Trends: Summer 2014 (Volume 10, Issue 3)

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Academic Center Dedication Highlights Homecoming Plans Master’s in Psychology Debuts This Fall Volume 10, Issue 3 / Summer 2014

Two Students Earn ‘Better World’ Grants

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Letter from the President

Students and alumni often ask me about my favorite experiences each year at Indiana Tech. I always share with them that it is difficult to single out one or two or even a handful – there are so many wonderful things happening within the Indiana Tech community throughout the year. This issue of Trends demonstrates this well. Inside, you’ll find a look back at the joyous celebration known as Commencement. The happiness and sense of accomplishment seen on the faces of our graduates in the photos is mirrored by the joy their families, and our faculty and staff, feel in seeing them earn their degrees and embark on the next chapter in their lives. During their time at Tech, many students distinguish themselves in the classroom. On page 4, you’ll find an impressive list of the “best of the best” in the article on our 2014 Outstanding Graduate honorees and in the story on the year’s top interns. Success for the Warriors extends beyond the classroom and workplace, too – on page 15 we celebrate our men’s and women’s track teams, and the back-to-back national championships each has earned. For the men, this was their third consecutive NAIA championship, as they won the indoor title in 2014 as well! I’m just as proud that 11 Indiana Tech teams earned NAIA Scholar-Team honors in 2013-14, as detailed on page 16. At this time of year we also look forward with great excitement to classes starting and a new group of Warriors joining us here on campus, online, and in classrooms at our locations throughout Indiana and Northern Kentucky. On page 10, you’ll learn about the new opportunities students will find here at Tech, including our new master’s in psychology program and three new concentrations within our business administration bachelor’s degree program: entrepreneurial studies, business communications, and financial services. Finally, we look forward to welcoming alumni, current students and friends of Tech to Homecoming 2014, happening here in Fort Wayne September 19-21. See page 6 for full details on what promises to be a very special weekend as we officially dedicate our beautiful new Academic Center, cheer on the new men’s hockey team in their first home opener, and much more. I look forward to seeing you then and throughout the year ahead! Sincerely,

Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, Ed. D. President

Contents Features


Celebrating the Class of 2014


Annual Student Awards and Honors

6 Homecoming 2014 Highlights Academic Center, Hockey Debut


10 Master’s of Psychology, Business Concentrations New for Fall 11 Two Students Earn Better World Fund Grants 19 Fort Wayne Judge Joins Board Departments 12 Tech Happenings


14 Warrior Athletics 18 Alumni Updates 20 Faculty & Staff News 21 In Memoriam

14 Trends Volume 10, Issue 3. © 2014 Indiana Institute of Technology Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D. President Trends is published three times a year for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of Indiana Tech by the university’s Creative Services department and Office of Institutional Advancement.

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C O N G R AT U L AT I O N S CLASS OF Proud family and friends filled the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum as Indiana Tech celebrated the accomplishments of hundreds of graduates at the university’s 93rd Commencement on Saturday, May 17. For the full academic year, from fall 2013 through summer 2014, The race is not given to the swift Indiana Tech awarded nearly 800 degrees. About 700 or the strong, but to he who students participated in the endures to the end. ceremony, which honored TERRÈ HOLMES, KEYNOTE SPEAKER students from all Indiana Tech locations and online. Keynote speaker Terré Holmes, a 20-year veteran teacher and author, congratulated the graduates on their success thus far but also encouraged them to keep working toward their goals and dreams. “The race is not given to the swift or the strong, but to he who endures to the end,” she said.



She also advised the graduates to keep learning, especially from their colleagues, friends and family. “Surround yourselves with mentors young and old who know more than you do,” she told them. The Commencement ceremony also honored Dr. Justin Boyce, an assistant professor of psychology who joined the university in 2010, as the university’s Faculty of the Year winner. Each year a committee of students in traditional programs and the College of Professional Studies chooses the winner from nominations submitted by students. “He exemplifies professionalism and requires nothing but an attitude and spirit of excellence from those he instructs,” President Arthur Snyder read from the student nominations. “He loves what he does and you can feel his enthusiasm when he’s in front of the class. He uses personal experiences to make the session come alive.”

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Annual Student Awards and Honors 25 Graduates Chosen as ‘Outstanding’ Indiana Tech chose 25 of the university’s top students as Outstanding Graduates for 2014, and the students were honored at a reception April 12. The selection of the outstanding students was determined primarily by direct faculty input. In the traditional undergraduate division, outstanding students were chosen in several majors within the College of Business, the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, and the College of General Studies. In the College of Professional Studies, outstanding graduates were chosen at the undergraduate and graduate level for the Fort Wayne region (Fort Wayne, Huntington, and Kendallville locations), South region (Indianapolis, Fishers, Greenwood, Plainfield, Jeffersonville, Evansville and Kentucky locations), Northwest region (Elkhart, Mishawaka, Warsaw, and Munster locations), and online.

