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April 1, 2014


It’s April and change is in the air. For our seniors it is the time to make hard yet exciting decisions on future directions and the right path to follow. For faculty and staff it is the time to ramp up for the final push as they prepare students for the remaining month of the academic year. And although change is inevitable, one thing that we cannot change is our commitment to excellence, which for students entails paying careful attention in class, asking relevant questions, completing all assignments on time, studying diligently for exams, and so on, and for faculty it entails being highly interactive inside the classroom, accessible outside the classroom, and caring about students and their learning at all times. When we focus on these responsibilities right here and right now and give our very best effort in accomplishing them, our efforts will be rewarded through robust student learning, which is our greatest measure of success. I look forward to a wonderfully beneficial and productive last month of this academic year.

Best regards,

John Shannon, Ph.D. Vice President for Academic Affairs


Megan Smart (DET) and Tyler Haber (ME) were presented with scholarship awards of $1,000 each for their efforts as top students at the Fort Wayne annual meeting of National Engineers Week.

The Trine University Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) student chapter was awarded one of only five national ITE $1,000 grants to conduct a Trip/Parking Generation data collection project. Ryan Overton, Ph.D., ITE chapter advisor, assisted Hayden Zimmer, Wesley Zeller, and Hillary Yentes in developing the successful proposal. In addition, Dr. Overton invited Tom Ford, Lead Traffic Safety Engineer with INDOT, to speak to the students at an ITE student chapter dinner on campus. His talk was on the current state of the transportation engineering profession and the importance of networking throughout their careers.

Franks School of Education currently has 20 pre-service students completing their student teaching working with 22 cooperating teachers in 15 area schools. Many of these student teachers are already being contacted about available teaching positions, and two have already secured positions for next fall.

American Marketing Association member Natasha Tonneas attended the monthly NIHRA meeting with Professor Linda Conley and collected social media information from the members.

The following Criminal Justice students participated in the 77th annual National American Criminal Justice Association Conference in Kansas City, KS, where they competed in CSI, handgun marksmanship, written exams, and physical agility against 70 other university chapters: Brandon Wilson, Josh Howe, Marc Edwards, Brittney Hampton, Zach Terrell, Andrew O’Connor, Mikayla Marcinek, John Kidd, Andrew Wilhelm, John Daniel, Kayla Keith and Matt Holewa.

The following Trine musicians performed in the pit orchestra for the Angola High School production of Oklahoma!: Alex Sabo, Kyler Koets, Kate Brock, Alex Payne, Nicole Walters, Joshua Stark-Dykema, Allison Strong, Ray Secondo, and Monica Wells, along with Professors Brenda Maurer, Stephen Mangold, and Mark Kays.

Trisha Carter (MA), Taylor Cole (GS), Jordan Eddy (UND), Ashley McLaughlin (FS), Hans Parker (GS), and Alexander Payne(CpE) along with Professor Amy Nicholls attended a production of Much Ado About Nothing and received a backstage tour at Hillsdale College.

At the Regional Science Fair in Hershey Hall, students members of the American Criminal Justice Association gave fingerprinting demonstrations to the children in attendance and student members of the American Chemical Society along with Professors Dulaney and Layson hosted a chemistry event table to interest children in science.

Derek Miller (COM) is interning at the Community Foundation of DeKalb County and has published several articles with KPC News this semester.

Winners of the 2014 Walter Cunningham Writing Contest (published soon on


  • First Place: Elyse Buehrer (Music) The World across the Room:  Identifying and   Conquering the Barriers between Muslims and Non-Muslims in the United States
  • Second Place: Justine Phipps (Chemical Engineering) Battle of the Sexes:  How Gender Influenced the Experience of Slavery
  • Third Place: Tyler Marx (Social Studies Education)  Social Class and Revolution
  • Honorable Mention: Chelsea Kurkjian (Biology)  Cleverly Telling the End

Creative Nonfiction

  • First Place:  Naomi Bush (General Studies, English Focus) American Birds
  • Second Place: Joe Adams (Marketing)  11-Year-Old Superstar
  • Third Place: Grace Connolly (Biology)  Familiar Faces
  • Honorable Mention: Kelsey Wehr (Exercise Science, pre-Physical Therapy)  Like a Time Bomb


  • First Place: Naomi Bush (General Studies, English Focus) To Write with a Broken Pencil is Pointless
  • Second Place: Katie Davenport (Middle College) The Testing of Lauren Hemsley
  • Third Place: Joshua Marty (Chemical Engineering) Singularity


  • First Place: Naomi Bush (General Studies, English Focus)   Barista Bye-Bye
  • Second Place: Katie Davenport (Middle College) Autumn Sunflowers
  • Third Place: Joe Adams (Marketing)  To Light and Guard
  • Honorable Mention: Samuel Montes (Forensic Science, Chemistry, Pre-Med) Nurse’s Hands




The following Trine University faculty gave presentations at the 17th Annual Ft. Wayne Teaching Conference: Tony Kline, Ph.D., The Baobab Experience: Combining Social Justice and Problem Based Learning; Professor Ana Boman along with Lisa Conaway from the Universidad de Guanajuato in Central Mexico via Skype, The Impact of Technology on Intercultural Communication in Second Language Acquisition (English/Spanish); Professors Sarah Young and Amy Nicholls, Problem-Based Learning in the Technical Communication Classroom; and Professor Dan Matthews presented Project-Based Learning in a DD-DAY Class Model at the Fort Wayne Teaching Conference.

Amy Alexander, Ed.D., and Karen Hamilton, Ph.D., presented at the National Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) held in St. Louis. Their presentation was titled Beyond the Neuromyths: Helping preserivce teachers use mind/brain compatible principles to promote students’ success.

Professor Dan Matthews (INF) delivered a paper and presentation titled Students Doing Big Stuff with Big Data: Data Mining with WEKA and Tableau at the 19th Annual Cengage Computing Conference in Nashville, TN.

Professor John Eiler, Brian Thomas, Ph.D., Andrea Mitofsky, Ph.D., and Old Dominion University Professor Vukica Jovanovic co-authored a paper A Third-Year Review of Design and Packaging of Sensor Systems to be presented at the annual ASEE conference.

Professor Tom Trusty, Sean Carroll, Ph.D., Deb Helmsing, Renee Shipe, and Kathie Wentworth presented at the Spring 2014 Faculty Advising Workshop in Fabiani Theatre.

Alison Witte, Ph.D., presented We Just Don’t Do that Here’: Constructing Identity and Ethos through Resisting Access at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis.

LouAnn Homan presented If These Walls Could Tell, at Cook Theatre at the University of St. Francis

David Colbert (Director of International Student Recruitment) and John Shannon, Ph.D., participated in a panel discussion titled Coming Home: ESL after EFL at the TESOL Convention in Portland, Oregon.

Conferences and Meetings Attended

DET Professor Tom Barkimer and Joe Thompson traveled to Steer America for polymer lab extruder training.

Bill Barry, Ph.D.,  Daryl Webber, Ph.D., VK Sharma, Ph.D., and transfer coordinator Karen Reinoehl met with Prof. Sheri Campeau, director of Bethel College’s collaborative engineering program, to reestablish collaboration with them. A student enrolled in the program completes three years of study at Bethel College and two additional years of study at Trine.

Professor Bill Barge, Jean Deller, Ph.D., Tony Layson, Ph.D., Karen Hamilton, Ph. D., and Nandan Garg, Ph.D., attended the Independent Colleges of Indiana STEM Teach meeting at Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN.

Bill Maddock and David Anspaugh, Ed.D. attended the IAAHPERD Conference.

Marek Kolar, Ph.D., attended an FEI sponsored lecture by Robert Santa, Vice President of Finance at Cook Group, on History and Overview of Cook Group and the French Lick Resort.

Special Recognition

Kiwon Park, Ph.D., reviewed a paper for Smart Materials and Structures Journal.

Trine University was recently approved by the national organization Engineers Without Borders – USA to start a student chapter. Tim Tyler, Ph.D., assisted with the application process and is the faculty advisor.

Deb Strong, Sue Radtke, John Wagner and Darryl Webber held the annual TEAMS competition, which brought 88 high school students from 12 schools to Trine University to compete in an engineering competition.

Darryl Webber, Ph.D., met with a representative of Steel Dynamics to discuss opportunities in the extractive metallurgy of copper.

The Society of Women Engineers held Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Seven other professional societies helped and put on activities for the kids.

Nandan Garg, Ph.D., taught an Android workshop as part of the ACM Student Chapter meeting.

Professors Ashlee McCrory and Mark Kays performed a concert of A Celtic Celebration with the Heartland Chorale in Fort Wayne.

Professor Mark Helmke wrote an article for The Journal Gazette published March 9, 2014, Washington, D.C. Was Then; Home is Now.

