indiana Tech’s academic strengths: The of students university has developed a range of curricular offerings in leadership, and that expertise Through discussions with community members could provide a unique aspect of a law educain the legal profession, the members of the feasi18


bility study discovered that law education at existing schools can fall short in offering the skills needed in contemporary practices. “The third year of law school offers a great deal of opportunity to build in practical learning that doesn’t always happen in traditional law school,” Snyder said. The feasibility study noted that combining a law degree with Tech’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership would create a highly attractive option for law students: “Leadership theory and practice could provide a key to building a distinctive program at Indiana Tech. Indeed, many legal educators have been advocating for leadership training in legal education for some time without realizing it; they’ve just lacked a unifying theory to explain what they were doing…. Indiana Tech possesses unusual positioning with respect to leadership education, offering both a master’s degree in organizational leadership and a Ph.D. in global leadership. Since the ABA only requires that 45,000 of its required 58,000 minutes of instruction time be regularly scheduled at the law school, it should be possible for Indiana Tech students to obtain joint JD-MSOL degrees in three years…” Such a program might have particularly strong appeal for students who want a law school education but do not intend to practice law.

is an excellent education. There’s probably no better education to learn how to critically think and develop thought processes that lead to solutions.” Other academic possibilities include specializations in intellectual property and patent law or international law. There are currently 200 ABA-approved law schools in the nation. Of those, 17 have been established since 2000. The two most recently established (in 2009) are in the process of ABA accreditation: University of California-Irvine School of Law and the Duncan School of Law at Lincoln Memorial University in Knoxville, Tenn.

Indiana Tech School of Law Opening: Fall 2013 Location: Yet to be determined, most likely either downtown Fort Wayne or on the main campus Enrollment: Goal is 100 students for the first year Tuition: $28,500 Web site:

“About 10 percent of law school graduates today never practice law in the traditional sense; they go on to do other things,” Snyder explained. “But a law school education Volume 7, Issue 3

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AEP and Indiana Tech Partner in Energy Education

Deborah Agler, executive director of university communications; Mark Richter, vice president of institutional advancement; Dr. Paul Chodak, president and chief operating officer of Indiana Michigan Power, unit of AEP; Dr. Arthur Snyder, president of Indiana Tech; and Kim Sabrosky, community relations manager for Indiana Michigan Power

How can we lower our heating bills in the winter and our air conditioning costs in the summer? That’s a question often on the mind these days, and Indiana Tech’s energy engineering students and professors are working on the answer. Now, AEP is the university’s latest partner in the search. Indiana Tech was awarded a grant of $300,000 from the American Electric Power Foundation to support the energy engineering degree program. The check was presented to President Arthur Snyder by Dr. Paul Chodak, III, president and chief operating officer of Indiana Michigan Power, a utility operating unit of American Electric Power, which also funds the foundation. “I am very pleased to present this gift,” Chodak said at a ceremony on April 25, attended by AEP and university officials, as well as students, faculty, and staff. “The AEP Foundation is proud to be able to assist Indiana Tech in developing and enhancing education for their students in the area of energy engineering.” 20


The gift will be used to support curriculum, faculty, and laboratory development for the university’s Bachelor of Science in Energy Engineering, which was launched in 2008 and is based in a state-of-the-art energy engineering laboratory in the Zollner Engineering Center. The degree focuses on sustainable energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biofuels and fuel cells, and also includes a business component to prepare students in analyzing the cost savings of various energy options and designs. A $300,000 grant from the Steel Dynamics Foundation in 2009 helped establish the program’s lab, and the AEP grant will provide for even more enhancement to the program. “The field of energy engineering is a new one, and it’s developing quickly. It’s exciting for Indiana Tech to be recognized as one of the leaders in educating students in this field, and our enrollment in the program is growing fast,” Snyder commented. “As new technologies emerge, we will need to keep pace. The AEP Foundation gift will enable us to continue to expand both in

the number of students admitted to the program and the means to educate them. We are very grateful for the support.” The grant will allow the university to keep software and equipment updated for students to use in the classroom in a hands-on, real-life experiential way. The new types of jobs in the field of energy engineering will require that Indiana Tech keep up with the developments by also adding new courses and updating existing courses as needed. Careful planning as the degree program was created has allowed flexibility in credit hours to accomplish this. The grant funds also will provide faculty with training opportunities to keep them abreast of new equipment, research findings, and instructional resources. “The challenge with curriculum for any energy engineering program is that the field is so new that there simply aren’t many textbooks for it yet,” explained Dave Aschliman, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences. “For example, there are no textbooks at all about batteries or wind power. This means our faculty have to draw upon other types of documents to create instructional materials that are of a high level in terms of technical content, and our professors do an outstanding job of that.”

students beyond understanding systems and equipment as they currently exist to recommending ways to improve them. That is why partnerships with companies in the energy industry, like AEP, are so valuable. These experts can offer suggestions for course work. As students and professors explore how to better combine components to achieve maximum efficiency in production, storage and delivery of energy, they will take a deeper look at design impact. For example, they will consider such questions as: ■■ What is the ideal size of panels and storage tanks? ■■ What is the ideal temperature to recirculate the water in an alternative system? Energy sources, and a corresponding need for energy engineers, will prove ever more valuable as environmental awareness increases and more companies adapt energy efficient practices, as Indiana Tech has done. The AEP gift and what it makes possible are the most recent steps in Tech’s focus on sustainable energy. In 2009, a $1.34 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy funded the university’s geothermal conversion project. In 2010, a $2 million gift from alumnus Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. provided for the energy efficient renovation of the administration center, achieving LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Level certification. Also in 2010, a grant from the State of Indiana Office of Energy Development allowed Tech to replace the lighting in the Schaefer Center gymnasium with energy efficient LED lights. The university also has a Sustainability Team and many green practices in place.

