Andrea Irwin shares lucky medallion with 500 winner

Tony Kanaan was the Indy 500 Winner at last Sunday’s race.  Andrea Irwin, wife of Wabash assistant wrestling coach Danny Irwin, just may have had a part in the win.  In 2004, Kanaan gave Andrea a lucky medallion when she was in an Indianapolis hospital in a coma, and she was finally able to return the same medallion to him in time for the 2013 race.  Click here to read the story.

Leonardo and Tony Kanaan visit Andrea Irwin in 2008. Photo provided by Andrea Irwin.

Jared Stark ’95 is new med center CEO

Jared Stark ’95 will become the new CEO of Lafayette [Louisiana] General Health on June 24, the same day Lafayette General will assume administrative direction at University Medical Center, when it becomes “University Hospital and Clinics.”

Jared leaves his position as executive director of Franciscan St. Francis Health in Mooresville, Ind., after five years, joining another Wabash alumnus at Lafayette General:  David Callecod ’89 is Lafayette General president and CEO.  Jared and Dave worked together several years ago at Culver Union Hospital in Crawfordsville, where David was COO and hired Jared as the business development and managed care coordinator.

Click here to read the press release.  Congratulations, Jared!


Scarlet Yarns at Big Bash – We Need to Talk!!

To Class Years ending in “8” or “3”: 

Big Bash 2013 is just two days away, and Scarlet Yarns, Your Wabash in Story and Song is back for its sixth reunion year!  If you will be on campus this weekend, we invite you to stop by Lilly Library to tell your own Wabash story, which doesn’t have to be the funniest, or the wildest or the most dramatic.

YOUR memories are what matter to YOU — Favorite Prof, Lively Class, Fraternity or Dorm Life, the Big Game, Old and Lifelong Friends — you don’t have to come with a prepared talk — let Big Bash weekend awaken some memories long forgotten!

Patterned after the Story Corps project heard on National Public Radio, Scarlet Yarns is a collaboration between Ramsay Archives, Alumni Relations, and Wabash Magazine to record on digital video the stories about alumni and  their days at Wabash.  The recordings will be preserved in the Ramsay Archival Center at Wabash, some stories will be transcribed for use in the Wabash Magazine, and a commemorative DVD may be purchased.

The Scarlet Yarns Studio is located on the first floor of Lilly Library.  If you would like to schedule a specific time during the hours listed below, please contact the phone or email below before you arrive. Or,  stop by to tell your story on a first-come basis, where College staff will be on hand to assist in the recording, guided by our media technical specialists.

Friday, May 31, 1:00 – 5:00pm
Saturday, June 1, 9:00-10:45am and 1:00-5:00pm

If you have any questions or to schedule ahead, please contact:
Marilyn Smith, 765-361-6063 or

We hope to see you in the Scarlet Yarns Studio.

Just look for the big red banner at Lilly Library!

Photo:  Mike Kelley ’70 and Carl Kelley ’43
enjoy a good story at  the first Scarlet Yarns.


Frank Leonard '86 hosts interns for third summer

Frank Leonard ’86 is Managing Partner at Leonard-McDowell in Zionsville, providing IT solutions for data storage, protection and recovery needs.  They recently added a breakthrough technology product that provides security/compliance help to companies who are affected by changes to 2013 HIPAA healthcare regulations.

Leonard-McDowell also recently added two summer interns from Wabash, Tyler Owensby ’15 and Austin Puckett ’15, who contribute to L-M’s client relationships.  Since 2011, L-M has hosted six interns from Wabash.

Frank says, “We give [the interns] the professional experiences they need to have their resumes stand out and they give us a different perspective on business, technology and culture.”  Click here to read an online story from

Winners, all!

John Livengood ’69 receives Indiana tourism award

John Livengood ’69 received the Will Koch Award on May 8, recognizing his 24 years of service to Indiana’s travel, tourism and hospitality industries.   The Koch Award is the highest tourism honor bestowed by the lieutenant governor and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD).

John is president of the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers and the Indiana Hospitality and Tourism Foundation, and owns LMV Consulting.

Congratulations, John!



Jim Cooper ’81 receives HBA President’s Award

Jim Cooper ’81 is a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP law in Houston.  Jim was honored by the Houston Bar Association with the prestigious President’s Award during the HBA’s Annual Dinner Meeting on May 16, based on his outstanding contribution to the local bar while serving as chair of the HBA Historical Committee.  This is the second time Jim has earned the President’s Award, having garnered the same honor in 2010 based on his service as co-chair of the HBA’s Professionalism Committee.

Jim earned his J.D. at Tulane University Law School in 1984.  Congratulations, Jim!

Meet teacher Josh Miracle ‘11

Josh Miracle ’11 has taught Social Studies at Westfield High School since graduating from Wabash in 2011.  Click here to see a short Q&A from the WHS web site.

Here is one:
Q.  What’s something your students might not know about you?
A.  I played football for Westfield High School’s current head coach, Jake Gilbert, while he was coaching at Wabash College!

Josh took advantage of  Wabash’s 9th semester option, completing his semester of student teaching after graduating in May 2011.  Josh was a recipient of the “Outstanding Future Educator Award,” presented at the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education annual dinner.

Josh majored in History, but temporarily taught Economics and Computer Applications for his first assignment.   He commented on his Wabash preparation for teaching:  “Although I was never trained in business or entrepreneurship, thanks to Wabash, I was more than adequately prepared. My liberal arts education certainly allowed me to think on my feet, continue to learn, and tie my own content knowledge to lessons in both business and entrepreneurship.”



Photo courtesy of
Westfield High School

Hans Heintzelman ’94 featured during National Preservation Month

Hans Heintzelman ’94, a woodworker who restores old buildings in Muncie, IN, is featured in a documentary film about preservation of Muncie’s Old West End.  The film was produced by an immersive learning class from Ball State University.  It is one of two documentaries which will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17 at Muncie Civic Theatre.

Click here  to read more about the films and how to purchase tickets for the film showings.

From the online article:

“Heintzelman made news last year — when he won the Althea Stoeckel Historic Preservation Award for his restoration of a row of downtown commercial buildings — and again this year — when he was awarded a $44,218 downtown facade restoration grant.

“He and King are both college-educated, younger men who convey the message that the downtown and its adjacent residential neighborhoods, including Old West End, depend on each other for success.

“An art and religion graduate of Wabash College, Heintzelman works downtown in a group of High Street buildings he is restoring. He earns screen time in the documentary because he has done a lot of work restoring housing in the Old West End.”