David Bowen ’99 – another business success

David Bowen ’99 is founder and CEO of Market Maker 4 (MM4), which has proven a successful Chicago e-sourcing firm — and last week MM4 was acquired by Xchanging plc, a UK-based outsourcing services.  Founded in 2011, MM4 now has offices in Chicago, London and Dubai.  With the acquisition benefits, MM4 will still retain its name, its entire team, operations, and continue to be based in Chicago.  Click here for the new release.

Prior to founding MM4, Dave held a variety of senior leadership roles at TradingPartners, PST International, and for

Dave also finds time to share his professional expertise with Wabash students as a member of the evaluation panel for the business plan portion of the Wabash summer Business Immersion Program.  This past summer Dave also hosted a Wabash student intern, and then hired six students for part-time internships in the fall semester.

Congratulations, Dave – and thank you!

Sun King Brewing Co. – CANvitational this weekend

Sun King Brewing Co., owned by alumni Clay Robinson ‘97 and Omar Robinson ‘60, is sponsoring CANvitational, the Midwest’s first canned craft beer festival, in Indianapolis this weekend.  More than 30 craft breweries will be there.  The goal is to establish Indianapolis as a serious craft beer city.

Dave Colt and Clay Robinson ’97 (right), co-founders of Sun King.
Photo provided by Sun King.


Jean Williams H’53 – aka Globetrotter

Jean Williams H’53 is well known for her love of traveling.  She began her worldly travels in 1967 with her husband, biology professor Dr. Eliot Williams H’53 when they traveled to Africa, and continued to travel with Dr. Williams on his biology-related trips.

Since then, Jean has made enough trips on her own to earn membership in the Travelers’ Century Club (members have made trips to 100 or more countries).  Her personal goal, however, is to learn about as many cultures as possible.

Click here to read today’s story in the Indy Star.

Jean’s travel tips:
*Take half as many clothe and twice as much money.
*People most everywhere are nice if you let them be.  You have to go about things with a smile and the right attitude.

Chuck Mack ’67 – Vets helping Vets at Veterans Antiquities

Chuck Mack ’67 returned as a veteran of the Viet Nam war when he was injured in 1969.  He is a local businessman who owns Moe & Johnny’s Bar and Grill, a coffee/bar/restaurant in the Broad Ripple area of Indianapolis.

As a veteran, he has learned firsthand the intricacies and roadblocks that veterans must navigate in order to obtain benefits and aid available to them.  Chuck is a veteran who has joined with other veterans to establish Veterans Antiquities – which has many focuses in aiding vets:  “to stand up for themselves, to advocate for their fellow vets – and to repurpose what’s been cast aside in the march toward progress.”

Veterans Antiquities is a store that showcases work by veteran artists, and it teaches other veterans skills in creating art from repurposed materials.  Chuck Mack and Veterans Antiquities works with other community organizations to build off each other’s missions, in order to help veterans who need support and guidance.

Click here to read the Veterans Antiquities story in the Indianapolis NUVO magazine.

Ben Hewitt ’05 Named DePauw Women's Swim/Dive Coach

Ben Hewitt ‘05, assistant men’s and women’s swimming coach at Nova Southeastern University for the last three seasons, has been named DePauw’s women’s swimming and diving head coach.

“His coaching credentials, understanding of the liberal arts and Division III philosophy placed him at the top of our list. Ben had a positive, motivating interview with our student-athletes and I know they are excited about this upcoming season.”  Click here  for the DePauw news release.

Ben Hewitt was a Spanish major at Wabash. He was the MVP swimmer in 2003 and earned the mental attitude award in 2002 and 2004, and was team captain for two years.

Congratulations, Ben!

Photo courtesy of DePauw University

Bill Boone '60 – local sports historian

Bill Boone ‘60 is graduate of Ladoga High School and played baseball and basketball at Wabash College, where he was head baseball coach 1986-1999.  He has taught English and Latin for his entire career, primarily at Crawfordsville, Fountain Central, and Covington high schools in West-Central Indiana.  He’s long since retired, but continues to serve as a substitute teacher at local schools, and takes advantage of Wabash facilities such as Lilly Library to promote higher education – and Wabash College – to local high school students.

This has all laid the ground work for another passion – Bill is an historian of Montgomery County and its sports.  He also writes a weekly column for The Paper of Montgomery County, in which he focuses on looking back at what sports in the Montgomery County once were, such as the history of girls’ and boys’ basketball uniforms.

Photo:  Bill shows he is still ready to play at the 2010 Wabash Baseball Alumni Game.

Dr. Richard Gunderman '83 named Spinoza Chair of Medicine

Dr. Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD ’83, was awarded the Spinoza Chair of Medicine at University of Amsterdam earlier this month.  He was to deliver master classes and a keynote lecture this month at the University of Amsterdam.

Established in 1995 by the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam, the Spinoza Chair is named after Dutch Enlightenment philosopher Baruch Spinoza. Two high-profile laureates a year are chosen for this visiting professorship, one in medicine and one in philosophy.

Dr. Gunderman is professor of pediatrics, medical education, philosophy, liberal arts and philanthropy, and vice chair of education in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Indiana University.  Click here for the news release.




Photo courtesy of Indiana School of Medicine.

Dr. John L. Mikesell ’64 publishes fiscal textbook’s ninth edition

Dr. John L. Mikesell ’64 just notified us that  “The ninth edition of Fiscal Administration, Analysis and Applications for the Public Sector has just rolled off the presses for use in classes this fall.  It has become the standard government finance textbook in graduate public administration programs and has been translated legally into Chinese, Kazak, and Russian and less legally into several other languages.  Autographing a bootleg translation of an earlier edition in Dushanbe, Tadjikistan was something of a personal highlight.”

John has been the Chancellor’s Professor at the Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Health since 2008.  After Wabash, he earned his M.A., University of Illinois, 1965 and Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1969.

Congratulations, John, and thanks for sharing!

Larry Landis ’67 to retire from IURC

Larry S. Landis ’67 will retire in January after nearly 11years of service to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.  He has worked as a Commissioner under four Governors:  Frank O’Bannon, Joe Kernan, Mitch Daniels, and Mike Pence.  Previous to joining the IURC, Larry had 30 years in private business sector.

Click here for the news release summary of his work as Commissioner.

Congratulations, Larry!






Photo courtesy of IURC


Alonzo Weems ’92 named to Early Learning Advisory Committee

Alonzo Weems ’92 was named by Indiana Governor Mike Pence to the Early Learning Advisory Committee, which is charged with taking a comprehensive look at the quality and availability of early childhood programs in Indiana.  Click here for the press release.

Alonzo currently holds the position of Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Bio-Medicines Business Unit and General Counsel for Lilly USA, LLC. Prior to assuming this role in the beginning of 2013, he served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Eli Lilly Canada. He is the past co-chair of the Success by Six Leadership Council, an early childhood education partnership led by the United Way of Central Indiana. After Wabash, Alonzo earned his law degree from Indiana University School of Law.




Photo courtesy of
IU Maurer School of Law

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