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCES Victoria Kilps (New Berlin, Wisc.) Mechanical Engineering and Overall College of Engineering Manuela Cabal Carmona (Cali, Colombia) Biomedical Engineering Nathan Whetstone (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Overall School of Computer Sciences Matthew Hansen (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Networking Alexander (A.J.) Karnitis (Perrysburg, Ohio) Software Engineering Haley Dillon (New Knoxville, Ohio) Digital Graphics & Design COLLEGE OF GENERAL STUDIES

Engineering Student Named Top Intern Fifteen students were nominated for Intern of the Year, and the award from the Career Center went to Joeb Woodring for his work with Superior Essex. Woodring is a junior from Avilla, Ind., with a major in mechanical engineering. “Joeb has been a great addition to the Superior Essex Magnet Wire Division Engineering team,” his supervisor, Matthew Leach, said in his nomination. “For a third-year engineering student, he has continued to display the sense of urgency, dedication, and maturity of an engineer with several years of experience ... Everyone within the department agrees that he is a breath of fresh air and carries a personable demeanor that projects a positive can-do spirit.”

Jedidiah Bressman (Powell, Ohio) Communication and Overall College of General Studies Suzanne Taylor (Ida, Mich.) Elementary Education Traycie Linker (New Haven, Ind.) Criminal Justice Loni Robertson (McDonald, Pa.) Psychology Chloe Brooks (Elkhart, Ind.) Recreation & Leisure Studies

Darris Darling honored with Overall College of Business Outstanding Graduate


Joeb Woodring, winner of Intern of the Year

Three students received an Honorable Mention certificate for their outstanding work: ›› Lauren Allard, intern at Therma-Tru Corp.


Amanda Barham (Elkhart, Ind.) Undergraduate—Northwest

Darius Darling (Detroit, Mich.) Overall College of Business

Todd Roach (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Undergraduate—Fort Wayne

›› Emily Kuhn, intern at LaGrange County Economic Development Corp.

Kendall Guthrie (Lake Oswego, Ore.) Accounting

Michael King (Cicero, Ind.) Undergraduate—South

Morgan Delagrange (New Haven, Ind.) Business AdministrationHuman Resources

Sara Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) Undergraduate—Online

Therma-Tru Corp. was named Employer of the Year. The award is given annually to a company or organization that has had a vital impact on internships during the past year and shown generosity in participating and supporting Indiana Tech Career Center events, programs and services.

Emily Kuhn (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Business Administration-Management Tim Morris (Huntertown, Ind.) Business Administration-Marketing Brice Blossom (Genesee, Mich.) Business AdministrationSports Management


Marion Peterson Jr. (Lexington, Ky.) Graduate—Northwest Thomas Harris (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Graduate—Fort Wayne Jennifer Backer (Indianapolis, Ind.) Graduate—South Adam Friend (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Graduate—Online


›› Ashley Benvenuti, intern at Epitec, Inc.

Aerotek earned the Outstanding Participation award. The award recognizes one employer that has gone above and beyond to participate in Career Center events.

Annual Honors Luncheon Celebrates Achievements Indiana Tech celebrated the accomplishments of several students at the university’s annual Honors Luncheon on April 12. The following individuals won awards given by the university: ›› Christopher Roth (Rockford, Ohio) won the Kekionga Feather Award. This award is given for outstanding service to the student body of Indiana Tech. ›› Kafuba Donzon (Fort Wayne, 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. ›› Darius Darling (Detroit, Mich.) won the Outstanding Humanities Student Award. He also was selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. ›› Ashley Benvenuti (Livonia, Mich.) won the Alumni Association Scholarship. She also was selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. ›› Matthew Hansen (Fort Wayne, Ind.) was named the Volunteer Networker of the Year. ›› Stephanie Perez Trujillo (Corregidora, Queretaro, Mexico) was named Peer Tutor of the Year. ›› Amanda Dicks (New Middletown, Ohio) was named Student Ambassador of the Year.

In addition to the awards above, the following students were honored for being selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges: Renee Al-Bahrani (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Stedmon Bates (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Aaron Belcher (Camby, Ind.) Brice Blossom (Genesee, Mich.) Steven Bohjanen (Kalamazoo, Mich.) Edgar Bolanos (Marengo, Ill.) Jedidiah Bressman (Powell, Ohio) Manuela Cabal (Cali, Colombia) Alexandria Delgadillo (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Derek Desjardins (New Haven, Ind.) Jeremiah Graham (Peru, Ind.) Timothy Greuter (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Jamie Hiss (Columbia City, Ind.) Jennifer Hitchcock (New Haven, Ind.) Sriram Jegatha Aranganathan (Chennai, Tamiln, India)

2014 Chi Alpha Sigma inductees

Also, the following students were honored for being inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society: Lauren Allard (Plymouth, Mich.) Emily Bell (Blue Ash, Ohio) Katie Bird (Adrian, Mich.) Garrett Black (Memphis, Mich.) Joshua Carroll (Carrollton, Texas) Jessica Cotton (Compton, Calif.) Jacob Dunnichay (Elwood, Ind.) Matthew Frisby (Spencerville, Ind.) Kevin Goehring (Huntertown, Ind.) Kyle Goehring (Huntertown, Ind.) Emily Gresley (Ossian, Ind.) Caleb Heller (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

Ghage Johnson (Columbia City, Ind.)

