Alumni Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men
The Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men serves the largest concentration of Wabash College alumni located in the Indianapolis metropolitan area. This constitutes around 2,000 alumni or nearly 20% of all alumni. The IAWM board encompasses a broad generational, geographical, and professional diversity. Annually, we sponsor several diverse and exciting events and services for the Wabash community.
Join us as we gather for camaraderie, enlightenment, celebration, and support of Wabash College and its students.
AUGUST 21, 2014 AFTER WORK AT THE REGIONS ROOF
July was so much fun, we're returning to Rooftop Thursdays at Regions Tower in August for our monthly after-work get-together. Join the Wabash Mafia on the 5th floor terrace for a DJ, appetizers, TWR, and other refreshments. The event starts at 5, so head over after work.
OCTOBER 11-12, 2014 WABASH DAY
WABASH Day stands for Wabash Alumni Benefiting And Serving Humanity. It is a national day of community service planned by alumni in local communities and carried out by alumni, current students, family and friends of Wabash College. In 2014, we will celebrate The 10th Annual WABASH Day on the weekend of October 11-12. Mark your calendars now!
Alumni in cities and towns across the country will be organizing WABASH Day projects for their area. In addition, Wabash students will work with local alumni to organize projects in and around Crawfordsville.You will be receiving information on a specific project close to you so please watch your e-mail for updates on individual projects.
WABASH Day began an informal partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charities in 2013 that led to some great projects in several cities. Ronald McDonald houses provide a "home away from home" for families of children who are undergoing medical treatment and each house is supported by the work of volunteers
If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about starting a project in your area, including contact information for your local Ronald McDonald House, please contact Mike Warren '93 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOVEMBER 13, 2014 MONON BELL CELEBRATION
Don't be a ... Tiger. Save the date for the annual celebration of the Greatest Sports Rivalry in the Universe. Stay tuned for more details.
ONGOING HAMILTON COUNTY QUARTERLY LUNCHEONS
We have quarterly gatherings in different parts of the County. Please send recommendations for future venues and refer all questions to Josh Nicholson.
Contact: Josh Nicholson ’04 (email@example.com).
Chairman: Jon Pactor '71 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chairman: Josh Nicholson ’04 (email@example.com)
Contact: Hugh Vandivier ’91 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chairman: Dave Reed '89 (email@example.com)
Chairman: Jon Pactor '71 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
JULY 24, 2014 MITCHUM CROCK GOLF OUTING
News to come about this year's outing at Plum Creek Golf Club in Carmel.
JULY AFTER-WORK GET-TOGETHER - JULY 17, 2014
A great turnout of Wabash alums went al fresco for the July version of our after-work get-togethers where the Wabash Mafia joined Rooftop Thursdays at Regions Tower. OK, it wasn't the actual rooftop, but the terrace on the 5th floor, including a DJ, appetizers, TWR, and other refreshments.
Jim Dyer '83, who was in town from St. Louis, catches up with fellow Phi Delt Justin Taylor '16, who was in town after finishing his internship in Detroit.
MLB BUS TRIP TO CUBS @ REDS - JULY 9, 2014
For a 26th time, a busload of Wabash baseball fans boarded a bus to a Major League Baseball game. About 35 road-trippers traveled to Cincinnati to watch the Chicago take on their NL Central rival Reds at Great America Ballpark. The Cards broke a 1-1 tie in the 5th to end up beating the hapless Cubbies 1-4, making Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon the first in the MLB to notch 12 wins. (recap)
Many thanks to Josh Tatum '03 and his committee for a fun event.
MEET THE CLASS OF '18 - SUMMER 2014
This summer, soon-to-be rung-in members of the Wabash Class of 2018 receive t-shirts in the mail and are asked to have their picture taken wearing the shirt for the Wabash College Facebook page. For the third year, incoming frosh could choose among red shirts that say Seriously Confident, Seriously Competitive, or Seriously Creative. In the past, the IAWM proudly to help subsidize this wonderful introduction to Wabash College for our future students and alumni. In 2009, Wabash's efforts toward incoming students made the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Dakota Rhodes '18 of Plainfield is seriously creative.
