Bill '59 and Dennie Dyer receive Presidential Volunteer Award

 Bill ’59 and Dennie Dyer have been recognized by President Obama and ShelterBox USA with a Presidential Volunteer Service Award for their efforts during 2011 to provide shelter, warmth and dignity for survivors of natural and other disasters worldwide.

In the aftermath of disasters such as the Japan earthquake and tsunami last March, the Dyer’s knew ShelterBox, an international disaster relief charity, would be on the scene. Through the Dyer’s efforts of raising awareness and funds for ShelterBox, the organization was able to provide more than 17,600 ShelterBoxes,  containing a disaster relief tent for an extended family, stove, blankets and water filtration system, among other tools for survival to families throughout the world in 2011.

“I am truly proud to honor our volunteers, who work hard year-round to support ShelterBox and our efforts to help families rebuild their lives across the globe,” said Emily Sperling, ShelterBox USA President. “It’s because of the continuous efforts of our volunteers such as Bill and Dennie that we are able to help so many vulnerable families each year.”

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a special recognition presented on behalf of President Barack Obama. The award is part of a national recognition program created in 2003 through the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation for individuals of all ages who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer activities.

Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth and dignity following more than 170 disasters in 80 countries for earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict victims, by delivering the aid boxes.

Sean Clerget '09 receives Burton Foundation Award

Sean Clerget ’09 was presented a 2012 Burton Foundation Award.  Sean is a student at the George Mason University School Law.  His winning article is entitled, Timing is of the Essence: Reviving the Neutral Law of General Applicability Standard and Applying it to Restrictions Against Religious Face Coverings Worn While Testifying in Court.   Sean was an Articles Editor of George Mason Law Review from 2011 to 2012. 

Click here to read more about the Burton Foundation and the list of 2012 winners, nominated by their law firms or deans of law schools, for plain, clear and concise language in their writing.

Thanks to Josh Bellis ’08 for the news tip!

Monon Bell Rivalry – part of "Indiana's Top 100"

The Wabash-DePauw Monon Bell Game rivalry made the list of top 100 reasons to move a business to Indiana, put out by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

“The list even includes signature traditions such as The DePauw University versus Wabash College annual “Monon Bell” game, our NASA astronaut legacy and big event prowess.”

Click here to read the entire list of reasons why, as listed on Inside Indiana Business.

Dir./Prof/Coach Kyle Long '07

Kyle Long ’07 is Director of Communications, and University Assessment and Compliance Officer, at the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani (AUI-S).  He is part of the Faculty, having taught English Composition and Public Speaking.  And, in his spare time he is known as Head Coach Long, as pictured with the AUI-S Men’s Basketball team (second row, first on the right).

Kyle began his career in higher education as a Research Associate at the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College.  He moved on to research positions with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and joined AUI-S in 2010.  He earned an MA degree from St. John’s (MD).  Kyle maintains his ties to Wabash, being a Teagle Assessment Scholar at the Center of Inquiry since 2008.

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Kane Dawson '94 and new CTCA

Kane Dawson ’94 is President and CEO at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s new Southeast center in Newnan, GA, which is scheduled to open in August 2012.

On May 6, Kane was interviewed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about CTCA, discussing the center’s patient services, staffing, and economic impact on the Atlanta-area.

After Wabash, Kane earned an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. He has worked at CTCA in various capacities since 2002.   His favorite quote, as stated in the AJ-C interview:  “Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” — Vince Lombardi

Randy Head '91 – State Senate Committee Chair

On April 30, Sen. Randy Head ’91 (Indiana R-Logansport) was appointed Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government.

Randy has served in the Indiana State Senate since 2008, and received his J.D. from Indiana University after Wabash. He is in private law practice in Logansport and formerly served as deputy prosecutor for Cass County. He is Chairman of the Courts and Juvenile Justice Subcommittee, is a board member of the Cass County Community Foundation, and a member of the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police and the Indiana Farm Bureau. Randy replaces former Sen. Connie Lawson, now Secretary of State, as Chairman of the Committee on Local Government.

Changes for Chris Cotterill '99 and Ryan Vaughn '00

After nearly three years on the job as Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s Chief of Staff, Wabash alumnus Chris Cotterill ’99 has decided to leave the office to return to the private sector. Stepping into the post is another Wabash man, Ryan Vaughn ’00, who is an attorney at Barnes and Thornburg and serves as a City-County Councilor for Indianapolis and Marion County.

Click here to read the Wabash web story details.  Good job, and good luck, Chris and Ryan!

B. Allen Schulz '87 – musician in NYC

B. Allen Schulz ’87 just let us know about his upcoming music performances in New York City:

“My latest musical composition will be premiered next week here in NYC. I also organized and am running a fairly large new music festival [Queens New Music Festival] here in the city, which is getting some great press coverage.

Here’s a link to a mention of both the festival and me in the NYTimes [look under “Queens New Music Festival” about halfway down on the page]:

My work is being performed twice next week:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 @ 7:30
Greenwich House, 46 Barrow Street, Manhattan
Tickets are $14 online and $20 at the door


Thursday, May 10, 2012
Secret Theatre, Studio 104 (The Little Secret)
44-02 23rd Street, LIC, Queens 11101
Tickets are $14 online and $20 at the door”

Find out more about Allen’s music at his web site:  B Allen Shulz .

Thanks for your news, Allen!

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Dr. Rick Sasso '82/one of top 28 spine surgeons

From a press release this week:  “On April 17, 2012, Orthopedics This Week, named Rick Sasso, M.D. one of the top twenty-eight spine surgeons in America.  He was selected by leading spine surgeons picking the best of their peers.  The spine surgeons who appeared multiple times at the top of the lists became the top in the profession.

Dr. Sasso was quoted as a phenomenal technical surgeon and minimally invasive world leader, by his fellow peers.” 

Indiana Spine Group provides comprehensive spine care for all spinal disorders using the most advanced diagnostic and treatment tools, a major referral and research center for comprehensive spine treatment. Their team approach means the most highly trained specialists work together and bring multiple perspectives to determine the best treatment options, including minimally invasive spine specialists, orthopaedic and neurosurgical spine surgeons.  For more information please visit the website at