Class Of 2018 Orientation Leaders
Emiliano Aguilar ‘15
Welcome guys! My name is Emiliano Aguilar, and I am a senior at the FIJI house. I am the current chairman of the Philanthropy Committee at FIJI. Outside of my house I am involved in several organizations, such as Unidos Por Sangre, Sigma Tau Delta and Sons of Wabash. When I am not busy running around, or working at the administrative office in the second floor of Center Hall, you can find me with my nose in a book. My love for literature and history has drawn me to struggle through a double major in English and history here on campus. However, I would not have traded any of the experiences, both in and outside the classroom, for anything else. The friendships I have made and the mentors I have had during my time here have been some of the most significant experiences and relationships in my life. I am looking forward to being involved with such an important week, and semester for you, our new group of Wabash Men.
John Beardmore ‘15
My name is John Beardmore, and this is my second year of being an orientation mentor. I am senior English major and theater minor from Lafayette. I am in the Glee Club, the PA announcer for Football games, a statistician for Baseball, and I am a fan and supporter of all things Wabash. I am also going into my second season as a junior high football coach in Lafayette. I am excited to introduce Wabash life to new students and make relationships that will grow throughout our time at Wabash together and beyond!
Josh Bleisch ‘16
Welcome to Wabash! My name is Josh Bleisch and I am a junior from Noblesville, IN. I am majoring in political science, and minoring in chemistry. I live at Lambda Chi Alpha, and am involved in many things on campus. I am on the Swimming and Diving team, I am involved in student senate, Sons of Wabash, and am President of the Wabash College Democrats. Wabash has given me many opportunities to find my strengths and passions. During the summers throughout my college career I have interned for the Indiana Democratic Party and participated in a Summer Replacement program at Eli Lilly & Co. I encourage all of you to get involved, and stay engaged with all of the things that go on at Wabash every day. That is how to get the most out of your time here among these classic halls.
Jacob Burnett ‘15
Hello! My name is Jacob Burnett, and I am a rising senior from Mishawaka, IN. I am a political science major with minors in psychology and rhetoric. I have heavily immersed myself in clubs on campus and volunteer in the Crawfordsville community. I greatly value all that Wabash has to offer. I've had the opportunity to intern with the Legal Aid Society in Louisville the summer of 2013, and I will be interning with a Wabash professor this summer. We will be conducting African politics research by creating the first ever database consisting of coded individual characteristics of African Presidents since 1960. After a little bit of individual searching of experiences outside of Wabash, I will also have the honor of taking part in the Criminal Law Internship Program through the Public Defender's Office in D.C. I am excited to welcome you to the brotherhood this Fall! I sincerely value our motto, "Wabash Always Fights." With the rigorous academic schedules and the good times ahead, I hope you will too! Oh, and you'll be able to recognize me on mere laugh alone, prepare yourselves.
Adam Burtner ‘17
I am an upcoming sophomore here at Wabash and I am extremely excited to serve as an orientation mentor this fall. I am from Brownsburg Indiana and currently live in the Fiji house here at Wabash. I am very involved on campus and within the community; I serve as the Phi Gamma Delta Student Senator, am President of the Wabash Chapter of the ONE Campaign and President of my fraternity class, member of College Republicans, Wabash Conservative Union, the Parliamentary Union Debate Team, and also have two on campus jobs. I plan to double major in political science and rhetoric and minor in economics with the hopes of attending law school after Wabash. My orientation mentor, when I got to campus, truly helped me get started on the right foot and became such a close friend of mine. I look forward to doing the same for the incoming class of 2018 Wallies!
Derek De St. Jean ‘15
Hi, my name is Derek De St. Jean and I am a senior this year at Wabash. I am originally from Northwest Indiana, but my family and I moved to West Lafayette my sophomore year. I am majoring in rhetoric and minoring in philosophy. I am the captain of the Wabash Track & Field team — I’m a thrower (I throw heavy objects really far). After I graduate, I want to become a teacher. I want to offer you some advice that has helped me make it through the years here. Learn from your fellow Wallies. You will learn in the classroom, but will learn more from your fellow students. Feel free to come up to me anytime you’d like to ask questions and talk. Welcome to Wabash!
