|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.
JANUARY 5, 2014 DUCKPIN BOWLING
Our annual duckpin bowling Admissions recruiting event will take place on Sunday afternoon, January 5, 2014 in Fountain Square. It's a great and casual opportunity to interact with high school seniors and their families.
If you're interested in participating, contact Jon Pactor '71 (email@example.com).
FEBRUARY 8, 2014 WINTER BASH
Mark your calendars for our annual fête honoring Ted Grossnickle '73, our Man of the Year. Regions Bank Tower (1 Indiana Square) 5th Floor. Free Parking. Details to come.
FEBRUARY 21, 2014 ALUMNI-FACULTY-STAFF SYMPOSIUM
Mark your calendar for the 5th annual symposium in which alumni, faculty, and staff work together to develop and strengthen the ties among each of us while collaborating in a fun demostration of the breadth and depth of the liberal arts. Topic in prior years were baseball, food, the automobile, and the movies.
This year's topic is music. More details to come.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Chairman: Jon Pactor '71 (email@example.com)
Chairman: Josh Nicholson ’04 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contact: Hugh Vandivier ’91 (email@example.com)
Chairman: Dave Reed '89 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chairman: Jon Pactor '71 (email@example.com)
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.)
With growing support from DePauw and the dedicated work of the Stag committee--Aaron Cook '06 (chair), Tim Craft '00, Scott Benedict '98, Greg Estell '85, Jake Knott '03, John Bridge '72, Brandon Clifton '05, and Chuck Whybrew '94 --the great tradition Monon Bell Stag is back and better than ever.
ADMISSIONS VOLUNTEER WORKSHOPS - NOVEMBER 6, 2013
To help boost our referral numbers and increase our volunteer base, the Admissions Office and the IAWM Board hosted an alumni volunteer workshop in Indianapolis. Chip Timmons '96 led the workshop, along with a series held before home football games, and 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 their recruiting arsenal. This workshop took place at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun (1336 N. Delaware St.).
NOVEMBER AFTER-WORK GATHERING - NOVEMBER 5, 2013
Indy's Wabash Mafia convened for the last time in 2014, returning to bar at The Alexander hotel (333 S. Delaware St.), known in swanky circles as the Plat 99: Mixology Lounge.
MOOT COURT FINALS - OCTOBER 29, 2013
Thirty six Wabash students participated in the 20th Annual Wabash College Moot Court Competition, one of the fiercest undergraduate competitions of its kind in higher education. 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 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 case is about the constitutionality of an amendment to the constitution to prohibit any form of affirmative action in university admissions.
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.
(story and photos) Past cases & judges. Moot Court Web Site.
Watch the Final Round here.
Pictured: Professor Tom Wilson '77 presents Cory Kopitzke '14 Top Advocate honors. Also: The participants in the 2013 Moot Court.
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:
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 joining 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.
MLB BUS TRIP TO CARDS @ REDS - AUGUST 2, 2013
For a 25th time, a busload of Wabash baseball fans boarded a bus to a Major League Baseball game. The 34 road-trippers traveled to Cincinnati to watch the St. Louis take on their NL Central rival Reds at Great America Ballpark. The group was barely settled into their left-center field seats when the Cards scored 4 runs in the top of the 1st. The barrage continued with the lopsided score ending up 13-3 with St. Louis' Shelby Miller notching the win. (recap)
Many thanks to Josh Tatum '03 and his committee for a fun event.
Brandon Clifton '05 and his wife, Stevee, enjoy a night out at the ballpark.
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)
Petty Award (Low Gross)
Closest to Pin
Longest Drive (for the course, and the day)
JULY AFTER-WORK GET-TOGETHER - JULY 18, 2013
The Wabash Mafia gathered for a cool beverage and after-work conversation in the heart of Broad Ripple at the Usual Suspects (6319 Guilford Ave.).
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 NIGHT @ VICTORY FIELD - JUNE 21, 2013
Paid reservations hit 128 for the annual IAWM outing, a new record. Alumni, students, family, and friends enjoyed a pleasant evening out at the ballpark to watch the Indianapolis Indians fall short 7-5 to the evil Charlotte Knights in the beautiful confines of Victory Field. The longest day of the year ended with a dynamite fireworks show following the game.
Tony Unfried '03 with the youngest attendee, 4-month-old Anthony, Wabash Class of 2031.
MEET THE CLASS OF '17 - SUMMER 2013
This summer, soon-to-be rung-in members of the Wabash Class of 2017 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 second 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.
Aaron Stewart-Curet '17 of Indianapolis is seriously confident.
IAWM HOSPITALITY TENT @ THE MINI-MARATHON - MAY 4, 2013
Credit Steve Hoffman with the great idea. Thank Mike Warren for making it happen. For the first time, Wabash set up a welcome tent in the Runners Village beside the finish line at the Mini-Marathon. More than 50 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and families stopped by after they finished their walk or run.
Thanks to Jon Pactor '71 and Hugh Vandivier '91 for manning the tent.
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
"One of the IAWM’s most successful and enduring events is the Winter Bash, which was held last Saturday night at the Regions Bank Tower. The Winter Bash started off as a holiday dinner dance back in 1963, but since 1994 it has been held in mid-February.
"Since 1975, the IAWM has used the occasion to honor a “Man of the Year,” and reviewing the list of past recipients is like reading through the pages of Wabash College history. John Collett, Dick Ristine, Ben Rogge, Bob Mitchum, Byron Hollett, Vic Powell, Lew Salter, Will Hays, and Dan Evans are just a few of the past Man of the Year award winners.
"It seemed only fitting that at its 50th anniversary event Saturday night, the IAWM would honor Pat and Chris White, who since 2006 have served Wabash as dedicated President and First Lady." (story) (photos)
Thanks to Dustin DeNeal '04, Josh Nicholson '04, Steve Badger '87, Brandon Clifton, Aman Brar '99, Jeff Dickison '85, Keenan Blanchford '98, and Jon Pactor '71 for organizing a special and successful event.
WALLY AT THE MOVIES - FEBRUARY 15, 2013
The IAWM and the NAWM hosted the fourth faculty-staff-alumni symposium, an in-depth look at the various aspects of filmmaking in Wally at the Movies. The afternoon featured sholarly presentations in Hays Hall, ending in a reception and dinner in Detcheon Center. (photos)
Jo Throckmorton '87, president and founder of Blue Ace Media delivered a keynote speech entitled “Block, Light, Prop, Shoot.” (video)
The following professors and alumni made presentations:
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.
Thanks to all the alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends who made 2012 an eventful year for the Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men. Tim Craft '00 has been elected the new board president, and he'll work well to guide the IAWM to an engaging and supportive role for 2013.
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.
AFTER-WORK GET-TOGETHER & WABASH TRIVIA CHALLENGE - APRIL 19, 2012
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!
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