Ryne Ruddock ’16- Herald Bulletin

Ryne Ruddock Summer Internship 2014Ryne Ruddock ’16- May 19 marked the start of a new experience for me both as a student, and as a person. Monday, May 19, I started my first day at my internship generously provided by the Lilly Endowment. The Herald Bulletin, located in downtown Anderson, IN, brought me in and has worked with me each and every day of the week, molding me and picking my brain, in an effort to better develop my journalism.

Scott Miley, my direct supervisor and features editor for the Herald Bulletin, has sat down and gone over my work, emphasizing both my strengths and weaknesses. I have covered a variety of stories, from simple things like talking to race fans to get their experience of short-track racing, to more complex, detailed work, such as working on a three-part series for Anderson’s downtown project.

Each day has presented a new challenge, whether it be rushing to cover a developing story, or looking back through old articles while reporting a new ‘twist’ to a story. Going out to cover the sites and action has been a new experience too.

I have had an opportunity to speak with some important, generous, and sincere people while working here. I got an opportunity to speak with a Christian organization that helps ex-cons find work and rehabilitate themselves. That experience alone made an enormous impact on me. Seeing these men, some not much older than me, who had made a mistake and served time for it, coming together and trying to return to the path of righteousness was amazing.

I have also had the privilege of covering some major stories, such as a D-Day tribute (June 6) when I got to speak with a living veteran who was a part of the attack on Omaha Beach that day in Normandy, France. Mr. Mehling, the veteran I spoke with, was a kind-hearted, sweet man who thoroughly enjoyed speaking with me about his experience.

I have not always had a feature story to write, but working on various stories, the time constraints, I have to complete the stories, and the people I have had the opportunity to meet along the way have truly helped make this a great experience. This internship has been such a blessing and I am thankful for Lilly Endowment and Herald Bulletin for making this possible.

Hemant Sah ’17– Health Department

Hemant Sah Summer Internship 2014Hemant Sah ’17 – I am thankful to Fountain-Warren County Health Department for giving me an opportunity to work with them. I am on an eight week long internship that focuses on addressing public health issues.

I knew public health is about rendering health services to as many people as you can. But the internship made me realize my knowledge was very basic. Public health is a very broad topic, beyond what I had thought. It refers to all the organized measures and informed choices of society, organizations, communities and individuals to prevent diseases, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole. Public health organizations (here, Fountain-Warren County Health Department) plan activities based on population health analysis, and aim to provide the conditions in which people can be healthy and completely eradicate threatening diseases.

The Fountain & Warren County Health Department recognizes that health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Therefore, they dedicate their services to help the citizens of both Fountain and Warren County achieve and maintain their highest level of health.  As part of my internship, I assist the health workers and professionals to monitor and diagnose the health concerns such as vaccination and control of infectious diseases, safer workplaces, safer and healthier foods, safe drinking water, health of mother and infants, tobacco use and abuse, and prescription drug abuse, etc.

I have diverse tasks both menial and exciting. I am responsible for entering data into the State’s system and expedite the paperwork. Exciting tasks include meetings with the county commissioners, analyze surveys, produce reports and, examine CT and MRI scans. I also got to do food inspections at grocery stores and restaurants in both counties. I received training to dispatch and manage emergency services like fire department, local hospital and, law enforcement. I input septic system information into iTOSS (Indiana’s network for
Tracking of On-site Sewage Systems). iTOSS keeps records of all new and old septic records which can be assessed by any health worker within the state. There is another similar system called CHIRP which keeps record of immunization of the county’s population within the state. I also assisted the health educator during the Park’s Program to educate kids on use of sunscreen and sun safety. Community Action Program (CAP) is an important initiative that adopted several ways that Indiana is trying to stop all forms of tobacco use.

I also got a chance to pick a health issue for my own project to be completed by the end of the internship. As obesity is one of the major public health issues in both Fountain and Warren County. I chose obesity, for my independent project. Last year’s Community Health Needs Assessment survey revealed that 34% of the population of the bi-county area is obese. The data also coincides with the United States’ one-third obese population. Therefore, I’m working to organize a private screening of ‘FED UP’. The documentary examines the truth behind “low-fat foods”, sugar intake, corporate politics and advertising of processed food. The documentary is not scheduled to be released in Indiana and I advise everyone reading this blog to watch ‘FED UP’. The movie director urged ‘everyone who eats’ to watch the documentary. It will change the way you think about food.

