Mike Raters ’85 named Mt. Vernon Middle School interim principal

Mike Raters ’85, Wabash’s former Dean of Students and history major, was recently named Mt. Vernon Middle School’s new interim principal.

Mike Raters ’85

Raters starts his contract on Jan. 19 and will serve in the role for the remainder of the school year.

Jack Parker, Mt. Vernon superintendent, told the Greenfield Daily Reporter that he chose Raters as interim principal because of his collaborative leadership approach and track record of building success in organizations he serves.

“He empowers his team to succeed individually, which furthers the sense of community and collective success,” Parker said. “We are looking forward to seeing the positive impact Mr. Raters will have with Mt. Vernon Middle School staff and students.”

Raters leads student affairs and athletics as an associate vice president at Scott Healy & Associates, which recruits for university leadership positions. He’s also a partner and director of education and government projects for Bridge Builder Strategies, LLC.

He previously taught leadership as an adjunct professor at Butler University and was also the dean of students at Wabash College from 2008 to 2019. Before that, he taught at Franklin Central High School and Scecina Memorial High School in Indianapolis.

“I am fortunate to be joining a community of educators and staff that are exceptionally dedicated and, most importantly, student-centered,” Raters told the newspaper. “I am eager to work with them to learn how I can be supportive of their efforts, help advance their teaching and further the leadership of the student body.” 

Reunited After Nearly 30 Years

Last semester, Wabash’s Advancement Office received an unexpected letter from a woman in Hamilton, Montana. It was addressed to “whomever can help” and contained photos of a 1970 class ring.

“I have a class ring from your College, ‘Class of 70,’” the note from Delores Meuchel stated. “The initials G.A.J. are engraved on the inside …  I would like to return it to the owner.”

Aaron Selby ’06, director of annual giving and advancement services, got to work and began tracking down the ring’s owner. He examined the attached photos and noticed Delta Tau Delta’s letters featured. From there, Selby used the Wabash Alumni Directory to look up members of the Class of 1970 who had those initials and were brothers of the fraternity.

“This search quickly identified one person and I reached out to Gregory A. Jackson of Helena, Montana, to see if this was his ring,” Selby recalled. “After talking with Greg by phone, he informed me that he believed this was his class ring and was amazed.”

Jackson’s ring had been missing for 28 years.

Greg Jackon's '70 Wabash class ring
It took 28 years, but Greg Jackson ’70 was reunited with his Wabash class ring.

“Anytime I would open a box or go through things again, I would look to see if I might somehow find it, but it never surfaced,” Jackson said of the ring, which went missing after a separation and move. “It has a special meaning to me and I was heartbroken when it disappeared.

“Over the years I always held out the hope that maybe it would show up.”

And it’s a good thing Jackson never lost that hope.

Selby put Jackson in contact with Meuchel, who lived about 150 miles away.

Meuchel told Jackson that she had purchased a “box of junk” from a garage sale in Elliston, Montana, about 20 miles from Helena. The box was full of aluminum cans, pull tabs and a ring.

“She was mildly intrigued and put it in a jewelry box where it sat for a couple of years,” Jackson said. “She was going through the jewelry box fairly recently and thought maybe she could see who the ring belonged to.”

The ring was eventually mailed and returned back to Jackson around Thanksgiving.

“It’s crazy to think that my ring made a journey around the state of Montana and back to me after all this time,” the Wabash alumnus said.

Jackson, who works as an attorney, said he’s thankful for Meuchel taking the time to track him down and for the College officials who helped facilitate the reunion.

“Graduating from Wabash is a big deal,” Jackson said. “To have that piece of my life back is just absolutely phenomenal. I can’t express enough appreciation.”

Matthew Whitmire ’00 – Elected to serve as president of the National Association of Medical Fraud Control Units

Matthew Whitmire, director of Attorney General Curtis Hill’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), was elected Oct. 19 to serve as president of the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units (NAMFCU).

Whitmire has worked for the Office of the Attorney General since 2011 and has been MFCU director since 2013, overseeing hundreds of investigations into fraud and patient abuse/neglect among Medicaid providers. Previously, Whitmire worked as a deputy prosecutor in Marion County.

