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OK—so you’re a student in college now. What’s next? As you

know, and are likely thankful for, this isn’t high school. In

college your classes will be tougher, you’ll be way busier than        STUDENT
you’ve ever been in your life, your head is going to be crammed
full of information from all directions all the time, and you

might even be moving out on your own. Add to all that the fact
that college costs money, lots of money, lots of your money             Time
(or at least your parents’ money). Every minute of every class
converts to dollars and cents. But all that tells you is how much       life on Campus
your education costs, how much it’s actually worth depends on you.

To help you get the most bang-for-your-buck we’ve put together

this little book as a guide to your college years. While these

may be some of the toughest, busiest, and most expensive years

of your life, they’ll also be a heck of a lot of fun. This book will

help you make the most of your coming years at Indiana Tech.
                                                                          When asked why not, most              To get financial backing, I need
GOALS                                                                     stated the same two things:           a good business plan, potential
                                                                              1: They are unclear on what       clients, and the technical know-
                                                                                 they want.                     how to get it done. To get all
                                                                                                                that, I need some experience
                                                                              2: They knew they should          working in my industry, manag-
                                                                                 set goals, but were never
Where is your
                                                                                                                ing people and tasks. To get
                                                                                 told how.                      that, I need a good job. To get

 Paradise island?
                                                                          Let’s consider a common goal          that job, I need an education.
                                                                          many have: “I want to be a            See how it works?
                                                                          millionaire.” Awesome! Who         Now, you need to put your goals
Imagine that you’re stranded in      Setting goals is the same way.       doesn’t? While that’s a great      on paper. Make a list of long and
the ocean. The wind is blowing,      Without a goal in sight, like that   “big goal” to have,                              short term objec-
the water is freezing, and the       paradise island, that you use to     reaching that goal                               tives and post it
                                                                                                   People who
waves are...uh, waving. So you       constantly check your prog-          requires that you                                somewhere you’ll
                                     ress and direction in life, you’ll   take many smaller        don’t set goals         see it daily–your
immediately start swimming for
                                     eventually end up going around       steps one at a time.                             fridge, your mir-
an island in the distance. What
would happen if you closed           in circles, drifting at sea. So,
                                                                          So, start at your        will eventually         ror, wherever.
                                                                          big goal and work                                Your goals can
your eyes and never looked up        ask yourself “what’s my para-
                                                                          backwards, thinking      work for people         be things that
as you swam? Well, the blowing       dise island?” Work toward that
                                                                          about all the things                             may take years
wind, freezing water, and waving     objective every day. If you don’t,                            who do.
                                                                          you need to reach                                to accomplish or
waves would turn you around in       who knows where you’ll end up.
                                                                          it from where you                                things that need
circles without you even know-       And that’s a pretty big chance
                                                                          are now.                           to be done before breakfast–
ing it. It would take a miracle to   to take. Remember, there’s a lot
                                                                                                                anything you want. No task is
                                     more ocean out there than there      You might think about it like this:
get you to that island. But if you                                                                              too big or small to factor into
                                     are paradise islands.                To be a millionaire I need to have
can keep the island in sight, con-                                                                              your “master plan.” Just write it
                                                                          a successful business. To have
stantly looking up as you swim       In a recent survey, many college                                           down so you have it in front of
                                                                          a successful business, I need to
to check your progress, then you     students stated they don’t set                                             you as a constant reminder.
                                                                          have some financial backing.
could make it there easily.          goals for themselves!
                                                                                                                           3. Set every clock (and your watch) in your
TIME                                                                                                                           house (or dorm room) 15 minutes fast
                                                                                                                               and intentionally forget you did it.
Reality Check:                                                                                                             4. Keep a list of things you need to do.

There aren’T                                                                                                                   Writing things down will help you
                                                                                                                               remember them more easily.

  enough hours                                                                                                             5. Resolve today to put away everything

