Austen Crowder '07 Speaks On Campus

Austen Crowder ’07

Austen Crowder ’07 graduated just over five years ago.  She has undergone an interesting journey in those five-plus years.  Austen shared a bit of that journey with a standing room only crowd at lunch yesterday.

It was an up close and personal look at her transition.  Not from a details standpoint but from a look at the emotional bombardment and psychological struggles she faced.


A packed classroom with many standing or seated on the floor

Clearly her Wabash education made a big difference to her thoughtful, courageous effort.

Bill Luckey '82 – President and Head Chef

Dr. William T. Luckey ’82 is president of Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky – which he has earned the right to call “home.”  He became the eighth president of LWC in 1997, having arrived on campus in 1983 to work in the college’s admissions office, then worked his way up to Director of Admissions, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Vice President for Development, and then Vice President for Administration and Finance.

Bill was last on the Wabash campus during Big Bash 2012 to present a colloquium topic, “No Ivy on our Walls,” where he shared the demographics of the LWC and surrounding Appalachian country and how those demographics shape the college’s mission and teaching.  Bill recalled how the impact his own education as a first generation college student at Wabash changed his trajectory. His goal is for Lindsey Wilson College to provide as rich an experience as it can to the students it serves – 82% of whom are first generation students and 72% Pell grant recipients just as he was.

Bill was featured this month in the CASE Currents magazine:  Each Thanksgiving, Bill and his wife, Elise, open their home to everyone on campus for Thanksgiving dinner – guests include lots of students, and perhaps some faculty and alumni, who need a good home-cooked meal for the holidays, shared with the Luckey Family – and home-cooked it is!  Bill and Elise do all of the cooking themselves without any help – and that includes two turkeys, a whole turkey breast, and two hams to serve the anticipated 60 guests each year.  The question is – who gets to do the dishes during the football games on T.V.?

Bill at Big Bash 2012.


Steve Badger ’87 joins Benesch attorneys at law

Steven M. Badger ’87 has joined Benesch in the Litigation Practice Group in its Indianapolis office, representing clients in commercial and complex business litigation matters, arbitrations and appeals. His litigation practice focuses on business disputes, frequently those involving competition in regulated and unregulated industries.

After Wabash, Steve earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University.


Photo courtesy of
Benesch web site. 

Greg Mahoney ’06 joins Mahoney Family Dentistry

Greg Mahoney ’06 has joined Mahoney Family Dentistry as their administration Practice Manager.  Mahoney Family Dentistry is located in South Bend, IN. This year they are sponsoring a novel idea – “Candy Buy-Back Night to Support the Troops,” where families may attend and return any “unwanted” candy from trick-or-treating.  Working with the St. Joe Valley Blue Star Mothers, the candy will be sent to troops overseas, with messages for the troops.

There will also be costumes and games and, oh, yes, healthy snacks for all who attend.  Sweet!