March 5, 2015


What we do extremely well at Trine University is provide students with professionally-focused learning opportunities throughout their studies, and this newsletter provides us with a vehicle to display some of the ways in which that happens. For example, in the past few months our students have attended professional conferences, participated in academic competitions, and interacted with the surrounding community. They have toured area industrial sites, gained professional certifications, and volunteered their service to schools and health care facilities. They have performed in role plays, tailored senior projects to real world problems, and interacted with guest speakers who brought professional expertise to the classroom, and they have done all of these things under the guidance of faculty and staff who care about them and their learning. We provide our students with professionally-focused learning  opportunities in order to prepare them for success in their future careers and in their lives. It is what Trine University is all about. It’s a Trine Thing!

Best regards,

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


Susan Anspaugh, Ph.D., and Allison Broucek, partnered with Cameron Hospital and Cholestech, Inc for Allison’s senior capstone project on the Broucek Mission. The study was highlighted in the Herald Republican on December 2, 2014.

William Barry, Ph.D, Professor TJ Murphy and Tim Tyler, Ph.D., accompanied 4 students to the annual Civil Engineering Professional Development Seminar at Purdue University.

Professor Catherine Benson’s students in Player Development were able to complete a Mental Profile from Bobby Foster golf.

Kimberly Beran-Shepler, D.P.T., as a member of the Fort Wayne Area Interprofessional Education Consortium (FWAIPEC), collaborated on a seminar titled Root Cause Analysis: The Lewis Blackman Story, which was attended by all of Trine’s Doctor of Physical Therapy students and over 200 other health profession students. FWAIPEC seminars are designed to ensure that students have the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to work effectively in interprofessional teams within the evolving healthcare system.

Gary Greene, Ph.D., accompanied six students as part of the Civil Engineering Materials class on a trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana for the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Concrete Field Testing Certification. Students Jacob Ullom, Zach Bower, Ethan Maust, Kevin Augustino, Ben Schroeder, and Nathan Miller all passed the certification test.

Ketner School of Business students joined Marek Kolar, PhD., and visiting Chinese professors to the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE). While at CBOE they were greeted by alumna April Young, who graduated with a management degree in 2001 and a second degree in accounting in 2004. The group was able to see many areas of the CBOE including the trading floor.

Gary Greene, Ph.D., accompanied 30 students as part of the Civil Engineering Materials class (CE 3203) on a field trip to the Steel Dynamic Inc. plant in Columbia City, Indiana. The students observed the production of structural steel I-beams from steel scrap.

All full-time faculty of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and 30 DPT students attended the 2015 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Indianapolis. This was a premier education, professional advocacy and networking opportunity with an attendance that exceeded 11,000.

Gary Greene, Ph.D. accompanied three students to the APAI (Asphalt Paving Association of Indiana) Winter Conference in Indianapolis, IN. Students Melissa Smiles, Hillary Yentes, and Hayden Zimmer received scholarships at the conference.


Finance major Trey Calver has been accepted as a Greater Fort Wayne Fellow.

Delta Mu Delta, the KSB Honor Society, inducted 15 students into their society on November 20th. Lucy Matthews, Ph.D., is the new adviser for the group.

DPT students are volunteering on a regular basis at Parkview Hospital to help with the rehabilitation of neurologically complex patients.

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society chapter President Christie Hasbrouck along with several other members collected donations and distributed Christmas presents to elementary school students in Sturgis, MI.

A COM 413 Corporate and Organizational Communication team conducted a communication audit for Mad Anthony’s Lakeview Ale House. Employing varied qualitative and quantitative research methods, the team of Derek Miller (COM), Austin Hall (COM), Colin Meadowcroft (COM), and Darian Bliemeister (Gen. Studies) assessed the organization’s communication and developed recommendations for further improvement.

December graduate Neil Miller (marketing) has been awarded the Orr Fellowship.

Jake Turner, Josh Schillim, Kurtis Cox, and Kurt Surratt attended the National Strength and Conditioning Conference in Louisville, KY Jan. 8-9, 2015.

