This final issue of the Academic Affairs Newsletter for academic year 2012-13 reflects the manner in which we fulfill our mission at Trine University. It is about the combined efforts of our students and faculty in numerous curricular and co-curricular activities, efforts that are so interconnected and activities so varied that it is often difficult to separate them into the discrete categories of student, faculty, and program accomplishments. The difficulty in placing a particular item into one of these categories is a tribute to the commitment Trine University places on faculty engaging students in professionally focused learning opportunities. Our students, faculty, and programs are synergistically linked, making us so much more than the sum of our parts.
My deepest appreciation goes to all faculty, staff, and administration, who have made this past year so meaningful in the lives of our students.
John Shannon, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
OUR STUDENTS SUCCEED
Congratulations to Lauren Burns, Trent Gutting, Annalisa Krug, Olivia Schaffner, and Mary Cripe for receiving the Outstanding Student Award from their schools. As recipients of this award they read the names of the honors students at the Honors Day ceremony.
Julia Nell, Andrew Wilhelm, and David Nichols won first place in the Upper Division Crime Scene Investigation team competition at the National American Criminal Justice Conference in Valley Forge, PA.
Brittany Minnich has been awarded a highly competitive Indiana Space Grant Consortium Scholarship for 2013-14.
Elizabeth Fisher and Kristen Jacobson were awarded the Alwood Award for Excellence in Student Teaching.
Peter Gorka, Exercise Science, accepted a summer internship at Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA., and will be attending graduate school at San Diego State University in the fall.
Brianna Fuller, Exercise Science, accepted a summer internship in sports performance with AWP in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Trevor Derby, Finance, and Marek Kolar, Ph.D., attended a meeting of the Fort Wayne chapter of Financial Executives International, where Trevor received an award for his accomplishments at Trine University.
Angela Lile, Abigal Samuels, and Olivia Schaffner were awarded IACTE Outstanding Future Educator Awards.
Lauren Hood, Exercise Science, accepted a fall internship with Medi-Fit International, a fortune 500 health and wellness company.
The Trine ITE traffic bowl team, consisting of Samantha Willmann, Daniel Desper, Mark Strohm, and Hayden Zimmer, competed in the 2013 ITE Great Lakes District Traffic Bowl competition in Grand Rapids, MI and finished the competition in 2nd place.
ECE (Electrical and Computer Engineering) students in Computer Security presented a public stage performance highlighting computer security issues.
ECE senior design students competed in the National Robotics Challenge in Ohio.
Computer science and computer engineering students competed in the ACM Inter-Collegiate Programming Contests in Michigan.
Chemical Engineering students attended the Midwest section of AIChE in Cincinnati. Robert Mauck, Antonio Lee, Ben Witter, Tim Stein and Nick Kelsey competed against teams from Rose Hulman, Purdue, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of Akron and McMaster University in Chemical Engineering Jeopardy and won first place.
Benjamin Dvorak, Christina Dillich, and Mark Young earned second place for their poster “Cast Iron Spectrometer Standards” and Patrick Campbell, Jaxon Justice, and Solomon Reynolds received honorable mention for their poster “Development of a Computer Program for Wind Tunnel Design” in the ASEE Section Conference held at Trine.
At the American Society for Civil Engineering Great Lakes conference at Trine University, CE students Cody Watkins, Samantha Willmann, Andrew Stein, and Jacob Williams finished 3rd in the quiz bowl. Jay Scruggs and Jessica Heydinger finished 3rd in the materials competition and Jared Adams came in 4th in the ethics competition.
KSB welcomed seven new members into Delta Mu Delta, the International Honor Society in Business Administration: Cen Chen, David Curry, Trevor Derby, Meghan Madson, Caitlin Reynolds, Jessica Van Tilburg and Gregory Wymer.
Hannah Alley, Sannie Anderson, Kiera Baum, Elizabeth Fisher, Kristin Flint, Kirsten Jacobson, Morgan Lehman, Angela Lile, Matthew Lock, Abigail Samuels, and Olival Schaffner were inducted into Pi Lambda Theta Honorary society.
Rebekah Duncan, Chemistry, has been accepted into the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at the University of Indianapolis.
Julia Nell, Chemistry/Forensic Science, has been awarded a full scholarship to attend the Ph.D. program in Radio Chemistry at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
Jamie Meegan, Chemistry, has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Florida.
Julia Nell, Zachary Terrell, Ruth Feliciano, Andrew Wilhelm, Amiee Huston, Marc Edwards, Andrew O’Connor, David Nichols and John Daniel competed at the 2013 National American Criminal Justice Association Conference in Valley Forge, PA.
Derek Bycraft, Sport Management, and Lauren Magnuson, Senior Information Services Librarian, organized World Book Night (article in the Herald Republican).
Hannah Vollmer, Psychology, and Mark Kays, Chair, Department of Music, performed in Lakeland High School’s pit orchestra for their performance of “Little Women.”
Seventeen student teachers have successfully concluded their student teaching experience. They were working with 22 cooperating teachers in 16 different schools in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
A group of ECE students exhibited their senior design projects at the National Robotics Challenge in Marion, Ohio.
Nine ME students participated in the Northern Indiana American Foundry Society Meeting in Avilla, Indiana.
The Trine Institute of Transportation Engineers, led by Dr. Ryan Overton, received their official student chapter charter at the 2013 ITE Great Lakes Conference.
Tully Chapman, Exercise Science, accepted a summer internship at Northwest State in collegiate strength and conditioning.
Most of the ESL students actively participated in International Night, either manning a booth, performing, or both.
OUR FACULTY AND STAFF EXCEL
Eileen Dial, Ph.D., presented “Using Art As A Medium For Narrative Writing” at the Indiana Early Childhood conference.
James Canino, Ph.D., with Sarah Young, presented “Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Address Mechanical Engineering Students’ Writing” at the ASEE sectional meeting. He also presented “Views on Flipping Engineering Thermodynamics” at the ASEE sectional meeting.
Sarah Young, assisted by Jamie Canino, Ph.D, presented “Designing Effective Rubrics to Assess Student Writing” during a faculty development workshop.
Andrea Mitofsky, Ph.D., presented “Multidisciplinary Instrumentation Student Projects” at the regional ASEE conference at Trine University.
John Shannon, Ph.D., presented “Succeeding in Your Studies in North America” at the International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Conferences and Meetings Attended
Eileen Dial, Ph.D., attended the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco.
Steve Carr, Ph.D., Terry Johnson and VK Sharma, Ph.D., attended the Academic Outreach Day sponsored by BAE Systems in Fort Wayne.
Karen Hamilton, Ph.D., attended the spring meeting of the Indiana Association of Colleges of Teacher Education in Indianapolis, and the annual meeting of Ivy Tech Education Advisory Board in Ft. Wayne.
John Shannon, Ph.D., Max Baumgartner, Ph.D., P.T., Jean Deller, Ph.D., and Julie Pfafman attend the Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference in Chicago.
David Colbert and Gail Lugo attended the TESOL Conference in Dallas, Texas.
Jamie Canino, Ph.D., attended the AIAA professional meeting in Indianapolis where he discussed internship opportunities for students at Rolls-Royce.
Darryl Webber, Ph.D., attended the Delta Chi annual business meeting, met with the Delta Chi Leadership consultant, and participated in Delta Chi Alumni Board of Trustees meeting and two house meetings.
Linda Conley and Cheryl Kline attended the monthly NIHRA meeting in Fort Wayne.
Jamie Canino, Ph.D., attended the annual meeting of the Indiana Space Grant Consortium where he was awarded $3,750 to assist in bringing students to the NASA sponsored workshop RockOn 2013. It was also announced that two Trine Students will received scholarships valued at $1,500 each.
Susan Anspaugh, Ph.D., and Catherine Swick, Ph.D., took EXS students to the National American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness summit.
Tony Layson, Ph.D. accompanied students to the American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans.
Bill Sluis, Ph.D., took students to the Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference in Indianapolis where Jamie Megan, Chemistry, presented a poster.
Ryan Overton, Ph.D., attended the INDOT Joint Transportation Research Program Traffic Mobility and Safety Group Brainstorming Session in Indianapolis.
Susan Anspaugh, Ph.D., provided leadership with “Active Science” a partnership with Steuben County YMCA, and for her leadership with the “Rudy Project” a digital health and behavior change study.
Catherine Swick, Ph.D., provided leadership in developing the MOOC on “Global Wellness in the E-World” with 54 participants and for the development of the “Global Health Course” in Shanghai and Beijing, China, May 7-16.
Professor Trusty received the annual award for “Outstanding Service” for the ASEE Illinois/Indiana section for 2012-2013.
Timothy Tyler, Ph.D., served as the Chief Proctor for the FE Exam held at Trine on April 13th.
Andrea Mitofsky, Ph.D., received an Indiana Space Grant award in collaboration with the Chemistry Dept. for the development of chemistry laboratory instrumentation.
Nandan Garg, Ph.D., received a NSF sub-grant from Illinois State University to participate in research on incorporating web-services in teaching Java to freshmen.
Cheryl Skiba-Jones reviewed professional papers for the Public Relations Section of the National Communication Association.
Sean Carroll, Ph.D., received his Senior Member status in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Special thanks to Catherine Swick, Ph.D., and Max Baumgartner, Ph.D., for submission of the Ball Venture Fund Grant for the “Healthy Living Lab.”
Professor Mark Kays, Chair, Department of Music, played the Great Highland Pipes at the Relay for Life memorial ceremony and emceed “Trine’s Got Talent.”
Don Jones, Ph.D., presented “Scientists Use Rhetoric and Metaphors Too: The Rhetorical Roots of Molecular Biology” as part of the Humanities Symposia.
AJ Alnaser’s, Ph.D., paper “Bounds for Waring’s Number mod P^m in Number Fields” published in the Journal of Number Theory was recently cited by a researcher at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.
Haseeb Kazi, Ph.D. has completed an invited review of ”Fast Computation of a General Complete Elliptic Integral of Third Kind by Half and Double Argument Transformations” for the Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics.
Haseeb Kazi, Ph.D. has been elected to serve a three-year term as the Secretary in the executive board of the Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). He has also been elected to serve a three-year term as Councilor in the governing body of the Council on Undergraduate Research. He is the only Mathematics and Computer Science Division elected councilor from Indiana.
AJ Alnaser, Ph.D. has set up master templates for WebAssign and MyMathLab online components of eight math courses. The templates can be used by all faculty teaching these courses to ensure consistency among the different sections of the courses.
Derek Thompson, Ph.D. successfully defended his dissertation “Restrictions to Invariant Subspaces of Composition Operators on the Hardy Space of the Disk.”
Professor Tim Carver used digital forensics tools to help the Madison, WI Police Department track a drug dealer in a case involving Bitcoin.
Dave Anspaugh, Ed.D., and Bill Maddock took Sport Management students to tour the Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum, IPFW’s athletic facility, and ICE Fitness.
Professors Bill Maddock, Catherine Benson and Brian Earles took Golf Management students to The Foundation in Coldwater to see a full-scale fitting and repair operation.
Gregg Shull’s Entrepreneurial Leadership class attended IUPUI’s OMNIBUS Lectures.
The Promotion and Marketing of Golf Facilities class hosted a tournament at Zollner.
Professor Dan Matthews took Informatics students on a tour of Parkview Hospital’s data center in Fort Wayne.
OUR PROGRAMS ARE QUALITY
The American Society for Civil Engineering (ASCE) Great Lakes conference was hosted by the ASCE Trine Student Chapter, where 18 Midwest universities participated.
Karen Hamilton, Ph.D., Professor Amy Alexander, Jean Deller, Ph.D., John Shannon, Ph.D., and representatives from the Talent Initiative welcomed back to campus the Project Based Learning Workshop participants from last spring as they presented the results of their PBL school project designs.
Marek Kolar, Ph.D., organized an Internship and Summer Job Search workshop sponsored by the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Speakers included Greg Ilko, Vice President from CrossRoad Engineers, and Terry Johnson from Trine’s career services.
Dean Scott Fergusson was interviewed by NBC 33 Your Country concerning the Entrepreneurship class’s role in forming Chapman Cider. The newscast is at http://ow.ly/jUlnv.
The Wind Ensemble hosted the North Central College Symphonic Band from Naperville, IL, the Jazz Combo performed at a fundraiser for CASA in Kendallville, and the Piano Class performed a recital in The Depot.
Stephen King’s list of 100 Greatest Books is a collection owned now by the university library.
Darryl Webber, Ph.D., met with Metal Technologies engineers to discuss senior design and co-op possibilities and with alumni Kai Hartman of Univertical and Steve Pruse (retired GM) to give update on cast metals activities.
Darryl Webber, Ph.D., held the Semi-Annual Foundry Night and distributed $22,500 in FEF scholarships to Trine University students.
Ryan Overton, Ph.D., attended the Indiana Northeastern Railroad’s “Investing in the Future” rail upgrade appreciation ride, where select stakeholders rode the train and viewed the recent $5.7 million upgrades to the rail line.
VK Sharma, Ph.D., attended ASM Fort Wayne Chapter meeting focused on “absorbable biomaterials.” He also met with Jeremy Schaffer, Ph.D., Senior Research and Development Engineer, Fort Wayne Metals, who reviewed the curriculum for Biomedical Engineering.
Stephen Carr, Ph.D., visited potential employers of electrical engineering students, including Toyota, LHP Controls, and Regal Beloit.
Professor Trusty and Allen Hersel. Ph.D., co-chaired the Illinois-Indiana ASEE Section Conference held at Trine University. Over 80 individuals from 15 universities attended the 30 paper and 19 student poster presentations. Drs. Barry, Carroll, Mitofsky, Thomas, Canino, Stannard, and VK Sharma also attended the meeting.
Courtney Daniels, 2012 Trine alum in BIO/PSY, is now Assistant in Research at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
Hitomi Okoshi, ESL from Japan, was a guest in Sally Simpson’s, Ph.D., children’s literature class. Hitomi and Dr. Simpson also visited Kathy Aldrich’s seventh grade class at Angola Middle School. Hitomi will soon return to Japan to become a middle school English teacher.
Brett Batson, Ph.D., had lunch with representatives of Bunge Corporation, who were on campus to interview for students for co-op positions.
Allen Hersel, Ph.D., invited Dr. Phil Wankat to speak as part of the McKetta-Smith lecture series.
Alumnus and PAB member Vince Barletto, from Innovateus Solar, gave a presentation on solar energy conversion technologies.
Gregg Shull’s ENT 303 students had a guest speaker Dennis Spitler, Owner of Anthony Wayne Business Exchange, who spoke on buying a business and sources of capital.
Entrepreneur John Jackson spoke in the Strategic Management class on a business problem relating to his Archery Tag business, which has dealings with Disney.
HONORS DAY WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!
Special Thanks to: Trine University’s Events Coordinator: Robyn Hinman & Staff, Trine University’s Bon Appetit Catering Manager: Craig Strangland & Staff, Trine University’s IT department, Brand & Integrated Marketing staff, the Office of the Registrar, the Office of the VPAA, and the Office of the President.
Golf Management students are currently giving lessons to faculty and staff. If you are interested, contact Catherine Benson.
With the re-launch of The Triangle as an online news and information business the students are selling advertising. If interested in advertising contact Mark Helmke.
5/3: Commencement Practice, 4:30 p.m., Zolner Stadium, All seniors walking should attend along with Marshals, Delegates, ROTC, and music representatives.
5/3: Senior Celebration, ARC, 6:00 p.m. Please contact Linda Werling if you plan on attneding.
5/4: Faculty and Staff Commencement Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Whitney Commons, University Center
5/4: Commencement, 10:00 a.m., Zolner Stadium
5/4: The Brass Ensemble will perform for Commencement.
5/6: Maymester begins
5/6: All faculty meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., Fabiani Theater
5/6: All employee picnic, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Whitney Commons. Academic Council is cooking/grilling.
5/13: Online 1st six-week session begins
5/28: Main Campus five-week and ten-week sessions begin