May 8, 2015

Greetings Trine University students, faculty, staff, and friends,

This issue of the Academic Affairs Newsletter provides yet another testament to the way in which our faculty and students interact to achieve successes academically and professionally. Faculty engage students in real-world activities, professional experiences, and networking opportunities. They provide students with outstanding academic advising, not only helping them to grow as learners but also as people. For both faculty and students it is all about the interaction, the engagement, working together to produce life-changing educational experiences. It is what we do so well at Trine University. It’s a Trine Thing!

It has been my great pleasure to work with Julie Pfafman to edit and produce this newsletter for the past three years. I wish great success to the students, faculty, staff, and administration of this wonderful university.

Best regards,

John Shannon, Ph.D.


The Facilities Planning class under the direction of David Anspaugh, Ed.D., took field trips to the Toledo Mud Hens, Fort Wayne Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Spiece Field House, and Empowered Sports Club to give hands on experience with the structure, planning, marketing, and financing of a range of facilities.

Linda Conley’s HR Development class delivered business dinner etiquette training for the Professional Development class. Terry Johnson and Paul Viglianti gave the students feedback.

Doctor of Physical Therapy faculty with over 20 students attended the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Annual Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis. Students Sarah Hugus, Chelsea Pritchard, and Nikki Wilson were selected to serve as guides from among thousands of student applicants.

Golf Management (GM) students partnered with the Zollner Golf Course to advertise at the Northern Indiana Golf Show in Fort Wayne. The students created booth signage, and representatives from the GM program and Zollner Golf Course were present to talk to customers and prospective students.

LouAnn Homan’s Effective Speaking students presented the poetry of Robert Burns in February and poetry readings at the Cherry Blossom Poetry Festival in April.

Prof. Craig Laker and students Brittney Hampton, Stacey Herook, Kayla Keith, Mikayla Marcinek, Katelyn Sager, Marc Edwards, Brandon Wilson, John Kidd, Andrew O’Connor, Dylan Risser, and Dustin Tucker participated in the National American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) Conference in Nashville, TN, where they competed against 75 universities in CSI, handgun marksmanship, physical agility and written exams. The TAO chapter won 1st and 3rd place in physical agility – male under 25 years of age, among other awards.

Prof. Bill Maddock and Paul Viglanti of Career Services took business students Levi Lawson, Blake Carnall, Megan Verkamp, Lauren Verkamp, Kurt Surratt, Michael Spears, and Matt Smith to Ball State University to attend an NCAA basketball game and tour the facilities. Alumna Kaylynne Goeglein (SM, 2013), who works there in game promotions and sales, hosted the group and introduced them to the athletic director and the head football coach.

Ryan Overton, Ph.D., and CE students Megan Brazier, Nathan Miller, Marcus Smith, Hillary Yentes, Wesley Zeller, and Hayden Zimmer attended the 101st Annual Purdue Road School in March.

Tim Tyler, Ph.D. accompanied CE students Megan Brazier, Sam Taylor, Chris Kubic, and Tyler Bourdo to the Geo-Institute’s MSE Wall Design Competition in San Antonio, Texas in March. The CE team was selected as one of the top 20 schools in the nation based on their design paper, which ranked 7th across the US.

Alison Witte, Ph.D. along with Professional Writing and English Studies majors Alison Falls, Alexis Delancey-Christiansen, and Kallie Willits have co-authored an article entitled The Ugly Duckling: The Birth and Growth of a Professional Writing Program at a STEM-focused University and submitted it to Composition Studies, the oldest journal in the field of composition.

Justin Young’s Honor Humanities course Video Games: Art, Culture, and History of a Medium class held a 24-hour video-game-a-thon to benefit the Steuben County Humane Society.


Dustin Arvola (ME) has received the Association for Iron and Steel Technology Foundation Premier Scholarship, which is their highest level award and is only open to winners of either the STEEL scholarship or the FeMet scholarship.

The Walter Cunningham Writing Contest Awards were presented to the following students: Elyse Buehrer (MUS), Deepal Mistry (MSEM), Madison Fain (ChE), Mariah Fenimore (CEE), Jake Shelley (CEE), Brennon Furnas (DET), Sam Loga (DET), Kallie Willits (PWES), Luke Fimreite (BA), Tyler Marx (SSED), Jayden Lilly (SM), August Buehrer (MUS), Nicole Walters (ChE), Megan Miller (MUS), Christopher Hull (ME), and Alison Falls (PWES). Their winning selections may be read on the department’s online literary journal at

Jennifer Delong (MBA) completed and passed the SHRM CP certification.

