Academic Affairs Newsletter
Volume 2, March 1, 2012
Greetings from the Office of Academic Affairs,
Providing a quality education within a small, personal, caring community is what Trine University is all about. It is what we as faculty and staff members attempt to do on a daily basis. It is what identifies us as an institution and separates us from other institutions, and it is my hope that the information in this newsletter demonstrates how we put that message into practice.
John Shannon, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs
OUR STUDENTS SUCCEED
Four exercise science students, Tyler Lymburner, Pete Gorka, Elizabeth Steinmetz, and Chelsea Oren, conducted exercise testing at Fremont High School with Fremont student athletes.
Several civil engineering students along with TJ Murphy participated in a “Habitat for Humanity” home construction in Elkhart.
The Registrar’s Office hosted Senior Salute events at the Main Campus and SPS sites.
Under the supervision of Jan Stannard, 25 mechanical engineering students toured Univertical, Inc. in Angola.
Five forensic science students along with Ruth Kohlmeier spent five days at the American Academy of Forensic Science annual meeting in Atlanta.
The Wind Ensemble, Three O’Clock Jazz Band, and Percussion Ensemble performed a concert at Dale Hughes Auditorium in the Steuben County Community Center.
Under the direction of Kathy Pomeroy, 18 education students started experiences in area kindergarten classrooms. They will assist, plan, and teach children for one month.
A group of chemical engineering students along with Chris Oxford toured the ChE Department at the University of Michigan. They attended seminars and met with graduate students and faculty members from the department.
The Four-Thirty Jazz Band played for the Scholarship Gala.
Three design engineering students accompanied Darryl Webber to the Northern Indiana American Foundry Society meeting in Warsaw, IN.
Eight students along with John Milliken went to the Carlson Leadership Academy in Chicago, which was a gathering of over 700 Sigma Phi Epsilon brothers. John was also a facilitator at this event.
Seven education students developed a DVD for use at the MLK, Jr. and Black History Month Celebration on campus.
Three senior design students along with Tom DeAgostino went to Deister Machine in Fort Wayne to tour their facility and discuss the gear cover project the students are working on.
Under the guidance of Dr. Sue Van Wagner, 19 students visited Hendry Park Elementary School, Prairie Heights Middle School, and Fremont High School where they observed activities taking place in selected classrooms.
Three exercise science students accompanied Cathy Swick and Susan Anspaugh to Dr. Rudy Kachmann’s Health and Wellness television broadcast in Fort Wayne.
The Pep Band performed admirably throughout the basketball season.
The Student Education Association received a grant from the Indiana State Teachers Association to support activities designed to increase membership.
The students of the Multicultural Student Organization under the guidance of Deb McHenry did a wonderful job organizing the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History Month Celebration, which was held in Fabiani Theater.
OUR FACULTY AND STAFF EXCEL
Brian Thomas reviewed three papers, Will Lindquist three papers, Vukica Jovanovic three papers, and Tom DeAgostino five papers for June’s American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference.
Craig Laker has been actively involved drafting rules and making revisions for the National ACJA Firearms Committee.
Mid-term grades were made available online to all students, and midterm grade reports were mailed to all first year students. Coaches also received their athletes’ mid-term grades.
Tom Trusty met with the United Way to continue planning for the 2012/13 kickoff fundraising campaign and Cardboard Regatta. He also met with three potential students interested in the AFROTC program at Trine University who will be studying in majors other than DET.
The following faculty members served as session moderators at the Fort Wayne Teaching Conference at IPFW: Brandy DePriest, Kelly Trusty, John Shannon, and Kathie Wentworth. Gail Lugo also attended the conference.
Andrea Mitofsky and Ira Jones submitted a proposal to the Indiana Space Grant Consortium entitled Multidisciplinary Instrumentation Student Projects.
Education faculty conducted 21 pre-student teaching conferences in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana school districts.
Tom DeAgostino visited industry partner Dometic Industries for the mid-term senior project review and hosted Deister Machine for their senior project mid-term design review. He also met with the ethics committee to formulate an honor code for students.
John Shannon traveled to Indianapolis to represent President Brooks at an ICI, Independent Colleges of Indiana meeting.
Kathie Wentworth presented Proficiency Needed: Helping Under-prepared Students Increase Competence with the Academic Foundations Program at the Fort Wayne Teaching Conference.