Andrew Dettmer ‘15
Welcome to Wabash! My name is Andrew Dettmer and I have the honor of serving as one of your Orientation Managers this year. This is my second year as an Orientation Manager, and I hope my experiences from last year will allow me to make this year even better! I am a rising senior from Auburn, IN and am a political science major, specializing in American government, and a history and rhetoric double minor. I’m a brother of Phi Gamma Delta and currently serve as the Corresponding Secretary. I’m also currently the President of the Pre-Law Society and serve as a Peer Career Advisor and Tour Guide for the College. Wabash has given me many great opportunities, and I hope to see you embrace this place as much as I have come to. Preparing for my senior year has really made me realize how quickly time flies by (it seems like it was just yesterday that I was in your shoes), and how important it is to seize the opportunities that come your way. Wabash doesn’t produce classmates, it produces brothers; and I look forward to you joining our happy band of brothers this fall.
Anthony Douglas II ‘17
My name is Anthony Douglas II, but you guys can call me A.D. I’m a rising sophomore from South Bend, Indiana. I am currently studying psychology with an intended minor in chemistry. I’m currently taking the prerequisites for Medical School as well. At Wabash I’m involved in the Wabash Acts Responsibly Council, the Independent Men’s Association, the Pre-Health Society, Paintball Club, Malcom X Institute, and a few others. Over my first summer I had the opportunity to intern at Englishton Park in Batesville, Indiana, a summer camp for kids dealing with behavior disorders. I’m really looking forward to getting to know you all and building lasting relationships. So get ready to work hard, have some fun, and become Wabash Men. See you soon!
Seton Goddard ‘15
Welcome to Wabash, Class of 2018! My name is Seton Goddard, and I'm a senior who grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and Green Bay, Wisconsin. At Wabash, I'm a political science major, an English minor, and a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha. Over the summer, I'm working as an intern for the Legal Aid Society in Louisville, Kentucky, and in my spare time, I'll work very part-time for the U.S. Senate campaign of Alison Lundergan Grimes in Lexington. After Wabash, I'm hoping to pursue a career in healthcare management and policy. When I'm not reading political science studies, writing English papers, or pondering my role in the world, you can find me cheering on the Little Giants at athletic events, running through the cornfields of Crawfordsville, and talking to my friends far too loudly on the first floor of the library.
Sam Hanes ‘16
Hello, I’m Sam Hanes and welcome to Wabash! I am from Elkhart, IN (up north) where I went to high school at Concord. I’m a junior here at Wabash, majoring in psychology with specialization in social and cognitive psychology, and a political science minor with concentration in international relations and African politics. This past summer, I was a Digital Marketing and Advertising Intern at Hanapin Marketing, a pay-per-click marketing agency in Bloomington, IN. I have also been able to take advantage of Wabash’s great study abroad program, and studied in Ecuador this past summer and will be studying in Cameroon, Africa in the spring. I look forward to working with all of you and helping you with absolutely anything you need. Get ready for some hard work and great experiences, while receiving lots of help along the way.
Alex Hernandez ‘16
Hola! My name is Alexander Hernandez. I am from Deep South Texas—literally on the southern border between Texas and Mexico. I am a proud Chicano by heart and Mexican by blood. Ironically, as any faraway college experience, I embraced my culture and heritage more by being a minority at Wabash than being a majority back home. I am not entirely sure what I want to do with my life or what route to take. If I am crazy enough, I may run for President and take over the world…but that is way too much work! I do know that I want to try to change our education system. I do know that whatever I am going to be doing, I am going to be doing it with the purpose of helping others. I also do know that that I want to be remembered through my accomplishments and not through my sexual, racial, or hard-of-hearing identities. Wabash College is a very tough and intense school, not everybody is suited to become a Wabash Man; however, if you have the hunger to make your dream into reality and a difference in your life and those around you, then Wabash is the place for you. No matter what ethnicity, social-class, or even what gender you prefer in you or your partner, Wabash College sees everybody equally and helps train you to become the gentlemen of tomorrow.
Ahmed Ipesa-Balogun `17
Salut, soon to be Wabash folk! My name is Ahmed Ipesa-Balogun a sophomore from Brownsburg, Indiana, though my place of origin is Lagos Nigeria. As an art major, with a background in psychology and soon to have background in business, I believe I will maximize my learning here at Wabash. I was previous resident of Martindale and will be an RA this coming spring. Although I’ve been here for only one year, I feel as though my Wabash Experience has had an increase in my overall proficiency as a person, looking forward. With this in mind, I say, don’t let any aspect of my school alarm you, give it your all and become the Man you see yourself being. See you guys soon!