AFTER WORK AT APPARATUS - JUNE 26, 2014
Our site visits to Indianapolis-owned businesses continued in June with a stop at Apparatus, an IT design and consulting firm located at 1401 N. Meridian St. Founded by Kelly Pfledderer '96, Apparatus has been named a top place to work in Indy, and many Wabash alums work there, including its president Aman Brar '99 and CTO Ben Frame '00. In addition, retired Wabash art prof Greg Huebner is artist in residence, maintaining a studio in the basement.
Alex Thompson '08 welcomed the 40 guests to the Apparatus Tech Center, and Michael Carper '13 gave a demonstration.
Brewmaster DJ McCallister '97 of Black Swan Brewpub provided free TWR to sample and chef Nick Carter '95 prepared some delicious appetizers.
Retired Professor Greg Huebner talks to the alumni.
WABASH NIGHT AT VICTORY FIELD - JUNE 13, 2014
More than 50 alumni, students, family, and friends enjoyed a pleasant evening out at the ballpark to watch the Indianapolis Indians fall in extra innings 2-1 to the evil Durham Bulls in the beautiful confines of Victory Field. The game ended with a dynamite fireworks show.
Joe Kiley '61 and Tyler Wade '12 enjoy a chat between innings.
Dean of Admissions Steve Klein caught a foul ball!
AFTER WORK AT PEOPLE FOR URBAN PROGRESS - MAY 7, 2014
For May, we switched things up and checked out a local nonprofit that's really making an impact in Indianapolis. Alumni met up in Fountain Square and the HQ of People for Urban Progress, located on the second floor of the Murphy Building.
Co-Founder and Chief Innovator Michael Bricker '04 talked about PUP's many initiatives, including rescuing roof material from the RCA Dome, banners from the Super Bowl, and seating from Bush Stadium and upcycling into consumer items (like wallets, duffle bags, purses, and shower curtains) and bus stops. Michael even provided some TWR from Fountain Square Brewery.
MINI MARATHON HOSPITALITY TENT - MAY 3, 2014
The IAWM provided a hospitality tent to greet folks running this this year's Mini or who were supporting someone from Wabash at the Runners Club Village after the race.
JT MILLER'14 WINS IAWM SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD - MAY 1, 2014
- Mathematics major – teacher education area of concentration
- Cumulative GPA: 3.810
- Career Record of 12-9 with two saves as a pitcher for the Little Giants
- Tie for first in career shutouts with three
- Set the Wabash single-game strikeout record with 17 against the College of Wooster
- Second in career ERA with a mark 2.80
- Third in career strikeouts with 193
- Two-time First Team All-NCAC selection
- Early favorite to be named NCAC Pitcher of the Year.
- Spent the Summer, 2012 playing baseball in Chillicothe, Ohio for the Chillicothe
- Paints in the Prospect League... Named a Prospect League All-Star.
- Member of Inter-Fraternity Council and WAR Council
- President of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity
- Mathematics tutor
- Selected to the 2014 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-Mideast Region Second Team
- Named the NCAC's 2014 Pitcher of the Year in addition to picking up First Team honors
- Selected to the 2014 All-North Coast Athletic Conference Baseball Team
JT Miller received the Scholar-Athlete Award from NAWM President and IAWM Board Member Greg Estell '85.
AFTER-WORK @ BARLEY ISLAND - APRIL 17, 2014
In April, the Wabash Mafia heads back up north to Barley Island Brewing Company in downtown Noblesville (639 Conner St.). Join us for food, fellowship, and libations. Barley Island is owned by Jeff Eaton '85.
AFTER-WORK @ OUTLIERS BREWERY - MARCH 20, 2014
Wabash alumni took a behind-the-scenes of Indy's new brewery, Outliers Brewing Company (534 East N. Street, just south of Mass Ave). A sister operation to Broad Ripple's Brugge Brasserie, Outliers specializes in American-style and specialty beer.
