Trends: Spring 2014 (Volume 10, Issue 2)

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Letter from the President

After what seemed like an interminable winter, spring is finally here! The blooms poking through the ground are just one reminder of our constant growth and renewal. We have many exciting things happening that show how “everything’s coming up roses” at Indiana Tech. As this issue of Trends goes to press, we are preparing to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2014 at our annual Commencement ceremony. See page 11 for information on our keynote speaker, then watch for full coverage in our summer issue. We pride ourselves on knowing that our graduates are well-prepared for the workforce based on our career-focused, hands-on degree programs. Our School of Education, for example, is a leader in providing extensive and varied field experiences for young teacher candidates. See page 6 for a look at how those experiences benefit our students. This issue also features stories on exciting new projects and programs at Tech: 3 to Degree options for motivated undergraduates who want to complete their degree and move on to the workforce quickly; the Center for Creative Collaboration, which will pair entrepreneurs with our students and faculty to guide them; a completely reinvented university website; and transformative scholarship work by faculty of our young law school. The biggest new thing, at least in the physical sense, is our new Academic Center. Construction is moving along quickly, and our students will be able to enjoy the building this fall. Please join us for Homecoming, Sept. 18 to 21, for the Academic Center dedication and many other events (see page 20). I look forward to seeing you! Sincerely,

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

Contents Features


Law Faculty Address Contemporary Issues

6 Focus on Fieldwork: Education Students Live and Learn Through Experience


10 New 3 to Degree, 4 to More Programs 11 Commencement Speaker Shares Personal Story to Inspire Others 11 University Website Makeover 12 Center for Creative Collaboration Fuels Business Innovation 13 Lilly Endowment Support


20 Homecoming-Save the Date Departments 14 Tech Happenings 16 Warrior Athletics 21 Alumni Updates 22 Faculty & Staff News 24 In Memoriam

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TRANSFORMING Law Faculty Address Contemporary Issues Through Scholarship By andré douglas pond cummings Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Law School

Recently, Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court suggested that what law professors write about in their published legal scholarship is ridiculous, irrelevant to the practice of law, and for all intents and purposes, unnecessary. Roberts claimed that legal scholarship is particularly irrelevant to the work of lawyers and judges. He said, “Pick up a copy of any law review that you see, and the first article is likely to be, you know, the influence of Immanuel Kant on evidentiary approaches in 18th Century Bulgaria, or something, which I’m sure was of great interest to the academic that wrote it, but isn’t of much help to the bar.” Indeed, some legal scholarship produced today is esoteric and irrelevant, but the chief justice errs in categorizing all legal scholarship as unimportant and irrelevant to the practice of law. Transformative scholarship—legal scholarship written with the intent to influence policymakers,

assist practicing attorneys, and move the law in a more just direction—remains a critically important part of the intellectual life of many law professors. The law professors at Indiana Tech Law School are committed to producing transformative scholarship and, in fact, are producing such work at an incredible pace. Our law faculty believes that what they research and publish can be extremely relevant to the work of lawyers and judges and can potentially change the law, create a more fair and just legal system in the United States, and ultimately promote social justice. This current work rebuts Roberts’ claim of irrelevant naval-gazing. Since the founding of Indiana Tech Law School just over 18 months ago, the law faculty has produced more than 45 articles and essays that have been cited widely by local and federal courts, by other law professors in their own

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publications, and by the media in newspapers and television stories. Three new book contracts have been offered and signed by Tech Law faculty members who will produce books in 2014 and 2015. Some of the influential subject matter that has been addressed by Our law faculty believes that what Tech Law faculty members includes: they research and publish can

be extremely relevant to the work of lawyers and judges and can potentially change the law.

» the use of cell phone

data in criminal searches and seizure cases, and whether that use is constitutional

» the U.S. labor laws and whether migrant farm workers and their children are protected when they enter agricultural fields and are made to work under less than humane circumstances

» whether our Constitution supports the ability of homosexual individuals to marry and receive all of the benefits that heterosexual married couples do

Indiana Tech law professors are filing amicus briefs with courts around the country on issues that matter deeply including the cognitive ability of criminals to be punished at particular IQ levels, and these amicus briefs have been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, the Indiana Supreme Court, and with federal courts around the country. There is no one on the Indiana Tech Law faculty writing about the influence of Immanuel Kant on evidentiary approaches in 18th Century Bulgaria. In fact, everything that is being produced by the Indiana Tech Law School faculty is meant to inspire, influence, and change legal thinking into a fairer, more just evolution of the law. Below is a cross section of the kind of transformative scholarship that is being produced by the current 11-member faculty at the Indiana Tech Law School: Dean Peter Alexander has written and published several articles, including one focusing on the Defense of Marriage Act in connection with the nation’s bankruptcy laws, and one focusing on the changing nature of legal education and how Tech Law is on the forefront of those necessary changes.

» the for-profit motive of private prison corporations and the perverse incentives that motivate the players in the prison industrial complex

» the impact of the Defense of Marriage Act on bankruptcy filings



Dean andré douglas pond cummings has written and published several articles and has signed two book contracts. The articles focus on the private prison corporation influence on carceral policy in the United States and the perverse incentives attendant thereto. The two book contracts are with the Carolina Academic Press, with one book project currently

