Getting Involved at Tech
The last few years at Indiana Tech have seen an increased focus on increasing the number and variety of campus events. To find out what's currently scheduled, visit our events calendar. Meanwhile, here's a general idea of the type of events and activities you'll find at Indiana Tech.
University Forums are a series of guest speakers brought in to provide different perspectives on some of things you may be learning about in classes. The University Forums generally occur once per semester, but sometimes we'll squeeze in two if we have the opportunity to bring in someone really compelling.
Past University Forum speakers include:
- Paul Helmke, former mayor of Fort Wayne and current president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
- Charlie Savage, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Fort Wayne native
- Bill Mallory, former IU football coach
- The Rev. Rick Hawks, senior pastor of The Chapel
- Dr. Michael Evans, nationally known forensic expert and founder of AIT Laboratories
- Steven Montgomery, documentary filmmaker
The L3 Forums provide students with an opportunity to share their views on contemporary topics. These events often include guest speakers, but the guests are primarily expected to start a discussion rather than give a speech or presentation. Why are they called L3 Forums? Because they are often held outdoors in our amphitheater called the Labor of Love for Learning.
Past topics for the L3 Forums include:
- The 2008 presidential election
- The Fort Wayne smoking ban
- Online social networking
- Campus safety
- Global warming
While the University Forums and L3 Forums are intended to expand your mind, Wicked Wednesdays were born of a need to just relax in the middle of the week. Some of the activities do serve useful purposes, such as the professional dress fashion show, but others... well, let's just say they're useful for relieving stress. Most Wicked Wednesday activities occur in the dining hall during lunch or dinner, but sometimes they include off-campus trips or more elaborate set ups.
Examples of past Wicked Wednesdays include:
- Inflatable Twister
- Casino nights (assure your parents that no real money is involved, but there are prizes awarded)
- Drive-in movies (using an inflatable screen on the lawn)
- Trivia games
- Performances by comedians, magicians, and hypnotists
- Face painting
- Video game tournaments
We kick off the year with a free concert, usually the Wednesday after Labor Day. It started a few years ago when we had a concert to celebrate our 75th anniversary. It was so much fun, we decided to do it every year. Don't expect Bruce Springsteen to take the stage, but do expect a good time with slightly less prominent musicians.