Ethan Roe ’96 receives prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award

The Harvard Club of Boston recently announced that the prestigious Harvard Club of Boston 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award has been given to Ethan Roe’96.

“Ethan Roe was awarded the prestigious Harvard Club of Boston 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Harvard Club of Boston at a celebratory breakfast at the Club on October 4, 2017. At the breakfast over 200 student winners were recognized and awarded the Harvard Club’s Prize Book Award. The teachers selected for this award are recognized for their ability to inspire curiosity and excellence among their students and to perform their role daily in a manner that is clearly above and beyond the call of duty.

Some impressive highlights of Mr. Roe’s teaching career include his role as Chair of the Math Department at Blackstone-Millville Regional High School.  BMRHS is a public high school with approximately 415 students serving the towns of Blackstone and Millville.  Ethan is a graduate of Wabash College and holds a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from Providence College.  He is in his 21st year of teaching at Blackstone-Millville.  Among other classes, Ethan currently teaches both AP Calculus and AP Physics.

Ethan was raised in Rhode Island and now resides there with his wife and two sons.  Prior to this year he served as the varsity boys basketball coach for 15 years.  Earlier in his career he also coached the girls track team for 8 years.

In addition to his amazing teaching career, Ethan is the Assistant Director at Camp Ruggles; Rhode Island’s only therapeutic summer day camp program for children diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disabilities.  Ethan has been working at Camp Ruggles for 13 years.”

Congratulations, Ethan!

Josh Nicholson ’04 Huntington Bank Vice President

Josh Nicholson has joined Huntington Bank as vice president of commercial banking and will be responsible for companies with more than $20 million in annual sales. With nearly 15 years of business development and leadership experience, Josh most recently served as vice president of business development for Wells Fargo Bank and led the sales and marketing efforts for Bader Co.

Josh currently serves on the Board of Directors for ALS of Indiana, Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men and the Noblesville Main Street Economic Development Committee.  Inside Indiana Business

John Clamme ’97 Director of Corporate Partnerships

John Clamme ’97 has recently accepted the position of Director of Corporate Partnerships at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. John works to partner with companies and corporate foundations to build strategic relationships with the Haas School of Business and elsewhere throughout the UC Berkeley campus.  Congratulations, John!

Mark Rutherford ’82 Reappointed to Indiana Public Defender Commission

On Thursday, November 16, 2017, Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced that Mark Rutherford has been reappointed to the Indiana Public Defender Commission. Mark, who is an attorney with Thrasher Buschmann & Voelkel, PC, will continue his service on the commission until October 31, 2021.

Following his 1982 graduation from Wabash, Mark received his J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1986.

Wesley Zirkle ’98 Joins Keller Macaluso LLC

The law firm of Keller Macaluso LLC has announced the addition of Wes Zirkle to their team. Wes will be representing entrepreneurs, agencies, sports and entertainment properties, and sponsors.

Prior to joining Keller Macaluso, Wes spent 12 years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of global marketing agency, JMI, now part of CSM Sport & Entertainment, and nearly five years as Corporate Counsel at CMG Worldwide, an innovative celebrity marketing agency.  While at JMI, he served as the primary legal advisor to the executive team as they grew the agency into a global leader with offices in Zionsville, London, and Hong Kong.  In 2008, Wes led the process of selling JMI to a New York-based private equity firm and then several years later led the legal aspects of the sale of JMI to Chime Communications.  Following the sale, Wes was promoted to General Counsel of Chime USA, leading all legal and administrative functions of Chime’s United States business holdings.

Following his 1998 graduation from Wabash, Wes earned his J.D. in 2001 from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Wes is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Methodist Foundation of Indiana and is a member of the 2014 class of the Indiana Business Journal’s Forty Under 40.

Josh Minkler ’85 Appointed to U.S. Attorney Advisory Committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has appointed Josh Minkler one of nine new U.S. Attorneys to serve a two-year term on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys (AGAC). AGAC was created in 1973 and reports to the Attorney General through the Deputy Attorney General. AGAC represents the U.S. Attorneys and provides advice and counsel to the Attorney General on matters of policy, procedure, and management impacting the Offices of the U.S. Attorneys.

 The Senate confirmed Josh to be the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana in October 2017.

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Kevin Bennett ’14 Joins Riley Bennett Egloff, LLP

Indianapolis law firm Riley Bennett Egloff, LLP announced that Kevin Bennett has joined the firm as an associate attorney practicing in multiple substantive areas, including business law, transactional matters, employment law, litigation, and estate planning. Following his 2014 graduation from Wabash, Kevin earned a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Congratulations, Kevin!

Brian Kopp ’98 played role in changing the NBA

SportVU, developed by Israeli scientists Gal Oz and Miky Tamir, uses high-resolution tracking cameras in the catwalks of NBA arenas to capture the precise movements of players thousands of times per minute. This technology changed the way basketball teams make decisions, basketball players are valued, and basketball fans understand the sport. It even changed the game itself.

 Stats LLC, a sports-data company based in Chicago, wanted to acquire their business; that is where Brian comes into the picture. An employee of Stats at the time, Brian aided in the acquisition of SportVU and the subsequent sale of the technology to the NBA.

 Read the full story at The Wall Street Journal


Ryan Dombkowski ’00 appointed Dean at Trine University

Ryan Dombkowski has been appointed Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Trine University. The appointment will take effect Jan. 1, 2018.

Following his 2000 graduation from Wabash, Ryan obtained a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Notre Dame and an MS in leadership from Trine University.

Currently chair of the university’s pre-medical professional track and professor in its Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Ryan has been a member of the faculty since 2014. He previously served on the faculty at Saint Mary’s College, the IU School of Medicine – South Bend, and the University of Notre Dame.

Congratulations, Ryan!

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Dudley ’64 and Judy Burgess receive William D. Barth award in recognition of service

Dudley and Judy Burgess were honored with the 33rd annual William D. Barth Award from Tri-City Family Services.  They were recognized for the significant and positive impact they have had through community service in the central Kane County area.

“Judy has always been a volunteer, and I had a corporate career, so she always followed me around,” said Dudley, a retired vice president of government affairs at AT&T. “After I retired, she got me involved at TriCity Family Services”, Dudley said.

But Judy claims it was Dudley who brought his expertise to the agency when he helped launch a quality control committee and program dedicated to continuous improvement, one that would help it through the national accreditation process. “The agency needed someone who understood quality control, and Dudley worked in that area at AT&T,” Judy said. “It was a natural.”

TriCity Family Services established the Barth Award in 1985 to honor William D. Barth, a founder of the agency and a dedicated community leader.

Click here to learn more about the work Dudley and Judy have been doing in their community.