Gabe Sowder ’97 – aka Taco Punk

During his Wabash years, Gabe Sowder ‘97 worked in restaurants, and after graduation the English major/aspiring writer decided the food business was to be his career.  He traveled, honed his chef skills in various restaurants, and then returned to his hometown of Jeffersonville, IN. 

In January 2012 he opened his first restaurant, Taco Punk, in Louisville’s NuLu district.  It became a family affair when his five year old son helped name the restaurant after a nickname for his dad!  Gabe was recently featured in the winter issue of Food and Dining and on Secrets of Louisville Chefs Live.  Taco Punk’s style is quality food served in a casual atmosphere.  Gabe’s passion is local food sourcing, recycling and composting for the environment, and support of community programs.

The next time you’re in the Louisville area, stop by Taco Punk for a taco – or two!

Pat McAlister '10 supports Common Core standards in education

Pat McAlister ’10 teaches 8th, 9th, and 10th grade English at the Indiana Math and Science Academy-North in Indianapolis.  In a letter on the Conversations page in the IndyStar today, Pat explains his view, “Common Core standards equal deeper understanding of literature.”  Common Core Standards in Indiana is a state-led process to develop a common core of state standards in English/language arts and mathematics for grades K-12.  Click here to read Pat’s letter.

Pat was a Political Science major and History and Theater minor at Wabash, and holds a teaching certificate in Chemistry Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  While a student at Wabash, he was a Staff Writer for Public Affairs Department and editor-in-chief of The Bachelor.  He taught physics, chemistry, and English in the Teach for America Program for two years in North Carolina and Indianapolis.  He has also been a press intern for Senator Evan Bayh and has been active in local political campaigns

Photo:  Pat McAlister ’10, talking with Wabash President Pat White at the 2009 Peck Awards Banquet.  

Reese Hamilton ‘97 moves to Vectren Corporation

Reese Hamilton ’97 was recently hired as Manager of Strategic Sourcing for Vectren Corporation in Evansville, IN.

Prior to joining Vectren, Reese was employed by Mead Johnson Nutrition. He majored in in psychology and English literature at Wabash, and has an MBA, Organizational Leadership, from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Management from Oakland City University.

Photo:  Reese (center) talks about his life on the Wabash campus during the 2009 Top Ten Visit Day.

Aman Brar '99 to speak at IBJ Technology Power Breakfast

Aman Brar ’99 is President of Apparatus, the Indianapolis IT consulting firm founded by Kelly Pfledderer ‘96.

Aman will be one of six featured panelists at the Indianapolis Business Journal Power Breakfast Series/Technology on March 7 at the Marriott Downtown.  Some of the questions to be discussed are “What’s new among the ranks of the regions’ tech entrepreneurs?  How are universities making smarter use of computing tools?  What are the latest trends in online marketing?”  Attend the luncheon to find out Aman’s answers  to these questions and more.

“Aman has an extensive background in leading technology companies through periods of high growth and has also held key corporate strategy and finance functions at Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Apparatus, Aman was Vice President of Business Development for ChaCha Search where he led ChaCha’s corporate strategic partnership activities.”  After Wabash, Aman earned his MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University – Bloomington.


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Brian Shepherd ’90 – new Exec. V-P/President at TeleTech

TeleTech Holdings, Inc., located in Englewood, CO, has named Brian A. Shepherd ’90 to the newly created position of Executive Vice President of TeleTech and President of Customer Strategy and Technology Services for the business processes area.  Brian previously worked in executive management at Amdocs and as a strategy consultant.

Brian earned an MBA from Harvard University after majoring in Economics at Wabash.  Congratulations, Brian!

But We Don’t Have a Sports Management Major!

The San Francisco ‘49ers have stamped their ticket to Super Bowl XVLII behind the instant successes and stardom of their quarterback, Colin Kaepernick #7. If you’ve followed the NFL at all this year, you undoubtedly know about the emergence of Kaepernick as the ‘49er signal caller. At least one Wabash man is very interested in Kaepernick’s successes — his sports agent Scott Smith ’93. Scott is the Founder and President of X-A-M Sports & Entertainment LLC in Madison, WI. At Wabash, Scott was a Philosophy major, a member of Phi Delta Theta, and played football.

