Academic Affairs Newsletter
Volume 1, February 1, 2012
Greetings from the Office of Academic Affairs,
It is my pleasure to introduce to you the first issue of the Trine University
Academic Affairs Newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you
informed of the academic accomplishments occurring on campus while also
announcing future events each month. I hope that you find the newsletter
informative, interesting, and inspiring.
I wish you all a successful semester.
John Shannon, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs
OUR STUDENTS SUCCEED
Ten students from Will Lindquist’s civil engineering materials course earned Field Grade I certification through the American Concrete Institute. Trine is the only school in Indiana that offers this certification program to students.
Seventeen students attended the Professional Development Night for Exercise Science students at the Witmer Club House and heard presentations from Cathy Swick, John Shannon, and Paul Viglianti.
Under the guidance of Sue Van Wagner, 19 students visited Ryan Park Elementary School where they observed the activities taking place in elementary classrooms.
The fall semester ended with 14 of 17 Academic Foundation students in good academic standing.
Exercise Science students helped with the “New Year, New You” Health Fair, including designing educational presentations.
OUR FACULTY AND STAFF EXCEL
Jean Deller was promoted to Assistant Vice President for Academics David W. Wood was promoted to Assistant Vice President for Academic Resources and Planning.
Bill Barry passed the PE exam and became a licensed professional engineer in the state of Indiana.
Will Lindquist and TJ Murphy attended the Northeast ASCE section meeting in Fort Wayne on December 14th, 2011.
Will Lindquist was appointed as chief advisor for the Indiana Epsilon chapter of Tau Beta Pi - the engineering honor society.
Kathie Wentworth attended the Higher Education Assistive Technology Training Day in Indianapolis at Easter Seals Crossroads and made contacts with several disability personnel at Butler and St. Francis universities.
Monica Vernot and Mark Kays represented Trine University with a booth at the Indiana Music Educators Assn. State Convention in Fort Wayne.
Majid Salim and John Wagner visited John McKetta in Austin Texas.
Tom Trusty met with DET Advisory Board Chair Casey Pierce and discussed new program initiatives, equipment purchases, and our current initiative to create an engineering study abroad program. He also met with DET advisory board member Ryan Ratkowski, industry recognized product engineer at Avalign Medical, to begin planning for a new DET class on reverse engineering and prototyping, and he worked with AFROTC officers to determine when scholarship money for the Cadets would be released.
Vukica Jovanovic submitted a paper “Simulating Real World Work Experience in Engineering Capstone Courses” co-authored with Professors DeAgostino, Thomas, and Trusty“for ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition to be held in San Antonio, Texas, on June 10-13, 2012. She has also reviewed one manuscript submitted to the journal: Sensors & Actuators: A. Physical.
Tom DeAgostino met with Deister Machine, Dometic Industries, and Avalign Nemcomed in support of DET Senior Design industry based projects. He also collaborated with Andrea Mitofsky to coordinate the deployment of a DET student on an E.E. Senior Project. In addition, he worked to finalize up-grades to the DET coordinate measuring machine and met with the Trine University Society of Manufacturing Engineers as well as the Trine University Ski Club.
Brian Thomas visited colleagues at the Ohio State University over the break to discuss student class projects. He is adapting one project – machining molds for casting of polyurethane resin.
Debbie McHenry and Deb Helmsing traveled to Indianapolis to assist a student with immigration issues.
Jean Deller collaborated with Sue Van Wagner on the Center of Excellence for Problem Based Learning in Shambaugh Hall
OUR PROGRAMS ARE QUALITY
Middle College Spring record enrollment at 215, with 7 schools offering our concurrent enrollment program.
Middle College began a new course in the English department at Columbia City High School this semester.
Through the efforts of Jean Deller, Kelly Stout, and Nick Pfafman our Middle College passed stage 1 of the Indiana State Dual Credit Review Process: Trine University is the only private institution in the state of Indiana to be included on the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s Preferred Provider List for concurrent enrollment programs.
School of Professional Studies had 15 students graduate in the first cohort for the Master of Science in Leadership.
