Roy Sexton '95 Named VP of Marketing/Strategic Planning

Roy was named VP of Marketing and Strategic Planning at Trott & Trott, P.C, a Farmington Hills, MI-based law firm serving the mortgage banking industry, where he will develop marketing and internal communications programs.

An Alumni Affairs Officer at Wabash from 1998-1999, he then worked in marketing and communications for ten years in the Oakwood Healthcare System.  Roy earned a Master’s degree in Theatre on 1997 from The Ohio State University, and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is a member of Leadership Detroit, Class XXX and is a governor-appointed member of the Michigan Council of Labor and Economic Growth. Roy is active on several nonprofit boards and committees, including First Step, Penny Seats Theatre Company and the Spotlight Players.

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George Patton '84 to Moderate Legal Panel

George Patton’84 will moderate a panel discussion, “Litigation Strategy: Do Judicial Elections Warrant Different Treatment?” during the Justice at Stake meeting today.  He was selected as a result of his work at the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals dealing with judicial canon cases.  Justice at Stake is a nonpartisan group with 50+ national partners, working to keep state and federal courts fair and impartial, to educate the public, and for reforms to keep politics and special interests out of the courtroom. 

George is a partner in the Litigation Group and former chair of the Appellate Group at Bose McKinney & Evans. While practicing law, he taught Appellate Advocacy and Procedure at Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, wrote a book on Appellate Procedure published by West Group, authored a chapter in a book of appellate briefs, and published several articles on Indian appellate procedure. While at Wabash he attended the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He received his law degree from Indiana University Mauer School of Law-Bloomington. He is a member of the American, Indiana State and Indianapolis Bar Associations as well as a board member of the USA Development Trust, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He also is included in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer-Appellate (2007-2011) and The Best Lawyers in America® 2011 Appellate Law.

Announcement courtesy of
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Michael Medler '74 named to Indiana toxicology panel

Michael Medler ’74 was recently named to a three-member panel overseeing the transition of the Department of Toxicology from the Indiana University School of Medicine to the State of Indiana.

Mike was an Indiana state trooper with the Indiana State Police from 1976-2005, retiring as a lieutenant colonel and the leader of the criminal investigations, gaming and laboratory division of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations. While assigned to the Fort Wayne regional crime lab, he managed the field support section of the forensic laboratory and was in charge of the Indiana State Police satellite regional labs.  Mike majored in political science/pre-law at Wabash, attended the University of Virginia while attending the FBI National Academy, and has received training in various forensic, investigative and management programs. He is also a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors.  His son is Zach Medler ’01.

A second member of the panel also has Wabash connections:  Retired trial and appellate Judge Linda Chezem, wife of Hon. William I. Garrard ’54, is a part-time professor at Purdue University, is nationally recognized for her work with impaired driving for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and is an authority on legal issues dealing with impaired driving, toxicology and forensics.

Story courtesy of
2011 States News Service

PUP needs your vote!

Michael Bricker ’04, executive director of PUP (see June 13 People for Urban Progress post) sent this quick email:

“We’re up for an inspiration grant from the Million Dollar Road Trip guys. Take a quick minute to vote for us here.

Also, check out what we made for their Airstream Trailer here. (there’s now dome fabric traveling the country!).”

The Million Dollar Road Trip guys are two Notre Dame alumni living in an Airstream trailer on a year-long road trip, whose purpose is to inspire small business entrepreneurship and give exposure to its product or organization.  PUP helped furnish part of the trailer’s interior.  PUP is also up for a Small Business Grant.  Online voting is open until this Sunday, June 19, at 5:00pm.

Of note:  The latest inspiration grant winner, from Indianapolis, was sponsored by Sun King Brewery, which is owned by father-son alumni team Omar ’60 and Clay ’97 Robinson!

Grant Goshorn '02 Creates Big Learning Adventures

It’s hard to tell who has more fun learning at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum – kids or adults?  Grant Goshorn ’02, a long-time volunteer, is now a museum staff member, putting his history/journalism/Wabash liberal arts studies to good use designing educational programs for kids of all ages.  He shows off some theatrical skills, too, in current on-line museum video and local newscast promotions for the new permanent exhibit, National Geographic’s Treasures of the Earth Exhibit:  Under the Earth, Under the Sand, Under the SeaClick here for the Children’s Museum web site and then link to the Treasures promo videos in the center of the page.  Be sure to check out Grant in all three!

