Keeping Busy at Career Services

Bobby Wade ’11 – Even with Wabash’s students scattered to the four winds, I’ve stayed busy at Career Services working on summer projects and planning events for the coming year. The Wabash College Community Fair has been one my main focuses so far, and will continue to be throughout July and August. The office is abuzz as this year’s Fair promises to be the largest one yet. Businesses participating include Dapper Dudes and Athens Nutrition & Smoothies. To prepare, Brady Young ’12 and I have been exploring the Crawfordsville community, contacting as many local businesses as possible and encouraging them to participate. We have mostly been met with enthusiasm for the event, and excitement to participate.  The Fair is slated for August 31, and I look forward to it with high expectations.
The next project on my summer agenda is revamping the website with a series of videos designed to help students become more familiar with Career Services and to offer them tips from alumni on every aspect of their career/internship search. Brady and I have already started interviewing both current Wabash staff and alums. In the coming weeks, a video compilation of our interviews with Tom Runge ’71, Greg Jania ’93, Joe Martin ’06, Boyce Evans ’08, and Richard Woods will be posted to the Career Services website. We are very grateful for the experiences and advice these men shared with us on how to excel in an interview and how to successfully utilize the alumni network. In the next month, I will be travelling to Chicago and Indianapolis to meet with Wabash alums and hear about their experiences in searching for internships and full time jobs after graduation. Expect to see a video featuring those interviews posted by August.
Another one of my summer priorities has been to update the suit room, located in one of the upstairs rooms at the Arnold House. Heather Hines, Career Services Administrative Assistant, Brady, and I spent the better part of three days sorting through the suits, shirts, and ties.  Finally, we organized everything into color and size order and uploaded each item onto a check-out software that will allow us to better track our inventory.   The suit room looks better than ever with fresh items ready to be checked out. If you have an interview, an internship, or need to look sharp for any occasion, stop by and check out the SuitYourself room.  
It has been a blast so far, and I look forward to what the rest of the summer brings. Be sure to check back to see the video interviews I’ll be posting in the coming weeks!