Some of the resources used to create teaching materials include manufacturers’ manuals and handbooks, which provide excellent operational information but no instructional elements such as lessons, questions, homework assignments or additional resources. Other resources may provide background on theory, but again, these are not textbooks. Faculty development funds will allow professors to research and network effectively to continually adapt instructional materials and methods as new technologies and “Our commitment to energy efficiency learning resources are developed. reduces costs and helps protect natural resources. That’s very evident right here The first phase of Indiana Tech’s energy on campus. But what we don’t see immeengineering degree program has focused diately is the impact that our example and on providing students with a techniour energy engineering students will have cal understanding of how sustainable on the world,” Snyder said. systems work. This next phase will take Volume 7, Issue 3

Why Tech’s Energy Engineering Degree Stands Out Indiana Tech’s degree is interdisciplinary in nature. Most university engineering programs view the systems from a vantage point within each engineering discipline; for example, the mechanical engineering student might learn about the mechanical portion of a geothermal system. Indiana Tech’s energy engineering program, on the other hand, is a holistic blending of several different disciplines, providing the energy engineering student with an understanding of the entire system — not only for geothermal energy but also for biofuels, wind, and solar power. For example, consider solar panels: ›› The mechanical engineer looks at the strength and reliability of the entire solar panel system. “Can we design a strong, yet lightweight, solar panel assembly to install on a roof?” ›› The electrical engineer looks at improving the process of converting solar energy to electrical energy. “Can we make better use of materials and components to develop a more efficient product?” ›› The materials engineer looks at designing long-lasting and durable assemblies. “Can we select materials that will survive the harsh outdoor environment?” ›› The industrial and manufacturing engineer looks at transferring the design to high-volume production. “Can we develop processes to mass produce panels with high quality and low cost?” The Indiana Tech energy engineering graduate is prepared to consider all these areas, and more.

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Pbl Grant Funds Tech’s Innovative Approach To Teacher Education Team. It’s not a word you hear just in association with the baseball diamond, basketball court, or soccer field any more. These days, no matter what the industry or profession, the emphasis is on working together with a group toward your common goal. That philosophy is driving a change in education too. The days of students sitting quietly at their desks all day listening to lectures, memorizing facts, and studying in isolation have given way to a more collaborative, questioning mode of education known as Project-Based Learning, or PBL. Participants in the recent Crime Scene Camp at Indiana Tech take part in Project-Based Learning, or PBL. The state of Indiana is among the leaders in developing this new educational methodology, and Inthrough a situation, asking “why is it diana Tech is on the cutting edge like this,” “how did this come about,” of training K–12 teachers to im“what will happen next if we do plement it. This summer, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Talent this”… that kind of approach. Rather than just hearing the teacher explain Initiative, Tech held a two-day why, how, and what happens and workshop for current elementary, trying to memorize those facts, the middle school, and pre-service students work with the teacher and teachers to instruct them in using each other to dissect the intricacies PBL in their classrooms. of whatever is being studied. Tech’s director of teacher education, The pedagogy involves looking at Dr. Brad Yoder, answers some quesreal world, complex issues. We start tions about PBL: there and then back up to look at it What is PBL? from all angles, moving from what The key to project-based learning we know to what we need to find is that it is student centered. It out. It is a well-rounded approach. engages the students on a “you must Though the components of PBL participate” level. It’s active involvehave been around nationally and ment in exploration, not passive internationally for a while, the reception of information. delivery with hands-on uses of skills in order to build a usable knowledge We can learn better, understand base is more recent. The emphasis is more, and retain more when we very much on working collectively. internalize what we’re learning So, there is a lot of teamabout. Project-based learning gets work in PBL? the student to analyze and work



Absolutely. In today’s workforce, people rarely work in a vacuum; they’re part of a team that cooperatively takes on projects. Preparing students to do this right from the start of their education will give them an advantage throughout life and their careers. In PBL, the students learn socially, and even the teachers use a team approach with each other. They will coordinate lesson plans around a learning unit, so that the students will approach different subject matter via a common experience. Is the entire day spent in teams then?

No, students still develop the discipline to work alone and focus on individual tasks assigned to them. But they know they are part of a larger whole, and their team will need their input. They learn to manage their time and feel responsible for their contribution.

Can you give us an example of PBL in action?

Sure. Let’s take NASA’s Apollo 13 mission that had to be aborted due to damage to the space capsule. An 8th-grade science teacher may have students divide into groups to create a digital representation of the solar system, build a model indicating the placement of the ship between the Earth and our moon, and study the causes of the explosion. The social studies teacher may have students analyze history by downloading 1970 broadcasts and newspaper accounts of the day and then have various teams compare how Twitter, Facebook, and Google impact cultural reaction to disasters today. The math teacher may have students diagram the trajectory of the ship’s return and calculate the time factors. Then student groups may select aspects of their findings to develop into presentations for the class, as the language arts and computer teachers guide them in writing, public speaking, and the use of Word and PowerPoint software. It gives the students a more complete understanding, while honing skills in all disciplines. Students have to be accountable, not just for themselves, but also to their team. Timeliness, accuracy, and other skill sets are embedded in the approach; they intertwine. PBL is student generated, but it is also standards-driven for the teachers. How will the workshop help current teachers?

