John Moton ’09 works towards political goal

John Moton ’09, a Political Science major at Wabash, dreams of becoming a future governor of Indiana.  He is striving towards this goal by working as an Indiana House of Representatives Republican Caucus legislative assistant.  He was also elected Ripley County Republican vice chair last year, previously served as county party treasurer, and still work as a Laughery 3-1 precinct committeeman.

Click here to read a recent interview with John about his job and political aspirations.

Good luck, John!



Photo courtesy of
Batesville Herald-Tribune.

Seth Young ’11 named to United Way board


Seth Young ’11 has been named to the Perry County, IN United Way Board of Directors, which governs the work in both Perry and Crawford Counties.  Seth is employed as a buyer for Southwire Company, LLC, a manufacturer of electrical wire and cable.

Seth was active in community philanthropic projects during his years at Wabash, including Summer in Ecuador, Habitat for Humanity, Hear Indiana’s Youth Leadership Camp, and Alpha Phi Omega.

Seth Young ’11, right, in Ecuador.

Congratulations, Seth!

Charles Roy ’00 named principal of prep school

Charles Roy ’00 will become principal of Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai, CA effective July 1, 2014.

Charlie is now the principal of Peoria Notre Dame High School in Peoria, IL.  As president of Villanova Prep, he will be responsible for the grade 9-12 school’s financial operations, development and admissions.

Click here to read the news release.

Congratulations, Roy!



Photo courtesy of
Villanova Preparatory School

Luke Messer ’91 to receive honorary degree at BSU


Luke Messer ’91 will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at Ball State University, where he will be the commencement speaker in May.  Luke is the U.S. Rep. (R-Ind.) in the U.S. Congess.

After Wabash, Luke earned his JD from Vanderbilt University Law School, and has been involved in Indiana politics, the Indiana Republican Party, and education reform.  In 2012, he was elected to Congress, representing Indiana’s 6th District, which includes Muncie and Ball State. He was elected president of the congressional freshman class and serves on the House committees on budget, foreign affairs, and education and the workforce.

Congratulations, Luke!

It Was 68 Degrees – Yesterday!

Detchon / Yandes Hall – March 12, 2014

Ok…it was 68 degrees yesterday afternoon…you know, a running outside kind of day.

That’s Detchon just minutes ago…and here’s the Sodexho guys cleaning the walkway in front of Kane House.  By the way, our team from Campus Services has been superb – but man, have they had a tough year.  They are here well before we start and long after we leave…

Kane House

Hope those guys in Arizona appreciate what they have!

Jacob Pactor ’04 keeps on teaching


Jacob teaching English at Speedway High School.

Common Core is currently a hot topic in the field of educational standards.  Jacob Pactor ’04 teaches English at Speedway High School plans to keep on teaching in his same style, however the Common Core debate ends up.   He models his teaching on the traditional teaching at Wabash – a student can’t hide in Jacob’s class! 

After Wabash, Jacob earned a master’s in English from Butler University, and he is part of the Teach Plus Teaching Fellows, sponsored by the local Mind Trust education reform group.

Click here to read an interview with Jacob about his teaching style and goals.


Josh Bronaugh ’04 will be Lenten speaker

Josh Bronaugh ’04 will be the guest speaker on April 5 at the fifth breakfast in the 47th annual Lenten Breakfast Series sponsored by the Church Men United of Montgomery County. 

Josh grew up in Montgomery County, graduating from North Montgomery High School and Wabash.  He is employed by HI-TEMP Refractories in Crawfordsville and lives in nearby Darlington with his family. Josh is also active in the Montgomery County Men for Christ group that has sponsored Men’s Retreats and Conferences.


Rex Ryker ’97/school hosts Nicholson Combine


Indianapolis hosted the “NFL Combine” last week, which prompted a Crawfordsville grade school to put on its own Second Annual Nicholson Combine.  Rex Ryker ’97 is the Principal at Meredith Nicholson Elementary School.  He invited members of the Wabash football team to join his students in showing off their athletic skills, which added to the excitement and learning activities.

Given the weather and the time of year, running inside WAS allowed, with the 40 yard dash and other fetes taking place in the hallways of the school.  Twelve football players took part, giving the Nicholson students a chance to literally look up to athletes.

Before becoming Nicholson’s principal, Rex was Assistant Principal at Tuttle Middle School and English Teacher/Head Football Coach at Crawfordsville High School.  He has earned graduate degrees in education as Educational Specialist and Educational System Administration, and is currently working towards a PhD in Educational Leadership and Administration at Indiana State University, with expected completion in 2015.