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May 2, 2014


Final exams are over and we have reached the end of the academic year. We have spent all of 2013-14 working diligently to provide our students with the best possible educational experience, and at Commencement we will be able to witness the fruits of our labor as our graduating students walk across the stage. This is a momentous, life-changing time for these students. A graduating student recently mentioned to me that she couldn’t believe her four years at Trine were coming to an end and how sad she was at the prospect of leaving. It made me reflect upon how this transitional period in the lives of our graduating students is both exciting and sad for them, truly a bittersweet sentiment.

To the Class of 2014, as you graduate you become alumni and will always be a part of the Trine University family. We are here for you so do not hesitate to keep in touch with us. We wish you well in all of your future endeavors and look forward to continued contact with you.

Best regards,

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


Civil engineering students Brandon Cunningham and Piotr Sczcepanski received student-of-the-year awards at the annual ASCE Indiana section meeting.

Beth Jump was the recipient of the Edwin C. Jr. & Ginger Leonard Family Future Leader Award at the School of Professional Studies honors ceremony.

Finance major Ryan Richman received the Financial Executive International Scholar and Excellence Award in Fort Wayne.

Kevin Schroer, Ethan Eichhorn, Mark Bowman, and Matthew Smith, Electrical Engineering (EE) Honor Society (HKN) students, participated in the IEEE/HKN Conference held at Iowa State University.

EE student Tori DiFranco gave a talk at the Northeast Indiana Society of Women Engineers Professional Development Conference at IPFW.

Education student teachers Darcy Crabtree, Nick Stephan, and Julie Shaffer were recently recognized in Indianapolis as the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Outstanding Future Educators.

Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) student chapter members Hayden Zimmer, Mark Strohm, Charlie McKenzie, and Wesley Zeller competed in the 2014 ITE Traffic Bowl Competition.

Civil engineering students Graham Bennett, Mark St. John, and Matt Schelling participated in the annual ASCE Indiana Section student design presentation competition at the section meeting which was held in Indianapolis.

Design engineering technology student Tyler Kopydalowsky spoke to the ENT 303 / Entrepreneurial Leadership class. Tyler shared how to get an internship, be successful in an internship, and turn it into a job offer. He pointed out that being able to communicate well both verbally and in writing is key to having a successful career.

Exercise science student Matt Smith is completing a Spring 2014 internship at Ohio State with D1 strength and conditioning staff.

Engineering students AJ Fuksa, Eric Nixon, Joe Kaminski, Kyle Yeakle, Lori Bush, Darcy Little, Jordan Dunn, Zach Tunberg, Neil Lammers, and Kevin Lincoln joined Darryl Webber, Ph.D., at  the northern Indiana AFS meeting to learn about refractory materials.

The Exercise Science Student Association launched a mentor program for first year students led by Allison Everetts, an exercise science and pre-physical therapy student.

Mechanical engineering students Ryan Bell, Robert Bolka, Emily Canepa, Zachary Carder, Lucas Garcia, Alex Gunther, and Andrew Webster accompanied Bret Batson, Ph.D., to Rolls Royce in Indianapolis.

More than 20 civil engineering students accompanied Tim Tyler, Ph.D., TJ Murphy, and Ryan Overton, Ph.D., to the 2014 ASCE Great Lakes Conference at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign to compete against 18 civil engineering programs from Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Trine highlights included a second place finish in the environmental competition, a third place finish in the steel bridge competition that earned an invitation to the national steel bridge competition held next month in Akron, OH, and sixth place overall.

Exercise science students accompanied Cathy Swick, Ph.D.,  and Susan Anspaugh, Ph.D., to the ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia.

The chemical engineering Jeopardy team of Nick Kelsey, David Molnar, Joshua Marty, and Zach Titkemeier accompanied Allen Hersel, Ph.D., to Michigan State University, where they dominated the competition at the AIChE Regional Meeting. The Trine team took top honors winning the competition with ease.

Exercise science students Kurt Surratt, Matt Smith, Josh Shillim, Jacob Turner, and Travis Foster accompanied Professor Vinnie Lang to the National Strength and Conditioning Coaches Clinic in Indianapolis.