PBL is considered a “best practice” in education. Indiana Tech professors use it in our courses here. It is rigorous. But the goal is to also make it so engaging, so fun, that students want to learn and teachers enjoy teaching. In order to have a strong grasp of how to implement the methodology, especially integrating it with each other’s classrooms, teachers in northeast Indiana’s elementary, middle, and high schools can attend a summer

workshop at Tech where they’ll gain three distinct advantages: ■■ They will learn the pedagogy of project-based learning. ■■ They will construct lesson plans and kits to take back and use in their classrooms. ■■ They will build a network of PBLtrained professionals. An additional benefit for the teachers is that they will receive either one graduate credit toward their master’s degree or a continuing education credit toward their professional development requirement. Our PBL workshop gives participants the opportunity to learn and apply the principles of project-based learning by doing it themselves, as students. I teach the pedagogy, and Dr. Steve Hundersmarck leads them through hands-on exploration of basic forensic crime scene analysis procedures so they grasp the implementation of PBL. The teachers enjoy it because it’s interactive and based on our crime analysis degree program. CSI in the real world. How will Tech students benefit?

This is what is so incredibly unique about Indiana Tech’s approach to education. Our current students who are studying to become teachers actually help with the presentation of the workshop, as well as attend it. Then, when our current teacher participants go back to their classrooms in the fall, our students will help them implement PBL in their schools. Not only does this strengthen our connections and working relationships with area school corporations, but this is a fantastic way for our students to be fully immersed in PBL training and be placed in classrooms where they will have solid mentoring from current professionals. When they graduate, they will hit the ground running!

What is the STEM connection with the grant?

There is a strong focus, especially in northeast Indiana, on STEM education [science, technology, engineering, and math]. The Talent Initiative is an organization based in Fort Wayne that is really working to increase STEM education and PBL, and we have emphasized STEM education through the way our summer PBL workshop is constructed. Indiana Tech received a grant of $50,000 from the Talent Initiative to support the camp for two years. We can accommodate 30 teachers this summer and another 30 next summer, plus our pre-service teacher education students. The grant will pay for them all to attend for free. The teachers must be from an 11-county area of northeast Indiana, and then take what they’ve learned back to their schools and implement STEM-focused PBL there. What is the response from teachers in the region?

We’ve heard so many teachers say they want to come to our workshop, and available space filled fast. Other colleges are offering PBL training too, but most of them have a canned program. Teachers are saying that they find our creative approach a breath of fresh air. They’re excited about PBL and about our ideas for making STEM education interesting at all grade levels. This summer, our workshop is for K–8 teachers; in the future we expect teachers for grades 9–12 to participate too. This year the focus is through CSI. Next year, it will be in a different area but still with a STEM emphasis. And if the workshops continue in years after that, we’ll make sure those are engaging too. It’s a win for everyone.

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Construction Déjà Vu For the fourth consecutive year, Indiana Tech’s enrollment growth has led to the construction of a new residence facility. Warrior Row B, the second of the university’s townhousestyle buildings, will be completed in time for students returning in August. Like the original Warrior Row facility, which was built in 2010, Warrior Row B will consist of several three-story units. Each townhouse unit will have its own front and back entrances; a full kitchen, living area, and bathroom on the first floor; and bedrooms and bathrooms on the second and third floors. Warrior Row B will house 45 students. Warrior Row is intended for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Residents are selected based on grade point average, extra-curricular activities, and class status. Students interested in living in Warrior Row must apply as a group.

Indiana Tech Alumnus Involved in Award-Winning Engineering Project A recent project to increase the reliability of the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant in Fort Wayne was recognized for Engineering Excellence by the American Council for Engineering Companies (ACEC) in Indiana. Indiana Tech alumnus, Mark Gensic, BSCE 1974, played an instrumental role in the successful design and completion of this impressive project. Gensic works for the Fort Wayne City Utilities Planning and Design group which was tasked with updating and replacing the original electrical facilities and pumps from the 1930s. It was quite a complex process as they had to maintain the plant electrical systems while they worked to replace the pumps, cables, and electrical equipment. The plant helps produce safe drinking water in addition to water for fire protection. This is the master pump station which supplies all of the feeder stations throughout the city’s water distribution system. It was critical, therefore, that the construction would, at no point during the process, cause disruption of water service. Gensic stated that this was a fun but difficult task. “It was pretty cool to drill holes in the side of the 1933 reservoir, but the organization of this project was the key to accomplishing it with great success,” he said. Each phase of this undertaking was carefully designed and planned so that the contractor would be informed of each step throughout the process.