PACERS ALUMNI-STUDENT NETWORKING EVENT - MARCH 4, 2014
Once again, Wabash College Career Services brought alumni and students together for a Pacers basketball game while also providing networking opportunities for Wabash men.
Close to 100 alumni and students saw a close game between the Pacers and the Golden State Warriors with seats at the Legends level with free food and drink. Before the game, Voice of the Pacers Chris Denari '83 talked to the group about his career, his job, and the team.
Thanks to Spencer Peters '14 for organizing such a successful event.
Chris passed around his "cheat sheet" for the that night's game. This guy really does his homework!
WALLY TUNES SYMPOSIUM - FEBRUARY 21, 2014
- Dr. Peter Hulen – "Wally Gets Analytical: What Happens When a Student Dissects Music?"
CONCURRENT COLLOQUIA SESSIONS
- Dr. Richard Bowen – “Pop Music of the 1960s: Music When the Words Mattered”
- Philip Seward ’82 – “Musical Storytelling: From Avant-Garde to Contemporary Music Theatre”
- Dr. Christie Byun – “The Economics of the Popular Music Industry”
- Andrew McKone ’07 – “The Luthier’s Craft & Violin Making in the 21st Century”
- Professor Kristen Strandberg “Duke Ellington at Wabash”
- Gordon Bonham ’80 – “Where Blues Meets the Banjo”
- Dr. Jeff Mehltretter Drury – “What’s Going On? The Function of Music in the 1960s Student Movement”
- Eric Stark ’88 – “…The Old Lie… How Sophomore C&T Haunts My Life as a Musician, or, The Reluctant Conductor’s Guide to the music of Benjamin Britten and the Poetry of WWI Soldier Wilfred Owen"
- Rick Fobes ’72 – “Band on the Run”…Thoughts and Insights for Creating a Band, Making it Successful, and…Having the Time of Your Life!
- Dr. James Makubuya – “Folk Instruments: Their Multidisciplinary Roles as Windows and Mirrors”
- Allen Schulz ’87, Diane Norton & Prof. Kristen Strandberg – “Working Together in Separate Spaces”
- Performances by Dr. Peter Hulen, Dr. James Makubuya, Gordon Bonham ’80 and Philip Seward ‘82.
Many thanks to Brad Johnson '71, who headed up a committee of alumni, faculty, and staff to make this year's symposium a success.
BOARD MEMBER ELECTIONS - FEB. 19, 2014
At its February meeting, the IAWM elected the following new board members to a three-year term: Rob Paugh '92 and Jeff Rice '00. Welcome to the IAWM, Gentlemen.
WINTER BASH - FEBRUARY 8, 2014
2013 YEAR IN REVIEW
Thanks to all the alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends who made 2013 an eventful year for the Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men. Steve Badger '87 has been elected the new board president, and he'll work well to guide the IAWM to an engaging and supportive role for 2014.
MONON BELL STAG - NOVEMBER 13, 2013
About 240 men of Wabash and DePauw gathered once again at the Arabian Room at the Murat Shrine for the Annual Monon Bell Stag. Wabash President Greg Hess and DePauw President Brian Casey welcomed the crowd to the celebration of our schools' tradition in the "Best Small College Football Rivalry In The Galaxy."
Tim Craft '00 served as the Wabash emcee. Seth Hensley ’14 told the crowd what to expect from the Little Giants that Saturday.
Dr. Tobey Herzog, Wabash H'11 and Jeff McCall D'76 were presented with the Spirit of the Monon Bell Award.
Hugh Vandivier '91 announced that the Wabash and DePauw Phi Delts joining together to run and bike a ceremonial game ball from Crawfordsville through Roachdale to Greencastle to raise money for ALS. They raffled the ball off at the Stag, raising $655. Jim Cumming '61 won the ball.
Then the gloves came off. Wabash roaster Brent Bridwell '03 delivering a humorous verbal assault followed by the DePauw roaster who drew crickets. (No, seriously, he was embarrassing.)