Mikaela Gerba (secondary ed. social studies) attended the Indiana Student Education Association (ISEA) Representative Assembly in Indianapolis, where she was elected the new vice president for ISEA.

DET students Nate Grigsby, Ryan Schaadt, Hayden LeCount, and Sam Gray won Second Place at the ASEE IN/ILL Regional Student Design competition, where 21 teams from various universities participated.

Christie Hasbrouck (ME) has been selected for an internship at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM this summer. She is currently completing her final co-op rotation with Regal-Beloit.

Jennifer Klutts (double major in Forensic Science and Chemistry) was selected for the American Chemical Society Summer School as Intern in Nuclear and Radiochemistry at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island, NY. She will receive a $4,000 stipend plus free housing and is one of only 24 students nationwide selected to participate.

Mary Michalak (Ft. Wayne Campus) was voted 2015 SPS Student of the Year.

Andrew O’Connor became our first graduate from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Professors Craig Laker and John Milliken, J.D., attended the ceremony.

Education students Kelsey Roband and Paige Panelli participated in the Good Teaching Conference in Indianapolis.

Kathleen Seeley (BME) and Jayden Remsburg’s (ME) poster entitled Development of a material property testing apparatus for long bones: A practice in mechanical analysis was presented at the Midwest American Society of Biomechanics Regional Meeting.



Wayne Davis, Ph.D. published the following textbook: Police-Community Relations: Bridging the Gap (ISBN: 9781503533912).

Nick Hogan published works featured on and prominently placed on and USA Network.

Erica Hutton, Ph.D., published a book chapter entitled Analyzing the Impact of LGBTQ Lifestyles Amongst School-Aged Youth in America in the new textbook by Gordon Crews, Ph.D., entitled A Critical Examination of School Violence and Disturbance in K-12 Education in the United States.

Dawn Spring, Ph.D., published Gaming History: Computer and Video Games as Historical Scholarship in Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice.


Trine presenters at the 2015 Fort Wayne Teaching Conference included Amy Alexander, Ed.D.; Sarah Algaradi; Kimberly Beran-Shepler, PT, DPT, OCS; Ana Boman; Anthony Kline, Ph.D.; Hsian Ling Lin; Gail Lugo; Amy Nicholls;  Graham Reeves; Cheryl Skiba-Jones;  and Kate Villagranca.

Amy Alexander, Ed.D., presented at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference in Chicago and the Good Teaching Conference in Indianapolis.

SPS directors Jaqueline Delagrange and Nancy Steigmeyer presented seven Lunch & Learns for communities in Columbus, Mishawaka, Danville, Avon, Franklin, and Fort Wayne.

Mathematics instructor Jennifer Griggs presented on resources for helping students adapt to culture change in American education at the Thomas Jefferson Scholars Conference in Washington, D.C.

Tony Kline, Ph.D., presented at the Manchester Teacher Candidates Networking Conference in North Manchester, IN

ESL professors Gail Lugo, Graham Reeves and Kate Villafranca presented Using Online and Student-Generated Video to Teach Progressive Tenses at the International TESOL Conference in Toronto, Canada.

Lucy Matthews presented Why Empowering Salespeople is a Double-Edge Sword at the MBAA International Conference in Chicago.

Conferences and Meetings Attended

Mersiha Alic attended the SHRM Educators Conference.

Gordon Cooper attended the Applied Ergonomics Conference in Nashville, TN.

Jackie Delagrange attended the TITLE IX Coordinator Training/Conference at IPFW.

Jean Deller, Ph.D., John Shannon, Ph.D., and Keirsten Hayward, attended the HLC Conference in Chicago.  

Cherie Ditto attended monthly Northeast Indiana Human Resource Association meetings to maintain her PHR Certification and to serve on the Membership Committee.

Jeremy Howard, Jon Koch, Ph.D., Alex Odemba, D.A., Kiwon Park, Ph.D., Jeanie Ruppert-Boling, Cathy Swick, Ph.D., Kathie Wentworth, and Kim Wright attended the NACADA conference in Indianapolis.

Donald Jones, Ph.D. and Cheryl Skiba-Jones attended the Central States Communication Association convention in Madison, Wisconsin.

Marek Kolar, Ph.D., attended a CME Group seminar on Market Bubbles in Chicago.

Samer M. Koudsia attended Network for Success Event at University of Saint Francis.

Thomas Sobat, Ph.D, attended the Ivy Tech Leadership Academy and was the Science Olympiad event supervisor for the Entomology Regionals at Ivy Tech Bloomington and for Entomology State at IU Bloomington.

