Getting students involved in activities inside and outside of the classroom is a crucial component to their success at Trine University. This newsletter highlights some of the ways that students are being engaged in learning activities, from participating in regional and national competitions to listening to and interacting with guest speakers from relevant professional fields to attending conferences and talks with their professors. Student activities and accomplishments impact them in profound ways that can have lifelong benefits. Congratulations to our students for their success and to faculty and staff for all you do to help make those successes possible.
John Shannon, Ph.D. Vice President for Academic Affairs
OUR STUDENTS SUCCEED
Aury Keller (ChE 2013) and Greg Diefenthaler (ChE 2013) won First Place in the AIChE National Student Design Contest in the very competitive Teams Category. The award will be presented at the AIChE Annual National meeting in San Francisco. They also won a National Design Safety Award.
Jason Dafnis (COM major, HUM minor) and Instructor Justin Young edited a video for the Remnant Trust exhibit http://www.trinehac.com/2013/09/14/remnant-trust-lets-community-touch-a-piece-of-history/.
KSB students Natasha Tonneas and Brandon Mylcraine, both members of AMA, created a survey for the NIHRA organization out of Fort Wayne. They have agreed to help the conference planning committee to promote the conference through social media. The conference will be held in May, 2014.
The 2013 IAHPERD Conference in Indianapolis brought together health and physical education teachers. EXS students Sean Collins and Betsy Irwin along with Susan Anspaugh, Ph.D., gave a presentation, ”Active Science: Using Exercise to Improve STEM Scores,” and EXS senior Dan Lopez along with Cathy Swick, Ph.D., gave a presentation, “Free Functional Training for Youth.”
FS students Shelby Eierman, Danielle Rueter, and Alex Sabo attended the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists meeting in Dayton, Ohio.
ME students Joseph Kaminski and Mark Young attended the Ductile Iron Society Conference in Nashville TN.
Jessica Huhnke, Christina Uphaus and Katelyn Denny, Society of Women Engineers, hosted a 6th grade class from Edgerton Ohio for an engineering/college workshop.
Business students Victoria Hughes, Natasha Tonneas, Khelly Adams, and Katelyn Sager attended the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance Conference in Indianapolis along with Professor Diane Wallinger.
Omega Chi Epsilon, the chemical engineering honor society, hosted the annual McKetta Birthday and Homecoming celebration in Fawick Hall.
The Electrical Engineering Honor Society met with 150 high school students at Leo High School to talk about engineering careers.
Computer Engineering students competed in the Inter-Collegiate Programming Contest Qualifier and will soon move on the regional competition.
ECE Department students went on a field trip to XUNLight (solar panels).
OUR FACULTY AND STAFF EXCEL
Informatics faculty member Professor Tim Carver presented his paper “Rose Greenhow: An Examination of Espionage” at the National Security Agency Symposium on Cryptologic History in Washington, DC.
Feng Tian, Ph.D., presented a talk on Geometry, physics and self-adjoint extensions at the Fall 2013 meeting of the Indiana section of the Mathematical Association of America at the University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN.
Mark Helmke presented to the IU Bloomington Civic Leaders Program.
Professor Bill Maddock gave a presentation, ”It’s all in your head, fitness is not a physical problem,” at the 2013 IAHPERD Conference in Indianapolis.
Craig Laker, Dean, presented to the Lakeland High School Criminal Justice class about Serial Killers Typology and Phases.
Derek Thompson, Ph.D., presented his dissertation research, “Restrictions of Composition Operators to Invariant Subspaces on the Hardy Space of the Disk,” at the Central Section meeting of the American Mathematical Society. He also presented “Writing about Continuity” at the Indiana section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in Evansville, IN.
Tim Tyler, Ph.D., gave a presentation on “A Career in Engineering” to college prep students at Canterbury High School in Fort Wayne.
Conferences and Meetings Attended
Linda Conley and Jean Deller attended the ACBSP Region 4 Conference in Canton, Ohio.