Sabrina Hutchinson (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

Alexander Karnitis (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

Derek Kauffman (Williamsburg, Ind.)

Victoria Kilps (New Berlin, Wisc.)

Thomas Kocks (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

Aaron Kimbrell (Muncie, Ind.)

Nathaniel Kolmerten (New Haven, Ind.)

Jamela Kimbrough (Norcross, Ga.)

Emma Lang (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Adrienne Kline (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Joseph McNabb (Toledo, Ohio)

Colin Klopfenstein (Haviland, Ohio)

Vikram Mehta (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Emily Kuhn (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

›› Nathan Whetstone, (Fort Wayne, Ind.) was named Computer Lab Monitor of the Year. He also was selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Kori Liechty (Hobart, Ind.)

›› Indiana Tech’s student chapter of the National Society for Black Engineers was named Student Organization of the Year.

Eric Milner (Saint Louis, Mo.)

Traycie Linker (New Haven, Ind.) Jacob McAlister (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Christina Mettert (New Haven, Ind.) Amanda Northup (Lagrange, Ind.) Jordan Roell (Guilford, Ind.) Christina Samuel (Detroit, Mich.) Jessica Sikula (Weston, Ohio) Suzanne Taylor (Fort Wayne, Ind. ) Ashley Watley (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Ashley was also inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma Jemilla White (Ypsilanti, Mich.) Mitchell Wilson (Auburn, Ind.) Nathan Yoder(Mark Center, Ohio)

Stacy Nagy (Temperance, Mich.) Emileen Palka (Temperance, Mich.) Laura Penn (Memphis, Tenn.) Kirstie Pieper (Indianapolis, Ind.) Juliaclare Plezbert (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Shanice Richards (Goshen, Ind.) Reece Richardson (Halifax, United Kingdom) Natalia Salcedo (Cali, Colombia) Jenna Shaffer (Sidney, Ohio) Timothy Short (Garden City, Mich.) Vinicius Silva (Dracena, Brazil) Sara Soares (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Thomas Stahura (Stillwater, Minn.) Jewel Thomas of Southfield, Mich.)

Natalie Zimmerman (Berkley, Mich.) Ashley Benvenuti, winner of the Alumni Association Scholarship

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Don’t miss Homecoming at Indiana Tech! Bring your classmates and friends and join us in Fort Wayne for a weekend of celebration, socializing, and fun. A very special invitation is extended to all of our 10-, 25- and 50-year reunion classes (2004, 1989, and 1964), who will be honored at the Alumni Awards Luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 20.

To register, please visit; mail in the attached form; or contact Jeremy Rice, director of alumni relations, at 260.399.2847 or jarice@ Many events are offered free of charge, so be sure to reserve your spot today!



Schedule of Events & Activities ALL WEEKEND » The Franco D’Agostino Art Gallery The newest must-see on campus is the Franco D’Agostino Art Gallery in the Academic Center. Open all weekend on the lower level of the Academic Center.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 » Spirit Day Show your Warrior pride by donning your favorite Indiana Tech gear! Students, faculty, staff, and alumni alike will all be decked out in the orange and black. To get your Tech gear, or to expand your current wardrobe, visit Tech Treasures on the first floor of Andorfer Commons. Alumni will receive a special 20% discount in all Tech apparel and gifts. The Alumni Association Board also will have special Indiana Tech alumni gear and gifts available all weekend at registration and various events; these are also available by contacting Jeremy Rice, at or 260.399.2847.

» Registration 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Alumni Welcome Center, Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center, first floor Pick up your registration packet or register for weekend events and activities. Registrants each receive a special welcome gift. Light refreshments also will be available all day.

» Reunion Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Paul Seitz Conference Center, Andorfer Commons, second floor All alumni are invited as we celebrate the classes of 2004, 1989, and 1964 at this special lunchtime event held in honor of the 10-, 25- and 50-year reunion classes. Lunch is free of charge, but preregistration is required as seating is limited.

» TECHnology 101: Criminal Justice 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Criminal Justice Laboratory, Academic Center, first floor Get a special look inside one of Indiana Tech’s most in-demand academic programs in this special TECHnology 101 presentation by Dominic Lombardo, director of criminal science and pre-law.

» Guided Campus Tours 3 to 4:30 p.m. Start at the Alumni Welcome Center, Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center, first floor Join fellow alumni as our Student Ambassadors provide personal tours of campus. Both walking tours and tours by golf cart will be offered.

» President’s Club Celebration (By Invitation Only) 6 p.m. Multi-Flex Theater, Academic Center, first floor NEW for 2014, this special recognition dinner honoring distinguished donors will be held on campus in the beautiful new Academic Center! This year we will honor President’s Club members who contributed $1,000 or more to Tech during the fiscal year and major contributors to the Academic Center project as part of the weekend-long dedication of the new center. This elegant event will include cocktails and special food stations set up throughout the building.