Lastly, I would like to reflect on what all these information and experience have helped me to accomplish. I am from a Nepal but we have similar health issues in Nepalese community. Nepal is yet to recognize prescription drug abuse and sun exposure as a potential risk to public health. We do recognize tobacco abuse as a public health issue but the actions being taken fail to be aggressive and effective. When I go back, I can propose the authorities, these successful steps that the health department and Indiana have taken to tackle health issues of my community in Nepal.

All this would not have been possible without a Wabash College and the Lilly Endowment Fund. I express my heartiest gratitude to Lilly Endowment, Inc. which has made a wide range of new programs and opportunities available for students to hone leadership skills and work experience across the state. I also thank all the alumni and friends of Wabash who donate Wabash to produce capable men.

Connor Sullivan ’15- Triton Brewing Company

pcsulliv15Connor Sullivan ’15- For the Triton Brewing Company internship there are four parts that make up the internship as a whole.  These four parts are divided up according to the four parts of this business:  sales, production, tasting room and operations.  With the internship position spanning a period of eight weeks, each section of the internship last two weeks.  I first started off in sales.  For this period I followed our sales director around and learned the process of acquiring new customers as well as how to maintain and build upon relationships that Triton Brewing Company already had with prior customers.  The production side of the business is the behind the scenes part.  Here I learned about the brewing process and how the beer, then packaged and readied for shipment.  Triton Brewing Company has a tasting room on the front part of the building.  This is a bar scene where guests are able to come in and enjoy our products and others that we find quite favorable as well.  I took part in the event planning, how to run and operate the tasting room and was given the chance to serve our final product on some days, as well.  The final part of this internship is the operations.  Operations involve the financial part of running the brewery.  It can involve anything from paying bills, collecting payments and keeping inventory of what we have and what we need to buy.  Overall, this has been a very exciting and informative experience.  Not only have I been given the chance to learn about business and how to run a small business, but I was able to learn about the entire brewing process.  I would like to thank the Lilly Endowment, Inc for their support and thank them for giving me the opportunity, and all other Wabash men, of having an internship in our state.

Tyler Trepton ’16- Leonard-McDowell

Tyler Trepton Summer Internship 2014


Tyler Trepton ’16- Being from Northwest Indiana “The Region” it never occurred to me to extend my internship search past the Chicago land area. I started doing some research and saw the developing technology startup boom in the Indianapolis area, and I was sold. After doing some research I stumbled across Leonard-McDowell a small Indianapolis Tech Company with a list of previous interns, Ben Cook, Tyler Ownesby, Jared Valentine, and many more. After speaking to Jared a previous intern said the internship was an enjoyable learning opportunity.

Since my first day in May, Frank started the ball rolling quickly with Will and I for a busy and productive summer. It did not take long for me to realize that Frank is basically the man who knows everyone in Indianapolis. The different meetings and random meet ups he constantly found someone he knew allowing me to network and interact with people in the technology industry in Indianapolis. It has been a privilege to work with Frank and the rest of Leonard McDowell; I would like to thank them for accepting me as one of the interns for the summer, and providing me with a great learning experience.

So what have I been doing the past month? To start I have become Veeam VMSP and VTMSP certified to sell and market their product. Also, I have become Spiceworks certified or what they call a “Spicehead”. In addition, I have expanded my knowledge of Smartfile, Solidfire, and Scale Computing where I can help sell and market their product. On the other side of sales I am in the process of developing a technical chart for an app. Visit for more information. Finally, I have had the opportunity to do a lot of networking in attending different events like VMUG, VTUG, Techpoint, and many more!

My favorite part of the internship so far was being able to experience the Indianapolis Strawberry Festival. Frank and I had a quick meeting at the Starbucks on Monument Circle, and after we headed for an early dessert before dinner. It was a beautiful day and a great experience I would never have experienced if it weren’t for Leonard McDowell.