It was this careful planning that led to the high praise and recognition from the ACEC. The ability of the City of Fort Wayne and its design and construction partners to maintain the operation of the plant during the modernization project was very impressive. The ACEC was also impressed with the consideration given to design and construction needed to maintain the original Collegiate Gothic architectural style of the plant, which helps this structure remain a downtown Fort Wayne landmark. In fact, this architectural consideration earned this project a second award from ARCH, Fort Wayne’s historic preservation organization. When the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant was originally constructed in 1933 at the confluence of Fort Wayne’s three rivers, 24 million gallons of water per day was the top capacity it could produce. Today, after two expansions in 1955 and 1981, the per day capacity has increased to 72 million gallons. Treated water from this plant is pumped out to more than 250,000 customers in Fort Wayne. Tom Henry, mayor of Fort Wayne, said that great drinking water and water for fire protection are top priorities for the city, and improving the reliability of this plant will only enhance the city’s ability to attract and retain businesses. The mayor was quoted in Fort Wayne Extra as stating, “This is a great outcome for a very challenging project, and I’m pleased to see our design and construction team being honored for this achievement.”

More Awards for the Uytengsu Center The awards just keep coming for the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center. As detailed in our spring issue of Trends, Indiana Tech received notification in December that the building had been awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification. That’s a very prestigious recognition of the remarkable transformation of the administration building constructed in 1857 into a modern, energy efficient “smart building,” but additional honors have poured in: ■■ On May 5, the Building Contractors Association (BCA) named the Uytengsu Center the recipient of the Excellence in Construction Award. ■■ On May 12, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers awarded the center First Place Honors in ASHRAE’s Energy Efficiency Design Contest. ■■ On May 26, the Northeast Indiana Green Build Coalition awarded the center the Green Innovation Award. Also, the architect for the Uytengsu Center renovation, Terry Thornsbury of Viridian Architectural Design, Inc. of Fort Wayne, and the mechanical engineer, Mike Lubbehusen of Primary Engineering in Fort Wayne, completed a technical paper on the renovation project and will likely be selected by the International Conference for ASHRAE for presentation of their paper at the organization’s Chicago conference in January

2012. The conference is a very large gathering, attended by more than 50,000 people. Several technical presentations are made throughout the week, with attendance of 1,000 to 5,000 or more in each. Obviously, the word is getting around in the construction community about the unique nature of this successful project. Industry experts find it an inspiration and leading example of environmental sustainability and architectural preservation. And there’s yet another award connected to the Uytengsu Center: “Green Renovation: New Life for a 19th Century Building,” the PBS documentary about the renovation, has won the prestigious Telly Award. The Telly Awards honor the best video and film productions aired on local, regional and cable television. The 31st Annual Telly Awards received more than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. The program is a fascinating look at the history of Indiana Tech and Fort Wayne and the exciting process of converting the 19th century building into a living laboratory for 21st century education. If you haven’t seen the documentary, you can request a complimentary DVD from Mike Peterson, director of alumni relations, at 800-937-2448, ext. 2418 or mepeterson@ If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the building and its Welcome Center with Indiana Tech artifacts contributed by alumni, we hope you’ll visit soon. Volume 7, Issue 3

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Make plans now to attend Registration Indiana Tech’s Alumni Weekend, A special, discounted $40 package registration fee includes all regular Homecoming events on campus, if reservations are September 15–18, 2011. This made by Sept. 1, 2011. After Sept. 1, the package price is $50 per person. You may also register for events individually. Chilyear’s Homecoming celebration dren under 10 years of age can attend for free. features a variety of activities for Registrations will be accepted by credit card online. You may also mail your completed registration form and check made all ages of Indiana Tech alumni payable to Indiana Tech. Please send registration forms and payment to Indiana Tech Alumni, Attn: Homecoming, 1600 E. and their families, as well as for Washington Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46803. current students, faculty, staff, Please note that the special package price option does NOT include the ‘70s Flashback Party (Part 1 & 2), but those and friends of the university. Be events are free to enter with Alumni Association card or sure to check out our new events! current Tech student ID. Package also does not cover fee to participate in the TWIST Golf Outing. The entry fee for Contact your former classmates TWIST XXII is as follows: and encourage them to join us for ›› $80 per person, or $320 per foursome. ›› Indiana Tech student fee is just $25 per person (limited numthis fantastic weekend of fun! ber of student spots available).



Events And Activities Thursday, September 15 President’s Club Dinner (By invitation only) This is an elegant dinner honoring special members of the Warrior community who have contributed at least $1,000 or more during the current fiscal year. The dinner will be held at the Fort Wayne Country Club.

Friday, September 16 Spirit Day Demonstrate your Warrior pride by wearing your favorite orange and black Indiana Tech clothing. Need to update your Tech wardrobe? Be sure to visit the Tech Treasures gift shop in its new location on the first floor of Andorfer Commons (across from the McMillen Library) where alumni receive a 20% discount. You can come prepared by ordering your Tech gear in advance at the Tech Treasures online store, TechTreasures. Your 20% discount can be used for online purchases, too. If you’re interested in a black Indiana Tech alumni golf shirt, you can arrange to purchase one by contacting Mike Peterson, director of alumni relations at 800-937-2448, ext. 2418 or by e-mail: mepeterson@› Registration/Meet & Greet 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. When you arrive, please check in at the Alumni Welcome Center, located in the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center (formerly the administration building) to pick up your registration packet or get registered for the weekend’s activities and enjoy some fellowship and light refreshments. 50-Year Reunion Luncheon 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. This special luncheon will celebrate the class of 1961 graduates. Please plan to join your fellow alumni as we honor this group on their 50-year reunion. Lunch will be held in the Seitz Conference Center, located on the second floor of Andorfer Commons. Free for 1961 graduates. Price for individual meal, if the Homecoming package is not purchased, is $10 per person.

