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Vol. 13, No. 2
Steel CEO Donates Funding for Alumni Center
Linda Rulka t Guest Contributor is thrilled with the concept of a “one-stop shop” for
alumni services and events. “The center will enable
IPFW alumni are familiar with Mastodons on to us to better serve our graduates because we
Parade, Fort Wayne’s first public art project in will have a space totally dedicated to their needs,”
2005. Beginning this autumn, it will be IPFW’s more she says. The lodge-like retreat will include a
than 43,000 alumni who will be on parade, as the spacious foyer, grand room and connecting patio,
university celebrates the dedication of the Keith catering facilities, conference room, boardroom,
Busse Steel Dynamics Alumni Center. administrative space for Alumni Relations staff,
Every parade needs a grand marshal, and this and ample parking.
occasion is no exception. Therefore, it is only fitting
that Keith Busse, MBA ’78, claim this title—the man The Journey
who is responsible for gifting the center to IPFW and There is some poetic charm in the fact that Busse
his fellow alumni. and IPFW both began their respective academic p6
IPFW officials announced plans for the alumni journeys in the ’60s. IPFW opened in 1964 and
center during the 11th annual Mastodon Roast last later conducted its first Commencement for 47
October. Busse’s generous $1.5 million donation will graduates. Busse earned an undergraduate business
fund the 8,000-square-foot center, which will be degree locally. Today, IPFW is northeast Indiana’s
Roast with the Most
across the street from the Holiday Inn at IPFW largest public university, and as chair and CEO of
IPFW hosts its 11th
on Paul Shaffer Drive. Fort Wayne-based Steel Dynamics Inc., Busse holds annual Mastodon Roast in
When complete, brilliant light will filter through a the reins to the nation’s fifth largest producer of conjunction with a special
quilt of windows designed to blanket the complex. carbon steel products. announcement from p7
Windows are a must for Busse, who says he When Busse attended IPFW as a graduate student, an alumnus.
envisions a “warm atmosphere” for the home that he was one of many students who juggled night
will welcome IPFW’s guests. A Fort Wayne native, classes with a job and a growing family. Business
philanthropist, and American steel icon, Busse has a Professor Emeritus Ed Leonard says he respects the Think Pink
long record for turning visions into reality and giving qualities of this tough breed. “In the early days, most The women’s basketball
back to his community. of the students in the MBA program had ‘dirt under team to sponsor Pink
Kimberly Wagner, director of alumni relations, ALUMNI CENTER/Page 2 Out, a fundraiser for
breast cancer, as it faces
Centenary College on p 10
Bump. Set. Spike.
The Lady Volleydons
capture The Summit
League conference title
and advance to the NCAA p 11
Division I Final Four.
Keith Busse (third from left), MBA ’78, is joined by
IPFW officials for the October 13 groundbreaking
ceremony for the Keith Busse Steel Dynamics Alumni
Center. From left to right: IPFW Alumni Association
Board President Karen Clelland, Director of Alumni
Relations Kim Wagner, Busse, Chancellor Michael
Wartell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial
Affairs Walt Branson, and Executive Director of
Development Linda Ruffolo.
Extending the Personal Touch
ALUMNI CENTER/Page 2
their fingernails.’ They had ‘real world experiences,’” industry. International employment offers for him
Upcoming Alumni Events
he observes, adding that Busse “…created a poured in, but Busse never left the Fort Wayne
vision, developed plans, and adjusted those plans community he called home.
14th Annual Statehouse Visit Tapestry: A Day for Women
as appropriate to achieve his goals.” In turn, Busse Busse left Nucor in 1993, along with colleagues
Wednesday, February 17, Friday, April 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
remembers Leonard’s impact on his life and the Mark Millett and Richard P. Teets Jr. The trio formed
8 a.m.–5 p.m., Indianapolis Memorial Coliseum
camaraderie of late-night classes, where students SDI, the first new U.S. steel company in a century to Join students, faculty, staff, and fellow alumni traveling The Food Network’s Sandra Lee, host of the multi
shared life experiences not found in books. “Being jump into the market without a corporate cushion. to Indianapolis to lobby our state legislature for increased Emmy-nominated television shows Semi-Homemade
underprivileged or disadvantaged gives one a The new kids on the block raised $450 million in funding for IPFW. The experience includes transportation, Cooking and Sandra’s Money Saving Meals, will be the
different perspective of society’s general needs,” record time, opened their steel mill in less than two a how-to-lobby lesson, a self-guided tour of the keynote speaker for 2010. Be sure to mark your calendar
Busse says. “Education is an investment that years, and turned a profit in less than six months. statehouse, lunch with legislators from northeast Indiana, and much more. We need for this day of inspiration, renewal, and education for women in all stages of life.
