Local Wabash authors at CDPL

The Crawfordsville District Public Library highlighted several local authors with Wabash connections in its weekly “Preview Shelf” column for the Journal Review:

Mark Flexter ’79Men of Letters

Ken Turchi ’80L. S. Ayres and Company:  The Store at the Crossroads of America

Dr. James J. Barnes, professor emeritus of history and Patience Barnes, research assistant – 500 Strong, Wabash College Students in the Civil War

Dan Simmons ’70 – science fiction and other genres

Dr. Marcus A. Hudson, professor English – local poetry readings

Congratulations, all!

Sheets ’79 – CCA’s 2014 “MVP”

David T. Sheets ’79 recently received the Cooperative Communicators Association top honor, the “2014 H.E. Klinefelter Award.”  Dave is Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations for RushShelby Energy, an electrical service co-operative that serves nine counties in southeastern Indiana.

Click here to read the colorful news release about Dave receiving the award.

David and Susan Sheets with the Klinefelter Award.

Dave and Susan Sheets with the Klinefelter Award.

Congratulations, Dave!


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Cooperative Communicators Association.

Hargitt ’88 joins estate planning council

lee hargittP. Lee Hargitt ’88 was named an at-large director at the Estate Planning Council of Indianapolis – “Furthering Estate Planning Throughout Indianapolis.”  Lee is Senior Vice President of Investments at Thurston Springer Miller Herd & Titak, Inc., a financial planning and investment management firm.





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Thurston Springer.

Parrish ’08 crowd sources for stadium

Aaron Parrish ’08 wants to bring summer baseball back to Loeb Park in Lafayette, Indiana with semipro and independent teams. The Chiefs, the Red Sox, the Leopards and the Ohio Valley Redcoats have called Loeb Stadium home from 1955 through 2005.  Click here to read a news release with a list of the Prospect League’s teams, and find out more about Aaron’s passion for good local baseball.

As a student, Bachelor Sports Editor Aaron Parrish '08 (rt.) teamed up for football news on the field.

As a student, Bachelor Sports Editor Aaron Parrish ’08 (rt.) teamed up for football news on the field.

While at Wabash, Aaron was  sports editor for the Bachelor and won the Robert S. Harvey Journalism Award.

Good luck, Aaron!

Jagielski ’75 receives JMLS alumni award

ray jagielskiHon. Raymond Jagielski ’75 was awarded the John Marshall Law School Alumni Association “Distinguished Service Award,” which recognizes alums for significant achievement in their careers, sharing their time and talent at John Marshall, and supporting the school’s mission.  Ray is John Marshall Law Class of 1981.

He is presiding judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, supervising judges and oversees the court operations for 35 municipalities and 15 other governmental agencies. He was first elected to the bench in 1992, and re-elected to three consecutive terms in 1998, 2004 and 2010. Judge Jagielski has served in various capacities within the judiciary. He rewrote the Judge’s Jury Trial Book for DUI cases when in the Traffic Division. He wrote a Judge’s Jury Trial Book for Involuntary Admissions and/or Involuntary Administration of Psychotropic Medication cases and the Election Law in 1975, Jagielski was a teacher and football coach at St. Rita High School. He attended The John Marshall Law School as an evening student and graduated in 1981. Among his honors are the President Award from the Advocates Society in 2011 and the Jurist of the Year Award in 2013 from the Southwest Bar Association.


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John Marshall Law School.

Quirk ’50 publishes third book

Bob quirkBob Quirk ’50 is a local author who has written a book series collection of the monthly newspaper columns he wrote for the Journal Review in Crawfordsville and the Fountain County Neighbor.  He calls his books the” Real American Stories;” the third book is entitled “Still More Real American Stories.”

Click here for a little more background on Bob and his down home stories.  Bob will have a book signing on Tuesday, June 10 from 1-4 p.m. at La Rose on Main in Crawfordsville.

Congratulations Bob!


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The Paper of Montgomery County online.

Dick Rose ’54 pens novel #2

Richard_-ROSE-PHOTO-228x285Dick Rose ’54 was just on campus for Big Bash Reunion 2014 weekend.  One of the highlights of his visit for his classmates was an update on his mystery/thriller novel, The Lazarus Conspiracies, which was published last fall.  The detective story takes place in Chicago, the main character being a Chicago detective.  Click here to read a recent review from The Huffington Post.

Dick has also been busy with screenplay options and has completed his second novel, The Gumshoe, set in Chicago in the 1940’s — catch up with details from his website, below.






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Patel ’94 named top doctor

Neil PatelDr. Neil Patel ’94 called to tell us he was named top doctor (pain medicine/management) by Hudson Valley Magazine ( in Nyack, NY.  Neil is a member of the staff at Northeastern Pain Management in Nyack, and licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey.  He is also an instructor, Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine Pain Service, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY.

After Wabash, Neil earned his MD from Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies.

Congratulations, Neil!



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Northeastern Pain Management.

Calacci ’91 – On Phi Delt "Road to Greatness"

Rich Calacci ’91 was recently featured in the “Road to Greatness” series in The Scroll, the national newsletter of his college fraternity, Phi Delta Theta.  Moving through his career in marketing and advertising, in 2011 Rich was named Chief Revenue Officer for, a new independently owned sports web site.  In 2012, BleacherReport was acquired by Time Warner’s Turner Sports division, and Rich was named Senior Vice President, Turner Digital Ad Sales.  Click here to read to complete Scroll feature.

Rich was an English major at Wabash and earned a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration at Ohio University.  He is member of the Wabash College Board of Trustees.

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Phi Delta Theta, The Scroll