Bryce Chitwood ’08 recently received the iON Oklahoma 30/30 Next Gen award in Oklahoma City. The fifth-annual award recognizes those who have made significant contributions in their careers and community, showing professional achievement, community involvement and commitment to Oklahoma’s future. Click here for the news story.
Bryce, a Sulphur, OK native, serves as general manager of the Artesian Hotel and Spa in Sulphur.
Jared Burris ’15 was one of 680 runners in the island of Hawaii’s 11th annual Jingle Bell Beach Run yesterday. Jared just moved to Hawaii a few days ago, and he placed first in his first time to run the Jingle Bell. Click here to read the news release.
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Blake Zachary ’03 was recently named Vice President of IT at Hoosier Heartland State Bank. At HHSB he will provide leadership in programs designed to benefit employees and customers with emerging technologies.
After graduating from Wabash, Blake was Technology Director at South Montgomery Schools in Indiana from 2003-2013.
Roy Sexton ’95 will serve on two industry association boards in 2016: the 2016 LMA Midwest Board of Directors and Michigan Mortgage Lenders Association Board of Governors. Click here for the news release. Roy is Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Trott Law, a real estate finance law firm in Farmington Hills, MI.
After Wabash, Roy earned a MA in theater from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of Leadership Detroit, Class XXX and Leadership A2Y, and is also a governor-appointed member of the Michigan Council of Labor and Economic Growth. Roy is active in several nonprofit boards and committees, including First Step, Penny Seats Theatre Company and the Spotlight Players.
Dan Susie ’68 was named a 2015 Who’s Who in Energy last month. Each year, an elite group of energy leaders is honored as Who’s Who in Energy by The Business Journals, a division of American City Business Journals. Who’s Who in Energy honors key players in the energy industry. These people support the industry by providing services in a variety of different areas, including law, finance, oil and gas, etc.
Dan is a Shareholder with Winstead law firm in Dallas, Texas, where he is a member of the Finance and Banking, and Energy Lending practice groups.
After Wabash, Dan earned his JD at Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law.
Mike Thorp ’86 joined Wabash in May as the Dean for Enrollment Management. Admissions Counselor Tyler Wade ’12 shares this update on the department’s focus on alumni aiding admissions recruiting efforts:
“The Wabash College Admissions Office has been incredibly busy since Mike Thorp ’86 took over this summer as Dean for Enrollment Management. Among the first orders of business for Dean Thorp and his staff was a reimagination/revitalization of our recruitment efforts involving Wabash Alumni. To that end, the staff in Admissions has relaunched “Spreading the Fame,” their alumni admissions newsletter.
December’s edition contains a passionate articulation of the value of a Wabash education from Dean Thorp, as well as inside information on the decision making process used by our Admissions staff in evaluating applications. Click here to read this month’s newsletter.”
Alumni in Action: Jared Grigsby ’01 (left) pictured with fellow 2015 Alumni Admissions Fellow award winner David Hayhurst ’83. Hayhurst recruited Grigsby to Wabash!
Dr. John L. Mikesell ’64 recently received the National Tax Association’s Steven Gold Award: “In recognition of his outstanding contributions to state and local fiscal policy and his ability to span the interests of scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and advocates with great integrity and evenhandedness.” John proudly regards receiving the Gold Award as the highest honor in his distinguished career as an expert on public finance.
John has been the Chancellor’s Professor at the Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Health since 2008. His areas of interest include: governmental finance, especially questions of policy and administration of sales and property taxation; state lotteries; public budgeting; and public finance in countries of the former Soviet Union. After Wabash, he earned his M.A., University of Illinois and his Ph.D., University of Illinois.
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Dale Petrie ’75 will join the mayor’s staff as Director of Operations for the city of Crawfordsville, a new position created since Crawfordsville was named a Stellar Community in August. The Stellar Community program is designed to fund development projects in Indiana’s smaller cities and towns. Click here to read the news story.
Dale recently retired from Sommer Metalcraft where he was project development manager. Dale and his family have lived in Crawfordsville since he graduated from Wabash. His wife, Linda, works at Lilly Library and son Daniel ’07 is an attorney in town.
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U.S. Navy Lt. Cdr. Shawn M. Morris ’02 is the medical administration officer and assistant department head aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. One of his primary functions on the ship while deployed is arranging medical evacuations for patients requiring a higher level of care than can be provided shipboard. In November, Shawn was able to host his parents on a week-long Tiger Cruise, which offers friends and family the opportunity to see what life is like aboard ship.
After Wabash, Shawn earned an MBA in hospital administration from the University of South Florida.
Tom (TW) Whowell ’62, his family, and staff at Gordy’s Marine were named 2015 Top 100 Dealer of the year for the second year in a row by Boating Industry at a black tie Gala in November. Gordy’s Marine is in its 60th year in the marine business, located in Fontana, Wisconsin.
Click here to read more about the Gordy’s story and click here for an interview with TW in the Wabash Magazine.
Congratulations, Whowell’s and Gordy’s!
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