TECHnology 101 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. This year’s TECHnology 101 will be split between two excellent and informative sessions: 1) “Crime Scene Investigation Techniques,” presented by the director of Tech’s Center for Criminal Sciences, Steve Hundersmarck, in a mock crime scene area and 2) “Following Your Digital Trail: A Primer on Information Protection for Users of Phones, iPads, Androids, Home Computers, Work Computers, ATMs or Any Other Digital Medium,” presented by Professor Julie Mansfield and members of our nationally recognized Cyber Defense Team. Guided Campus Tours 3 – 4:30 p.m. If you haven’t been back to campus in a few years, you’ll be in for a real surprise as you see firsthand the incredible enhancements to this beautiful campus. And even if you were here last year or the year before, there will be something new for you to explore! Our fantastic team of Student Ambassadors will escort you on foot or by golf cart for a relaxing and informative personalized tour. You’ll have the opportunity to visit engineering labs, the computer science department, the athletic facilities, and some of the finest residence facilities in the state. In fact, the tour will begin at the latest addition to the campus, Warrior Row B located on the north side of Washington Boulevard across from the tennis courts. Wine Reception — hosted by the Alumni Association Board of Directors 5 – 6:30 p.m. 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. Reminisce about your days at Tech and enjoy meeting other alumni, Student Ambassadors, and other members of the Tech family. Alumni Banquet: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The 2011 Indiana Tech Alumni Hall of Fame and Alumni Award Recipients will be honored in addition to a celebration of the Class of 1961. This event takes place in the Paul W. Seitz Conference Center, located on the

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second floor of Andorfer Commons. It will be a classy, festive affair where you’ll enjoy a delicious buffet, chat with fellow alumni, and hear stories of great success and stories of service to Indiana Tech. Price for individual meal, if the Homecoming package is not purchased, is $35 per person. Women’s Alumni Soccer Game 6 – 7 p.m. Former Tech women’s soccer players, lace up the cleats and get ready to take the field against some of today’s Warrior soccer team members. And let’s get some fans out there to cheer on these women as they clash on the Warrior soccer/lacrosse field! Women’s Alumni Basketball Game 7 – 8:30 p.m. If you’re a former Tech player, then come back and show off your skills against some of today’s women’s basketball stars. Others, come enjoy the game and cheer on your fellow Warriors! Game tips off in the Schaefer Center on Kline Court. Men’s Alumni Basketball Game 9 – 10:30 p.m. Once the women clear the floor, it will be time for the men to show off their hoops talents. Former Tech players should sign up to compete against some of today’s Tech men’s basketball players. Alumni and students, come out and cheer on your respective teams! Game will be played on Kline Court in the Schaefer Center. NEW EVENT Late Night Party with DJ in the Rec Center (lower level of Andorfer Commons) FREE with Tech student I.D., Homecoming package, or Alumni Association card (Otherwise, just $5!) 11 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. Calling all current students and alumni! Come experience some late night fun, games, music, and more! Dance to tunes from the 1970s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and today. Roll a game or two of bowling. Play pool, foosball, ping pong, or poker. Try your hand at some of the latest and retro video games. Pizza, snacks, and drinks will be provided. Plus, you’ll have a chance to win some nice raffle prizes, too!

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Saturday, September 17 Prayer Service 8 – 8:30 a.m. Start your Saturday with prayer and inspiration at this non-denominational service in the Heinz & Nanalee Wegener Worship Center in Andorfer Commons (second floor). Breakfast with the President 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Share a hot breakfast with fellow alumni and Tech 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. 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 2011–2012 Alumni Board of Directors officers will be elected. The meeting is held in the Magee-O’Connor Theater in Andorfer Commons. Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Enjoy lunch alongside current students in Andorfer Commons. Free for alums. Scholarship Luncheon 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Alumni and friends who have established endowed scholarships at Indiana Tech are invited for a special luncheon with current scholarship recipients. Those who have started scholarships will be honored for their generosity, while students will be able to personally share their thanks and describe how they have been affected by their scholarships. The lunch will be held in the Paul W. Seitz Conference Center on the second floor of › Andorfer Commons. Alumni Men’s Baseball Game: Noon. Former Tech baseball players, dust off your gloves, and get ready to do battle with current Warrior baseball players! Every year this turns out to be an excellent game to watch. Game will be played on the Warrior baseball field. Fans can enjoy the new view from Maximus’ Patio. 3rd Annual Road Warrior Cruise-In fea-


turing Live Band Noon – 3 p.m. 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 Third Annual Road Warrior Cruise-In on the lawn between Andorfer Commons and the Zollner parking lot. Great music will be played live by a local band in the outdoor amphitheater. Plus, there will be cornhole competitions and more. For more information, please call Mike Peterson at 800-937-2448, ext 2418 or alumnus Dave Barrett, BSEE ’77, at 260-637-2930.

your Alumni Association card or a current Indiana Tech ID; otherwise the cost is just $10 for the buffet, but you must RSVP by Sept. 1, 2011.

Guided Campus Tours 3:30 – 5 p.m. If you miss the campus tours Friday, you can take advantage of the tours Saturday. Student Ambassadors will guide you around campus on foot or golf cart. If interested, please meet at the new Warrior Row B townhouses on the north side of Washington Boulevard, across the street from the tennis courts.