Catherine Benson attended the Indiana Section PGA meeting, which was a great networking opportunity for internships and positions for our students in addition to being informative about state and industry trends.
Lucetia Shank and Renee Shipe, Assistant Registrars, attend the Jenzabar Regional Users Group at Indiana Tech.
Catherine Benson, Linda Conley, Julie Howenstine, and Diane Wallinger attended the Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women.
Linda Conley attended the monthly NIHRA meeting in Fort Wayne.
The ChE Department along with Mike McKetta presented Jake Panico with the McKetta Outstanding High School Teaching Award. Mr. Panico teaches chemistry near Bryan, Ohio and was nominated by Kyla Dietrich, a junior in ChE and former student of Mr. Panico.
Tom Trusty met with Tom Till, Director of Advanced Manufacturing, Orthopedic & Advance Manufacturing Training Center at Ivy Tech in Warsaw to discuss curriculum and the partnership with Trine to offer engineering and technology classes in the facility. He also met with Frank J. Rossi, Col, USAF from Notre Dame and provided a tour of the Trine campus while discussing future opportunities for ROTC cadets.
VK Sharma discussed our biomedical curriculum with Satish Degala of CareFusion. Dr. Degala has accepted our invitation to serve on the Biomedical Program Advisory Board.
Justin Young filmed students rehearsing speeches in Effective Speaking using his iPhone. He was then able to play them back on the large screen in the theater using Apple TV to provide students with immediate feedback.
Haseeb Kazi, Ph.D., served on an invited plenary discussion panel on Teaching an Online Class at the Fall 2013 meeting of the Indiana section of the Mathematical Association of America, held at the University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN. He also served on the Executive Board and the Central Organizing Committee of the Fall 2013 meeting of the Indiana- Mathematical Association of America.
Professor Tim Jenkins has been selected to participate in the American Society of Engineering Education program Advancing Engineering Education through Virtual Communities of Practice (VCP) funded by NSF. He will be among 25 other faculty from across the country engaged in research based instructional approaches with the Mechanical Engineering and related fields group.
Erica Hutton, Ph.D., and Prosecuting Attorney Greg Kenner, participated in Trine University’s Speed Interviewing Workshop, sponsored by the Career Center.
Deb Van Rie, Ph.D., received the Faculty Appreciation Award from the Trine Volleyball Program before the volleyball match on September 25. Senior volleyball team member and Math Education major Carlee Felber, who nominated Dr.Van Rie for the honor, addressed the crowd in attendance and presented the plaque to Dr. Van Rie.
Mark Helmke was mentioned in a Fort Wayne Journal Gazette article titled, “Lugar’s one degree of Nobel separation.”
OUR PROGRAMS ARE QUALITY
The Bachelor of Science Cybersecurity major has been approved effective Fall 2014. The Department of Mathematics & Informatics is working with Marketing and Admissions to promote this new major.
Jeremy Rentz, Ph.D., and 13 junior environmental engineering students visited the Angola Water Treatment plant.
Gary Greene, Ph.D., accompanied 26 students as part of the Civil Engineering Materials class (CE 3203) on a field trip to a local hot-mix asphalt plant. The field trip was coordinated by the Asphalt Paving Association of Indiana (APAI). APAI also coordinated two guest lectures in CE 3203 that were given by experts in the asphalt paving industry.
The Remnant Trust exhibit has seen over 800 visitors.
The Writing Center has seen over 800 visits and over 300 students so far this semester.
Gary Greene, Ph.D., and Ryan Overton, Ph.D., accompanied eight civil engineering students attending the Rich DiGeronimo Constructor for a Day program in Toledo, OH. The students toured three job sites including an interstate bridge project, a new distribution center construction, and a combined sewer expansion.
