Academic Affairs Newsletter
Volume 4, May 1, 2012
Greetings from the Office of Academic Affairs,
The academic year has come to an end, and we have worked hard this past year to fulfill our mission of promoting students’ intellectual and personal development through professionally focused, formative learning opportunities, preparing them to succeed, lead, and serve their communities. To that end, I would like to thank the faculty of Trine University for being so interactive in the classroom, accessible outside of the classroom, and caring about students at all times. Your efforts have made a huge difference in the lives of our students.
John Shannon, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
OUR STUDENTS SUCCEED
Valerie Coulter, Chemical Engineering major, was named the R.B. Stewart award winner (outstanding graduating student) at the Honors Day Program; she also delivered the response from the Class of 2012 at the Commencement ceremony.
Naomi Bush (GEN), Sara Bentley (GEN), Bethany Swary (MC), and Dr. Tom Tierney hosted a Shakespearean dinner with Deborah and Ray McHenry as special guests.
Ten Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Twenty-one Master of Science in Leadership students are eligible to participate in Commencement.
Kirsten Jacobson, Kristen Flint, Sarah McFarland, and Professor Amy Alexander participated in a school revitalization project in Elkhart, Indiana.
Bill Barry, TJ Murphy, and Tim Tyler accompanied 18 CE students to Peoria, Illinois to compete in the annual ASCE Great Lakes Conference. The Trine team won two top awards and finished 2nd overall out of 18 universities in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
Drew Baals, Cherie Ditto, Ashley Gossard, David Meyer, and Kendra Schwehn were selected by their schools as name readers for the Honors Day program. They received special recognition and assisted their school dean during the program.
Haseeb Kazi and 21 math club members hosted the Math Kids Night in Hershey Hall. More than 60 elementary students attended this event.
Twelve EXS students attended the first inaugural meeting of the Exercise Science Association, which will be affiliated with the American College of Sports Medicine Student Chapters.
Two teams of senior ECE students competed for the first time in the National Robotics Challenge in Ohio on April 12 through 14.
The Registrar’s Office was very busy preparing for Honors Day; 223 students were eligible to participate in the ceremony.
Nathan Deinlein, Tyson Kaase, Gwen Kelly, Julie Kooienga, Sarah McFarland, Amber Northrop, Kendra Schwehn, and Carlye Snider were initiated into Pi Lambda Theta, the teacher education honor society.
The students in Christina Zumbrun’s MA 393 Prob and Stats class provided statistical assistance on capstone projects for students in Susan Anspaugh’s capstone class.
The student IEEE Chapter had a “Fox Hunting” trip in Commons Park, Angola. Six students and two faculty members participated in this radio project involving searching for someone carrying a radio beacon. Students developed antennas especially for this activity.
The Trine Math Club is now an official student chapter of the Mathematical Association of America.
Antonio Lee presented his results on bio-separations at the regional AIChE meeting at the University of Akron. Allen Hersel and a group of nine CHE students also attended the meeting.
Senior students Andrea Kansorka and Chelsea Sanders presented poster sessions at the regional conference of Tri-Beta, the biology honorary society, at Purdue University. Bill Sluis and Hong Park accompanied them and one other student to the conference.
The 10th Annual Trine Engineering Expo was very well attended. In addition to the 25 senior design projects and exhibits by 11 professional society student chapters, eight industrial organizations exhibited their products.
Charlie McKenzie, Kyle Grear, Ethan Eichhorn, Nick Kelsey, Tim Kennedy, and Zach Franklin put together a musical combo that performed at “Take Back the Night.”
Brett Batson took seven ME students to Rolls Royce to learn what gas turbine design engineers do and tour the test and manufacturing facilities.
Neil Shamberg took eight students to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Educational Center in Skokie, IL as part of his HNR 222 History of the Holocaust honors class.
Jan Stannard travelled with 23 CHE students to Abbott Laboratories in Sturgis MI, to tour their facilities.
The senior research proposal presentations were held prior to the senior dinner at Sutton’s Deli to honor their 26 seniors.
Darryl Webber took ME students Keith Ripplinger and Alex Croll to the AFS Casting Congress in Columbus, OH.
A group of 65 engineering seniors took the spring Fundamentals in Engineering Exam, which is typically the first step in the process leading to the P.E. license. The 8-hour exam is designed for students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree.
