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Wally at The Wheel Big Success

Howard W. Hewitt – The third annual spring alumni symposium was the biggest yet! Wally at The Wheel drew more than 150 to dinner and a car show Friday night in Knowling Fieldhouse.

Throughout the afternoon Wabash faculty and alumni presented 45-minute talks on issues, history, and the culture of the automobile in society. If you weren’t able to make it and would like to here the symposium talks, click here for the Wally At The Wheel playlist on our Wabash College YouTube page.

Click here to see more on the day-long symposiums. Here are some Kim Johnson photographs of the cars featured in the evening car show. And here are some Tom Runge photos from the car show.

The day was capped by the much-anticipated car show and remarks by General Motors Vice President of Finance and Treasurer, Jim Davin ’85. Davlin titled his talk, Visionaries Wanted: Reshaping the Auto Industry for a Sustainable Future.

Davlin, a member of the Wabash College Board of Trustees, took to the podium with a 2012 Chevy Volt and 2012 V8 Camero on his right and a beautiful 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air on his left.

Davlin’s multi-media presentation included television commercials which help paint the future of General Motors. He spent time talking about the key leaders throughout the company’s history and how they shaped the auto industry as we know it today.

Bringing Wabash into the equation, Devlin noted several Wabash graduates who have also played a key role in the auto industry.

“I like the skills students at Wabash and other liberal arts colleges learn,” he said. “Those graduates will be the differentiators of the auto industry of the future. I hope some of them will join me in the years to come.”

Below is a Wabash College video looking at some of the cars and conversation with their owners.

Ingram ’10 Representing Abercrombie

The very successful careers of Wabash men are well documented. The College is known for its graduates who become doctors, lawyers, and business leaders.

Ingram '10 talks about his work for Abercrombie & Fitch.

But a liberal arts education can take a graduate anywhere. The story of Alex Ingram ’10 is a perfect example. Alex is an International Recruiting Analyst for Abercrombie & Fitch. Ingram was on campus Feb. 8 to recruit students interested in a career. The business side offer far more than the stereotype.

Ingram started to work in an Indianapolis Abercrombie retail store while at Wabash. The company had a casting call for models and he applied. He worked doing runway shows and other assignments through his time at Wabash.

Six months ago he left law school in Chicago to move to the company’s headquarters in Columbus, Oh. He does analysis of the company’s recruiting practices and goes out on the road as a recruiter as well.

Ingram never had an upper level statistics class at Wabash and never imagined doing the kind of analysis that’s now a part of his daily routine. “But Wabash taught me how to tackle problems and how to see the bigger picture,” he said. “A liberal arts education is perfect for a position like mine.”