Grand ‘78 and Burdick ‘91 move up at B&T

Bob.Grand 2014Bob Grand ’78 officially became managing partner of the entire Barnes & Thornburg law firm in early November.  B&T has 12 law firm offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Delaware, Indiana, Los Angeles, Michigan, Minneapolis, Ohio, and Washington, D.C  Bob is a partner in the governmental services and finance department.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Wabash College.





brian burdickAnother Wabash alumnus, Brian Burdick ’91, replaces Bob as the managing partner of the B&T Indianapolis office.  Brian has been with B&T since 1995 in government services and finance.






Click here for the news release.  Congratulations, Bob and Brian!



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Barnes & Thornburg LLP.



Farrar ’85 and Maven explain The Cloud

brian_farrarBrian Farrar ’85 is a co-founder of Maven Wave Partners LLC, a tech consultancy in Chicago.  After a career in technology and tech investment banking, in 2008 he co-founded Maven Wave, which helps business clients use Google Inc.’s cloud computing platform instead of going it alone.  It’s a mutual admiration society between Maven and Google.  Click here for a news story.





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Maven Wave Partners LLC.

Thomson ’79 chairs board of trustees at MedEvac Foundation

David ThomsonDr. David Thomson ’79 was appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees by the MedEvac Foundation, and will work to increase research funding and expand programs and international opportunities.”  Click here for the news release.

A Chemistry major at Wabash, Dave earned his Master’s Degree in Human Bioenergetics from Ball State University, and his MD from the University of Cincinnati.  He then completed his emergency medicine residency training with the University of Pittsburgh Affiliated Residency in Emergency Medicine.  He holds an MPA from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.  He is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services.

Dave currently serves as a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at East Carolina University and is the Medical Director for Vidant EastCare.

Congratulations, Dave!



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MedEvac Foundation.

Stockton ’97 shares his Peace Corps/CDC story

Matt Stockton ’97 sent us this link to a story by the Peace Corps office.  Matt is Entomology Branch Deputy Chief at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  He has been with CDC since the fall of 2002, when he joined the Public Health Prevention Program (PHPS).  His interest in insect-borne diseases began as a result of his service as a Peace Corps Agriculture Extension Volunteer in Gabon from 1997-1999.

Matt was a Psychology major at Wabash.  He decided to earn a Master of Public Health at the University of South Florida after he returned to the United States from his Peace Corps service.

matt stockton

Thanks for sharing, Matt!



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Peace Corps.

Voorhees ’97 promoted by IN State Police

Master Trooper Matt Voorhees ’97 was promoted to rank of Sergeant to serve as a district squad sergeant for the Lafayette Post of the Indiana State Police.

Matt was an English major at Wabash.  After graduation, he was a reserve and jail officer in Montgomery County, and then completed training at the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. He has worked with the Lafayette District serving Montgomery and Fountain Counties since 2000 as a Field Training Officer, Assistant Commander of the Tactical Intervention Platoon, member of the Clandestine Lab team, instructor for Standard Field Sobriety Training (SFST) and Traffic Incident Management.

Congratulations, Matt!

Leagre ’08 joins law firm

ryan leagreRyan T. Leagre ’08 has joined Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP in Indianapolis as an associate attorney focusing on environmental litigation, insurance coverage, and other complex litigation.

Prior to joining PSRB, Ryan was a Teach For America Corps Member and taught high school science for two years in Chicago.  A Biology and Chemistry major at Wabash, he then earned M.A. in Secondary Education from National Louis University in 2010, and his J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2014.

Congratulations, Ryan!



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Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP.

Doshi ’97 and Hopper ’14 are Party People

Marcus Doshi ’97 sent this news:

“What are the odds of two Wallies making theatre together outside of C’ville?!?

Turns out Brad Hopper ‘14 is a fellow at Berkeley Rep where I am designing Set & Lights for a new musical called Party People!  Imagine my delight when I saw him wearing a Wabash T-shirt to rehearsal.”


Brad Hopper '14 and Marcus Doshi '97.

Brad Hopper ’14 and Marcus Doshi ’97.

Party People was developed in The Ground Floor, Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.




Photo courtesy of
Marcus Doshi ’97.

2014 Harold M. and Margaret R. Coons Public Service Interns

Last night the recipients of the 2014 Harold M. and Margaret R. Coons Public Service Internships met with the benefactors to talk about their internship experiences this past summer.  Steve Coons ’63 and Phil Coons ’67 established the internships in memory of their parents, to allow students to take advantage of unpaid public service experiences.  Click here to learn more about the Coons Public Service Internships, and click here to read their blogs.

Row 1: Jacob Burnett ’17, Adam Burtner ’17, Political Science Department Chair Ethan Hollander, President Greg Hess.  Row 2:  Dylan Miller ’16, Cole Crouch ’17, Steve Coons ’63, Phil Coons ’67.

Row 1: Jacob Burnett ’15, Adam Burtner ’17, Political Science Department Chair Ethan Hollander, President Greg Hess. Row 2: Dylan Miller ’16, Cole Crouch ’17, Steve Coons ’63, Phil Coons ’67.









Peller ’13 joins United Way board

J.J. Peller ’13 has joined the United Way of Porter County, IN board of directors.

J.J. is a financial adviser at Merrill Lynch Bank of America in Merrillville, IN.  Active in his community, he is a member of United Way of Porter County’s Young Leaders United and a chamber member of the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce.  He is also active in the Wabash College Alumni Group of Northwest Indiana and Phi Delta Theta – Indiana Beta.

Congratulations, J.J.!

Buckles ’82 joins Sacred Heart University

DavidBuckles200x300Father David Buckles ’82 has joined Sacred Heart University as its chaplain and director of Campus Ministry.  He will oversee all Sacred Heart pastoral and spiritual activities for students and faculty and ensure a strong educational foundation anchored in academic and spiritual learning and community service.

David joins SHU from the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana, where he was a parish priest and pastor.  After Wabash, David earned a Canon Law degree from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome, Italy.

Congratulations, David!








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Sacred Heart University.