To conclude, I would like to thank the Lilly Endowment Fund, without them none of this would be possible. Their partnership with Wabash College has and will continue to help the young Wabash men continue to pave their way to a successful future.

Hauser ’15 Working Science Skills in Alaska

Wes Hauser ’15 – Before this summer, I never imagined I would travel to a small town in south-central Alaska to hone my abilities as a scientist. However, here I sit in Homer, Alaska delivering an update describing just that. This summer I’m working on a series of projects with Smithsonian scientist and Wabash Alum Dr. Dennis Whigham, who I worked with last summer at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland. While my work from last summer was largely laboratory-based (and can be found here), the nature of my research this summer is strikingly different.
Wes Hauser working in Alaska fields.

Wes Hauser working in Alaska fields.

My attention is primarily focused on two research projects in Homer. The first explores the impact of landscape features on the nutrient cycling of two headwater streams. This involves collecting leaf litter and soil core samples from fertilized and unfertilized portions of the stream in an attempt to profile how Nitrogen moves through these systems. Previous work has shown that inorganic nitrogen is crucial to the vitality of juvenile fish communities in these streams; therefore, several management implications will emerge based upon how the surrounding wetlands source and store this valuable nutrient.

The second project I’m undertaking centers around a commonly occurring Alaskan bog orchid, Platanthera dilatata. Relatively little information marks the species’ population structure and reproductive biology, so I’ve been collecting those measurements from three distinct populations near Homer. I’ve also set up several pollination experiments and exclosures to determine the nature of how the species reproduces. Information from this project will be used to update the North American Orchid Conservation Center (NAOCC), an online orchid information database governed by SERC.
While I’ve devoted much of my time to these two projects, I’ve also had several enriching experiences outside of my research pursuits. Taking time to enjoy the stunning natural environments of Alaska has been high on my list, and tide-pooling, trips to the beach, and hikes in the woods have all made my time here phenomenal. I’ve also had the chance to explore several museums in Homer that have outlined the community’s rich history (particularly through its ties to commercial fishing).
Needless to say, this internship experience has broadened my horizons both as a scientist and as a young naturalist. I’m grateful to the Wabash College Biology Department and the SERC Plant Ecology Lab for funding for this opportunity. I’m also thankful for my research mentor, Dennis Whigham.

Crouch ’17 Gentleman in DC

Crouch '17 looks down over the Capitol Building on July 4th

Crouch ’17 looks down over the Capitol Building on July 4th

Cole Crouch ‘17 – For the summer of 2014, I am interning in Washington, D.C. for Congressman and Wabash alumnus Todd Rokita ’92. Before I jump into the details, I would like to thank the Coonses and the Wabash College Political Science Department for awarding me and continuing to award numerous Wabash students with the Harold M. and Margaret R. Coons Public Service Internship Award. Their gracious gift has allowed me to experience this incredible opportunity that may not have been available to me otherwise. I am too thankful for the sacrifices my family has made so that I may experience this opportunity.

Together with my first year at Wabash College, interning in the 2nd Session of the 113th United States Congress has been the most rewarding experience of my life. Seriously. Since my first day, I have gained such a keen sense of the legislative process. As a member of Congressman Rokita’s office, I am continually informed about specific legislation pertaining to citizens nationwide and directly to those residing in Indiana’s 4th district. Everyday, I am challenged with tasks that stretch my developing liberal arts education. From drafting memos about specific issues or proposing additional questions for committee hearings, to giving Capitol building tours, listening and reading constituents’ calls, write-ins or emails/faxes addressing their concerns, I am always being tested as a writer, critical thinker and listener. Most days, my Intern Coordinator or a Legislative Assistant will assign me an interesting project. For example, I was assigned a project requiring me to review and propose additional questions on a budget hearing entitled the “President’s FY (Federal Year) 2015 Request for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism.” Congressman Rokita is a member of the House Budget Committee where the notable Congressman Paul Ryan serves as Chairman. For this project, I reviewed the briefing, proposed a few questions of my own and attended the hearing. At the hearing, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, the nation’s second highest-ranking military officer, Admiral James Winnefeld, along with other high-ranking federal officials were witnesses in a Q&A. These hearings, along with House Floor debates and intern guest lectures, like a recent talk by Majority-Leader Elect, Kevin McCarthy, are all among my favorite aspects of the internship.