Chicago Trip 2010

Brady Young ’12 – I have been given the opportunity to intern for Career Services this summer on the Wabash campus. Working here this summer has given me some incredible opportunities, one of which was our recent trip to Chicago. Late last month, we traveled up to Chicago to meet with alumni, go to an alumni event and a Chicago Cubs game. It was a great opportunity because my fellow intern Bobby Wade and I interviewed a few alumni for a video we are putting together as one of our summer projects as well as network with many alumni at the Chicago Cubs game event.
To start off our trip, Scott Crawford, Bobby Wade and myself had lunch with Derrick Yoder ’11 and Brian Mantel ‘93, who Derrick is interning for, and had a chance to see what they are both doing this summer and how the internship was going. After finding out everything is going smoothly we moved on to WP Global Partners where we met with Greg Jania ’93 and his Wabash intern, Jackson Ding ’11. We had the opportunity to interview Greg and talk with Jackson about what he does for his internship and we were lucky enough to get a tour of the office. Their offices are located 41 floors high and Greg has windows for his wall so we got to see an amazing view out over the town of Chicago. 
Following that interview and meeting we then checked into our hotel and had a few hours of free time before we had to head into town for dinner. Derrick and I are both preparing for another football season and since the hotel gave us a free pass to a Bally fitness center around the corner, we took full advantage and got a nice workout in before dinner.
For dinner we met with Tom Runge, Boyce Evans ‘08, Joe Martin ‘06, and Jackson Ding ’11 at Weber Grill. Before we went into dinner Bobby and I had a chance to interview Boyce and Joe and were able to get a lot of helpful information for out video.  After dinner Joe, Scott, Boyce, Bobby, and I went across the street to a nice bar to watch the rest of Game 7 of the NBA Finals that had been on. Did not quite end how we wanted it but it was a good game and it was a nice opportunity to sit down with these two young grads and talk about the Chicago lifestyle and how they liked it and to just hear good old Wabash stories. After we left there Derrick, Bobby, Boyce and I went out and had a nice night Chicago style.
The next morning I had totally forgotten about the time change and had intended on waking up and watching the USA World Cup match. Lucky for me, I only missed the first half. I was able to catch the second half and enjoy a nice comeback back the US and end the game in a 2-2- tie. 
After the soccer game we walked a little over a mile to Moe’s Cantina where the Chicago Cubs alumni event was taking place. There were a number of alumni and families that showed up for this event. It was great to see the kind of Wabash support that goes on in Chicago, and with the game on a Friday afternoon, I was amazed by the number of people who attended.  After about an hour and a half of talking with various alumni, we walked over to the Cubs game. I have been to a couple of Cubs games before when they played the Twins, (because my family is huge Twins fans so we tried to see them as much as we could), but it had been a good number of years since I had been at Wrigley Field. It has not changed a bit and is still an amazing baseball park. I was able to sit with and talk to Matt Schulz ‘06 for a good part of the afternoon and later talked with Brandon Weddell ’06. It was great to get to talk to younger guys again and hear what they have gone through and stories that they have about their Wabash days and now their days in Chicago. We decided to leave the game after the 8th inning since the Cubs were getting spanked and we still had to walk back to the hotel and head home. We thought it was a good idea but it soon turned out to be an awesome decision.
That mile or so we walked to the park we had to walk back and at this point the rain that we thought might come during the game was looking more and more like it was about to happen. And sure enough it came on lightly at first but then pounded us, the entire walk back. I’m pretty sure you could tell we were from out of town because no one else was walking on the streets unless they had an umbrella. Everyone was standing under an overhead or in a building waiting it out but we did not really want to wait it out so we just started running. By the time we got back to the hotel we were obviously drenched from head to toe but thankfully we hadn’t packed our stuff away yet so we could change and not be soaking wet on the ride home.  Scott decided not to and was still soaked by the time we returned to Crawfordsville a good 4 hours later.
This is one trip that I am grateful to be an intern at Wabash because I got to see how alumni help each other out and networked with several alums who gave some great advice and it’s always nice to hear the Wabash stories they have, never gets old. Bobby and I will be returning to Chicago soon to interview more alumni for our project.

The Wabash Network: Familiar Faces

Travis Janeway ’09 – So far this year I have had the pleasure of seeing some great Wabash men come through Louisville. In January, Tom Runge came in to meet with a group of local alumni to jump start a Kentuckiana alumni chapter. A little miscommunication led Mr. Runge and I to the New Albanian in downtown New Albany, IN. The others went to a different location. Even though we didn’t accomplish what was planned, it was great to catch up and shoot the breeze about Wabash football and basketball over a craft beer and chorizo hash. 
Senior Will Hoffman surprised me one Friday with a call saying he was rolling through town. His sister lives a few blocks away from my apartment – small world. We met and I took them to a dive bar down the street. It was great to catch up. Will is definitely someone I look up to. It may seem weird to look up to someone younger than you, but Will’s character demands respect. He is a great guy and a great leader. However, he is just one of many great Wabash Men out there.
A little blast from the past really took me by surprise one night as some new buddies and I were out and about. It may seem like this blog is all about going out and socializing, but in my defense Louisville is a party town. Trust me, I work hard between grad school and an internship… I can play hard too. Anyway, out of nowhere comes Kyle Piazza and his wonderful fiancé. We said hello with a big embrace.
Kyle was one of the first Wabash Men I met as a freshman football player headed off to camp Day 1 of my 4 year journey at Wabash. He helped me out a lot that first semester of football. He was a senior and I just a wide-eyed freshmen getting my bell rung in practice. Kyle is another guy I looked up to. After a few years, I hope to catch up with him this weekend. Plus, he lives literally around the corner from my place!
The Wabash network is real. I had no doubts, but never expected I’d see three in three months. For a small school in a little Indiana town which graduates just under two hundred men a year, we get it done. The network isn’t all that big in number, but Wabash Men understand the importance of connections. We are connected by our common bond of a Wabash education and the pride in our alma mater. In the real world, it’s all about who you know.   I am proud to know many of my connects are Wabash Men.

