Road Trip – Insider View

Tyler Wade '12, Howard Hewitt, and Kyle Bender '12

That’s Wabash’s director of New Media, Howard Hewitt, giving some last minute social media instructions to Tyler and Kyle before we head out today for the 2011 Inaugural Summer Road Trip.

Thus far we have good turnouts in all locations and the trip is shaping up to be a fun one. Runge and Warren are splitting up the tag-along duties while Kyle and Tyler and doing the driving.

We’ve already had one regional association ask for the Road Trip crew to visit their location in August for an event and you’ll see the Road Trip van on the road this coming fall for away sporting events.

We’ll be on Twitter – hashtag is#bashroadtrip.



SCC Interns Learning in Colorado

Bob Charles '59, Kai Chin '71, Nathaniel Borden '13, Mark Osnowitz '12, Jack Stoakes, Dan Ranschaert '12, and Rabin Paudel '10

Wabash Career Services interns Nathaniel Borden and Mark Osnowitz are in Colorado with director Scott Crawford networking with alumni and interviewing them for tips on…you guessed it..interviewing.

As you can see, it’s not all work.  The guys were joined by Dan Ranschaert ’12 who has his own internship this year working for alumnus Bob Charles ’59 and Jack Stoakes.


Alumni, students, and a prospective student gather

Erik Ness ’94, who lives in Aurora, CO, hosted a group at his home.  Out guys were able to see alumni in work and informal settings – and did I mention, they were in Colorado?

Roger Busch '96 on the Fast Track

Roger Busch ’96, Wabash Head Cross Country Coach, was one of two Crawfordsville runners to win the Fast Track Mile on July 4 in Terre Haute, IN. 

The other winner was Cassie Hunt, who became the event’s all-time winner in the women’s race – and who happens to be Roger’s girlfriend and training partner – now that’s teamwork!  Click here to read about the race and how a train figured into it.

Derrick Yoder '11 joins Apparatus

Derrick Yoder ’11 has joined Apparatus, an Indianapolis -based technology/telecommunications firm, as a systems analyst.  Derrick was an economics major, and the senior running back who rushed 164 yards in last season’s Bell Game.  Kelly Pfledderer ’96 is founder, president, and CEO of Apparatus.

Michael Burke '10: Triathlete and then some

These days, Michael’s passion for Motocross, cage-fighting, and other extreme athletics feed his enthusiasm for triathlon competitions.  From that same passion as a wrestler at Wabash (that’s Michael on top in the photo), he qualified for the NCAA Division III national championship at 197 pounds — one of 15 people in his weight class to make the national championship.

Click here to read more about Michael’s next triathlon competition this Saturday.

Photo from Wabash files

Adam White '98 "returns home to make good"

Adam is co-owner of Running Central in his hometown of Peoria, IL.  He took over the store, which sells athletic shoes, in 2008, and just announced expansion to its new location by the end of the summer.  Click here to read the Peoria Journal Star story about the store’s move and challenges presented to small business owners.  Thanks to Tom Reams ’62, also of Peoria, for the heads up on this story.

Wabash Alumni on IBJ's Law List

The following alumni were included on the Indianapolis Business Journal’s annual “Who’s Who in Law” for 2011:

Nelson Alexander ’90, Member-in-Charge, Frost Brown Todd

Chris Cotterill ’99, Chief of Staff for Mayor Ballard, City of Indianapolis

Robert T. Grand ’78, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg

Two other attorneys have Wabash connections:

J. Murray Clark, son of James C. Clark ’51; Murray is Partner, Baker & Daniels

Susan Brooks, wife of David Brooks ’77; Susan is Senior Vice President of Development and General Counsel, Ivy Tech Community College

Click here to read more in the IBJ about these attorneys.

Mike Stayton '68 – successful merger

Mike Stayton ’68 was featured in Smart Business Indianapolis online magazine in June.  Mike is founder, president and CEO at U.S. Infrastructure Corp, headquartered in Carmel, IN.  USIC, a provider of underground utility infrastructure locating and marking services, was created when two businesses were merged in 2008.

Click here to read SBI’s interview with Mike about his approach to integrating two unique business environments into one successful corporation. 

Photo and story courtesy of
Smart Business Indianapolis

Luke Robbins '11 Comedy on Campus on July 23

Luke Robbins ’11, a theater major at Wabash, will star in a comedy stand up Vision Video DVD special, to be filmed on campus in Ball Theater on July 23.  It’s a free show, doors open at 7:30pm and show starts at 8:00pm.   The DVD of the July 23 show will be released in the fall. A link to Vision Video’s store will be on Luke’s website,, when the video is available for purchase

Click here to read more about Luke, his love of comedy, and his drive to be standup funny.

Story courtesy of Journal Review
Photo from Wabash photo files