Jordan Plohr ’12 – theater is still his life

Jordan Plohr ’12 was a Theater major at Wabash.  He is now assistant manager at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, MI.  He also gets to work on the stage, too, in the current production “Lords of the Levee,” a musical running Aug. 31-Sept 1.  Click here for more on the play and Jordan’s comments.

At Wabash, Jordan is remembered from many performances, including Endgame and The Miser.  He even staged a reading of “Tea Time,” a collection of his own short plays.

Break a leg, Jordan!

Art Prof. Doug Calisch – featured at Antioch College

Prof. of Art Doug Calisch will be a co-exhibitor at an art exhibit at Antioch College, entitled “Tossed and Found – Mining the Material Stream.”  The exhibit runs September 6 – November 15, when Doug will participate in a dialogue at the closing reception regarding their art practices.

“Both Calisch and Goldstein begin their art-making process as scavengers. The repository of their potential resources differ somewhat; Calisch searches for old tools, architectural elements, scientific illustrations, and natural artifacts in abandoned buildings and junk stores. Goldstein explores post-consumer waste streams for objects “stripped of glamour, mystique, and marketing strategies.” They assemble these objects into new configurations that are driven by distinctively different sensibilities. Yet both approach the work as cultural archeologists and as critics of a society that hastens object and material.

Click here for more details.

John Shank ’89 joins the open road to recovery

“Three years ago, John Shank [‘89] was a successful oral maxillofacial surgeon and avid cyclist, an active man pursuing a career he loved.  Then, in one moment, he lost it all. He was on vacation, had just finished a bicycle ride and was getting off his bike when he suffered a massive stroke.”

So begins the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette story of John’s hard-earned recovery thanks to his good bike buddies and a recumbent bike.  Click here to read about John’s progress, the miles he rides, and his next goal:  the Hilly Hundred, coming up in October.  Good luck, John!


Chris Schweigel ’10 – CrossFit for Life

Chris Schweigel ’10 went into banking after he graduated from Wabash with an economics/business degree, but quickly found that desk life was not for him.

Chris got out from behind the desk and joined the Crawfordsville City Police Department as Patrolman.  He is also the owner and head coach of CrossFit 54, bringing a new concept in workout/fitness to the Crawfordsville community.

CrossFit is strength and conditioning that delivers a program to individuals of all ages and purposes who seek to be fit.  Click here to find out more about CrossFit 54 and the classes it offers. 

In addition to Chris, CrossFit 54 has three employees as coaches, including Wabash College classmate Mike Russell ’10.

Rob Zinkan ’96 “Taking the Lifelong View”

Rob Zinkan ’96 is vice chancellor for External Affairs at IU East in Richmond, IN.  He oversees all aspects of IU East’s external affairs, including the offices of communications and marketing, gift development, alumni relations and campus events, and campus life.

Rob wrote an article for the September issue of the CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) organization’s Currents magazine.  “Taking the Lifelong View” describes his IU-East’s integrated advancement model – addressing how “Indiana University East smashed its silos, embraced student affairs, and made managing the engagement lifecycle a priority” by focusing on lifetime engagement of its alumni.

Nice work, Rob!

Prof. Tim Brown '87 – Randolph-Macon College prof

Timothy A. Brown ’87 has been a professor Religious Studies and Japanese Studies since joining the faculty of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA in 2008.  Last week, Tim was featured in R-M’s “Faculty Focus” – click here for the online article.

In addition to introducing students to various religions, including a favorite course, ”Religions and the Natural Environment,”  Tim has also been active with a committee focused on integrating Japanese studies into R-M curricula.

After Wabash, Tim earned an MA at New York University, a MPhil at Syracuse University, and a Ph.D.  at Syracuse University.

Remembering Wabash in the Civil War

Alumnus Dan Crofts ’63 is professor of history at The College of New Jersey. His research focuses on the Old South, and the North-South Sectional Conflict that led to Civil War. Dan has written several posts for the online New York Times Opinionator.

Wabash College Archivist Beth Swift shared this about his column today:
” Today’s posting  is special because it features one of the Wabash College Ramsay Archives’ great holdings:  “Three Years in the Saddle – The Civil War Diary of Henry Campbell, a prep student at Wabash.”

This diary is so full of details of interest to scholars, that Beth and her staff have scanned it and posted it to view online at:

As part of Wabash’s Civil War 150th Anniversary, the Lilly Library will have a display about Campbell later this month and will hold a Civil War Symposium on campus in September, including a celebration of the newly published book, 500 Strong: Wabash College Students in the Civil War (edited by Professor Emeritus of History Dr. James J. Barnes H’91 and Patience P. Barnes).

Photo:  The Civil War plaque on the east side of Center Hall
listing Wabash College students who served in the Civil War.




Joe Seger ’06 named associate pastor

Joe Seger ’06 is a new associate pastor at Loogootee United Methodist Church in Loogootee, IN.  Joe will work with the youth group and develop programming for young adults and family ministry.

Joe is a graduate of Jasper High School, Wabash College and Boston University and is taking online courses from Asbury Seminary.  Congratulations, Joe!

Ryan Bowerman ’11 – new asst. volleyball coach at IU-Kokomo

Ryan Bowerman ’11 comes by his love of Wabash, volleyball and international adventure through his family’s Wabash legacy and their love of volleyball.  Even before arriving at Wabash, Ryan was coaching and had traveled to Europe.  He was active in the sport and travel during his Wabash years, which has extended into post-graduate life, too.  At Wabash, Ryan was a mathematics major, completed his student teaching at Western Boone High School, and was a winner of the Outstanding Future Educator Award.

What’s in the future for Ryan?  “Master’s degree in Arts and Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Global Studies” – no surprise!  Click here to read Ryan’s story in the Journal Review.