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.
FEBRUARY 4, 2015 PACERS GAME AND NETWORKING EVENT
For the past few years, Career Services has brought alumni and students together for a Pacers basketball game while also providing networking opportunities for Wabash men.
This year, a group of 30 or more students will travel to Indy to attend the Pacers Career Fair and Inside the Front Office event. Please join us for dinner and the Pacers game vs. the Detroit Pistons; dinner will be downtown at 5pm (location pending), and the game tips-off at 7pm.
Cost is only $30, which includes a ticket to the game, and drinks and appetizers at dinner.
Just RSVP to Casey Hockersmith, Administrative and Recruiting Assistant at Wabash’s Schroeder Center for Career Development at email@example.com or (765) 361-6414. Submission of payment is your RSVP to attend. You can pay via cash, check, or credit card through Casey.
Spots are limited, so be sure to contact her by January 28.
FEBRUARY 20, 2015 ALUMNI-FACULTY-STAFF SYMPOSIUM
Join us for Wally in the Lab: A Wabash Symposium on Exploration & the Liberal Arts, the sixth annual alumni-faculty-staff symposium developed by the National Association of Wabash Men and the Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men.
- Opening Session: 12:45-12:55 p.m., Hays Hall 104
- Concurrent Colloquia Sessions: 1:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
|Hays Hall 104||Hays Hall 319|
|1:00 p.m.||Michael Medler '74
Forensic Science: The Truth That is Needed
3D Printing at Wabash: Initial Efforts on Campus and the New Directions in Teaching, Research and Beyond
|1:45 p.m.||Sara Drury
The Community as Lab
|Brad Maxwell '83
Who has more fun than Chemists?
|2:30 p.m.||Neil Schmitzer-Torbert
Your Brain on GPS
|Matt Brown '95
Big Data Starts Small, Experimentation after College
|3:15 p.m.||Amanda Ingram
The World is My Lab
|Jon Pactor '71
Wabash Fraternities: Educational Laboratories For The Development Of Men And Sometimes Mischief
|4:00 p.m||Shamira Gelbman
@Twitter is #MyLab: Explorations in the New Media Communications and Political Mobilization
|Joe Trebley '01
The interface between Science and Business
|4:45 p.m.||Matt Kriech '00 & Damon Carl '03
Wabash Brewing: Where Mad Science meets Beer
|Jeremy Harnett '96
Volcanos, Ghost Towns, and City Life: Pompeii and Rome as Laboratories
- Reception: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Detchon Center
- Banquet: 6:30 p.m., Detchon Center. Dr. Richard Gunderman '83 will deliver the event's keynote, "Transforming Minds and Hearts in the Laboratory of Life."
The cash-bar reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and an RSVP-only dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. The afternoon colloquia sessions and reception are free and open to the public. The Wally in the Laboratory dinner is $25 (pre-registration required). To respond, simply call Michele Ward at 765-361-6369 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
JULY 23, 2015 MITCHUM CROCK GOLF OUTING
Mark your calendars as we return to Plum Creek Golf Club.
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)
2014 YEAR IN REVIEW
Thanks to all the alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends who made 2014 an eventful year for the Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men. Dustin DeNeal '04 has been elected the new board president, and he'll work well to guide the IAWM to an engaging and supportive role for 2015.
BOARD MEMBER ELECTIONS - DECEMBER 10, 2014
At its December meeting, the IAWM elected the following new board members to a three-year term: Jim Dyer '83 and Brian Burdick '91. Welcome to the IAWM, Gentlemen.
SPIRIT OF THE MONON BELL CELEBRATION - NOVEMBER 13, 2014
This year, the IAWM had even more reason to declare, “DePauw to Hell” after the Dannies backed out of the Monon Bell Stag. Undeterred, the organization retooled things, hosting a new event with a more casual atmosphere at theIndianapolis City Market.
The result? A great turnout of more than 160 celebrating the Spirit of the Monon Bell. Tim Craft ’00 served as emcee, Wabash President Greg Hess welcomed the guests, and Tyler Wade ’12 gave a preview of the game. Hugh Vandivier '91 announced that the Wabash and DePauw Phi Delts were once again joining together to run and bike a ceremonial game ball from Greencastle through Roachdale to Crawfordsville to raise money for ALS.
But the real highlight of the evening came when Wabash head football coach Erik Raeburn gave a barnburner of a speech, discussing the loss at Wittenburg, poor officiating, and the team’s preparation for the Bell Game.
AFTER-WORK GATHERING AT BROAD RIPPLE BREWPUB - OCTOBER 21, 2014
For October’s after-work gathering, the Wabash Mafia descended upon the Broad Ripple Brewpub (842 E. 65th St.) for its weekly Pub Quiz. They tested their liberal arts education and random knowledge with teams up to 6 members with 20 questions.
