Ken Turchi '80 lives his Back to the Future

Ken’s Indianapolis home will be featured on the June 2 Indiana Landmark’s fifth annual tour:  Back to the Future:  A Mid-Century Modern Home Tour of homes in two north side Indianapolis neighborhoods.  All proceeds from the event support efforts to recognize and preserve fine examples from the mid-century period statewide.

Ken’s family home where he grew up in Crawfordsville was of contemporary design with Danish modern furniture, and his own home on the tour, built in 1954, contains original mid-century furniture by well-known designers.  He moved to this home a few years ago after admiring it for many years, and has furnished it true-to-period with vintage pieces.

Ken was an Economics major at Wabash and has a J.D. from Indiana University.  He is assistant dean of marketing at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, and is a former Indiana Landmarks board member.

Click here to read more about Ken’s home and the Mid-Century Modern Tour this Saturday.

Alan McLaughlin '79 named office managing shareholder

Littler Mendelson, P.C. (Littler), the nation’s largest employment and labor law firm representing management, has named Alan McLaughlin [Wabash 1979] office managing shareholder of its Indianapolis office.  

Alan has earned national recognition for his legal skills, was named by Chambers USA as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; one of the Best Lawyers in America in 2012; and a Super Lawyer for Employment Litigation – Indiana for nine consecutive years. He has also received the AV Peer Review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Alan is an active member of the Indiana State Bar Association and is a pro bono representative for the Mediation Assistance Program for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1982. 

Congratulations, Alan!

Where in world will you see Wabash?

“This young man was selling spices in the Souk at Rabat, Malta. You never know where those Wabash fans will show up.” 

This photo was taken recently by a friend of a friend during his worldly travels; he must have known that it would eventually make its way back to Wabash!  It’s too bad we’ll never know the story behind the T-shirt – just proves that you should never be surprised whenever Wabash pops up in the world!


Bob Gregerson '85 is new dean at Armstrong Atlantic State

Armstrong Atlantic State University announces the appointment of Robert Gregerson [Wabash 1985] as the university’s new Dean of the College of Science and Technology. As dean, Gregerson will provide oversight and vision for undergraduate students majoring in applied physics, biology, chemistry, computer science, information technology, mathematics and psychology. He will also provide leadership for students seeking pre-professional and graduate degrees.  He has served as Armstrong’s Interim Dean since July 2011.

Congratulations, Bob!

Dr. Raymond Williams offers comments in Faith Forum

Dr. Raymond B. Williams, founder and former director of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, was one of three religious leaders quoted on the topic “Use care in accepting religious interpretations” in the Faith Forum weekly column of the Indianapolis Star on May 19. 

Raymond’s conclusion:  “One cannot know with absolute certainty that any interpretation is correct, even one’s own. Therefore, great humility is required of both interpreters and recipients.”  Click here to read Raymond’s remarks in entirety.

Hanapin and Apparatus recognized at Mira Awards

Two Wabash alumni-owned businesses were finalists in their categories at the TechPoint, Indiana 13th Annual Mira Awards on May12.  TechPoint is a technology growth initiative which recognizes excellence and innovation among Indiana’s outstanding technology industry performers and contributors.

Category – New Media Excellence & Innovation finalist:
Hanapin Marketing LLC; Pat East ’00, President, Bloomington, IN.  A PPC (pay per click) management company founded in 2004, offering premium PPC services to optimize clients’ paid search programs.

Category – IT Services Excellence & Innovation finalist: 
Apparatus, Kelly Pfledderer ’96, President, Indianapolis, IN.  Manages critical business applications and infrastructure, helps clients do more with less by leveraging collaboration and virtualization technologies.  

Congratulations, Pat and Kelly!

Chris Geggie '08 – speaker at Brown's commencement

Brown University announces:  Chris Geggie ’08 will be the Graduate Student Orator at its 244th commencement May 27.  The title of his speech will be “Nothing Without Great Labor.”  He was selected by the Graduate Student Council’s nominations committee to deliver the address.  Chris will receive the Master of Arts in Classics.  

Chris received a Bachelor of Arts in both Latin and ancient Greek from Wabash, and at Brown he has studied ancient bilingualism and Athenian political propaganda. His thesis explored myths as conceptual metaphors in fifth-century B.C. Athenian funeral orations for the war dead. An active member of the Graduate Student Council, he served as vice president for administration among other roles. He served on the University’s Public Safety Oversight Committee as well as the Campus Life Advisory Board’s Subcommittee on Alcohol and Other Drugs. 