in The day
                                                                                                                               you take out. Also, straighten up one
                                                                                                                               little corner of your world before
                                                                                                                               something grows in it.
Between your 15 credit course         management. (In addition to the       memory. But, if you get in the
load, homework, a 12-hour             clock tower we built that chimes                                                     6. Add some supplies for waiting time
                                                                            habit of managing your time,
part-time job, basketball, your       every 15 minutes.) Now these          that is something you’ll use daily                 to your backpack (i.e., class notes,
significant other, and, last but      pointers won’t add hours to the       throughout your life.                              textbook, etc.).
not least, sleep, you might find it   day (if you figure out a way to
                                      do that let us know), but they’ll
                                                                            Here are nine time-cheating tips               7. Next time your professor gives you
difficult to get everything done.
                                      help you make the most of the         from Lucy Hendrick’s “365 Ways                     an assignment, ask, “What’s most
We’re not kidding–college is a
                                      time you do have.                     to Save Time.” Use the pointers                    important here?” (i.e., find out what
busy time in your life.
                                                                            that work for you.
                                      Time management is one of                                                                his or her top priority is).
Don’t worry, you won’t have to
commit to a steady diet of Jolt       those things every college stu-        1. Today, choose ONE job that needs doing     8. The next time you are asked to serve
                                      dent has to figure out. It’s like a
Cola or Red Bull to stay caught                                                   and get moving on it.                        on a committee or volunteer for
                                      rite-of-passage. When you’re in
up. And it’s quite possible to                                                                                                 something, instead of saying “yes”
balance a boyfriend or girlfriend,
                                      your 30s and your metabolism           2. Tonight, prepare everything you need
                                      slows down, you’ll think back to           for tomorrow (i.e., put out the clothes       right away, say, “I need 24 hours to
extracurricular activities, R&R,
                                      these years and wonder where
                                                                                 you’re going to wear, and put your car        think it over.”
and your school work. You just
                                      you got all that energy from.
need to learn how to organize                                                    keys, backpack, homework, all in one      9. The next time you find yourself over-
                                      At the end of your college years,
your time.                                                                       place ready to grab as you leave, etc.)       whelmed with a lot of things to do,
                                      you may not remember how
To help you out, we’ve put            to do algorithms, and you’ll                                                             identify only three top priorities each
together a few pointers for time      erase Walden Pond from your                                                              day until you complete them all.
KnoW your school                                               StEP 2: Know your teams
                                                               We’re pretty serious about our athletic teams, too. Join the
StEP 1: Know Your true Colors
                                                               super fans in cheering on warrior athletics every season:
Whether you’re an athlete or not, an essential part of
attending a university is showing school spirit. So, just in   MEn’s BAsKETBAll          MEn’s lACrOssE
case you haven’t figured it out yet, we are Indiana Tech,      WOMEn’s BAsKETBAll        WOMEn’s lACrOssE
our school colors are orange and black, and we are the         MEn’s CrOss COunTry       WOMEns vOllEyBAll
Warriors. This is how we roll:                                 WOMEn’s CrOss COunTry     BAsEBAll
                                                               MEn’s GOlf                sOfTBAll
                                                               WOMEn’s GOlf              ChEErlEAdInG
                                                               MEn’s TEnnIs              dAnCE
                                                               WOMEn’s TEnnIs            BAnd
                                                               MEn’s sOCCEr
     Our Athletic Mascot:                                      WOMEn’s sOCCEr
                                                                                  StEP 3: Show your true colors
                                                               MEn’s TrACK
     Warrior                                                   WOMEn’s TrACK
                                                                                  Now that you know the facts, it’s time
                                                                                    to get equipped. We make that very
                                                                                    easy for you to do by offering a huge
                                                                                    selection of Indiana Tech apparel and
                                                                                    accessories in the Tech Treasures gift
                                                                                    shop: hoodies, polos, t-shirts, sweat-
                                                                                    shirts, caps, beanies, and more. We also
                                                                                    have fun things like stuffed animals,
     The University Logo:
                                                                                    pens, folders, and personal organizers.

                                                                                    Find Tech Treasures on the Lower Level of
                                                                                    Andorfer Commons. Browse online at:
                                                                    Here are a few pointers to help you be a thrifty shopper.
                                                                      •	 Plan	on	your	needs	first,	then	use	what’s	left	over	for	your	wants
                                                                      •	 Use	cash	as	much	as	possible—leave	debit/credit	cards	at	home
                                                                      •	 Save	money	each	month—even	if	it’s	only	a	little	bit

shoW me                                                               •	 Examine	your	receipts—save	and	file	them	until	tax	time

 (hoW To manage)
                                                                      •	 Keep	your	checking	account	balanced—including	debit	card	purchases
                                                                      •	 Use	coupons	when	you	go	grocery	shopping—buy	things	on	sale

The money!
                                                                      •	 Learn	the	art	of	negotiating—you	can	get	a	deal	if	you	haggle	enough

One of the reasons you are        YOU’RE A COLLEGE                  So, you’ll have to pinch your           to plan out your spending
in college is that you want                                         pennies, learn to make sac-             each month. Get in the habit
a good job that’s going to        KID. YOU’RE SUPPOSED              rifices, and use self-control.          of making a budget. Keep
make you some decent mon-         TO BE POOR.                       Whatever you do, don’t re-              this habit the rest of your life
ey...hopefully a lot of money.                                      sort to using credit cards to           and you’ll become a pro at
But remember, money can’t         It’s sad, but true. (Unless       buy stuff you don’t absolutely          managing your dough (hey
buy you happiness, can’t buy      you’re one of those spoiled       need. Seriously. You’re just            that rhymes!).
you a longer life, and it can’t   rich kids...and even if you are   going to make life tougher
buy you love. It can, however,    rich, we’re sure your par-        in the years to come (we’ve
make life easier, but you first   ents will be glad that you’re     got a section on credit cards               MONTHLY
have to learn how to manage       learning how to responsibly       in a few more pages).                       BUDGET
it for that to happen.            manage your inheritance.)
                                  That means you’re going to        At any rate, you’re a full-time             WORKSHEET
Our society throws so much        have to learn how to priori-      student, so, focus on your
stuff at you to buy: food,        tize your spending. Sepa-         education now. If you do, you’ll            Use	 this	 as	 a	 basic	 guide	 to	 planning	
clothes, entertainment,           rate what you need from           get good grades, graduate,                  your	 spending	 each	 month.	 We	 know,	
cars, jewelry, movies, video      what you want. After all          get an awesome job, and
games, computers, iPods,                                            then you’ll be able to afford
                                                                                                                spending	 money	 shouldn’t	 have	 to	 be	
                                  your needs are paid for, you never ends. Just        probably won’t have enough        a lot more. Use the budget                  this	 much	 work.	 But	 trust	 us,	 a	 little	
remember:                         money for all of your wants.      worksheet on the next page                  planning	and	patience	goes	a	long	way.	
        Rent 1 ___________                                                                                                  Other Expenses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________