your alumni voice! Contact University Relations and Communications at Tapestry raises funds for women’s scholarships at IPFW. The event will also feature
lessens our social burden and helps individuals ‘pull Many of these same industry insiders no longer
260-481-6105 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat. a continental breakfast with a fashion show sponsored by Fort Wayne’s Jophiel: A
themselves up by their own bootstraps.’” spoke of the Rust Belt; they talked about Keith Busse
Fine Women’s Clothier. For more information, visit www.ipfw.edu/tapestry or call
Busse’s focused determination earned him the and SDI. In January 1997, Business Week tapped Alumni Math Dinner the Tapestry Information Line at 260-481-6854.
Wall Street Journal Award for Academic Excellence Busse as one of America’s best entrepreneurs, Saturday, February 27, 6 p.m.
in 1978 and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from a recognition they also gave to fashion designer Walb Student Union Ballroom Fore Ladies Only:
the IPFW Richard T. Doermer School of Business and Tommy Hilfiger, another “small-town” wonder who It’s time for the eighth annual gathering of math alumni and the Department of Annual Women’s Beginner
Management Sciences in 1991. His professional made it big. In 2008, Fortune’s “500 List” singled Mathematical Sciences faculty. Call Yvette Zahir at 260-481-6232 for details and Golf Outing
accomplishments and philanthropy earned him an out SDI as the “Most Admired Company in America” to reserve your seat. The cost is $19 per person. R.S.V.P. by February 17.
Tuesday, May 25, 5:30 p.m.
honorary doctorate in engineering from Purdue in the metals industry. Shoaff Park Golf Course
Easter Basket Collection 6401 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne
University in 2006. Today, SDI remains a formidable force in the
March 1 through March 26 Played once but put your clubs away? Is the boss telling you to entertain clients
How Busse reached his goals plays out like American steel industry. In a world where company
For the 10th year, the Northeast Indiana Alumni Directors at your golf outing? Not sure about the rules, the protocol, the etiquette of it all?
a feel-good movie in a world of disappointing loyalty sometimes has the shelf life of a frozen Consortium is seeking wrapped Easter baskets for the Then this event is for you! Come gain confidence at this non-stressful, ladies-only
heroes. Raised in Fort Wayne, he wanted to attend pizza, SDI has a remarkably strong bond between children of SCAN clients (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect).
Above: Busse in an antique car at the Steel Dynamics
golf outing. It’s specifically designed for beginners who may have swung the clubs
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and study management and its employees. Busse’s approach Ten Fort Wayne area colleges and universities combine only a few times. The evening includes a box dinner, lessons by golf pros, a rules
Gallery in Auburn, Ind. Below: Busse (top left) served as
mechanical engineering. However, family finances is simple: honor and integrity are essential on both resources to collect more than 1,200 baskets for these handout, and plenty of laughter. Plus, members of the IPFW women’s golf team
head coach for the Police Athletic League baseball team in
fell short. He changed his academic direction and sides, and employees are the most important asset. children. Items must be commercially packaged (nothing homemade), and your will be at the tees and greens to give you helpful tips and pointers. Keep your eyes
1979, the Big League city champions that year.
entire basket should be wrapped so that nothing falls out. This is a great activity for open for more information coming soon. Or, add your name to mailing our list by
worked full time while attending local schools, Founding partners Millett, executive vice president
gallery in Auburn, Ind. The Steel Dynamics Gallery families, church groups, your office, scout troops, and more. Drop off the baskets
eventually marrying and raising five children. He for metals recycling and ferrous resources, and calling the Alumni Relations at 260-481-6807 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
will highlight Auburn’s role in American automotive at any area college or university until March 26. At IPFW, you can drop off your
made time for community service, most notably Teets, executive vice president for steelmaking, baskets at the Kettler Hall or Walb Student Union Information Desks or call Alumni
history. And in January, he assumed the role of chair
coaching legions of boys in little-, middle-, and have seen Busse’s formula for success work since
for the Tower Financial Corporation, a Fort Wayne- Relations at 260-481-6807 and a representative will pick up your basket(s) from Alumni Scholarships
senior-league baseball, and helping three teams day one. Millett notes that Busse is “Passionate your car as you drive up to the Walb Student Union semi-circle driveway.
based financial services holding company.
claim city championships in the process. about the steel business…compassionate toward The IPFW Alumni Association is pleased to offer
In spite of a hectic schedule, Busse retains a
Ironically, Busse’s career began to pick up steam the employee group.” Teets matches the sentiment:
steadfast loyalty to his family, friends, and society.