Chris graduated magna cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa and valedictorian) with a B.A. in Latin and Greek (and a minor in English and the Classics) from Wabash, and received several scholarships for original and creative work in the humanities.  He did scholarly research in England, Germany, Italy, and Turkey. After completing a Teach for America training program in Secondary English and Foreign Language instruction, Chris taught English and Latin in high schools in Los Angeles and Indianapolis, and at Wabash he tutored all levels of Latin and Greek.

Congratulations, Chris!

CHARACTER COUNTS! at Wabash and in Crawfordsville

As reported by the Journal Review, Wabash was well represented at the eighth annual Champions of Character Awards Breakfast hosted by CHARACTER COUNTS! in Montgomery County on May 17.  The master of ceremonies for the event was Jim Amidon ’87, Director of Communications and Marketing at Wabash.  Mike Raters ’85, Dean of Students at Wabash, is a board of directors member of CHARACTER COUNTS!

Steve Hoffman ’85 was one of four adults who received an award.  Steve is a senior major gifts officer in the office of college advancement at Wabash College.  He is the president of the board of directors at the Boys & Girls Club of Montgomery County.  “For so many years many of us thought little about the Boys & Girls Club because it just kept doing its job, quietly — allowing kids to have a place to go to make friends, build relationships with adults, and participate in sports, games, and academic tutoring,” Amidon said. “But in these economically challenging times we’re both reminded of the importance of the club and the difficulty of raising funds to do its life-changing work. Never before have we needed the Club as much as we do today, and never before have the challenges to sustaining it been so great.  You are passionate and dedicated; you help create opportunities for character development and leadership through sports and you model for our kids all six of the pillars of Character Counts.”   

Colten Craigin ’13 fit into both the adult and youth Champion of Character categories.  “The Dean of Students’ office at Wabash College nominated you for this award because of the high level of respect everyone in that office has for you,” Amidon told Craigin. “As a rising Wabash senior you have demonstrated leadership and character, but we realize that the Six Pillars of Character at Wabash are talked about differently,” Amidon said. “To be specific, character is defined at Wabash through the Gentleman’s Rule — the student is expected to conduct himself, at all times, both on and off the campus, as a gentleman and responsible citizen. You do that in your leadership of the Inter-Fraternity Council. You have contributed well to discussions and ideas generated by the Dean’s Presidents Council and you are a stalwart example of the importance of taking responsibility — seriously and with integrity.”

Tuttle Middle School teacher Carol Myhre, wife of Paul Myhre, who is Associate Director of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, was one of two teachers who launched a very successful after-school program, “After the Bell”, this past school year.  The program served almost 350 Tuttle students, providing a safe and nurturing place for students to go — a place where they feel comfortable and confident — a place where they belong.” 

Congratulations, Steve, Colten, and Carol!

Dr. Phil Dulberger ’85 named Ind. Univ. Health Quality Partners CEO

The Indianapolis Business Journal announced Monday that Dr. Philip M. Dulberger ’85 has been named CEO of Indiana University Health Quality Partners, a statewide network of more than 2,000 doctors committed to providing clinically integrated care according to evidence-based standards of quality.

Phil has been CEO of the IU Health Saxony hospital in Fishers since it opened late last year. Phil holds a bachelor’s degree from Wabash College and did his medical training at the IU School of Medicine.  He is a board certified anesthesiologist. At Big Bash 2010, he co-presented an on-campus symposium session on “Putting the Doctors in Charge Again: Improving Regional Health Care in the Next Decade,” describing different projects with which he was involved that will help control medical costs while still providing quality care.

Congratulations, Phil!

Ronald Pitcock '91 – On Top 300 Professors list

Ronald L. Pitcock ’91 is Director of Prestigious Scholarships at Texas Christian University’s John S. Roach Honors College, where he is a J. Vaughn and Evelyne H. Wilson Honors Fellow.  In 2012, he received national recognition from The Princeton Review, which named Ron in its The Best 300 Professors publication, upon recommendation by TCU students. Ron has taught undergraduate courses and graduate seminars on rhetoric, writing, literacy, and literature at TCU.  After Wabash, he earned an M.A. at Indiana State University, and his Ph.D. in English and American Literature, with specializations in American Rhetoric, Literacy, and Culture, at the University of Kentucky.

Click here to read about Ron and his recognition and current teaching at TCU.

Congratulations, Ron!


Photo courtesy of
Texas Christian University

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