Johnston ’81 reappointed to IN Gaming Commission

chris_johnston5_5x7Cris Johnston ’81 has been reappointed to a three-year term on the Indiana Gaming Commission by Gov. Mike Pence, and will serve as chairman.   Cris is a practice director with KSM Consulting LLC, focusing on organizational improvement programs.

After Wabash, Cris earned an MBA from Butler University.

Congratulations, Cris!





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KSM Consulting.

Hayes ’04 – Director of Oberlin Project

sean hayesSean Hayes ’04 is the new Executive Director of the Oberlin Project, a collaboration between Oberlin College, the city of Oberlin, Ohio, and local businesses to build on economic development, local foods, and energy, a major issue of the project for Oberlin to become a “climate positive city.”  Click here to read more about Sean and the Oberlin Project.

After Wabash, Sean focused on waste-to-energy biofuels at Appalachian State University, where he received his master’s in appropriate technology.

Congratulations, Sean!



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Oberlin College.

Brown ’97 joins Chicago law firm

Evan Brown ’97 is now a Principal at the Chicago law firm Much Shelist P.C. in the Intellectual Property & Technology group.  His areas include technology, intellectual property and privacy, cloud-based technology, data security, social media, copyright and trademark protection and advertising.

Evan is also an Adjunct Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, teaching legal and business negotiations. After Wabash, Evan earned a JD at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Congratulations, Evan!

Akers ’68, author of daily meditations book

Michael J. Akers ’68 has written a new book of daily meditations:  Morning and Evening Meditations from the Word of God: Education, Challenge, Inspiration, and Encouragement.

“Severe hearing disability forced me to stop teaching Bible classes that I had been doing for nearly 30 years,” writes Akers. “I started writing these meditations to compensate for the loss of my teaching ministry. Basically, I transferred teaching from the spoken word to the written word.” Click here to read more about his book, which is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

After Wabash, Mike earned a PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Iowa and worked for 40 years in the pharmaceutical industry.  He is an ordained pastor through the Evangelical Church Alliance.

Congratulations Mike!

German ’11 – associate attorney

jacob-germanJacob A. German ’11 received a doctorate of jurisprudence degree from Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law in May. He is employed as an associate attorney in governmental services and finance at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Indianapolis.

Jake’s father is Charles A. German ’70, now an assistant football coach for Wabash.

Congratulations, Jake!

Hood ’91 named HR Director

Jason Hood ’91 has been named Human Resources Director by the city of Champaign, Illinois.

Jason has over ten years of experience in the public and private sector as a Human Resources, Employee Relations and Labor Relations professional. He has served as the Senior Director of Labor and Industrial Relations for the Association of Union Constructors, Human Resources/Americans with Disabilities Act Manager for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Human Resources/Equal Employment Opportunity Manager with Tyson Foods and the Human Resources Specialist for the City of Decatur, IL. He has worked for the city of Champaign since 2012 as Community Relations Specialist and then Community Relations Manager/Compliance Officer.

After Wabash, Jason earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and an MBA from Millikin University Tabor School of Business.

Congratulations, Jason!

Kenneth Rhys Rudolph Memorial Fund for European Summer Study Abroad 2014

Yesterday the three recipients of the Kenneth Rhys Rudolph European Summer Study Abroad Scholarship this past summer were able to meet and thank the scholarship benefactors in person.  Family members Dr. Rhys Rudolph and his daughter, Kathryn Rudolph Diekhoff met with the students at the Elston Homestead with President and Mrs. Hess.

The Rudolph Summer Study Abroad Scholarship was established by friends and family members to honor the memory of Kenneth Rudolph, a 2005 cum laude graduate of Wabash College, who died in a tragic automobile accident in 2006.  Ken so appreciated his own study abroad experience in Stirling, Scotland at the University that his family established a tribute so that students may enjoy the same opportunity.  It is intended to offer the experience to students who are unable or choose not to be away from campus for an entire semester, yet they have experiences in travel and academics in another country.  The first Rudolph summer scholarship was awarded in 2007.

Dr. Rhys Rudolph, Ronnie Posthauer '15, Jack Montgomery '15, Kathryn Diekhoff, and Andrew Tyler '15.

Dr. Rhys Rudolph, Ronnie Posthauer ’15, Jack Montgomery ’15, Kathryn Diekhoff, and Tyler Andrews ’15.

Tyler Andrews ’15 (Florencia, Italy), Jack Montgomery ’15 (Sevilla, Spain) and Ronnie Posthauer ’15 (Goethe Institute, Germany) each had his unique story to tell about travel and study abroad and future plans and aspirations after graduation, all of which involved more study, travel, and work abroad.

The Kenneth Rhys Rudolph Memorial Fund for European Summer Study Abroad is administered through the Off Campus Study Office.  Click here for information about the scholarship and how to apply.

Baldwin ’78 teaches to develop students as individuals

Paul Baldwin ’78 has been teaching at the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver, WA since 1997.  In addition to providing a traditional classroom education, he teaches to develop his students into complete individuals.  Paul was recently featured in a local news series profiling business owners and workers in the public, private, or nonprofit sector in the Vancouver area.

Click here to read the interview with Paul.

Alexander ’85, Broecker ’88, Bromund ’85 named best lawyers

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Indianapolis is pleased to announce that the following Wabash College alumni were selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2015. The number in parentheses refers to the number of years (in five-year increments) that the attorney has been listed.

Alexander.Scott_hires Scott R. Alexander ’85, Partner, Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental.  Indiana University – Robert H. McKinney School of Law.




Broecker.Ed_hiresEdwin J. Broecker ’88, Partner, Corporate Law.  Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.





Bromund.Dave_hiresDave C. Bromund ’85 (5), Partner, Health Care Law.  Vanderbilt University Law School.




Congratulations to all!



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Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.