IPFW, IU, and Purdue several $1,000 scholarships for the 2010–11
during the same period that the upper Midwest’s “Busse’s feelings for the men and women who make
No one knows this better than IPFW Chancellor
Class Ring Sales academic year:
economy was collapsing. It was a time when once up SDI are built into what SDI is all about.” March 2, 2 p.m.–7 p.m.
Michael A. Wartell. “As a philanthropist, Keith Busse March 3, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. t Indiana University Scholarship t IUAlumni Association
prosperous steel mills were abandoned and left to
is hard to match. He gives of his time and money to Kettler Hall, near IPFW Bookstore t IPFW Scholarship Scholars Scholarship (2)
rust, as steel producers found sweeter financial Friends Travel Full Circle
a number of causes, including Junior Achievement Interested in purchasing a keepsake of your time at IPFW t Purdue University Scholarship
deals in other states and in foreign countries. IPFW and Busse have been trailblazing for (full-time student)
and the National Kidney Foundation,” Wartell says. or showing off your university pride? Herff-Jones will be
Industry movers and shakers coined the term “Rust more than 40 years, changing and improving the t IPFW Scholarship
“His generosity has also had a positive impact on selling IPFW and IU class rings, and Balfour will be offering the Purdue class rings
Belt” for battered industrial regions in America’s community landscape in concert or flying solo. Their during Senior Salute, our graduation fair. It’s the perfect time for you to get your (part-time student)
IPFW, his alma mater. Keith and SDI funded the
northeast quadrant. But Busse never joined the shared allegiance to community is the lightening rod ring ordered in time for our April class ring ceremony. Check out our selection of
SDI Endowed Chair in Engineering and formed a Visit www.ipfw.edu/alumni/ www.fafsa.ed.gov. Finalists may be
exodus to escape the collapse. that keeps them connected and ignited. rings at www.ipfw.edu/alumni/pride/ring.shtml.
partnership with the Richard T. Doermer School of scholarships for complete eligibility asked to interview with the scholarship
He rose through the ranks during a 21-year career Like IPFW, Busse shows no signs of slowing down.
Business and Management Sciences.”
with the Nucor Corporation, one of America’s largest While most baby boomers are cleaning out their details. Applications are due by March committee. Scholarship recipients will
Like many IPFW alumni, Busse is dedicated to IPFW Alumni Newsletter
steel corporations. It was at Nucor that he led a desks for retirement, Busse’s pistons are running at 10. Applicants must have filed their Free be notified by May 1. The scholarships
expanding opportunities for others in Fort Wayne University Relations and Communications
team’s development of thin-slab casting/steelmaking full throttle. In September 2009, he officiated at the Application for Federal Student Aid by are not renewed automatically, but re-
and northeast Indiana. With the contribution of this IPFW Alumni Newsletter is published Kimberly Wagner, Director
technology, a money saving development that opening of a 2,300-square-foot auto museum March 10. The FAFSA can be application may be made in
formal alumni center, there will now be a much- four times a year by University Alumni Relations
transformed the global steel Relations and Communications. completed electronically at succeeding years.
needed home for the IPFW family—a gesture sure Linda Rulka, Guest Contributor
Indiana University–Purdue University Fort
to place smiles on the faces of his fellow alumni. IPFW is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access University
Wayne t 2101 East Coliseum Boulevard Dane Hawley, Editor
I P FW
It’s just the type of crowd reaction you would Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499 t 260-481-
6807 t www.ipfw.edu/alumni Lea Ann Powers, Creative Director
expect from a first-rate grand marshal.
Left: An architectural rendering and south
Irene Walters, Executive Director Elmer Denman and Jim Whitcraft,
University Relations and Communications Photographers
view of the Keith Busse Steel Dynamics
Extending the Personal Touch
IPFW Class Notes Book Inspires Relationship Self-Analysis
Thomas Barnhart Cynthia Amber Phyllis Hermann James Stoller Yukti (Ahuja) Singh, B.S. ’96, has found a novel way to help
M.A., mathematics, retired in A.S., criminal justice; B.G.S., B.S., nursing, was named A.S., architectural drafting others—by writing and publishing a novel.
