Chavous ’78 elected to The Mind Trust board

kevin chavous 2015Kevin P. Chavous ’78 was elected to The Mind Trust board of directors.  “The Mind Trust advances innovation in education and creates great schools through its three incubators: the Charter School Incubator, the Education Entrepreneur Fellowship, and the Innovation School Fellowship.”  Click here for the news release.

Kevin is a founding board member and executive counsel for the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice, a noted author and speaker on innovation in public education, and founder of The Chavous Group.  A native of Indianapolis, after Wabash Kevin earned his JD from Howard University School of Law.

Other Wabash alumni connected to The Mind Trust include Steve Campbell ’92, Vice President of Communications; and board of directors members Wabash Trustee David Shane ’70 and Mark Miles ’76.

Congratulations, Kevin!






Simpson ’95 appointed immigration judge

scott simpsonLt. Jonathan Scott Simpson ’95 has been appointed Immigration Judge, San Francisco Immigration Court, by the Executive Office for Immigration Review.  He was invested on November 6 and will begin hearing cases this month.  Click here for the news release.

After Wabash, Scott earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University. “From 2006 through September 2015, Judge Simpson served as assistant chief counsel, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, in Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif. From 1997 through 2006, both domestically and abroad, Judge Simpson served in various capacities as a member of the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, including branch chief, officer in charge, and attorney. Judge Simpson is a member of the New Jersey Bar.”

Congratulations, Scott!



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Rogers ’95 Co-Edits Book on Civic Literacy; Wabash faculty contribute chapters

Michael T Rogers-Book-Fall-2015-WebDr. Michael T. Rogers ’95, associate professor of political science in the Arkansas Tech University Department of History and Political Science, is among 21 scholars from around the United States who collaborated to study a perceived decline in civic literacy among American citizens.  The outcome of their inquiry is recorded in “Civic Education in the Twenty-First Century: A Multidimensional Inquiry.”  Click here to read the news release.

After Wabash, Mike earned his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at the University of Albany-SUNY.

Wabash faculty are also included as authors of chapters in the book:

Rhetoric Professors Sara A. Mehltretter Drury and Jeffrey P. Mehltretter Drury are co-authors of the chapter “Engagement through the Oval Office:  Presidential Rhetoric as Civic Education,” and Political Science Professor Shamira M. Gelbman wrote the chapter “Interest Groups, Twitter, and Civic Education.”



Congratulations, all!




Evans ’12 elected by a landslide!

Last week Shane Evans ’12 was a candidate running for mayor of Delphi, IN.  Today, he is Mayor Shane Evans!  Click here to see the online story:  “Residents of Delphi elected Independent candidate Shane Evans on Tuesday to serve as the city’s new mayor.  Evans, 25, is one of the youngest candidates to be elected mayor in Indiana.”

Congratulations, Shane!

Evans ’12 – mayoral candidate

Shane EvansShane Evans ’12 is a mayoral candidate in the election next week in Delphi, Indiana, running as an Independent.  Click here to read his biography and candidate statement, and endorsement by the editor.

Shane was a Chemistry major and was active on campus at Wabash, earned his J.D. from IU Robert McKinney School of Law, and then returned to his hometown of Delphi.

Best of luck, Shane!





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Brogan ’88 comments on grave find

tom brogan2Thomas M. Brogan, PhD ’88 is quoted in yesterday’s New York Times, commenting on a significant “shaft grave” discovery in Greece last May.   “Seeing the tomb was a real highlight of my archaeological career,” said Thomas M. Brogan, director of the Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete, noting that “you can count on one hand the number of tombs as wealthy as this one.” Click here to read the article.

Tom was on campus in 2013 to talk about his work on Crete:  Before attending graduate school at Bryn Mawr for his MA and PhD, he studied Classical Civilizations at Wabash under Professors Joe and Leslie Day, David Kubiak, and John Fischer — it was on a trip to Crete with Leslie Day that he first became really interested in that particular aspect of Greek history.






Tennessee–Shiloh! by Chuck Beemer

Civil War Author Chuck Beemer will present a lecture on November 16 at 7:00pm in Baxter Hall, where he will discuss events of the Shiloh controversy and cover-up — which are a focal point of his forthcoming book “My Greatest Quarrel with Fortune”: Major General Lew Wallace in the West, 1861–1862.  The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is presented in conjunction with the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum located in Crawfordsville.

Beemer Shiloh lecture

Chuck, his brother Mike, and their Beemer family members are familiar names on campus — being the only presently living direct descendants of Caleb Mills, who was the first principal and only teacher at the founding of Wabash College and the founder of the Indiana Public School System.

Welcome back to campus, Chuck!

James Gorman ’13 – Physics speaker on Oct. 27

James Gorman ’13 will speak on campus at a lunchtime Physics Colloquium addressing “Adhesive Fracture Along a Dissimilar-Material Interface” on October 27.  James was a Physics major at Wabash who participated in an NSF REU program in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines as a student.  James is currently in the Mechanical Engineering PhD program at the University of Michigan.

Student James Gorman '13 participated in an experiment during a SPS Physics Demo Show on campus.

As a student, James participated in an experiment during a SPS Physics Demo Show on campus.

If you remember seeing Double Gormans on campus, you will be interested to know that James’ twin brother, Chris Gorman ’13, is currently in a Mathematics PhD program at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Double Congratulations!

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