Big Bash – A Time To Catch Up With Friends

This is a picture of the one of the Class of 1966 tables at the Big Bash Banquet…but it could have been any table and any class.  It’s been 40 years since the Class of 1966 graduated…

That’s Jay Fisher (red shirt) who is president of the board of directors of the National Association of Wabash Men. Across the table is David Kendall, President Clinton’s personal lawyer and Colloquium speaker today.

The Class of 1956 received a standing ovation at the conclusion of the 50th Reunion Medallion presentation…a great moment.

Chapel Sing today…I can’t wait.

Big Bash Reunion – What It Really Means

Jack Engledow ’53 sums it up much better than I ever could:

“…the most compelling reason for you to come back is not to see the changes, interesting as those are.  The best reason to come back is to savor what has stayed the same – to again be invigorated and inspired by the spirit and values of Wabash.  By my observation, those have remained remarkably unchanged through all the years….”

                                                Jack Engledow ’53


We’re expecting the biggest reunion in the history of the College…stay tuned for coverage of the Bash on the web site…see you next week right here.


The Big Bash – My Favorites

The 2006 version of the Big Bash is just around the corner.  We get a lot of help from our friends around campus – we couldn’t do it without a great team.  However, a lot of the work is done by three key people – Mike Warren ’93, Michele Tatar, and Heather Bazzani.  They really make the weekend come together.

I have two favorite parts of the Bash.  The first is the Chapel Sing Competition.  Our guys, in friendly competition, take turns belting out the words to "Old Wabash".  I can’t begin to describe how neat it is to watch – you just have to see it for yourself.

The other part that’s equally fun to watch is the casual conversations – by couples, classmates, friends.  We purposely don’t plan every minute – those empty minutes more than take care of themselves.

Big Bash 2006 – the best Bash yet!     



The Grunge in Student Mode

I was on my way the other day to see our Computer Services team, who do an outstanding job, by the way. Their offices are in the bottom floor of Baxter Hall.

Interesting feelings for an old guy like me as I rounded the corner from the first floor classrooms to the faculty and staff offices.  Heart rate increases a little, palms get sweaty, eyes start darting around.  Only one explanation – right back in student mode.

I half expected Economics professors Bill Bonifield or Steve Schmutte to come around the corner and ask me why my paper was late or how my Econ. independent study project was coming along.

I loved studying Economic here.  What made it special were special teachers – like Schmutte, like Bonifield, and like the professor who helped me find my way – Robin Pebworth.  They have all moved on…sort of.  They’re also all here…for me.

See you Tuesday…have a safe weekend.

Class of 1956 – Class of 2006

Less than two weeks ago, the Class of 2006 graduated, packed up, and left campus to change the world.  In a little over a week, the Class of 1956 will return to campus for their 50th Reunion.

22 year olds with their whole lives and dreams in front of them…

70-somethings returning to relive their student days and trade stories of a life well-lived and dreams fulfilled…

Wabash College – changing civilization one small step at a time…

It Takes A …v…Team

We’re expecting over 300 alumni, and over 500 total guests, next weekend for the 2006 Big Bash.  The 2006 Bash will be our biggest reunion ever – at least as far back as we could see.  We’ll welcome back an alumnus from the Class of 1939 and a very recent alumna from the class of 2006, Anne Ford H’06!

Getting ready for that kind of a crowd takes a lot of work and the Advancement team came together this morning to help us build the reunion packets. 

Many thanks go out to our friends in Advancement for their help this morning – Joe, Klen ’97, Roger Busch ’96, Rhonda Maynor, Guyanna Spurway, Mona Clouse, Steve Charles, Mike Warren ’93, Michele Tatar, Heather Bazzani, David Troutman, Nathan Bates ’07 (the Annual Fund’s summer intern), and Scott Fendley’88.  Without their help, we’d still be putting those together!


Top photo:  Mona Clouse and Guy Spurway numbering plates for the reunion pictures while Roger Busch, Steve Charles, Heather Bazzani, and Mike Warren assemble packets.

Above right:  The photographer caught Rhonda Maynor in the middle of a smile as she assembled reunion packets.

Bottom right: Mona Clouse and Guy Spurway making the paper plates for the reunion pictures…don’t ask, it’s a very special plate!  


Two Difference Makers

While we’re on a mini-theme of "Thank You" on the blog, I’d like to highlight two real difference makers.

That’s Heather Bazzani (l) and Michele Tatar of the Alumni and Parent Relations Office working yet another on-campus event.  Heather and Michele perform a myriad of tasks as the office prepares for on and off-campus events throughout the year. They keep the College’s alumni and parents data base up to speed, they prepare and mail class agent letters, invitations, and other correspondence, they take RSVPs for events, and Michele authors The Parents Post, our on-line eNewsletter for parents.

In short, they take care of all the details so that our alumni and parents can sit back and enjoy Wabash events and stay tuned to the latest Wabash news.

Heather and Michele aren’t alone -we have several talented folks who really make a difference here.  More on those folks in the future, but certainly time now to recognize Heather and Michele for their excellent work.

Thanks Dean Williams!

Last year, Dean of the College Mauri Ditzler ’75 accepted the offer to become a college president at Monmouth.  President Andy Ford H’03 picked recently-retired Raymond Williams H’68 to come out of retirement and fill this critical position while a nationwide search for a new Dean was conducted.

Raymond has done a great job at a very important point in the College’s history.  He expertly used his knowledge of the entire spectrum of Wabash’s operations to help lead the College forward.  Ever a model of a true gentleman, Raymond conquered the challenge, enjoying it immensely, but looks forward to "re-retiring" in the near future.

Thanks Raymond for all you have done and continue to do for our Wabash.