Daniel Ranschaert ’12 – young, dedicated, and a teacher

After graduating from Wabash last May, Daniel Ranschaert ’12 took a detour from his planned business career and ended up in Arizona teaching in Tucson’s Catholic schools in poor neighborhoods.  The program, run by The University of Notre Dame, is the Alliance for Catholic Education, which trains young college grads to teach in needy schools for a two-year commitment.  After a day of providing education, Catholic theology, social service, and just plain friendship at San Xavier Mission School, Daniel shares his successes, frustrations, and inspirations with a house full of other young teachers with the same dedication.

Click here to read more about Daniel in The New York Times.

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Joshua Lott for The New York Times

Charlie Kelly '11 – SquareJive'in

Yesterday Charlie Kelly ’11 took part in a contest to promote his new business idea called SquareJive, a seamless social sharing platform to help find community and social events aligned with your interests. .  Charlie and 11 other entrepreneurs competed at Lucas Oil Stadium in just one step of a contest for high tech startup businesses competing to win $15,000 at a Powder Keg event on Friday, October 19.

Click here to see Charlie on the front page of Indiana Business Journal online and link in to the story to watch Charlie in action pitching his idea in five minutes in front of four judges.  The prize:  $15,000 to be awarded at a Powder Keg event on Friday evening.

Good luck, Charlie and SquareJive!

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 IBJ photo/M. King

Mark Holcomb '84 receives Distinguished Service Award

Mark Holcomb ’84 was awarded the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Distinguished Service Award on September 21. The award recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves in service to their communities in ways far exceeding traditional, business, and civic duties.

Holcomb was recognized for his long record of service to organizations in the Tacoma, WA area, including the Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound, the Tacoma YWCA, and the Salvation Army.

Mark is a partner at Morton McGoldrick, P.S., in Tacoma.

Fall Break Begins

Fall 2012

Talked to a number of guys yesterday…the last day of classes before Fall Break.  To a man they were all ready for a couple of days of rest.

They take off today through Sunday…only 4 days.  But the Thanksgiving break for them is a week long…then the Holidays are right around the corner. Oh the life of a student (don’t tell them I said that!)

Grunge and CINC Grunge head to St. Louis tomorrow.  My last road trip until the playoffs.  The Grand Canyon trip is at the end of the month.



Hon. Vincent F. Grogg ‘55 earns Living Legacy Award

Hon. Vincent F. Grogg ‘55 received the 2012 Living Legacy Award in Covington, IN, for “contributions to the community of Covington.”  Since graduating from Wabash and then Indiana University School of Law in 1958, Judge Grogg and his wife, Millie (whom he met on a blind date in Crawfordsville), have lived the next 54 years in Covington, where he was an attorney and judge in the Fountain County Circuit Court, and a volunteer and supporter of Covington and Fountain County. He has been active with Little League baseball, junior high school football as coach, Boy Scouts, Sunday school teacher, and the local community foundation.

At Wabash, Vince received the David W. Peck Medal for Eminence in Law in 1996, and as a student he was president of Sphinx Club in 1953-54, a member of Beta Theta Pi, and an athlete in football and baseball.

Click here to read about the surprise celebration last Sunday.  Congratulations, Judge Grogg!

Dr. Sean Blackwell ’89 named new department chair at Univ. of Texas/Houston

Dr. Sean Blackwell, M.D. ’89 is the new chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at University of Texas in Houston.

Sean is an associate professor and has been serving as interim chair of the department for the past year. He received his undergraduate degree from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., with an A.B. in biology and the classics. He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford, Ill. He completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency and maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at Wayne State University in Detroit. Blackwell was on the faculty at Wayne State University and also at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., before joining UTHealth.

Sean is also principal investigator for Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network at UTHealth; directs the Larry C. Gilstrap M.D. Center for Perinatal and Women’s Health Research at UTHealth; and serves as the assistant dean for Healthcare Quality in Perinatal Medicine and Women’s Health. Sean will also serve as the chief of service for Obstetrics and Gynecology at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital at the Texas Medical Center.  Click here to read the complete news release.

Congratulations, Sean!


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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Chuck Beemer, The Civil War, and The Wabash Connection

If you are a Civil War buff, be sure to keep Thursday, October 18 open to attend a program hosted by the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum in Crawfordsville. Chuck Beemer will present the final Civil War Lecture of 2012 about General Lew Wallace, “Breakfast at Fort Donelson,” at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. Click here to link to the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum blog for more details about the program.

Chuck, who resides in North Carolina, is Vice President of the Western North Carolina Civil War Roundtable and also serves on the Wallace Scholars Advisory Board to the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum. He holds an MA from the University of Wisconsin and a JD from the University of North Carolina.

The Wabash Connection is that he is a direct descendent of the first family of Wabash, The Caleb Mills Family.  His great-great grandmother was Julia Mills Gregg, a daughter of Caleb Mills.  His father was Gordon G. Beemer, 1996 honorary alumnus and great friend to Wabash College.  Chuck and his brother, Mike Beemer, and their families are the only living descendants of Caleb Mills, who was the first principal and only teacher at the founding of Wabash College and founder of the Indiana Public School System.

Growing up in Crawfordsville, Chuck’s childhood must have been filled with stories about the history of the Mills Family and Wabash College and the Civil War.  One relative who served in the Civil War was 1st Lt. Benjamin Marshall Mills, 49th US Infantry, Chuck’s great-great uncle.  Marshall Mills was the only surviving son of Caleb Mills.  After the war, Marshall returned to Wabash to graduate in 1868 and began his medical studies, and then died suddenly.  This blog by archivist Beth Swift eloquently tells his story and a little more history about Wabash and Crawfordsville.