Tim Tyler and 20 other engineering faculty from across the US were invited to the US Naval base in San Diego for a review of the NUPOC (Nuclear Propulsion Office) program. The attendees toured the naval training center and rode on the USS Albuquerque, a nuclear powered fast attack submarine. Several students from Trine are enrolled in the NUPOC program.
Humanities Symposia: Dan Matthews presented Data Visualization: The New Tech Art Form in Wells Theater.
VK Sharma, Haizhong Wang, Mengting Ma along with the President, Scott Goplin, and John Shannon participated in Chinese high school Principal Liyuan Chang’s visit to campus and ASOET. Trine University has developed a partnership with the high school affiliated with Hunan Normal University in China.
John Wagner met with Jenna Ott to discuss the funding for BEST camp this summer.
John Milliken is on the committee for the training of new volunteers for the National Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Vukica Jovanovic and Andrea Mitofsky had their paper Design and Packaging of Sensor Systems: A Multidisciplinary Project accepted for the 2012 ASEE IL/IN Sectional Conference to be held at Valparaiso University. Vukica also reviewed a paper submitted to Journal of Assembly Automation.
VK Sharma, Haizhong Wang, and Bill Barry met with Steuben County Commissioner Ron Smith to discuss collaboration on transportation engineering research projects. Steuben County may provide matching funds for one research project conducted as part of Trine’s participation in the USDOT UTC consortium led by Purdue University.
Sarah Young, John Shannon, Vukica Jovanovic, Deborah Blaz, and Emily Boerman participated in the Student Education Association Teaching Abroad panel discussion.
Bill Barry, Will Lindquist and VK Sharma met with representatives from the Indiana Asphalt Pavement Association and Rieth-Riley Construction to discuss possible scholarships for Trine students, Trine’s material testing facilities, and Trine’s transportation engineering research initiatives.
OUR PROGRAMS ARE QUALITY
To recognize contributions and commitment of the Allen School of Engineering and Technology, Angola Mayor Richard Hickman, proclaimed the week of February 20, 2012 as “National Engineer’s Week” in the City of Angola. Trine University celebrated the occasion by hosting a record-breaking 102 admitted students along with 250 others. Tom DeAgostino, Darryl Webber, Jamie Canino, TJ Murphy, Steve Carr, Will Lindquist, and several students performed demonstrations in their departments.
The Graduate Council approved the addition of a concentration in Forensic Psychology to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) degree program offered online and in cohorts by the School of Professional Studies. Erica Hutton, who was recently hired as an instructor for the Department of Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Social Science at Trine University, is the core developer of this concentration. Erica received her M.A. from Argosy University, and is expected to receive her Ph.D. within the next month. Her specialty at Argosy was Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology. Individuals interested in more information on the MSCJ program should contact Dr. Julia Jordanich, Program Director via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Support Services has received 233 missed attendance reports, 477 deficiency reports, and 90 withdrawals from classes. It has also given 86 tests for students with disabilities.
Three new international students arrived in February, bringing the total number of ESL students to 27, which is the highest it’s been since the ESL program was re-implemented in 2010.
Tom Trusty and Karen Reinoehl created DET course articulation transfer guides for Jackson Community College and Southwestern Michigan College.
Bill Barge and Karen Reinoehl updated course articulation transfer guides for mathematics and informatics courses with Jackson Community College, Southwestern Michigan College, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
Craig Laker, Erica Hutton, Dave Conklin, Terry Dirrim, and six CRJ students hosted Skills USA Criminal Justice Competition for two area vocational criminal justice programs.
Andrea Mitofsky, Jan Stannard, and TJ Murphy along with several Trine students participated in the “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Program.” Over twenty middle school and high schools girls attended the event.
Mike Bock shared the proposal for Technology Commercialization Lab with ASOET chairs and asked for their feedback. The lab will be housed in the Bock Biomedical Center. Mike stressed that the foremost purpose of the new lab would be education followed by assisting entrepreneurs who are just getting started with a project.
Under Will Lindquist’s leadership, Trine University was named an American Concrete Institute Outstanding University for 2011. Only 15 other universities received this award for 2011.
The Overlooked Film Festival, organized by Justin Young, presented Attack the Block in Fabiani Theater.
John Wagner, Deb Strong, and Sue Radtke administered the TSA TEAMS Competition. About 80 high school students participated.
Tom Trusty updated information on the ASEE website pertaining to the university membership and submitted the campus representative annual report.
Darryl Webber sent, and Foundry Education Foundation (FEF) accepted, the initial casting design for next year’s college industry conference.