Indy Tour 2010

Craig Vetor ’10 – I am very happy to be blogging about an exciting visit to downtown Indy with my fellow colleagues, which was set up through our one and only Schroeder Center for Career Development.   On the agenda for the trip was a visit to four companies: Exact Target, ChaCha, Angie’s List, and the NCAA Headquarters.   The purpose of the trip was to not only meet with alumni, but to also learn about growing businesses in Indianapolis and what it takes to succeed.  I didn’t know what to expect when I first disembarked for the big city, but upon return I was very excited to have learned of new business opportunities in the workplace, and also to see Wabash alumni doing so well. While each business has its own unique visions and working environment, there was a common theme that I saw in these companies and in the advice given by alumni that excites me to enter the workforce and try my hand at being part of a business. 
What do I mean when I say common theme? Let me use our visit to ExactTarget for an example. When we arrived at ExactTarget we met with alumnus and a former teammate of mine, Blaine Cooper-Surma. Blaine showed us around each of the departments of the company, introduced us to some of his colleagues, and provided an opportunity for us to understand the future goals of the company. What struck me about the business is that it seemed to be focused on setting itself up for the future by thinking outside the box and incorporating new techniques, and at the same time encourages building friendships amongst the employees. It is refreshing to see an environment that incorporates hard work and positive attitudes, and this is why I believe ExactTarget is doing so well. This is just one example, but I noticed this mentality in all the other companies that we visited to some degree or another. Again, this was very refreshing to see.
For a liberal arts man, and a Wabash man at that, these companies provide environments where one could thrive. The combination of working hard with others and building friendships is what Wabash is all about, and would be an easy transition to fit into these companies. Furthermore, being a senior, I notice more how unique Wabash men are, and it is due to the critical thinking skills developed in our four years and the willingness to roll up our sleeves that brings us so much success in the world of work.  
In photo: The 7 participating students listen to ExactTarget employees talk about their company.

Externship at Trap Door Theatre helps set up internship

Kristijonas Paltanavicius ’12 – This past Winter Break I had a wonderful opportunity to explore one of the most unique avant-garde theatre companies in Midwest–The Trap Door Theatre. This extraordinary company mostly produces unknown or unpublished obscure foreign plays. The Trap Door Theatre productions are intellectually challenging and extraordinarily artistic. They look for new and unexplored ways of expression that are excellently carried out in their highly non-conventional space. Sitting in one of only 45 seats situated all around the stage gives one a chance to experience theatre for what it really is: you can hear the actors breathing; you can capture every single look or move of a muscle, thus, you feel a part of the performance.

As an extern at that particular company I got to experience their latest work—Howard Barker’s "Minna"–even more in-depth. I was allowed to watch their rehearsals, warm-up techniques I was not necessarily familiar with, and help them prepare for the show. I had quite a few interesting conversations with Nicole Wiesner–the director of "Minna"; Garaldine Dulex–the star of the show; and David Holcombe–one of the newest members in the troupe–who told me more about the mission statement of the company and the theatrical concepts their company pursued. However, this was not the first time I had a chance to see the Trap Door Theatre work.

Matei Visniec’s “Horses at the Window” I saw at Washington and Lee University introduced me to the style those artists were working by (I also got to talk to the playwright himself). I happened to be invited to have dinner with the actors and crew where I made the connections necessary for projects like this externship. Every single member of the theatre had extremely intriguing attitudes towards theatre in our society and what art really was. Since we shared most of our views toward performing arts, I felt compelled to contact them and get involved in their work. Thank to the assistance I got from the Career Services, I was able to make it happen. The Trap Door Theatre actors remembered me by my presentation at the “Tenth National Symposium of Theatre in Academe” and welcomed me with hugs and nice words into their cozy and unique theatre.
Speaking of my social experience over this past Winter Break, I would also like to mention meeting one of Wabash alumni, Boyce Evans’08, who hosted me for five days. It was unbelievable how much we had to talk about, and how much we had in common as Wabash men. I had a wonderful time sharing my experiences with someone who loved Wabash as much as I did.
With this valuable experience at the Trap Door Theatre, I was able to get an internship with the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Lithuania for the summer of 2010. I plan on staying in touch with the people from the Trap Door Theatre, and am grateful to everyone who helped make this a wonderful externship in Chicago.