TWIST XXII (Trask/Walls Invitational Student Tournament): Noon shotgun start. The annual TWIST golf tournament moves to a new location this year: Chestnut Hills Golf Club (11502 Illinois Road, Fort Wayne, IN)! Join us for Tech’s annual 18-hole golf scramble. It will be another fantastic day of great golf, networking and friendship. Price includes greens fees, golf cart (2 golfers per cart), lunch, sit-down dinner, and more. Entry fee is $80 per person, or $320 per foursome. Indiana Tech students can participate for $25 per person (limited student spots available). Contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 800-9372448 ext. 2418, if you are interested in sponsorship at the event or making it possible for a student to play at no cost.

Fraternity and Sorority Open Houses 3:30 – 5 p.m. The Sigma Phi Epsilon (SFE) and Sigma Pi (SP) fraternities invite alumni to visit their homes for a variety of “brotherly” activities. The new sorority on campus, Delta Alpha Nu (ΔAN), also invites you for a visit. (Location TBD.) Informal Alumni Reception 5 – 7 p.m. Gather with fellow alumni to unwind, share memories, swap stories, play trivia, and laugh together. This reception will take place in the conference room on the second floor of the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center. Light refreshments will be provided. Cost: $5 if Homecoming package not purchased. NEW EVENT 1970s Flashback Party (Part 1) 7 – 9 p.m. No matter what year you graduated or even if you’re still a student, you’ll enjoy this fun and festive party on the patio at the new Courtyard by Marriott Downtown. There will be a live band playing some of the best music from the ‘70s; a buffet of burgers, brats, and more; games; raffle prizes; and more! Feel free to come dressed in your best 1970s threads, too. This event is free with


NEW EVENT 1970s Flashback Party (Part 2) 9 p.m. – midnight. The party continues inside Champion’s Sports Bar & Restaurant at the new Courtyard by Marriott Downtown. Drink specials, discounts on food purchases, trivia, music, more raffle prizes, and lots of fun! Prizes will also be awarded for best ‘70s style outfits.

Sunday, September 18

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 Indiana Tech golf teams.

Registration Form A discounted $40 Homecoming package, which includes all regular events on campus, is available until Sept. 1. After Sept. 1, the package price is $50. Children under 10 years of age are free.

How to register:

There are several ways to register. Choose the one that works best for you. If you choose to mail, fax, or e-mail, please complete the form below and return as indicated.

send by mail: Indiana Tech Alumni Office 1600 E. Washington Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46803 send by fax: 260-420-1453

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

Participant Information

First Name_ _____________________________________ Middle Initial___________ Last Name_________________________________________________ Maiden Name_ _________________________________________________________ Spouse/Guest Name_________________________________________ Street Address_ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City_ _________________________________________________________________ State________________________________ Zip Code_ _____________ E-mail_ _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Home Phone________________________________ Cell Phone________________________________ Work Phone _________________________________ Graduation Year(s)________________________ Degree(s)________________________________________________________________________________

# of packages

Event Registration

□ Homecoming Package—all events ($40/person)................ ______ (increases to $50 after Sept. 1, 2011) Package does NOT include the TWIST XXII Golf Outing or the ‘70s Flashback Party, however the ‘70s Party is free with Tech student ID or Alumni Association Membership card.

For the following, please check each event you plan to attend, whether purchasing the package or not. Please also fill in the total number of attendees, including yourself, in the column on the right.

Thursday, September 15

# of attendees

Friday, September 16

# of attendees

□ President’s Club Dinner (By invitation only).......................................................... ______ □ Registration/Meet & Greet........................................................................................ ______ □ 50-Year Reunion Luncheon ($10/person without package).................................. ______ □ Technology 101........................................................................................................... ______ □ Guided Campus Tours............................................................................................... ______ □ Wine Reception......................................................................................................... ______ □ Alumni Women’s Soccer Game................................................................................ ______ □ Alumni Banquet ($35/person without package)................................................... ______ □ Women’s Alumni Basketball Game......................................................................... ______ □ Men’s Alumni Basketball Game............................................................................... ______ □ NEW EVENT Late Night Party in Tech Rec Center............................... ______ (Free with Tech student ID or Alumni Association card; otherwise $5/person)

Saturday, September 17

# of attendees

□ TWIST XXII Golf Outing.............................................................................................. ______ (Entry Fee is $80/person, $25/Indiana Tech student, $320/foursome)


Please total your registration fee(s) for the events in which you will participate and complete the information below:

□ Check payable to Indiana Tech Credit Card: □ MasterCard □ Visa □ Discover □ American Express Card Number:_____________________________________________ Card Validation Number:____________________________________ (Three-digit number on the back of your credit card or four-digit number on the front of the American Express Card.)

