Doug Petno '87 – new COO at JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase announced last Thursday that Doug Petno ’87 has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the Commercial-Banking Division, which serves more than 24,000 clients nationally.  Doug has held several positions, the latest as CEO of commercial banking.  Doug was a Biology major at Wabash.  Congratulations, Doug!

Sun King – a top Indiana microbrewer

Last month’s blog “Sun King Strikes Again” mentioned that Indy’s Sun King Brewery would be part of a biz blog about Indiana’s expanding microbrewery industry in the Jan-Feb 2012 issue of BizVoice, published by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. The print magazine is out, and now you can click here to read the story online, too!   Keep up with Clay Robinson ’97 and Sun King at

Al Newberry '05 – has camera, will travel

Alpha Omega Newberry IV ’05 started using his first camera, a gift from his father when he was 18, for their trip to India.  The trip and camera opened a new world for Al.

Click here to link to an online interview and to read about his photography exhibit opening tonight at the Joysmith Gallery in the South Main Arts District of Memphis, TN.  The exhibit, “Exile,” focuses on Gangjeong Village in the Republic of Korea, a project which developed when Al went to South Korea to teach English. 

Al was a Spanish and Philosophy major at Wabash.  Visit his web site at  The photo below is the publicity photo for the exhibit. 

Photograph copyright Alpha Newberry 2011
all rights reserved.

Michael Bricker '04/PUP – new use for old stadium seats

Salvaged and refurbished seats from the old Bush Stadium in Indianapolis will find new life at bus stops around the city this year.  Click here to read how PUP (People for Urban Progress) is working with IndyGo on the project, which is probably the only U.S. city that has reused stadium seats at its bus stops.

Michael is the Executive Director of PUP, the not for profit group which is an advocate of public transportation and has already found second life for the RCA Dome roof in bags, purses, and other accessories.

Great Ideas, Michael and PUP – we can’t wait for the next one!

D3 Hoops – Check It Out!

Derek Bailey '12 on the "cover"

That’s Wabash’s Derek Bailey featured on D3  Derek was named to the DIII team of the week.  Here’s the link.

Derek is having another great year just like the Little Giants.

Big game tonight – Wabash hosts the DePauw Tigers.  Better be there!

Hon. Shawn Crane '81 in drug court

Hon. Shawn Crane ’81, a judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court in Florida, oversees Adult Drug Court, which seeks to divert drug law offenders from jail sentences into supervised treatment programs.

One year ago, Judge Crane began overseeing both juvenile court and drug court, and received a grant which funds a program where adult drug court participants speak to juvenile defendants about their own substance abuse and drug addiction.  It is mandatory that juveniles facing drug charges attend the program, often with their parents at their side.  The drug treatment court was started in 2006; and a separate grant ensures it will be funded through 2014. 

Before being seated on the bench in 2002, Judge Crane was a Pinellas County prosecutor for more than 18 years, and for seven years he was director of the Sixth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Misdemeanor Division.  He was a Pol. Sci. major/History minor at Wabash, and earned his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law.  His son, Shawn Crane ’09, is a second year law student at Stetson and is a law clerk for a local disability attorney.

Good work, Judge Crane!

George Jones '55, retd. ambassador: the next 50 years

George sent this message to the latest Class of 1955 newsletter:

“I thought I would mention that the January 2012 issue of the Foreign Service Journal has an article I wrote, entitled “The Next Fifty Years.”  (Wabash taught me never to think small.)  Click here to read the article.  

Regards to all,

George F. Jones
U. S. Ambassador (retd.)

George was a Foreign Service Officer 1956-1995, deputy chief of mission in Chile and Costa Rica in the ’80’s, ambassador to Guyana 1992-1995, and still remains heavily involved in foreign affairs.  Thanks for sharing, George!

Andrew Forrester '11 – Young. Smart. Energetic.

Andrew is the new executive assistant in charge of community relations in City Hall in his hometown of Madison, IN.  In addition to being the liaison between the Mayor’s office and organizations, festivals and businesses, he also plans to use social media in making the city offices more accessible to the public. Andrew was a Political Science major at Wabash. 

Click here to read the story from the Madison Courier.

Photo courtesy of
the Madison Courier

John Fleming '00 named law partner

John F. W. Fleming ’00 joined the law firm Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in 2003 in the Indianapolis office. He graduated from Wabash cum laude with an English major, and the University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2003).  John practices general commercial law with a focus on financial transactions, distressed credit and real estate.  Congratulations!