A photo of the Capitol Building Crouch snapped after work one day

The Capitol Building, taken after work 

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St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Capitol Hill















While I continue to work hard on the Hill, I also enjoy my summer in D.C. The sights, sounds and scenes are fantastic here! On the weekends, apart from being a sports fan constantly glued to the TV watching baseball and soccer, I have visited the zoo, monuments, memorials and museums. I watched the World Cup Final at a watch party with over 1,000 fellow soccer fans! I started attending church again at the St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Capitol Hill. The daily experiences are each so impressive and sensational. From savoring the jovial conversations with my professors and fellow Wallies at an early summer (yet so familiar/common student-faculty) dinner, to making new friendships with students from all walks of the country, there has been a seemingly unfair amount of networking and social sphere. Go figure. College is all about learning and doing more, right? Wabash College is not just about learning more and doing more but also NETWORKING more. In this town, knowing how to interact, as a gentleman, especially, has not gone unnoticed. Those Midwestern manners have not either. Wallies, always remember, “The student is expected to conduct himself at all times, both on and off campus, as a gentleman and a responsible citizen.”

Dr. Gelman, Crouch, and Dr. Drury after the networking dinner (not pictured: Dylan Miller '16 and Jacob Burnett '15, who also attended)

Dr. Gelman, Crouch, and Dr. Drury after the networking dinner (not pictured: Dylan Miller ’16 and Jacob Burnett ’15, who also attended)

Spending this summer in the nation’s capitol has been an honor and a life-changing experience that I am certain will remain in my memory for the rest of my life. I recognize this internship has enabled tremendous growth as a young professional and citizen. I know that the knowledge and skills learned will be increasingly more useful in the future. I am so grateful for Wabash College and her great opportunities like this one. I highly recommend future students interested in public policy or the government to apply for the Harold M. and Margaret R. Coons Public Service Internship Award. Applications are made available through the Wabash College Political Science Department. Additionally, I would recommend contacting Todd Rokita’s Office about opportunities regarding potential internships. My best wishes to all the other summer interns as they conclude their journeys and I look forward to seeing everyone this fall!





Gierke ’17 Path To Law

Brett Gierke ‘ 17 – Working at the Law Office of Jeffrey Boggess this summer has been absolutely fantastic. Every day of work is different. Each client comes in with their own stories, which makes every case unique and interesting. Brett Gierke Summer Internship 2014

While at the office, I’ve had the opportunity to watch Mr. Boggess as well as his associate attorney, Scott Bieniek, deal with cases such as dissolutions, child custody, personal injury, a dispute about a land easement, issues that arise when a will is not filled out entirely, name changes, criminal activity, small claims, litigation, real estate, CHINS, paternity, protective order, guardianship, and wills and trusts.

Over the past six weeks I’ve been able to learn through many hands on activities. I have sat in on mediations and facilitations, written letters to other attorneys (which allowed me to see the style of writing an attorney would use), created exhibits for a court case, scanned case documents into the firm’s computer system, reviewed case files to prep for upcoming hearings; and I’ve seen how a lawyer conducts himself while in the office with clients, as well as while in the courtroom.

This internship has helped to enhance my liberal arts education by showing me you must remain open-minded in order to experience the big picture. After all, that does play a large role in what a liberal arts education represents. Having the opportunity to work here has helped increase my desire to go to law school. I’ve been able to see the effort a lawyer must put into his work every single day; but in the end, I feel it’s worth it to help someone in a time of need. I would like to thank the Lilly Endowment, Inc. for the generosity in encouraging internships in Indiana and providing me with this wonderful opportunity. I would also like to give a special thanks to Mr. Jeffrey Boggess (class of ’89) for allowing me to be his chosen intern for the summer and for showing me what a Wabash man is.

