East Meets West in the Far East

Tom Wilson ’77, Professor at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, is the director of I.U.’s Chinese Law Summer Program at Renmin University of China Law School.  Tom recently shared this story and photo from his chance encounter with another Wabash alumnus:

“Each summer I take a group of law students to Renmin University of China Law School, which is located in Beijing. The 2012 CLSP had forty-six students from nine law schools.  In addition to classes five days a week, the program includes law-related field trips and cultural field trips.  The law firm field trip was to the Zhong Lun Law Firm, which has over 700 legal professionals in China’s major cities—Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Hong Kong, and Chengdu, as well as in Tokyo and London.

I knew two partners in the firm would address my students, but I did not know who. As our bus neared the firm’s offices, I was handed a sheet of paper that gave some background information about the firm. I was also given the biographies of the partners we would meet, one of whom is named John Jiang.  You can imagine my surprise—and pleasure—when I discovered that Mr. Jiang is a Wabash grad [Class of 1991]!!!  We had a nice time chatting about our alma mater.  What a small world!”

John Jiang ’91 and Tom Wilson ’77 in Beijing.

Thanks for sharing, Tom!

Team Robinson in the Chicago Marathon

Wabash Alumni  brothers Ben ’01, Jeremy ’04 and Josh ’97 Robinson have issued a group challenge for their run in the Chicago Marathon on October 7.  Ben, a DC lawyer; Jeremy, a teacher in Chicago; and Josh, a pediatric cardiologist in Chicago, will run together as part of the Children’s Marathon Team for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.  The Robinson Family, including their mother, Terry, all have careers which involve various causes for children.

Ben, Jeremy and Josh Robinson

Click here to read more about the Robinsons’ and to support their team if you wish.

Good Luck, Team Robinson!


Photo courtesy of
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Black Swan Brewpub – Worth it!

D. J. McCallister ’97 is the brew master and Nick Carter ’95 is head chef at the Black Swan Brewpub in Plainfield, IN.  IndyStar’s “On the Plate” column this week rated the Black Swan “Worth It” on a recent visit.  Click here to read the review.  The bar features 16 taps which feature 10-12 house beers, guest beers, and Indiana wines.  Chef Carter focuses the menu on buying local with Indiana ingredients.  Enjoy!

Stephen Woodruff ’12 – lifeguard rescuer

Recent Wabash graduate Stephen Woodruff ’12 is a lifeguard manager of the Plainfield Aquatic Center in Plainfield, IN.  This summer, using his lifeguard training, he helped save a man from drowning. Click here for a link to the rescue story and the man’s reunion with his rescuers.

Good work, Stephen!



Thanks to Hugh Hugh Vandivier ’91 for sharing the story.