Atkins ’97 joins Mainstreet

Chris Atkins ’97 will join Mainstreet in Carmel, IN as Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Analytics at the end of June.  Mainstreet is the nation’s largest developer of post-acute health care properties.  Click here for a news release.

Chris has been the Director of the Indiana Office of Management and Budget, reporting to Governor Mike Pence, since 2012. Prior to this role, he served on the Governor’s campaign, as OMB General Counsel and Policy Director for Governor Mitch Daniels, and in a variety of other roles regarding fiscal and tax policy.

After Wabash, Chris earned a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Public Finance at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs –Bloomington, and a JD at Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington.

Congratulations, Chris!

Coy ’92 joins Taft IP staff

Coy_Greg_Candid1Greg Coy ’92 has joined Taft law firm in Indianapolis as a partner in patent and intellectual property law.  His practice covers numerous technologies, including biotechnology, medical and biomedical devices, agriculture, mineral processing, and commercial manufacturing processes.  Click here to read the news release.

After his degree in Biology at Wabash, Greg earned his J.D. from Indiana Maurer School of Law.

Congratulations, Greg!




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Caplin ’89 – summer research led to science career

brian caplinBrian Caplin PhD ’89  “stumbled into scientific research while on his way to medical school and a career as an ophthalmologist. In the summer between his junior and senior year at Wabash College, he worked in his professor’s lab, researching the genetics of an algae.”  Click here to read more about where his campus summer research has led in his career path.

Brian is founder and Chief Science Officer at Fluoresentric, Inc., a company that develops new techniques and processes, including “XCR. “  After Wabash, Brian earned a PhD at Indiana University School of Medicine, Biochemistry and molecular biology and then studied molecular genetics at Ohio State University.



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Fluoresentric, Inc.




Webster ’67 receives emeritus prof status

Jack Webster, Biological Sciences ProfessorDr. Jackson R. Webster PhD ‘67, Professor of Ecology in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of “professor emeritus” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.  Click here to read the news release.

Jack joined Virginia Tech in 1975, where he has taught undergrad and graduate biology and ecosystem classes and researched. In 2012, Jack was honored with Virginia Tech’s William E. Wine Award in recognition of his outstanding work in the classroom.

Congratulations, Jack!



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Virginia Tech.





May ’01 joins CHIP board of directors

Carlos MayCarlos May ’01 is a new board member of the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP).  Carlos is the Senior Executive Policy Advisor to Mayor Greg Ballard, Indianapolis, and also served as the Mayor’s Neighborhood Liaison, Director of Latino Affairs for Indianapolis, and worked with the Indy Eleven Professional Soccer team.

Carlos was a Political Science major.  After Wabash, Carlos earned a JD from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Congratulations, Carlos!

Pohl ’09 enters CMIB PhD program at Michigan State

Calvin Pohl '09 with Prof. Amanda Ingram at Awards Chapel 2015.

Calvin Pohl ’09 with Biology Prof. Amanda Ingram at Awards Chapel 2015.


Calvin Pohl ’09 received the Thomas A. Cole Alumni Prize in Biology at the 2015 Awards Chapel in April.  The Cole Alumni Prize is presented in memory of Professor of Biology Thomas Cole ’58 and his encouragement of research by Wabash graduates who are involved in further study in the area(s) of biology, environmental science, or medicine.

Cal earned his DVM at Purdue University in 2013.  This past April, he joined the Michigan State University PhD program in Comparative Medicine and Integrative Biology (CMIB).

Congratulations, Cal!








Petrie ’75 receives LWV award

DalePetrie9-26Dale Petrie ’75 will be presented the “2015 Making Democracy Work Award” by the League of Women Voters at their 2015 annual meeting this evening in Crawfordsville.  The award recognizes and honors a member of the Crawfordsville community who has been a leader and actively engaged to keep Montgomery County a “strong, fair and vibrant place to live and has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to making democracy work.”  Click here to read the news release.

Dale is manufacturing manager at Sommer Metalcraft Corporation.  He is also active in the community in his church, Crawfordsville School Board and Park & Rec Board, Strawberry Festival, and local museum boards, to name a few of the many organizations he supports.

Dale’s wife, Linda, works in the Lilly Library on campus.

Congratulations, Dale!

Professors Hartnett ’96 and Lamberton scheduled for WWU series talks

Jeremy Hartnett ’96, Associate Professor of Classics at Wabash, and Jill Lamberton, Assistant Professor of English at Wabash, will each speak at a series of lectures Walla Walla University on May 20-23 for the WWU “Big Idea Talks” series.  Click here for the news release.


Hartnett _JJeremy earned his A.B. at Wabash (Classical Civilization) and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan (Classical Art and Archaeology).  He is the Anne and Andrew T. Ford Chair in Liberal Arts and the Department Chair in Classics.  His interests include Roman Urbanism and Social History; Herculaneum, Pompeii, and the Bay of Naples; Architecture and Urban Theory.




Jill is a 1996 graduate of WWU.  She earned a M.A. in English Studies (Victorian Literature) at Western Washington UniversityLambertonDirectory and a Ph.D. in English & Education (Rhetoric & Composition) and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan.  Jill is the Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of English and also teaches Rhetoric courses.


Professor Hartnett and Professor Lamberton are a team in real life, too, as spouses living with their family in Crawfordsville.



Congratulations, Jeremy and Jill!

Collett ’43 receives honorary degree

Dr. Hugh S. Collett ’43 was the 2015 commencement speaker and received an honorary bachelor’s degree from Great Basin College in Elko, Nevada.  Hugh is a founder of Elko Community College, now GBC, and has been on the GBC advisory board since 1967.  He has served and supported the Elko community and higher education in rural Nevada, including teaching classes for LPN’s and EMT’s.  Hugh has been devoted to education, serving on the Elko County School Board for 12 years, and he is Emeritus Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Hugh graduated from Crawfordsville High School and then Wabash College in 1943.  He earned his M.D. from Northwestern University School of Medicine and completed surgical training at the University of Chicago.  He owned a surgical practice in Elko for 30 years until he retired in 1984.

Congratulations, Hugh!

Sawyers ’05 to portray Pres. Obama in movie

Parker sawyersParker Sawyers ’05 will play President Barack Obama in a movie about the Obama’s first date in Chicago.  Click here to read more about the movie, which begins shooting in August.  Parker has worked as a model, musician, and actor.   He also worked for Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, the then-Republican governor of Indiana, before moving into acting.  Parker lives with his family in West London.

Congratulations, Parker!






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The Telegraph.