Professor Adam Lamparello, left, is literally writing the book on legal writing with a book contract for “Show, Don’t Tell: Legal Writing for the Real World.” Professor Guadalupe Luna, right, has published extensively on minority issues and agricultural labor laws

entitled “Corporate Justice” and the other currently entitled “Hip Hop and the Law: the Key Writings that Formed the Movement.” Dean Phebe Poydras has written and published two articles, one focusing on the evolution of legal research and the necessary technological advances that support such changes. Professor Judi Fitzgerald has written a number of chapters for the leading bankruptcy law treatise in the United States that is widely used by bankruptcy practitioners across the nation. Professor Victoria Duke has written and published two articles including one evaluating calumnious news reporting and whether victims of defamation have appropriate recourse and one focusing on nonaggregate settlements in the public law context. Professor Chuck MacLean has written numerous articles, essays and amicus briefs, on subject matter that includes cell phone data recoverability in criminal investigations, DNA phenotyping, legal writing for 21st century law students, and prosecutorial discretion, among other topics. MacLean’s work has been cited by several federal courts in published decisions, and his first edited book project was published in 2013 entitled “Perspectives on Capital Punishment in America.” Professor Guadalupe Luna has published numerous articles, including one focusing on the plight of migrant farmworker children who risk their health working in America’s agricultural fields and the failure

of our nation’s labor laws to protect them, and one remembering the life and legacy of Professor Jane Larson and the transformative work they engaged in together in the Texas Colonias. Professor Jim Berles has collaborated on a number of amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Indiana Supreme Court and in a number of federal courts across the country. He is currently working on an article focusing on prosecutorial misconduct. Professor Nancy Marcus has written two articles focusing on the recent Supreme Court decision in Windsor analyzing the inevitability of marriage equality in forthcoming constitutional jurisprudence. Professor Adam Lamparello has drafted numerous articles, essays and amicus briefs on subject matter such as cognitive neuroscience and how our courts deal with mental illness and guilt, animal cruelty laws, legal writing pedagogy, and same-sex marriage, among other topics. Lamparello signed a book contract with Lexis-Nexis to produce his first book, entitled “Show, Don’t Tell: Legal Writing for the Real World,” in 2014. Professor Steven Richardson has published an article on the importance of meta-data in library collections and evolving 21st century research. Without doubt, the Indiana Tech Law School faculty is not only seeking to be exceptional classroom teachers, but are aggressively researching and publishing transformative scholarship. Chief Justice Roberts should be proud.

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Facing a classroom full of their own students for the first time can be a daunting experience for new teachers. If those new teachers are graduates of Indiana Tech’s School of Education, however, they’ve had plenty of exposure to a wide variety of classrooms and can rise to the occasion.

For many students, those activities are eye-openers.

When Tech established the School of Education in 2007, the university envisioned a program that would stress real-life, hands-on experience similar to what engineering and computer science students experience in labs and internships. In the seven years since then, the education programs have grown and developed to a point where students get at least 300 hours of field work before their professional semester as student teachers.

While it may be scary at first, being successful is also a confidence booster.

Incoming students who choose a major in elementary education or physical education must achieve several benchmarks before formal admission to the program, such as passing the state’s Pre-Professional Skills Test, earning 40 credits with a GPA of 2.75, and submitting a philosophy of teaching. While working toward admission to the program, students complete two fieldwork opportunities: working with Study Connection in a one-on-one tutoring environment and working with Junior Achievement in a series of classroom segments or JA in a Day.

methods courses in which they spend 10 hours per week for four to five weeks doing fieldwork.

Dr. Brad Yoder, director of the School of Education, explained that those two opportunities provide different experiences.

“It has been a pleasure having Indiana Tech students in our classrooms,” said Sarah Ptak, dean of students at Willbowbrook Day School. “They come each day prepared and excited to work with our students. Given that our school had a unique, hands-on learning environment they have jumped right in and embraced our philosophy.”

“With Study Connection, they meet with individual students here on campus,” he said. “With JA, they go out into the school buildings, but all of the lesson planning is provided for them.”



“What I hear from them afterward is, ‘It’s scary,’ ” Yoder said. “They finally understand that it’s hard work, not just babysitting.”

“At the end of the JA experience, I remember a student saying, ‘I didn’t know if I could do it, and I did it,’ ” Yoder said. Once they’re admitted to the education program, field work continues through the 3000-level

“We get them out into lots of different types of experiences,” said Tammy Taylor, assistant professor of education. Indiana Tech works with a variety of schools of all types (public, private, and charter) in settings from rural to urban. Area educators have been very appreciative of the Tech students they have hosted.

It has been a pleasure having Indiana Tech students in our classrooms. Given that our school had a unique, hands-on learning environment they have jumped right in and embraced our philosophy. SARAH PTAK, DEAN OF STUDENTS, WILLBOWBROOK DAY SCHOOL

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Field experiences at the schools may include: ■■ Observations ■■ Reading to students ■■ Small group activities with students ■■ One on one interactions with students ■■ Playing games with students that reinforce skills ■■ Conducting “show and tell” activities “They take direction from the teacher,” Taylor explained. “I try to get them into different settings and different grade levels.” This emphasis on fieldwork has benefits for everyone involved: the university, the students, and the schools. The students get exposure and experience. The university and the schools get to work together to prepare the teachers of the future while staying in touch with the realities of today’s education environment. “I’m really proud of how we’ve been able to be flexible and evolve with current education experiences and practices,” Yoder said. With the current emphasis on student achievement, linking teacher evaluations and salaries in many cases to test scores, many teachers are reluctant to leave their classrooms in the hands of someone else. Developing field experiences that occur prior to the professional semester allows teachers to welcome extra help under their supervision while preparing those students to be successful and trustworthy student teachers. “We’ve been able to create a win-win, shared experience,” Yoder explained. “The schools say, ‘Thanks for sending us quality candidates.’ But it’s not just the

quality of the students; it’s also our understanding of their needs.” Erin Fudge and Erin Toll at Little Turtle Elementary in Whitley County echoed that sentiment of mutually beneficial collaboration in an email to Taylor. “What an exciting opportunity to work with a quality program where the students are prepared and have a strong foundation of education,” they wrote. “It is a great partnership between public and higher education!” Each time a student goes out for a field experience, they must complete an assignment explaining what they did and discussing different aspects of the experience. One emphasis is the importance of getting to know not only the students they interact with, but also the school they are visiting. “They learn the climate and culture of the institution,” Yoder explained. Recognizing diversity and how it impacts the classroom is also emphasized. “Diversity is not just race,” Taylor explained. “It’s how many special needs students are in the class, how many transient, how many free and reduced lunch, how many English as a second language …” Reisa Snyder, assistant professor of education, exposes her Adaptive PE class to diverse situations by having them work with the Special Olympics program. Participants in the program range from age 8 and up and have a variety of needs. Tech students have helped out with basketball, swimming, and track activities. “It gives our students firsthand experience with adaptive PE and dealing with special needs, working with them and adapting to different special needs—which is what they’ll have to do in the classroom,” she said.

