the establishment of named professorships, most recently the John W. Bachmann–Edward Jones Chair in Economics. This fund will support a full-time professor in the economics department who also will provide academic leadership for the College’s business leadership development programs, and it honors John W. Bachmann ’60 and the excellent leadership he provided for more than a decade as managing principal of Edward Jones. Training teachers and preachers was the original mission of Wabash at its founding in 1836, and a gift to the Challenge of Excellence from Dudley Burgess ’64 and his family ensures that this tradition will be stronger than ever. Dudley and his wife, Judy, grew up in Crawfordsville and saw firsthand the impact Wabash has on its students. The family shares a deep belief in the importance of educating others. “We felt the teacher education program was often neglected, so we said, ‘Let’s focus on that.’” The Burgess Family Scholarship is being awarded to teacher education students in their junior and senior years.
“Opening the World” Search the Wabash Web site for the words “life changing” and you’ll find them most often in student blogs and entries written during courses that include an immersion study component. These professor-led journeys of one to two weeks studying everything from the history of Christianity in Africa to archeo-astronomy in Central America to the American expatriate writers in France to global health in Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Chad Westphal worked with colleagues at Purdue to develop the College’s
Peru are available to all students, regardless of ability to pay —the College picks up travel and housing costs. Whether the journey is a Wabash man’s first airplane flight, first time out of the country, or first conversation with people in the developing world, these trips have opened the world to our students. Kay Widdows, the John H. Schroeder Interdisciplinary Chair in Economics, uses that exact phrase to describe the effect of another COEfunded initiative: the Asian Studies program. “Going to Asia opened the world to me,” Kay will tell you. The $700,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funding the College’s liberal arts approach to Asian Studies not only opens the world for our students but also has brought that part of the world to campus. Last fall Professor Qian Zhu Pullen began her tenuretrack position teaching Chinese history and Mandarin. Soon after her arrival she led us back to her home country to meet with representatives of Fudan University, one of China’s greatest universities, with whom we are beginning a partnership. There in Shanghai and Beijing I felt a full sense of what “opening the world” will mean for those faculty and students in our Asian Studies program—the shock of the new and the shock of recognition of what their education can mean and do. While our immersion courses have become a signature of a Wabash education, they are augmented by the rich experiences of semester-long study-abroad programs. Just how much we value those is underscored by another unexpected gift to the COE from Trustee John C. Schroeder ’69 funding study abroad at Harlaxton College in England, where
new 3-2 dual degree engineering program.
PROVIDING OPPORTUNITY and A C C E S S
Whatever the category of the gift, the COE is focused on the College’s intent to transform the lives of young men. ➤
Alex S. Carroll and Robert J. Beck Honorary Scholarship
James and Susan Smith Family Scholarship—supporting students in the College’s new 3-2 dual degree engineering program with Purdue University
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Knight Memorial Scholarship