» Alumni Soccer Games 6:30 p.m. Warrior Athletic Field The men’s and women’s reserve soccer teams will take on soccer alumni in back-to-back games at the soccer field.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 » Prayer Service 8 to 8:30 a.m. Heinz and Nanalee Wegener Worship Center, Andorfer Commons, second floor Join us for a non-denominational gathering designed to start your day with inspiration, music, sharing, and prayer.

» Breakfast with the President 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Dining Hall, Andorfer Commons, first floor Catch up with fellow alumni and start your day off right! Join President Arthur Snyder for a marvelous morning meal surrounded by friends old and new. Breakfast is free of charge, but preregistration is required as seating is limited.

» Academic Center Dedication 10 to 11:30 a.m. Academic Center Help us celebrate the dedication of the new campus crown jewel, the Academic Center. Featuring the new McMillen Library, the Multi-Flex Theater, the Franco D’Agostino Art Gallery, the Ravi and Eleanor Talwar Leadership Center, and much more, the new Academic Center will provide Tech students with world-class facilities while serving as a hub of activity for the campus and greater Fort Wayne community. This dedication event will feature remarks by President Arthur Snyder and special guests from the Tech community and the City of Fort Wayne. Following the dedication, visitors will be able to take tours of the building and enjoy light refreshments.

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» Alumni Recognition Luncheon and Awards Ceremony

» Alumni Association

Noon Multi-Flex Theater, Academic Center, first floor Join us as we honor the newest inductee into the Indiana Tech Alumni Hall of Fame, as well as the G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade) Alumnus of the Year, the College of Professional Studies Alumnus of the Year, and the Alumni Volunteer of the Year. We also will have special recognition for our 10-, 25- and 50-year reunion class members, so 2004, 1989 and 1964 class members should mark their calendars now! Cost is just $15 per person or $25 per couple. All members of the 2004, 1989, and 1964 classes receive complimentary tickets for themselves and a guest.

Annual Meeting 4 to 4:30 p.m. Ravi and Eleanor Talwar Leadership Center, Academic Center, second floor Alumni Board members will report on events and other highlights from the past year. Alumni Association members also will elect new Alumni Board members and officers for 2014-15.

» Road Warrior Cruise-In 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lawn between Andorfer Commons and the Zollner parking lot Get your motor running and check out all the classic cars, trucks and motorcycles that descend on central campus during the Road Warrior Cruise-In. We’ll have live music from Unfinished Business, and food and drinks available for purchase. If you have a special ride of your own you’d like to display, contact Jeremy Rice at or 260.399.2847. The first 50 vehicles will receive commemorative dash plaques.

» Alumni Men’s Baseball Game 1 p.m. Warrior Baseball Field Former Indiana Tech baseball players take on the current team in this annual highlight of homecoming weekend.

» Women’s Soccer vs. Ashford 2 p.m. Warrior Athletic Field Put on your Tech gear and your game face and root for a Warrior win as the women’s soccer team takes the pitch against Ashford.

» TECHnology 101: Center for Creative Collaboration (C3) 2 to 3 p.m. Center for Creative Collaboration, Academic Center, lower level Indiana Tech alumni have a long history of entrepreneurial success – starting, running and building successful businesses. Our new entrepreneur center, the Center for Creative Collaboration (the C3), aims to continue and build on that tradition by helping entrepreneurs turn ideas into successful businesses. In this special TECHnology 101 session, C3 Executive Director Mark Richter will share not only how Indiana Tech is helping entrepreneurs, but how alumni can get involved in this exciting new Tech venture.

» TECHnology 101: Education Lab 3 to 4 p.m. Education Lab, Academic Center, second floor This TECHnology 101 session presented by Dr. Brad Yoder, director of teacher education, will give you a look into what makes our growing education program successful, and how the new stateof-the-art education lab is being used by Tech students as well as regional school districts and teachers.



» Inaugural Home Opener: Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Central Michigan 5 p.m. SportONE/Parkview Icehouse, Fort Wayne Tech’s newest sport starts off in style with the home opener of men’s ice hockey vs. Central Michigan University. Join us for a special alumni reception and game experience featuring food, drinks, and a prime game-viewing spot inside the café at the SportONE/Parkview Icehouse. The Icehouse is located off-campus at 3869 Ice Way, Fort Wayne. Game admission and alumni reception are free of charge, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. » Men’s Soccer vs. Grace College 7 p.m. Warrior Athletic Field The men’s soccer Warriors intend to follow the women with a victory over Grace College, so come cheer on the team and help push them over the top.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 » Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Central Michigan 11 a.m. SportONE/Parkview Icehouse, Fort Wayne Warrior hockey looks to go 2-0 at home with the second game of its weekend slate against Central Michigan. The Icehouse is located off campus at 3869 Ice Way, Fort Wayne. Game admission is free.

» 25th Annual TWIST Golf Outing 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Chestnut Hills Golf Club, Fort Wayne 2014 marks 25 years of TWIST – 25 years of fun and fellowship on the links while supporting student scholarship and athletic achievement at Tech. This popular event sells out quickly, so be sure to register early before foursomes fill up. Alumni and friends can take part for $80 per person/$320 per foursome; students can participate for $25 per person (limited slots available). Fee includes greens fees, golf cart, box lunch, sit-down dinner, and more. To register, visit or contact Jeremy Rice today at or 260.399.2847.

REGISTRATION FORM All events are complimentary, except the Alumni Luncheon and TWIST Golf Outing. However we still need pre-registration for all events by Monday, September 8. There are several ways to register. Choose the one that works best for you. If you choose to mail, fax, or email, please complete the form below and return as indicated.

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

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Please check each event you plan to attend. Please also fill in the total number of attendees, including yourself, in the column on the right. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

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10, 25 & 50-Year Reunion Luncheon.......................................................... TECHnology 101: Criminal Justice............................................................... Guided Campus Tours................................................................................ Alumni Soccer Games................................................................................ SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20


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Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Central Michigan...................................................... 25th Annual TWIST Golf Outing.................................................................. (Entry Fee is $80/person, $25/Indiana Tech Student, $320/foursome)

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Prayer Service............................................................................................. Breakfast with the President..................................................................... Academic Center Dedication..................................................................... Alumni Recognition Luncheon and Awards Ceremony........................... ($15/person, $20/couple) Road Warrior Cruise-In............................................................................... Alumni Men’s Baseball Game.................................................................... Women’s Soccer vs. Ashford...................................................................... TECHnology 101: Center for Creative Collaboration (C3)........................... TECHnology 101: Education Lab.................................................................. Alumni Association Annual Meeting......................................................... Inaugural Home Opener: Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Central Michigan........... Men’s Soccer vs. Grace College...................................................................

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Online Master’s in Psychology Approved for Fall Debut Indiana Tech’s graduate degree programs are growing again with the addition of a master’s degree in psychology, the first graduate degree developed by the College of General Studies. The online degree program was approved by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in mid-July, and the first course begins Sept. 7. The Master of Science in Psychology is designed for people who are looking for career advancement in fields that draw on psychology principles and research, as well as those who wish to ultimately pursue doctoral degrees in related fields. The program will provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills needed to utilize psychological principles in various employment settings such as business, mental health/social service agencies, medical hospitals, human service organizations, the criminal justice system including police work and corrections, and teaching at institutions of higher education.

Although the program does not lead to licensure for independent practice in psychology, it may meet several of the academic requirements for such licensure in some states. Like all of Indiana Tech’s other graduate degree programs, the master’s in psychology will be offered through the College of Professional Studies. Each graduate-level course lasts six weeks, and students can access the course materials anytime, anywhere withCareer broadband Internet access. For more information on opportunities in the world of business are constantly enrollment, please visit growing and changing, and Indiana Tech is committed to

Undergraduate Students Also Have New Degree Options

offering the courses and degrees to take advantage of these opportunities. To meet the needs of students and employers, we’ve introduced three new concentrations within our business administration bachelor’s degree program: business communications, entrepreneurial studies, and financial services. » Entrepreneurial studies: For students with the drive and the great idea, the entrepreneurial studies concentration will help them develop skills to start and run a business. It’s also great preparation for any career field that values strategic thinking, analysis, and creativity. This concentration will be available in the traditional undergraduate program and the College of Professional Studies in fall 2014. » Business communications: This concentration focuses on essential communication skills that will prepare graduates to

“We’ve offered a bachelor’s degree in psychology for several years, but we found that many people really wanted the more advanced knowledge and skills of the master’s degree,” said Steve Herendeen, vice president of enrollment management. “We’re very excited to provide this degree program, because we know it meets the needs of our prospective students.”

coordinate marketing communications, use social media

Students in the program will benefit from:

» Financial services: This concentration will prepare students

›› A solid foundation in advanced psychological principles, theories, practices, and research ›› Exposure that leads to increased respect and appreciation of diversity and individual differences ›› A curriculum that aligns with the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Commission on Accreditation Educational Guidelines for doctoral education to facilitate the potential transfer of credits for ongoing higher education



strategically, handle crisis communications, and make databased communication decisions. The business communications concentration will be offered in the College of Professional studies in late fall 2014, with the addition of the traditional undergraduate program sometime in the future.

for careers in fields such as banking, securities, insurance, and personal financial planning. This concentration will begin in the College of Professional Studies in spring 2015 and in the traditional program in fall 2015. Also new for fall 2014, students interested in a criminal justice degree will have an option to pursue a bachelor’s degree without choosing a specialty. Instead, they can use elective credits to complete a minor in a related field such as psychology.

Two Students Earn Grants from Better World Fund In its second year, the university’s Better World Fund awarded grants to two students participating in summer service projects in underdeveloped areas. The fund is designed to assist current students in funding projects, trips or activities that will contribute to and approve the world around us. Allison Belcher, a graduate student, was awarded $1,000 to help fund a mission trip to Grand Goave, Haiti, to help build shelters and work with children ages 4 to 15 in an orphanage.