        Utilities 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________                    Misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________
        Telephone (land line). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________                                Misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________
        Laundry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________                       Misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________
        Gasoline. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________                                                                    TOTAL 3 ___________
        Car Payments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________

        Car Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________

        Public Transportation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________
        Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________                       Work / Internship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________
        Dining Hall Meals 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________                             Parents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________
        Toiletries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________                      Grandparents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________
        Credit Card Payments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________                                                                               INCOME ___________
        School / Lab supplies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________
        Savings Account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________
                                                     TOTAL 1                   ___________                    TOTAL 1                                                             INCOME
                                                                                                                    +                                                                   –
                                                                                                              TOTAL 2
        Internet Service 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________
                                                                                                                    +                                                     SURPLUS =
        Cable/Satellite TV 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________
        Wireless Phone 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________
                                                                                                              TOTAL 3                                                   WOOHOO! If you’ve got any money left over

                                                                                                                                                                        for this box you’re doing great! Don’t waste it!
        Star Wars Action Figures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________                   TOTAL =
        Splurging on girlfriend/boyfriend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________
                                                                                                           1: If you’re living in one of our dorms put $0 since these expenses are rolled into
        Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________               your tuition/room & board.
        Restaurants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________         2: Depending on which dorm you are in, dining hall meals may be included with
        Video Games. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________              your room and board. Otherwise, meal plans are available or cost $5 per meal.
                                                                                                           3: OK, you may think a cell phone should be classified as a NEED, but, in reality,
        Clothes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ___________        it is possible to live without one.
                                                      TOTAL 2 ___________                                  4: Do you not like reading this fine print? Get used to it. The world is full of fine print and
                                                                                                               it’s usually even smaller than this.
MONEY DOESN’T                        This is important for you to         By doing that, you’re shelling out dough for the interest and barely
GROW ON                              know now because the cycle of
                                     debt often starts when college
                                                                          reducing what you actually owe. And each month another 1.5%
                                                                          interest is tacked back on. It’s a vicious cycle.
TREES...                             students get their first credit
THESE DAYS                           card. Upon graduation, the           Let’s consider, for example, that average college student we talked
THEY MAKE IT                         average student owes $20,402         about who graduates with $3,262 in credit card debt. The credit
                                                                          card company requires a “low” monthly payment of only the 1.5%
OUT OF PLASTIC.                      in combined education loans
                                     and credit card balances (that’s     interest plus an additional 1% of the balance. His monthly minimum
Since your acceptance to college,    just average). Sixteen percent       payment is:
your mailbox is probably over-       of that debt, or $3,262, for final
flowing with credit applications.    year undergraduate students                      2.5% x $3,262 = $81.55/month
There’s nothing wrong with that.     is from just their credit cards.     $81.55–that’s not exactly pocket change. But it’s not too bad if our
Now that you are moving onto         That’s a lot of money and, as        student has a good job, right? Wrong. Most of that is just paying the
adulthood, establishing credit       we’re about to show you, buying      1.5% interest. If he paid only the minimum every month, it would end
is an important step. It will help   $3,262 worth of stuff on a credit    up taking 271 months (22.5 years!) to get rid of that debt. Over the
you acquire financing in the         card will cost you a lot more        course of those 22 years he will pay an extra $4,508.24 in interest.
future if you ever start a busi-     than that in the long run.           Let’s do the math:
ness, buy a car, a house, or need
a loan. But, credit cards have a     Credit card companies entice
dark side.                           you with high spending limits
                                     and low monthly payments. But,
                                                                                    Original credit card purchases:         $3,262.00
Have you ever watched daytime        the average college student’s            Accrued interest fees over 22 years:
                                                                                                                          + $4,508.24
television or court TV? You’ve       credit card will have an An-
probably noticed umpteen             nual Percentage Rate (APR) of             Total spent by the time it’s paid off:     $7,770.24
commercials for bankruptcy           at least 18%. Here’s how APR
attorneys or debt management         works: Take, your APR of 18%,         The interest costs more than the original purchase! That’s whack!!!
companies that promise “to           divide it by 12 months and you
help you get your life back.”        get 1.5%. 1.5% is how much           See how it works? It’s like going to Best Buy to buy a TV that costs
Those commercials are there to       interest you are charged each        $1,000, but because you’re such a “generous person” you hand them
help the millions of Americans       month. Not too bad, right?           $2,500 and tell them to keep the change. Don’t be that guy.
who are in debt over their heads     Here’s the catch: credit card
and can’t get out. Don’t let that    companies will often require         OK, you get the point by now. Be careful with your credit cards.
happen to you.                       that you pay a minimum of only       Like Peter Parker (aka Spiderman) was told by his uncle: “With great
                                     the 1.5% interest each month         power comes great responsibility.”
                                     plus maybe 1% or 2% extra.
ToP 10 freshman                                                                                 Cell Phone

