McNeely ’62 – SHS Alumni Hall induction

lee-mcneely-pic 2015J. Lee McNeely ’62 will be inducted into the Shelbyville (Indiana) High School Alumni Hall of Fame on May 7.  Lee is a native of Shelbyville, and returned there to open his law practice after graduating from Wabash and then earning his JD at the Indiana University School of Law.  He has practiced law at his firm, McNeely Stephenson, for 50+ years.  Click here to read the news story that recalls his memories of his high school days.

Lee is a former Trustee of Wabash College, former 1962 Class Agent, and former President of the NAWM.  Lee and his wife established the Lee and Rose McNeely Scholarship at Wabash, which supports students from Indiana.

Congratulations, Lee!


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Tanney ’05 named WIU interim A.D.

MattTanney400_3423_003Matt Tanney ’05 was named Interim Athletic Director at Western Illinois University after the A.D. left for another school.  Matt has served as WIU deputy director of athletics and has been associate athletic director.  He joined WIU coming from the University of Oklahoma.  Click here for the news release.

After Wabash, Matt earned his JD at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Congratulations, Matt!






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Apparatus named Tech Company of the Year

Apparatus was named Tech Company of the Year at the 2015 TechPoint Mira Awards gala in Indianapolis on May 2 – celebrating 130 nominations of organization and individual awards, with 15 winners announced.  Click here for the news release.

Apparatus was founded in 1999 by Kelly Pfledderer ‘96, who is also CEO.  Aman Brar ’99 is President of Apparatus.  Last month, Apparatus was acquired by Virtusa Corporation.

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Congratulations, Apparatus!


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Robert Dirks ’00 memorial prize announced

Robert Dirks 1978-2015

Robert Dirks

Dr. Robert M. Dirks PhD ’00 tragically lost his life in the Metro-North train crash in New York in February 2015.  Last week, the International Society of Nanoscale Science Computations and Engineering (ISNSCE) announced the creation of The Robert Dirks Molecular Programming Prize as an early career award which will recognize exceptional early-career achievement by a researcher working in any area of molecular programming.  Nominations will be accepted for the first time in early 2016.

“Brilliant, creative, generous, humble, and kind, Robert was a model scientist and collaborator. Members of the ISNSCE research community will honor Robert’s memory by awarding the Dirks Prize to an inspiring member of the next generation of molecular programmers.”




Unfried ’03 founds Archon Apps

Tony-Unfried-Archon-Tony Unfried ’03 wanted to “own something,” and so he does.  Tony is the President and CEO of Archon Apps, offering technology solutions that provide its customers with new ways to interact within their industry with their suppliers, within their organizations, and with their own customers.  Within five years, Archon now has 20 clients, 1,000 end users, and is a 2015 TechPoint Mira Award Nominee for the “best of tech mobile award in Indiana” (winner to be announced on Saturday, May 2!).  Click here to read his story.

After Wabash, Tony earned a Master’s of Arts at Indiana University.

Congratulations, Tony!  Thanks for sharing!

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Verizon Wireless.

Benefiel ’08 — co-founder of MeterGenius

ty benefielTy Benefiel ’08 is Co-founder and President of MeterGenius, started with four Northwestern University Kellogg classmates in 2013.  It is a free website and mobile app that helps residential users engage with and lower their electricity usage.  Click here to read an interview with Ty.

After Wabash, Ty worked at Angie’s List.  He went on to earn an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Congratulations, Ty!



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Pfledderer ’96 joins TechPoint leadership team

kelly pfledderer 2015Kelly Pfledderer ’96 has been named is to the TechPoint executive committee.  TechPoint is “the voice and catalyst for Indiana’s technology companies and overall tech ecosystem.”  Click here for the news release.

Kelly is founder and CEO of Apparatus in Indianapolis, which was acquired by Virtusa Corporation in April 2015.  Kelly founded Apparatus in 1999.  He is involved in the Indianapolis community and is a member of the Wabash College Board of Trustees.

Congratulations, Kelly!



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Ridgeway ’83 uses new technology to fight cancer

Calvin RidgewayDr. Calvin A. Ridgeway ’83 uses a new technology called MarginProbe to check a breast cancer lumpectomy to see if there are any cancer cells left on the edge.  Click here to read an interview with Dr. Ridgeway.

Calvin is a surgical oncologist in breast care and skin cancer with the Lovelace Women’s Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He was a surgeon for the United States Air Force, and then started the first accredited Breast Care Center in New Mexico.  After Wabash, he earned his M.D. at the University of Missouri.  He is currently a volunteer faculty member at the University of New Mexico and St. Francis University in Albuquerque.







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Stanford ’63 launches new Sherish photo app

Alan Stanford 2015Alan Stanford ’63 has launched a new photo-sharing app called “Sherish” – an all-in-one photo app that was announced on Inside Indiana Business this week.  Sherish was developed to “bring all your photos together in one secure, private app, and never worry about running out of space to safely save your cherished memories.”  Click here to read Alan’s comments about why he developed Sherish.

Alan is an Indianapolis business leader who is a retired partner at Ernst and Young, and is a health care services consultant and advisor for technology in the health care industry.  After Wabash, Alan earned an MBA from Butler University.

Congratulations, Alan!



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Van Zee ’07 published in International Journal of Sport Studies

Van Zee_AAdam Van Zee ’07 was recently published  in the IJSS.  The thesis towards his master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Psychology from Ball State University “explores the level of awareness and application of sport for development and peace initiatives by worldwide youth sport administrators . . for the development of peace through community-based youth sport organizations.”

Adam was a Psychology major, and three-time tennis captain and 2007 All-NCAC doubles player for Wabash.  He went on to coach men’s and women’s tennis at Earlham College from 2008-2013, when he returned to Wabash as Assistant Director of Annual Giving.

Congratulations, Adam!