Ministry. When the month was over, he knew he wanted to return. “With this being my last summer off before graduation in 2015, it could be my last chance to go for the foreseeable future,” he wrote in his grant application. “Helping as much as I can in Honduras has been the greatest experience of my life so far, and I want to continue doing so. If you set your mind to it, you can change the world for someone.”

Belcher will work with Be Like A Brit, a U.S. organization which operates an orphanage built in memory of Britney Gengel. Gengel was a Lynn University student who was killed in the 2010 Haiti earthquake while on a service trip. Belcher’s sister attended college with Gengel and recently spent a month volunteering at the orphanage and surrounding community. “She has inspired me through her stories and experiences, along with the story of Be Like Brit,” Belcher wrote in her grant application. “I want to go to Haiti and give the kids in the orphanage the attention they need and deserve. I also want to learn from them and help any way I possibly can.” Belcher travelled to Haiti for a week in May and will share her experience with the rest of the university through a presentation during the academic year. The second grant recipient was John Canterbury, a computer security and investigation major whose request for support in 2013 inspired the creation of the Better World Fund. He received $2,100 for a second trip to work with Breaking Chains in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Canterbury spent a month in summer 2013 in Tegucigalpa building houses, working at orphanages, leading groups on mission trips, and helping to feed and house homeless people at Breaking Chains

I want to go to Haiti and give the kids in the orphanage the attention they need and deserve. I also want to learn from them and help any way I possibly can. ALLISON BELCHER, GRANT RECIPIENT

Canterbury traveled to Honduras for 45 days in June and July and will also share his experience with the rest of the university through a presentation during the academic year. The university plans to award two or three grants per year through the Better World Fund, and recipients are chosen by the president and executive vice president for finance and administration. To apply for a grant, students must: ›› Submit a request form along with a budget and an essay describing the project ›› Be registered at Indiana Tech for the semester before and after the project dates ›› Present their experience at a campus forum after the project is completed

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Tech Happenings

Engineering Camp Gives Teens Taste of College Indiana Tech hosted 37 high school students at the third annual Summer Engineering Camp. Camp attendees chose among four tracks to learn about: biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, computer sciences, or mechanical engineering. Each track presented plenty of hands-on learning opportunities to allow the students to practice what they learned and take home completed projects. The students lived on campus from Sunday evening through Friday afternoon and spent the week attending labs and lectures as well as recreational activities.



Student Life Celebrates Graduating Seniors To help seniors relax before their last week of final exams, Student Life organized a Senior Day party with lunch in Scully Square, cornhole, hula hoops, bubble blowing, sidewalk chalk, and volleyball.

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Warrior track and field added to its stature as an elite program when the men and women both repeated as NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Champions in May. It is the first time in the history of the NAIA that a team has swept both titles in consecutive seasons. For the men, it was their third consecutive championship having also won the 2014 indoor title. Doug Edgar was named Coach of the Year for both the men’s and women’s teams. The men won the meet by 12 points over runner-up Wayland Baptist.

Indiana Tech’s Men’s Individual Event Champions 100-meter dash: Dontaey Paige 400-meter dash: Deshawn Marshall

4x800-meter relay: Matt Adair, Devon Marrow, Drew Mueller and John Hester

400-meter hurdles: Robert Rose






The women’s championship was much closer, securing the championship by one point over Oklahoma Baptist when they won the final event, the 4x400 meter relay, by six seconds.

Indiana Tech’s Women’s Individual Event Champions 400-meter hurdles: Zalika Dixon 4x100-meter relay: Brianna Woods, Shayla France, Jewel Thomas, and Tia Cooper

4x400-meter relay: Chloe Brooks, Kirsten Flake, Tyra Cooper and Zalika Dixon Triple jump: Darice Bowie

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Warrior Teams Earn Academic Distinction

Women’s Golf Finishes in Top 10

Indiana Tech athletics had 11 teams earn the 2013-14 NAIA Scholar-Teams distinction, led

The Indiana Tech women’s golf team, having already made history by qualifying to compete on the final day at the NAIA National Championships, finished in the top 10, taking ninth in the 27-team field.

by the women’s tennis team who finished the year with a 3.77 team grade-point average. The other teams to earn the honor: ›› men’s cross country (3.38)

Wiebke Schlender was the Warriors top finisher in a tie

›› men’s golf (3.07)

for 15th. Her one-under par earned her a spot on the All-

›› men’s tennis (3.40)

Tournament team.

›› softball (3.20)

The Warriors achieved the most successful season in program history with nine event wins and their first top-25 ranking as well as the best finish at the national tournament, ninth. Schlender also had a record-breaking campaign, winning 11 of her 14 events while taking second

›› volleyball (3.21) ›› women’s basketball (3.14) ›› women’s golf (3.55) ›› women’s indoor and outdoor track and field (3.16) ›› women’s soccer (3.10)

in two others. The freshman trio of Schlender, Tamira Römer and Courtney Dye were all named NAIA All-Americans, the first Warrior golfers to ever do so. Schlender earned NAIA First-Team All-American honors while Römer and Dye both receive Third-Team All-American honors.

