Ron Rychlak '80 To Be Honored In Washington, DC

University of Mississippi School of Law professor Ronald J. Rychlak, Wabash Class of 1980, will be honored Feb. 6 at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., for his role in "The Nashville Declaration," a six-point statement of principals designed to minimize the risk of religious persecution in the future. Rychlak also is the recipient of the 2006 Frederic Ozanam Award from the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, which is a national award that recognizes outstanding contributions to Catholic social understanding.

Ron is currently an Associate Dean at the University of Mississippi Law School. †An Economics major at Wabash, Ron was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

Congratulations Ron!

Information from a press release provided by Wabash alumnus Tamarco White ’06

Andrew T. Ford – 14th President of Wabash College

On Saturday, January 27, 2007, the official portrait of our 14th president, Andy Ford, was unveiled during a ceremony in the Lilly Library. As is our custom, the portrait will hang in the library for some period of time before it makes its way into the Pioneer Chapel.

It’s Andy…definitely. The smile says it all.

The weekend and the portrait ceremony remind me of what a very personal place our College is. President Ford is "Andy" – to everyone. President White is "Pat". Everyone feels free to help Coach Creighton by offering a play in the closing minutes of another classic Monon Bell contest.

Where else but our College?

A Lighter Moment

As a part of the past weekend’s full agenda, we paused from Inauguration events and Trustee meetings to unveil the presidential portrait of President Andy Ford. Those of you who know Andy know that he had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the event. Joe Barnette alluded as much during the brief ceremony in the Lilly Library which brought laughter to everyone involved.

The Whites, Barnette, and the Fords enjoyed the moment. Moments later, Andy mentioned he toyed with the idea of replacing his portrait with one of a solemn-faced Presbyterian minister from the Archives. Now that would have brought the house down.

Tomorrow – the presidential portrait.

Robert Boarman '08 Joins NAWM Board

The board of directors of the National Association of Wabash Men (NAWM) welcomed a new student representative at the January meeting held last weekend. Board president Jay Fisher ’66 welcomed Robert Boarman to the group.

Robert is a junior at Wabash and he’s a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Robert serves as the vice president of the student body and is active in many different organizations on campus.

Welcome Robert!

Celebrating Student Research

Senior Sam Borrelli, who hails from Bristol, Indiana, explains his research project to Debbie Wilson, Trustee Fred Wilson ’69, and Trustee Larry Hutchison ’63. Sam’s effort addressed "The Impact of Legal Immigration on Hourly Wages", a timely and important subject. Sam handled himself and the subject well, impressing everyone who stopped by to chat about his research.

Fred, Debbie, and Larry have much more than a passing knowledge of the subject. Fred has been the CEO of a couple of companies, Debbie has a strong background in retail, and Larry retired as the Controller of Manufacturing for Eli Lilly!

You have to be proud of our guys! I know our Trustees and alumni board members were!

Wabash Alumni Gathering This Weekend – Miami!

Tim Oakes ’86 and Lu Hamilton ’76 tell me they are headed to the Super Bowl this coming weekend. Great, I said – tongue firmly in cheek. Why didn’t they think to ask me to go along…

Anyway, if you are headed to the Super Bowl this weekend and would like to gather for a Wabash group photo before the game, email Tim Oakes at (cell is 317-258-1933). Tim is setting up the photo opp and will give you all the details…

Have fun guys…don’t worry about me…I’ll be OK at home in front of my 10" black and white TV…if it comes back from the repair shop in time…

Did I mention I have family in Miami?

Wow! What a Weekend!

It was a great Wabash weekend by any measure. And the real beauty of it is that every event, every function celebrated the history and traditions of Wabash while imagining what the future might hold. The Fine Arts program Thursday evening, the celebration of research by our students and faculty, our student sharing their dreams of Wabash, and the Inauguration of Wabash’s 15th president, Patrick E. White.

And that’s just a short executive summary. I’ll share a few Grunge pictures & thoughts with you over the next few days but they don’t begin to compare with the great coverage by our talented PA staff elsewhere on the web.

Check it out…


History In The Making

This year Wabash will celebrate its 175th year. In all those years, we’ve only had 15 presidents…15!!!

Wabash men always hold "their president " in high regard.

This weekend we’ll celebrate the Inauguration of our 15th president – Pat White. Pat and his lovely wife Chris are totally Wabash, in every way, shape and form. They have embraced Wabash and its mission completely. And they both see a future where Wabash is better and stronger than ever before…

Our Wabash and Crawfordsville communities are fortunate!

In the photo, Gordon Peters ’52 talks with Pat and Chris White.

It Can't Be Said Any Better!

The following is the text of an email sent to Ray LaDriere ’78, a member of the NAWM board of directors, from a Wabash friend:

"Funny the older I get the more I value the Wabash experience and particularly as I evaluate the college experience of the children of my colleagues. For whatever reason, Wabash gave a more fully rounded experience to most of us than kids seem to get today even at very highly regarded colleges and universities. Maybe it was the times, or the faculty, or the fact that many of us did not come from advantaged circumstances, or the fact Wabash was all male, but frankly I have not met anyone yet who had a better well rounded academic and educational experience than Wabash provided to us. We both received a great legal education but it was not, in retrospect, as life changing, at least in my case, as the Wabash experience. I look forward to helping a little and being a part of the college again."

Thanks Ray for sharing!

Going to Costa Rica?

If you are tired of the snow and cold weather and you’re wanting to get away, you might take alumnus Jim Twomey ’54 up on his offer in beautiful Costa Rica.

Jim recently moved there from the state of Washington and he and his lovely wife have opened a B & B in Santo Domingo de Heredia.

Jim promises a 50% discount to all Wabash men and their families – a great deal.

To contact Jim, fire him an email at: