President Mauri Ditzler ’75 named to NCAA Div. III council

Mauri Ditzler ’75  is one of three newly elected members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division III Presidents Council. The presidents council is made up of 15 members.

Mauri has been Monmouth College’s 13th president, in Monmouth, IL, since 2005. He was on the chemistry faculty at the College of the Holy Cross and was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Millikin College before coming back to Wabash as Dean of the College in 1999. Click here  to read more about Mauri.

Congratulations, Mauri!

Tom Denari '85/Young & Laramore – One Cool Office

Inc. Magazine online publishes “coolest” lists, as voted by its readers worldwide.

Currently showing is “World’s Coolest Offices: Your Picks,” one of which is Young & Laramore Advertising Office.  Alumnus Tom Denari ’85 is President of Young & Laramore, located in Indianapolis.  Some of their work includes advertising for Goodwill (“which store will get the little black dress?”), Stanley Steemer, and Steak ‘n Shake, to name just a few.  Nick Prihoda ’99 is Y&L’s Account Director.

A few years ago Y&L moved into an unused Indianapolis public school, putting the empty building to good use.  It includes a huge steel sculpture in the lobby (which might remind you of “the gherkin building” in London).  Click here to see reach Y&L’s web site and link to the December 20 Inc. Magazine story, photos #2 and #3 in the slideshow.

Jeffrey S. Nickloy ’70 receives ISBA citation

Jeff Nickloy ’70 was recognized at the recent Indiana State Bar Association’s annual meeting by the presentation of a presidential citation for his good work in the field of law and in the state of Indiana.  Jeff is an attorney with  Campbell Kyle Proffitt in Noblesville, IN.  Before entering his career in law, Jeff was a legal officer in the U.S. Navy.  Click here to read the rest of the news story.

Congratulations, Jeff!

Larry Pribyl '76 is new CFO at Trachte

Larry Pribyl ’76 joins Trachte Building Systems in the role of CFO for Trachte and its subsidiaries. Previously, Larry served as Director of Finance, Group Controller and other leadership roles at Andersen Windows and Renewal by Andersen for over 11 years.

Prior to Andersen, Larry was Vice President Contracting and Controller for Schneider Logistics, a third party logistics provider. He has 14 years with Honeywell in various leadership positions. Larry is a graduate of General Electric’s Financial Management Program and spent four years with General Electric. Larry has a BA in Mathematics from Wabash and a MBA from Minnesota State University.

Congratulations, Larry!

Jeremy Cage ’86 – named new CEO at Lighting Science Group

Jeremy Cage ’86 is the new CEO at Lighting Science Group, a global leader in LED lighting technology that is both environmentally friendly and energy efficient.  Jeremy’s executive career in building brands and businesses has included Procter and Gamble, Schering Plough Healthcare, PepsiCo, Inc., International Foods, and his most recent position at Pepsi Global Snacks Group.

Jeremy majored in French and minored in Economics at Wabash.  He has lived in Sweden, England, Venezuela, Brazil, and Mexico during his career.  Click here to read more in the press release.  Congratulations, Jeremy!

Jeff Short '88 receives leadership award

Jeff Short ’88, attorney with Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman law firm in Indianapolis, received the Charles Christian Leadership Award from the Indiana Chapter of the the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Jeff  has served two terms as President of the Indiana HIMSS Chapter and remains on its Board of Directors. He has also served as the National Advocacy Liaison for HIMSS and helped organize two Midwest HIMSS Technology Conferences. He is well-known throughout the state and at the national level as an experienced leader in health care law and has promoted many state, regional and national HIMSS projects. He has also provided valuable pro bono legal assistance to the Indiana Chapter.

Congratulations, Jeff!


Shawn Whistler ’01 – combines arts and technology for kids

Wabash theater participant while majoring in Economics, trained dancer and choreographer, classroom teacher – experiences all used by Shawn as an instructor in the after school program where he teaches Digital Game Design & Creative Movement, a new program at Arts for Learning, the Indiana affiliate of the national Young Audiences nonprofit organization.

Click here to read how dancing + art = teaching video game design.




Photo courtesy of Arts for Learning

Dr. Christopher L. Coble Th.D. ’85 – Lilly Endowment Vice President for Religion

Effective at the end of July, Dr. Chris Coble ’85 will become Vice President for Religion at Lilly Endowment, Inc., where he has been program director for religion for 16 years.  Chris’ degrees include Wabash College (A.B., summa cum laude), Duke Divinity School (M.Div., magna cum laude) and Harvard University (Th.D.).

Photo:  Chris gave the Baccalaureate Sermon for 2011 Wabash College Commencement

Click here to read the press announcement.  Congratulations, Chris!





Dennis Dean PhD’73 named AAAS Fellow

Dr. Dennis R. Dean ’73 of Blacksburg, Va., the Stroobants Professor of Biotechnology and director of life sciences at Virginia Tech, has been named by his peers as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  “Dean was selected for this high honor by his peers for “his contributions to the fields of microbiology and bioinorganic chemistry involving the mechanisms of biological nitrogen fixation and the formation of biological iron-sulfur clusters.”  He will be formally honored on in February at the 2013 AAAS annual meeting in Boston, Mass.  Click here for the full press release.

Dennis has taught at Virginia Tech since 1985, and is currently a University Distinguished Professor and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and director of life sciences at Virginia Tech.

After graduation from Wabash, Dennis was a pre-doctoral National Institutes Trainee at Purdue University where he earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology. He was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin and began his independent scientific career at the Kettering laboratory.


Photo courtesy of Virginia Tech.

Meet Quentin Dodd ’94, author, at book signing

Alumnus-Author Quentin Dodd ’94 will be part of a local authors’ fair at the Crawfordsville District Public Library’s Second Annual Local Authors Book Signing on December 6 from 5pm-8pm at the library.

Quentin’s day job title is Network Services Manager in the IT department here at Wabash.  His other-hours’ work is writing youth-targeted books, whose venues stretch into the galaxies, for ages 7 and up.  He also co-produced a DVD which was filmed in Crawfordsville, featuring a museum worker who solves a crime. (Sidebar:  alumni Trevor Fanning ’00 and Marco Noyola ’96 were also involved in the film).

Quentin joins other authors from Montgomery County who will also be signing their books, available on site for purchase – a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping!

Click here for Quentin’s web site to read about his books.



Book photo courtesy of web site.