This is their dream. Our candidates who come in, it’s because it’s what they’ve always wanted to do. You have to help them realize their dream. You can’t take that away from them. TAMMY TAYLOR, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION



Snyder has been impressed herself by the students working with Special Olympics, but she also recounted comments from the director of the swimming program. “She said our students were so much better because they’re hands-on, they take initiative. They get in there and swim with them, play basketball with them.” Yoder, Taylor, and Snyder work together closely and take pride in the relationships that make the School of Education successful—relationships between faculty and students as well as the connections they each have in area school systems. “The thing we have that other programs might not,” Taylor said, “is that our professors are recently out of the classroom. We’re practitioners. We know what these students need to have to be successful.” Early field experiences are opportunities for students to learn and grow and demonstrate preparedness for the professional semester. If a student does not show that he or she is ready based on the program benchmarks, the professional semester may be delayed. “It’s not just about doing your book work,” Yoder said. Taylor, who coordinates placements for professional semesters, works tirelessly to match Tech students with schools and specific teachers. Rather than simply giving a school district’s placement coordinator a number of students who need placements, she talks with teachers and principals about specific candidates. “I work really hard to make sure the placements are a good fit,” she said. “Tech’s reputation, my reputation, and the success of the student are based on a good fit.” In addition to ensuring that students are qualified, Taylor also wants to be sure that Tech students have good mentor teachers. That commitment to a good fit and Taylor’s personal reputation can offset the concerns of a teacher who may be hesitant to have a student teacher. She tells the story of recommending a candidate to one teacher who’d had bad experiences with student teachers in the past. “I told her ‘I wouldn’t bring her to your classroom, if I wouldn’t have her in my own,’ ” Taylor said. While veteran teachers face increasing challenges from a variety of forces—economic, political, and cultural— today’s prospective teachers approach the field more selectively than in the past. Yoder said his colleagues at other universities are facing the same thing. “What I think we are getting is a refined understanding

C L ASS R O O M PA R T N E R S To give education students exposure to variety of classroom settings, Indiana Tech’s School of Education works with many districts and schools in northeast Indiana including:

» Fort Wayne Community Schools » East Allen Community Schools » Northwest Allen Community Schools » Southwest Allen Community Schools » St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Joseph Schools » Oak Farm Montessori » Willowbrook Day School » Timothy L. Johnson » Bishop Dwenger High School » Whitley County Consolidated Schools » East Noble School Corporation » Adams Central Community Schools

of teaching,” Yoder explained. “We’re getting different types of questions (from prospective students). I think what we’ll end up having is an understanding that teaching is rigorous, it’s not for the faint of heart.” That makes it all the more important to enable education students to be successful. “This is their dream,” Taylor said. “Our candidates who come in, it’s because it’s what they’ve always wanted to do. You have to help them realize their dream. You can’t take that away from them.”

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g o r p New

Traditional undergraduates who are eager to start their careers will benefit from Indiana Tech’s new 3 to Degree program, which maps out how to earn selected bachelor’s degrees in three years. The 4 to More program will allow them to earn a master’s degree in an additional year.

Motivated students will earn their degrees sooner and save substantially on college costs...they’ll do it with a course of study that truly prepares them for the world of work in their chosen field.

The 3 to Degree and 4 to More programs will be available to undergraduate students enrolling at Indiana Tech’s main campus in Fort Wayne starting in the fall of 2014. Unique features of the programs include:

“Indiana Tech is committed to providing high-quality, career-relevant education to our students,” Dr. Douglas Clark, vice president for academic affairs, explained. “Three to Degree and 4 to More allow us to do even more to fulfill this promise. Motivated students will earn their degrees sooner and save substantially on college costs. Perhaps more importantly, they’ll do it with a course of study that truly prepares them for the world of work in their chosen field.” The 3 to Degree program was announced in November 2013 with accounting and business administration degrees available. It was expanded in March 2014 to include a wide range of degrees in the College of General Studies. Students taking part must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to continue in each program.

» Each is a true 3-year and 3+1-year program.

Students will have a pathway to complete their bachelor’s degree over the course of six semesters and master’s degree in eight semesters.

» Unlike similar programs at other universities,

students are not required to enter with college credits already on their transcripts.

» Students will save at least 25% on their college

costs by completing their degrees faster under the new fast track programs. They also will benefit financially by being able to start their career earnings sooner.

» » » » » » » » » »

Accounting Communication Criminal Justice Business Administration-Management Elementary Education Physical Education Pre-Law Psychology Recreation and Leisure Studies Recreation Therapy

» The programs reflect Indiana Tech’s emphasis on


career preparation, with academic credit available through approved summer internships in addition to classroom study.


» Accounting plus MBA » Business Administration Management plus MBA » Business Administration Management plus MSM

Commencement Speaker Shares Personal Story as Inspiration to Others Inspirational speaker Terré Holmes will deliver the keynote address at Indiana Tech’s Commencement on May 17.

two drug-addicted parents to teach people how to forgive and move on. She engages her audiences through her dynamic stage presence and makes them think and plan for their own success.