Groff ’15 Non-For Profit Experience

Ethan Groff ‘ 15 – First of all I would like to thank the Lilly Endowment for their funding, which makes this all possible, and Mr. Roland Morin, Wabash class of ’91, for recommending me to apply for this internship. Over the past 6 weeks I have been the Intern at the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library (MPHPL). So, I’m a librarian you ask? Nope, not at all! However, over the past 6 weeks I have been given the opportunity to be everything in the library except the librarian (Librarians need an MLS after all). In my brief stint here at the library I have been simultaneously exposed to the world of non-for profits, and the world of education. My internship is focused around a set of projects that my bosses want me to help the library with. These include; group projects, from website design meetings to a presentation and discussion of Hoopla (an online based resource rapidly gaining popularity with libraries across the country), to individual projects, such as working on a Social Media plan, doing research on other libraries to help us plan the most up to date programs, and then attending those Summer Reading programs. Some particular highlights include, walking alongside the library in the Memorial Day parade, a local puppeteer putting on a very funny show, visiting different libraries throughout the state to do on-site research, and creating the wireframes that will eventually become the Library’s new website. Every day presents itself with new challenges and surprises, and all of these different activities mean I haven’t had a “regular” day yet!

Ethan Groff Summer Internship 2014

Now of course one of the first questions people ask me is; are you going into Library science after graduation? The answer to that is no, but that doesn’t mean this internship hasn’t been extremely valuable and insightful in helping me discover what it is I do want to do when I graduate. I have seen first-hand what it means to be passionate about ones work. The Librarians here are very passionate about helping people find the right book, but more importantly are passionate about helping people learn. The joy on the faces of the librarians and children during the summer programs (and my own joy that comes from sharing these experiences) has been a powerful teacher. In a more professional sense, this internship has taught me many of the ins and outs of running a company. My boss is in charge of hiring’s at the library, and I have gotten to see the kind of time and effort that is put into hiring new members to a staff (even if I cannot be in the interviews myself).  Through my conversations with Dena (my boss), Donna (the Branch manager at the downtown branch, also technically, another boss), and Dave (The Library director, THE boss) I have been asked to weigh in on matters that affect the entire running of the library. The projects I am currently working on include, helping redesign the website and doing research for the 30th anniversary celebration of our Bittersweet branch (Penn Township). By the end of the summer I will also be able to add budgeting (finance), Public relations, and Marketing to my resume. Needless to say, even though Library Science may not be in my future, this Internship has been very beneficial to me.

Finally, this summer has taught me a great deal about myself. Because a big part of my Internship focuses on projects that I work on independently I have had the opportunity to find out that I can be an excellent self-starter. (I have also found that sometimes I am not!) I have found out that I am very passionate about helping people learn (I think I get that from my mom, a high school teacher). I have found out that I enjoy my job much more when I am working directly with other people. Finally, I have learned that one is never too old to enjoy a good puppet show. Have a wonderful summer everyone!

Jawed ’17 Hazardous Education

Bilal Jawed Summer Internship 2014 (Picture 1)

Jawed ’17 works in his MCHD issued HAZMAT suit

Bilal Jawed ‘ 17 - It’s hot in the Tyvek HAZMAT suit; because the gas mask I’m wearing is airtight, the usual ammonia odors of a methamphetamine-infected house don’t reach my nose. The bright yellow suit, neon green boots, and a double pair of purple gloves make me feel out of my element, but that’s expected interning with the Montgomery County Health Department.

My experiences interning with the MCHD can be summed up in one image: stepping into a shallow puddle only to find yourself drenched because that puddle was much, much, deeper than expected. I entered the internship with an elementary understanding of the role of the health department: checking restaurants here and there and possibly standing by in case of a health emergency. I quickly realized that the health department plays a much larger role in our everyday lives, whether we realize it or not. Whether we are taking a swim at the local pool, enjoying a taco at Little Mexico, or simply relaxing on the back porch, the health department is hard at work in the shadows – testing pool and drinking water, inspecting food temperatures, or adulticiding mosquitoes while we sleep (just as a few examples).

