Academic Affairs Newsletter
Volume 3, April 1, 2012
Greetings from the Office of Academic Affairs,
This past month we have seen another impressive array of academic accomplishments across campus. Faculty have done an outstanding job enriching our academic programs, furthering their professional development, and engaging students in activities that highlight their potential for future success leading and serving their communities. To all, thank you for your tremendous efforts!
John Shannon, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs
OUR STUDENTS SUCCEED
Two DET junior students, Nick Cocanower and Daniel Grabill, advised by Vukica Jovanovic, captured a third-place poster award at the 2012 ASEE IL/IN Sectional Conference.
Julia Nell, Colin Arona, David Nichols, Preston Howard, Andrew Wilhelm, Katie Finch, Amiee Huston and Hailey Mabrey attended the ACJA National Conference in Cincinnati with Craig Laker. They competed against more than 600 criminal justice students and practitioners in CSI, Handgun Marksmanship, and Physical Agility. Trine University’s Tau Alpha Omicron (TAO) professional team consisting of Colin Arona, Julia Nell, and Professor Laker won second place in crime scene investigation.
Nick Kelsey, Aaron Stroup, and Hannah Vollmer along with Mark Kays performed in the pit orchestra for the three-night Angola High School production of Footloose.
Two of the Air Force ROTC students, Daniel Doll and Andrew Humansky, were selected to attend field training and be placed on scholarship as their next step toward becoming an officer.
Student Math Club officers Antonio Lee and Dani Pearson along with Math faculty members Steve Schonefeld, Ray Jensen, and Haneef Anver attended the Mathematical Association of America’s (MAA) Indiana Section meeting in Muncie, Indiana.
Two civil engineering students, Brandon McElhiney and Bob Demyan, received awards for their contributions to the ASCE Student Chapter at Trine. Professors Tim Tyler and TJ Murphy accompanied them and 10 other civil engineering students to the Annual ASCE Indiana State Section meeting in Carmel, IN.
Science education majors Matthew Lock, Kelsey Pierce, Abby Samuels, and Olivia Schaffner, and Professors Karen Hamilton and Amy Alexander attended the National Science Teachers Association annual conference in Indianapolis.
An AIChE sponsored group of eight students along with Jan Stannard visited the Zimmer facilities in Warsaw. Professor Stannard also took 26 chemical engineering students to FXI in Auburn.
Business students are working with Wells Fargo, Orthopedics Northeast, and Elevate Ventures for a social-gifting technology site.
Education majors Kiera Baum, Lauren Harris, Stephanie Helmsing, Kirsten Jacobsen, Ashton Morgan, Samantha Netz, Jessica Smoker, and Gavin Wisel along with Kathy Pomeroy visited the Oak Farms Montessori School to experience first-hand this model of early childhood education.
Varun Hariwan, mechanical engineering student, presented a poster session at the ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) meeting at Valparaiso University.
The Trine University Math Club, advised by Haseeb Kazi, welcomed more than 60 students from area elementary schools to its annual Math Kids Night in Hershey Hall. Students, alongside their parents, took part in fun-filled mathemathics-based educational activities. There were 21 Math Club students who helped plan and staff the event.
The Drama Club read The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder in front of Fabiani Theater.
Keith Ripplinger, Alex Croll, Matt Evans, and Ryan Hibshman along with Darryl Webber attended the Fort Wayne ASM meeting.
The SPEAK student organization along with their advisor Brandy DePriest have been picking up recyclables across campus.
The University Choir performed for the residents at the Laurels of DeKalb and also performed a concert in Fabiani Theater.
A civil engineering senior design group consisting of Ryan Braun, Ryan Pieper, John Short, and Derek Jaeger participated in a student project presentation competition at the ASCE Indiana State Section. The project is titled Fort Wayne Pedestrian Bridge Relocation and Rehabilitation.
Hong Park and Bill Sluis accompanied three students to the regional conference of Tri-Beta, the biology honorary society, at Purdue University. Senior students Andrea Kansorka and Chelsea Sanders presented poster sessions at the conference.