Lucy Matthews successfully defended her proposal on March 12, 2014 for her doctoral degree in Marketing at Kennesaw State University.

Franks School of Education congratulates Professor Amy Alexander in completion of her doctoral program at the University of West Georgia. Best wishes, Dr. Alexander.

A special thanks to all that volunteered for our two scholarship days this semester!


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DET Professor Eiler collaborated with Andrea Mitofsky, Ph.D., to use one of the EE labs to improve the delivery of material and increase the quality of the hands-on experience for the students.

Professor Trusty worked with Kodi Buehl and Mersiha Alic, Dean of SPS, on the planning and delivery timeline for online DET courses. He is also in discussions with Colonel Rossi at Notre Dame to increase opportunities and engagement of the Trine AFROTC students in the future.

SPEAK hosted the Green Expo on Feb 15th and had 50 attendees.

Trine hosted the 54th annual Northeastern Indiana Tri-State Regional Science Fair.

The ESL program started the spring 2014 semester with a record enrollment of 36 students; however, more international students have joined the program and by the week following spring break, enrollment had reached 45.



Sarah Darling DeMott (COM, 2011) is now an account coordinator at Asher Agency in Ft. Wayne.  A full article on her appears in Humanities and Communication’s department news at

Katie Wineman (CJ and PSY, 2013) is starting her MSCJ degree with Forensic Psychology concentration at Trine University this May.

Tara G. Gschwen (CJ, 2011) has been hired as a patrol deputy at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.

Bob Huba, Tri-State College Alumni and current cybersecurity expert with Emerson Process Management, discussed premises security and systems availability with Professor Bill Barge’s INF343 Network Security class.

John Wagner, Ph.D., met with alum John McKetta, Ph.D., in Austin, TX. 

Brian Senodenos (CJ, 2003) has been accepted into the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner doctoral program at Benedictine University beginning fall 2014.

Shannon Carpenter (2013) and Jake Wells (GM, 2013) attended Linda Conley’s Professional Development Class and discussed the importance of networking and their experiences securing a full time job after graduation.

Nick Cocanower (DET) hosted DET Professor Eiler and 22 Trine students at the Busche Mfg. facility in Albion. The students toured the facility and learned that Busche is looking for two more design engineers. A special thanks to Joe Thompson for providing the transportation.

Jake Wells (GM, 2013) spoke to the Golf Facility Operations class about golf course chemical programs and relationships with sales representatives. Jake currently serves as the territory representative for Residex in Indianapolis.



Erica Hutton, Ph.D. hosted Corporal Thomas Frederick of the Hamilton Police Department, who discussed job openings, recruitment, training, and internship opportunities.

Linda Cooper (Career Services) spoke at a student teaching seminar regarding completing resumes, networking, and interviewing skills. Caleb Miner and Mechelle Molargik, DeKalb County Central United School District administrators, discussed interviewing for teaching positions and Response to Intervention, the research-based, systematic instruction and intervention program used for helping all K-6 children meet their highest potential.



4/3: Overlooked Film Festival Philomena in Fabiani Theatre at 7 p.m.

4/3-5: Drama Club presents Crazytown in Wells Theater at 7:30 p.m.

4/4: The Jazz Combo will be performing two concerts and conducting two master classes in jazz at Bronson High School, MI.

4/8: Humanities Symposia: Julie Howenstine, Ph.D., will present The Play’s The Thing: Another Look at Shakespeare’s Hamlet in Wells Theater at 3:30 p.m.

4/12: The Wind Ensemble will perform a concert entitled Tapestries in the Dale Hughes Auditorium at 7 p.m.

4/13: The Chamber Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble will perform A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy concert in the Dale Hughes Auditorium at 3 p.m.

 4/14: Fred Sumpter, Indiana State Marshal Arson Investigator, will be the guest speaker for Erica Hutton’s, Ph.D., PSY 443: Advanced Forensic Psychology class.

4/15: Humanities Symposia: Dolores Tichenor, Ph.D., will present I Didn’t Like History Until It Was My Own: The 3 T’s of Genealogy in Wells Theater at 3:30 p.m.

4/24: Applied Studies Recital in Fabiani Theatre at 7 p.m.

4/25-27: Mark Kays will be performing in the pit orchestra for the Lakeland High School production of Little Shop of Horrors

4/26: Jazz Ensembles Concert in Fabiani Theatre at 3 p.m.

5/3: Commencement at 10:00 a.m.