Dr. Thomas Dow ‘89 has received a 2019 Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Recognition from the American Association of Community Colleges.

Dr. Thomas Dow, a 1989 graduate of Wabash College, has received a 2019 Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Recognition from the American Association of Community Colleges. This national award recognizes individuals who make a difference in the classroom by demonstrating passion, showing a willingness to support students inside and outside of the classroom, participating in college committees and going above and beyond what is required to ensure student success.

Dr. Dow was named the 2018 Illinois Community College Trustees Association Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award winner and was the Illinois nominee for the Association of Community College Trustees Regional award. In addition, in 2018, he received a League Excellence Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College and was named Professor of the Year at Moraine Valley Community College.

He received his Master’s degree in English from Loyola University Chicago in 1996 and earned a Ph.D. in English from Loyola University Chicago in 2006. He is a professor of English and Department Chair of Communications, Literature and Languages at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois.

Matthias Mitman ’75, to be the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council

Matthias Mitman of Virginia, to be the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council.

Mr. Mitman, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, most recently served as Chief of Staff to the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs. He previously served as Principal Officer in U.S. Consulates General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Erbil, Iraq; and Basrah, Iraq. Mr. Mitman was also the Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia. This will be his third detail to the National Security Council, having earlier served as Senior Duty Officer in the White House Situation Room and as Director for Iraq. Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Mitman taught as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Ball State University. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College and earned an A.B. from Wabash College.

David Rea ’77, President of #1 Ranked Financial Advisor

CNBC recently unveiled its inaugural Financial Advisor 100 List. Salem Investment Counselors received the #1 Ranking. The CNBC rankings are based on data culled from thousands of advisory firms and provided by AccuPoint Solutions.

Salem Investment Counselors provides wealth management services as a fiduciary and SEC Registered Investment Advisor to clients nationwide. The firm’s advisors have achieved distinction in investment analysis, accounting and law.

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After receiving his degree in political science from Wabash College he received his J.D. degree at Wake Forest University and MBA from Indiana University.

Michael Bricker ’04 wins an Emmy

(Los Angeles, Calif. – Sept. 15, 2019) The Television Academy tonight presented the second of its two 2019 Creative Arts Emmy® Awards ceremonies honoring outstanding artistic and technical achievement in television at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony honored performers, artists and craftspeople for excellence in short form drama and comedy series, casting, cinematography, and guest performers in comedy and drama series.

MICHAEL BRICKER, Production Designer
JOHN COX, Art Director
Russian Doll
Nothing In This World Is Easy

Adam Alexander ’16 New Attorney with Ice Miler LLP in its Indianapolis Office


Adam Alexander is an attorney in Ice Miller’s Litigation Practice. He earned his juris doctor from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Adam worked with capital defendants in Northwestern’s Bluhm Legal Clinic. He also clerked for the Solicitor General Division of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, where he reviewed requests to file amicus curiae briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, participated in moot courts with the Solicitor General and prepared briefs for the Seventh Circuit and Indiana Supreme Court. Congratulations, Adam!


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Ice Miler LLP


Leo E. Priemer ’06 of Edward Jones Invited to Barron’s Top Advisors Summit

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Leo E Priemer of South Bend, IN recently attended the Barron’s 2019 Top Financial Advisors Summit. The conference was held in Palm Beach, Fla., Sept. 18 – 20.

Those who attend include the Top 100 Financial Advisors in the U.S. as ranked and published in Barron’s magazine, as well as 500 additional advisors selected by their individual firms.

Advisors included in the annual ranking of the Top 100 Financial Advisors in the U.S., are chosen based on the volume of assets overseen by the advisors and their teams, revenue generated for the firms, and the quality of the advisors’ practices. The top 100 are comprised of advisors from major security firms and independent operations.


Shenil Shah ’08 Joins Franciscan Physician Network

The Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians has added Shenil Shah to its practice. He is board-certified in cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and other fields.

Dr. Shah received his undergraduate degree with honor in chemistry from Wabash College. He earned his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine.



Jason Hood ’91 – New Assistant VP of Academic Affairs

Jason Hood ’91 has joined Eastern Illinois University as Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs. Jason is responsible for a variety of faculty issues related to collective bargaining agreements and the curriculum process.

Following his graduation from Wabash in 1991, Jason received a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law and an MBA from Millikin University. Congratulations, Jason!


GUSTAVO E. GALANTE, MD, a Plastic Surgeon in Private Practice

Dr. Gustavo Galante is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon currently serving patients at his private practice in Schererville and Valparaiso, Indiana. He is a 1981 graduate of Wabash College. He earned his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Galante is one of the most sought after cosmetic, plastic & reconstructive surgeons in Indiana.

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