A group of engineering students accompanied Chris Oxford to the University of Michigan campus, where they toured the ChE department, went to seminars, and met with graduate students and faculty members from the department.
Two senior design students (accompanied by Tom DeAgostino) presented poster sessions at the American Society of Engineering Education Illinois/Indiana Regional Section Conference.
OUR FACULTY AND STAFF EXCEL
Kelly Trusty and Ed Leonard had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Case Studies, It’s All About Beliefs & Deeds, to be published in Issue 1, 2012.
Vukica Jovanovic presented a paper coauthored with Andrea Mitofsky at the 2012 ASEE IL/IN Sectional Conference, held at Valparaiso University. The paper title is Design and Packaging of Sensor Systems: A Multidisciplinary Project.
Gail Lugo presented Eight Little Rules and 144 Not-so-evil Irregular Verbs and John Shannon presented Orienting the Disoriented: Preparing International Students for their Studies at the annual TESOL Convention in Philadelphia.
Darryl Webber was Featured Guest on Midday Matters NPR Fort Wayne (WBIO). He discussed the impact of manufacturing modeling software on local economy and engineering students.
All secondary methods faculty members (Alexander, Knapp, Hallman, Aldrich, Hamilton) participated in project-based learning professional development activities. The training sessions were conducted by Jean Deller and Kelly Stout.
This month’s Humanities Symposia, organized by Brandy DePriest, featured Sarah Zimmer (The Investigation of Object TH 1988.18), Don Jones (The Rhetoric of Food: How Rhetoric Constitutes “Food” in America), and Neil Shamberg (The Holocaust: Before they killed the Jews). These presentations were well received by students, faculty, staff, and community members alike.
Darryl Webber demonstrated SEM capabilities for Fort Wayne Metals Research Engineers. He also discussed student employment opportunities with representatives from Chrysler Corp. LLC, Iron Dynamics, Erie Bronze and Aluminum Company, Diversified Machine Inc., Precision Propeller Industries, Inc., Multimatic Inc., Guardian Industries, and MTI Inc. He attended the Delta Chi Alumni Board of Trustees meeting and held the semi-annual “Foundry Night.”
Kelly Trusty, Leigh Cellucci, and Ed Leonard received the McGraw Hill Distinguished Paper Award for their critical incident, What to do with a druggie?, presented at the Society for Case Research meeting at the MBAA International Conference in Chicago, Illinois (3/28-30/12). They have submitted the paper for publication in the Journal of Critical Incidents.
Cathy Swick and Susan Anspaugh attended the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in Las Vegas.
This month’s Overlooked Film Festival, organized by Justin Young, featured the following movies: Take Shelter, Our Idiot Brother, Higher Ground, and Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. The Overlooked Film Festival is sponsored by the Humanities Institute and the Office of Academic Affairs (admission is free).
Kelly Trusty, Julia Jordanich, and Cherie Ditto presented a paper, Graduate Learning Support Modules: An Online Roadmap for Adult Learner Success to the Business, Society and Government Consortium at the MBAA International Conference in Chicago and submitted the paper for publication in the Business, Society, & Government Journal.
Amy Nicholls, Lauren Magnuson, Tom Tierney, and John Shannon attended a CIC workshop entitled Information Fluency in Ancient Studies in Baltimore. At the workshop they designed an information fluency project for implementation on campus in a select group of courses this fall.
Tim Tyler and a team of Patriot Engineering staff performed an on-site inspection of an apartment complex in Virginia that was damaged by the 2011 earthquake.
Ray Stuckey and Bill Barry are working will Bill Knopf, president of the Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana (APAI), on a golf outing co-sponsored by the APAI and the Reiner’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Proceeds from APAI participants will be used to fund scholarships for civil engineering students.
Tom Trusty attended the ASEE Indiana-Illinois section board meeting where he was appointed webmaster for the organization. He participated in the planning session for the conference to aid in preparation for the 2013 conference to be held at Trine University on April 6th, 2013.
