|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.
JUNE 21, 2013 WABASH NIGHT @ VICTORY FIELD
Join Wabash alumni, students, faculty, staff, families, and friends in a night of baseball and fireworks. Watch the Indianapolis Indians take the field in the beautiful confines of Victory Field, the "Best Minor League Ballpark in America." Stick around after the game for a fantastic fireworks show shot right from centerfield!
JULY 25, 2013 MITCHUM CROCK GOLF OUTING
Sponsored by Barnes & Thornburg, the IAWM's annual golf extravaganza honors Robert Mitchum H'59 and returns to the beautiful Plum Creek Golf Club in Carmel. This year's post-links dinner and program (at approx. 5:30) honors Dr. David Hadley H'76. Even if you don't play golf, please join us for dinner as we thank Dr. Hadley for all he has done for the College.
12:30 p.m. - Shotgun start, Florida Scramble
Deadline to register is July 18, 2013, but don't be left out. Golf is limited to the first 144 PAID registrants; dinner is open to more. Register online at http://mitchumcrock.com/ or by sending a check (payable to IAWM or Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men) to Heather Bazzani, Wabash College Alumni & Parent Relations, PO Box 352, Crawfordsville, IN 47933, or contact Heather at email@example.com or (765) 361-6360.
AUGUST 2, 2013 MLB BUS TRIP - CARDINALS @ REDS
Join Wabash alumni, families, and friends for our annual bus trip. This year, we'll be hitting road to attend the game at All-America Ballpark as the Cincinnati Reds host their NL Central rival, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Contact: Josh Tatum '03 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
OCTOBER 5-6, 2013 WABASH DAY
OCTOBER 29, 2013 MOOT COURT FINALS
Join us for the 20th Annual Wabash College Moot Court Competition. The preliminary rounds begin on October 26 with the finalists doing battle—rhetorically speaking—on Tuesday, October 29.
Moot court competitions are typically done in the second year of law school and typically involve appeals cases where the facts of the case are not in question. The Wabash competition forces petitioners and respondents to argue the interpretation of the law in a given case. The annual event is a collaboration between Wabash alumni lawyers, the Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men, and the Wabash College Rhetoric Department.
ONGOING HAMILTON COUNTY QUARTERLY LUNCH MEETINGS
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)
IAWM HOSPITALITY TENT @ THE MINI-MARATHON - MAY 4, 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:
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.
Kitley also received the Howell Chemistry Award and the Treves Science Award. Kitley has served as president of the Wabash Chemistry Club and was inducted in the Hovey Honorary Chemical Society in 2012.
APRIL AFTER-WORK GET-TOGETHER - APRIL 25, 2013
April's edition of the Wabash Mafia convened in Westfield at The Local Pub & Eatery.
Jordan Vaughn '02, Joe Trebley '01, and Andrew Beyer '04 catch up at The Local.
MARCH AFTER-WORK GET-TOGETHER - MARCH 28, 2013
The "Wabash Mafia" reconvened its monthly gatherings to watch the Sweet Sixteen NCAA basketball matchups and do some networking at Moe & Johnny's. Joe Trebley won the business card drawing for a Bookstore gift certificate. Thanks to Josh Nicholson '04 for organizing the event and to owner Chuck Mack '67.
Will Skertic '11 and Kyle Bender '12 catch up over some TWR.
CAREER SERVICES PACERS GAME NETWORKING EVENT - FEBRUARY 20, 2013
Good ideas often lead to great events, especially in this case. Last year, Wabash's Schroeder Center for Career Development came to the IAWM with an idea to combine their spring semester networking event with Pacer game. For the second year, the result yielded a successful outing for more than 90 students who boarded a bus down to Indy and alumni who joined them at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Networking abounded during the dinner on the Pacers' practice court and throughout the game in lower level seats to watch the Pacers blew out their longtime rival Knicks. As a special treat, Voice of the Pacers, Chris Denari '83 stopped by to greet the group. (blog)
Special thanks to Jake Kersey '13 who coordinated the event with Dave Reed '89.
WINTER BASH - FEBRUARY 16, 2013
BOARD MEMBER ELECTIONS - FEB. 13, 2013
At its February meeting, the IAWM elected the following new board members to a three-year term: Chris Cotterill '99, Sean Simmons '00, Joe Trebley '01, Tony Unfried '03, and Chuck Whybrew '94. Welcome to the IAWM.
Steve Badger '87, Scott Benedict '98, John Bridge '72, Lee Clark '73, Jon Pactor '71, Scott Quick '88, David Reed '89, and Josh Tatum '03 were reelected to new three-year terms.
DUCKPIN BOWLING - JAN. 6, 2013
The IAWM hosted its annual atypical recruiting event for high school seniors and their families: duckpin bowling at historic Fountain Square. Sunday brought a great turnout of alumni, parents, and 10 prospective students talking about Wabash and trying to get 10 little pins down with one little ball. Thanks to Jon Pactor ’71, Hugh Vandivier ’91, Keenan Blanchford ’98, Kim King ’99, Jacob Pactor ’04, Kyle McClammer ’08, John Higgins ’09, Jake Kolisek ’11, Will Weber ’11, and Kyle Bender ’12 for helping recruit the next class of Wabash men.