June 2009 after 41 years in general studies (1985), has president and CEO of Visiting B.S., building construction Two Possibilities: A Journey We Traveled Alone (BookSurge
education, the last 39 years opened a new business, Nurse & Hospice Home. technology (2004), has joined Publications) is based on her personal intercultural and academic
spent at Lima Central Catholic Amber Law. Amber Law’s A. Hattersley and Sons Inc.’s experiences, including obtaining a bachelor’s degree from IPFW.
High School in Lima, Ohio. He vision is to be able to engineering and project According to Singh, when “I started writing my novel, my goal
is currently teaching statistics distribute financial resources management team. was to pass on all I have learned and used, and I hope it will be
part time at Ohio Northern to meet the needs of various 1989 useful to others. By writing these lessons in the form of a story, (I
University. not-for-profit agencies in our Dawn Rudolph 2003 hope) it is received much more easily than if I wrote it in the form
community. B.S.Ed., has accepted the Ben Crawford
of theory,” like a self-help book.
Jeanne Harber Porter CEO position at St. Joseph MBA, is a member of the
Two Possibilities is set in India and tells the story of a
A.A.S., mental health Lynette Johnson Hospital. Fort Wayne Apics (operations
married couple, where each partner comes from a different
technology; B.A., psychology B.A., English, of Coldwell management) Chapter 2009–10
social class. The book describes the events in their lives
(1978), was awarded the 2009 Banker Roth Wehrly Graber’s board of directors. He also
from their own perspectives. Singh says she does not want readers to analyze themselves directly, but
Social Worker of the Year in SOLD by the GOLD team, passed the certified supply chain
hopes that the characters’ lives will indirectly clarify how the readers navigate their own relationships. “I
Indiana by the Indiana Chapter ranked second in sales volume 1992 professional exam.
hope couples will read this book and open themselves to discussion on how they feel about this story,
of the National Association of through June 30 out of 275 of Michael Kanning
Social Workers. 2003 eventually helping them in their own relationships,” Singh says.
the company’s realtors. B.S., engineering; MBA
(1999), has accepted a new Angela Grant When Singh came to IPFW from Africa at age 17, she knew very little about the U.S. educational system.
1974 1984 position as desktop services B.S.B., finance, was promoted However, at IPFW, she worked closely with many faculty members and participated in many of the academic
Dennis C. Becker Marianne Goodland manager for the Lutheran to assistant vice president for and social opportunities available to her on campus. Among other
B.S.B., accounting, of Barnes B.S., music therapy, won Health Network in Fort commercial banking for STAR faculty, she credits Associate Professor of Psychology Craig Hill with Singh hopes that the
& Thornburg LLP, was selected the Longs Peak Scottish- Wayne. Financial Bank, Fort Wayne region. teaching her how to write a psychology paper. According to Singh, Hill’s
characters’ lives will
for inclusion in the 2010 Irish Highland Festival harp “teachings were the first step to my writing abilities. Since then, I’ve
indirectly inspire how
edition of “The Best Lawyers in competition for the second 1995 Debra Starr Branfield excelled in my papers and have had a few published. I really appreciate
readers navigate their own
America.” time. The Estes Park, Chad Salzbrenner B.G.S., general studies, was all the professors at IPFW; each one has so much empathy and concern
Colo.-based festival is the A.S., civil engineering elected to the Big Brothers Big for his or her students, and it really helped me tremendously.”
1979 largest celebration of Scottish technology; B.S., building Sisters of Northeast Indiana When she took her first psychology class as an elective, Singh
Kathren Bunt heritage in the United States, construction technology board of directors. changed her major from computer science because she says she “fell in love with the subject . . .
B.S.Ed., M.S.Ed. (1982), with more than 80,000 (1996), is now an associate (psychology was) new to me and it was where I found myself most comfortable.” While at IPFW, she wrote
of the Acupuncture and attendees. with the Bonar Group. 2004 a business plan for opening a school, and “that is the same plan I used when I opened my own school in
Wellness Center, completed Linda Parish-Kruse 2004,” she says. “There is a reason for everything; I truly believe.” Singh started Montessori Academy, a
the Acupuncture for Cancer J. Douglas Roth 1996 B.G.S., general studies, of Black preschool/kindergarten center, in San Jose, Calif. And her journey to help others continues. Currently, Singh
Patient class at Memorial B.S.B., accounting, of Do-It Dave McDaniel Ink Financial Planning, was is enrolled in a marriage and family therapy program at Santa Clara University so she can offer counseling
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Best Corp., has been named B.S., mechanical engineering, appointed HUPAC chair by the services to the children and family at her school.
of Integrative Medicine in the chair of the board for the of the Re/Max Results Fort Northeast Indiana Association of
New York. Indiana CPA Society. Wayne office, completed Health Underwriters.
