Dr. John Walker ’91 – plays baseball in Cuba and gives away a lot more

Dr. John Walker ’91 is a Crawfordsville dentist.  He is also a baseball fan and pitched for Wabash baseball.  He is also a traveler.  In April he combined his love of baseball with a trip to Cuba through the Cuban Sports Ministry.

They played games with Cuban all-star teams in villages and in Havana.  They shared their equipment with the opposing teams, and gave away baseballs, bats, and gloves.  They also gave away soap and toothpaste, which is a limited luxury for the citizens of Cuba.  Click here to read the complete story in the Journal Review.

Next stop for Dr. Walker and his team: a doubleheader at San Quentin Prison in California – another story we’d like to hear about!



Neil Burk ’12 named Managing Editor of The Paper

Neil Burk ‘12 is leaving his position as sports editor of The Paper of Montgomery County, but not moving far.  He has been named Managing Editor of The Paper, so he will be turning his attention to the community as a whole and its news.  Neil was a Rhetoric major at Wabash, and building on his love of sports, he was sometimes a freelance writer for The Paper before joining its sports department last fall.  Neil’s ultimate goal in life, per a recent interview with him in The Paper, is to be ESPN baseball broadcaster by the time he is 50 years old.  Congratulations, Neil, and best of luck in your next step towards your goal!

Mark Miles ’76 – “What I Know”

Mark Miles ’76 is the May interviewee for the “What I Know” column in the Indianapolis Monthly magazine.  Click here to read the questions and his answers.

Last November, Mark was named chief executive officer of Hulman & Company, which includes the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series in the businesses it owns.  He served as chairman of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee and is former CEO of the ATP Tour, which helps oversee men’s professional tennis.

Alan McLaughlin ’79 and Mark Stuaan ’78 honored for Pro Bono Work

Two Wabash alumni received the Pro Bono & Public Service Award at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association Dinner on May 6 in Indianapolis.

Alan L. McLaughlin ’79 is Office Managing Shareholder at the Littler Mendelson law office in Indianapolis, focusing on employment-related disputes at the administrative, state and federal levels.  Alan earned his J.D. at Vanderbilt University Law School in 1982.



Mark D. Stuaan ’78 is a partner at the Indianapolis office of Barns & Thornburg LLP.  His practice is in litigation and white collar criminal defense in state and federal district courts.  Mark earned his J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1981.



The Honorable Elena Kagan, Associate Justice United States Supreme Court, offered remarks and introduction of the annual dinner speaker.  The Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States was the dinner speaker.  Both were present on the dais as the awards were presented.

Congratulations, Mark and Alan!

Dog Gone…Maybe Next Year

Had a hunch I should stop by

Something this morning told me I should stop by “College Corner.”  Sure enough, the time had come to replace the Tulips.  It’s almost as if they don’t want to get to Commencement…so they can stay another year.  (I know, the Grunge is NOT sleeping well at all!)

On their way to tulip heaven

For Commencement, we’ll have Scarlet Waxbegonias, according to our ace grounds manager Tim Riley.

A “Freshman” Scarlet Waxbegonia


Hanapin and Pyromation – receive work place awards

Two alumni-owned companies received awards at the 2013 Indiana Chamber of Commerce “Best Companies To Work For” event on May 2.  Nominated by their employees, The Best Places to Work awards recognize how important it is for the success of a business to make employees feel valued.  Representatives from all designated companies received their awards of excellence on stage during the dinner.

Small Companies:
Hanapin Marketing, Bloomington, IN
Pat East ’00,  President and CEO
Industry: advertising/public relations/marketing

Medium Companies:
Pyromation, Inc., Fort Wayne, IN
Pete Wilson ‘84, President/Owner
Industry:  manufacturing – industrial temperature sensors manufacturer and sales

Congratulations, Hanapin and Pyromation!

Dr. Todd Rowland ’85 – a leader in Health Information Exchange

Dr. Todd Rowland ’85 is the CEO of the HealthLINC Health Information Exchange, which has been in operation for six years as an innovative method to securely share and transmit data amongst medical providers in Southern Indiana. HealthLINC transmits more than 3 million pieces of clinical data each year and continues to expand operations. In an effort to further support the patient-provider relationship, HealthLINC recently started secure data sharing with personal health records as part of a federally funded innovation grant.

Todd states, “I feel fortunate to be involved with several partners moving health information exchange forward. My staff and I are focused on improving communication to support shared care planning and improved outcomes. We understand that we need to deliver concurrent financial and clinical innovation to sustain and scale these activities. Our vision is that health care needs to be digital and health care needs be both personal and mobile.”

Todd has been recognized nationally for his leadership in HIE, most recently being honored by the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) in 2010. He completed a Doctoral Fellowship in Medical Informatics at Harvard/MIT, Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He is currently an adjunct professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences at Indiana University and Director of Medical Informatics at Indiana University Health Bloomington in Bloomington, Indiana. He has been a member of the Functionality Working Group of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology and of the HIMSS RHIO Federation. He has served as the Indiana Chapter Liaison to the Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS) RHIO Federation.

Scott Himsel ’85 honored as Positive Success by JHS

Scott D. Himsel ’85 was honored by Jasper High School at its 27th annual academic awards banquet on April 19.   Scott graduated from JHS in 1981, where he was active in several organizations and a delegate to Hoosier Boys State and American Legion Boys Nation, and Outstanding Senior Boy.

Scott is a partner at the Indianapolis law firm Faegre Baker Daniels where he works with its exempt organization clients, practicing in state and federal trial and appellate courts as well as out-of-court mediations and settlement negotiations.  He has been named to the prestigious Indiana Super Lawyer annual list, based on peer recognition and professional achievement.

At Wabash, Scott is more familiarly known as Professor Himsel in the Political Science Department’s pre-law program, and is chairman of the faculty pre-law committee.

Congratulations, Scott!