                                                                      Tech Shirt
                                                                                                                     Warm Coat
                                                                                                                     for cool walks
We asked some of our students about their freshman year at                                                           across campus
Tech. We wanted to know what they thought were essential
things for every incoming student. We’re not sure they took our
question completely seriously, so take this advice with a grain                                               Graphing
of salt. Still, there seems to be a ring of truth in some of these.

10. Graphing Calculator (if you’re an engineering student
    it will be your best friend)                                                                                                           STRONG
 9. Tech T-shirt (you’ve gotta show your school spirit)
 8. MP3 Player (for a distraction while your roommate sings                                              Laptop PC
    ABBA’s greatest hits in the shower)
  7. Warm, comfy shoes (for winter-time hikes across campus)
 6. A good book (the more you read the more you know)
 5. A pair of those fake glasses that make you look awake
    (for when you stayed up too late playing Wii Sports)
 4. Caffeine (in case you forget the glasses)                         Tunes to help you
                                                                      think and storage for
 3. A student loan (ain’t it the truth?)                              your computer files.
 2. Cell phone (actually, it’s hard to imagine, but you can                                                                           Bag Stuffed
    survive without a cell phone.)                                                        Kierkegaard:                                with way too
                                                                                          Existential                                 many books
  1. Drum roll please... A laptop with wireless Internet                                  Essential
     (maybe this isn’t essential, but as you can see,
     our students clearly think it makes life in college much                                        Comfy
     easier these days.)                                                                             Shoes
             BeWare The

OK, so life as a college student      2. Exercise Regularly              Does the idea of sitting in a        zines to read. Or just bring in
is tough on your mind and             Keeping your body in good          room and running on a tread-         your iPod or Discman and jam
body. Especially if you have to       shape will improve your ability    mill or lifting weights for an       to your favorite tunes.
work part-time while going to         to think. Ideally, you should      hour sound infinitely boring to      3. Eat Smart
school. You’re likely to have         work out 3 or 4 days each          you? If so we suggest you find       Exercise alone won’t give you
erratic eating habits, your mind      week. You might wonder:            a work-out partner to help           more energy - you need to eat
will be in overdrive all the          “How will I find the energy?       keep you on track. Even if you       right. A lousy diet full of junk
time, and sleep will go from          I can barely stay awake when       don’t have a partner, it’s not       food and sugar can lead to
being a necessity to a luxury.        2:30pm rolls around.” Well, at     like you have to stare at the        erratically high and low energy
There’s no easy way around            first, working out can be tiring
                                                                         wall while you work out. We’ve       levels, mood swings, and dif-
it, it’s just part of being in col-   on your body. But, after a few
                                                                         got TVs to watch and maga-           ficulty concentrating.
lege. But you’ll make it. Here’s      weeks you’ll find you have
a few pointers to help you out:       more energy. Your body will
                                      crave a good work-out. You’ll
1. Your physical health affects       feel better, have more energy,
                                                                         typical College Diet       Fast Food
your mental health.                   and you’ll sleep more soundly.                                                              Chocolate
                                      Plus, you’ll build muscle and
                                                                         (not suggested)
Your mind and body are
inextricably linked. How you          keep off extra pounds.             Be glad you don’t have
                                                                         to eat like this. Indiana Skittles
take care of your body will           Indiana Tech’s Wellness Center                                                                     Pizza
                                                                         Tech offers healthy
affect the performance of your        is the perfect place to work       eating choices in
thinking and vice versa. This is      out. Whether you live on or off    the dining hall          Soda
the first principle you should        campus, the Wellness Center        every day.
understand. This section will         is free of charge to students
talk about both mental and            and has a full range of work-               Ramen Noodles
physical health together.             out equipment.
 College students in general                                         Whether you eat in the dining        To get the most out                     and fill up. They say you
 have lousy eating habits (see                                       hall or not, always eat a good       of your classes:                        should drink 8 glasses of wa-
 food pyramid). Too many                                             breakfast. It’s essential that                                               ter a day - that’s a lot. If you
                                                                                                          •Study without any distractions.
 students skip breakfast, eat                                        you give your mind some fuel          No TV or radio. If you play music,     can drink half of that you’ll
 unbalanced lunches, and have                                        to start off the day with. Avoid      make it quiet, soothing music.         be doing better than most
 late dinners (which means you                                       junk-food and candy bars;                                                    people. Water is essential if
                                                                                                          •Listen to classical music.
 go to bed with a full stomach                                       if you need a snack, get an                                                  you want to lose weight, too.
 and the food just sits there                                        apple or an orange. Also, eat        •Talk to your professors regularly.     It also keeps you hydrated
 and doesn’t get burned off).                                        smaller portions. Sometimes a         Be comfortable asking them             and it won’t rot your teeth
 That’s where the “freshman 15”                                      greasy cheeseburger or pizza          questions. That’s why they’re          like sugary soda.
 pounds come from (mostly).                                          with every topping imaginable
                                                                                                          •Ask other students in the class
                                                                                                                                                  5. Sleep Sleep Sleep
                                                                     (except for the little fishies, of
 Indiana Tech has a dining hall                                                                            for help. Compare notes to see         Sleep is essential to a healthy
                                                                     course) hits the spot. No prob-
 that is open seven days a                                                                                 whether you missed anything            body and mind. Your mind
                                                                     lem, just don’t eat it every day
 week. It serves three meals per                                                                           important.                             will be more alert, you’ll have
                                                                     and don’t gorge yourself on it.
 day Monday through Friday,                                                                               •Use Tech’s Academic Resource           better memory, and your
 and brunch on Saturday and                                          4. Drink Water Often                  Center or, if eligible, the Tutoring   body will have more energy
 Sunday. Choose from salad,                                          Drinking plenty of water each         Service (see Student Services          when you have adequate
 fruit, pizza, and various en-                                       day is essential to staying fit.      in Section 5)                          sleep. You’ve heard it before
 trees so you can get in all your                                    Coffee and soda don’t count.                                                 - 8 hours is the optimal
 food groups every day.                                              Get yourself a water bottle                                                  amount of sleep you should

