Nathan Klatt '01 – Colts' good luck charm?

Nathan Klatt ’01 just might get asked back to play the National Anthem at the next Indianapolis Colts game – when he opened with the giant flag on the field yesterday at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts beat the Tennessee Titans 27-13 for their first win of the season! 

Nathan is vocalist/fiddle/mandolin in the Indianapolis-area cover band My Yellow Rickshaw.  In this short video, he talks about his upcoming gig with the Colts.  Click here to hear how it sounded at the game.  Go Blue!  Go Colts!  Go Nathan!

Sun King Strikes Again

Sun King Brewery will be part of a biz blog about Indiana’s expanding microbrewery industry next month in the Jan-Feb 2012 issue of BizVoice, part of Building a Better Indiana, The Business Blog of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. 

Sun King owner and Indiana Chamber member Clay Robinson ’97 had so much information to share with the blogger, that he has devoted a separate blog to S.K, which you can read today.  Click here to enjoy the Dec. 14 conversation with Clay, then check out the rest of the brewery article in January.

Schmidt and Barnette have The Spirit

Wabash scored two at The Starkey Entrepreneurial Award ceremony last May.  In addition to recognizing women entrepreneurs with awards, The Starkey Entrepreneurial Spirit Award is presented to one man and one woman who demonstrate the same courage and tenacity, but not necessarily as entrepreneurs themselves.  The 2011 Spirit Award winners were:

Dr. Thomas Schmidt ’78, Indiana’s first surgical breast oncologist, founder of the Breast Care Center of Indiana, and currently the medical director of St. Vincent Hospital’s breast program since 2003.  Tom was biology major at Wabash and received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in 1988 before returning to Indianapolis.

Charlene Barnette has dedicated her life to helping families and children as a speech and hearing therapist and working with many charities in Indianapolis, including the Family Support Center, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and the Indiana Chapter for Prevention of Child Abuse amongst many causes.  Her husband is Wabash Trustee Joe Barnette ’61.  Charlene is also a serious supporter of Wabash College:  At the Class of 1961 50th reunion last June, she hosted 110 people at her home on Saturday evening.  Following a reception indoors, the group moved to a giant tent on the lawn just as a major thunderstorm moved through . . .

The Starkey Awards are sponsored by Harrison & Moberly LLP; Ms. Marti Starkey, Attorney; and Indianapolis Woman magazine.  Click here to see the story as reported on page 40 in the magazine.

Rev. Josh Patty ’99 moves to new church

Rev. Josh Patty ’99 is now the senior pastor of Eastgate Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Independence, MO. Josh received his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College and his master’s of divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School.   He was ordained in the Illinois/Wisconsin Region and moved to Eastgate from the Central Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, in Fairmont, W.Va.  Josh delivered his first sermon in Independence on December 4.  An installation service is planned for a later date. 

Josh was active in numerous activities and organizations as a student on campus, but always knew what his career choice would be:  “. . . Though he brought with him to Wabash a passion for music and interests in debate, law, and journalism, his strong interest in religion hit him like a brick during the second semester of his sophomore year.”   “[Josh} had heard that our religion department had one of the best undergraduate teaching faculties in the nation and thought I couldn’t pass up the chance to take some classes.”   (Click here to read the entire feature story from the winter 1999 Wabash Magazine.)

Steve Badger '87 – . . . ask a busy man

Recently, we reported that Steve was named to Indiana’s ICCLE for attorney education.  This month, Steve was elected chair of the Professional Legal Education, Admissions, and Development section (PLEADS) of the Indiana Bar Association, effective in fall 2012.  A main initiative of PLEADS is a mentor program for young attorneys.  Steve is a partner at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in Indianapolis.  Congrats again, Steve!

Big Bro Kelly Pfledderer '96

Big Bro Kelly Pfledderer ’96

Kelly Pfledderer ’96 has been in a Big Brother friendship with Vince, from Indianapolis, since 2005.  Click here to read the Indianapolis Star story about The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, how Kelly and Vince met, and how that meeting has evolved into a real friendship over the past few years — a payoff for both Vince and Kelly!