The H-Y-P Club – A Special Place

The H-Y-P Club is a great place for a Wabash event. †After all, it’s a tradition-rich setting that honors it’s collection of schools in a very nice manner.

On the second floor, in the main dining room, you can find the list of presidents and their initials are color-coded with the colors of their Alma Mater. It’s like having the portraits of the president hanging in the Wabash Chapel.

As you know, the Grunge digs places like this so I am always thrilled to make another trip to Pittsburgh and the H-Y-P Club.

I looked all over the Club, by the way, but I never did find a mention of the inventor of the world wide web…

New Turf Coming

No, that’s not new turf – it’s the "old stuff" passing on to football field heaven.  A soon as it’s seen the light and moved on, we’ll get brand new sod for next season.

Franklin College will be here on September 8, 2007.  That game promises to be an exciting one.  As you’ll recall, we were on the losing end of a thrilling overtime game there last time.

Something tells me our guys still remember that game…

Want To Work at Wabash?

Well, I usually use this space to talk about Wabash alumni or on-campus events. However, today let me draw your attention to a couple of employment postings on the College web site.

For those of you who want to work at Wabash, there are a couple of new positions that might be of interest. One is for a Business Office Manager and the other is an Admissions position.

There are also a number of faculty positions listed.

Now…working at Wabash is work, make no mistake. If it wasn’t we’d call in Wabash summer camp or Wabash golf! However, if you’re like many of us and would like to give something back while supporting the College’s efforts, one of these positions just might be for you.

Scholarships Make Great Things Happen For Good People

Erick Martin ’07, an economics and music double major, gave his senior recital this past Sunday. As you can see in the picture, President Pat White and Chris White attended as did Wabash legend Paul Mielke ’42.

Erick is the recipient of the Mary Lou Denney Woodwind Scholarship this year. This scholarship honors Mary Lou Mielke, wife of Prof. Mielke. Mrs. Mielke was not able to be at the recital for health reasons but we’re absolutely sure she’s as proud as can be of Erick! The scholarship is awarded to a music student with preference given to flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, or French horn.

Erick has been a very active member of several on-campus musical organizations and also has shared his talents by teaching musicians at Crawfordsville High School. His focus in music has been on composition, and he hopes to become a film composer.

Good luck to Erick and thanks to Paul and Mary Lou Mielke for starting the Scholarship!

It's a Small Wabash World – Again!

This report comes from Greg Castanias ’87 out in Washington, DC. Greg serves on the NAWM board of directors.


Last Wednesday, I had to run out of the office in the afternoon to get to an appointment in Northern Virginia. While I was in the car, I called Scott Medsker ’03, who is currently clerking for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Arlen Beam on the Eighth Circuit in Lincoln, Nebraska, to catch up on a few things. As I was talking to him (safely, of course, on my Bluetooth cell-phone earpiece), I exited the Capital Beltway onto the Little River Turnpike, where I found myself right behind another car with a "Wabash College Little Giants" license-plate frame. At the next stoplight, I pulled beside the car, motioned for the driver to roll down his window, and introduced myself to — Scott’s classmate, Aurpon Bhattacharya ’03, who is a management consultant with Grant Thornton. The classmates got to shout a quick hello to one another via me and my earpiece, and off we went.

Later that evening, I had the privilege of attending the Washington Wizards-Charlotte Bobcats game at Verizon Center back in downtown Washington, DC. Our guests for the game were former Attorney General John Ashcroft and his former deputy Kyle Sampson (who has been in the news himself a bit recently). The two could not have been more gracious or pleasant, and Attorney General Ashcroft spoke glowingly of his recent visit to speak at Wabash.

Dave Obergfell '70 – Serving Others

That’s Dallas-area alumnus Dave Obergfell ’70 on the day of his ordination as a Deacon this past June.

Dave updated me on his service: "I was ordained last June and have been assigned to an inner city hispanic church. I am now able to do short services in Spanish and some of the readings in Spanish. I also minister to the sick at the county hospital in English and Spanish. (at least say certain prayers in Spanish) So I am expanding this old brain. Maybe it will help me stay active in my later years."

Now that’s a liberal arts education at work!

Who Is Watching Whom?

OK. It’s Friday, the 13th so we need to take a light-hearted look today at the Wabash community. Of course, that community includes everyone here – we all play a role in this College. Some have big leadership roles – some, like me, play much smaller roles. It’s all for the greater good – it’s what we refer to as "common work."

Well, the squirrels on campus are certainly part of the community as well and they serve a purpose to be sure. They are also very accepting of human presence on campus – I suspect they see us as another food delivery service.

I was between Baxter Hall and Center Hall on the walkway looking for photo ops and spied this little guys watching me like a h—, no a Wabash squirrel.

He stayed right there as I took a few pictures…I think he expected me to leave some food behind.

Have a good weekend.

Phi Psi House – Nicely Done!

The renovation to the Phi Kappa Psi house is finished and it really looks great. I think the architects and Phi Psii alumni came up with a design and a set of upgrades that took a good facility and made it much better in every way.  It’s the Wabash "traditional but state-of-the-art" mix that makes this place special.

One young alumnus deserves a lion’s share of the thanks.  That’s our director of Annual Giving, Joe Klen ’97. Despite of a more than full time position at the College, Joe took care of hundreds of little details that made the house renovation go as smooth as possible.  Thanks Joe!  The place looks great.


New Kids on the Block

Pictured above is Todd Shellenbarger ’87 and his new son Thaddeus Fox Shellenbarger. Todd and his lovely wife Jennifer welcomed young Thad into the world on March 15th. Thad is the Class of 2029!

Davey Neal ’01 also reports he and his lovely wife Heather have a new baby daughter, Calleigh Clare Neal. born April 9th! Calleigh is pictured below. I think she looks just like her father!

The Campus Looks Great!

The Wabash campus always look great – no doubt. But it REALLY looks great as Commencement gets here and the trees, flowers, shrubs, etc. are in full bloom.

Of course, all of that doesn’t happen by accident. It takes a concerted effort by our friends in Campus Services, managed by Sodexho.

This picture makes it look easier than it really is. Last week they were working in 20 degree weather, with strong northern winds, in parkas and stocking caps.

A tip of the stocking cap to our friends and teammates in Campus Services – thanks for all you do for our Wabash!