Dylan Miller ’16
Hi my name is Dylan Miller, and I am a rising junior this school year. I am from Milan, Michigan, a small town just south of Ann Arbor. I remember receiving a letter from the Wabash swim coach during my junior year of high school. I decided to go on a visit, and I immediately fell in love with its unique traditions, the outstanding faculty, and its rigorous focus on academics. Being on the swim team at Wabash has allowed me to make some of my best friends. The competitiveness and camaraderie has helped me to excel in and out of the classroom. As an Independent student, I have made a point to have all types of friends on campus: Greek, Independent, athletes, and non-athletes. I have had the amazing experience of being the President of the College Democrats and a representative on the Student Senate. Wabash is a great place to get involved, try new things, and grow as a student, athlete, and responsible citizen.
Justin Miller ‘17
Bonjour et bienvenue à Wabash! I’m Justin Miller, a sophomore from the small town of Saint Joe, IN, and plan to major in chemistry and French with a biology minor. Aside from my time spent writing for our award winning college newspaper The Bachelor, I serve as treasurer for Wabash Christian Men, Sergeant at Arms for the Delta Omicron chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, and debate with our Parliamentary Union. Be prepared for seemingly insurmountable amounts of homework which are made manageable by quickly-kindled friendships and a lot of coffee. After even a few weeks here, you will become a wholly new man willing and able to tackle the world’s greatest issues. Again, welcome to Wabash!
Andrew Powell ‘17
Hi, my name is Andrew Powell and I am a sophomore this year at Wabash. My major is biology (Pre-Med), and I have been involved in Student Senate, Senior Council, and the IMA throughout my first year at Wabash. If I could give some advice to the incoming class of 2018 it would be to work hard, meet as many people as possible both professors and students, and have a ton of fun. You will hear current students say Wabash Always Fights, and that you will soon see that is not only how we work but how we play. Feel free to come up and talk with me whenever you would like. Welcome to Wabash—Ding Ding!
Tyler Regnier ‘16
Hey guys! I am Tyler Regnier and I am from Tipton, IN, a small town about 90 minutes from Crawfordsville. I had the unique experience of transferring here after spending my freshman year at Indiana Wesleyan University. I am a junior religion major, with a double minor in economics and education. On campus I am involved in Glee Club, Alpha Phi Omega, Sons of Wabash, and I will be a Phi Psi pledge this fall! I love the rich history and the strong sense of tradition here at Wabash. I hope that you will come to love the traditions of Wabash and appreciate the liberal arts as well. I would be more than happy to help you guys succeed during your first semester at Wabash, so please don’t hesitate to come to me with questions or just to chat!
Hello fellow Wallies! I am pleased to welcome you to Wabash. My name is Jordan Smith, I am a rising sophomore from Merrillville, Indiana. My major is rhetoric and my minor is English. I am a long sprinter on the Wabash Track & Field team. I also work at the Malcolm X Institute and give tours of campus. Wabash is a great experience. You will be challenged, but you will have many people, including me, that will help you every step of the way. Always remember Wabash Always Fights and I will be looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of you.
Tyler Trepton ‘16
Hello incoming freshman my name is Tyler Trepton. Currently I am a rising junior, from Saint John, Indiana where I attended Hanover Central High School. I am a history major with a rhetoric and computer science minor with an area of concentration in business. I am a brother of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. On campus, I am a peer career advisor at Career Services, and part of the W.A.R. council. Currently I have a massive collection of retro video games, which I love to collect and chat about. I am hoping to pursue a career in business technology or computer information systems after Wabash. Let’s make this next year great, I am looking forward to meeting all of you and sharing the spirit of Wabash with you.
Sam Vaught ‘16
Hi there! My name is Sam Vaught. I am a rising junior from Crawfordsville, IN and one of your Orientation Managers. I am a Religion major, Classics minor, and I stay active on campus in clubs like the Glee Club and Students for Sustainability. I also write for The Bachelor, our awesome campus newspaper, and I serve Wolcott Hall on the Student Senate. I am fond of my hometown and very excited you all get to spend the next four years here! Around town, I volunteer with the Montgomery County Historical Society and help out with after-school programs at Hoover Elementary. This summer, I traveled to Ecuador for four weeks with the Spanish department and the Glee Club, and returned home to intern with the Historical Society. Welcome to this diverse, high-energy family called Wabash!
Shane Xuan ‘17
My name is Shane Xuan and I will be a sophomore majoring in political science (American government/theory). In the extracurricular sphere, I'm mainly involved in theater and journalism. I was in the cast list of theater production Dion, Macbeth, and Stage Lights during my freshmen year; I dramaturge Macbeth and Stage Lights in spring, during which I did several on- and off-campus presentations, lobbying, and edited the dramaturgical blog. I am also a staff member of Wabash Commentary, photographer of the Bachelor, editor of Wabash Yearbook, and brother of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. WAF! Good luck, and study hard!