James Hamstra '00 joins health care field

James Hamstra ’00 has joined Home Health Depot, Inc. as Director of Strategic Initiatives & Deputy General Counsel.  James was an English major at Wabash, and earned an MBA and JD at Indiana University. He also studied at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

Congratulations, James!

News courtesy of
Indiana Business Journal

David Broecker '83 returns "home", too

David Broecker ’83 is the CEO of the new BioCritica, a biotechnology startup.  He believes Indiana progress in the biosciences sector has been amazing enough to want to return to Indiana to build the company.  Click here to see his video interview with Inside INdiana Business Host Gerry Dick last weekend.

BioCritica will focus on continued development of a treatment for Sepsis.

Source: Inside INdiana Business

Jay D. Kasey '79 Named to Top Ohio State University Post

Jay D. Kasey ’79 is OSU’s new senior vice president for administration and planning.  He was formerly the chief operating officer for The Ohio State University Health System.

As COO, he led the operational elements of the health system and the $1.1 billion expansion of the medical center and integrated life sciences project.  Jay’s new role as senior vice president combines and streamlines facilities and space planning responsibilities for the entire university, and he will oversee the departments of Facilities Operations and Development, Physical Planning and Real Estate, Public Safety, Transportation and Parking, and Uniprint.

After Wabash, Jay earned a master’s degree from Washington University; he is currently enrolled in the Masters in Business Operations program at OSU’s Fisher College of Business.  His career includes 30+ years managing large institutions across large academic medical centers and universities.

Jay is father of John Kasey ’08.

Congratulations, Jay!

Story and photo courtesy of
The Ohio State University

Kane Dawson '94 – One of Philadelphia's 40 Under 40

     Kane is Chief Operating Officer of Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Eastern Regional Medical Center.  He was named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list, announced last Friday.   Kane has been employed by Cancer Treatment Centers of America since 2002, beginning at the Midwestern Regional Medical Center near Chicago, as vice president of oncology patient services. He relocated with CTCA to Philadelphia in 2005 to serve as senior vice president, operations for the startup of Eastern Regional Medical Center and then was promoted to chief operating officer.

     An English major at Wabash, with a minor in political science, he earned his MBA at Indiana Wesleyan University in 1999.

    Congratulations, Kane!

Story and photo courtesy of the
Philadelphia Business Journal.

Dr. Richard Ice '83 will become Dean Ice

     Dr. Richard Ice ’83 sent this message:  “I will become the Academic Dean for the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University on July 1, 2011.”  Located near St. Cloud, MN, CSB (for women) and SJU (for men), are nationally recognized Catholic liberal arts colleges that share one academic program, and students attend classes together on both campuses.

     As Academic Dean, he will serve as the key administrator engaged in curricular matters and work with departments and programs on assessment of student learning initiatives. He will also be the final authority on student academic issues.  

     Dr. Ice is currently the chair of the Department of Communication at the colleges and has taught in the department since 1989.  After graduation from Wabash, he completed his doctorate at the University of Iowa before starting his career at CSB/SJ. 

     Dr. Ice has been an active scholar, with his book Rhetoric in Civic Life scheduled for publication this year, and has been active in both the campus and community, including a variety of leadership roles within faculty governance as well as serving as chair of the Albany, MN School Board. 

Congratulations, Richard!

John Bachmann '60 – Distinguished Service Award

      The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina honored John W. Bachmann, Wabash 1960, longtime friend of the school, at its 2011 Business Leadership Dinner and Awards Program on May 12. �
     John has worked at Edward Jones since 1959 in retail investment, product marketing, strategic planning, corporate finance and technology and is currently senior partner.  He is a former chairman of the Securities Association and chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and was the Moore School’s first distinguished executive in residence.

     He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Wabash College and a MBA in finance from Northwestern University, and received honorary doctoral degrees from Wabash College and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

     Leadership in professional and community organizations includes chairman of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and commissioner of the St. Louis Science Center. He is an emeritus trustee of Wabash College; chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Peter F. Drucker Center; trustee of the Claremont Graduate University and Washington University in St. Louis; and director of AMR Corporation, American Airlines Inc. and Missouri Baptist Medical Center.  

Congratulations, John!

Story and photo courtesy of
the University of South Carolina – Columbia

Joe D. Moore '06 – on the go

A wedding announcement caught us up with Joe D. Moore ’06, a busy man since he left Wabash.  An Indianapolis native, he received a B.S. Degree in Biology and taught in the Teach for America program in Chicago for three years.  He met his fiancée, Juleen, during his Wabash study abroad semester in France.  Joe and Juleen spent a year traveling and volunteering in Central and South America, and they even met up with Prof. Eric Wetzel during his visit to Lima, Peru in April 2010.  During the past year Joe and Juleen have been traveling and working in the United States. 

Joe D. Moore '06 and Prof. Eric Wetzel in Peru.

Now for a new adventure.  After their marriage in June, Joe will begin graduate studies in Civil Engineering with a focus in water studies at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.   Some busy Little Giant!

Character Counts in Crawfordsville

Wabash was well represented at the annual Champions of Character Breakfast on May 3, an event which honors individuals nominated from Montgomery County to recognize outstanding character traits.

Among the 22 honored were Wabash recipients Youth Winners, seniors Jake German ’11 and Cody Stipes ’11; Coaches/Athletes, Basketball & Golf Coach Mac Petty and Ryan Nuppnau ’08, teacher/baseball and basketball coach at North Montgomery High School; and Adult Division, Dr. Richard Walker, local dentist and father of John Walker  D.D.S ’91.

Character Counts is an organization which consistently strives to teach, enforce, advocate and model the six pillars of character and to recognize those individuals and groups who do.  Dean of Students Mike Raters is a board member of Character Counts, and Director of Public Affairs Jim Amidon presented the awards.

Tom and Terry Hollowell '00 – Barefoot Runners

Brothers Tom and Terry Hollowell, Wabash Class of 2000, share more than being twins – they were both members of the track team at Wabash and now they share their love of running barefoot!  Tom, who lives in Morocco (the country), has co-authored a book about running sans shoes.  The Danville, IN Commercial-News talked with him during a recent visit back home in Indiana.

Thomas Hollowell runs barefoot in the woods at Kickapoo State Park.

Currently on a “Dare to Bare” American tour to promote the book, Tom started in New York City and was at the Boston Marathon. He will sign his book “A Complete Idiot’s Guide to Barefoot Running” at the Indy 500 Expo 4-8 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 5, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Indianapolis Convention Center. He will complete his book tour of the United States with a talk and book-signing 4:30-6 p.m. June 13 at the Danville Public Library. The book is also available at all major in-store and online bookstores.




Photo courtesy of Matt Huber/Commercial-News.