                                                                                                          TOP5 StAPLES:
                                                                                                                                                  have each day...yeah right.
                                                                                                                                                  There’s way too much going
                                                           30% The future.                                tECH StUDENt                            on to get that much. Well, a
            Here’s what our Tech students are

                                                                                   25% Schoolwork         5. Ramen Noodles [Quick easy            little extra sleep goes a long
                                                20% Girlfriend                                               and cheap. That’s hard to            way. Even if you can’t get 8
                                                                                                                                                  hours of sleep every night,
            thinking about most often:

                                                or Boyfriend                                                 beat.]
                                                                                                                                                  try to get a few full nights
                                                                                                          4. Frozen Pizza [Always hits            of sleep each week and at
                                                                                           10% Chill-        the spot]
                                                10% Food                                   ing out                                                least 6 or 7 the other nights.
                                                                                           over the       3. Coffee [Nectar of the gods]          Seriously, if you’re studying
                                                                                           weekend                                                late for a big test, you’re bet-
                                                                                                          2. Red Bull [Essential for a
                                                                                                                                                  ter off getting an extra hour
                                                                                                             late-night studying blitz]
                                                                                                                                                  of sleep than staying up all
                                                                                         5% Hobbies       1. A healthy meal in the                night reading.
                                                                                                             dining hall. [Bet you saw
                                                                                                             that coming :) ]
                                                                                                          cool desk lamp                     big
LIfE ON cAMpuS                                                                lamp

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   You know what? There’s not too much we’re going to                             bed linens
   tell you here. We know you’ll be fine on campus. We
   can’t prepare you for everything–some stuff you’ve got
   to get used to by yourself (like messy roommates). We                                                                        your clothes will never
                                                                                                                                be folded this nice unless
   wouldn’t want to deprive you of that valuable life lesson.                                                                   your parents visit
   And we’re not about to lecture you on the dangers of                                              flip flops
   drug use, underage and binge drinking, or unprotected
   sex. You know the dangers of that stuff by now. Indiana
                                                                                                                       shaggy throw rug
   Tech’s campus is a place for serious learning, not risky
   behavior that could get you hurt or into trouble. You can                                      laundry bag
   still have fun, but you’ve got to follow the rules.

   OK, what this chapter will do is give you the info you                     Your dorm room is your home away from home. The more comfortable you

   need to survive from day to day. We’ll let you know what                   are, the better you’ll be able to study, sleep, and relax. And all that adds up to a
   academic, recreational, and financial services are avail-                  better student. Think of your room as a blank canvas - we leave it plain so can
   able to you. We’ve also got a who’s-who section so you                     you add the color. Here’s where our students say they find the coolest stuff for
   can get to know some of the folks on campus before you                     their dorms:
   get here. You will also find some essential contact info
   you might need while you’re here. Oh yeah, and we’ve                            12% Parent’s House                                       40% Target
   got more silly surveys and some suggestions on what to
                                                                                    8% Best Buy
   bring to your dorm room.

