Kerezy ’77 hosts NEOhio Wally book group

John Kerezy’77 met with Wabash alumni and spouses in Cleveland this week to talk about his recently published book, “Glory Reborn: Wabash College and Its Athletic Teams, 1977-1982.”

John wrote the book while on sabbatical from teaching at Cuyahoga Community College.  He read from the book, which also chronicles life, main events at the college, and important world events of the era, in addition to the DIII national runner-up football team, the national championship basketball team, and the 10-0 football team in Wabash’s sesquicentennial year, 1982. Click here to watch “Glory Reborn” video interview excerpts and click here to listen to a Wabash podcast interview with John in January.

Scott Biederman ’82, John Kerezy ’77, Duane Hile ’67, Ted Wiese ’60, Bob Kissling ’73.

Fellow Wallies helped John with the book process:  Duane Hile ’67 did a lot of proofing, Terry Evitts ’79 proofed a few chapters, and Scott Biederman ’82 helped with interviewing Pete Metzelaars ’82.  John paid tribute to the late William Starr ’37, another NE Ohio alumnus, who collaborated with John on a story about the writing of “Old Wabash” for Wabash Magazine in 2000 – the article was the beginning of the inspiration for the “Glory Reborn” book.  Bob Kissling ’73 arranged the book gathering.

Busch ’96 named A.D. at North Putnam

Roger Busch ’96 (rt.), new AD at North Putnam.

Roger Busch ’96 was named the new athletic director for the North Putnam Community School Corporation.  Click here for the news story.  Roger graduated from North Putnam High School in 1992.  He was head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach at Wabash College from 2006 – 2015 and then director of track and field and cross country at the University of Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut before returning to the Midwest.



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Banner Graphic.

Mitchener ’87 named CEO at EBAA

Brandon Mitchener ’87 has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), effective 3 April 2017.  Click here for the news release.

After Wabash, Brandon earned an M.S. degree at Columbia University – School of International and Public Affairs.  He has been a journalist and public affairs professional in Europe for more than 25 years.

Stark ’88/symphonic choir celebrate 80 years

Dr. Eric Stark ’88 is the artistic director of the Indianapolis Symphony Choir.  This year the choir celebrates its 80th anniversary.  Eric was interviewed as a business spotlight on the March 19 This Week on Inside Indiana Business Television, where he discussed the recent launch of the ISC’s first endowment campaign, and the history of the choir and its partnership with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his duties as Artistic Director of the ISC, Eric is the Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music of the School of Music at Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts.

Dashiell ’68, author of “One Trail, Many Paths”

Jim Dashiell, M.D. ’68 signed copies of his recently published book at The Wild Bookstore in Noblesville on March 18.  “One Trail, Many Paths” is about Jim’s hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2012, and includes chapters from other trail hikers, as well.

After Wabash he earned his M.D. from Indiana University.  Jim is a retired orthopedic surgeon.

Gregor ’85 – where is he now?

In 1996, Marty Gregor ’85 was named to the Indiana Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 list.  IBJ is currently looking at past years and asking, “Where are they now?”

Martin Gregor
Then: McDonald & Company Investments senior vice president & residential manager
Now: The Gregor Group, Merrill Lynch managing director

Byrd ’97 named new Indy Speedrome president

Jonathan ’97 (r) and David ’98 Byrd.

Jonathan Byrd II ’97 was named President of the 76-year old Indianapolis Speedrome when it was purchased by a new owner last November.  New ownership and the new president, who is overseeing day-to-day operations, are teaming up to revitalize the Speedrome, “believed to be the oldest figure 8 track in the country.”  Click here for the news story.

Jonathan and his brother David ’98 are owners of the Jonathan Byrd’s Racing in the Indycar series.  Last April, they were part of the panel discussion at “IndyCar & the Liberal Arts”, put on by The Bachelor.

Schroeder ’69 to be inducted into Business Hall of Fame

John C. Schroeder ’69 will be inducted into the Evansville’s Regional Business Hall of Fame on March 9.  The event recognizes icons of Evansville’s commerce and for their business excellence, vision, innovations, inspiring leadership and community service to the greater Evansville area.

John’s inductee bio:  “John Schroeder has led Crescent Plastics, Inc. and Wabash Plastics, Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer for nearly 30 years.  His leadership and management skills led to the successful growth of those companies and their sister companies.  Schroeder’s service on boards includes Signature School Foundation Board, the Board of Directors of Old National Bank Community Board, Wabash College Board of Trustees, and almost 24 years on University of Evansville Board of Trustees, including three years as Chairman.  He is a member of the Indiana Academy, past chair of the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center Board, a life member of Keep Evansville Beautiful, and current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Welborn Baptist Foundation.”

John’s father, John H. Schroeder ’42, Trustee of Wabash College 1982-1994, was a previous Evansville Regional Business Hall of Fame Laureate.