Trends: Fall 2010 (Volume 7, Issue 1)
Indiana Tech's university magazine for alumni and friends.
<ul><li><p>Warriors Will Add Wrestling Team in 2011</p><p>Ethical Business Leadership Center Established</p><p>Ecopsychology Specialization Leads to Dream Job</p><p>Volume 7, Issue 1 / Fall 2010The Magazine for Students, Alumni & Friends</p><p>Celebrations</p><p>HomeComing 2010 & 80tH anniversary gala</p></li><li><p>Greetings,</p><p>Big things are going on at Indiana Tech! In fact, youre holding one of them in your hands. If it seems like this issue of Trends is a bit heavier than usual, youre not imagining things. Weve added several pages of stories and photos to help keep you informed and in touch.</p><p>While were beefing up each issue of Trends, weve also decided to switch from four issues a year to three in order to cut down on mailing costs and focus on making each issue better. However, you can stay connected between issues by signing up for our e-newsletter, The Tech Aluminati. If you would like to receive it, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.</p><p>I think youll enjoy this expanded Trends. It includes coverage of our wonderful Homecoming celebra-tion, including the dedication of the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center and the 80th Anniversary Gala. I always enjoy talking with alumni who visit, but there is something especially heartwarming about see-ing so many old friends reconnect and marvel at how far their university has come.</p><p>This issue also includes great news about the growth were enjoying, from enrollment to new housing to new locations for the College of Professional Studies. These are all positive signs of how we are thriving.</p><p>As we continue our transformation into a comprehensive university, our new vice president of academ-ic affairs will take the lead in shaping our academic profile. Learn more about Dr. Dennis Gayle and his vision on Page 20.</p><p>Its a very exciting time to be part of the Indiana Tech community. I cant wait to learn what the future holds for us.</p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, President</p><p>Letter from the President</p></li><li><p>1Fall 2010Volume 7, Issue 1</p><p>Departments</p><p> 2 Tech Happenings</p><p> 26 Richters Notes</p><p> 27 Alumni News</p><p> 27 In Memoriam</p><p> 28 Faculty & Staff News</p><p>Features</p><p>Homecoming 2010 7 Book, Documentary Chronicle </p><p>Campus History</p><p> 8 Dedication Ceremony Honors Uytengsu</p><p> 10 Brothers to the End!</p><p> 12 Alumni Award Winners</p><p> 14 Photos</p><p> 16 Warriors Will Add Wrestling Team in 2011</p><p> 18 Ethical Business Leadership Center Established</p><p> 20 International Infusion 23 Specialization </p><p>Leads to Dream Job20</p><p>Trends Volume 7, Issue 1. </p><p> 2010 Indiana Institute of Technology</p><p>Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D., President</p><p>Trends is published three times a year for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of Indiana Tech by the universitys Creative Services department and Office of Institutional Ad-vancement.</p><p>Mark RichterVice President of Institutional Advancement</p><p>Janet SchutteDirector of Marketing</p><p>Jeffrey MeltonMarketing Specialist</p><p>Tessa WardGraphic Designer</p><p>Deborah AglerExecutive Director of University Communications</p><p>Michael PetersonDirector of Alumni Relations</p><p>Please send comments, news, and feature story ideas to:</p><p>Indiana Tech attn: Creative Services 1600 E. Washington Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46803</p><p>260.422.5561 or 800.937.2448, extension 2250</p><p>e-mail: JLSchutte@indianatech.edu</p><p>For alumni news, please send to the attention of the Alumni Office at the address on the left, or call:</p><p>260.422.5561 or 800.937.2448, extension 2219</p><p>e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.</p><p>The editors reserve the right to edit articles for length and clarity. Articles may be repro-duced with permission and proper attribution.</p><p>Contents</p><p>15</p><p>8</p></li><li><p>2 Trends</p><p>Alum Irvin J. Kontowsky</p><p>Tech Happenings</p><p>Indiana Tech has been steadily increasing campus activities and establishing new traditions in recent years, and this years convocation theme, Tradition Begins with Me, alluded to those new traditions.</p><p>The ceremonial event on August 31 opened with Dr. Dennis J. Gayle, vice president of academic affairs, welcoming students to the new academic year and encouraging them to strive for their highest personal goals and ambitions. </p><p>President Arthur Snyder addressed the topic of tradition, likening the Indiana Tech community to a family with memories built around rituals and events that have special meanings.</p><p>Its a clichor maybe just a traditionto say that your college years will be the most memorable years of your lives. But its true, he told the crowd of stu-dents. This is your university, and this is your time. Be an active participant in shaping the traditions that will define your college years.</p><p>Gayle then introduced a new tradition of having a distinguished alum speak at the annual convoca-tion. This years speaker was Irvin J. Kontowsky, who earned a bachelors degree in engineering man-agement technology at Indiana Tech in 1994 and returned to earn an MBA in 2000. He is currently warehouse and shipping manager at Omega Plastics Corporation in Elkhart, Ind.</p><p>Kontowsky reflected on being an average student in high school, getting by on minimal effort, and realizing that wouldnt work in college. He credited Dean Russell Primrose, former dean of the College of Engineering, with helping him get on the right track.</p><p>He made me realize how important the role of plan-ning is in personal and professional life, Kontowsky said. He advised students to have a plan for reaching their goals. And your goal right now is collegegraduating college. </p><p>Each years convocation closes with the Leepoxy Plastics Award for Teaching Innovation, estab-lished by Larry Lee, owner of Leepoxy Plastics and member of the Indiana Tech Board of Trustees. The 2010 winner was Susan McGrade, associate profes-sor of English. McGrade has been a full-time faculty member since 2002, and her achievements include helping to establish the Tech Rewards program to encourage student participation in campus activities; co-organizing the 2004 Symposium on Relationship-based Education; acting as a faculty advisor in the Tech LEADS program; and contributing to the suc-cess of the universitys study abroad program.</p><p>Indiana Tech began holding an annual convocation in 2007 as a means to gather students, faculty, and staff together to address a topic relevant to personal and professional development.</p><p>Annual Convocation Focuses on Tradition</p></li><li><p>3Fall 2010Volume 7, Issue 1</p><p>Indiana Techs impressive growth continued this year, and the university has passed two significant enrollment milestones thanks to increases in both traditional and non-traditional students.</p><p>Enrollment of traditional students at the Fort Wayne campus is 1,025 for the fall semester, break-ing a goal of reaching 1,000. With more than 4,400 non-traditional students enrolling in the College of Professional Studies this year, the total enrollment for the university has surpassed the 5,000-student milestone.</p><p>For several years now weve looked at 1,000 tra-ditional students and 5,000 total students as important benchmarks, said President Arthur E. Snyder. Weve enjoyed tremendous growth over the past five years or so to reach those goals.</p><p>The enrollment growth has been achieved through strategic initiatives to become more comprehensive </p><p>in both the range of degree programs offered and the ways in which those programs are delivered. Recently added degree programs include bachelors degrees in education, criminal justice, biomedical en-gineering, software engineering, energy engineering, and organizational leadership; masters degrees in organizational leadership, engineering management, and police administration; and a Ph.D. program in global leadership. Since the debut of online classes in fall 2006, the scope of courses and degrees offered online has grown dramatically, while the College of Professional Studies continues to develop satellite campuses in areas of high demand.</p><p>Reaching those enrollment milestones is certainly something to celebrate, but its also a signal that its time once again to assess what our future holds, Snyder said. We pride ourselves on being small enough to focus on building relationships with stu-dents and giving them personal attention. We dont want to outgrow that.</p><p>TechFest Launches New Academic YearWith the Blessid Union of Souls concert in 2005, Indiana Tech began a tradition of big events to kick off each school year. This year, Student Life staged Light Up the Night: TechFest 2010, an illuminating evening highlighting technology and fun for the whole community.</p><p>About 500 guests from the campus and surrounding community enjoyed:</p><p> Performances by music group Unlikely Alibi, fire jugglers, and other live performers </p><p> An interactive fog screen (photo at left) and light show </p><p> Carnival and technology-related games for all ages </p><p> Free snacks and drinks Giveaways for students, alumni, employees and community guests</p><p>University Surpasses Enrollment GoalsTraditional enrollment: 1,025</p><p>CPS enrollment: 4,419</p><p>Total: 5,444a</p></li><li><p>4 Trends</p><p>Education and industry came together for one af-ternoon when officials from Indiana Tech and Steel Dynamics, Inc. celebrated the dedication of the Steel Dynamics Energy Engineering Laboratory on Friday, August 13.</p><p>A gift of $300,000 from Steel Dynamics Foundation, Inc. provided funds to equip the state-of-the-art energy engineering laboratory. The Steel Dynamics Energy Engineering Laboratory will pro-vide energy engineering students with equipment for instruction in alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydrogen fuel cells, ethanol, and other biofuels. </p><p>I want to thank Steel Dynamics and the foundation not just for what they have done for Indiana Tech, President Arthur E. Snyder said at the dedica-tion ceremony. They have done so much for Fort Wayne, its universities and the community, and we are very grateful.</p><p>Dave Aschliman, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, spoke about the importance of the energy engineering degree and its focus on renewable and alternative sources of energy.