# of attendees

□ Prayer Service............................................................................................................ ______ □ Breakfast with the President.................................................................................... ______ □ Alumni Association Meeting..................................................................................... ______ □ Lunch in Andorfer Commons................................................................................... ______ □ Scholarship Luncheon (by invitation only)............................................................. ______ □ Men’s Alumni Baseball Game................................................................................... ______ □ Warrior Cruise-In....................................................................................................... ______ □ Guided Campus Tours............................................................................................... ______ □ Alumni Reception...................................................................................................... ______ □ NEW EVENT 1970s Flashback Party — part 1...................................... ______ □

Sunday, September 18

(Free with Tech student ID or Alumni Association card; otherwise $10/person) NEW EVENT 1970s Flashback Party — part 2...................................... ______

Expiration Date:___________________________________________ Name As It Appears On Card:_ ______________________________ Authorization: I hereby certify that I am the above credit card owner and authorize Indiana Tech to charge my card in the amount of $______ Signature:________________________________________________

Thank you for planning to join us for this exciting weekend. We look forward to seeing you on campus in September!

Cut along dotted line or photocopy and return this form to the Alumni office. You can also fax, call, or e-mail us with your registration information.


Richter’s Notes


THE TRENDS ARE UP! Having gotten as far as my column means you are nearly to the end of this issue of Trends. I appreciate your taking the time to read the entire magazine!


1500 2006





Number of Graduates 800

Traditional Day Enrollment 1000 720

As you may know, Trends is our flagship publication and the journal of record for many of the exciting activities taking place at Indiana Tech. In fact, there are so many things to tell you about that we recently decided to add more pages to each issue.

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Mark Richter, vice president of Institutional Advancement

In its current style and design, Trends has been in place since 2004. During the seven years, there certainly have been many developments at the university, including remarkable growth in enrollment, programs, and facilities. All these advances add to the esteem with which Indiana Tech is viewed by academe and industry. I thought it would be interesting to give you a quick illustration of a few of the “trends” that have occurred at Indiana Tech since 2004. I have always found graphs to be a straightforward way to convey a great deal of information.

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There you have it — a snapshot of the progress Indiana Tech is making. The trends are up, and the university’s future is looking brighter than ever!

In mid April, President Arthur Snyder and his wife, Camille, visited with Manuel Peña-Morros and his wife, Francia, in the Dominican Republic. Mr. Peña-Morros attended Indiana Tech from 1963 to 1966, majoring in civil engineering. Upon deciding that finance was his passion, he went on to earn a BA and an MBA from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and is currently president and chairman of the board for Banco León in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The photo shows Dr. Snyder and Mr. Peña-Morros at Altos de Chavon, a well known re-creation of a beautiful medieval Spanish village.

Alumni Updates ›› Ronald Rothermel, BSEE 1962, is retired and lives in Waxahachie, Tenn.

›› Kenny Odle, BSBA 2006, is an IT project manager for Medical Protective in Fort Wayne.

›› Joe Utasi, BSEE 1974, is owner of Cinci Home Solar in Cincinnati. He has been named on three patents, and he recently sat for the NABCEP Solar Certification.

›› Cheri Pfahler, BSOL 2009, is a registered respiratory therapist and recently joined the inpatient pediatric team at Community Hospital South in Greenwood, Ind.

›› Troy Branam, ASBA 2000, is co-owner of Arsenal Game Room & Café in Indianapolis.

›› Robin Gross, BSBA and BSOL 2010, was recently hired as business manager for Associate Churches in Fort Wayne.

›› Larry Ellet, ASBA 2002; BSBA 2004, is parts manager for Cole Automotive Group in Kalamazoo, Mich. ›› Tonya Harris, MBA 2005, was recently hired as family support coordinator for YWCA Central Carolinas, in Charlotte, N.C.

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In Memoriam

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

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

Enoch Balcer, Jr. Reynoldsburg, OH BSAEE 1950

Charles E. Hartle, Jr. Saint Johns, FL BSME 1949

John B. Muller Liberty, NC BSRE 1953

George B. Stearns Trenton, FL BSEE 1956

Phillip J. Bergmann Florissant, MO BSME 1950

Keith R. Harvey Germantown, TN BSBA 1993

Melvin A. Naegle Sierra Vista, AZ BSRE 1940

Ray Sutherland Hopwood, PA BSME 1960

Heino Born Pasadena, MD BSAEE 1958

Dennis E. Hendricks Sweetser, IN ASIME 2010

Harold K. Norgaarden Burnsville, MN BSCE 1951

Glen M. Taylor Dublin, GA BSCE 1954

Gerald R. Bremmer Grand Rapids, MI BSME 1954

Paul D. Herald Knoxville, TN BSCE 1957

Walter A. Peterson Toledo, OH BSME 1954

Luciano A. Torrez Rancho Viejo, TX BSCHE 1940

David C. Buschert South Bend, IN BSCE 1969

James C. Hoelle Fort Wayne, IN BSME 1951

Louis G. Petro, Ph.D., PE Fort Wayne, IN Former chair of civil engineering department

Ralph M. White Clifton Springs, NY BSME 1958

Ralph E. Christman Saint Joseph, MI BSEE 1963

Robert H. Joost Mankato, MN BSME 1953

Frank Cirillo, Sr. Boca Raton, FL BSCE 1955

James E. Kelly Venice, FL BSELE 1961

James T. Coan Grove City, OH BSME 1958

Gerald W. Kenealey Minneapolis, MN BSME 1955

Charles Dieruff Rochester, NY BSEE 1961

Thaddeus P. Kurek Fort Wayne, IN BSChE 1956

Mario DiGiorgio Quincy, MA BSME 1948

Ralph L. Long Bellville, OH BSEE 1949

Peter A. Esbensen Hertford, NC BSAEE 1959

Robert V. MacDonald Saginaw, MI BSME 1960

Phillip M. Frazier Lynchburg, VA BSME 1942

Alta Frances Magee Carthage, IN BSBA 2002

Donald E. Gruhlke Rochester, MN BSEE 1950

Emil J. Mikula Pinehurst, NC BSME 1942


Ronald C. Pitz Springfield, IL BSCE 1956 Joe D. Pumphrey Centerville, OH BSPHY 1960; BSMA 1960 Bob E. Roper, Sr. Angola, IN BSEE 1974 Donald L. Schaadt New Haven, IN BSEE 1959 Robert L. Sechler, Sr. Asheville, NC BSCE 1939