100 Days of Greatness, a
1982 1986 business development and 2007
Daniel Arnold Pam McDaniel personal growth program Jeremy Bowersock
B.S.B., accounting, was B.S.B., business, of the Re/ offered by Buffini & Co. B.S.B., finance, is a member of
promoted to resident director Max Results Fort Wayne the Fort Wayne Apics Chapter
of the Fort Wayne office of office, completed 100 Days 2000 2009–10 board of directors.
Merrill Lynch. of Greatness, a business Stacey Hughes
development and personal M.S.Ed., school Allison Meyer
growth program offered by administration, has A.S., nursing, of The Orthopaedic
Barry LaBov Buffini & Co. been named assistant Hospital, was a winner of the
A.G.S., general studies, superintendent for student 2008 Patients’ Choice Award.
president and CEO of LaBov & Andrew (Andy) learning for the Indiana
Beyond Inc., was named to the O’Shaughnessy Department of Education. 2008
Indiana Chamber of Commerce B.S., biology, was elected Terry Foss
board of directors. president of Big Brothers Big M.A., communication, was hired
Sisters of Northeast Indiana as director of development for
board of directors. A Hope Center, Pregnancy and
Extending the Personal Touch
IPFW Alumni Association Award Winners Recent Alumni Events
The alumni association recognizes IPFW graduates each Homecoming
year who have made exemplary contributions to their Close to 500 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and university friends packed
alma mater and the community. From left to right, IPFW Memorial Coliseum’s Expo II on December 5 to celebrate IPFW’s annual
Alumni Association Board President Karen Clelland, Homecoming celebration. Attendees munched on tailgate-style food, got IPFW
Mrs. Michael Wartell, and Chancellor Michael Wartell “tattoos” by TAG Art, played carnival games, including cornhole and basketball
personally acknowledged these 2009 award winners free-throw shooting, and cheered on the men’s and women’s basketball teams in
during half time of the Homecoming basketball game on a double-header against Summit League conference rival, the Oakland Grizzlies.
December 5. The Mastodons fell to the Grizzlies, 84–76.
Below: A group of IPFW students bond during the Homecoming celebration.
Tommy Franke, B.S.Ed. ’84, M.S.Ed. ’88 Right: IPFW Men’s Basketball Head Coach Dane Fife (center, kneeling)
Honorary Lifetime IPFW Alumni Board Member shares game strategy with his team during the Homecoming game.
Franke is a three-time graduate of IPFW, having earned a bachelor’s
degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in elementary
education, and a certificate/administrator’s license in 2005.
She has gathered several accolades for her commitment to the
university, including charter membership in Kappa Delta Pi, the honorary
education society; an IPFW Student Leadership Award in 1983; IPFW
graduating class speaker in 1984; the IPFW Student Teacher Award in Winners during half time of the Homecoming basketball game in November
1984; and the IPFW Distinguished Education Alumna Award in 1990.
Franke has taught in Fort Wayne’s Lutheran school system since 1984 Paul Selking, A.A.S ’92, B.S. ’93
and currently serves as the principal of Ascension Lutheran School. Distinguished Service Award
She says her most memorable moment as a student was participating Selking graduated from IPFW with two degrees in mechanical
in the Book Walk of 1972, when faculty, staff, and students participated engineering technology.