The university expects more than 650 students from all Indiana Tech locations to participate in the ceremony at 10:30 a.m. May 17 at Memorial Coliseum. The degrees conferred at the ceremony range from associate degrees to doctorates.

Through writing, speaking, and coaching, Holmes strives to help people improve their personal and professional relationships.

Holmes has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, speaker and author. She uses her personal story of growing up with

Holmes has taught in Cleveland, Chicago, New York, and Abu Dhabi, UAE. She currently teaches at Urban Prep Academy in Chicago, an all-boys high school. She has provided keynotes and workshops for The University of Akron’s Black Male Summit 2013, The University of Chicago Charter School, Fifth Third Bank, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, and countless colleges and universities.

University Website Gets a Makeover Recent visitors to Indiana Tech’s website have found something new at—a completely new website. To help make our Web presence more user friendly, the marketing team spent over a year reimagining and redesigning the structure, content, and functionality of the site. The result was launched early in the morning of April 28. The site now features: ■■ Large, vibrant images ■■ Easy to follow navigation ■■ Improved tools for searching for and browsing degree programs and job postings ■■ Google technology integration (search, directions, maps) ■■ Social media integration ■■ Calendars for events and important dates on key department homepages such as traditional admissions, the

Most importantly, the new site uses responsive design so that it’s easily accessible on smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. In conjunction with the redesign of, the athletic department partnered with Sidearm Sports for a new website dedicated to Warrior athletics at The new athletics site includes: ■■ Subscription text alerts to receive information about Tech athletics as soon as it happens ■■ A photo gallery to view and purchase recent photos from events ■■ YouTube integration to promote highlights and recaps on the Warriors YouTube channel ■■ Full sports calendar with iCal subscription options

College of Professional Studies, student

■■ Complete list of athletics recruits

life, financial aid, and the Career Center

■■ Live broadcasts via

■■ Directories that enable users to easily find staff, faculty and departments ■■ Improved technologies that optimize site performance and the overall user-experience Explore both sites, and, then share your feedback with us at

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C3 Speeds Clients Towards Success Tech’s New Center for Creative Collaboration to Help Entrepreneurs Turn Ideas into Business

Indiana Tech has long had deep connections to entrepreneurs— examples abound of businesses started and built by alumni. You’ll find many business owners and entrepreneurial thinkers among the ranks of current students as well, from business owners earning a degree through the College of Professional Studies to traditional undergraduates who enter college with the goal of starting their own venture. Now there’s a place right here at Indiana Tech where these Warrior entrepreneurs—and others from around the region and nation— can go for help in turning their business ideas into customers. The Center for Creative Collaboration (The C3) will bring together the skills and knowledge of team members at each of the university’s four academic areas (engineering, business, general studies, law) to assist entrepreneurs in building successful businesses. Experienced mentors from all walks of business life outside the university will also play a key role in helping C3 clients. The C3 will officially open in August 2014 in the new Academic Center, although it is currently accepting applications for assistance from clients and recruiting business mentors from around the community. Assistance for clients of the C3 will come in many areas of business, including assessment of market demand for their product or service, product development and commercialization, business planning, and more. In the end, it will be a one stop shop where an entrepreneur can receive assistance in all of the key areas related to a successful start up. Mark Richter, executive director of the C3 and vice president for special projects, notes several key differences between the C3 and traditional incubators and business accelerators found at other universities. “The C3 is unique in a number of important ways. First, it’s not contained within just one college at the university,” he explained. “This means we’re truly able to bring all of the skills of our university team members to bear for C3 clients, from business to law, general studies to engineering. Likewise, the community mentors we bring in to assist with projects come from a wide range of business backgrounds.” “We’re also focused on providing speed of service to C3 clients,” said Richter. “Unlike business incubators, we’re not looking to house businesses within our walls here at Tech. Engagements like that typically stretch over several years. With the C3, we see client projects being very targeted toward the key things a business



needs to get to the next level. Our vision is that this will take place over the course of months, not years.” Another benefit for clients working with the C3 is that the Center will not require a stake in the equity of a business or its intellectual property as part of working on projects. These will both be retained by the client. The C3 will charge a modest fee for its services; currently, even these fees are being waived for the first group of C3 clients as the Center builds toward its official launch. So how will the Indiana Tech community benefit from this new venture? Indiana Tech President Dr. Arthur Snyder calls out three main areas when discussing the C3. “As always, we start with our students. Across our university, we have students from all walks of life, wide-ranging ages and backgrounds,” he said. “If they have the drive and goal to start their own business, the C3 can help. There will also be opportunities for students to work on C3 client projects, and see firsthand how ideas grow into successful companies.” “Second, it’s important to all of us here at Tech to contribute to the vitality and growth of our region,” Snyder continued. “By helping C3 clients establish and grow successful businesses, we’re helping create a better economic environment for everyone. This circles back to students, too—more successful businesses means more career opportunities for them once their studies at Tech are finished.” “Finally, we expect the university itself will benefit through this effort,” Snyder noted. “Successful businesses may choose to give back to Tech and its students. Potential students will find our university that much more attractive when they see the exciting projects we’re working on at the C3. We’ll also have the opportunity to invest in select client companies.” Beyond the university, the C3 has also gained notable support from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., in the form of a $500,000 grant to help fund the first three years of operations at the C3 (for more on the grant, see page 13). With such support and momentum building toward launch, Richter notes that it’s an exciting time to be a part of the C3 and Indiana Tech. “Often the most interesting and rewarding time to be a part of something is when it’s new,” he noted. “Like the clients we’re working with, the C3 is a new venture itself. The energy and enthusiasm I’ve seen for the C3 around the entire Tech community have been tremendous.”

