Wally at The Wheel Big Success

Howard W. Hewitt – The third annual spring alumni symposium was the biggest yet! Wally at The Wheel drew more than 150 to dinner and a car show Friday night in Knowling Fieldhouse.

Throughout the afternoon Wabash faculty and alumni presented 45-minute talks on issues, history, and the culture of the automobile in society. If you weren’t able to make it and would like to here the symposium talks, click here for the Wally At The Wheel playlist on our Wabash College YouTube page.

Click here to see more on the day-long symposiums. Here are some Kim Johnson photographs of the cars featured in the evening car show. And here are some Tom Runge photos from the car show.

The day was capped by the much-anticipated car show and remarks by General Motors Vice President of Finance and Treasurer, Jim Davin ’85. Davlin titled his talk, Visionaries Wanted: Reshaping the Auto Industry for a Sustainable Future.

Davlin, a member of the Wabash College Board of Trustees, took to the podium with a 2012 Chevy Volt and 2012 V8 Camero on his right and a beautiful 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air on his left.

Davlin’s multi-media presentation included television commercials which help paint the future of General Motors. He spent time talking about the key leaders throughout the company’s history and how they shaped the auto industry as we know it today.

Bringing Wabash into the equation, Devlin noted several Wabash graduates who have also played a key role in the auto industry.

“I like the skills students at Wabash and other liberal arts colleges learn,” he said. “Those graduates will be the differentiators of the auto industry of the future. I hope some of them will join me in the years to come.”

Below is a Wabash College video looking at some of the cars and conversation with their owners.