KSB’s honor society, Delta Mu Delta, had an induction ceremony and added eighteen new members: Miranda Allen, Dakota Bagwell, Shelby Ditto, Barbara Dyrcz, Kara Franks, Mikala Freeland, Samuel Gilly, Victoria Hughes, Augustus Lukens, Neil Miller, Catherine Porter, Zachary Pursel, Bridget Raab, Jessica Riemesch, Katelyn Sager, Nicole Singer, Toni Todd, and Aaron Wolf.

Chemical engineering seniors presented their solutions to the AIChE National Design Contest problem.

Mechanical engineering students Joseph Kaminski and Eric Nixon along with Darryl Webber, Ph.D., attended the 118th Metalcasting Congress in Schaumberg Illinois.

Thirty-three senior design projects were displayed in the 12th Engineering Expo held in Fawick Hall and the Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering.

Criminal justice student Brendan Haile won a $500 scholarship from the Northeast Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers essay contest on “Active Shooters-How Organizations Can Prepare.” Professor Laker and a fellow student attended the ASSE luncheon meeting in Fort Wayne where Brendan received his award.

The Trine University Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society for First-Year students inducted 20 new members. Debra Van Rie, Ph.D., and Haseeb Kazi, Ph.D., are the faculty advisors. Administrative Assistant Emily Chancellor organized the reception.

Chemistry majors Veronica Livingstone and Cassie Hagar along with Tony Layson, Ph.D., attended the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference to present their chemistry research.

Many ESL students performed at the International Night Celebration:

  • Two Japanese students performed a traditional Japanese dance and had a table for Japanese calligraphy and one for origami (paper folding).
  • Several Chinese students helped at the Chinese paper cutting table, and some performed in the Chinese Dragon dance. Jing Liu performed two songs in Chinese; one was a duet with JSOAS student Elyse Buehrer, and the other was a solo.
  • Many Saudi students represented their country well by displaying goods from their country, writing people’s names in Arabic, and offering delicious traditional food.
  • Zainab Al Alshaikh from Saudi Arabia helped emcee the talent show for International Night.

Mechanical engineering student Chris Strauch went to Washington D.C. to speak at the Anavicus Conference about what it meant to receive the General Lewis Hershey Scholarship.

Ketner School of Business students Ben Clark, James Green, Ben Witter, Dani King, and Joe Adams won the $2,500 top Business award at the 2014 Innovation Challenge.

Dakota Bagwell won $2,500 for the 1st place award in the Technology category at the 2014 Innovation Challenge.



Anthony Kline, Ph.D., presented Where is He? Males and their Diminishing Roles with Children at the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children in Indianapolis.

David Colbert, ESL adjunct instructor, and John Shannon, Ph.D., VPAA, presented a panel discussion entitled Coming Home: ESL After EFL at the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo held in Portland, Oregon.

Feng Tian, Ph.D., presented his paper Harmonic Analysis of a Class of Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Spaces at the MAA Indiana Section Meeting at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Don Jones, Ph.D., and Professor Cheryl Skiba-Jones attended the Central States Communication Association Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. Professor Skiba-Jones organized and chaired a panel of professors from Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, and Indiana on Going Green and our Future: Colleges Lead the Way to Environmental Sustainability.

Conferences and Meetings Attended

Bill Barry, Ph,D., attended the annual ASCE National Department Heads Conference hosted by the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. He also participated in the pre-conference developmental workshop.

Professor TJ Murphy met with a local citizen’s group to discuss the potential impacts of a proposed hog feeding operation on Steuben County lake water quality.

Ryan Overton, Ph.D. and ITE student chapter President Hayden Zimmer attended the 100th Annual Purdue Road School. The event was highlighted by the keynote speaker, Governor Mike Pence, and an evening reception with the Indiana Institute of Transportation Engineers professional members.

Gary Greene, Ph.D.,  traveled to the American Concrete Institute Convention in Reno, Nevada.

