McLaughlin ‘79 named best lawyer

McLaughlin_Alan_02407_0Alan L. McLaughlin ’79 was named The Best Lawyers in America© in 2012-2015 and Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Indianapolis, 2015.

Alan is an Office Managing Shareholder at Littler’s Indianapolis office. His practice areas cover discrimination and harassment, competition and trade secret Law, complex litigation and jury trials, wage and hour class actions.  After graduating from Wabash, Alan earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Congratulations, Alan!



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Sparks ’08 speaks at Southmont High School

Justin Sparks ’08 was a student at Southmont High School before he came to Wabash.  Last week, he visited his high school alma mater to talk about the importance of preparing educationally and financially for college life.

Justin was a Biology major at Wabash.  He just completed his PhD at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  Next stop is Harvard University, where he will continue his work in molecular and cellular biology.  His post-doctoral degree and research will be in DNA repair and replication.  Click here to read more about Justin’s visit with Southmont students.

Congratulations, Justin!

Bowerman ’11 reaches new heights

Ryan Bowerman ’11 just completed a “hike” to the top of Mount Kilamanjaro.  The climb was a personal goal for Ryan, and a fundraiser to raise money for the Vision for the Poor missionary organization which provides eye surgeries for children.

Click here to see a photo and read about Ryan’s 6-day climb to the top!  Ryan is the IU-Kokomo University assistant volleyball coach.

Congratulations, Ryan!

Ahmed ’07 is high tech at 3M

syud ahmed 2007Syud M. Ahmed ’07 is a Senior Scientist at 3M, located in St. Paul, Minnesota.  After earning a doctorate degree, Syud joined 3M as a Senior Scientist to develop products related to 3M’s Safety and Graphics Business.

Syud was a Chemistry major at Wabash.  As a student, he was awarded a Dill Summer Internship which allowed him to work with Dr. Robert Hamers’ Material Sciences program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2006. In 2012 he earned his PhD at Cornell University in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.  Click here to read more about Syud.

Syud’s talents extend beyond the lab to the musical stage. As a child, he learned to play the tabla, an instrument native to Bangladesh.  He was active in the Wamidan World Music Ensemble at Wabash, and continues to play the tabla in his spare time today.

Revised: Syud works at 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota, which was misstated in a previous alumni blog.

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The Daily Star, Dhaka.

Thanks to Class Agent Ross Dillard ’07 for sharing the news about Syud!

Collins ’02 nominated as deputy mayor

Adam Collins ’02 was nominated as Deputy Mayor of Economic Development by the Office of Mayor Greg Ballard, Indianapolis.  He has served as Assistant Corporation Counsel and Permits and License Administrator and Deputy Director of Inspections in the Department of Code Enforcement. He currently serves as Deputy Director of Economic Development.  Adam has been with Indianapolis government since 2008.  Click here for more details.

After Wabash, Adam graduated from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis.

Congratulations, Adam!

McCarty ’90 to sign book

Mike McCarty ’90, local Montgomery County author, will hold a free book signing and presentation for his book, Choking in Fear: A Memoir about the Hollandsburg Murders.  The signing will take place on Saturday, August 23 at 11:00 am at the Tannenbaum Cultural Center behind the Rotary Jail Museum, 107 W. Spring St., in Crawfordsville.

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Congratulations, Mike!

Balcazar ’90 named leader at Mercer

Rey Balcazar ’90, a Principal in Mercer’s Employee Health & Benefits practice in Indianapolis, has assumed the role of Midwest Exchange Solution Leader. His responsibilities now include subject matter expertise, market education, sales pursuit support, contracting and ongoing client engagement for Mercer Marketplace in the Midwest.  Mercer is a global leader in talent, health, retirement and investments.

Congratulations, Rey!