Tech Initiatives Earn Lilly Endowment Support Winter in the Midwest brought a seemingly endless supply of snow and ice to Indiana Tech, but it also brought good news, as Tech was awarded a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The funds will support three important new initiatives in the areas of entrepreneurship and experiential learning, career services, and curriculum development. The grant is part of the Endowment’s statewide Initiative to Promote Opportunities through Educational Collaborations. Support from the Endowment includes $500,000 for the Center for Creative Collaboration, an interdisciplinary assistance center for entrepreneurs and small-business startups. The C3 will bring together community mentors and advisors, as well as faculty and students from the university’s College of Business, College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, and Law School to assist new businesses during their early entrepreneurial life cycle.

G E T T I N G I N VO LV E D Alumni and friends of Indiana Tech can get involved with the C3 as a client or a business mentor. Visit or call Mark Richter at 260-399-2816 today to learn more.

Another large portion of the grant, $425,000, will be applied to the expansion and enhancement of career services at Tech. The Career Center will use the funds to add career planning requirements for all freshmen in traditional undergraduate programs; expand the Virtual Career Center to better serve students at all of the university’s campuses and online; expand career services and employer outreach at satellite campuses; and introduce the Career Readiness Certification Program to satellite campuses. The final $75,000 of the $1 million grant will be applied to the implementation of “backwards design,” a unique curriculum development approach that will further enhance Indiana Tech’s ability to match its education programs with the needs of today’s employers. Tech’s academic affairs team will work with employers in key industries to assess their needs and interests in terms of employee capabilities. From there, course and program updates can be made with the potential job market for Tech students in mind. “We’re very grateful for the Endowment’s support of our efforts to strengthen the entrepreneurial abilities of our community and prepare our students for career success,” said Dr. Arthur Snyder, Indiana Tech president. “This grant will help us continue to meet the needs of both students and employers and build a better workforce and thriving economy.”

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Tech Happenings

Ex-NFL Player Urges Students to Find Purpose Former NFL player Dr. Jason Carthen delivered an engaging and inspirational presentation on “Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Greatness” at the spring University Forum. He encouraged

Daughter of Plaintiff Shares Insight On ‘Brown’ Desegregation Case Cheryl Brown Henderson, daughter of one of the plaintiffs in the landmark “Brown vs. the Board of Education” desegregation case, provided a unique insight on that case and put it in perspective with the overall history of civil rights as Indiana Tech Law School’s inaugural Distinguished Lecturer.

in life. Carthen had a three-year career in the NFL as an outside linebacker. He formed Redeemed Management & Consulting, a full service consulting firm in 2002. He speaks and writes extensively on leadership, and has researched and published in areas such as business, positive psychology and organizational leadership. Students packed the Magee-O’Connor Theater to hear Carthen speak, and he spent time with many of them afterward signing

“Brown v. Board was 105 years in the making,” she explained to a Grand Wayne Center ballroom packed with attorneys, judges, community members, faculty, and students ranging from elementary school through law school. She described how the case came about, as well as its long-lasting impact on our society. Brown Henderson emphasized that the Brown decision wasn’t simply about school segregation; it defined the equal-protection clause of the Constitution’s 14th Amendment. “Brown did that for all of you in this room, not just African-Americans,” she told the crowd.


students to identify not only their passion, but also their purpose


autographs and posing for photos.

Concussion Event Focuses on Athlete Safety Indiana Tech partnered with Parkview Trauma Centers and Parkview Sports Medicine to present a seminar on preventing concussions for parents, coaches and student-athletes of all ages. The keynote speaker was Chris Nowinski, who is the co-director of the Boston University School of Medicine’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and serves on the National Football League Players Association’s traumatic brain injury committee. Nowinski played college football at Harvard, wrestled in the WWE and was forced to retire due to numerous concussions. The event covered: • The signs of a concussion • How and when athletes should return to the game • How to prevent head injuries Nowinski is the founder of Sports Legacy Institute, a non-profit organization focused on the study, treatment, and prevention of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups.

Event Features Range of Readers, Works The African American Read-In has become an annual tradition for Indiana Tech during Black History Month. Several students, staff and faculty members participated in the event as readers, including: Peter Alexander, Maria Carlisle, Aeryn Brewer, Sheila Bure, Derrius Carroll, Antonio Chieves, Robyn Clark, Chantelle Harris, Marsha Coleman, Shari Hampton, Desmond Jones, Dr. Arthur Snyder, and TiQuisha Hines. They read classic works by authors such as Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, and Zora Neale Hurston, as well as more contemporary works by Lauryn Hill, Javon Johnson, and Suli Breaks.

Warrior Men Take Indoor Track Championship The Indiana Tech men’s track and field team won its first NAIA Indoor National Championship in March, beating second place Wayland Baptist by 13 points. Dontaey Paige won the 60 meter and 200 meter races and was named the Men’s Most Valuable Performer. Doug Edgar was named Men’s Coach of the Year. In addition to Paige’s event wins, the Warriors had two more individual event champions: Deshawn Marshall in the 400 meter dash and John Hester in the 600 meter dash.

Indiana Tech’s Men’s All-Americans 60-meter dash: Dontaey Paige 60-meter hurdles: Trevor Stanley 200-meter dash: John Broaden Harris Edwards III Dontaey Paige 400-meter dash: Deshawn Marshall Dareyus Person Robert Rose


600-meter dash: Austen Barnes John Hester 3,000 meter run: Aaron Belcher 4x800-meter relay: Matt Adair, Devon Marrow, Drew Mueller and John Hester Long jump: Darryl Marlow


Warrior Women Finish 2nd at Indoor Track The women’s indoor track team finished second at nationals for the second year in a row, trailing repeat champion Oklahoma Baptist by 10 points. The Warrior women won three individual national titles with Kirsten Flake taking the 400 meter dash; the team of Zalika Dixon, Chauntiel Smith, Chloe Brooks and Flake winning the 4x400 relay; and Darice Bowie leading the triple jump.

