Interesting Weather – It Is Indiana, After All

A Little Ice…On Everything!

On Saturday, it was 59 degrees.

On Sunday, the temperature started dropping and the rain turned to sleet turned to ice.

On Monday, it was 16 degrees as I headed in to work.  A very light snowfall began in the afternoon.

A coating of ice on a lot of the trees and plants.  That, and the temperature, forced some of our young men to put hats and winter coats on…over their shorts!

Must be Indiana.


Ken Turchi ’80 pens history of L.S. Ayres book

Ken Turchi ’80 has long been fascinated with L.S. Ayres & Company, the iconic Hoosier department store that began as a dry good store in the late 1800’s.  Ken even worked at an Ayres store during his college years.  Thousands of Hoosiers remember some connection to Ayres, whether from visits to the store near Monument Circle or stores in several locations across Indiana, to visiting the Ayres Tea Room or magically decorated store windows during the holidays.

Ken’s just-released book, L.S. Ayres and Company: The Store at the Crossroads of America, is available through the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.  Click here to read more about the book.

Ken earned his JD from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and is the Assistant Dean, Communications and Marketing, at Indiana University Maurer School of Law.  He lives in Indianapolis, and completed his book in his spare time over the last few years.

Congratulations, Ken!



Book cover photo courtesy of the
Eugene And Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center

Wabash news in Crawfordsville Education

The Crawfordsville Community School Corporation Board of Education took action last night at its first meeting of 2013:

Dale Petrie ’75 was re-elected as president of the board.

Susan Albrecht, Acquisitions Manager in Lilly Library, will return to the school board as vice-president.

Chris Beedie ’11 was hired as Spanish teacher at Crawfordsville High School.  Chris has just returned to the United States in December from studying at the Universidad Nacional de la Plata in Argentina.

Congratulations, all!

U.S. Rep. Luke Messer ‘91 (R-IN) sworn in on January 3

In addition to his Congressional duties with the 113th session of Congress, Luke Messer ’91 is the Republican freshman class president.  Luke was elected in November from Indiana’s 6th Congressional District.

Click here and select from video playlist on the right to see a video interview with Luke on C-Span on December 28.

About Luke:  Luke is the Congressman for Indiana’s 6th Congressional District, a 19 county region of east-central and southeastern Indiana comprised of manufacturing and agricultural communities. Elected President of the Freshman Class by his peers, Messer serves on the House Committees on Budget, Foreign Affairs, and Education & the Workforce.

Luke and his wife Jennifer have two daughters, one son and three dogs.  Luke has also served as an elder at his church and is the author of a children’s book about Indiana entitled “Hoosier Heart.”

Congratulations, Luke!

C.J. Gum ’12 – That’s Trooper Gum now

Trooper Clayton James Gum ‘12 graduated from the 72nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in December.  Starting last Saturday, he reported to the Lafayette state police post and has been patrolling Montgomery and Fountain Counties with field training officers.  After he completes the year-long probation on the road, he may remain in these counties or he may be assigned to another Indiana district.

C.J. came to Wabash from North Judson, IN.  He was an Economics major who participated in the 2009 Wabash Summer Business Immersion program and was a member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.  As a linebacker and defensive captain for Little Giants football, he earned these honors in his senior year: AFCA­ All-American, ­1st team A­ll-American, NCAC Defensive Player of the Year, NCAC 1st team All Conference.  C.J. is noted as the lone NCAC football player named to the 2011 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America Team.

Congratulations, CJ!


Photo courtesy of
Indiana State Police – Lafayette Dist. 14


Chris Black ’85: new Viamedia CFO

Chris Black ’85 is now Chief Financial Officer of Viamedia, based in Lexington, KY.  Viamedia is the leading independent cable rep firm and provider of online advertising services.  After Wabash, Chris earned his MBA from Indiana State University.

Chris has worked in senior finance management in a variety of industries, most recently as CFO of Vivint, Inc., one of the largest home security companies in the world.

Click here to read more about Chris.  Congratulations!

Tim Emmitt '62 named Illinois Super Lawyer

For the sixth straight year since 2007, Tim J. Emmitt ’62, attorney with Roetzel & Andress LPA in Chicago, was named a 2013 Illinois Super Lawyer by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine.  Tim is Co-Partner-in-Charge of Roetzel’s Chicago office.  His legal concentration is in estate and trust planning.  After Wabash, Tim earned his JD degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Congratulations (once again!), Tim!

Zach Medler ’01 – diversified artist worth checking out!

Last fall, Indiana artist Zach Medler ’01 teamed up with a fellow artist to spray paint a mural on the bridge pylons of the overpass for U.S. 52 at North River Road in Lafayette, Indiana – with the blessings of the Tippecanoe Arts Federation’s “Mural Arts Initiative.”  The mural, inspired to blend the local area’s nature and industry roots, was finished in October 2012.

But wait – there’s more!  Zach’s art extends way beyond a can of paint.  He is a ceramicist and print maker and owns ZMed ceramics.  Zach lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Mindy. He holds a masters of arts degree in ceramics from Purdue University, and is an elected member of the Indiana Artisan program.  He exhibits his work throughout the Midwest and nationally, including at the Artist’s Own art co-op in downtown Lafayette, where you just might catch him working for a few hours each month.

Warning:  Be prepared to lose yourself in Zach’s work once you start reading his blog, Facebook, and web site – it will be time well spent!


Photo courtesy of Zmedceramics on Facebook.

Steve Golliher '67 and Dr. Robin Pebworth help bring Ivy Tech to Crawfordsville

Steve Golliher ’67 was re-elected as the president of the City of Crawfordsville Redevelopment Commission.  Dr. Robin Pebworth, former director of career services at Wabash, continues as vice president of the commission.  The Redevelopment Commission is a five member board responsible for overseeing the City’s tax increment finance (TIF) districts.  The Commission may also acquire, redevelop, and sell property.  The Redevelopment Commission is the owner of the Crawfordsville Commerce Park and is in the process of developing the park with an Ivy Tech Community College – Crawfordsville campus, on the north side of Crawfordsville just off of I-74 at the St. Rd. 231 exit.

Ivy Tech, Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually, is scheduled for its Crawfordsville ribbon cutting on January 10.  In addition to the many classrooms facilities, a community room may be reserved for use by the community.

Welcome to Crawfordsville, Ivy Tech!



Professor Phil Mikesell ’63 speaks at Michigan LWV

Professor Emeritus Phil Mikesell ’63 and his wife, Vina, may have “retired” from Wabash to their home in northern Michigan, but they are as busy in their new community as they were in Crawfordsville.  Vina, who was active in the Montgomery County League of Women Voters for many years, is a board member and advocate for the League of Women Voters® of the Grand Traverse Area.  Occasionally Phil offers his expertise as a professor of political science, especially during an election year.  His latest talk with their local LWV on January 2 was entitled “Election 2012 – Change or More of the Same?”

Photo:  Phil Mikesell on campus