Hollett and Hays To Join Hall of Fame

Fran Hollett H’85 (l) and Ginny Hays H’37, two legendary figures at Wabash, will be inducted into the Wabash Athletics Hall of Fame this coming November.

Where do you start to describe them?  Fran and Ginny love Wabash deeply, have cheered on the Little Giants in virtually every sport, and have demonstrated to everyone around how tight-knit the Wabash community is.

Those of us at Wabash know the ultimate compliment you can give someone is to say one is "Some Little Giant."  In this case, these ladies are Giants among Little Giants.

Barney, Fran’s late husband, is already in the Hall of Fame.  Will, Ginny’s late husband, will be inducted in November along with Ginny.  It will be an evening not to be missed.  Stayed tuned for details! 

Remember When? -The Seal

I still don’t walk on it…The College Seal at the entryway of the Lilly Library. Sure, it’s a different seal than in my day and it’s in a different location.

But some rhynie thought processes remain fixed for life. I think that’s what makes our College so unique…


Wabash Starts New Regional Association









Wabash College formally started a new regional association in Texas on February 15, 2006. The association, the RGV (Rio Grand Valley) Association, aims to united Wabash alumni, parents, and friends in the valley area.

Adan Garcia ’04 and Jeff Espino ‘03 will serve as the main contacts for the group. The association hopes to focus on a combination of social events and a concerted effort to get more young men from the area to attend college, hopefully at Wabash!

You surely could not find any better examples for young men to emulate than Adan and Jeff, that’s for sure!

In the photo: when you think of South Texas, you don’t necessarily think of palm trees. This picture is of the historic Renaissance Hotel in McAllen, TX, a building on the national registry.

Alumni Terrace – Where's Your Brick?

I hope to see you at the Big Bash – my class will be celebrating our 35th reunion!

The Big Bash offers plenty of time for roaming around campus. One place that always draws people is the alumni terrace in front of Forest Hall.

The terrace has 2,500 bricks set in the late 1990s and the bricks represent alumni and their families going way back…

Make it a stop when you are back for the Big Bash!

Tom Bennett '60 Headed to Hall of Fame

Tom Bennett, Wabash Class of 1960, will be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on March 22, 2006 in Indianapolis.

Tom played for Southport High School where he shared player of the year honors in 1956 with a pretty good round ball player named Oscar Robinson.

As a high school coach at three Arizona high schools, Tom built a record of 711-269.

Tom was head coach of esa Community College in Arizona for 19 seasons, compiling a record of 442-165. No losing seasons, 9 conference titles, 6 NJCAA Region 1 titles, and 1990 NJCAA Coach of the Year.

That’s 1153 lifetime victories as a coach!

Tom was inducted into the Wabash Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.

Wow – Tom Bennett – you’re Some Little Giant!

Beth Swift – Archivist Extraordinaire

Beth Swift runs the Wabash College Archives.  Nestled deep inside the Lilly Library, the Archives house Wabash history, lore, and tradition.

Beth is the best kind of archivist you will find.  She’s more than happy to share information and treasures with you.  She believes all that history comes alive when it is shared.

Thanks Beth, for all you do for the Wabash community!


Campus Conversation to Feature Wabash Alumni

The Subject: The role of and relation between religion and government
The Place: Baxter Hall, Room 101
The Date: Thursday, February 16, 2006
The Time: 4:30 PM

This discussion promises to be interesting and timely!  Join the Wabash community to exchange ideas with:

- Mark Rutherford ’82, chairman of the Indiana Libertarian Party
- Steve Webb ’83, Professor of Religion and Philosophy
- Tom Fisher ’91, Solicitor General of Indiana

Bill Cook '66 – Teaching Award Runner-up

Bill Cook ’66, Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at SUNY-Geneseo, has been selected at the runner-up for the prestigious 2006 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching.

Cook deflected his own kudos for being the alternate and one of only three finalists.  He was selected out of a field of 86 nominations representing 68 colleges and universities, and 46 disciplines.

Cook mentioned how great his achievement is for Geneseo. He is the first professor from a public liberal arts college—as opposed to larger, public universities—to be up for the award.

Congratulations Bill!

All in the Family – Finally!

"We got our boy!"  That’s how Jim Hawksworth ’95 started his email announcement.  His wife Brenda gave birth to James "Jimmy" Paul Hawksworth (Wabash Class of 2028, if we did the math right) at 12:06 PM on February 3, 2006.

Brenda is already home where Jimmy’s sisters Carly (3) and Abby (1) are both helping Mom and Dad.

This is, we understand, Paul ’56 and Dorothy Hawksworth’s eighth grandchild but first grandson! 

Congratulations all!!!