Indiana Tech’s Women’s All-Americans 60-meter dash: Brianna Woods Tia Cooper Shayla France Jewel Thomas Malika Rashid 60-meter hurdles: Shayla France Zalika Dixon Mariama Waheed 200-meter dash: Brianna Woods Shayla France Jewel Thomas Chloe Brooks

400-meter dash: Chloe Brooks Kirsten Flake Zalika Dixon Chauntiel Smith 800-meter dash: Cherie Gaines 5,000 meter run: Becca Lamb 4x400-meter relay: Zalika Dixon, Chauntiel Smith, Chloe Brooks and Kirsten Flake

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Women’s Lax Finishes 3rd in Nation The women’s lacrosse team took third place in the National Women’s Lacrosse League national championship by beating Davenport 16-8. The Warriors finished the season 12-6 overall. Kendall Guthrie and Autumn McMillin were named to the All-Tournament

Justin Brooks became the first Warrior to compete in an NAIA national championship

WHAC postseason honors Offensive Player of the Year, All-Academic Team, and All-Conference First Team: Kendall Guthrie

Wrestler Reaches NAIA Final Match final match at the NAIA National Tournament

All-Academic Team and All-Conference First Team: Alexis DiGiovanni

in Topeka, Kansas. Brooks, competing in the

All-Conference First Team: Autumn McMillin

was named an All-American.

All-Academic Team: Lauren Allard Emily Bell

133-pound class, was defeated in the final but finished the season with a 23-5 record and

Mitch Pawlak (133 pounds) and Kafuba Donzon (165 pounds) also earned AllAmerican honors. The team finished eighth in the tournament with 56 total points, its best national showing yet. The team was 19-5 overall in the 2014 season, with a 6-2 conference record.

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and Daryl Grayson were named All-Academic NAIA Individuals by the National Wrestling

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Coaches Association, and the team GPA of


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3.144 was ranked seventh in the nation.

Women’s Golf Headed to Nationals The women’s golf team earned a trip to the NAIA National Championships in Lincoln, Neb., in late May, by winning the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament. The Warriors were led by freshman Wiebke Schlender, who finished the two-day tournament 10 over par at 154. The team won the tournament with a two-day total of 649, eight strokes better than Madonna. Schlender was named Player of the Year in the WHAC and Newcomer of the Year and earned All-Conference First Team honors. Kelly Mettert was named Coach of the Year.

WHAC postseason honors All-Academic Team and Champions of Character Team: Christina Mettert All-Academic Team and All-Conference First Team: Alexis DiGiovanni All-Conference First Team: Courtney Dye and Tamina Romer

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Alumni News

“Embrace your Inner Warrior” by joining us in Fort Wayne for Homecoming 2014, September 18-21. This fun-filled, celebratory weekend has something for everyone to enjoy: »

Dedication and tours of the beautiful new campus centerpiece, the Academic Center. You helped make it happen, now come see it for yourself!

» The annual Road Warrior Cruise-In Classic autos, trucks, and motorcycles. » The annual Alumni Awards, including special 50-year alumni recognition. » TWIST XXV - the 25th edition of the TWIST golf tournament benefitting student scholarship and academic achievement at Tech. » The home debut of Tech’s newest sport, men’s ice hockey. » Technology 101 - Tech professors bring today’s academics to life in this popular alumni lecture series. » The President’s Club Dinner, honoring club members from this most recent year of giving. » And much more! A full schedule of events and registration form will be available soon in an upcoming issue of Trends and online at In the meantime please contact or call 260-399-2842 for more details.



Alumni Updates ›› Orrin “Mac” MacMurray, BSCE 1969, is now chairman of the board emeritus at C&S Companies, which is headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y. MacMurray has worked for C&S since 1972, previously serving as president, chief executive officer, chairman of the board. ›› Sidney Simon, BAPH 1965, has retired from Duke University as professor emeritus. ›› Joseph Trott, BSBA 1995, is a human resource supervisor for Chrysler LLC in Kokomo, Ind. ›› Tiffany Erhardt, BSIME 2003 and MSE 2006, works for Lockheed Martin, Missiles & Fire Control division, as lead manufacturing engineering in the PAC-3 launcher program. ›› Robert Howse, BSIME 2008, is an operations engineer with Exelis Inc. in the Night Vision and Communication Systems division. At Exelis, he earned the Gold Ring of Quality Award for Improvement Efforts in 2013 and the Silver Ring of Quality Award for Development Support in 2007.

›› Angela Shafer, BSBA 2011, is campus president of Harrison College in Columbus, Ind. She is also vice president of the Eastside Community Center; on the board of directors for Leadership Bartholomew County; a member of the Financial Literacy Coalition; and a member of the Corporate Volunteer Council. ›› Brenna Madison, BME 2012, is a sustaining mechanical engineer with Hill-Ro Inc. in Batesville, Ind. ›› Daniel Sandys, BSIME 2012, is a product process engineer at BAE Systems in Fort Wayne. ›› Bryce Collier, BSME 2013, has joined Ridewell Suspensions in Springfield, Mo., as a design engineer. He will be working with trailer suspensions. Send us your news! Share accomplishments and adventures at or send to

Cruise With Pride! Indiana residents have a fantastic opportunity to display their Warrior pride on a daily basis

Purchasing a specialty plate is a simple and inexpensive way to not only give to Indiana Tech, but also advertise for the university everywhere you drive.

by driving around town with an Indiana Tech specialty license plate. However, these plates may become extinct in the near future. The state of Indiana and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles are following a new standard that requires each organization to sell a minimum of 500 specialty plates during the course of a year. We sold 319 Indiana Tech plates in 2013, and we need to beat that number in 2014!