Dean VK Sharma, Ph.D., attended the 2014 ABET Annual Symposium in Pittsburgh; the theme of the symposium was Technical Education and its Human Impact. In addition, the symposium provided an opportunity to meet with key program evaluators and get an update on ABET accreditation policy and procedures.

Gail Lugo, ESL Director, and Graham Reeves, Assistant ESL Director, attended the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo held in Portland, Oregon. 

Erica Hutton, Ph.D., attended a conference at Indiana Tech entitled Eyes on Psychology: Relevancy, Practice, and Research.

AJ Alnaser, Ph.D., Steven Schonefeld, Ph.D., and Feng Tian, Ph.D., attended the MAA Indiana Section Meeting at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Professor TJ Murphy moderated a session at the Fort Wayne Teaching Conference at IPFW.

John Wagner, Ph.D., attended a meeting in Clemson, SC to work on the development of the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination.

Darryl Webber, Ph.D., and Pavan Karra, Ph.D., attended a lecture on Thermodynamic Origins of Negative Thermal Expansion Materials given by Dr. Zi-Kui Liu of Penn State. The lecture was sponsored by ASM International.

Dean Karen Hamilton, Ph.D., participated in Prairie Heights High School Career Day, where she spoke to 25 high school seniors about becoming teachers.

DET professor Tom Barkimer attended a meeting with The Plastic Group (TPG) and Tooling Technologies & Automation to discuss the building of a blow mold.

Marek Kolar, Ph.D., went to a workshop for department chairs organized by the Council of Independent Colleges in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dean Scott Fergusson was on the discussion panel at a forum on corporate governance and privacy at the University of Minnesota. He also represented Trine at the Elevate Ventures Regional Board meeting.

Special Recognition

Professor Tom Trusty was named Outstanding Campus Representative for the Illinois/Indiana section of ASEE for 2014.

Professor Catherine Benson, Director of Golf Management, received an additional PGA certification in player development.

Anthony Kline, Ph.D., received second place in the Trine University First Annual Innovation One Challenge. His submission was a new educational assessment tool entitled FrameStorm. Dr. Kline will continue working on this project over the summer.

Ryan Overton, Ph.D., registered 12 teams at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event in Hershey Hall. Professor Tim Tyler, Ph.D, also volunteered at this event.

Sameer Sharma, Ph.D., received a grant of a DE0 Nano Board (field programmable Gate array Board for digital design) from Altera Inc. It will be used for the design projects in ECE 363 Logic and Computer Design.

Nandan Garg, Ph.D., reviewed a paper for Security and Communication Networks Journal.

Trine University faculty athletic representatives Deb Van Rie, Ph.D., and  John Milliken, J.D., together with Matt Land, Director of Athletics, hosted a dinner and symposium  for 70 administrators, faculty, and students to discuss the integration of academics and athletics on our campus.

Jennifer Griggs (mathematics adjunct) is a finalist in the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Program.

Ashlee Bickley (music adjunct) will be a Resident Artist Fellow at the Atlantic Music Festival this summer in Waterville, Maine.

The Order of the Engineer ceremony organized by Allen Hersel, Ph.D., and Sue Radtke inducted 47 graduating seniors into the association.


The Department of Criminal Justice, Psychology and Social Science and Dean Craig Laker purchased a Laser Shot Pro Shooting Simulation System from the Montpelier Police Department. The system will be used in conjunction with the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) and the Trine University Handgun Competition Team.

Mathematics faculty members Deb Van Rie, Ph.D., Bill Barge, and Derek Thompson, Ph.D., observed student teachers Carlee Felber (MA-Ed, MA) and Katie Palazzolo (MA-ED) at Prairie Heights High School, Julieanne Shaffer (MA-ED, MA) at Montpelier (OH) High School, and Ryan Schreiner (MA-ED, MA) at DeKalb High School.

Professor Maria Gerschutz, Ph.D., and Joe Thompson took 8 biomedical engineering students to Biomet in Warsaw, IN to participate in a Sawbones Lab and tour the company.

DET Professor Tom Barkimer along with Joe Thompson took 16 students of the PET 224 class to visit CK Technologies and tour their Montpelier molding plant. It was a great opportunity for the students to see a large press injection molding facility in operation.