A total of 48 students have graduated with a Master’s in Criminal Justice since the program’s inception in 2008. The program has grown over the past 3 years, with the total number of graduates increasing from 9 in 2008, to16 in 2011. If all currently enrolled MSCJ graduate as expected, there will be a total of 22 graduates for 2012.
ESL has four full levels with 20 full-time and 3 part-time students. Jo Milliken and Jeanine Samuelson have been hired as new adjuncts.
The Master of Science in Leadership added three new concentrations to the program (Athletic Administration, Instructional Leadership (K12), and Instructional Leadership (Higher Ed).
Annual High School Mathematics Competition - 163 students from 18 area high schools competed for scholarships in the 38th Annual High School Mathematics Competition. The full story is at: http://www.trine.edu/news_events/012712TrineMathCompetition.htm
A new Z-Corp 650 Color Rapid Prototyping machine was purchased and installed. Tom Trusty attended a training session on proper setup and use of the equipment. In addition to making prototype parts, the new equipment adds tremendous capabilities for making patterns for the Cast Metals Lab.
The Walter Cunningham Writing Contest received 88 submissions in fiction, academic work, poetry, and creative non-fiction.
The Trine Virtual Fund prospectus, which is the guiding document for private individuals to invest into the fund, is complete. Scott Fergusson will be meeting with Mike Cahill of Tower Bank to review the basic terms. They will be consulting with a Federal Reserve banker to determine changes needed to comply with the Community Reinvestment Act.
Scott Fergusson is working with VK Sharma and Mike Bock to ensure that we have a model for the Technology Commercialization Lab that works for the businesses that approach us with consulting work and engineering services.
Student managers of the Trine Convenience Store have reviewed the Centennial station location and are drawing up their
remodeling needs to make the location as attractive as the prior location.
For the first 5 months of operation, the KSB Finance class has made a net return of 16.5%. The biggest win that the class made was the purchase of Netflix, with a unrealized gain of nearly 38%.
The economic development commission of Scotland has contacted Scott Fergusson and would like KSB to consider participating with their government on market research in the Food and Beverage industry. This would allow Trine to have a more formalized and closer relationship with the Scottish government and would improve our ability to apply for US Government funding and assistance.
WE ARE ON THE MOVE
The music offices, classrooms, and small ensembles have been moved to the Furth Annex (old Penguin Point building) while the roof on the Furth Center is being replaced. The large ensembles are now rehearsing in the Ford Building.
All FSOE faculty and staff participated in the School’s move from Ford Hall to Shambaugh Hall. This involved classrooms, offices, storage, and the Educational Media and Resources Center. At the same time, the faculty and staff of the Ketner School of Business moved their offices and storage from Shambaugh Hall to Ford Hall.
- 2/10: Math Club – Recognition of Officers Ceremony
- 2/11: Scholarship Gala (The Jazz Band will perform)
- 2/12: “College Go Sunday” hosted by the Financial Aid Office. The visit day program runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (an abbreviated version of a full visit day).
- 2/15: Exercise Science Dept. will sponsor a Balance Workshop in the University Center from 11:00 a.m. – noon.
- 2/15: Distinguished speaker Dane Miller, co-founder and CEO Biomet
- 2/18: 2nd Scholarship Competition Day
- 2/18: Skills USA will be hosted on campus for area high school students to compete in criminal justice and crime scene investigation events.
- 2/20 -2/26: National Engineers Week
- 2/20: Engineering Visit Day
- 2/21: Regional TEAMS (Test of Engineering Aptitude, Math and Science)
- 2/23: Dar Richardson will speak on grief counseling to Prof. Sweet’s Counseling Theories and Practices class in BH 205 at 11:00 a.m.
- 2/24: 2012 Fort Wayne Teaching Conference – Bridging the Gap; Teaching Underprepared Students. Kathie Wentworth will present “Proficiency Needed: Helping Under-prepared Students Increase Competence with the Academic Foundations Program.”
- 2/25: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Fawick Hall (5th – 7th grade)
- 2/28: Distinguished Speaker, Dr. Lori, Ph.D. antiques appraiser, nationally syndicated columnist and TV personality
DID YOU KNOW
The celebration of National Engineers Week started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction
with President George Washington’s birthday, who is considered as the nation’s first engineer. The purpose is to promote engineering and recognize the tremendous contributions engineers make to society.