   College is a chance to define yourself. A chance to get                                                                                  20% Wal-Mart
                                                                                    10% Meijer
   away from the kids you’ve known all your life in high
   school, get out of your parents house, and to find out
   who you really are. Enjoy!                                                 10% Linens n’Things
CAMPUSFACILITIES                                                     ComPUtERSoNCAmPUS
                                                                     We have plenty of labs on campus for you to access the Internet and
aCademiC ResouRCe CenTeR                                             type research papers. If it’s in your budget, you might find it advanta-
Newspapers, magazines, books, computers, Internet...every-           geous to have your own PC - preferably a laptop. (Some engineering
                                                                     courses actually require a laptop for the coursework.) Our buildings
thing you need to research and create reports and papers for
                                                                     are equipped with numerous wireless internet “hot spots” and Ether-
your classes. The resource center is located on the first floor of   net ports so you can browse the web on the fly. Here are our require-
the Cunningham Business Center.                                      ments and a few suggestions. These are only baseline requirements;
andoRfeR Commons ReC CenTeR                                          most new computers today will work fine:
The rec center is the domain of our students. It’s where you
can chill out after a long day of classes and watch TV, read,          Processor: 2.5 GHz or greater
or anything else. It has two big screen TV’s with a DVD player,           Storage: 80GB minimum (The larger the better. If you store
pool tables, air hockey, and foosball. On top of that we have a                    music, games, or images the space will go fast.)
bowling alley (with cosmic bowling). It’s located on the lower
                                                                             RAM: 2GB minimum
lever of Andorfer Commons. Come and go as you like.
                                                                     Media drive: CD-RW DVD-RW recommended
Campus minisTRy
While Indiana Tech is a non-denominational campus, we do                 Network: 10/100 Network Adapter for Ethernet Access,
                                                                                  patch cable to plug into wall network outlets
have a chapel at the school where students can continue to
explore their spirituality. Through our campus ministry, you             Wireless: 802.11b/g compatible
can find a safe and stimulating place to explore and nurture                       (not necessary, but STRONGLY suggested)
your relationship with God. The chapel offers Bible studies,                   OS: Microsoft Windows (XP or Vista) or Mac OSX
ecumenical worship services on campus, seminars, concerts,
                                                                        Software: Anti-virus software required
and an annual spring break work trip. The campus ministry                         Microsoft Office strongly suggested
office and chapel are located on the second floor of Andorfer
Commons.                                                             Accessories: USB 2.0 port(s)
                                                                                  Flash drive 128mb or larger
CaReeR planninG & developmenT CenTeR (CpdC)                                       Surge protector or power strip
The more acquainted you become with the CPDC the better
off you’ll be. The CPDC staff offer a host of services to you        To get special student pricing from Dell or Microsoft, use the following links:
while you are in school and after you graduate. They can find
                                                                     Dell Computers:
part-time work for you while you’re a student, including work-
study programs or internships. They can also teach you to be                microsoft:
a savvy job seeker by showing you how to write résumés,                         Apple:
teaching you good business etiquette, and training you how                               (click on the education store link for student pricing)
to be an effective interviewee. Plus, once you graduate, the       indianaTeCH.neT
CPDC has the resources to put your name out on the job mar-        This is the student computer network that allows you to keep
ket and find you the career you’re looking for. It’s located on    in touch with your fellow students, professors, and the staff at
the second level of Andorfer Commons. For more info, call the      the university. It’s an information pipeline from you to us and
CPDC’s director, Cindy Verduce, at extension 2200 or               vice-versa. Here’s what every student gets:
                                                                    • your own e-mail account with file storage
THe fResHman ColleGe
We want to get your education going on the right foot. So, we       • access to stored files and e-mail from any computer on the
                                                                      Internet, on or off campus
put together a program called The Freshman College to help
you get oriented to college life. Part of the freshman college      • secure personal account for accessing campus computers
is the Freshman Seminar course all students are required to
                                                                    • state-of-the-art classroom technology
complete. You’re taught good study habits and given tips on
how to make the most out of each class. You’re also paired with     • wireless “hot spots” in several buildings on campus
a faculty advisor who will help guide your academic decisions       • dorm room Internet access
so that you can find the career that will make you happiest.
                                                                   MCMILLEN	LIBRARY
For questions regarding the freshman college, call Mary            You’ve been to a library before (we hope), so you know what
Scudder at extension 2292.                                         they are about - books, journals, magazines, etc. We’ve also
                                                                   got several computer workstations for you to use to do re-
                                                                   search and type papers. The library also has a cozy fireplace.
FREETIME                                                           ReGisTRaR
HoW tECH StUDENtS CHILL oUt oN tHE WEEKENDS                        Indiana Tech’s registrar is Lori Brubaker. For questions regarding
(after finishing their homework, of course)                        your schedule, auditing classes, or if you need a transcript you can
                                                                   find her office and staff in the Seitz Center. Her extension is 2360.
 8. Play Halo (Come on guys, there’s a whole world out there!)
 7. Fort Wayne Komets or Tin Caps Game, or Tech Warriors Game      TeCH TReasuRes
 6. Road trip to Chicago or Indy. Cedar Point or the beach, too,   An essential part of attending college is showing your school
    when it’s warm enough.                                         spirit. We make that very easy for you to do by offering a huge
 5. Go dancing at a club                                                          selection of Indiana Tech apparel and accessories
 4. Go home, visit parents & family
                                                                                  in the Tech Treasures gift shop. We also have fun
                                                                                  things like stuffed animals, pens, folders, and
 3. Rec center in Andorfer Commons or a movie at Cinema Tech
                                                                                  personal organizers. The gift shop also stocks
 2. Go out on a date with a certain special someone                               some essential supplies you might need in some
 1. Order pizza, rent a movie, and hang with friends                              of your classes. Find Tech Treasures in Andorfer
Commons; open Tues–Sat from 2pm to 8pm. Browse online at:          The Tutoring Center opens the second full week of each                                  semester from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
                                                                   It is located in Cunningham Business Center in Room 160. If
TuToRinG                                                           you decide you need a little help then come meet our staff
Sometimes there’s that one class that gives you a little extra     and be matched with a peer tutor or contact the administra-
trouble, so you need some help. No problem. We have free           tive assistant at extension 2337.
tutoring for all eligible students. The tutoring is done by your
fellow students who have already completed the course with         WARRIoR	LEgENd
an A or B.                                                         If you have a knack for journalism, photography, or even
                                                                   cartooning you can join in and contribute to each issue. The
                                                                   newspaper is distributed freely across campus several times
                                                                   a year. For more info on being a part of the newspaper team,
STUDENTSUPPORTSERvICES                                             e-mail:

The Student Support Center is a federally funded facility          WELLNESS	CENtER
for low-income and first generation college students (that         Free for all students, the Wellness Center offers a full range of
is, the first in their family to attend a university). The pro-    workout equipment. Whether you’re in training, trying to lose
gram provides material, academic, and cultural support to          weight, or just seeking to stay fit, the Wellness Center can help
its participants.                                                  you do it. You can even have a trainer get you started in your
                                                                   workout regime.
The material support comes in the form of computers
                                                                   Located in the Schaefer Center, across from the gymnasium.
specifically for eligible students to use for schoolwork and
                                                                   For information call extension 2222.
research. The center also loans out high-tech graphing
calculators and other supplies for students.                       thE	WRItINg	CENtER
                                                                   Are you having a tough time getting your idea started or
Students are helped academically by a peer tutoring                you’re not sure how to structure your paper? Do you need a
program. The program also features the academic Safety             fresh set of eyes to proofread your paper? Several professors
Net, which uses various progress checks to make sure               are available in our Writing Center to help put your thoughts
students’ grades don’t drop. Students are also paired up           on paper:
with faculty mentors who help guide them in their educa-
tional planning and decision making.                                 Prof. Robert Savage: Room C350, Phone ext. 2252

In addition to all that, Student Support Services organizes          Prof. Lori Wachtman: Room C155 , Phone ext. 2338
trips to local museums, performances, and events. If you’d           Prof. Susan McGrade: Room C325D, Phone ext. 2358
like to benefit from this program, call Mary Scudder at
extension 2292.                                                      Prof. Steven Malloris: Room C150, Phone ext. 2221
Who’s Who
on camPus
There are a few folks who
you’ll definitely want to get to                           1                       2                 3                      4                    5                    6
know while you’re at Tech. So,
we thought we’d introduce
you to them right away. Don’t
worry, none of this will be on
the test. But remembering
these names and faces will
you help you out when you’re
on campus.                                                 7                     8                   9                    10                    11                    12

1. dr. Arthur snyder,                      a student-athlete, you’ll see him           happens to be one of our grads, so         11. Terri vasquez,
President                                  around at games.                            he knows what Tech was like before         director of financial Aid
He’s a great guy. Talk to him when         5. Mary scudder,                            we had nifty things like Student           Make friends with Terri. There’s a lot
you see him in the cafeteria or            student support services                    Survival Guides.                           of money floating around out there
at the ball game. That way he’ll           Mary is the head of the Freshman            8. Jessica Inniger,                        for education, and it’s not just go-
remember you when he hands you             College. What’s that? Well, it’s es-        director of student life                   ing to land in your lap. Terri is your
that diploma.                              sentially a support group for first         Jessica is in charge of what happens       resource for all things related to
2. dr. Elaine Pontillo,                    year students to help them get their        in Andorfer Commons. If you are            financing your education. She can
vice President of Academics                education on the right track. Mary is       part of an organization or club, she’ll    help guide you through the miles of
Very smart. Very cool. The faculty all     a great resource for academic help.         make sure you’ve got the space and         red tape and paperwork.
report to her.                             6. Julie Morrison,                          time you need in the commons area          12. Cindy verduce, director
3. Allison Carnahan,                       director of Alumni relations                to do your thing.                          of the Career Planning &
vice President of Enrollment               & Annual fund                               9. yvonne sly                              development Center
Management/student life                    Julie is the link between our school        student life Coordinator                   Cindy is definitely someone worth
Remember Allison? You probably             and our grads. She plans a lot of           Yvonne coordinates activities that         knowing on campus. If you’re look-
saw her a lot when you were enroll-        cool events for alums with our              put the “life” in “campus life” includ-    ing for an internship, job during the
ing...well, she’s also in charge of        student ambassadors. Get to know            ing Wicked Wednesday and Flippin’          school year, a summer job, need
student life. So, you’ll still see her a   her and stay in touch with Tech after       Fab Fridays. If it seems like we have      help with a résumé, or fashion
lot. Maybe you’ll end up as one of         you graduate.                               a lot of staff involved in student life,   advice for your job interview—talk
her student workers.                       7. Chris dickson,                           it’s because we know it’s important.       to Cindy. Her department will help
4. roger newton,                           Associate vice President-                   10. lori Brubaker, registrar               launch you into your new career
Athletic director                          student services                            Need a transcript? Need to adjust          when you graduate.
If you’re a student-athlete, you may       Chris Dickson is in charge of hous-         your schedule? Need to audit a
already know him. If you’re not            ing and he’s also involved in a lot         class? That’s what the registrar does.
                                           of other campus activities. He also         You’ll find her in the Seitz Center.

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                  1                                 6

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                                                                                                              L3 Amphitheater 9
                                                                                                          Outdoor Performance
                                                                              15                             Theater & Lectern
                                   3                                                                  Soccer Field, Basketball 10
                                               16                                                     & Sand Volleyball Courts

                                                                                                               Kalbfleisch Hall 11
1 Cunningham
                                                                                                                Residence Hall
  Business Center
  Classrooms & Offices                                                                                       Andorfer Commons 12
                                                                                              Library, Cafeteria, Career Planning
2 Warrior Field House
                                                                                         & Development, Game Room, Campus
  & Campus Services
                                                                                        Ministries, Cinema Tech, Tech Treasures,
3 Warrior Field                                                                          Bowling Alley, Business Office...there’s
                                                                                               more but it won’t fit on the page.
4 Zollner Engineering Center
  Classrooms & Offices                                                                                      Schaefer Center 13
                                                                                              Gymnasium and Wellness Center
5 Seitz Center
  Offices & Registrar                                                                                          Abbott Center 14
                                                                                           Administration & Admissions Offices
6 Fountain
                                                                                                           Yergens-Rogers Hall 15
7 Fire Pit                                                                                                      Residence Hall

8 Pierson Center                                                                                            Evans Kimmell Hall 16
  Student Dorms & Rec Areas                                                                                     Residence Hall
Indiana Tech                          main: (260) 422-5561               A FEW FINAL
1600 East Washington Blvd.
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46803
                                      toll free: (800) 937-2448
                                                                         WORDS OF ADvICE
                                                                         Well, we hope this book is helpful for you throughout your
mAjoR CAmPUS ExtENSIoNS:                financial aid: 2334              college years. Whether you carry it around regularly or stash
admissions: 2205                        human resources: 2137            it in a desk drawer, make sure you hold onto it. You never
alumni affairs: 2219                    McMillen library: 2215           know when you’ll need to get advice on managing your time,
business office: 2354                   office of the president: 2202    eating right, or if you’ll need an essential phone number for
building & grounds: 2138                registrar: 2320                  someone on campus. If nothing else, this is a neat little keep-
campus ministry: 2288                   sports info center: 2262         sake to remind you of your freshman year.
campus security: 2230                   student life: 2317
career planning & development: 2217     student support services: 2292   So, last but not least, we asked a few of our upperclassmen
                                                                         for some words of wisdom for our new students. We use the
                                                                         term “wisdom” loosely. Despite some of the funny answers
FORT WAYNE CONTACTS                                                      we received, the upperclassmen mention a few things that
Showtimes, entertainment, stuff to do:                 are worth remembering. So, here are 9 tips for freshman life
Visitors’ Bureau and other fun stuff:             they wanted you to know.

Chamber of Commerce:                                    9. Flip-flops or sandals (with or without socks) are perfectly
                                                                             acceptable footwear year–round.
Young Leaders or Northeast Indiana:
                                                                          8. Pick something you like in the dining hall and go with it.
                                                                          7. Atms are the Devil–flee from them.
                                                                          6. People who never talked to you in high school are now
Campus Security: 260-422-5561 ext. 2230
                                                                             your best friends when you go home.
Fort Wayne Police Department: 260-427-1230
Fort Wayne Fire Department: 260-427-1170                                  5. Clever margin manipulation can turn a 4-page outline
Poison Control Hotline: 1-800-222-1222                                       into a 50-page senior essay.
Suicide Hotline: 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)                               4. Anything can be cooked in the microwave. Anything.
                                                                          3. Cereal makes a good meal anytime of day.
Parkview Hospital (a mile from campus)
2200 Randalia Drive                                                       2. If your major requires a class before 8am, change your major.
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805                                                  1. Quarters are like gold.
(260) 373-4000
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