in moving the campus library from Kettler Hall to its present location, While a student, he was involved in the Cooperative Education
Helmke Library. As a student, Franke also served as the editor of the program, at GE Motors in Fort Wayne. At GE, he completed five
campus newspaper, The Communicator, in 1971 and again in 1973. assignments and implemented a résumé software program. (Think
Franke adds that her most cherished student memory comes from Monster.com before the Internet.) When he was not active in this
meeting Mark, her husband of 37 years. He is IPFW’s associate vice co-op assignment, he did work-study in the IPFW co-op office. Franke
chancellor for enrollment management. She and her husband are avid Upon graduation, Selking was hired by GE into its supplier quality unit
fans and volunteer scorekeepers of the men’s and women’s volleyball and became a certified Six Sigma Black Belt before taking a quality
teams at IPFW. manager position at the plant. During his employment at GE and in his
current role as the Regal-Beloit Corporation’s HVAC industry leader,
Brent Wake, B.A. ’03 Selking has served as a manager of numerous co-op students. Mastodon Roast
Alumni Top Volunteer Award He remains a staunch supporter and advocate of IPFW’s co-op More than 300 alumni and friends gathered on Alumni Plaza for the 11th annual
Wake earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from IPFW. His program, often returning to campus to speak to classes or at student Mastodon Roast last October. Those in attendance were the first ones to hear that
involvement in campus life was immediate, as he founded and led IPFW events, such as career fairs and Co-op Corner, to share the value of IPFW will soon have a new alumni center thanks to a generous donation by Keith
Campus Advance, a campus ministry organization. He also revived the learning experiences outside of the classroom. Busse, MBA ’78, the chair and CEO of Fort Wayne-based Steel Dynamics Inc.
IPFW Black Collegian Caucus and served as its president and, later, as Above: Director of Alumni Relations Kim Wagner joins Keith Busse to
the chair of its education committee. Anna Sevier, A.G.S. ’90, B.G.S. ’00 announce the plan for the Keith Busse Steel Dynamics Alumni Center. Right:
Additional involvement at the university included Hispanos Unidos, the Distinguished Service Award Chancellor Michael Wartell assumes his honored role as host during the 11th
annual Mastodon Roast.
Student Housing Task Force, senator and vice president of finance for Sevier began her career at IPFW in 1980, working in University
the Indiana-Purdue Student Government Association, and president of Relations. She retired from the university earlier this year, following
the Rho Omicron chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. service in the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action office.
Economic Outlook Luncheon
Shortly after graduating, Wake served as the representative for the In between, she earned both an associate and a bachelor’s degree
The IPFW Alumni Association, the Northeast Indiana IU Alumni Chapter, and
Class of 2003 and secretary of the IPFW Alumni Association board in general studies. During the 1990s, Sevier became a member of the
the IPFW Richard T. Doermer School of Business and Management Sciences
of directors, where he chaired the Student Outreach Committee. Clerical and Service Staff Advisory Committee.
partnered in November to bring four experts to speak on the local, state, and
Aside from the alumni association, he also volunteers with other She remains an ardent campus volunteer who has donated
Selking national economic forecast for 2010. The starting point for the forecast was the
IPFW departments including Career Services, the Chapman Scholars countless hours to IPFW alumni and at General Studies events; IPFW’s
Econometric Model of the United States, developed by
program, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and the involvement in the Three Rivers Festival, from the Ice Cream Social to
IU’s Center for Econometric Model Research.
Women’s Studies Program. Children’s Fest; and other activities on campus. Sevier has a particular
Wake is also very committed to the Fort Wayne community including passion for assisting the Great Men, Great Women Diversity Breakfast
Panel members for the Economic Outlook Luncheon
serving as co-chair of Learn United’s Real Men Read initiative, Big event and the Summer Bridge and Summer Youth programs. included John Stafford, director of the Community
Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, HOPE worldwide, Allen In 2000, Sevier was awarded the Pride Plus Award for Excellence in Research Institute at IPFW; Ellie Mafi-Kreft, clinical
County United Youth Summit, and the Leadership Fort Wayne Alumni Service by the university. In the community, she has volunteered for assistant professor of business economics at Indiana
literacy initiatives, such as Project Reads and the United Way of Allen University Bloomington; Carol Rogers, deputy director
Association. He currently serves as northeast regional director and
of the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana
statewide African American outreach coordinator for the Office of U.S. County’s Learn United program. She is also active in her church, Union University–Purdue University Indianapolis; and Robert
Senator Evan Bayh Baptist Church, volunteering as an usher. Sevier Neal, associate professor of finance at IUPUI.
Extending the Personal Touch
IPFW Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees
Five highly accomplished individuals Ed Leonard, business professor emeritus, can be called “The Father of IPFW
were welcomed into the IPFW Athletics Athletics.” With a budget of only a couple hundred dollars, he coordinated and
Hall of Fame on December 12. The coached IPFW’s first men’s basketball team. Leonard was also the first golf coach
Hall of Fame was established in 2006 at IPFW. From 1972–75 his teams won 65 percent of their dual and triangular
to celebrate student-athletes, coaches, meets. As an administrator, he served as the chair of the IPFW Joint Athletics
teams, and supporters who have enhanced and reinforced Committee and was instrumental to the introduction of women’s sports at the
university. Leonard was also the school’s first athletic director. During his 40-plus
the university’s commitment to excellence in sports.
years of support to IPFW Athletics, he established the first endowed scholarship
for student-athletes. Also this past year, the Leonard family created an endowed
Give yourself the day!