Kiwon Park and Jan Stannard coordinated and assisted Joe Thompson in the installation of the biomedical equipment purchased through the DOE grant in Fawick Hall. The equipment includes Instron mechanical testing system, a walkway platform, a force plate, a motion capture system, and electromyography (EMG). The equipment will ultimately be moved into the Bock Biomedical Center once the new facility is ready.
Aysha Murad, the Cultural Counselor at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain, visited campus to promote cooperation between Trine University and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Dr. Rudy Kachmann, a neurologist from Fort Wayne and author of The Secret to the Non-Diet, spoke to our exercise science students.
Dr. Lori V., appraiser extraordinaire, spoke in Fabiani Theatre on What’s It Worth.
Rick Sherck, Executive Director of the Noble County Economic Development Corporation, visited the ASOET and met with VK Sharma and Terry Johnson to discuss partnership opportunities with Trine University. Noble County has initiated a Graduate Retention Program and several manufacturers in the county are interested in offering Trine graduates internships, co-op positions, and full time employment.
Dan Smith, ChE alum, spoke to the chemical engineering students at the AIChE meeting.
- 3/1: The Overlooked Film Festival: Take Shelter, Fabiani Theatre at 7:00 p.m.
- 3/1: Mark Kays will be working with the Angola High School Jazz Band to help prepare them for their jazz festivals and contests.
- 3/5-9: Spring Break
- 3/11-16: Craig Laker along with eight students will participate in the ACJA National Conference in Cincinnati.
- 3/13: Cunningham Writing Contest Awards Ceremony, Wells Theater at 3:30 p.m.
- 3/14: Humanities Symposia: The Investigation of Object TH 1988.18: Rembrandt’s 100 Guilder Print by Sarah Zimmer, Language and Humanities, Wells Theater at 3:30 p.m.
- 3/14: Playreading, Fuente Ovejuna by Lope de Vega, Wells Theater at 6:30 p.m.
- 3/14: The Exercise Science Department will host their second Flexibility Workshop in the U.C.
- 3/15: The Overlooked Film Festival: Our Idiot Brother, Fabiani Theatre at 7:00 p.m.
- 3/17: The 52nd Annual Northeastern Indiana Tri-State Regional Science Fair, Hershey Hall.
- 3/19: The University Choir will perform for the residents at the Laurels of DeKalb.
- 3/19: Faculty Meeting, Wells Theatre: 4:00 p.m.
- 3/20: Humanities Symposia: The Rhetoric of Food: How Rhetoric Constitutes “Food” in America by Don Jones, Communication, Wells Theater at 3:30 p.m.
- 3/21: Distinguished Speaker, Don Gallo, J.D., CE ‘74 Alum, will present Prudent use of Our Freshwater Resources, Fabiani Theatre, 7:00 p.m.
- 3/22: The Overlooked Film Festival: Higher Ground, Fabiani Theatre at 7:00 p.m.
- 3/28: Play Reading, The Matchmaker by Thorton Wilder, Wells Theater at 6:30 p.m.
- 3/28: Humanities Symposia: The Holocaust: Before They Killed the Jews by Neil Shamberg, Social Sciences, Wells Theater at 3:30 p.m.
- 3/29: The Overlooked Film Festival: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, Fabiani Theatre at 7:00 p.m.
Dates for Summer/Fall Registration
- March 12, 2012: SPS Summer/Fall Registration
- March 12-16: Academic Advising
- March 19-23: Summer/Fall advance registration
- April 29, 2:00 p.m.: HONORS DAY, Hershey Hall
- May 5, 10:00 a.m.: COMMENCEMENT, Hershey Hall
Special thanks to all the volunteers at the February Scholarship Day Competition.
VK Sharma, Mike Blaz, Sean Carroll, Vukica Jovanovic, Cindy Neyer, AJ Alnaser, Tim Hopp,
Brandy DePriest, Karen Hamilton, Hong Yue, Kathie Wentworth, Bill Barge, Pavan Karra, Deb Van Rie, Allen Hersel, John Shannon, Tim Tyler, Haseeb Kazi, Brett Batson, Nandan Garg, Bill Barry, Will Lindquist, John Wagner, Ann Benson, Stephen Carr, Linda Conley, Andy Mitofsky, Sue Van Wagner, Hong Park, Tony Layson, Linda Bateman, Jeffrey Dahms, Jeff Posendek, Randy White.
Also, special thanks to Scott Goplin and all his staff for hosting the competition days!!!