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David Lewis '81 joins PPI Board of Advisors

David P. Lewis ’81, Vice President-Global Taxes, Chief Tax Executive, and Assistant Treasurer at Eli Lilly and Company, has joined the Board of Advisors at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, a part of IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

The IU Public Policy Institute is a collaborative, multidisciplinary research institute within the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. 

David was an Economics major at Wabash and earned his J.D. at Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington.  He is a Trustee of the College.

Terry Hamilton '89: new hospital president

Terry Hamilton ’89 has been appointed the new president of St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospitals in Warren and Madison Heights, MI.  Terry joined St. John Providence Health in 2007, and has been the interim president of St. John Macomb-Oakland since December.  Prior to that, he served as senior vice president of operations for SJPHS. Previously, he spent 18 years in healthcare finance, consulting and operations.

The hospitals are part of St. John Providence Health System, one of the largest providers of inpatient care in Michigan. SJPHS provides comprehensive prevention, primary care and advanced treatment programs with more than 125 medical centers and five hospitals spanning five counties.

George Patton '84 named to Super Lawyers®

George T. Patton Jr. ’84 has been named to the Washington DC  Super Lawyers® list for 2012.  This listing will appear in the May 2012 issue of DC magazine and the Washington Post Magazine on Sunday, April 29.

George is a partner in the Litigation Group and a former chair of the Appellate Law Group at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in the Washington D.C. office. He has taught Appellate Advocacy and Procedure at Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, written a book on Indiana Appellate Procedure published by West Group, authored a chapter in a book on appellate briefs, and published several law review articles on Indiana appellate procedure. His articles have been cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the Indiana Court of Appeals.

After Wabash, he received his law degree from Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington.

Seamus Boyce '03 elected to COSA board

Seamus Boyce ’03, recently named partner at law firm Church Church Hittle & Antrim (CCHA), has been elected to serve on the 22-member board of the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys (COSA). COSA is an international network of attorneys representing K-12 public school districts.  Seamus will serve two year term on the board, which oversees COSA’s continuing legal education programming for its 3,000 members across the United States and Canada. 

“As a school law attorney, this is a tremendous opportunity because the Council is deeply involved in understanding the extent of the K-12 public school educational agenda,” Seamus says. “It helps set priorities and determines what initiatives need to be front and center when it comes to discussions on the federal level.” 

In 2011, the Indianapolis Star published an article about Seamus and distinguished him as a “Rising Star” for his work as an education lawyer. In addition, the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Indiana Lawyer identified him as an “Up & Coming Lawyer” for the State. In 2012, the Super Lawyers publication listed Boyce as a “Rising Star” in the practice area of “Schools and Education.” He is admitted to practice law before the state and federal courts of Indiana and has briefed a case before the Supreme Court of the United States.  Congratulations!

Jack Webster '67 receives William E. Wine Award

Dr. Jack Webster ’67, professor of ecology in the College of Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, has received the university’s 2012 William E. Wine Award.  Jack was one of three recipients who were nominated by their respective schools.

Since joining the Virginia Tech Department of Biological Sciences faculty in 1975, Jack has taught 11 different courses ranging from sophomore-level Principles of Ecology to a graduate-level course in Modeling Stream Ecosystems.  He is also a world-renowned researcher, having secured $6.3 million as a principal- or co-principal-investigator on grants, and another $32 million as a contributing member of research teams involving several other universities, and has published 100 peer-reviewed papers and 35 book chapters.

After graduating from Wabash, Jack received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.  Congratulations, Jack!

Christian Lybrook ’93: Communications Director at Healthwise

Christian Lybrook ’93 has been named Director of Corporate Communications at Healthwise, a health information company in Boise, ID which provides health information to physicians, hospitals, and other medical business areas.

An English major at Wabash, Christian earned an MFA in creative writing at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. His career has varied from being in the Peace Corps for two years in Africa, working on agriculture and nutrition projects aimed at improving household nutrition, to working for several years at Idaho Power in corporate communications.

Apparatus in top ten of list

Apparatus was ranked 10th out of 22 in this week’s Indianapolis Business Journal’s “Largest Indianapolis –Area Website Developers” list.This ranking is based on the number of local full time employee website developers on its staff.  Kelly D. Pfledderer ’96 is President and CEO of Apparatus.  Last month, Apparatus was recognized as a “Top 100 Managed Services Provider Worldwide” in The MSPmentor 100 Report click here to learn more about this industry honor.

Apparatus reports 24 local full time developers out of its 128 employees, who provide managed services, infrastructure optimization, portals and collaboration, united communications, business intelligence, and virtualization.  Established in 1999, the Apparatus headquarters is located in Indianapolis.

Phil Purcell '81 named to BofD, Central Indiana Land Trust

Phil Purcell J.D. ’81 has been named to the board of directors of the Central Indiana Land Trust.  The Trust works to preserve natural areas, improve air and water quality and enhance life in Indiana communities for present and future generations. 

Phil is the Vice President for Planned Giving and Endowment Stewardship at the Ball State University Foundation.  He earned a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington in 1985.  Phil’s career has also included positions in consulting for philanthropic and community foundation fundraising, and as adjunct faculty at Indiana University, Notre Dame University, and The Fundraising School.  He is an active member in the Association of Fundraising Professionals –Indiana (AFP) and other professional philanthropic organizations.

Just another busy day for U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita '92

In just one day this week, Congressman Todd Rokita ’92 met with employer and individual constituents in the greater Lafayette area to discuss employment, economic growth, and the future of both by day, and then met with fellow Republicans that evening.

First, Todd visited a medical device company in the Purdue Research Park, focusing on concerns that the medical device excise tax, which is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013, will make the entire medical device industry less competitive.  After plant tours at other local businesses, Todd conducted a one-hour “Congress on Your Corner” session in West Lafayette, giving individuals the opportunity to address personal and business concerns, and later held an area town hall meeting.  That evening, he emceed the Tippecanoe County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner.  Whew!

In Washington, he sits on the House Steering Committee, is a Member of the House Budget Committee, and serves on the House Education and Workforce Committee.  He served as Indiana’s Secretary of State for two terms from 2002-2010.

Representative Rokita will run unopposed in the Indiana Republican primary for Indiana 4th Congressional District on May 8.

1st Lt. Deric A. Stokes '08 promotion

Deric A. Stokes ’08 has been promoted to the rank of first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Deric is the distribution platoon leader assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Calvary at Fort Hood, Texas. He has served in the military for two years. He is the son of Shawn L. Stokes, of Elkhart. Deric graduated in 2004 from Warsaw Community High School in Indiana, and earned a bachelor of arts in 2008 from Wabash College, where he was a Political Science major. We’re proud of you, Deric!