Phillip Merriett ’08 joins Wabash IT staff

Phillip Merriett ’08 has joined the IT Services staff as Audio and Video Technician.  Much of Phillip’s work will focus on AV support for events in the Fine Arts Center, but he will provide assistance with events across campus, and also has responsibility for installing and maintaining the College’s classroom AV equipment. 

At Wabash, Phillip was a Religion major and double minor in Psychology and Classics.  Following graduation, he worked at Don-Lors Electronics in Indianapolis, where he started as an Install Technician, then progressed to Field Service Manager and then General Manager. 

Welcome back, Phillip!


Drew Weintraut ’07 recognized by Purdue University

Andrew A. “Drew” Weintraut ’07 received the “Professional Achievement” award at the Staff Awards of Excellence in the School of Engineering, Purdue University, dinner on November 15 in Lafayette, IN.

Drew is Director of Corporate Relations, College of Engineering and was nominated by a fellow employee.  He has worked closely with the engineering schools, departments, programs, and development staff, to support corporate relations initiatives since 2008.  Prior to this, Drew worked for the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State. 

Congratulations Drew!


Photo courtesy of Purdue University.

Prof. Bill Placher ’70 leaves a legacy library

Wabash College’s beloved Professor of Religion Bill Placher ’70 died unexpectedly in 2008.  He left his personal library to Wabash, and requested that what Wabash could not use would go to a theological institution overseas:  The Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo was chosen, and it was in full use by the seminary last spring.  Bill’s own commentary on the Gospel of Mark was added to the library just a few weeks ago.

Click here to read the details about Bill’s library gift.


John Dykstra ’13 named Journal Review reporter

John, man-on-the-street as an intern in Summer 2012.

John Dykstra ’13 was recently named as a reporter for the Crawfordsville Journal Review.  It is a new position for John, but he is very familiar with the JR – as a place that introduced him to journalism in a small town such as Crawfordsville when he was a summer intern in 2012 (which was funded by a Lilly Business Internship Grant through Wabash College).  John had worked as a reporter for The Bachelor as a freshman, moving up to Editor-in-Chief by his senior year.  Since graduation last May, John has been a page designer and weekly sports columnist at the JR.

Introducing himself in print as a new reporter last week, John shared in his column, “My experiences with The Bachelor and The Journal Review have reinforced my passion for writing. This community has had a significant impact on my development as a writer, and that will continue to be the case.  I am devoted to writing the stories of Montgomery County and surrounding areas, and welcome all lines of communication. If you have a news tip, please feel free to contact me via email at or by phone at 362-1200, ext. 124.

If you see me walking around town or at a sports event, feel free to introduce yourself. I value personal connections and would be happy to get to know all of you.  I will continue to write my weekly sports column, for baseball is another passion of mine and it has been a busy offseason in the sport. I also plan on picking up a weekly column in the “Viewpoints” section that may cover a few coming of age and family-related stories.  Now, let us begin.”

Here is a link to his column today:  “An abundance of support

Congratulations, John!

Steve Mackin ’98 named COO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Steve Mackin ’98 has been named chief operating officer of Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  He is the former president and CEO of CTCA in Tulsa, OK. Click here to read about Steve’s career with CTCA, which has six locations in the United States.  CTAC was founded by Richard J Stephenson ’62.

Congratulations, Steve!



Photo courtesy of
Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

George Seidensticker ’57 celebrates centennial business

George Seidensticker III ’57 owns a printing company which was honored for its 100 years of business in Indiana.  Maco Press, Inc. was started in 1913 by an Indianapolis businessman, and George purchased the commercial printing business from the family in 1971.

Click here to read more about the Indiana Historical Society’s “Centennial Business Award” bestowed upon Maco Press on December 2.

Congratulations, George!


Thank you to Mark Dill ’75 for the news alert!



Photo courtesy of
The Current, Carmel, IN

Kenyatta Brame ’92 named exec. VP

Kenyatta L. Brame ’92 has been promoted to executive vice president of Cascade Engineering in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a leading provider of engineered plastics systems and components.

Kenyatta grew up in Grand Rapids, and after Wabash he earned a juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School, a master’s degree from Michigan State University, and studied abroad at the University of Nairobi in Kenya.  He is also active in Wabash College Alumni Association, a local park initiative, Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts for inner city youth, and an orphanage in Honduras.

Congratulations, Kenyatta!


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Wabash authors at CDPL on Dec. 14

The Crawfordsville District Public Library will hold its Third Annual Author Fair from noon to 4:00 pm on December 14 at the library.

Three Wabash authors will be present to meet and greet and to sign their books, and they will have books available for sale, too.

Quentin Dodd ‘94, children’s author:  “Beatnik Rutabagas from Beyond the Stars,” “The Princess of Neptune,” “Tommy Frazier and the Planet of the Slugs” and “Tennis Camp for the Living Dead”

Dan Harwood ’62 – non-fiction inspirational/religious

Wabash College Professor of History Stephen Morillo, non-fiction, “The Battle of Hastings.”

Stop by and meet the authors!

Abbey Bullerdick – photos focus on MUFFY

Abbey Bullerdick is a member of the Campus Services Staff at Wabash, the department that keeps the campus in good running order for all who live, work, or visit on campus.  She also wears hats as the owner of Abbey Elaine Photography, and as a photographer for the local Paper of Montgomery County.

Last Saturday was Downtown Party Night in Crawfordsville, an annual event when the courthouse tree lights come on, Santa wanders through the stores, and shops and restaurants are open until 11pm.

In the middle of the decorations and fun, you couldn’t help but notice larger than life photographs of faces on the outside walls of the PNC bank building.  They were Abbey’s own photographs of the “Faces of MUFFY.”  MUFFY is similar to the United Way, but funds stay local to help support non-profit organizations in Montgomery County to aid children, families, adults, and seniors, with more than 90 percent of money raised by MUFFY used to help citizens in need.

Abbey’s outside portrait gallery features faces of people involved with and affected by MUFFY’s partner agencies/non-profit organizations that are dedicated to helping Montgomery.  Wabash College’s students, faculty, and staff are leaders in supporting the MUFFY fundraising, including a doortodoor effort in the Fall.

Thank you, Abbey, for showing us the Faces of MUFFY.

​Steve Woods '93 – Big Ten Football Championship Umpire

Steve Woods ’93 will officiate at the B1G Ten Conference Championship football game between Michigan State and Ohio State this coming weekend.

Steve was an English and Philosophy major at Wabash, then earned an MFA in Creative writing from Butler University.  He is a certified long term care specialist by profession, and a Big Ten Football Official in his spare time.

He presented a colloquium about Big Ten Football Officiating at the Big Bash Reunion weekend last summer.  Click here to link to Steve’s YouTube video presentation on campus in June.