Redding ’88: Ultra Marathon Man

Greg Redding runningGreg Redding ’88 has participated in seven, finished in five, 100-mile ultramarathons, all since 2009!  That doesn’t count to standard marathons, mini-, half- or “mini-ultras” he has run, too.  For himself as a runner, the mind-body relationship is important, seeing each race as both a physical endeavor and a mental endeavor.  In a recent interview, he stated, “It’s a crazy thing to think about in an abstract way.  It’s not the distance (of the race) that bothers me, it’s the amount of time.”  Click here for a link to a past online running story written by Greg.

Greg is Professor of German at Wabash.  He earned his MA and PhD in German Literature at the University of Cincinnati.


Gilliam ’74 retires as fire chief

Ken Gilliam 2015Ken Gilliam ’74 will retire as Noblesville’s Fire Chief on May 22.  Gilliam began working for the Noblesville (IN) Fire Department in 1974 and has served two stints as fire chief, 1993-1995 and 2004-2015.  A Noblesville native, Ken began his firefighting career during his final semester at Wabash.  Click here to read the news story.

Noblesville Fire Chief Ken Gilliam’s retirement open house will be on May 22 at Noblesville Fire Station No. 71.

Congratulations, Ken!







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City of Noblesville.

Trebley ’01 leads IU’s SpinUp

Joe_TrebleyJoe Trebley ’01 is the Head of Startup Support and Promotion at the Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation.  IU’s SpinUp program was founded in 2011 to help university professors and inventors start corporate entities and apply for NIH grants.  SpinUp has launched 24 life sciences companies by providing administration support and introducing investors and management teams, six of which have gone on to win NIH small business grants.  Click here to read IBJ’s FOCUS Life Sciences featured article this week, including Joe’s comments at the end of the article.

A Chemistry major at Wabash, Joe went on to earn a PhD from Purdue University in Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, and worked at the Purdue Research Foundation before joining IU.




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Indiana University.

Stayton ’68 elected Building Tomorrow chair

Mike-staytonMichael Stayton ’68 has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Building Tomorrow, Inc. an Indianapolis-based organization whose mission is to construct enough primary schools in East Africa so each child may have a quality environment in which to learn.

In March 2014, Mike retired as founder, President & CEO of the United States Infrastructure Corporation (USIC) after six years.  In 2008, he was appointed to the board of the new Indianapolis Airport Authority and was president until resigning in 2011.  Mike has held several key executive positions with utility infrastructure groups which service utility and government clients, and was on a 5-year diplomatic appointment abroad as COO for the United Nations World Food Programme.

After Wabash, Mike earned a master’s degree in International Business from the George Washington University.

Congratulations Mike!

Hanapin and Apparatus voted among Indiana’s best

These two Indiana businesses, founded by Wabash alumni, were voted as “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by their employees in 2015.  Click here for the Indiana Chamber 2015 Rankings.


HanapinHanapin Marketing was ranked #21 on the Small Companies (15-74 employees).  The Bloomington company was founded by CEO Pat East ’00.  Hanapin, a digital agency that specializes in digital advertising/public relations/marketing, has 43 employees.



Apparatus Infrastructure Services, a Virtusa Company was ranked #22 for Medium Companies (75-249 employees).  The apparatus new logIndianapolis company was founded by CEO Kelly Pfledderer ‘96 and was recently acquired by Virtusa Corporation.  Apparatus specializes in managed IT solutions for businesses, and has 195 employees.

Congratulations, Hanapin and Apparatus!

Ferguson ’63 keynote at CVL commerce dinner

Steve FErguson commerce speaker 2015Steve Ferguson ’63 left Wabash and Crawfordsville for a career as attorney, Bloomington, IN area businessman, and chairman of Cook Group, Inc.

Steve returned to Crawfordsville last week as the keynote speaker at the Crawfordsville/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration Dinner.  Steve used what he learned at Wabash – quoting the Gentleman’s Rule – to kick off his speech which highlighted what a business can do for its own community.  Click here to read the news story (written by reporter Scotty Cameron ’14).

Another highlight was when Wabash College was honored as the Large Business of the Year for its impact on the Crawfordsville/Montgomery County community, including the Will & Ginny Hays Center for Leadership and Community Development that opened recently in downtown Crawfordsville.





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Scotty Cameron/The Paper.

Burk ’12 moves on, Cameron ’14 moves in as managing editor

Neil Burk ’12 joined The Paper 24-7, The Paper of Montgomery County as a Sports Writer, and quickly moved through the ranks as Sports Editor, Managing Editor, and finally Editor.  Now Neil is moving on to a position as executive assistant for a marketing executive for a national company in the Washington, DC area.  Neil’s last day in Crawfordsville was May 8.

Scotty Cameron ’14 has covered news stories for The Paper as a reporter, and now he has been named Managing Editor.

Congratulations, Neil and Scotty!

Senior Oral Comps described on NPR

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“I heard it on NPR” – on the call-in talk show On Point !  The featured topic on May 6 was “The Extra-Special Expertise Of A College Senior Thesis.” Click here to listen to the broadcast.  After much discussion from guests on the show, at about 47:13 minutes into the show, a young Wabash alumnus called in to describe Senior Oral Comps at Wabash College, Wabash’s version of the Senior Thesis.  The show’s hosts seemed to be impressed!



Wabash represented in Montgomery Co. Hall of Fame


Members of the 2015 inductees to the Montgomery County Basketball Hall of Fame include four with Wabash connections.  The induction will take place in the old Crawfordsville High School gymnasium on May 23, open to the public:

David R. Moore ’69:  During his senior season with the Little Giants, Moore averaged 24 points-per-game and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. Moore was a member of the Indiana – Kentucky College All-Stars. Moore was inducted into the Wabash College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.

Merlin Nice ’84:  Merlin led his Wabash College basketball teams in scoring and rebounding in both the 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons. He was a team captain for the Little Giants his junior and senior seasons and was named the Most Valuable Player his senior year. In 1982, Nice helped Wabash College get to the NCAA Division III Final Four. He set a tournament record making 24 out of 24 from the free throw line. Nice officiated college basketball for 20 years working all levels of collegiate play.

Inductees with Wabash connections:

Alexandria Gasaway, daughter of Clint Gasaway ’86:  A 2010 Crawfordsville High School graduate, Gasaway scored 1,104 career points for the Athenians. She also collected 678 career rebounds. Gasaway played basketball at DePauw University where she led the team in scoring both her junior and senior seasons.  She was named an Academic All-American and was awarded an NCAA post graduate scholarship.

Vance Pyle:  Pyle graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1963 and is known for radio broadcasting Montgomery County sports games and Wabash College athletics. He was an original board member of the Montgomery County Basketball Hall of Fame and served four years as director of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Congratulations, everyone!

Scott ’79 pens IT thriller!

Greg Scott ’79 has written his first book:  “Bullseye Breach” – described as internet safety disguised as a fictional thriller about a retailer losing millions of card numbers to international criminals.  Click here to read more about the book and find out how to get one!

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A Mathematics major at Wabash, Greg is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Infrasupport Corporation, which builds and supports IT infrastructure.

Congratulations, Greg!