One non-NAIA sport, women’s bowling, met the criteria with a team grade-point average of 3.27. For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale). The team grade-point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.



Warriors Reach New High in Learfield Cup Indiana Tech athletics registered its highest ever finish in the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, finishing the year in eighth place with 597.50 points. The Warriors were the top ranked team in the WolverineHoosier Athletic Conference after garnering 263 points in the spring sports. Tech was 50th after the fall sports, with a pair of top-20 finishes from men’s and women’s cross country, collecting 74 points. In the winter standings, the Warriors jumped to 18th in the nation, collecting 260.50 points in the season. The men’s indoor track and field team won its second track national championship and the women took second for 190 points, while the wrestling team registered its best-ever national finish, taking eighth for 70.5 points. In the spring, the outdoor men’s and women’s track and field teams won their second straight outdoor titles for 200 points. The final points of the year came from the women’s golf team with a ninth place finish, garnering 63 points. The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 12 sports—six women’s and six men’s.

Hockey Home Debut Sept. 20 The Warrior men’s ice hockey team will hit the home ice for the first time Sept. 20, facing off against Central Michigan University at 5:30 p.m. at SportONE/Parkview Icehouse in Fort Wayne. TECH

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Alumni News

From the Desk of Jeremy Rice Exciting Times Ahead First off, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Jeremy Rice, and I am the new director of alumni relations! Though I am new on campus, I share at least one commonality with you … I am an Indiana Tech alum myself! So, this fabulous campus feels like home. I look forward to meeting, shaking hands, and high fiving every single one of you. I also cannot wait to cheer on and support our Warrior athletic teams and student groups! For some folks summer is a time of rest and relaxation. It is a time of boats, beaches, and barbecues. But for a great deal of ladies and gents, the summer is when the heat is on! For a lot of our College of Professional Studies students the summer is a time of juggling life responsibilities as their course work takes them right through the hot months with no break. For our recently graduated Warriors, the summer is a time of major life transition—whether it’s the job search or the decision to continue on with their education…or both! It is so exciting to think about the futures of our Warrior family members both recently graduated and not-sorecently graduated.

We have a fantastic group of alumni that have gone on to do amazing things all over the world. I am positive our newest class of alumni will continue the trend. We truly have a terrific family here at Tech. On that note, I would love to hear your story. If you would like to share some of your experiences or if you just landed your dream job, please … please … please take a second to touch base with me by phone 260.399.2847, by email,, or online at Your story may even be highlighted in one of our alumni publications, including this one. These are all great ways to keep in touch with what is going on here at Tech, reconnect with fellow alumni, and hear their stories.

Until we chat again… Go Warriors!

Summer is an exciting season for me because it represents a time when you can step outside, take a breath of fresh air, and think about what achievements you have made in the previous school year. Then then fun part begins; you start to focus on the upcoming year and the excitement that it will bring! If you have been on campus in Fort Wayne this summer, you have seen that our Warrior home is buzzing with excitement for the upcoming dedication of the beautiful new Academic Center during Homecoming weekend 2014. A culture of continuous improvement is the Warrior way!



Jeremy Rice, director of alumni relations

Alumni Updates ›› Roger Young, BSBA 1999, retired from Dekko Engineering in Kendallville, Ind., as engineering manager in 1999.

›› Jamesi Lemmon, BSBA 2013, is chief deputy treasurer of LaGrange County.

›› Jacob Culbertson, BSBA 2004, is an IT specialist for the U.S. Army at the Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Ala.

›› Michael Dunne, BSHS 2014, is director of residential living and social services at The Heritage of Huntington.

›› Douglas Gilbert, BSBA 2006, is a senior validation engineer in new product development at Johnson and Johnson Vision Care Vistakon.

›› Dartanian Sutton, MSE 2014, is a member of the advisory board at Taylor & Francis.

›› Angelie Giese, BSCIS 2007, is a web developer for Aquent, LLC. ›› Kylee Mathes, BSBA 2009, is human resources manager at Advantis Medical in Greenwood, Ind.

›› Joe Cavacini, MBA 2008, is now vice president of commercial lending and development officer for First Federal Savings Bank’s Fort Wayne market. Send us your news! Share accomplishments and adventures at or send to

Local Judge Joins Board The Indiana Tech Board of Trustees welcomed the Honorable Wendy Davis as its newest member in July. Davis is a judge in the Allen County Superior Court criminal division. She began a two-year term as the chief judge of the Allen Superior Court in January 2014. Davis earned her law degree at Valparaiso University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree in political science from Wheaton College. She is a graduate of Homestead High School in Fort Wayne. Davis joined the Allen Superior Court in 2011. Her prior legal experience includes being a partner at Beckman Lawson LLP; a deputy prosecuting attorney for the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office; an assistant criminal district attorney for the Bexar County (Texas) District Attorney’s Office; a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Antonio, Texas; and a law clerk for Dahlberg & Associates in Fort Wayne. In addition to serving on the Indiana Tech Board, Davis is a board member for the Allen County Bar Association; board chair for United Way of Allen County; and board member for Northeast Allen County Youth for Christ. She also is involved with the Urban Task Force, Indiana Judges’ Association, and the Indiana Bar Association. She holds two appointments from the Indiana Supreme Court, to the ICLEO (Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity) and to the Indiana Probation Committee. Davis was honored with the Northeast Indiana Women in Leadership Award in 2006.