Externship at Baker and Daniels Inspires Sophomore

Steve Henke ’12 – Today I met with Dustin DeNeal ‘04, an associate at Baker and Daniels and had shorter meetings with Phil Gutwein ‘96, Scott Himsel ‘85, Jim Pope ‘70, and Peter Hatton ‘70. My primary purpose in visiting Baker and Daniels was to discern the difference between large and small law firms. Yet my experience proved far more informative and interesting than I had anticipated.
Dustin taught me a lot about the beginning life of an associate lawyer in a big firm. Associates are treated like professionals (i.e. responsible to keep themselves accountable), but the hours required may vary greatly within the practice. Doing work for one partner may require 24 hour vigilance, while another might be working strictly within set hours. Especially when working for bankruptcy clients nervous to invest in legal assistance, attorneys must keep a record of the time spent on the clock (Dustin keeps a record of what he’s doing every 6 minutes). The important lesson seems to be exceptional time-management and flexibility.
A good associate should be willing and able to meet the demands of both the client and the supervising partner. Typical barriers drawn between litigators and transactional lawyers will often be blurred as the need arises in service of a client. And within the context of a larger firm, plenty of support exists for obscure issues that may arise in a case. What might take a lawyer at a small firm two hours to research will take a five minute phone call at Baker and Daniels.
Phil Gutwein elaborated that the job isn’t for everyone. The demands are high, as are the rewards. With a larger firm comes (generally) a larger level of sophistication. The life at a big firm is busy, and as lawyers advance to the partner level, their responsibility to manage clients will increase exponentially. In a bigger city like New York, the hours required can increase to occupy every office in a firm at 11:00 PM.
Yet Professor Scott Himsel showed that law can be an unsurpassed way to engage the mind. He told me about some cases he had litigated in court—a job with mental excitement around every corner. For those able to immerse themselves in this profession, law can be a tremendously rewarding experience. Working at Baker and Daniels, says Himsel, is like “taking a seminar filled with A students.”
After a brief chat with Mr. Himsel, I went to lunch with Mr. DeNeal, Jim Pope, and Peter Hatton. The latter two are both partners at Baker and Daniels specializing in utilities work. From them, I began to see the changing nature of the legal field. While the current severe hiring shortage may be temporary, tough competition continues for entrance into prestigious firms such as Baker and Daniels. On the other hand, standards of the industry, such as the bar exam, have been modified to include some multiple choice trivia questions instead of comprehensive essay questions. Today’s landscape may change drastically, even in the next decade.
The more I come in contact with the field of law, the more I feel drawn to the profession and ideas behind the work. Though I’m still two years from graduation from my undergraduate degree, I can certainly hope to work alongside such men of Wabash as those I have met today.
In photo: (left to right) Jim Pope ’70, Peter Hatton ’70, Steve Henke ’12, Dustin DeNeal ’04

Investigating Law School

Grant McCloskey ’12 – I was a little apprehensive when I registered to attend the IU-Indianapolis Law School visit. While law is something that has always interested me, I have also always had concerns about whether I was up to the challenge of the rigorous academic and emotional demands. When the opportunity presented itself to attend this visit, I put my apprehensions aside and signed up. I am certainly happy that I decided to attend. The visit opened my eyes and eased many of my concerns.
The IU-Indy campus has beautiful components. The atrium in the law school building extended for three stories with the library on the east side, faculty offices on the south and classrooms covering the entire west and north sides. The library was mind blowing. As we traversed through its three floors it was hard to distinguish one from the other.
Aside from getting away from the friendly confines of Wabash for an afternoon, I am really glad I went on this visit. It made me realize that this is something that I can see myself pursuing in the future. It also made me realize how much work it is going to take to finish my undergraduate strong, and how much work it will take to make it in law school.