The cost of the specialty plate is just $40, and $25 of that fee goes to the university. This small investment helps better equip the university to provide high-quality learning experiences for its growing student body. If you are an Indiana resident, please consider joining the Warrior community in a show of support and pride by purchasing an Indiana Tech specialty plate through the Indiana BMV (

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Faculty & Staff News Stoker Joins Team, VPs Change Roles As Indiana Tech continues to grow, the leadership structure continues to evolve to better meet the needs of the university. Dr. Daniel J. Stoker joined the university Dr. Daniel J. Stoker, in January in the vice president of newly created student affairs position of vice president for student affairs. As vice president for student affairs, he will oversee athletics, student life, residence life, and all other areas of student affairs. Stoker has worked for more than 18 years in student affairs on two

Librarians Presenting at Conference Librarians Nina Collins and Melissa Ringle have been selected to present at the spring meeting of the Indiana Online Users Group. The title of their presentation is “Navigating for Today’s Learners: Redesigning Library Instruction to Meet Students’ Needs.” They will be discussing project-based library instruction and embedding library instruction in distance education. The conference theme is “Library Road Maps: Patrons in the Driver’s Seat.” IOLUG, founded in 1982, is an organization established for the purpose of furthering the use of online systems, databases, computers, and telecommunication systems in libraries.


college campuses, Pittsburg State University in Kansas and the University of Indianapolis. “Adding this position, particularly with the experience and skills Dan Stoker will bring to it, helps us ensure that we are meeting the needs of our students in a well-rounded way,” President Arthur E. Snyder said. “Academics are the core of any college, but there are many factors beyond the classroom that impact a student’s lifelong success.” “I strongly believe in the role that student affairs can have in not only enhancing the student experience on the campus, but also preparing students for leadership and civic engagement after college,” Stoker said. “We not only want

Brown Earns SHRM Honor Ellen Brown, admissions representative at Indiana Tech-Mishawaka, was named 2013 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for Michiana SHRM, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resources Management.

Minnich Among 40 Under 40

responsible, involved students, but also strong, ethical professionals who are prepared to act and serve their industry and community when they graduate.” Also in January, two other vice presidents took on new roles and responsibilities: ›› Mark Richter, formerly vice president of institutional advancement, became executive director of the Center for Creative Collaboration and vice president for special projects ›› Brian Engelhart, formerly vice president of marketing, added institutional advancement and alumni relations to his responsibilities and became vice president of university relations

Faculty, Staff Publish Work Dr. Andrew Nwanne’s paper entitled “U.S. Multinational Corporations in Countries with Low Corruption Perception Index” was published in the journal Advances in Economics and Business. Nwanne is associate dean for the College of Business. Dr. Staci Lugar Brettin’s paper “Creating Entrepreneurial Learning Communities in Higher Education” was published in the Business Education Innovation Journal. Lugar Brettin is an assistant professor of marketing and management.

John Minnich, assistant professor of accounting, was one of the 40 Under 40 winners honored by Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly at an event March 19. The annual awards honor individuals younger than 40 who are making a difference in the community. He also was elected to the position of secretary on the Indiana CPA Educational Foundation Trustees.


Instruction Librarian Melissa Ringle’s article “Redesigning Library Instruction: A Collaborative Process” has been accepted for publication in the Indiana Libraries Journal Fall 2014 issue. It is the professional journal of the Indiana Library community, which includes the Indiana State Library.

University Welcomes New Staff Brittney Amburgey financial aid counselor Amanda Baker Warrior Information Network representative Jason Dade admissions representative, College of Professional StudiesIndianapolis Brooke Elf enrollment assistant, College of Professional StudiesIndianapolis Julie Farison creative director Tesha Freeman coordinator of international admissions and recruitment Jessica Harris head softball coach Crystle Helderman admissions representative, College of Professional StudiesIndianapolis Michelle Holowach admissions counselor Jackson Huff admissions representative, College of Professional StudiesIndianapolis Megan Keesler career advisor/employer services representative, Elkhart Rachel Kellogg residence life coordinator

Penny Kleinhans executive operations coordinator Megan Koepper accounts payable coordinator Kristin Mattingly admissions representative, College of Professional Studies-Munster Gordana Mitrovic enrollment assistant, College of Professional Studies-Fishers John Peckinpaugh head men’s basketball coach Brandy Reincke enrollment assistant, College of Professional Studies-Warsaw Sheila Richards academic resource center specialist, Warsaw

Aretha Williams academic resource center specialist, Louisville Matthew Willits distance education specialist Nathan Yoder financial aid counselor

Several Staff Earn Promotions Jennifer Connolly was promoted from assistant coach to head cheerleading coach. Zach Lamb was promoted from recruitment assistant to associate admissions counselor.

Jennifer Robertson associate admissions representative, College of Professional Studies-Plainfield

Duncan McCorquodale was promoted from enrollment manager to director of admissions for the College of Professional Studies.

Derek Sadler Warrior Information Network representative

Allison Steinke was promoted from enrollment assistant to admissions representative at the Fishers campus

Jack Schmidt, band director

Taylor Strasser was promoted from associate admissions counselor to admissions counselor.

Elaine Shaffer career advisor/employer services representative, Indianapolis

Meghan Swihart was promoted from enrollment assistant to admissions representative at the Elkhart campus.

Chance Sommer admissions representative, College of Professional StudiesIndianapolis Amanda Sonnefield accounts receivable specialist Rolando Spencer academic resource center specialist, Indianapolis

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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 Brian Engelhart at 800.937.2448, ext. 2299.

