Chong Ng ’79/Futurestep’s new Managing Director, Greater China

Chong Ng ’79 has been appointed Managing Director, Greater China at Futurestep, an international recruiting company.  He was originally hired as Business Development Director for Futurestep’s Asia region in August 2011.  His home base is Hong Kong.  Before joining Futurestep, Chong owned his own IT outsourcing company in the Asia Pacific after working for EDS for 22 years.  He has an MBA from Ball State University.

Click here to read more about Chong’s new responsibilities at Futurestep.

Eric Eversole '94 – Military Voters Protection Project

Eric Eversole ’94 is executive director of the Military Voters Protection Project, a nonpartisan advocacy group that works to ensure that absentee ballots cast by military members in war zones are counted in United States elections. Eric was quoted in a recent press release which announced that Indiana is one of 15 “all-star” states for their efforts in assisting military personnel to make their votes count.

Eric, a long-time advocate for military voting rights, is a U.S. Navy JAG officer who served on active duty from 1999 until 2001.  He earned his J.D., cum laude, from the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis in 1998.  He continues his service in the U.S. Navy Reserve and holds the rank of Commander.

Matt Tanney '05/new Assoc. A.D. at WIU

Matt Tanney ’05 has been hired as Associate Athletics Director for Leatherneck Athletics at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL.  Matt joins WIU from being Director of Compliance at the University of Oklahoma, and previously at University of Dayton.  Matt began his athletics compliance career as a volunteer compliance officer at IUPUI while earning his law degree from there in 2008.  He was an honors graduate at Wabash and played basketball and football.

Click here to read the announcement and more details about Matt’s athletics career.


Dr. Richard Gunderman ’83 in The Atlantic

Dr. Richard Gunderman ’83 authored an article featured today in The Atlantic online, “A Cardiac Model for Resuscitating Health Care.”  The article closes with, “To find heart, medicine must have its heart in the right place.”

Richard is MD, PhD, and professor of radiology, pediatrics, medical education, philosophy, liberal arts, and philanthropy at Indiana University, where he also serves as vice chair of the Department of Radiology.

Dan Burke '98 Contestant on Jeopardy on July 17

Dan Burke ’98 was a contestant on Jeopardy today, July 17! The show aired at 3:30 pm Chicago-time on ABC.

Dan is a theology teacher, the Assistant Dean of Discipline, and head cross country coach at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago.  Dan was c0-valedictorian in the Class of 1998 at Mount Carmel, and went on to earn a BA from Wabash College and an MA from the University of Chicago before returning to Mount Carmel as a faculty member.  In addition to his other responsibilities at Mount Carmel, he coaches the Junior Varsity Scholastic Bowl team.

Visit the Jeopardy! website to see a preview of this week’s episodes and tune in to ABC at 3:30 pm in Chicago (or check local listings) to cheer him on!

Photo courtesy of
Jeapordy! web site.

Two Alumni compete in Valparaiso (IN) Triathlon

This past weekend, Wabash College was well represented at the tenth annual Valparaiso Triathlon.

Dr. Pablo Bukata ’92, a pediatrician in Valparaiso, IN spends his “off hours” training and competing in triathlons in northwest Indiana.  He is one of six competitors who have competed in all ten Valparaiso Triathlons since they began.  Pablo competed in college soccer at Wabash, and now uses triathlon training to keep in shape for adult league soccer, too.

Robert Fozkos ’10, a swimmer at Wabash, is back to triathlon competition for the first time in 11 years.  Robert was a swimmer for Chesterton H.S. before swimming at Wabash, and currently coaches the Valpo Masters swim club.  He finished third overall, the top male in the 25-29 range — using a borrowed bicycle!

Col. Mark A. Lee ‘86 – named new U.S. Army Environmental Commander

Col. Mark Lee ’86 is the 18th commander in the 40-year history of the USAEC, which leads and supports environmental programs for training and environmental management for the U. S. Army.  The USAEC is based in San Antonio, TX.

Mark is a graduate of the Chemical Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Technical Escort course, the Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies and the National War College.  He was a Chemistry major at Wabash.

Michael Bricker '04 co-chairs Indy Rezone

Michael Bricker ’04 has been appointed to co-chair the newly launched Indy Rezone steering committee, whose work will result in the first major overhaul of city zoning and development regulations in Indianapolis in more than 40 years.

Michael is the founder of People for Urban Progress (PUP), an Indianapolis not-for-profit that promotes and advances public transit, environmental awareness and urban design.  Michael and his sister are the force behind “repurpose and reuse” in Indianapolis, through projects such as recycling the old RCA Dome into awnings and messenger bags; old Bush Stadium seats turned in to bus stop seating; and miles of banners from this year’s Super Bowl salvaged to become wallets and shower curtains, for a start.

Joining Michael on the steering committee is the Hon. Mike Keele ’78, Marion Superior Court judge.


Prof. Bennett/Early American Vocal Music Festival

Wabash College Professor of Music Emeritus Larry Bennett presented a pre-concert lecture on “Early American Vocal Music” at the 13th annual Madison Early Music Festival, which opened at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on July 7.

“The lecture filled the audience in on the evolution and various periods and genres of early American music from church hymns and folk hymns to fuguing tunes. His talk was a model of clarity made even more appealing and enlightening by Bennett’s unabashed willingness to draw on his own professional experience and sing solo when he offered examples of what he thought should be familiar tunes.” 
Larry was Professor of Music at Wabash from 1995-2010.  Click here to read more about the Madison Early Music Festival, which concludes this Saturday.


Quote and photo courtesy of
Jacob Stockinger at The Well-Tempered Ear blog

Intrapromote/Erik Dafforn '91 receives Premier Partner Award

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. presented the award to Intrapromote on May 31, recognizing excellence in organic search engine optimization of American Honda’s consumer-facing sites.  Intrapromote LLC, which also received the award in 2005, was one of 15 award recipients selected from 41 suppliers nominated by American Honda associates nationwide.  “Intrapromote is a boutique digital search and social media marketing agency that has developed and executed pioneering online marketing campaigns for both emerging and well known brands like Honda, Fisher-Price, Penske, Four Seasons, World Vision and Cleveland Clinic.”

Erik Dafforn ’91 is President and Director of Search at Intrapromote, and co-author of the book, Search Engine Optimization Secrets.  Other Wabash men involved with the company’s success include John Lustina ’91, Chairman, who co-founded it in 1999 to offer a broad base of Search Engine Marketing services; and Caleb Dann ’06, Search Engine Optimization Campaign Director

Click here to read more about Honda’s award presentation.  Congratulations, Intrapromote!