Drew Parent, Music Instructor, and Mark Kays, Chair of the Music Department, met with a representative from Yamaha Music Corporation on October 15 to set up a “Sounds of Summer” camp for marching students for the summer of 2014 to be held on the Trine University campus. Yamaha will provide a nationally recognized clinician and national advertising, Quinlan Fabish will provide equipment and local advertising, and we will provide facilities and additional staff. The camp will bring interested marching band students from various high schools from the entire tri-state area.
Mitch Wyss (ChE 2013) Robert Mauck (ChE 2013) and Tyler Boscoe (ChE 2013) won the National Student Design SAChE Safety Award. Mitch, Robert and Tyler will receive their award at the National AIChE conference in San Francisco in November.
Lynn Secondo (ChE 2012) presented the research that she is doing at the University of Michigan to members of the Trine Chapter of AIChE. She will be making a similar presentation at the AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Kelly Gwinner (ChE 2013) gave a tour to twelve Chemical Engineering students of the POET Bio-refinery where she is currently employed.
Trine graduate Ashley (Deal) Reed (BBA 2011) coordinated a tour of the Family Dollar distribution center in Ashley, Indiana for Professor Linda Conley’s MGT 313 Human Resources class. The students were given a tour and Ashley discussed the process for recruiting for a start-up company.
Delegates from Saigon Technology University met with Darryl Webber, Ph.D., Steve Carr, Ph.D., Professor Tom Trusty, and VK Sharma, Ph.D., to discuss opportunities to bring students from their university to Trine University for engineering degrees.
Several Indiana automotive OEMs and suppliers along with Matt Conrad of Indiana Automotive Council visited engineering laboratories, participated in a student panel, and brought Automotive Road Show to Trine University to present employment opportunities available to Trine graduates in Indiana automotive industry. The visit was arranged by Terry Johnson and VK Sharma, Ph.D.
Detective Bridget Glaser presented to students in Marlene Sweet’s PSY 423 Counseling Theories and Practice’s class on Forensic Interviewing and also in Erica Hutton’s, Ph.D., Introduction to Criminal Justice class.
Michael McCreesh, Managing Director in the Securities Division of Goldman Sachs in NYC, spoke in Tricia Hersel’s FIN403 Investments class. He answered student questions and gave very insightful and helpful information and tips about success in the world of finance.
State Representative Denis Zent was a guest speaker for Mark Helmke’s Leadership Studies class.
Josh Fales, CEO of Create My Tee, spoke in Fabiani Theater to students about creating their brand, their career, and their future. His custom apparel website has grown more than 350% annually since 2009! The talk was hosted by Julie Howenstine, Ph.D., and the American Marketing Association.
Pat Sullivan of Rolls-Royce (ME and Delta Chi alumnus) spoke to Brett Batson’s, Ph.D., Thermodynamics II class.
Fifth Third’s Chief Investment Strategist, John Augustine, presented the Economic Forecast to Trine’s Finance and Economic classes.
George E. Higginson, a retired Colonel, United States Air Force, was a guest student in Dr. Marek Kolar’s FIN 303 (Managerial Finance) class. George graduated from the Trine Business School in 1963, 50 years ago, and was here for the homecoming weekend.
Mike Kellermeir of Cintas, The Service People, spoke to Carter Snider’s Personal Selling class on professional selling, selling yourself, and how to attain your goals.
11/15: Trine University Math Club will hold its annual community wide Math Kids’ Night for the area elementary students, at Trine University’s Hershey Gymnasium from 6pm to 8pm. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to volunteer and assist. For more information, please contact the club President, Julieanne Shaffer, or the Vice President, Gina Wagner.
11/19: Humanities Symposium: Mark Helmke will present, “The Speech that Redefined America: Remembering the Gettysburg Address.”
11/21: Trine University Study Abroad Club and the international students will join the global celebrations of the International Education Week by hosting a Campus Specific with Global Perspective study abroad event in Fabiani Theatre from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. This will be a student life CHAT approved event. For more information, please contact the club advisor Dr. Haseeb Kazi, the club President Pravendran Taseandram, or the Vice President Megan Brazier.