John R. Spencer Poway, CA BSME 1949 Charles W. Stauber Lake Orion, MI BSCE 1952

John A. Whitney Fort Wayne, IN BSEE 1951 Edward J. Ziegler, Jr. Westerville, OH BSME 1948 James R. Ziler Miramar Beach, FL BSAEE 1962 Jonas S. Zmuidzinas Glendale, CA BSEE 1958

Faculty & Staff News Professors Participate in Panel Discussions ›› Dr. Mark Barnes, associate professor of psychology, was one of the panelists when therapists from the Fort Wayne area participated in a discussion on the midmorning radio program with Char Binkley at WBCL 90.3 FM in late April. The topic was the effects of pornography on relationships. ›› Susan McGrade, associate professor of English, was part of a panel discussing “Poverty and Whiteness in 20th Century American Literature” at the 20th Annual American Literature Association Conference in Boston in late May. Her paper was titled “Social Class and Performances of White Femininity in Langston Hughes’ The Ways of White Folks.”

Faculty Give Presentations ›› Susan McGrade, associate professor of English, presented at a conference in February titled “It Is Well With My Soul: African American Family & Historical Research Under Construction” at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne. ›› McGrade and Cortney Robbins, assistant professor of English, presented at the Fort Wayne Area Dean’s Conference in February. Their presentation was titled “Digital Storytelling in Developmental English.” ›› McGrade and Dr. Ruby Cain, adjunct instructor in English, presented the course “Race, Family History, and Community” to the Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Mich., in February. ›› Dr. Ken Rauch, director of the Ph.D. in Global Leadership program, gave the following presentations in March: ——“Servant Leadership and Team Effectiveness Correlation: An Empirical Study” at the Applied Research and Scholarship Seminar at Indiana Tech ——“Antecedents for Successful Employee Retention” poster presentation at the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence at Indiana University (with Joyce Parks) ——“Situational Leadership Theory and Curriculum Delivery” concept model paper at Midwest Scholars Conference at Indiana Wesleyan University (with Patricia Ervin)

Allwein Mentors Reviewers Tim Allwein, associate professor of business, served as a mentor for the Higher Learning Commission, coordinating 18 peer reviewers who offered feedback to AQIP institutions on approximately 150 action projects.

Verduce Will Review Proposals Cindy Verduce, director of learning support services and career planning & development, will be a proposal reviewer for the International Leadership Association and its conferences team for their 13th Annual ILA Global Conference: “One Planet, Many Worlds: Remapping the Purposes of Leadership” taking place October 26–29 in London, UK.

Creative Services Team Wins Awards Two projects by Indiana Tech’s Creative Services department were recognized in the 26th Annual Educational Advertising Awards sponsored by the Higher Education Marketing Report. “Jump Start Your Career” (a brochure for the College of Professional Studies), produced by Jeffrey Melton, earned a Silver Award in the Brochure category for schools with 5,000 to 9,999 students. The Annual President’s Report, designed by Tessa Ward and written by Janet Schutte, earned a Merit Award in the Annual Report category for schools with 5,000 to 9,999 students.

Career Center Gains Recognition Indiana Tech’s Career Planning and Development Center offers a wide range of services and resources for students, alumni, and employers. Two of the tools used to prepare students for internships have recently been recognized by national publications: ›› The Internship Survival Guide for Students was featured in the February 2 Spotlight for Career Services Professionals from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) as a best practices resource. Universities from across the nation, including the Scott School of Business at Indiana State University, have contacted the career center for permission to reprint the guide. ›› A course developed by the career center, IIT 2000 Pre-Internship Seminar, was featured in the March 2011 Campus Career Counselor. Career center personnel from around the country subscribe to this monthly publication to gain new ideas and to keep up to date on the news and best practices in the field of career services. The Pre-Internship Seminar prepares students for internships by covering topics such as self-assessment of internship goals; resources for finding potential internships; writing cover letters and resumes; techniques to maximize learning in an internship; record keeping; professional dress; and workplace ethics.

University Welcomes New Staff The following people have recently joined the Indiana Tech team: ›› Christian Arnold, assistant registrar ›› Richard Burns, maintenance technician ›› Amber Johnson, head cheerleading coach ›› Lisa Lawrence, Academic Resource Center specialist, Indianapolis ›› Kurtis King, associate admissions counselor ›› Dr. Yulia Mast, assistant professor, Ph.D. in Global Leadership ›› Robin Seaton, admissions representative, College of Professional Studies—Indianapolis ›› Eric Shearer, bookroom clerk ›› Shannon Sweeney, financial aid generalist ›› Dia Wilson, business office assistant ›› Dr. Brad Yoder, director of teacher education

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