P.S.  You can’t help but have a great time yourself exploring this creative web site!

Curt Schmitt '81 – fine furniture inspired by nature

The art of Curt Schmitt ’81 is fine hand-crafted wood furniture.  He will show his work at the The New Harmony [Indiana] Gallery of Contemporary Art exhibit, “Natural Elements,” June 25-August 14.

Curt uses wood’s natural color and grain in his furniture creations. After graduating from Wabash College and Yale University, he taught philosophy, religion, literature, and art in Memphis, TN for 23 years.  A hobby while teaching became a profession in retirement, and today he designs and builds custom made furniture and cabinetry in a woodshop next to his home in New Harmony.  Click here for his web site, Curt Schmitt Cabinetry and Fine Furniture

Photo copyright Curt Schmitt Cabinetry and Kats Web Designs

If you plan to visit the exhibit, go to for hours and directions.

Story courtesy of the
University of Southern Indiana
and HT Media Ltd.

Michael Bricker '04 and PUP – a vision for urban life


Michael Bricker ’04 and his sister, Jessica Bricker, are the ultimate Midwest recyclers.  Michael was an original founder of the nonprofit People for Urban Progress (PUP) in Indianapolis, and is the executive director, while Jessica is PUP’s project manager and designer.  PUP promotes environmental causes (its web site has a story about the Wabash Community Garden) and urban transportation and design.  Michael and Jessica also run and manufacture from the nonprofit, which recycles the roof of the old RCA dome into items such as wallets and messenger bags.  Click here to read the feature from last Sunday’s Indianapolis Star about PUP and its vision.  And click here for last weekend’s interview with INside Indiana Business.  Oh, and in his “spare time,” during this past school year, Michael was an instructor in Contemporary Architecture in the Art Department here at Wabash! 

Story and photo courtesy of
Indianapolis Star and Michelle Pemberton.

In memory of Dave Parry '57

David Parry ’84 sent this in memory of his father, David M. Parry ’57:

“Dave Parry made it to the big time as a pro and college football referee.

Former players and coaches also remember the 76-year-old as a high school athletic director in Michigan City, which remained his hometown even as he traversed the country officiating games.

Parry died Monday, May 16th from unexpected complications following multiple back surgeries.

Parry was a college football referee for 20 years and worked in the NFL from 1975 to 1990. He was assigned to 14 NFL playoff games, including four conference championship games, and was the side judge for the 1983 Super Bowl.

He became coordinator of football officials for the Big Ten in 1990 and helped the league become the first in college football to use instant replay.

Parry left the Big Ten to become the first national coordinator of officials in 2008. He resigned that position in February, citing health concerns, including Parkinson’s Disease.

“Dave was a leader in the game of football and had the unique ability and temperament to move seamlessly between officials and coaches both at the professional and collegiate levels, earning the respect of all,” Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said in a statement. “Dave was an educator at his core, and we will miss him terribly.”

Parry graduated from Wabash College in Crawfordsville in 1957 and is a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Earlier in his career, Parry also officiated college basketball games in the Big Ten and Mid-American Conferences.

“Dave’s many contributions to college football and specifically officiating were significant,” Dennis Poppe, NCAA vice president of Division I football and baseball, said. “The sport of college football has lost a great man.”

Memorials may be made to the David M. Parry Foundation, c/o the Unity Foundation of LaPorte County, P.O. Box 527, Michigan City, IN 46360.”

Steve Ferguson '63 named to IBJ's list of "Who's Who in Life Sciences"

The Indianapolis Business Journal issues monthly lists identifying persons of influence in their industry categories.  This month, alumnus Steve Ferguson ’63 is included on IBJ’s list for Life Sciences.

Steve boasts a career in law starting with  his own firm; a four-term seat in the Indiana House of Representatives; and he works for the Cook Group, Inc. of Bloomington, IN, where today he is Chairman of the Board.  The Cook Group is the parent company of companies worldwide involved in the research, development, manufacture and sale of medical devices.  Click here to read more in the IBJ about Steve’s career in life sciences.

Story and photo courtesy of
Indianapolis Business Journal.