Wabash Athletic director Joe Haklin (right) presents Dr. Herzog with the Spirit of the Monon Bell Award.
ADMISSIONS VOLUNTEER WORKSHOPS - FALL 2013
To help boost our referral numbers and increase our volunteer base, the Admissions Office and the IAWM Board hosted an alumni volunteer workshops before home football games in Crawfordsville and at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun in Indianapolis. The workshops provided attendees with all of the tools necessary to identify and recruit future generations of Wabash men including roles volunteers can fill, reports on current recruitment strategies, updates on new academic and co-curricular programs, and materials for your recruiting arsenal.
NOVEMBER AFTER-WORK GATHERING - NOVEMBER 5, 2013
Indy's Wabash Mafia convened for the last time in 2013, returning to the bar at The Alexander hotel (333 S. Delaware St.), known in swanky circles as the Plat 99: Mixology Lounge.
But don't let the swankiness fool you. This meeting was purely an informal get-together to meet, catch up, and connect with local alums.
MOOT COURT FINALS - OCTOBER 29, 2013
Thirty six Wabash students participated in the 20th Annual Wabash College Moot Court Competition. Cory Kopitzke ’14 was named Top Advocate. The judges panel selected Kopitzke over finalists Adam Alexander ’16, Nash Jones ’16, and Jacob Burnett ’15.
The students argued their case in front of three real judges and a Wabash College professor. This year the panel was led by Professor Lloyd Wilson ’77, a professor of law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney Law School. He was joined by Steven David, who has had a long and distinguished career, and now sits on the Indiana Supreme Court. Debra McVlicker Lynch is a U.S. Magistrate Judge and summa cum laude graduate of the IU School of Law. Each year a member of the Wabash faculty or administration serves as a judge. President Gregory Hess rounded out the panel.
Moot Court was streamed live via the internet. As in previous years, students and faculty from Lawrence North Nigh School, Indianapolis, joined a good student turnout in the audience.
This year’s case is about the constitutionality of an amendment to the constitution to prohibit any form of affirmative action in university admissions.
Professor Tom Wilson '77 presents Cory Kopitzke '14 Top Advocate Honors.
OCTOBER AFTER-HOURS GATHERING - OCTOBER 17, 2013
The Wabash Mafia met in the heart of Broad Ripple for a very informal after-work gathering at Triton Tap. Dave Waldman '93 made sure the big community table was reserved for alums who convened, conversed, and connected.
WABASH DAY - OCTOBER 5-6, 2013
WABASH Day—Wabash Alumni Benefiting And Serving Humanity—is the national day of community service organized by alumni and carried out by alumni, family, and friends in line with the Gentleman’s Rule requirement to be responsible citizens and with the college’s mission statement to think critically, act responsibly, and lead effectively to make our communities more humane places.
Wabash graduates along with their families and friends gathered in small groups in 29 sites across the nation and worked to better their communities as part of the eighth annual WABASH Day. (story)
In Indianapolis metropolitan area, Wabash men and their families contributed to the following projects:
- Second Helpings. WABASH Day Leader: Bryan Roesler ‘06.
- Villages. WABASH Day Leader: Kevin Benefiel ’81.
- Mapleton-Fall Creek Neighborhood. WABASH Day Leader: Josh Tatum '03.
- Hague Road Nature Park. WABASH Day Leader: Lee Clark ’73
- Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding. WABASH Day Leader: Steve Badger ’87.
Thanks to the WABASH Day IAWM Committee for setting up these worthwhile projects in the Indianapolis metropolitan area: Jon Pactor ’71 (chair), Brandon Clifton '05 (chair), Tim Craft ’00, John Bridge ’72, Greg Estell '85, Josh Tatum '03, Keenan Blanchford ’98, Dave Reed '89, Seamus Boyce '03, Jim Kerr '92, Steve Badger '87, and Scott Benedict '98.