Student/Alumni Networking Dinner

Adam Andrews ’12 – Tonight’s Alumni/Student Health Care Business Networking Dinner was nothing short of excellent. The event was attended by eight alumni, who represent nearly half a century of Wabash tradition of dedication and excellence.  Around twenty current Wabash students, including myself, partook in dinner and conversation at the networking event, hosted by Wabash Career Services. 

See photos here.

The purpose of this event transcended the idea of what students traditionally associate the health care industry with, mainly the intricacies of biological terminology and the insurmountable stresses associated with entrance exams to medical school. However, the purpose of this event was to underscore to Wabash students the concurrent realm associated with the health care industry that is often overlooked- the business perspective. All in all, every conceivable career endeavor of a student is intimately connected with the business realm, and the health care industry makes no exception. The event presented the infinite possibilities that the business realm provides in its association with health care, which each prominent and gracious alumnus in attendance represented. Students were exposed to career opportunities, which cultivate personal interests in business through a means that they had likely never considered.   From a personal standpoint, this event broadly expanded my view of the business world and further alleviated any concerns I previously had harbored in regard to relating my Wabash education to the business realm. This event exemplified how universally applicable a degree from Wabash can be in contemporary society.

I continue to be enthralled and inspired by the enthusiasm and generosity of all Wabash alumni.  The exchange of knowledge and experience that the alumni facilitate through Career Services events is undoubtedly invaluable, and tonight’s networking dinner marked no exception. I have confidence that the enlightening conversations that I was a part of were likewise as beneficial as those my peers engaged in during the dinner. Through speaking with Jared Stark ’94, the Executive Director of St. Francis Hospital – Mooresville, I gained a much clearer understanding of the business aspect of Hospital Administration. Mr. Stark’s job function is very similar to that of many top commercial business executives. 

Before tonight, my ignorance to the essential business facets of hospitals and health care entities had led me to rule out the health care industry as a potential future career field. In addition, Kevin Gearheart ’98, Chief Operating Officer of Dr. Tavel Optical Group, reinforced the importance of continued acquisition of business knowledge through summer internships and throughout the academic year. During my entrepreneurial internship with Andrew Shelton ’03, Owner of TrackPack Coolers, I spent a great deal of time learning about Search Engine Marketing (S.E.M.) and Search Engine Optimization (S.E.O.). I spoke with Mr. Gearheart about S.E.M. and S.E.O. efforts by Dr. Tavel Optical Group, and he gave me invaluable advice on resources and means of continuing my education on these skills outside of the workplace. It was great to be able to relate to and understand part of Mr. Gearheart’s marketing efforts because of knowledge and skills acquired with TrackPack Coolers. These experiences can both be viewed congruently as the product of Wabash alumni’s dedication to continued student development through the unfathomable Wabash bond.

Networking events such as this one highlight the dedication of the Wabash Career Services staff to connecting generations of Wabash men through similar educational backgrounds and career pursuits. Furthermore, this event’s focus towards emphasizing the notion of business’ intimate relationship with a wide variety of career choices will be one of the prominent focuses of the Wabash Business Leaders Program, which is set to commence in the spring semester of 2010. Angie Cook-Smith, Coordinator of the Business Leaders Program, will host an informational session for all students interested in the program on Monday, November 16, at 7 p.m. in Goodrich Hall 104. Further details about the informational session can be found on Wabash Works, and information on the Business Leader Program can be found at

Photos by Alex Moseman ’11

Post-Wabash Life in “The Ville”

Every May, we ask a handful of soon-to-be graduates to blog for us during their first year out.  Last week, we received this insight from Travis Janeway ’09 who had spent a considerable amount of time in our office trying to decide between pursuing graduate school or going into the workforce. – Betsy Knott, Career Services

I am just over 7 weeks into my graduate school experience in the University of Louisville Sports Administration program and internship with Athlete Development for University of Louisville Football. Classes haven’t been too challenging yet, but a load of projects and presentations are on the way. Two big highlights so far from my experience: a multiple choice test and a 2nd best grade in class for a writing assignment. The multiple choice test was…weird and foreign. I NEVER took a multiple choice test at Wabash, an experience I think most, if not all, Wabash students share. My writing assignment was to familiarize the class with APA format. My professor grades much like Dr. Blix minus the color scheme. To get the second best grade led me to reflect on the writing skills I acquired during my four years at Wabash. 