Professor Tom Trusty, Tim Jenkins, Ph.D., and Brian Thomas, Ph.D., attended the Illinois/Indiana ASEE section conference held at IPFW. Prof. Trusty was elected as Chair of the Illinois/Indiana ASEE section for 2015-2017.

Special Recognition

Department of Mathematics, Informatics, & Cybersecurity Chair Bill Barge successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation at Indiana State University.

Catherine Benson was featured as a contributor for a StubHub piece about the 2015 Masters.

Jean Deller, Ph.D., was certified as an HLC Peer Team Chair and participated in an institutional review with her HLC peer team.

Maria Gerschutz, Ph.D., reviewed articles for ASME Journal of Medical Devices, Journal of Biomechanics, and Journal of Rehabilitation, Research and Development.

Allen Hersel, Ph.D., and VK Sharma, Ph.D., judged 20 Innovation One projects.

Mark Kays was interviewed and performed various Celtic folk songs on pipes, guitar, and voice for the St. Patrick’s Day afternoon show on WTVB radio Coldwater, MI.

Bill Maddock, President of Shape Up Steuben, hosted the 4th annual Heart to Heart Walk in Commons Park

Andrea Mitofsky, Ph.D., was the key professor for Introduce a Girl to Engineering.

Ryan Overton, Ph.D., received the Campus Christian House’s 2015 Distinguished Faculty Award.

Kiwon Park, Ph.D., reviewed articles for the International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing, Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology, and Gait and Posture Journal.

Sheila A. Schmitz, Ph.D., was recognized as donor of the year by a local nonprofit organization.

John Wagner, Ph.D., and Deb Strong hosted 5 high schools and 13 teams for the annual TEAMS Competition.

Justin Young, Sarah Young, Amy Nicholls, and Alison Witte, Ph.D., presented lessons in media theory, visual rhetoric, and digital communication to 28 classes of juniors and seniors at five local high schools.


The Franks School of Education dual licensure program in elementary education (K-6) and special education (mild intervention K-6) was approved by the State of Indiana Board of Education in January.

Our Criminal Justice Program was ranked 21st in the nation by and the online MSCJ degree was ranked 8th in the nation by

Marek Kolar, Ph.D., met with the President and CEO of Farmers State Bank (FSB) to discuss areas of cooperation, including marketing students doing social media projects for FSB and being employed as interns by FSB.

SPS is now offering the SHRM CP/SCP for credit and non-credit students through the online class format.

The SPS engineering programs in Warsaw were part of the focus of the OrthoWorx Innovative Careers Pathway Program in April.

SPS has formed a 2+2 partnership with Glen Oaks Community College that enables the Sturgis campus to move to Centreville, MI this summer, allowing students to obtain associate, bachelors, and master’s degrees on the same campus.

SPS and Vincennes University signed a 2+2 articulation agreement allowing graduates of the Associate of Science in Supply Chain Management at Vincennes University to transition seamlessly into the Bachelor of Applied Management program at Trine.


Mark Blue, president of the Edon Northwest Teachers Association in Ohio, and Julie Hyndman, president of the Fort Wayne Education Association, spoke to student teachers about current issues facing teachers and teacher unions. Their perspectives – one from a small, rural district and the other from a large, urban district – helped us better understand the policy issues present in public schools today.

Kelly Clifford, District Coordinator of Technology for the Steuben County Schools, shared with education students the apps, instructional sites, and web 2.0 media used by area teachers and students.

SGT. Ron Galaviz of the Indiana State Police presented its operation and history to Mike Hess’s LE 103, Intro to Criminal Justice class.

Bob Huba, alumnus and cybersecurity expert with Emerson Process Management, discussed security and systems availability with Professor Bill Barge’s INF 343 Network Security class.

Jazz performer and clinician Rob Smith from Central Michigan University presented a jazz clinic for students and community members and performed in concert on March 31.

Dennis Spitler, President of Anthony Business Exchange, presented the fundamentals of entrepreneurship to Gregg Shull’s ENT 303 class.

Justin Young met with Linda Cooper and Aaron Warkentin, the curator of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Auto Museum to discuss internship opportunities for COM majors.


Theodore “Ted” Lantz, passed away on March 24, 2015.  He had served as an adjunct professor for a decade teaching economics from an engineering perspective.

Prof. Emeritus John Fiandt passed away on March 26, 2015. He had retired from Trine University in 2014 after 20 years of service teaching government and history.


5/8 Commencement Practice at 4:30

5/9 Commencement a 10:00 a.m.

5/11 All Employee Picnic at noon

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