INDY WELCOME RECEPTION FOR PRES. GREG AND LORA HESS - SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
Indianapolis alumni were out in force at a welcome reception for Wabash's 16th President Greg Hess and his wife, Lora at the beautiful Alexander Hotel.
President Hess' Chapel Talk from August 29.
NEW FACULTY RECEPTION - SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
Since 1999, the IAWM has hosted a reception welcoming new faculty members to campus. This year, we greeted 10 professors and President Hess. These are the teachers who are challenging the current crop of Wabash men and hopefully will become the next Placher, Butler, Heubner, and Zimmerman.
After introducing themselves, they each received a membership to Athens Arts, courtesy of the IAWM. Thanks to Dustin DeNeal '04 (chair) and his committee of Jon Pactor, Keenan Blanchford, Keith Veal, and Aman Brar for setting up the event. (story)
IAWM board member Brad Johnson ’71 talks with new faculty member Adriel Trott.
SEPTEMBER AFTER-WORK GET-TOGETHER - SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
For September, the Wabash Mafia convened at Harry & Izzy's downtown to partake in informal networking, schmoozing, libations, and a few took up the challenge of the famous shrimp cocktail, which sports analyst Dan Patrick called, "some kind of fraternity prank," during the Super Bowl.
Thanks to Sean Simmons '00 for setting up the event.
BACHELOR ADS - EVERY WEEK
BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC - AUGUST 10, 2013
Members of the IAWM and the NAWM welcomed Indianapolis-area incoming freshmen and their families at the westside home of Jennifer Jones and Kelly Pfledderer '96, Founder and CEO of the Indianapolis IT company Apparatus. About 90 people attended the inaugural event, which included President Gregory Hess and his wife, Lora. Alumni did a great job of talking with families.
We're thankful to Jennifer and Kelly for opening their home and their generous sponsorship of this inaugural event.
President Hess spoke to the families before the attendees were treated to a shrimp boil.
AUGUST AFTER-WORK GET-TOGETHER - AUGUST 8, 2013
Wabash alums went al fresco for the August version of our after-work get-togethers where the Wabash Mafia joined Rooftop Thursdays at Regions Tower. OK, it wasn't the actual rooftop, but the terrace on the 5th floor, including a DJ, appetizers, TWR, and other refreshments.
Drew Howk, Jesse James, and Will Weber share some conversation.
BOYS STATE RECEPTION - AUGUST 4, 2013
The IAWM joined Wabash Admissions in welcoming Boys State Delegates and their families to campus. Reception attendees will receive a Wabash College Boys State Scholarship with an annual value of $7,500 ($30,000 over four years) upon admission to the College. (story)
2010: IAWM board member Keith Veal ’92 told attendees during a panel discussion, “Wabash taught me how to ‘Walk TALL’ and that’s what I tell them. I say, ‘think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively, and live humanely — think, act, lead, live,’” the acronym for which is TALL. “Wabash taught me the power of critical thinking. If you get that part right — thinking critically — everything else falls into place.”
MITCHUM CROCK GOLF OUTING - JULY 25, 2013
This year's annual Mitchum Crock sold out, with more than 140 Wabash alumni, staff, students, and friends taking part in the annual event held at Plum Creek in Carmel.
Once again, this year's title sponsor was Barnes & Thornburg. TWR came from Sun King Brewing.
This marked the first opportunity for many alumni to meet our new president, Greg Hess (pictured right), who greeted the golfers after dinner. Then, Scott Himsel '85 paid special tribute to Dr. David Hadley H'76 for his years of service to Wabash College.