WABASH DAY - OCTOBER 11-12, 2014
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 more than two dozen sites across the nation and worked to better their communities as part of the tenth annual WABASH Day. (story)
In Indianapolis metropolitan area, Wabash men and their families contributed to the following projects:
- B&O Trail Association. WABASH Day Leaders: Jim Kerr '92 and Dave Jackson '87
- Girls Inc. of Johnson County. WABASH Day Leader: Brandon Clifton '05
- Second Helpings. WABASH Day Leader: Bryan Roesler ‘06.
- Villages. WABASH Day Leader: Kevin Benefiel ’81.
- Mapleton-Fall Creek Neighborhood. WABASH Day Leaders: Josh Tatum '03 and Jon Pactor '71.
- Noblesville Parks Department. WABASH Day Leader: Lee Clark ’73.
- Shelby Community Health Center. WABASH Day Leaders: Mark Lazar '81 and Renny Esser '08.
- Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Center. WABASH Day Leader: Steve Badger ’87 and Scott Benedict '98.
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), Steve Badger '87, Scott Benedict '98, Keenan Blanchford ’98, John Bridge ’72, Greg Estell '85, Dave Reed '89, Josh Tatum '03, and Rob Paugh '92.
This WABASH Day group helped out with the Noblesville Parks Department.
AFTER WORK AT IRISH FEST - SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
For September's after-work gathering, we've worked out a deal with Indy Irish Fest on their Pub Night in Military Park. The event featured a variety of bands, food trucks and beer tastings.
NEW FACULTY RECEPTION - SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
Since 1999, the IAWM has hosted a reception welcoming new faculty members to campus. This year, we greeted 5 new professors in attendance. 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, Jeff Rice, and Aman Brar for setting up the event.
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AFTER WORK AT THE REGIONS ROOF - AUGUST 21, 2014
July was so much fun, we returned to Rooftop Thursdays at Regions Tower in August for our monthly after-work get-together.
BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC - AUGUST 9, 2014
Members of the IAWM and the NAWM welcomed Indianapolis-area incoming freshmen and their families at the westside home of Cathy and John Bridge '72. About 80 people attended the 2nd annual event, which included President Gregory Hess. Alumni did a great job of talking with families. Thanks to Matt Clark '00 for the food and Dave Waldman '93 for the Triton beer.
John Bridge (r) welcomes Kim and Tom Gunderman ’89, and their sons, to the IAWM BBQ.
MITCHUM CROCK GOLF OUTING - JULY 24, 2014
News to come about this year's outing at Plum Creek Golf Club in Carmel.
The 2014 Mitchum Crock was held on a beautiful July 24th at Plum Creek. We had a full field, and we believe everyone had a great time. Prof Tobey Herzog was the man of the day, and gave a great talk at the dinner.
The day’s winners were:
Crock (Low Net)
1st – Olsen, Christian, Flynn, and Barnard
2nd – Jackson, Lauck, Shea, and Servies
Petty Award (Low Gross)
1st – Unfried, Bartley, Rankin, and Greer
2nd - Norman, Guilfoy, Michel and Stafford
- Longest Drive – JD West
- Longest Putt – Akers
- Closest to Pin- Chapman
From Tom Runge: "The Crock was sponsored by Bob Grand’s firm – Barnes and Thornburg. The course – Plum Creek in Carmel, IN – was in tip-top shape. The Crock committee had sponsors Sun King Brewing and Sullivan’s Steakhouse set up strategically to keep the golfers hydrated and fueled. (If that isn’t a true Wabash menu, I don’t know what is). For after dinner – which was ribs and and the 'fixins' – they had a little Rye Whiskey from my good friend Dave Weglarz ’03 from Still 630 in St. Louis."
Kudos to co-chairs Tom Welch '94 and Tony Unfried '03 and their committee consisting of Lee Clark ‘73, Dave Reed ‘89, Scott Benedict ‘98, Jeff Dickison ‘85, Steve Badger ‘87 and Chuck Whybrew '94. (more)
IAWM President Steve Badger '87 emcees the festivities, raffle, and awards after the golfing.
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.
OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN ABOUT BUSINESS (OLAB) - JULY 13-19, 2014
Since 1973, Wabash has hosted rising high school seniors for a week-long summer introduction to business and the market economy. This, the 43rd year, hosted 62 students from 16 states and France with counselors, 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. (More) (pictures)
IAWM Board past presidents Scott Benedict '98 and Tim Craft '00 share a fist bump to show solidarity in their negotiating position.
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.
WINTER BASH - FEBRUARY 8, 2014
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.”
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.