enjoy the regular opportunity to communicate with all our
alumni through the new Thunderbolt E-Newsletter. I will
miss having this opportunity because I am pleased to report
that Allen Keen has been named director of Alumni and Regional
Campaign Activities—quite a mouthful, I know, but
it underscores all the many things Allen will have to do.
One of his new jobs will be to keep in contact with you
through the Thunderbolt.
is a 2003 graduate of Tri-State. He worked for Univertical
Corporation here in Angola in sales and marketing before
coming to the Office of Institutional Advancement as director
of Annual Giving and Regional Activities, replacing Richard
Munroe, who left to become vice president of Thomas University
in Thomasville, Georgia. Allen stepped in immediately and
has done remarkable work. The Annual Fund is already over
its goal for this year because of the superb job Allen did
with the fall Phonathons. Likewise, we are planning a full
day of golf for the Alumni & Friends Golf Outing on
August 5. Since Allen made last year’s event so successful—with
38 teams raising a record-setting $39,000—we will
have to do both a morning and afternoon round this year!
You get the point. Allen is talented, and he has won this
opportunity to advance to another level of activity. Now
I want you to hear from Allen.
you, Bob. As a TSU alum, I am proud to serve as director
of Alumni and Regional Campaign Activities. I am working
in the same office as—in fact right next door to—Melanie
Harmon, who serves as director of Corporate and Foundation
Giving, and who is the person most of you think of when
you think of alumni activities at Tri-State. So, I will
have the advantage of the historical perspective.
want us to be a little adventurous and try new things in
a variety of ways. One event is our 15th Annual Alumni &
Friends Golf Outing which, for the first time, will have
the added morning flight that Bob spoke about above. Although
we have never had a full-day golf outing before, I am hoping
it will turn out to be successful enough that we will want
to continue this tradition in the years to come.
idea (goal) is to add more family-oriented events and activities
that involve children and spouses, so the entire family
can enjoy a Tri-State alumni outing. A couple ideas along
that line include such things as a day at the Children’s
Museum of Indianapolis, the Fort Wayne Children’s
Zoo or the Toledo Zoo.
those who live in, or winter in, Florida, plan to attend
our March Golf Invitational in Naples, Florida in 2006.
Remember, whether you are wintering in Florida or just want
to get away from snow, you are on our list for the Invitational.
will travel about 50 percent of my work time, so please
copy Julie Wert
on any communication you have with me—I do not want
my out-of-office mode to keep you from having a timely reply.
Talk with you soon.
University honored former student Ernest Ivy “Boots”
Thomas on March 3, 2005, with a ceremony that included lowering
the campus flag to half-staff and declaring the day “Boots
Thomas Day at Tri-State.” Thomas was an aeronautical
engineering student in the fall and winter term, 1941-’42,
when he decided to enlist in the United States Marine Corps.
On Feb. 19, 1945, he was among the first wave of invading
Marines who landed on Iwo Jima. On the fourth day of the
invasion, Feb. 23, and with 4,574 American troops already
killed or wounded, Boots was part of the 40-man unit from
Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division,
assigned to climb and secure Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
Once they secured the mountain, their orders were to raise
an American flag at the top, and they did, with Boots Thomas
as one of the three men who actually raised the flag. It
was the first American flag ever to fly over the Japanese
home empire. A few days later, on March 3, 1945, Boots died
by enemy gunfire.
courtesy of Scott Crawford)
Design Expo is April 29
Allen School of Engineering and Technology holds its third
annual Engineering Design Expo on Friday, April 29. The
event showcases 19 senior projects, ranging from aircraft
and vehicle designs to hazardous waste reduction. Alongside
students, several area businesses will display their current
activities: Angola Wire Products, Applied Process Inc.,
Foamex, Mopar Parts, Special Cutting Tools, TSU Technology
Center, Univertical Inc., Vestil Manufacturing Corp. and
Zimmer. This year’s keynote address, which focuses
on intrapreneurship—developing new enterprises within
a coroproation—will be delivered by TSU alumnus Larry
Keeler (BSME ’67). Larry currently works for International
Truck and Engine Corporation as project manager, Chassis
Systems Engineering, SUSP., STRG., FA, Tires, Wheels.
hosts open house, graduates first class
first graduate program, Master of Science in Engineering
Technology, welcomes prospective students and interested
industry professionals to its open house on Tuesday, April
26. The evening will highlight the successful work done
by the program’s first graduates, Gordon Cooper and
Troy Nuenschwander, who receive their hoods during Commencement
on May 7. The pair adapted a Vestil Manufacturing (Angola,
Ind.) industrial scissor lift for residential usage. Program
director Dave Wagner praised the pair. “They not only
went through an entrepreneurial design project—complete
with surveys, demographics, manufacturing and assembly—but
were successful at marketing the new lift. This is why the
program has done very well in its first two years.”
bust, clutch donated
March 30, Eaton Airflex honored TSU and the Allen School
of Engineering & Technology with a bronze bust of Thomas
L. Fawick. The bust, along with a donated marble pedestal,
had been part of the company’s corporate office. Fawick,
for whom Fawick Hall is named in recognition of his generosity
to TSU, is known as a man of many inventions, including
the first four-door car in America, farm tractors, and power
transmission systems, primarily clutches and brakes. One
of his original clutch designs, also donated last month,
is on display in Fawick Hall.
Kyle Stoops was named the MIAA Pitcher of the Week (March
21-27) for his performance on the mound. Stoops, of Elkhart,
Ind. (Elkhart Central HS), pitched a complete game three-hit
shutout as the Thunder defeated Albion 5-0 in their first-ever
conference game. Stoops has been a top pitcher for the Thunder
this season. He has a record of 1-2 in the early part of
the season. He has allowed only five earned runs in 20 innings
of work. “Kyle has worked very hard this year and
is very deserving of this honor. He is a great role model
for the rest of the team because of his work ethic and desire
for the game,” praised Thunder head coach Greg Perschke.
begins wireless initiative
technology arrived on campus earlier this month for
the first time. TSU’s Information Technology staff
officially “opened” the west wing of Best Hall
(rooms 221 and 229, plus the adjoining corridor) to Internet-seeking
students, faculty and staff, and even community members.
This “wireless zone” is the first of several
areas on campus identified for wireless technology.
in the News—again and again and again
continues to make headlines, with lots of positive news
reports from radio, television and newspapers. Since the
last Thunderbolt, we’ve received press coverage for
student academic activites, for our new “Community
Nights,” for our Speaker Series and more—not
to mention continuous coverage of our athletic events. Some
highlights of those news stories include a feature story
on a trip to Vienna
that students in a humanities course took, interviews with
TSU Vice President for Academics David Finley and news story
about changes to the campus radio station’s format.
Basketball Team Camp