Fredrico “Rico” Martin, B.A. ’00, was one of the most feared hitters in
the Great Lakes Valley Conference during his four-year baseball career at IPFW. scholarship in men’s volleyball as a part of the Arnie Ball Legacy Campaign.
April 23, 2010
Martin is the university’s all-time homerun king. His 25 career round-trippers is
Wendy Recker-Pettis, B.S.B. ’97, was a four-year letter winner for the IPFW
a record that has stood for the past 10 years. His 11 homeruns during the 1997
women’s basketball team. She holds the IPFW all-time record for career assists
season ties him for the all-time record for homeruns in a season. It is rare that
with 419. She is also the university’s record holder in a single season with 197.
any player hits .400 during a season; Martin did it twice in his career. He hit .410
She was also an integral part of the Mastodons’ 1994–95 Great Lakes Valley
during his sophomore campaign and .437 during his senior season. Martin also
Conference tournament championship team. For her efforts in that tournament,
ranks second of all time on IPFW’s career RBI list with 117. Martin also played one
she was named to the 1994–95 All-GLVC Tournament Team. She was voted
season of basketball at IPFW.
Team Newcomer of the Year in 1993–94 and received the Lisa Miller Coaches’
“ Tapestry is my mental day
away from the hectic stress
Lisa “Cheeks” Hormann, A.S. ’92, combines one-part volleyball player,
one-part coach, and one-part die-hard supporter to make a dynamic individual.
Award the same year. Also a standout in the classroom, Recker-Pettis was named
Academic All-GLVC in 1995–96.
of everyday life. For just one Hormann is the university’s all-time career ace record holder in women’s volleyball
Host of Food Network’s Sandra’s Matt Zbyszewski, B.S. ’05, enters the Hall of Fame in his first year of
day, I slow down and enjoy with 247. She is also the Dons’ ace record holder in a single season with 86 in both
Money Saving Meals and the eligibility. Zbyszewski, an outside hitter for the men’s volleyball team, ranks fourth
learning, laughing, and 1983 and 1984. She was part of IPFW’s first GLVC Championship team, as the
multi-Emmy nominated Semi- on the university’s all-time career kills list with 1,703. In 2004, he was named to
shopping with a wonderful Mastodons went 34–14 in 1984. She also coached the IPFW women’s volleyball
” Homemade Cooking with Sandra the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association First Team All-America. That same
group of women. J.H. team to an overall record of 87–50 (.635) from 1989 to 1992. Her best season
season, he was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player
Lee; Editor-in-Chief of Sandra Lee as head coach was 1990 when IPFW posted an overall record of 26–9. She and
of the Year. He also ranks third in all-time career aces with 127, and ranks fifth in
Semi-Homemade magazine. her husband, Roger, have been long-time supporters of the men’s and women’s
all-time career digs with 674. Zbyszewski has played professionally for teams in
volleyball programs and serve as the official statisticians for the women’s team.
Cyprus, Greece, and Spain. He now plays professional beach volleyball and is a
two-time Canadian National Beach Volleyball Association Champion.
Celebrate the fabric of women in a day of inspiration, renewal,
and education for women in all stages of life while raising
funds for women’s scholarships at IPFW.
April 23, 2010
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
4000 Parnell Avenue t Fort Wayne, IN 46805
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pre-registration required between February 26 and April 1st.
For more information, contact the Tapestry office at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 260-481-6854 or visit www.ipfw.edu/tapestry
The Hall of Fame Class of 2009 (from left to right) includes Fredrico “Rico” Martin, Lisa “Cheeks” Hormann, Ed Leonard, Wendy Recker-Pettis,
and Matt Zbyszewski.
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Get Out to Pink Out!