Will Lindquist and Tim Tyler accompanied 23 students to visit a Reith Riley asphalt plant.
The following capstone projects were completed by informatics students: Sara Matlack, Eric Thompson, and Justin Yuhl designed and developed a new career center database for Career Services at Trine University; Ibrahim Alburaithen, Ammar Alharbi, Majed Alosaimi, Mohammed Alosaimi, and Ahmed Alrashedi designed and developed a web site for a Saudi company named Makheel Alwaha as well as another web site for Trine’s Saudi students; and Jordan Crosby, Derrick Gray, Caleb Likens, and Mike Reinoehl designed and developed three web sites for The National Military History Center in Auburn, Beer’s Pub and Grub in Ashley, and Performance Unlimited of Angola.
Two CE students – Valerie Coulter and Lynn Secondo, and two ME students – Kramer Pursell and Jonathan Childress presented their honors program projects.
OUR FACULTY AND STAFF EXCEL
Steve Carr attended lunch with Automation Engineering of Fort Wayne. AE were interviewing ECE grads to add to the ECE graduate they have already hired.
Susan Anspaugh and Cathy Swick attended the American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Summit on Technology in Las Vegas.
Steve Carr, Jamie Canino, Tom DeAgostino, and VK Sharma attended lunch with Josh Miller from Cummins to discuss additional employment opportunities for our students.
Andrea DeLancey was promoted to Middle College Director.
Kathie Wentworth presented “Almost Denied Admission: Intensive Advising for Conditionally Admitted Students” at the NACADA Region V Conference at the University of Akron.
This month’s Humanities Symposia, organized by Brandy DePriest, featured Sean Wagner (“Japanese Culture: How I won the War”), Ana Boman (“Frida Kahlo: Painting Her Reality”), and John McGrath (“James Joyce: Dive into Darkness”).
Nandan Garg’s $5,000 joint proposal to the Illinois State Computer Science Teaching Project was successful. Thus, he will be involved in joint computer science experiments.
Kathy Pomeroy presented a workshop entitled “Teachable Moments: The Mortar between the Bricks of Early Childhood Education” at the Indiana Association for Education of Young Children in Indianapolis.
April’s Overlooked Film Festival, organized by Justin Young, featured the following movies: “Trust,” “The Muppets,” and “Warrior.”
John Wagner traveled to Clemson, South Carolina to participate in the NCEES, FE Test Prep committee meeting.
John Milliken participated in the Greek Leadership Summit here at Trine University.
Faculty and staff throughout the Trine University community conducted 23 Benchmark interviews for the Franks School of Education.
Jamie Canino judged papers for the AIAA Region 4 Student Conference and also assisted with a second round of wind tunnel testing for Dwyer Instruments.
Bill Barry, with Kerri Dowell, organized the Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana golf outing to be held concurrently with the Civil Engineering Alumni outing on July 13, 2012 at Zollner Golf Course. Proceeds from APAI’s involvement will fund scholarships for CE students.
Will Lindquist reviewed the structural analysis chapter in Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics by Beer, Johnston, and Mazurek and published by McGraw Hill.
John Milliken received the Greek Advisor of the Year Award from Student Life.
Will Lindquist along with Darwin, D., Browning, J., McLeod, H. A. K., Yuan, J., published the paper “Implementing Lessons Learned From Twenty Years of Bridge-Deck Crack Surveys,” a special publication from the American Concrete Institute in Andy Scanlon Symposium on Serviceability and Safety of Concrete Structures: From Research to Practice.
Tom DeAgostino and Dean Fergusson met with Angola inventor Tom Andrews along with Angola businessmen Steve Swick and Todd Gorman.
An ongoing team consisting of Sue Van Wagner, Bill Barge, Tim Hopp and John Shannon attended a presentation in Indianapolis on “How to Best Prepare Incoming Students for Success.” (Note: Sue Van Wagner was unable to attend, though she is on the team).
Robert Taylor conducted the Brass Ensemble featuring students, community members, and Mark Kays at both the Honor’s Day Ceremony and Commencement.
Tom DeAgostino, Tom Trusty, and VK Sharma attended a meeting with Sturgis, Michigan business and political leaders hosted by Mike Bock. VK Sharma presented an overview of the technical expertise and laboratory capabilities within ASOET.
Cathy Swick attended the Department and Division Chairs Conference in Indianapolis.