Many thanks to co-chairs Steve Badger ‘87 and Tom Welch ‘94 and their committee consisting of Scott Benedict ‘98, Lee Clark ‘73, Tim Craft ‘00, Jeff Dickison ‘85, Dave Reed ‘89, Tony Unfried ‘03, and Chuck Whybrew '94 for one of the most successful Crocks in recent years. (more) (photos)
This year's notable winners included the following:
Mitchum Crock (Low Net)
- 1st: Greg Foyer '78, Kyle Foyer '83, Lenny Foyer, and Raymond Foyer (pictured below)
- 2nd: Greg Charnes '00, Charnes, Corey Barnard '00, and Curtis Barnard '00
Petty Award (Low Gross)
- 1st: Bob Grand '78, Brian Burdick '91, Nathan Baker '94, and Jacob German '11
- 2nd: Jeff Berens '93, Donald West '93, Garry Groh '93, and Mike Warren '93
Closest to Pin
- Jake German '11
- James Trueblood
Longest Drive (for the course, and the day)
- Mike Macke '83, a former golf coach for Bellmont High School
OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN ABOUT BUSINESS (OLAB) - JULY 7-13, 2013
Since 1973, Wabash has hosted rising high school seniors for a week-long summer introduction to business and the market economy. This, the 41st year, hosted 64 students from 12 states and Spain, nine counselors, 15 volunteers, and a half-dozen faculty members, who came to the Wabash campus to participate in OLAB. Since OLAB’s founding, more than 2,500 students have participated in the program. The IAWM has long been a supporter of this program, and many area alumni are happy to participate in simulated labor contract negotiations. This year, IAWM board member and Indianapolis attorney Chris Cotterill led a workshop on business ethics. (More) (pictures)
IAWM Board past president Scott Benedict '98 and current president Tim Craft '00 share a fist bump to show solidarity in their negotiating position.
Team 12 (pictured) comprised Nick Beeson of Park Tudor School (Carmel, IN), Emily Dickey of St. George’s Independent School (Germantown, TN), Jacob Huff of MSD Shakamak (Jasonville, IN), Nolan Morse of Crawfordsville High School (Crawfordsville, IN), and Yosita Yeerong of Mira Mesa High School (San Diego, CA). Team 12 received trophies and $100 Nike gift cards for capturing top honors.
WABASH ON THE ROAD @ THE INDIANAPOLIS MUSEUM OF ART - MAY 2, 2013
After being greeted by IAWM president Tim Craft ’00, the group trekked into the museum for a presentation by Dr. Jeremy Hartnett ’96 and the students of his senior seminar (Classics/Latin 400), which examined one of the museum’s ancient sculptures, the reclining sarcophagus of Flavius Agricola (c. 138- 193 A.D.), found in 1623 beneath the Vatican floor in the Basilica of St. Peter’s.
Surviving and on display at the IMA is the splendid life-size marble portrait of the deceased, who reclines on a couch while holding a cup of wine in one hand and crowning himself with the other. Now lost (and thought destroyed by papal authorities) is the epitaph, which consisted of a 15-line Latin poem. It identifies Flavius, describes his origin and family, and then concludes with a saucy admonition: "Friends who read this, I advise you: mix the wine and drink deep, wreath your head in flowers, and don't deny sexual pleasures to pretty girls, for after death, earth and fire consume all else."
Professor Hartnett explained the history of the funerary monument and each senior student presented a synopsis of his study:
- Will Kline addressed the need to reconcile the statuary portrait of an old-man with a youthful body.
- Alex Gillham asked “To what degree was Flavius an Epicurean?”
- John Streiff covered the inscription and the Roman rituals of eating and drinking.
- Michael Carper discussed the rites involved with Roman funerary meals.
- Zachary Thompson examined the relationship between Flavius and his wife, Primitiva.
As an added bonus, alumni Michael Bricker ’04 and Nick Roudebush ’09 guided the group into the stellar exhibition Ai Weiwei: According to What?, which features 30 remarkable pieces from the Chinese artist.
Special thanks to Keenan Blanchford, his assistant Ashley May and the new event committee for staging such a great event.
John Streiff, Will Kline, Alex Gillham, Prof. Jeremy Hartnett, Zachary Thompson, and Michael Carper in front of their subject, Flavius Agricola.
Michael Bricker '04 introduces the Ai Wei Wei exhibit as Lee Clark '73 listens.