Jason Gray ’08 to compete in Alcatraz Triathlon

Jason Gray ’08, Indianapolis, will compete in The Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon on Sunday in San Francisco.  That’s:

  • 2,000+ triathletes from
  • 34 countries
  • Swimming Alcatraz to shore
  • 18 mile bike ride through the hills of San Fran
  • 8 mile run on trails, roads, and sand in a loop from the Golden Gate and back.

 By day, Jason crunches numbers for the Marion County Assessor’s office.  In his spare time he trains for and competes in half marathons, marathons, and sprint marathons, bikes, and swims.

Good luck, Jason!

Jeremy Bird ’00 on The Colbert Report

Jeremy Bird ’00 is a former national field director for President Obama’s 2012 campaign.  He is now an advisor to the organization Battleground Texas in their campaign to mobilize the state’s growing Hispanic population, as well as other minorities, young people and progressive groups, in hopes of delivering the state’s electoral votes to future Democratic presidential candidates and aiding Democrats running for statewide office.

Click here to see Jeremy on The Colbert Report last night.  Jeremy is about 1:57 into the video.

Dr. Ernesto Vela ’95 named migrant ed chief

Ernesto Vela ’95 was recently named director of California’s Region 16 office, as a specialist in Monterey County’s Migrant Education Program.

The Salinas Californian reported:  “Ernesto Vela, whose education career has been based largely in migrant education, was named to the region’s top job on Tuesday. The Region 16 office operates out of the Monterey County Office of Education.”  He will oversee the California state office responsible for delivering supportive services to the county’s more than 11,000 migrant students enrolled from pre-school to high school.

Ernie was quickly involved in his education career after graduation.  In 2006, a Wabash web story described his passion to help immigrant children as he moved from teacher to principal to administrator.

Congratulations, Ernie!

David Orr '92 teams up with Children's Museum

Last Saturday the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis teamed up with David Orr ’92 and his wife, Bonnie Mill, of The Sapphire Theater Company, on production of the first “Adult Swim” party at the museum, featuring exhibits, a dance club, a tasting station by Indy local Sun King Brewery, and other experiences.  The Children’s Museum and The Sapphire Theater, a nonprofit mobile theater company, will share the proceeds from the event to support arts education purposes at their respective locations.

David is also president of DAO Studios, Inc., and as a fine art painter and scenic artist, a sculptor, a designer, a master carpenter and builder, he has worked all over the country — including on Children’s Museum projects in Indianapolis, such as “Take Me There – Egypt,”  “Barbie,” and the Membership Kiosk, in recent years.

Don’t’ worry – if you missed the event on Saturday, rumor has it that planning for Adult Swim 2014 is already in the works!

Geoffrey McKinney ’12 on stage in Indy

Geoffrey McKinney ’12 was a theater major at Wabash.  Since graduation last spring, he has made his Indianapolis theater debut depicting the role of Man in Alien Dinner Party at Theater on the Square in Indianapolis, and he just finished up the Booth Tarkington Civic Theater production of “The Fox on the Fairway” in Carmel.  “Fox,” a tribute to English farces, takes place on a golf course in “a tale about love, life and man’s eternal love affair with golf.”  This production of “Fox” set a record at Civic for the highest grossing non-musical ever!

At Wabash, Geoffrey appeared as Gonzalo in The Tempest and Hamm in Endgame. He also directed two student- written one act plays and contributed three of his own one act plays which were performed in the Wabash College One Acts.  In 2010, he participated with a group of Wabash theater students in presenting a reading from Theater Professor Dwight Watson’s production of Terra Nova.  They traveled to the American National History Museum exhibition special program devoted to explorers Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott, the two men who raced “to the end of the earth,” reading from Amundsen’s book and from Scott’s journals, which were found after his death.

We’re looking forward to your next production, Geoffrey!

Dr. Tom Schmidt ’78, IBJ’s Cancer Care 2013

Dr. R. Thomas Schmidt ’78 is a surgical breast oncologist in Indianapolis and founder of the Breast Care Center of Indiana PC.  Dr. Schmidt is the author of an article, Advances in Breast Cancer, part of Cancer Care 2013, a healthcare supplement to the Indianapolis Business Journal last week.

Dr. Schmidt was Indiana’s first surgical breast oncologist and has been the medical director of St. Vincent Hospital’s breast program since 2003.  Last fall he was an event chairperson for the St. Vincent Foundation Key to the Cure fundraising gala to benefit programs and services at St. Vincent Cancer Care.

“Dr. Schmidt received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1982 from Indiana University and completed his post-graduate internship and surgical training at the University of Louisville affiliated hospitals. During this time, Dr. Schmidt developed a strong interest in the treatment of breast disease. Due to his desire for more extensive training, he completed a surgical breast oncology fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center, and became the first surgical breast oncologist in Indiana. He is board certified through the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Schmidt has been named Top Breast Surgeon by Indianapolis Monthly several years in a row.”


Photo and bio information
courtesy of BCCI PC.

Brent Waltz '96 re-elected to Indiana senate

Brent Waltz (R) ‘96 won re-election to the Indiana State Senate over Mary Ann Sullivan (D) November with 53.2% of the vote. Brent was first elected to the Indiana State Senate in 2004. He is Chairman and CEO of The Baron Group, Inc. and currently serves as Director of Indianapolis Diversified Machining, Inc.


Congratulations, Brent!

News courtesy of the
Class of 1996 newsletter.

Jack Clarke ’69, a community hero

C. Jackson “Jack” Clarke ’69 is a supervisor with the Vector-Borne Disease Prevention sector of the Marion County Health Department.  An IndyStar article on Sunday discussed the battle being waged by the health department against a rodent problem in areas of Indianapolis where the homeless population seeks shelter.  Jack was an English major at Wabash who, as the story describes, “was inspired by Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty.”  Jack’s son, Will Clarke, is class of 2007.

Thank you, Jack.

Mark Guenin ’75 – a Million Dollar Advocate

Mark C. Guenin ’75 practices law at his offices at Guenin Law Office in Wabash and North Manchester, Indiana with his daughter, Emily Guenin-Hodson.

Mark is now a member of two elite groups called the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum – to become a member, an attorney must have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards, and settlements, and demonstrate ability to accomplish superior results in complex cases.  Fewer than 1 percent of U.S. lawyers are members of the forum.

After Wabash, Mark earned his JD from Indiana University Law School.  Mark and his daughter handle personal injury, business litigation, wrongful death, insurance coverage disputes, construction litigation and complex business litigation.

Congratulations Mark!

Kyle McClammer '08 joins Wooden & McLaughlin

Kyle McClammer ’08 has joined Wooden & McLaughlin LLP as an associate on its Real Estate team. Kyle focuses his practice in the areas of real estate finance and development. He represents finance companies and private developers in commercial lending transactions, acquisitions, and development of commercial and multi-family properties.

Prior to joining the firm, Kyle gained experience as a judicial clerk for Chief Judge Margret G. Robb of the Indiana Court of Appeals.  Kyle received his J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.



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Wooden & McLaughlin LLP