Mark Kays emceed “Trine’s Got Talent.”
Tom Trusty reviewed nine proposals for the annual ATMAE conference. He also worked with Deister Corporation to create a small scale equipment prototype for their company.
Marlene Sweet received the Frank J. Jagoda, Jr. Tau Alpha Omicron ACJA Outstanding Professor Award.
VK Sharma participated in Indiana Automotive Council Meeting, which was attended by several automotive executives having plants in Indiana and representatives from four other Indiana universities. Automotive executives are interested in starting year round university/industry co-op research programs.
John Shannon traveled to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain where he met with prospective students as well as with organizations interested in sending students to Trine.
April 21 marked the end of the SPS spring semester. The Office of the Registrar processed grades and academic action for the spring semester and prepared for the beginning of the SPS summer term.
John Milliken served as moderator for the Chamber of Commerce Political Forum.
John Shannon met with a group of high school English teachers in China via Adobe Connect. Next fall he plans to arrange a weekly lesson for teachers and students to provide needed access to American language and culture.
We are updating weekly the list of non-registered students to assist in the University’s retention efforts.
OUR PROGRAMS ARE QUALITY
BAE Systems of Fort Wayne interviewed EE graduating seniors and their representatives had lunch with Steve Carr.
The Brass Ensemble played for Honors Day. Ten of the twelve graduating seniors received honors, including Valerie Coulter who received multiple honors.
Kristine Sine, principal of Hendry Park Elementary School, conducted an inservice for all FSOE faculty about the new state of Indiana teacher evaluation system (RISE).
Brett Batson, Jamie Canino, and Darryl Webber accompanied Terry Johnson, Career Services, to Burr Oak Tool in Sturgis to meet with the Director of Engineering, Jim Sutton. Discussions included internships, cooperative employment, senior design projects, master’s design projects, consulting, and full time employment for our graduates.
There were approximately 900 student visits to the Writing Center this year, up from 600 visits last year. They would like to extend the hours next year. Sarah Young is willing to conduct a short presentation at the beginning of any class on the offerings of the Writing Center.
The Pep Band played at the RISE Incorporated Awareness Fundraiser basketball game at Angola High School.
Tim Tyler met with 2001 Trine alumnus Katie Niblock to discuss intern positions with the City of South Bend.
The Jazz combo performed at the CASA Palooza fundraiser at the Windmill Museum in Kendallville.
SPS’s Sturgis Education Center is now open in Michigan.
Kiwon Park assisted in the installation of Force Plate Motion Capture System (8 cameras) in room 141 with Joseph Thompson’s help. The equipment is now ready to use.
The 10-day Summer American Language and Culture Academy for 26 Chinese high school students has been organized by Gail Lugo and John Shannon and will commence on July 22nd.
The Jazz Bands, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble all performed at the Steuben County Community Center.
Kiwon Park and Jan Stannard participated in the “Tau Beta Pi Senior Design Info Session.” They discussed possible senior design projects and responded to questions.
The Michigan English Placement Test is now being given as an ESL final exam, which gives it more credibility and provides a better assessment tool for the program.
Tom DeAgostino met with Kristina Johnson of the development office to discuss a start-up idea for an improved pizza delivery device.
International Studies Abroad (ISA) has put together a customized program for the Global Health course that will take the students to China next summer.
Don Wood, Owner President and CEO along with Cindy Riemersma, Chief Operating Officer of 80/20 Inc. were Senior Design Expo Guest Speakers on April 27. They presented “Living the Dream, The Creation of 80/20 Inc.”
David Koenig, Director - Steuben County Economic Development, Visited ASOET and met with VK Sharma. In addition to the University Transportation Projects, David would like ASOET faculty to get more involved in community projects.
The Trine University Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society welcomed Dr. Larry Satek to campus to speak on “The General Chemistry of Wine-Making” in Fabiani Theatre.
Principals Mark Sherbondy of Fremont High School and Sabrina Fritz of Carlin Park Elementary School met with a large group of students to discuss their expectations when making hiring decisions.
- May 14: Main Campus summer courses begin
- May 25: Last drop day (Maymester)
- June 2: Last drop day (first six-week session)
- June 2: Maymester final exams during regular meeting times
- June 25, 26, 28, 29: SOAR (Summer Orientation and Registration)
- June 27: Summer Frenzy