John P. Antico Connersville, IN BSME 1949

Thomas J. Church Belvidere, TN BSEE1968

Cathy Renee Gadis Indianapolis, IN BSBA 1997

Edwin L. Kemp, Jr. Los Alamos, NM BSRE 1946

Howard D. Auther Springfield, VA BSAEE 1953

Charles C. Clark Highland, MD BSRE 1951

Jack W. Hagerman Chesterfield, VA BSCE 1959

Richard A. Kenney South Bend, IN BSEE 1968

Walter E. Barber Pittsfield, MA BSEE 1948

George M. Crawford Port Royal, PA BSME 1938

Emory Hall Lancaster, CA BSME 1951

Robert J. Kaleita Millerstown, PA BSCE 1950

John D. Beckman Cedartown, GA BSAEE 1954

Charles R. Crothers Evansville, IN BSEE 1963

Edward J. Hatfield, Jr. Homer, AK BSEE 1954

James J. Kershaw Palmetto, FL BSME 1961

Dennis F. Berquist Rockford, IL BSCHE 1969

Elbert O. Crow Peoria, AZ BSEE 1951

William H. Hawley, Jr. Saint Albans, WV BSEE Student 1948 – 1956

Royal B. Kinsley, Sr. Marlborough, MA BSEE 1952

Lacy R. Blackman Sarasota, FL BSEE 1960

Charles R. Daniels Fort Wayne, IN BSEE 1958

Lyle C. Haws Elkhart, IN BSPSY 1973

Raymond P. Koster Marion, IA BSME 1949

Ralph W. Bracht Fort Wayne, IN Former Faculty Member

Robert D. Day Fort Wayne, IN BSCE 1949

James M. Herzog Lancaster, OH BSAEE 1961

Paul T. Kosmatka Milwaukee, WI BSAEE 1954

Michael D. Bradley Indianapolis, IN BSOL 2011

Thomas P. Dowling Harpers Ferry, WV BSCE 1951

Michelle L. Hickling Noblesville, IN BSACC 2005

August H. Kruckeberg Fort Wayne, IN BSEE 1951

Walter E. Brutzer Frankfort, MI BSME 1956

Richard D. Eddy Columbus, OH BSEE 1957

Raymond W. Hoffman Pompano Beach, FL BSEE 1936

Anthony J. Kubit Erie, PA BSEE 1961

Robert G. Butcher Green Valley, AZ BSCE 1949

James W. Eroh Crossville, TN BSEE 1961

Joseph Michael Intrabartola North Baldwin, NY BSEE 1952

Richard D. Lamb Greeley, CO BSCE 1957

Kenneth Butler Clearwater, FL BSCE 1950

Arthur L. Firtion Las Vegas, NV BSEE 1962

William H. Carter Union City, PA BSME 1949

David W. Fox Norfolk, VA BSEE 1952

Eugene W. Chmiel Fort Wayne, IN BSEE 1959

William F. Frisbie, Sr. Sterling, VA BSEE 1960



Mary L. Jaessing Howe, IN Former Staff Member Lubomyr J. Iwaskiw Venice, FL BSEE 1951 Daniel H. Johnson Jamestown, NY BSME 1972

Roy B. Lanker Gahanna, OH BSME 1948 Kenneth L. Lauer Fort Wayne, IN Former Faculty Member Theron C. Lindsey Ossian, IN BSCE 1949

Jose J. Llompart San Juan, PR BSEE 1941

James E. Morrison Milford, IA BSEE 1954

Robert E. Rogers Elmira, NY BSME 1954

Jerry K. Walker Columbia City, IN BSCE 1960

James R. Longbucco Holly, MI BSME 1943

Bobie D. Morrow Lillie, LA BSEE 1953

Harold S. Romanowski Dallas, TX BSME 1954

Albert F. Wilcox Live Oak, FL BSME 1949

Ameka Renee Mann Anderson, IN BSBA Student 2004

Hernan Mujica Hilton Head Island, SC BSME 1960

Frank C. Rosiek Royal Oak, MI BSME 1951

John B. Willauer Sequim, WA BSEE 1940

Robert (Matt) G. Mastroly Wichita, KS BSEE 1956

Russell L. Murphy Cambridge, OH BSME 1951

Kerns E. Rowe Orlando, FL BSAEE 1955

Alfred N. Wilhite Tarboro, NC BSBA 1993

James R. Mays Elizabethtown, KY BSDR 1941

Paul L. Newhouse Alliance, OH BSME 1957

Alan R. Seagren Wheaton, IL BSEE 1970

Richard N. Wong Maumee, OH BSME 1956

Robert C. Meckley Fort Wayne, IN BSDR 1958

Dalton W. Noblit Mariette, GA BSME 1943

James E. Serpanos Ridgecrest, CA BSCE 1958

William C. Wood Glen Cove, NY BSCE 1949

Murray J. Mendenhall, Jr. Fort Wayne, IN Former Coach and Athletic Director

Dennis W. Parrott Circleville, OH BSCH 1965

Ramesh Sheth Charlotte, NC BSCHE 1959

Alton A. Ying Elizabeth, NJ BSCHE 1957

E. A. “Tiny” Pentheny Bellevue, WA BSAEE 1960

Robert B. Snyder Bandon, OR BSRE 1949

Rex E. Pierson, Jr. Saint Amant, LA BSME 1957

Ann C. Spears Mooresville, IN ASBA 2007

Thomas M. Pryslak Pioneer, OH BSAEE 1969

Walter E. Suever Mesa, AZ BEEE 1963

John Joseph Ray Fort Wayne, IN BSRE 1948

Fred E. Torstrup Toms River, NJ BSME 1954

John T. Rinehart Kokomo, IN BSCE 1951

Judi L. Vaught Fort Wayne, IN Law School Student

Ralph Graydon Robling Farmington Hills, MI BSME 1956

Howard E. Vineyard Citrus Springs, FL BSME 1962

Salvatore P. Mercurio Utica, NY BSME 1949 Virgil W. Merkel Fort Wayne, IN BSEE 1962 John (Jack) F. Metzger McCordsville, IN BSME 1959 Guadalupe S. Molina Surprise, AZ BSBA 2002 Eugene J. Mommer, Jr. Windermere, FL BSAEE 1946 Sok Y. Moon Cincinnati, OH BSCHE 1958

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