Summer 2014


Faculty & Staff News University Welcomes New Staff

Lauren Nelson admissions representative, College of Professional Studies-Fishers

Tristan Arendt academic resource center specialist, Mishawaka

Brian Owsley assistant professor of law

Elizabeth Boren underclassman coordinator, admissions

Professor Publishes in International Journal Susan McGrade, professor of English, was published in the January issue of Re-Markings, an international journal. The January issue was a special edition devoted to scholarship on Langston Hughes, and guest edited by Amritjit Singh, the Langston Hughes Professor of English and African American Studies at Ohio University. The title of McGrade’s article was “The Ways of White Folks as a Literature and Pedagogy for White Exposure.”

Librarian Earns Scholarship Nina Collins, reference librarian, was selected to receive a $1,500 scholarship to attend the 2014 American Library Association Conference in late June as part of the “Conference Scholarship for Academic Librarians” program sponsored by Copyright Clearance Center. Her awardwinning essay focused on “Evaluating Open Access Resources,” which includes trends and tactics of predatory publishers, the peer review process, and evaluation of Open Access Journal quality. She has presented her research at the state level and at Indiana Tech’s spring 2014 Global Leadership Ph.D. immersion weekend.

Myra Catapan academic resource center specialist, Louisville Kayla M. Crecelius director of fashion marketing and management Nicole Denton career services assistant Kendall Guthrie business office assistant Joshua Hamilton academic resource center specialist, Mishawaka Jenita Hurst academic coach Stephanie Kabel admissions representative, College of Professional Studies-Elkhart Erica Lay associate admissions counselor Becky Longhauser academic resource center specialist, Munster Lilliana Lopez operations specialist, College of Professional Studies-Indianapolis

Jack Roebel distinguished practitioner-in-residence Emily St. Germain enrollment assistant, College of Professional Studies-Elkhart Andre Warnsley admissions representative, College of Professional Studies-Indianapolis Denita Washington academic specialist Lisa Webb academic resource center specialist, Evansville

Staff Earn Promotions Congratulations to the following staff on their new positions: Brittany Amburgey has been promoted from financial aid officer to financial aid counselor. Jean Cane has been promoted from academic resource center specialist to enrollment assistant at the Mishawaka campus. andré douglas pond cummings was promoted from associate dean for academic affairs to interim dean at the Law School

Rita Mallory admissions representative, College of Professional Studies-Louisville

Guadalupe Luna is interim associate dean for academic affairs at the Law School

Terrance McKinney corporate business development representative, College of Professional Studies

Jennifer Robertson has been promoted from academic resource center specialist to associate admissions representative at the Plainfield campus.

Molly McNamara academic coach

Aretha Williams has been promoted from academic resource center specialist to enrollment assistant at the Louisville campus.

Amanda Miller academic resource center specialist, Jeffersonville


Jeremy Rice director of alumni relations


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 Brian Engelhart at 800.937.2448, ext. 2299.

Arvard K. Adams Huntsville, AL BSME 1960

George Hasabe Sunnyvale, CA BSRE 1955

Dalmer E. Wagner Ludington, MI BSEE 1962

Loyal G. Brown Midland, MI BSME 1949

John B. Hurt LaMesa, CA BSAEE 1940

Michael D. Warwick Springfield, OH BSBA 1999

Alex H. Cheng Fort Wayne, IN BSCE 1983

Walter S. Leiser Sevierville, TN BSEE 1961

James V. Williamson Lorena, TX BSEE 1957

John Wesley Degenkolb, Jr. Winona Lake, IN ASIME 2009 BSIME 2011

Hugh W. McCann Interlochen, MI BSME 1956

Bernard J. Witczak Sturgeon Bay, WI BSME 1957

William G. Dennison Cedarburg, WI BSEE 1952

Jorge Y. Medovoi Tarzana, CA BSEE 1960

Robert E. Denue Watsonville, CA BSME 1956

Moustapha (Steve) H. Mounkara Chatham, IL Mechanical Drafting Diploma 1958

Charles T. Dils Carlisle, PA BSCHE 1961

Dalton W. Noblit Chattanooga, TN BSME 1943

Mario E. Ecker Poughkeepsie, NY BSME 1956

Joseph D. Police New Haven, IN BSELE 1959

George B. Flint, Jr. Norway, ME BSEE 1956

Jean E. Powers Fort Wayne, IN Professor of Business

Morris T. Flohr, II King George, VA BSMA 1967

James A. Reynolds Fort Wayne, IN BSME 1949

Gerhard K. Haas Osprey, FL BSME 1954 BSAEE 1954

Carl E. Rhoda Huntsville, AL BSAEE 1958

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