Greg Redding ’88 and Family – a little GPS Time

Wabash Professor of German Greg Redding ’88 and his family have been geocaching for over five years – an electronic version of treasure hunting – which takes place literally around the world, from several locations right here in Crawfordsville to Germany and beyond.

Click here to read a recent Journal Review story about how the Redding Family has turned a fun family outing time into learning experiences on many levels – liberal arts education, no doubt.

Dan Taylor ’83 – high school athletic hall of fame

Dan Taylor ’83 will be inducted into the Southmont Senior High School Athletic Hall of Fame on June 15.  This is the second year for the SMHS to honor its athlete alumni.  This year the inductees were selected from nominations submitted by the public.

Dan was a record setting tennis and baseball player who played on the SMHS’s first conference championship in tennis and the school’s first sectional championship in baseball.  He started four years as a first baseman while at Wabash.

Congratulations, Dan!

Jeremy Bird '00 and "270 Strategies"

Jeremy Bird ’00 made The Colbert Report on television just eight weeks ago – and just yesterday, he was featured on Businessweek/Bloomberg online, with a nice nod to Wabash in the story.

Jeremy is a founding partner of a consulting firm, 270 Strategies, which describes Jeremy:  “His contributions to the Obama organizing model led Rolling Stone magazine to recognize him on its 2012 “Hot List,” calling him “the Obama campaign’s secret weapon”.

“270” plans to use what was learned during President Obama’s re-election campaign last fall to segue into the for-profit world, with clients who want to combine successful data analytics methods, technology, and engaging people, for themselves!



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270 Strategies

Wabash men dominate list of “Up and Coming” lawyers!

From The Indiana
“Through professional commitments, social and civic involvement, and volunteer efforts, lawyers serve a diverse citizenry and business community. The Indiana Lawyer annually honors members of the legal profession who have shown a commitment to their peers and the clients they serve with Leadership in Law Distinguished Barrister and the Up and Coming Lawyer Awards. This year, we asked each of the honorees to answer a series of questions on topics such as lessons learned from mentors and advice they’d give their younger selves.”

Click here to read more about the awards, and then click on each individual to read his/her interview.

The Wabash alumni Up and Coming Lawyers for 2013 are:

Dustin R. DeNeal ‘04 

Associate, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Indianapolis
Indiana University Maurer School of Law


Adam C. Mueller ‘01

Staff attorney, Indiana Legal Services Inc., Indianapolis
Indiana University Maurer School of Law


Weston E. Overturf ‘04

Associate, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, Indianapolis
University of Dayton School of Law


Josh S. Tatum ‘03

Associate, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, Indianapolis
Vanderbilt University Law School



Congratulations to all!


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IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter

Tom Denari ’85: advertising exec trends digital

Tom Denari ’85 is president of Young and Laramore, Indianapolis’ fourth-largest advertising agency.  This year, Y&L is going all-digital with its advertising campaign for one of its clients, Scotts LawnService.

Click here to Tom’s interview in this week’s Indiana Business Journal about how advertising is trending towards banners, short videos, Facebook social promotion, and other methods of digital marketing to reach clients’ customers.

Prof. David Stone ’91 writes about Chechyna

Prof. David Stone ’91 is the author of an article,Chechyna: What You Need to Know,” on the HNN web site, George Mason University’s History News Network.

David has been professor of Russian history at Kansas State University since 1999.  After graduating from Wabash, he received his Ph.D. in Russian history from Yale University in 1997. He is the director of the Institute for Military History and 20th Century Studies and the Pickett professor of military history at Kansas State University, and an award-winning  author. He specializes in Russia and the Soviet Union, South Asia and military history, and teaches courses in Russian, European, and South Asian history.


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Kansas State University.

President Mauri Ditzler '75 – a gardener at heart

When Monmouth College students asked for some college land to plant a community garden in 2010, President of Monmouth College Mauri Ditzler ’75 had no trouble saying “of course!” and the beginning of the Monmouth College Educational Garden was launched.

Now the students live in a house and tend, harvest, and cook their own food.  The story made page 1 of the Chicago Tribune News section yesterday – click here to read the story and Mauri’s comments about this down-to-earth project.

Gardens and farms and land are a natural for Mauri.  Sure, his Wabash education has led to a life of academia (PhD in analytical chemistry), educator (professor of Chemistry at College of Holy Cross ), Dean of a College (Millikin University and Wabash), and currently College President (Monmouth College).

But even while he was at Wabash, he admitted his heart was down on the farm – his own pre-Civil war home on land near the family farm in Parke County, Indiana where he grew up. Mauri and his own family harvested their own produce, so he had a taste for natural home-grown goodness. As a hobby, he rebuilt the barns and buildings on his property, and he had a sideline business of detassling corn.  He understood the Monmouth students’ yearning to live off of land  — land that was actually destined to be paved for a parking lot before they took it over.  Good save!

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Monmouth College web site.


Greg Castanias '87 – we heard him on NPR!

Greg Castanias ’87  was interviewed as part of National Public Radio’ Morning Edition program this morning.  The story dealt with a lawsuit addressing whether human genes may be patented.  Greg , an attorney with Jones Day in Washington DC, represents Myriad Genetics, which has discovered and isolated two genes that are highly associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.  Click here to read the text of the story or link to hear it online.

Greg is an appellate and intellectual property litigator with extensive Supreme Court and Federal Circuit advocacy experience, and heads Jones Day’s Federal Circuit practice.

Since graduation from Wabash, Greg has continually been an active volunteer with the National Capital Association of Wabash Men in the Washington DC area, and has hosted students and faculty during professional immersion trips to DC.  Last month, Greg and his wife, Jane, hosted the DC-area alumni with a farewell party for President Pat and Chris White.  Greg earned his JD at Indiana University School of Law. He teaches a weekly class at IU’s law school, and last summer received the IUAA President’s Award, which pays tribute to its most dedicated alumni volunteers.

The Legal 500 named Greg one of the leading U.S. IP lawyers, calling him “a sharp and effective advocate who picks up the details of the matter quickly” and “a great issue-spotter and skilled advocate.”  Wabash calls Greg “Some Little Giant!”

Jim Griffis ’79 – acting AD at Univ. of South Carolina Upstate

Dr. James B. Griffis PhD ’79 will serve as acting director of athletics until a replacement director is selected.  Jim has taught at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC for 27 years, and has been the faculty athletic representative since 2006.  He teaches logic, ancient philosophy and epistemology.  A Philosophy major at Wabash, he earned his PhD at SUNY at Buffalo.   Congratulations, Jim!