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.