The 52nd Annual Tri-State Regional Science Fair was very successful! Students of all ages from schools in DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, and Steuben counties competed for a variety of category and special awards, including the opportunity to advance to the annual Science Education Foundation of Indiana’s Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair. Ann Benson announced that this will be her last science fair as organizer. Thank you, Ann, for your dedication to this outstanding event.
VK Sharma participated in the Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association’s monthly Steering Committee meeting held at Raytheon, Fort Wayne. Key points discussed included the Talent Initiative/Vision 2020 Plan, a vision of the newly formed National Center for Complex Operations in Indianapolis, and a national educational goal to increase the number of Americans with post-high school degrees from 35% to 60% by 2025, which provides a great opportunity for Indiana institutes to enhance enrollment.
Jean Deller and John Shannon attended the annual Higher Learning Commission Conference in Chicago.
VK Sharma, Bill Barry, Tim Tyler, and Haizhong Wang met with the Steuben County Commissioners as well as the City of Angola for possible participation in the USDOT Regional University Transportation Center Consortium. Several potential projects of mutual interest are being discussed. Both organizations are interested in working with Trine.
Jan Stannard attended the ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) Meeting at Valparaiso University.
Brian Thomas finished teaching a ten-week class on logic and problem-solving for the Angola Area Christian Home Educators (AACHE) co-op. Thirteen middle school students participated in the class. He also attended the ASEE Regional Conference.
The Walter Cunningham Writing Contest Award Ceremony and Reception was well attended. Tim Hopp would like to thank Walter Cunningham, Sarah Young, and Tom Tierney for their support of student writing on campus.
OUR PROGRAMS ARE QUALITY
Gail Lugo, Emily Boerman, Deb Helmsing, and John Shannon have revised the process for ESL students to be assigned advisors in their departments once they’ve completed ESL.
Rudy Kachman, M.D. and Bill Maddock are implementing health and nutrition strategies on campus.
Rosie Brandt and Lori Stewart presented workshops at Ryan Park Elementary School for the students in Kathy Pomeroy’s Kindergarten Experience class. Trine students received a guided tour of Mrs. Brandt’s room to help discern key elements in a productive learning environment. Ms. Stewart described cross-curricular approaches to meeting the state standards with an emphasis on developmentally appropriate practice and child-centered planning. Diane Shoppell also spoke to the students on teaching strategies for young learners.
Sherry Shipley took 29 students to tour Spangler Candy, Co. in Bryan, Ohio. The Business and DET students got a firsthand look at production and quality control in the Northwest Ohio facility.
Larry Keeler and John Wagner took the senior class in chemical engineering to Anderson Development Company in Adrian, MI to discuss the senior design project with company officials.
Management students presented research and strategy analysis to principals of Dulcius Vineyards in Noble County.
Under the direction of Karen Hamilton, students in EDU 301 began field experiences in area schools.
Students in Kathy Pomeroy’s educational psychology course visited the classroom of Deb Hansen at Pleasant Lake Elementary School to observe key factors related to motivating elementary school age children.
Scott Fergusson reported that Business and Venture planning has developed the business model for Pokagon Hard Cider. An article on the new venture was picked up by the Associated Press and run in the Chicago Tribune.
Sport management students met with Scott Woodruf, COO of the Cleveland Gladiators, and one student interviewed with the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Shape Up Steuben and sport management majors are involved with the “Fourever Friends” race.
Vukica Jovanovic and Jan Stannard started the Trine University local chapter for the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience. IAESTE has provided some paid internships abroad for Trine engineering, technology and science students.
Tom Trusty, David Wood, and Mike Lazusky met to discuss advising ideas and collaboration between design engineering technology and the SPS engineering technology program.
Dan Gallo, J.D. (CE ’74) was the Distinguished Speaker for March.
Students in Jan Wilson’s Exceptional Child course welcomed guest speaker Carol Zeeb, who spoke about fetal alcohol syndrome.
