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                                                                                                                                                                              Vol. 13, No. 2
                                                                                                                                                                                               Winter 2010
 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
                                                                                                                                 Honorable Mention
 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
                                                                                                                                             February 6.

                                                                                                                                    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

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 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 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
                                                                                                                         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             Finalists may be
exodus to escape the collapse.                            that keeps them connected and ignited.                                                                                  rings at
                                                                                                                         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

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                                                                                                                         It’s just the type of crowd reaction you would           Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499 t 260-481-
                                                                                                                                                                                  6807 t                   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

                                                                                                                         Alumni Center.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Extending the Personal Touch
IPFW Class Notes                                                                                                                                                         Book Inspires Relationship Self-Analysis
         1973                                                                                                                       2002

                                                1983                                  1988

         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
                                                                                                                                    Relationship Resources.

                                                                                                                      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   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.

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                                                                                                      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
                                                                 Keynote Speaker:

                                                                 Sandra Lee
                                                                                                       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
                    or 260-481-6854 or visit

                                                                                                        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
                                                          fee, which includes the state’s $15 special plate fee and a $25 donation to the                                                                     Own IPFW                                                        Your name.
                                                          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

 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:

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