Alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of Indiana Tech gathered for a festive Homecoming weekend in Fort Wayne September 29-October 1. Continuing a new tradition started in 2015, Student Affairs also hosted Family + Friends weekend on campus during this time, bringing parents, siblings and friends of today’s students together with alumni from across the decades to socialize and celebrate the Warrior spirit.
The weekend kicked off Thursday evening, September 29 with the annual President’s Dinner, honoring major Indiana Tech donors for all they do to support Indiana Tech students. This year’s dinner was held at the new Embassy Theater Ballroom in downtown Fort Wayne. The event featured recognition for Malcolm Champion, Jr., 1958 BSME, for establishing the Malcolm L. Champion, Jr. Scholarship Fund. Indiana Tech’s Board of Trustees also honored retiring Indiana Tech President Dr. Arthur Snyder with a special gift to mark his final Homecoming as president.
Friday, September 30 brought opportunities for socializing, reminiscing, and tours of today’s campus. The Registration Social kept the Uytengsu Welcome Center hopping all afternoon, while alums also had the opportunity to see Indiana Tech through the eyes of today’s students by taking guided tours throughout the day.
Friday evening, the Alumni Banquet, Recognition and Awards Ceremony took place in the Multi-Flex Theater in the Academic Center. Nearly 180 Warriors were on hand to honor 2016 Indiana Tech Alumni Hall of Fame inductee Steve Abbott, 1969 BSChE. In his induction speech, Dr. Snyder detailed Mr. Abbott’s many contributions to Indiana Tech through the years and his myriad professional accomplishments. Mr. Abbott also addressed the assembled crowd with moving remarks about his time at Tech, his work on behalf of the university since, and his family and friends, many of whom were in attendance.
The Alumni Banquet also featured three special award winners: Graduate-of-the-Last-Decade (G.O.L.D.) Baily Beiswanger, BSBA ’13, MBA ‘15; Alumni Volunteer of the Year William Hollinger, BSChE ‘63; and CPS Alumnus of the Year Ryan Krueckeberg, BAIS ‘11.
Special recognition was also given by President Snyder to the members of 1966’s 50-year alumni class, represented this year by Daniel Bilicki, BSChE; John Claydon, BSAE; James Condon, BSCE; Roger Doriot, BSCE; Darryl Engel, BSME; Peter Garside, BSChE; Ruth Goodlin, BSPH; Joaquin (Jack) Hernandez, BSME; Prabodh Kothari, BSME; Harvey Kriegsman, BSChE; Allen Kruetzman, BSEE; John Lenz, BSEE (honored, not present); Larry Levine, BSEE; Harry Looker III, BSCE; William McCauley, BSAE; and Joseph Woodrich, BSChE. Joining the 50 year alums onstage was 1967 BSEE Carl Bergstrom, who requested to receive his 50-year alumni medal one year early, so that it would be Dr. Snyder who presented it to him.
Saturday’s homecoming events were led off by the annual Prayer Service in Wegener Chapel, led by Heinz Wegener, BSEE ’70. Open House Hour at each college was highlighted in the College of Business by honoring those alumni who contributed to the naming of a classroom for Dr. Jeff Walls, as part of the Cunningham Reinvention project completed earlier in 2016. Later in the day, Party on the Square welcomed alumni, students, family and friends to Scully Square and Andorfer Commons for festivities including live music, food trucks, including Who Cut the Cheese, a gourmet grilled cheese truck, and Brain Freeze, an ice cream truck owned and operated by Tech alum Bruce Smith, BSEE ’69, a cornhole tournament, dunk tank and more.
New at Homecoming 2016 was the Alumni Association’s Casino Night, sponsored by Hoosier Park. Over 100 alumni and friends of Tech gathered for a lively Saturday evening, with all proceeds going towards the Alumni Association Scholarship fund. Winners at each table received raffle tickets for a wide range of raffle prizes at the end of the evening.
Warrior Athletics were also in full swing and earning victories throughout the weekend. Men’s hockey took the ice on Friday and Saturday against Ferris State, opening their season with two resounding victories. The women’s soccer team defeated Lourdes 2-0 on Saturday, while women’s volleyball scored a 3-1 victory over Siena Heights. Friday evening, men’s and women’s soccer alums took the field for their annual alumni soccer games.
Thank you again to all of the alumni, family, friends, faculty and staff who took part in a terrific Homecoming this year!
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