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Roger E. Lumpp ’66 named Board Chair of Mather LifeWays

Aging happens to all of us, and Roger Lump II, Class of 1966, is working to make it better.  He was recently named as the Board of Directors Chair of Mather LifeWays, a non-denominational not-for-profit organization located in Evanston, Illinois dedicated to creating Ways to Age Well. Roger joined the Board in 2007.

Mather Lifeways, founded in 1941, strives to further its innovative practices and successes in the areas of research, senior living residences, and community outreach.

Roger is a Certified Public Accountant and a director with KPMG LLP, an international audit, tax and advisory services firm in Chicago.  He currently serves on the board of trustees of Seabury Western Theological Seminary and the board of directors of Skokie Country Club.

Photo courtesy of TribLocal Evanston.


James Scurlock '97 — twice a Moot Court winner

Last November, James was named an Overall Champion and Best Oralist in the annual University of Arkansas-Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law Ben J. Altheimer Moot Court Tournament.

Overall champion James Scurlock (second from left) at the 2010 Bowen School of Law Moot Court.

This spring at the New York Law School 35th Annual Robert F. Wagner Labor and Employment Law Competition in New York City, James placed fourth overall in individual standings out of more than 100 participants (last year, he placed second in individual advocacy awards in the preliminary rounds at Wagner).  His Bowen Law School team earned best Preliminary Round Team and  Second Best Respondent Brief.

The Wagner Competition is the largest student-led moot court competition in the United States, attracting teams from the entire country. Nationally, Wagner is the premier moot court competition dedicated exclusively to the areas of labor and employment law.

James is originally from Gallatin, Texas, and was active in Legalis, Pre-Law Society, Student Senate, Theater and Radio, and Board of Publications, among others while a student at Wabash. He now resides in Little Rock where he plans to practice in the areas of employment and civil rights law.

Photo courtesy of William H. Bowen School of Law.


David Shane '70 + LDI Ltd. = Spirit United

David Shane, Class of 1970 and member of the Board of Trustees, has long been a strong friend of Wabash College.  David also actively supports the Indianapolis community in many ways.  On March 22, as President and CEO of LDI Ltd., he accepted one of four awards presented by the United Way of Central Indiana for its 2011 Spirit United Award.

Barnes & Thornburg LLP, LDI Ltd., OneAmerica and St. Vincent Health won the award, which recognizes exemplary and consistent volunteer and financial support for UWCI’s mission and community priorities: vital human services and Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn. This is the third year in which the award has been presented.


Paul Deffenbaugh '80 Expert on Construction Content

Paul Deffenbaugh [Class of 1980] is Chief Content Officer of Deep Brook Media, and former Editorial Director of Reed Construction Group.  Paul will be part of a two-member panel on the Killer Construction Content webcast on May 16, providing his own editor’s perspective on how construction marketers can more effectively develop a content plan and strategy, along with implementation tips. 

     “[Paul] has more than 20 years in residential construction. His background includes editorial Director for the Residential Construction Group at Reed Business Information for Professional Builder, Professional Remodeler, Custom Builder, Housing Giants, and HousingZone.com. In addition, Paul was co-founder of the Remodeler’s Guild, a national remodeling company. Deep Brook Media develops content and strategies for leading construction brands.

     He has appeared on CNBC, Wall Street Reports, and CBS This Morning. He is a three-time winner and five-time finalist of the coveted Jesse H. Neal Award for editorial excellence, and has been recognized several times by the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the National Association of Real Estate Editors. Paul earned a degree in Philosophy from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. and has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

 The Liberal Arts Leap from Philosophy to Creative Writing to Construction Media — if you would like to hear Paul’s webcast, click here  for free registration.

Information courtesy of American Consumer News.


Eric Rowland '86 – Architect – Home Owner – Green By Design

Eric Rowland, Class of 1986, architect and principal with Rowland Design, Inc., is an LEED-accredited designer, which he used in 2008 during the redesign and renovation of the kitchen in his Indianapolis home.  

Architect Eric Rowland '86 at home in his kitchen.

Click here  to read about and see photos of the Rowlands’ kitchen in today’s Indianapolis Star “Indy Living – In the Kitchen”  — a weekly feature highlighting kitchens in Indianapolis-area homes.  Through his own remodeling changes, Eric plans to learn — and show others –how it is easy to be Green.

Photo courtesy of Charlie Nye/The Star


Indiana Impressionism – A Wabash Connection

Being an ardent admirer of the Hoosier Group and Indiana Impressionist art, a small notice in our local paper last week caught my eye:  The Putnam County Museum, just south of Crawfordsville, was to host a talk last night about Indiana Impressionist artist T(heodore). C(lement). Steele!  (Click here for the detailed notice from Greencastle’s Banner-Graphic). 

The featured speakers were Steele’s great-grandsons, Nick and Bob, who are first cousins.  It was a wonderful talk, sharing stories and remembrances from their own fathers and family members about “Great-grandfather,” and they displayed copies of family photos and other treasures for us to view.  Although T.C. Steele died before Nick and Bob were born, the warmth of their family lore and its history handed down was obvious and important to them.  Each of Bob’s and Nick’s own families carry on a traditional family name through the generations, and Nick’s three daughters were in the audience, as well.  Nick Steele is Emeritus Professor of Classical Studies at DePauw University, where he taught for almost 40 years.  Bob Steele is a DePauw graduate and the Director of the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics and Professor of Journalism Ethics at DePauw.

The Wabash connection here is that Brandt Nicholas Steele is Wabash Class of 1952.  During comments about T.C.’s Montgomery County ties, he recalled that Great-grandfather T.C. Steele had received an honorary degree from Wabash (A.M. in 1900), and that Wabash is Nick’s own alma mater.  In conversation after the program, Nick told me that Dr. Jack Charles, who taught Greek and History 1940-1980, was the Wabash influence who sparked his passion for Classical Studies and subsequently his academic career.  Nick also fondly recalls the Class of 1952 reunions he has attended on campus, and he looks forward to his 60th in 2012!

Last night was a unique opportunity to see two men, so well-known in their own fields of study, sincerely reminiscing about their family and its unique place in Indiana and art history.  It is also an honor to know how Wabash College shares in a part of their family history to be told to its future generations.


A Rose by Any Other Name

This week, Professor of Rhetoric Todd McDorman was quoted along with other experts in an Ohio newspaper story about Pete Rose’s chances for being admitted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Baseball is a passion for McDorman, who carries it into his love of teaching in the classroom. A 2003 story for Wabash Magazine contained an excerpt from McDorman’s essay “The Rhetorical Resurgence of Pete Rose: A Second Change Apologia,” published in Case Studies in Sport Communication.

In March 2010, Prof. McDorman attended the Fourth Summit on Sport and Communication in Cleveland, Ohio. There he presented “Image (Dis)Repair in Pete Rose’s My Prison Without Bars.” The essay was selected for a special issue of the Journal of Communication Studies that was devoted to sport communication. He reprised the presentation the following week at Wally at the Bat, the Wabash campus baseball symposium that was spearheaded by Jon Pactor ’71.

And finally last summer, Lifelong Baseball Fan Todd McDorman made his first ever visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and even played in a game of Town Ball!

Whatever your own opinion on the Pete Rose saga, you have to love Wabash’s liberal arts connecting the academic (Rhetoric) and the sport (Baseball)!



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