About 260 men of Wabash and DePauw gathered once again at the Arabian Room at the Murat Shrine for the Annual Monon Bell Stag. Retired DePauw AD Paige Cotton spoke on behalf of DePauw President Brian Casey and Wabash President Pat White welcomed the crowd to the celebration of our schools' tradition in the "Best Small College Football Rivalry In The Galaxy."
John Bridge '72 served as the Wabash emcee. Alex Robbins ’13 told the crowd what to expect from the Little Giants that Saturday.
Daryl Johnson '82 ribbed Alan Hill, DePauw ’94 before presenting him with the Spirit of the Monon Bell Award. Dr. Frank Kolisek, Wabash ‘82 received the award from DePauw.
Continuing a new tradition started last year, alumni made donations to the tune of $2,052 to honor Kolisek's chosen charity, The Lord’s Pantry at Anna’s House.
Then the gloves came off. A decent DePauw roaster started off the skewering, followed by Wabash roaster Jake Knott '03 delivering a humorous verbal assault.
With ever-growing support from DePauw and the dedicated work of the Stag committee--Tim Craft '00, Jake Knott '03, John Bridge '72, Brandon Clifton '05, Aaron Cook '06, Scott Benedict '98, and Greg Estell '85--the great tradition Monon Bell Stag is back and better than ever.
SEPTEMBER 20-23, 2012 MOOT COURT
Thirty six Wabash students participated in the 19th Annual Wabash College Moot Court Competition, one of the fiercest undergraduate competitions of its kind in higher education. Riley Floyd '13 was named Top Advocate. The judges panel selected Floyd over finalists Andrew Dettmer '15, Alex Robbins ’13, and Michael Carper '13.
The students argued their case in front of three real judges and a Wabash College professor. The judge’s panel was led by Hon. John G. Baker who has served on the Indiana Court of Appeals since 1989. He also is an adjunct professor at IU in the School of Public and Environmental affairs. Hon. Denise LaRue, a U.S. Magistrate Judge, joined the panel. Judge LaRue practices with Haskin & LaRue and once worked as an attorney for the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.
Moot court competitions are typically done in the second year of law school and typically involve appeals cases where the facts of the case are not in question. The Wabash competition forces petitioners and respondents to argue the interpretation of the law in a given case. The annual event is a collaboration between Wabash alumni lawyers, the Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men, and the Wabash College Rhetoric Department. This year’s Moot Court problem involves the Defense of Marriage act.
Moot Court was streamed live via the internet for the first time in the program's history. As in previous years, students and faculty from Lawrence North Nigh School, Indianapolis, joined a good student turnout in the audience.
(story and photos) Past cases & judges. Moot Court Web Site.
Watch the Final Round here.
Pictured: Riley Floyd receives the Top Advocate award from Judge John G. Baker.
The Alumni Engagement Committee hosted its last after-work gathering of the year in style: at the elegant Skyline Club atop the OneAmerica Tower. Newly minted and more seasoned alumni alike schmoozed and networked.
Special thanks to Ted Grossnickle '73 for his generosity and assistance in hosting us.
September's edition of the IAWM's monthly informal gatherings addressed two alumni suggestions: Can we do this on a day other than Thursday? and Can we have an event on the south side? Voila! Alumni gathered at the Fireside Brewhouse in Greenwood and commenced with informal networking and fellowship.
Thanks to Josh Nicholson ’04 for setting up this event.
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:
Thanks to the WABASH Day IAWM Committee for setting up these worthwhile projects in the Indianapolis metropolitan area: Jon Pactor ’71 (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, Scott Benedict '98, and Brandon Clifton '05.
SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 NEW FACULTY RECEPTION
The IAWM continued its fine tradition with about 25 alumni welcoming new faculty members to the Wabash family at Detchon International Hall. President White and Jon Pactor made remarks along with the new faculty who introduced themselves.
Thanks to Dustin DeNeal (chair), Keenan Blanchford, Jon Pactor, Keith Veal and Aman Brar for organizing this event.
AUGUST 23, 2012 AFTER-WORK GET-TOGETHER @ BARLEY ISLAND, NOBLESVILLE
In August, alums gathered at Barley Island in Noblesville to sample some Wabash-made TWR by brewer and proprietor, Jeff Eaton '85.
Besides superb beverages, good food, and a golden opportunity to do some networking, IAWM board member Hugh Vandivier ’91 hosted another Wabash quiz. This time, Hugh asked the faculty for some questions and got a lot of responses. Lee Clark ’73 won a Bookstore gift card and the Quiz winner was Bob Riggles ’94.
If you missed the quiz, you can still take it here. How many questions can you answer?
Thanks to Tony Unfried ’03 for organizing the event.
Hugh Vandivier '91 asks faculty-submitted questions to Josh Nicholson '04, Rob Riggles '94, and Seamus Boyce '03.
JULY 25, 2012 MITCHUM CROCK GOLF OUTING
More than a hundred Wabash alumni, staff, students, and friends braved a hot day to take part in the annual Mitchum Crock, held at Plum Creek in Carmel.