 I live on my own which is a new experience for me and it does have its pros and cons. I do enjoy my quiet efficiency apartment in Old Louisville just a mile from campus, and by investing in a bike, I can get to pretty much everything I need. At some point, however, I will be looking for a roommate and new place after my lease is up to cut down on rent. Speaking of money, I created a pretty good Excel budget sheet and it has really helped me realize how much I spend and how much I can save. I take all the free meals I can get! Time management has been my biggest challenge since I work so much.  

My internship is going great, but I am at the very bottom of the totem pole. Most of my peers experience a similar start in the sport industry. It is unpaid, but the opportunity to work with Division I athletes in the weight room is incredible. I work under one of the best in the business. He created a training system now used around the country that incorporates explosive movements through plyometric movements, Olympic lifting, and total body emphasis. It is widely known as the Tier System. I also work a lot of hours (40 or more) a week. However, it is essential that Sport Administration grad students work in the industry while taking classes. Plus, when I work over 40 hours that usually means I put in hours on Saturday working the sidelines at home games.

Let me back up a little and speak on my application process for graduate school. I feel extremely lucky to be in the U of L program. During the application process, Louisville was the only one that required an interview (I also applied to Cleveland State and Xavier in Cincinnati). It indicated to me that it was a program with integrity and professionalism. Guess what came up in the interview… my Wabash experience. My unique background at Wabash and performance in the interview outweighed my average-at-best GRE score and 2.97 GPA. However, my favorite quote of all-time is from Seneca, the Roman philosopher, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” My preparation was definitely my undergraduate experience at Wabash. The U of L program is the opportunity. It is one of the best in the country and the city of Louisville offers many volunteer, internship, and job opportunities in sport.

Last Day in NYC

Kaleb Hemmelgarn ’12During my Fall Break, I had the opportunity of a lifetime. Thanks to the generous gifts of Wabash alums, I spent three incredible days in New York City. For a kid who originally grew up in a town of 6,000 people, a city of 8 million was quite a change of pace. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would take it again in a heartbeat. Our schedule was set up with meetings all day and evening Thursday and Friday, and our Saturday was free. While most in the group used the morning to just rest, I decided to explore a little bit of NYC. First, I took the subway across Queens and Manhattan to get to the Liberty Island ferry, which is the ferry used to visit the Statue of Liberty. I was hoping to go up into the statue, but once I got to the island, I found that there was a three-hour wait to go up into the statue. I decided that I would rather do something else, so I headed back to the mainland part of Manhattan and visited Times Square. 

I cannot express enough thanks to the Allen family and other alumni who generously donated money to make this trip possible. I now understand why kids who come from Chicago or New York are so bored when they get to Crawfordsville. In NYC, there is constant action, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone at Wabash. It gives you a great taste of big city life, as well experiences that will stick with you the rest of your life. Lastly, a big thanks needs to be given to Scott Crawford, Betsy Knott, and all of Career Services.  They did a fantastic job overseeing and setting up this trip to NYC.         

Haoyuan (Nick) Su ’12 – After two days’ busy schedule, we had a Saturday morning to explore the Big Apple on our own. Some fellows chose to walk around downtown, some chose to try to see the Statue of Liberty, and some just chose to stay at hotel and relax. I went to Chinatown to visit a friend, a former analyst of Lehman Brothers. It was a good time. We talked a lot about the career of investment banking and life. Then he gave me a tour of Chinatown and Little Italy. Chinatown is really big and it is more alike to Hong Kong than mainland China. Little Italy is like the real Italy and reminds me of the movie, the Godfather. At last, we flew back to Indy in the afternoon. Personally I learned so much about the financial industry from alumni in this trip, but it’s time to head back to face the real life at Crawfordsville first and to study hard for my future.




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