</p><p>Because of this gift from Steel Dynamics, our en-ergy engineering students will be able to study solar energy firsthand, Aschliman said. </p><p>Aschliman said the lab will focus on solar energy this year, and three different types of solar-powered water heaters have been purchased and installed. Wind power will be the focus in the second year and biofuels in the third year.</p><p>The energy engineering degree program includes an emphasis on business and economic principles to ensure that graduates can approach energy efficiency from a cost perspective as well as a sci-entific perspective. </p><p>Richard Teets, executive vice president for steel-making and president and chief operating officer of steel operation, and Kevin Bort, engineering manager, structural and rail division, represented Steel Dynamics at the dedication. Teets spoke at the dedication and lauded Indiana Tech for including business courses as part of the energy engineering degree program.</p><p>In the real world, energy solutions must be technically practical and economically viable, he explained. </p><p>In addition to the energy engineering degree pro-gram, the lab equipment will support coursework for students in other engineering disciplines such as electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.</p><p>Tech Happenings</p><p>Steel Dynamics Gift Energizes New Lab</p></li><li><p>5Fall 2010Volume 7, Issue 1</p><p>Indiana Tech celebrated the opening of its sixth residence facility with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at Warrior Row on Friday, August 27.</p><p>This is the third consecutive academic year in which the university has built additional campus housing. The Warrior Row townhouses accom-modate 33 students, bringing the total campus housing capacity to 470.</p><p>Weve seen enrollment in our traditional program increase about 60% in the past five years, Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, Indiana Tech president, explained. That growth combined with the development of more campus activities and more campus employment op-portunities has led to more students wanting to live on campus.</p><p>Warrior Row consists of seven three-story town-house-style units. Five of the townhouses have single-person bedrooms, while two of them have a </p><p>combination of single bedrooms and double bed-rooms. Each townhouse also features:</p><p> A furnished living room A half bath on the first floor and full bathrooms on the second and third floors</p><p> A kitchen with full-size refrigerator, oven, micro-wave, dishwasher, and breakfast counter with stools</p><p> A full-size washer and dryer Individual front and back entrances</p><p>The townhouses give us the chance to experience true apartment living while being on campus, stu-dent Zach Lamb said at the ribbon cutting.</p><p>Warrior Row is intended for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Residents are selected based on grade point average, extra-curricular activities, and class status. Students interested in living in one of the townhous-es in Warrior Row must apply as a group.</p><p>New Year, New Housing: Warrior Row is Third Facility in Three Years</p></li><li><p>6 Trends</p><p>Tech Happenings</p><p>To better serve mid-career learners throughout Indiana, the College of Professional Studies has com-bined two satellite locations in northwest Indiana and established a new satellite in southern Indiana.</p><p>Indiana Tech is expanding its facilities in northwest Indiana by combining the universitys Merrillville and Hammond locations into one larger, more accessible site in Munster, Ind.</p><p>The College of Professional Studies has offered classes in the region since 2007 when the university first opened a site in Merrillville. The Hammond loca-tion was added in 2008.</p><p>Were committed to serving non-traditional stu-dents in northwest Indiana, and this new facility improves our ability to do that, said Steve Heren-deen, vice president for the College of Professional Studies. Combining the two smaller classroom sites gives us greater flexibility in class scheduling to suit student needs.</p><p>The new Indiana Tech facility at 9245 Calumet Avenue in Munster will have four classrooms and a computer lab. Classes began at the new location the week of August 22. </p><p>At the other end of the state, the College of Pro-fessional Studies opened an office in New Albany in August.</p><p>The Indiana Tech location at 2441 State St. in New Albany provides space for an admissions represen-tative and a computer lab. Students will initially be enrolled in online courses. As the demand for on-site classes grows, classroom space will be added.</p><p>Theres a tremendous need for nontraditional degree programs in that area, Herendeen said. By focusing on delivering online programs first, we can begin to meet that need while we grow and learn which de-gree programs are best suited to classroom delivery in the Louisville area.</p><p>In addition to northwest Indiana, New Albany, and the main campus in Fort Wayne, the College of Pro-fessional Studies also has locations in Elkhart, Fishers, Greenwood, Huntington, Indianapolis, Kendallville, Mishawaka, Plainfield, and Warsaw. Accelerated de-gree programs are also available online.</p><p>Munster, New Albany Are Newest CPS Sites</p><p>Indiana Tech Northwest Indiana9245 Calumet Ave., Suite 201Munster, Indiana 46321219.836.1910Contacts: Cleveland An...</p></li></ul>