Josh Valadez, a senior in management, has been nominated for Intern of the Year for Group Dekko.

Work from students in Mythology and Film Appreciation classes was published on


Presentations and Publications

ESL Instructors Sarah Algaradi, Hsian Ling Lin, Kate Villafranca, Graham Reeves, and Gail Lugo presented at International Students’ Perceptions of Traditional American Teaching Styles at the Fort Wayne Teachers’ Conference.

Gary Greene, Ph.D, gave two presentations at the Lightweight Concrete Workshop that was part of the National Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) Conference in Miami, Florida.

Physical Therapy faculty member Thomas Ruediger, P.T., D.SC. presented the results of his research titled Comparing the Y-Balance Test to a novel modification of the Star Excursion Balance Test at the 2015 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Indianapolis.

Tim Tyler, Ph.D., gave a presentation on Seismic Damage Evaluation at the annual Civil Engineering Professional Development Seminar at Purdue University.

Conferences and Meetings Attended

Susan Anspaugh, Ph.D., attended the Indiana IAPHERD meeting.

Max Baumgartner, Ph.D., P.T., and Jean Deller, Ph.D., attended the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) conference.

Professor Linda Conley attended the monthly NIHRA Membership meeting and professional development session where January’s topic was Drive Business Success with Workplace Flexibility.

Professor Mark Kays attended the Indiana Music Educators Association State Convention.

Catherine Swick, Ph.D., attended the American College of Sports Medicine Midwest Conference.

Professor Tom Trusty attended a seminar on Advanced Flow Simulation using SolidWorks.

Special Recognition

Faculty member Catherine Benson received her Master of Science in Leadership in December.

Jamie Canino, Ph.D., reviewed a journal article for Advances in Engineering Education.

After serving successfully as chairs for several years, Steve Carr, Ph.D., (ECE) and John Wagner, Ph.D., (ChE) decided to leave chairs’ position to focus full time on teaching. The new chairs are Sean Carroll, Ph.D., (ECE) and Amanda Malefyt, Ph.D. (ChE).

Tim Hopp, Ph.D., led the Humanities and Communications departmental assessment project. Under his direction, faculty members (Brandy DePriest, Kandee Heisler, LouAnn Homan, Tim Hopp, Sarah Nestor, Ph.D., Amy Nicholls, Alison Witte, Ph.D., Justin and Sarah Young) read and evaluated more than 60 essays each at the end of last semester. The department uses this data to improve our composition program each year.

A Multidisciplinary Motion Control Teaching Laboratory proposal prepared by Pavan Karra, Ph.D., (project leader), Maria Gerschutz, Ph.D., and Sameer Sharma, Ph.D., was accepted by Parker Hannifin.

Haseeb Kazi, Ph.D., reviewed applications and evaluated abstracts for the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Posters on the Hill 2015 national competition.

Professor Lucy Matthews successfully defended her dissertation at Kennesaw State University in January. Additionally, she won the Paul Arney Best Paper in Services, Sales & Retailing award at the Marketing Management Association using her dissertation entitled Why Empowering Salespeople is a Double-Edged Sword.

Professor John Milliken, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Psychology and Social Sciences, has been named Coordinator of the Student Success Initiative to begin in May. The purpose of the initiative is two-fold: first, to aid in the academic success of foundation students and second, to assist in retention.

Professor Murphy made a presentation to DeKalb High School students on Civil Engineering Career Opportunities.

Design Engineering & Technology Professor Tom Trusty represented Trine University as a member of the OrthoWorx Advanced Manufacturing Council Industrial Advisory Board.

Tim Tyler, Ph.D., gave a presentation on A Career in Civil Engineering to a class of students at Woodside Middle School in Fort Wayne.

Department of Mathematics, Informatics, & Cybersecurity faculty member Christina Zumbrun was awarded the Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship from Western Michigan University.


Additional lab equipment including a large digital oven and fixtures for standardized aggregate tests was purchased for the Civil Engineering Materials lab.