The Chemical Engineering Professional Advisory Board met with chemical engineering students and faculty.

The Biomedical Engineering Professional Advisory Board held a meeting that was arranged and chaired by Maria Gerschutz., Ph.D.

Gary Greene, Ph.D., accompanied 25 civil and environmental engineering students to the Nucor Building Systems plant in Waterloo, Indiana. They visited with the engineering department and toured the fabrication shop. Several Trine graduates working at Nucor shared their work experiences with the students.

Professor Bill Maddock and David Anspaugh, Ed.D., took students in the Sport Management Facility Planning class to Banker’s Life and Lucas Oil Stadium. The tour included the locker room facilities of the Colts and the Pacers and covered the physical plant and the financial background of how those facilities service the fans.

Professor Bill Maddock’s Teaching of Sport Skills II class hosted in the ARC a Shape Up Steuben for 5th Grader’s program for the schools of Ryan Park and Hendry Park; the students led 150 kids through a series of wellness activities and gave each of them a program to complete at home.

The new Doctor of Physical Therapy program has met it’s cap of 32 students for the fall startup.


Bob Hubba (ChE 1972), who is now working for Emerson in Austin, TX, made a presentation to students at an AIChE meeting and to senior chemical engineers on cyber-security.

Nick Beuhler (MAE, 2002), senior reactor operator, spent a day on campus discussing pressured water reactors and job opportunities with mechanical engineering students.

Samantha Brown, (CJ, 2013) is an investigator in the Loss Prevention Department at Macy’s.

Jordan Crosby (INF, 2012) and Dave Peters from MedPro Protective (a Warren Buffet company) spoke to Dan Matthews’ MA493 Informatics Capstone class about a career in business intelligence and data mining. Jordan has been with MedPro since graduating. MedPro Protective plans to hire two informatics students as summer interns and wants to hire two informatics graduates to full-time positions this year.

Darryl Webber, Ph.D., took 29 students to Univertical, where MAE Alumnus Kai Hartman (MAE, 2007) lectured on manufacturing processes and gave a facility tour.


Dr. Ed & Ginger Leonard presented the Edwin C. Jr. & Ginger Leonard Family Future Leader Award at the School of Professional Studies Honors ceremony in Fabiani Theater. All Lou Holtz Master of Science in Leadership 2014 graduates are eligible for consideration for this award.

Professor Tom Trusty met with Mike Bock and university visitors from China to discuss future articulation opportunities with our programs.

Erica Hutton, Ph.D., hosted Fred Sumpter, fire investigator with the Indiana State Fire Marshal Office in Indianapolis.

Dr. Joan Brennecke of Notre Dame gave the McKetta Distinguished Lecture on her research work with Ionic Fluids to Trine University students and faculty in Wells Theater.

V. Shreedhar from BOMMA Institute of Technology and Science, India, visited Dean VK Sharma, Ph.D., to explore possibilities of developing a “2+2” articulation agreement with Trine. David Colbert and Karen Reinoehl also participated in the meeting.

Darryl Webber, Ph.D.,  hosted David Kesse of Metal Technologies Inc. in his Physical Metallurgy class. Mr. Kesse shared a cast iron defect with the students.

Denny Spitler, owner and President of Anthony Wayne Business Exchange spoke to Professor Gregg Shull’s ENT 303/Entrepreneurial Leadership. Mr. Spitler focused on how to start a small business and the requirements banks need to make successful loans. He introduced the class to The Small Business Administration (SBA) and also spoke about the character traits needed to be a successful entrepreneur.

Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder and CEO of a social media brand consulting agency, skyped with Niclas Hulting’s class Social Media for Business/BA 333 for a 20 minute Q&A.

Carrie Van Daele, President of Van Daele and Associates, a training and development company, spoke in Linda Conley’s MGT 343 Human Resource Development course.


5/2: Commencement Practice at 4:30 in Hershey Hall

5/2: Senior Salute in the ARC at 6:00

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

5/5: Faculty Assembly in the Furth Center at 11 a.m.

5/5: Employee picnic in Whitney Commons at 12 noon