The 2009-10 traditional school year has come to a close and Indiana Tech’s 89th Commencement was a great success. Coach Lou Holtz gave a rousing pep talk and sent the 2010 graduating class out into the world with a game plan for life and three simple rules: (1) Do right (2) Do everything to the best of your ability (3) Always show people you care about them. Congratulations again to all our graduates!
Please pardon our dust. We’re currently engaged in three major construction projects, but they’re on schedule and will be finished in time to welcome students back to campus in August. Our new 18,500-square-foot athletic facility will provide the space necessary for Tech’s growing athletic programs and intramural activities. Consistent enrollment growth has also prompted the need for more student housing. Warrior Row, our row house-style apartments on the north side of Washington Boulevard, will add a classic urban touch to school grounds. And last, but certainly not least, is the “green” renovation of Indiana Tech’s oldest building. The administration center was originally constructed in the 1850s as part of the Concordia Lutheran Seminary. We are preserving the architectural integrity of this historic structure while updating the inner core with modern offices and ecologically efficient technology. Major funding for this huge endeavor was made possible through a $2 million gift from Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr., an Indiana Tech alumnus (1951). At the conclusion of this project, the completely refurbished Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center will be LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified and provide a living laboratory for our engineering students to study alternative and renewable forms of energy.
In June, Indiana Tech will welcome Dr. Dennis J. Gayle as the new vice president of academic affairs. Dr. Gayle comes to us from American InterContinental University in London, England. He shares our passion for higher education and will be a valuable addition to the leadership team.
As the globe and its inhabitants become more intertwined (due to communication technologies, rapid travel, etc.), college students need to focus on understanding how social, political, and environmental forces impact the human experience. Functioning in today’s business and organizational society requires the development of new skills, attitudes, and values which will establish and maintain “an intellectual curiosity about the world that transcends local and national boundaries.”* We are integrating such learning into our curriculum.
A new spirit of significance and success is evident on our campus…put a spring in your step and come join us.