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!
Some things just catch my eye. For reasons unknown, certainly to me.
I got a kick, sort of, out of the placement of the hurdles at the J. Owen Hunstman track the other day. Notice the hurdle with Wabash College on it is set higher than the other hurdle.
That only makes sense, in my mind. After our graduates have run the Wabash "educational" race here, they certainly feel like we’ve crossed hurdles higher than others. Now I guess we have some sort of semi-scientific* proof right here on our track.
* Semi-scientific – anything that sounds good, logical, and almost believable when stated.Used often by Runge in class.
The picture is of Ron and Carol Browning at Family Day in 2003. Ron and Carol always helped us with any and all Wabash Parents activities. Their son Beau graduated in 2005.
At this time of Passover and Easter, Ron and Carol need your thoughts and prayers. Carol’s battling lung cancer. She’s not a smoker, took great care of herself, etc., etc., etc. However, it is what it is and she’s in a tough fight. Her doctors have been amazed at her drive and determination and her ability to fight it.
She’s a great lady, Ron’s a great guy, and Beau’s in exactly the same category. The entire crew is "as Wabash" as you can get.
Please think of them this weekend. And add a little extra for someone we don’t know about but who needs help as well.
That’s Maggianos in downtown Chicago. On North Clark Street. Site of the Wabash Club of Chicago dinner the other night. For the story and photos, click here.
The WCC turned out about 30 alumni and made sure each prospective student and their family had their every question answered. And, of course, Maggianos was the perfect place – no one leaves even a little hungry!
Great town, great food, energetic and enthusiastic alumni – a powerful combination!
We’re off to Chicago this afternoon. Tonight is the annual Chicago Scholarship dinner at Maggianos downtown. In fact, not too far from where I took this picture last December.
The scholarship dinner is hosted by the Wabash Club of Chicago. They have developed a scholarship fund that is now large enough to provide partial scholarships for multiple students. The Club has been very supportive in their efforts not only to recruit students to Wabash but also in helping our graduates find employment in the area.
Wabash is one of those institutions that stresses the importance of academics above everything else at the College. After all, our goal is to offer these young men an opportunity to change the world once they graduate.
One process that promotes good study habits at Wabash is study tables – mandatory time set aside for guys to focus on their studies. Of course, when the weather gets soooooooo nice that the draw to being outside is sooooooo great, the study table magically evolves into…are you ready…Study Front Lawns!
Complete with comfortable leather arm chairs befitting the importance of study, these guys are showing you just how popular the concept has become.
Of course, there might just be another explanation – a beautiful Friday afternoon of Pan-Hel week….
Celebrating Pan-Hel 2007 – all 10 fraternities at Wabash. Same as in your day…the Golden Years of Wabash… Of course my classmates think that was in 1971 and a couple of years before. Others cite the 1980s…still others the 1950s.
Regardless, all of us smile and reflect back at traditions such as Pan-Hel. I was talking with an alumnus from the Class of 1983 just a few minutes ago. I asked how it was in his neck of the woods. He replied that the weather was great – as nice spring day. I reminded him about Pan-Hel this week and he quickly replied: "Wish I could be there!"
Yep – it’s a place that places memories on the edge of your mind for the rest of your life…
Took this picture in front of Caleb Mills House. There’s an indication of the fact that Spring is here in the picture.
No it isn’t the short sleeve shirts or the shorts the guys are wearing – that’s standard fare around the campus at all times of the year.
The answer is the flowers. Can mean only one thing – Pan Hel week is here!
Just finished one of those mini walks across campus. The "something" tree over near Forest Hall and Caleb Mills is alive with new buds. (It’s a something tree because I am not quite sure of what kind of tree it is – dogwood? But it must be something…so it is!)
I captured a couple of other spring pictures…will put them up in a couple of later installments.
Sure glad I don’t have to contend with spring fever when it’s in the 70s outside and there’s only a few more weeks of class left…
That’s alumnus Craig Green ’59 at the Honor Scholars dinner last Friday. As youcan see, he grabbed the attention of the potential students at his table that night. Alumni play an important role in the weekend as Wabash showcases the College to potential freshmen.
Craig has been active in in FIJI campaign and serves the Class of 1959 as a class agent.
Thanks Craig for all you do for Wabash!††