The Writing Center at Trine University continues to grow. This past semester the number of tutorial appointments increased by 28%. This increase is the fifth consecutive semester to see at least a 25% growth in student use of Writing Center services.


Jason Dafnis, Class of 2014, Communication major/Humanities minor, had an article published in Game Informer’s January issue.

Dustin Eggert, Class of 2011, Criminal Justice and Psychology major, graduated from The Indiana State Police Academy.


Jim Bullard, a 1972 TSU alumnus, gave a presentation in Professor Tim Tyler’s senior elective course on the use of Geopier piles to stabilized earth slopes.

Eric Carleton, Claude Goguen, and Marti Harrell from the National Precast Concrete Association gave a guest lecture on Precast Concrete to the Civil Engineering Materials class (CE 3203). They gave another presentation to the ASCE student chapter later the same day.

The following individuals helped with mock interviews in Linda Conley’s Professional Development Course: Trine Professors Catherine Benson and Danny Powell and Jennifer Danic, Director of Steuben County Community Foundation; Jennifer Delong, Assistant Director of Human Resources for Trine; Sue Essman, HR Director for the City of Angola; Jaliane Hinman, HR for Miller Poultry; Jeff Peters, CEO Peters Search Group; and Kristi Trick, Recruiter for Peoplelink Staffing.

Joe Gentile from Bon Appetit gave a presentation for Professor Catherine Benson’s Food and Beverage Class (GM 411).

Jackie Henderson from Glendarin Hills gave a presentation to Professor Catherine Benson’s Food and Beverage Class (GM 411) followed by a tour of the facilities at Glendarin Hills Golf Club.

Dr. Rudy Kachmann attended the Exercise Science Capstone Poster Presentations in December.

Aaron Knight, owner of 110 Athletics, visited the Mk473 Digital Advertising class to discuss his online campaigns.

The judges for the Marketing 423 Personal Selling role-play scenario included Wayne Madden, Insurance Agent and former President of the Lions Club worldwide; Jim Hockemeyer, Eaton Corporation Operations and Manufacturing specialist; Gene Stein, Eaton Corporation; Rogelio Lemus, Director of Sales for Carlisle Group; Dave Rollins, Eaton Corporation; Marcia Biroth, Senior Supply Chain Analyst at Eaton Corporation; Mike Tullis, Vice President and on the Board of Directors for Garrett State Bank; Mike Rupp, local real estate appraiser; and Ryan Matthews, Distribution Sales Manager for Maximatecc. Each student in the class had the opportunity to present and receive feedback from two of the judges.

Ryan Overton, Ph.D., and William Barry, Ph.D., met with Environmental Engineering Manager Dann Hollenbeck of Metal Technologies regarding potential senior design projects.

Ryan Overton, Ph.D., arranged and hosted Mr. Mike Siffer, P.E., PTOE, transportation engineer at GAI Consultants, and eight ITE professional members who spoke with the civil students regarding transportation projects.

Human Resource professionals Ashley Reed of Family Dollar, Melanie Thompson of RR Donnelley, Sue Essman of the City of Angola, and Jennifer Delong and Jamie Norton of Trine University participated in a panel discussion with Linda Conley’s Professional Development Course students. The panel covered a variety of topics that were generated from student questions relating to interviewing and finding a job.

VK Sharma, Ph.D., met with visiting dignitaries from Saudi Arabia and presented them with an overview of educational opportunities and laboratories available at the Allen School of Engineering and Technology.

Sheriff Tim Troyer presented to the EXS 332 Drug Education class on Dec. 1, 3, 8, and 15.


3/9   Advising Begins

3/9 Term 2 Online begins

3/11 Registration Begins for Summer and Fall 2015

4/3  Good Friday (no classes)

4/14 Last day to drop a class

5/1 Last class day

5/2 Term 2 Online ends

5/4- 5/7 Finals

5/9 Commencement

5/18 Classes begin – (Maymester, 12-Week, First 6 Weeks, and Term 1 Online)