2010 alumni dinner highlights
After enjoying a delicious meal, the program began with a ball of fire lighting up the room. No, it wasn’t bananas foster nor was it cause to sound the fire alarm; actually, it was a magical illustration of the purpose of this wonderful night: honoring our fantastic alumni! Thankfully, the fireball did not set off the sprinkler system; instead, it led into the introductions of the esteemed guests of the class of 1960 who were celebrating their 50th reunion.
2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Gill with Indiana Tech President Dr. Arthur Snyder
Class of '60
Included in this impressive group were the following:
- Charles (Chuck) Clevenger, BSME
- Robert (Bob) Featheringham, BSELE
- H. Robert (Bob) Gill, BSELE
- Gary Hall, BSELE
- Farrell Krall, BSME
- Ronald (Ron) Speckman, BSEE
- Rudolf (Rudy) Stegelmann, BSME
- Zohrab Tazian, BSCE
- Melvin (Mel) Wessler, BSEE
- Donald (Don) White, BSCHE
Award for Special Service
As has become the tradition at Indiana Tech, each of these distinguished gentlemen celebrating their 50-year reunion was awarded a personalized medallion presented by Dr. Snyder.
Not only is Indiana Tech grateful for its alumni, but the university also recognizes the tremendous contributions of community members, friends, and spouses, too. On this celebratory night, a special award was bestowed upon a lady who has been and continues to be a tireless advocate and volunteer for Indiana Tech, particularly during Homecoming. She is not only a devoted wife to alumnus Don King, but she is also a devoted supporter of her husband’s alma mater. To show appreciation, Dr. Snyder presented Sally King with a beautiful vase with this inscription:
for meritorious service
to Indiana Tech.
Presented by President Arthur Snyder.
September 17, 2010
Prior to announcing the 2010 Alumni Hall of Fame recipient, three other alumni awards were presented.
Graduate of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.)
The first of the three was the G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade) award. This year’s worthy recipient graduated summa cum laude in 2001 with a bachelor of science in industrial and manufacturing engineering and an associate of science in business administration. She went on to earn her master of engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
In her first job at the BF Goodrich plant in Woodburn, Indiana, she began an internship program that led to the hiring of 25 interns from Tech, several of whom were hired full-time upon graduation. This talented young lady put her skills to work at Johnson Controls in Colorado where she was quickly promoted to a continuous improvement engineer and lean manager.
Currently, our recipient works at the Dannon Corporation in Minster, Ohio, as flow management supervisor and has traveled globally to share her talents and ideas. Being closer to Fort Wayne has allowed her the opportunity to renew her relationship with Tech and the internship program. She also has volunteered her time to serve on the Warrior Club advisory committee and secured a large donation of yogurt for our Warrior Run for One. Please share in our congratulations to the 2010 G.O.L.D. Alum of the Year: Mary Cordova!
CPS Alum of the Year
Our second special award honored an outstanding alum from the College of Professional Studies. This exceptional recipient earned his MBA from Indiana Tech in 2008. Due to his tenacious efforts and excellent coursework, he was honored with the 2008 Outstanding Graduate award from the College of Professional Studies.
Originally from Auburn, Indiana, this individual received his bachelor of science in both management and human resource management from Ball State University (but as you can tell, we don’t hold that against him!). He is a certified senior professional in human resources, and he has been very successful in his profession, advancing quickly, first with Guardian Automotive and currently as senior human resources generalist with Navistar.
Even with his demanding work schedule and growing family, this recipient is always eager to offer his time and expertise to our students through events at the Career Planning and Development Center such as mock interviews and career fairs. Having someone of this caliber available to provide advice and assistance has been an invaluable asset to Tech and our students.
He is also a member of the Northeast Indiana Human Resource Association (NIHRA) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He and his wife of three years, Trisha, have one 15-month-old son and another child on the way! The 2010 CPS Alumnus of the Year award was presented to Simon Short.
Alum Volunteer of the Year
The third award honored the Alumni Volunteer of the Year. This accolade is awarded to a graduate who has gone out of his or her way to further the mission of Indiana Tech and serve our students, alumni, and friends of the university. This year’s recipient graduated in 1981 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.
During his college days he found himself working for a fellow Tech alum and 50-year reunion celebrant, Zohrab Tazian. Now, this recipient continues to use his education from Tech in the greater Fort Wayne area as vice president of engineering at Almet, Incorporated in New Haven. He has been a faithful donor since he graduated, increasing his gifts almost yearly. Now, he has been a member of the President’s Club over the last several years.
But even more impressive than his financial contributions is the amount of time and service that he has donated to better this great institution. He currently serves on the alumni board where he is a two-time past president and he was the alumni representative to the board of trustees for seven years. He is also served as chairperson of the TWIST golf outing committee this year.
Time and again, you will see his friendly face on the campus of Indiana Tech for meetings, sporting events, homecoming, and just about every other alumni event possible. He has helped secure hole sponsorships and other gifts for the TWIST golf outing, he has assisted with the planning and management of our Warrior Athletic Hall of Fame banquets, and through his successful career and community involvement, he is a true ambassador for Indiana Tech in the community. The 2010 Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award went to a man who always has the best interest of Indiana Tech at heart, Gregory Lynch!
Hall of Fame Inductee
The night concluded with the induction of the latest member of the Indiana Tech Alumni Hall of Fame to Bob Gill presented by Dr. Snyder. Each year Indiana Tech honors an outstanding graduate who has reached an exceptional level of professional achievement. This is one of the highest awards the university can bestow.
This year’s inductee has developed an impressive resume since he graduated magna cum laude, with high honors, in 1960 with a degree in electronic engineering. First, Bob quickly moved up the ranks at Magnavox, eventually overseeing the $50 million international marine electronics division. While at Magnavox, this star alumnus earned both his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and his MBA from Pepperdine University.
From Magnavox, Bob moved on to become president of the Ball Corporation’s Industrial Systems Division where he created a new industrial instruments and systems business and grew it to $21 million in sales worldwide.
In the 80s, Bob and his wife Lois moved from sunny California to the beautiful Boulder, Colorado area, where Bob continued to develop his gift for recognizing and developing potential in companies and in individuals. In fact, Bob has shared that the course he found most useful in developing businesses was actually a psychology course. Using that insight into people, and the way they think and work, made Bob a very sought-after advisor and leader, with many companies requesting his expertise.
During his incredibly productive and distinguished career, he has held senior level positions at a number of prestigious companies such as Frontier Corporation, where he was senior vice president and president. Other titles he’s held include; chairman, executive chairman, president, and CEO. His expertise in taking companies to the highest level is also shown in his work as a venture partner in Appian Ventures from 2003 through the present, and as principal for the Topaz Group. Bob founded this consulting firm in 1996, and it is going strong, providing consulting services, mentoring and direction for high tech private equity groups and emerging public and private companies.
This aspect of service and guiding others toward their own success is a strong part of Bob’s character. It can be seen in his service as chairman of the board for the Boulder Innovation Center and as chairman emeritus of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado, where he continues to serve as chairman of the development committee. And we here at Indiana Tech have been privileged to benefit from Bob’s giving of his expert perspective as a member of our Board of Trustees since July 2009. It was an honor to induct Bob Gill into the Indiana Tech Alumni Hall of Fame!
There are so many worthy alums from Indiana Tech. It is always a difficult task to make the award decisions each year, but the 2010 award recipients are truly deserving individuals with successful careers and generous hearts who serve both their communities and the Warrior community with pride and integrity.
Congratulations once again to all!