And since we are on the topic of Wabash sports agents, one of the premier hitters in Major League Baseball over the past decade, Cincinnati Reds slugger Scott Rolen #27, is represented by Dave Taylor ’83, Indianapolis attorney and sports agent. At Wabash, Dave was a psychology major, a member of Beta Theta Pi, a member of the Sphinx Club, and played baseball.

Just two more great examples of what is possible with a Wabash liberal arts education!


Contributed by Steve Hoffman ’85. 

Hadley and Brooks – look ahead to "Gone Fishing"

Emeritus Professors David Hadley of Political Science and Austin Brooks of Biology participated in a fly tying class in Crawfordsville last Thursday.  The class was taught by local Scott Gobel, who works at Wildcat Creek Outfitters in Zionsville, IN.  With that comes the promise that despite our Indiana winter weather, fishing can’t be too far away.

Hadley and Brooks have shared their fly fishing expertise with Wabash students in past.  In 2009 they took part in a C&T freshman tutorial expedition to Montana.  Click here to read blog stream about the trip to bring back warm memories.

No worries — it won’t be too long before you can hang a “Gone Fishing” sign.


Photo:  Members of the 2009 freshman Fly Fishing Tutorial
with Aus Brooks on the left and Hadley standing far right.

Dr. Tim Lake, Wabash professor, speaker at Martin Luther King event

Dr. Timothy L. Lake, Director of the Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies, Associate Dean of the College, and Associate Professor English, spoke in his hometown of Fort Wayne, IN last night at the 28th Annual Service of Repentance and Reconciliation Sunday, Martin Luther King Unity Prayer Service.

Dr. Lake has a B.S. in speech communication at Ball State University and holds master’s degrees from Howard University and the University of Notre Dame, and a doctorate from Bowling Green State University.  His area of English concentrates on African American or multicultural literature.  Dr. Lake has written several books about Dr. Martin Luther King.  He was named director of MXI in 2006, upon the retirement of Horace Turner.

Rich Bramer '88 named Special Deputy Attorney General

As Liaison to Members of Congress and Federal Agencies, Richard M. Bramer ’88 will monitor federal government activity that impacts Indiana — at the direction of Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.  Rich leaves his current post of serving with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as an attorney in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights.

Click here to read more about the Sullivan, Indiana native.  Rich earned his JD from Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington in 1991, has been in private practice, and worked in various positions in the Indiana Attorney General’s Office from 2002-2011, when he left for Washington DC.

Congratulations, Rich!

Mark Easley '90/Easley Winery Receives Gold Medal

Easley Winery Receives Gold Medal for Traminette

Easley Winery is proud to announce a gold medal win for its locally-made Traminette varietal wine at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Easley Winery, located in downtown Indy since 1974, garnered a gold medal with its 2010 Michigan Riesling last year at this prestigious event and is excited to bring home another gold medal for Indiana’s signature wine. “We love this  wine!” states Meredith Easley of Easley Winery. “We are thrilled   and honored to receive this award!”

Winery owner Mark Easley ’90 added, “We were humbled to win a gold with Traminette in three 2012 competitions, and after this amazing   award, we’re looking forward to a prosperous 2013.” Easley Winery has been no stranger to the award circuit, garnering 14 awards of gold or higher in competitions across the country in 2012, four of which came from California events.

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is billed as the largest wine   competition in America. With over 4,000 entries from across the country, a team of 60 industry experts is selected to judge various categories of wine from dry to sweet. Proceeds from the event go to support wine and food education at various educational institutions across California. The event organizers will hold a public tasting for all gold medal-winning wines on February 16 from 2:00-5:00pm at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. For full 2013 competition results, visit

Easley Traminette boasts bold floral aromas and fresh citrus flavors. This semi-dry style of Traminette is a delicious complement to Indiana pork tenderloin and should be served chilled. Traminette was adopted as Indiana’s   signature wine in 2009 and continues to grow in popularity. Easley Traminette can be found at Indiana Meijer locations, select Indiana Marsh and packaged   liquor locations, as well as Easley Winery in downtown Indianapolis. For more information on this wine or to find retail locations in your area, visit

Press release and photo courtesy of
Easley Winery.

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