This year's title sponsor was Barnes & Thornburg. Dave Waldman '93 supplied the TWR from Triton Brewing.
Notable winners were:
Many thanks to co-chairs Steve Badger ‘87 and Tom Welch ‘94 and their committee consisting of Lee Clark ‘73, Dave Reed ‘89, Jeff Dickison ‘85, Kelley House ‘90, Scott Benedict ‘98, Tim Craft ‘00, and Tony Unfried ‘03 for putting on another fun outing.
JULY 19, 2012 AFTER-WORK GET-TOGETHER @ CITYWAY
For the July after-work gathering, the IAWM coordinated with the new CityWay Discovery Center being built downtown just north of Eli Lilly's headquarters. When finished, this newest edition to the city will include residences, retail and offices, an art hotel, and a YMCA. Fellow alumni had a nice sneak peak in addtion to free libations and hors d'ouevres.
JULY 8-14, 2012 OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN ABOUT BUSINESS (OLAB)
Since 1973, Wabash has hosted rising high school seniors for a week-long summer introduction to business and the market economy. This, the 40th year, hosted 60 students from 12 states 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. (More)
IAWM Board president Scott Benedict '98 and vice president Tim Craft '00 share a fist bump to show solidarity in their negotiating position.
MEET THE CLASS OF '16 - SUMMER 2012
This summer, soon-to-be rung-in members of the Wabash Class of 2016 receive t-shirts in the mail and are asked to have their picture taken wearing the shirt for the Wabash Class of 2016 Facebook page. This year, incoming frosh could choose among red shirts that say Seriously Confident, Seriously Competitive, or Seriously Creative. The IAWM is proud 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.
Nathan Bode '15 of Greenfield is seriously confident.
JUNE 28, 2012 AFTER-WORK GET-TOGETHER @ BLACK SWAN BREWPUB
June's monthly informal gathering moves to Black Swan Brewpub on the west side. Black Swan Brewpub in Plainfield is run by two Wabash grads, brewmaster D.J. McCallister ’97 and chef Nick Carter ’95. The offered discounts on their latest libations and free appetizers.
WABASH NIGHT @ VICTORY FIELD - JUNE 22, 2012
Wabash alums sampled some pints and ate some gourmet sliders from the KG’s Slider Station food truck before touring Triton's incredible brewing facility with Dave Waldman ’93, its co-founder and operations manager.
MLB BUS TRIP TO CUBS @ REDS - MAY 2, 2012
A busload of baseball fans traveled to Cincinnati to watch the Chicago Cubs defeat their NL Central rival Reds 3-1 at Great America Ballpark, including Cubs first-baseman Bryan LaHair's home run right in front of the group in the second inning.
Hugh Vandivier '91 gave a Wabash Trivia quiz on the busride to the game.
Many thanks to Josh Tatum '03 and his committee for a fun event.
April's after-work networking took on a new twist after alumni gathered at the Ripple Inn in Broad Ripple. In addition to the usual informal networking and hobnobbing, teams competed in The Wabash Trivia Challenge, a 20-queston quiz devised by Hugh Vandivier '91.
If you missed the quiz, you can still take it here. How many questions can you answer?
INDIANAPOLIS MUSEUM OF ART RECEPTION - SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
The IAWM hosted a unique reception to celebrate the accomplishments of Wabash Assistant Professor of Art History Elizabeth Morton and her students who curated the exhibition Dynasty & Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria, which opened at the Indianapolis Museum of Art July 8.
The event brought together more than 120 faculty, staff, students, alumni, and families for a reception that included Nigerian food and a free tour of this important exhibit. For more info, click for the story of the reception, a photo album and another, and a behind-the-scenes blog by the students who worked on the exhibit.
Elizabeth Justice, Clay Robbins ’79, Professor Morton, and Amy Robbins.
Bob Einterz '77 and his daughter, Abby.
WABASH ALUMNI AFTER HOURS EVENT - SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
The monthly gathering of area Wabash men moved to Carmel in September with an evening of casual networking and conversation at the Brockway Public House in the heart of Carmel.
WABASH AFTER HOURS GATHERING - APRIL 28, 2011
by Tom Runge
A good group gathered on a rainy Thursday evening at the Broad Ripple location of the Barley Island Restaurant & Brewhouse for some food, beverage, and a chance to catch up with each other. Barley Island is owned by Jeff Eaton ’85.
So, if you’re wondering if the time is worth it, let me assure you it is. Here’s what I heard:
That’s in about 90 minutes while enjoying the appetizers at Barley Island (excellent by the way) and sampling a TWR from Sun King Brewery.
The best part is these events are pure and simple friendship about a shared experience. No programs, no agendas, just what’s up.
See you at the next one!
BOYS STATE RECEPTION - AUGUST 15, 2010
The IAWM joined Wabash Admissions in welcoming 90 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)
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.”
Tim Craft, President
Steve Badger, Vice President
Dustin DeNeal, Treasurer
Keenan Blanchford, Secretary
Scott Benedict, Immediate Past President
Seamus Boyce '03
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Tom Runge '71 - (765) 361-6371