Chris Cotterill ’99 – IBJ policy columnist

Chris Cotterill ’99 is a partner at the Faegre Baker Daniels Indianapolis law office.  He is also a columnist for the Indianapolis Business Journal’s INforefront policy blogsite.  Click here to read this week’s column.

Chris was Chief of Staff to Indianapolis Greg Ballard from 2009-2012, and also served as corporation counsel for the city and Marion County.  After Wabash, Chris earned his JD from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington.


Photo courtesy of
Indianapolis Business Journal

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Jason Scheiderer ’03 named Field EMS Advocate of the Year

Jason Scheiderer ’03 received the inaugural Field EMS Advocate of the Year Award in Washington, DC, on March 26th.  Presented by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, this award recognizes EMS professionals for their outstanding volunteer efforts to pass H.R. 809, the Field EMS Quality, Innovation and Cost-Effectiveness Improvement Act. Jason was responsible for securing the original Field EMS Bill sponsor Rep. Buschon (IN-8) and co-sponsor Rep. Carson (IN-7). Jason was one of three people to receive this award.

Jason is a paramedic educator at Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services and lives in Camby, IN, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Graham.


Thank you to Jason’s mother, Sally,
for sharing the news and the photo.

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Hans Steck ’73 named managing partner

Hans Steck ’73 has been named managing partner in the Indianapolis office of Bingham Greenbaum Doll LLP.  Hans served as managing partner of the firm from 1994-2004 and as Chair of the Government Practice Group from 2005-2014. In his legal practice he concentrates in the areas of public finance and economic development.

After Wabash, Hans earned his JD from Washington University.   Congratulations, Hans!


Photo courtesy of
Bingham Greenbaum Doll.

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Correll Family company wins top award

Frank Correll ’61 and his sons Frank ’86 and Jim ’88 own Correll Company, a retirement benefits service provider in the Chicago area.  Correll Company won the silver level in the <$5M in Total Plan Assets category announced earlier this month at an awards dinner in New York, and was be featured in the March issue of PLANSPONSOR magazine.  The annual award is presented by the editors of PLANSPONSOR, recognizing plan sponsors that demonstrate leadership in providing a more secure retirement for workers.

Congratulations, Correll Company and Family!

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Jeff Grabill ‘91 talks TED

Jeff  Grabill ‘91 is a Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing and Chair of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University.  Jeff recently presented a TED Talk entitled “Texting is Good for Us.”

To find out if it really is good for us, click here to watch Jeff’s TED talk on YouTube.


Thanks to Hugh Vandivier ’91 for the news tip!



Photo courtesy of
Michigan State University.


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Ryan Claxton ’01, Mike Biberstine ’00, Graham Bailey ’03 – our men of the year

Three Wabash alumni in Indianapolis and Dayton, OH are in the running for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Man of the Year.  The winner is determined by the number of votes ($1 per vote) he is able to raise by May 10. “The contest raises funds for blood cancer research in honor of local children who are blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year, because everyone wins when cancer loses.”

Ryan Claxton ‘01, whose daughter, Sophie Grace, was diagnosed with a type of leukemia just a few days after she was born — Ryan is in the process of raising $100,000 for LLS by May 10.

Mike Biberstine ’00 — raising money to honor the LLS Boy & Girl of the Year.

Graham Bailey ’03 – a candidate from the LLS Man of the Year from the Tri-State of Southern Ohio Chapter, which covers Cincinnati and Dayton.

Each candidate can use your votes to support their common goal.  Directions on how to donate are on each of their LLS web pages, linked above.

Thanks to Bryan Roesler ’06  and Adam Van Zee ’07 for the information!

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Dr. Dennis Dean ’73 reappointed biotech professor

Dr. Dennis R. Dean PhD ’73 is Director of Life Sciences in the department of Biochemistry at Virginia Polytechnic & State University, where he was recently reappointed the J.B. Stroobants Professor of Biotechnology.  Other honors at Virginia Tech have included the University Distinguished Professor, Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

After Wabash, Dennis earned a PhD in Molecular Biology at Purdue University.  Congratulations, Dennis!

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