Tom Trusty met with Col. Andrew Cernicky, Commander, United States Air Force, to tour the Trine University campus and discuss potential opportunities for Air Force support to improve the AFROTC presence on our campus.
Mayor Richard Hickman presented the Mayor’s Arts and Humanities Award to Lou Ann (Kjosen) Lanagan in Wells Theater. Ms. Lanagan has sculpted a bust of Baron von Steuben, the namesake for Steuben County, for placement in the Steuben County Courtyard.
VK Sharma met with Brian Sheets, Senior Technical Services Manager, Kamco Industries, which is a subsidiary of a Japanese company. Kamco is interested in providing internship and co-op opportunities for Trine students.
Mark Deister, Owner and President of Deister Machine Corporation, visited Trine, met with Dr. Brooks, and toured ASOET. The visit was coordinated by Kristina Johnson of Career Services and Kent Stucky of Alumni Development. VK Sharma presented an overview of the Allen School of Engineering and Technology. Tom Trusty and Darryl Webber assisted in the tour.
The Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Industrial Advisory Board meeting was held on March 30, 2012.
- 4/3: Sean Wagner will present on his experiences with Japanese culture in Taylor 112, 3:30 p.m.
- 4/4: Drop/Add begins for summer and fall – Main Campus.
- 4/4: Take Back the Night, Best Hall Lawn at 7 p.m.
- 4/5: Justin Young will show the movie Trust in Fabiani at 7 p.m.
- 4/6: The Pep Band will be playing at the RISE Incorporated basketball game at Angola High School.
- 4/10: The Trine University Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society will be welcoming Dr. Larry Satek to campus to speak on the general chemistry of wine making from 7-8 p.m. in Fabiani Theater.
- 4/11: The following exercise science students will give a flexibility workshop from 10 a.m. to noon in the Hershey Hall weight rooms: Peter Gorka, Chelsea Oren, Josh Patterson, Matthew Dexter, Ian Jackson, Brandon Harvey, Liz Steinmetz, Abby Rothballer, Tully Chapman, Sean Collins, and Maddie Kritzman.
- 4/11: Ana Boman will present on Frida Kahlo and her paintings in Taylor 112 at 3:30 p.m.
- 4/11: The Drama Club will be reading Olly, Olly, Oxen Free by Charles R. Johnson in front of Fabiani at 6:30 p.m.
- 4/12: Justin Young will show The Muppets in Fabiani at 7 p.m.
- 4/14: The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, Fawick, South Hall.
- 4/20: Trine Jazz Combo plays at CASA Palooza fundraiser, Kendallville Windmill Museum
- 4/21: Jazz Band Concert – Three O’ Clock Jazz Band and Four Thirty Jazz Band, 3:00 p.m., Dale Hughes Auditorium, Steuben County Community Center.
- 4/21: Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble Concert, 7:00 p.m., Dale Hughes Auditorium, Steuben County Community Center.
- 4/22: Trine Chamber Orchestra and Brass Ensemble Concert, 3:00 p.m., Dale Hughes Auditorium, Steuben County Community Center.
- 4/26: Applied Studies Music Recital, 7:00 p.m., Fabiani Theatre.
- 4/27: Engineering Design Expo, 1 -3 p.m., Fawick Hall.
- 4/27: Don Wood Founder, Owner and Chairman of 8020 Inc. will address engineering students in Fawick Hall 112/117 at noon.
- 4/29: Honors Program, 2 p.m. Hershey Hall.
REGISTRAR DATES and INFORMATION
Registration week at the Main Campus was March 19-23. Preliminary registration numbers are good.
The list of non-registered students was posted as a shared document so that deans and others can update it.
- April 4 Drop/Add begins for summer and fall – Main Campus
- April 29 Honors Day
- May 5 Commencement
- April 29, 2:00 p.m.: HONORS DAY, Hershey Hall
- May 5, 10:00 a.m.: COMMENCEMENT, Hershey Hall