One of the lesser-known duties of the MCHD is overseeing the septic systems in the county. Montgomery County has both dense urban and rural areas, making a countywide sewer system inefficient. The latter groups, including 12-14 thousand households, rely on septic systems. Septic tanks are essentially individual water sanitation systems for households not connected to the city line. Solid waste is separated from liquid waste, which is then filtered naturally through the soil. While this may appear simple, there is a long and strenuous list of regulations the department must oversee. While the average citizen “flushes and forgets,” they probably don’t appreciate the intricate processes, preventing dangerous human waste from harming our health. Worldwide, 40% of the population, practices open defecation which can lead to health risks such as diarrheal diseases, the sixth leading cause of death in low income countries.

As a summer intern one of my goals is to monitor vectors of Montgomery County such as mosquitoes, which spike in the hot and humid Crawfordsville summer. Vectors are any organisms that are possible carriers and transmitters of infectious diseases such as bats, rodents, and your favorite mosquitoes. The vector program has three main components: surveillance, adulticiding and larviciding. Every proper public health measure begins with assessing the situation. The health department accomplishes this by setting traps in possible mosquito environments with human activity. These environments include locations with untreated or standing water without fish, shaded areas, and areas with sewer odor such as the water treatment center. After locating these areas, the Health Department places simple traps with bait and a vacuum. The trapped mosquitoes are then recorded, classified, and sent off to the State Health Department to be tested for West Nile. Areas with high mosquito populations and areas testing positive for West Nile are indicators of where the next two components of the program will be deployed. Adulticides are aerosol sprays that kill adult mosquito organisms on contact. Larvicides on the other hand, attack mosquitoes at their larva or pupa state. Larvicide comes in a solid form, which is spread throughout standing water. The mosquito vector program is proactive, keeping track of mosquitoes and West Nile before it’s too late.

Bilal Jawed Summer Internship 2014 (Picture 2)

I would like to describe an average day in the health department, but there is no such thing. This internship has kept me on my toes because it is essentially not just a single internship, but a multitude crammed into one summer. Just a few of the experiences include: forming a vector control program, attending council meetings, educating the public through newspaper articles, probing for lice, inspecting septic systems, surveying meth-contaminated houses, water testing, analyzing data, county mapping, dipping for larvae, and the list grows with each day. I may not be an expert in any of these (at least not yet), but I have gained a greater understanding and appreciation of our health. I would like to thank Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Wabash College Career Services for this amazing opportunity.

Antalis ’16 CineMagic Sportsline

Adam Antalis ’16- I am within the fifth week of my eight-week summer internship at CineMagic Adam Antalis Summer Internship 2014- a small company based out of Griffith, Indiana. The company creates Hollywood style movie posters of sports teams, players, and events. Rich Ramirez Jr. started this company after he created one of these posters after he coached his son’s team to a baseball championship, and the idea was a hit. Since 2010, CineMagic Sportsline has grown to supply these posters to Pop Warner leagues, high schools and middle schools, travel baseball, softball and soccer organizations. Growing up in a heavy sporting environment, I was naturally drawn to this company, and thought the posters would have been a perfect way to preserve those memories. After applying to many internship positions I accepted this one because I wanted to work with something that I was interested in and something that would bring joy to its customers.

Chet Turnbeaugh ’14 played an essential role in the whole process of my internship, even from the very first phone interview. He decided not to inform me that he was currently at Wabash during the interview, which makes sense looking back. Chet has been my main resource while working with the company and has been a great person to work with during this whole process. The daily conversations, texts, and phone calls we exchange have allowed me to gain an enormous understanding of how an expanding, yet still small company functions. There is always something that can be done for a company like such. Whether my job is to gather contacts and compile data sheets, or to have personal interactions with the clients, I have constantly been doing different kinds of work which increases my understanding of the how the business runs.

I would like to thank the Lilly Endowment Fund for the opportunity to have a productive summer, and an experience that has been one of the biggest learning experiences of my life. Also, Wabash Career Services was great within the whole interview process, as I found many different opportunities through them. There is no doubt that this opportunity provided by the Lilly Endowment and Wabash, is one of the best I could have asked for.