The IPFW women’s basketball team will paint Memorial Coliseum “pink” on February 6 as it sponsors its third annual
Lady Volleydons Advance to NCAA Final Four
The IPFW women’s volleyball team should be quite proud
Pink Out event. The Mastodons take on Centenary College at 1:30 p.m., followed by the men’s team at 4 p.m. of its 2009 campaign, having won The Summit League
Conference tournament and advancing to the NCAA Division
Pink Out is an initiative started by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in 2008 and adopted by the NCAA
I Final Four.
nationwide. This initiative in women’s intercollegiate athletics is to support breast cancer awareness and research
The Lady Volleydons’ first trip to the Final Four ended in
programs. IPFW’s involvement is meant to localize this awareness campaign in northeast Indiana and has become the opening round, as the fifth ranked Illini of the University
an annual event. of Illinois toppled IPFW in three sets in front of 1,360 fans at
A portion of the funds raised from ticket sales will go toward Huff Arena on the Illinois campus. “This has been a special
breast cancer awareness and education and provide an experience for our student-athletes…I’m proud of the whole
opportunity for IPFW to increase community partnerships and team because we never gave up,” says IPFW Women’s
Volleyball Head Coach Kelley Hartley Hutton. “There were
promote IPFW Athletics.
times this season when it would have been really easy to
Ticket prices for the event are $5, which includes both
throw in the towel. Instead, we’d get in the gym and prepare
games. Breast cancer survivors are invited to attend the for the next challenge.”
t Saturday, February 6, 1:30 p.m.
game at no cost. They will be honored during a pre-game reception and at half time. Breast cancer survivors are Despite the Division I loss, the women posted several
t Memorial Coliseum asked to register for their tickets and the pre-game reception by calling IPFW Athletics at 260-481-6643, no later other accomplishments this season. By winning The Summit
t Tickets $5, includes two games than February 4. League tournament, IPFW recorded its 25th 20-win season
in the 33- year history of women’s volleyball. And during the
t IPFW Athletics: 260-481-6643 During the last two years of participation in Pink Out, IPFW women’s teams have raised more than $12,000 for
tournament, senior Rebekah Roehm became a member of
breast cancer research and education.
The Lady Dons and their coaches celebrate their 2009 Summit League Conference tournament victory. Front row, the exclusive 1,000-kill, 1,000 dig club, joining only six other
right to left: Allison Hook, Taryn Parker, Tessa McGill, Shannon Reuter, Jamie Schwartz, Stephanie Lamberti, former IPFW players.
and Rebekah Roehm. Back row, left to right: Assistant Head Coach Steve Florio, Megan Steenhuysen, Graduate
The IPFW women’s volleyball team concluded its season
IPFW License Plates
Assistant Coach Jasmine Fullove, Head Coach Kelley Hartley Hutton, Maya Schlindwein, Jessie Manwaring,
Megan Wiler, Haley Emenhiser, and Athletic Trainer Josh Scott. with a 20–12 record. And making the Final Four appearance
was a great way for seniors Roehm, Jamie Schwartz, and
Join hundreds of Mastodon fans who show support and pride by purchasing the Shannon Reuter to complete their respective collegiate
IPFW license plate. The plate is available to anyone…alumni, students, faculty, athletics careers.
and the general public.
The plates can be ordered online, by mail, or in person at any Indiana Bureau Create Your
of Motor Vehicles branch without any special forms. The cost is a $40 annual
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IPFW Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.
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IPFW I n d i a n a U n i v e r s i t y – P u rd u e U n i v e r s i t y F o rt Wayn e
MA S T O D O N S
A Campus of Growth AND Change…
Author Gail Sheehy visited IPFW in 2007 as a featured We will be making our annual trip to the Indiana Statehouse
Omnibus speaker. She once said, “If we don’t change, we in February. Throughout March, we are focusing on collecting
don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” This Easter baskets for the clients of Stop Child Abuse and Neglect.
quote struck me because the IPFW campus and the alumni And, in April, Tapestry: A Day for Women will welcome women
association are really living; we are growing AND we are who wish to make life a little simpler and a little tastier. The
changing. Food Network’s Sandra Lee will be the keynote speaker.
As proof, the alumni association announced last October And as a reminder, I want to hear YOUR stories, especially
that IPFW will have a building dedicated specifically to its those that tell how IPFW has changed you or made a
more than 43,000 alumni this fall. Keith Busse, MBA ’78, has difference in your life or the lives of those around you. I look
made a generous donation to the university—a donation that forward to hearing from you soon!
will fund the Keith Busse Steel Dynamics Alumni Center. The
potential this new building brings is limitless. The university Sincerely,
will be given the opportunity to serve its graduates and
community in a way we have never known.
But while we wait for the ground to thaw and the foundation Kimberly M. Wagner
to be laid, the alumni association has several opportunities for Director of Alumni Relations
you to get involved. Turn to page 2 to learn more about them. B.A. ’01, M.P.A. ’05 E-mail: email@example.com
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