Indiana Attorney General’s Office

Eric Eversole ’94 – Preparing Veterans for Post-Service Coding Careers

The vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says Indianapolis-based Eleven Fifty Academy is uniquely qualified to help thousands of U.S. service personnel land high-paying careers through the Hiring Our Heroes program.

The chamber’s foundation created the nonprofit initiative in 2011 to connect businesses to the men and women transitioning out of the military as well as their spouses, no matter where they are based.

“Anywhere, anytime. It’s a great opportunity regardless of where the military sends you,” said Eric Eversole, vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and president of Hiring Our Heroes.

Inside Indiana Business

Mark Chamberlain ’82 – Why Do I Work Here?

Hey to all my friends and colleagues—-I have some exciting news to share!!

Writing a book was a personal “bucket list” item and has finally been completed after 2 years of work. While it was personally very fulfilling to translate my thoughts and experiences of life so far, I hope you can take away a meaningful nugget or two to enrich your life.

A portion of the proceeds will help fund Dreaming Tree Project—
our charitable mission to fund local not-for-profits.

Check out the link below to access a sample chapter or you can preorder the book on Amazon.

Why Do I Work Here Sample Chapter

Amazon Pre Order Why Do I Work Here By Mark W Chamberlain

Thank you for your support and happy reading!

Mark W. Chamberlain

Chris Cotterill ’99 Named COO at Goelzer Investment Management

Goelzer Investment Management, an Indianapolis-based investment firm advising on assets in excess of $2 billion on behalf of institutional investors and private clients, is proud to announce the hiring of Chris W. Cotterill as Chief Operating Officer.

After receiving his degree in history from Wabash College, Chris went on to earn a J.D. degree from
Indiana University School of Law.

Press Release – Goelzer Investment Management

Hayden Wetzel ’72

Hayden M. Wetzel, Class of ’72 has written a book titled “Mangy Curs and Stoned Horses: Animal control in the District of Columbia from the beginnings to about 1940”. The new book tells the story of how the furred and feathered inhabitants of the District have been treated over the years.

An article about his book appeared in The Washington Post:

Dr. Thomas Dow ‘89 has received a 2019 Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Recognition from the American Association of Community Colleges.

Dr. Thomas Dow, a 1989 graduate of Wabash College, has received a 2019 Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Recognition from the American Association of Community Colleges. This national award recognizes individuals who make a difference in the classroom by demonstrating passion, showing a willingness to support students inside and outside of the classroom, participating in college committees and going above and beyond what is required to ensure student success.

Dr. Dow was named the 2018 Illinois Community College Trustees Association Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award winner and was the Illinois nominee for the Association of Community College Trustees Regional award. In addition, in 2018, he received a League Excellence Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College and was named Professor of the Year at Moraine Valley Community College.

He received his Master’s degree in English from Loyola University Chicago in 1996 and earned a Ph.D. in English from Loyola University Chicago in 2006. He is a professor of English and Department Chair of Communications, Literature and Languages at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois.

Matthias Mitman ’75, to be the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council

Matthias Mitman of Virginia, to be the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council.

Mr. Mitman, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, most recently served as Chief of Staff to the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs. He previously served as Principal Officer in U.S. Consulates General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Erbil, Iraq; and Basrah, Iraq. Mr. Mitman was also the Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia. This will be his third detail to the National Security Council, having earlier served as Senior Duty Officer in the White House Situation Room and as Director for Iraq. Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Mitman taught as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Ball State University. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College and earned an A.B. from Wabash College.

David Rea ’77, President of #1 Ranked Financial Advisor

CNBC recently unveiled its inaugural Financial Advisor 100 List. Salem Investment Counselors received the #1 Ranking. The CNBC rankings are based on data culled from thousands of advisory firms and provided by AccuPoint Solutions.

Salem Investment Counselors provides wealth management services as a fiduciary and SEC Registered Investment Advisor to clients nationwide. The firm’s advisors have achieved distinction in investment analysis, accounting and law.

Photo Courtesy of Salem Investment Counselors

After receiving his degree in political science from Wabash College he received his J.D. degree at Wake Forest University and MBA from Indiana University.

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