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Moseman ’11 Shooting on a Field of Dreams

Howard W. Hewitt – Here in the rolling hills of southwest Indiana, an area of strong German heritage and lingering cultural traditions, there is a field of dreams. It was a field of dreams for movie makers who re-created an old-time ballpark for the 1992 movie A League of Their own.

The dream continues for college-age baseball players participating in a summer Prospect League in the small town of Huntingburg, just south of Jasper. It also has become a field of dreams for photographer Alex Moseman ’11.
The Bloomington, Indiana, native was looking for a summer internship and learned at Wabash’s Career Center the Dubois County Bombers needed a photographer. Alex was uniquely qualified for the summer spot after spending the 2008 summer in the Present Indiana Program doing a photo project.
He credits the experience of shooting all last summer with sparking his interest in photography. He specifically cites a day he spent with Indianapolis Star photographer Matt Dietrich, as part of the PIP project, learning how to work a photo shoot.
See photos from the Friday night visit here.
Alex joined the staff of The Bachelor and will be Photo Editor this fall. He admitted during an interview prior to Friday night’s game the two summers have him thinking about photography in a more serious way. He came to Wabash thinking about a career in law. Now, he’s not so sure.
Moseman stays with a host family in Huntingburg for the summer, the same as the players who may not accept a stipend because they are all NCAA athletes. He photographs each game but does dozens of other tasks including designing the program cover for each game, helping out in the front office, and some nights even shutting down the stadium. Here is a link to Alex’s website where you can see his photography.
The Prospect League gives college baseball players the chance to work on their game against a good level of competition. Teams in the league include Danville, DuPage, Hannibal, Quincy, Springfield, Butler, Chillicothe, Richmond, and Slippery Rock.
The Dubois County team’s roster includes college players from Indiana State, Creighton, SE Missouri State, Middle Tennessee State, Bellermine, Utah, Wright State, Indiana, Butler, and many others.
The Bombers were hosting the Hannibal Cavemen Friday night to the usual crowd of about 350. The old League Stadium was renovated for the 1992 movie. It now hosts Southridge High School’s home games along with the summer Bomber’s schedule of 28 home games from the first of June through early August.
Many of the movie makers touches remain with most of the signage noting it’s the home field for the Rockford Peaches. The 1992 movie starred Tom Hanks, Madonna, Geena Davis, and was directed by Penny Marshall.
We’ll have a complete profile on Alex and his unique summer internship near the start of the school year.

A Wabash Man, A Bunny, and YouTube

Howard W. Hewitt - During the summer months our students are engaged in a wide variety of internships and jobs it’s hard to keep track of them all. Some of them are doing some really fun and interesting things.

Pat McAlster ’10, former Bachelor editor and student leader, has spent his recent summers working for State Farm in Illinois. He has more of a leadership position this summer for a small army of interns hired by the insurance giant.

He got involved helping create a You Tube video project to launch State Farm’s iPhone application. You have to see it to appreciate it. Patrick called upon his Wabash theatre stage experience and co-starred in this funny You Tube spot.

Wabash’s Past Pushes it Forward

Jim Amidon — Two years ago, the folks in the Wabash College Alumni Office thought they had hit the peak for Big Bash Reunion Weekend attendance. I remember talking with Tom Runge and other people about how getting 356 alumni back from 36 states — and even Thailand and Australia — represented the best in Wabash; the best we could imagine for an alumni reunion weekend.
 
Those thoughts were confirmed last year, when the 2008 Big Bash softened a little and we felt like maybe we had leveled off — about 320 alums from a little over 30 states.
 
So you can imagine our hopes were tempered going into this past weekend’s Sixth Annual Big Bash. After all, the economy is in the tank and, to be honest, it was a pretty rough year for everyone close to Wabash College. A lot of us thought we might be lucky to get 300 alumni to return for the weekend, after which we’d close the door on the 2008-09 school year… and throw away the key! Forever!
 
But a funny thing happened this year.
 
My friend Steve Charles captured the pure essence of what happened when he spent Saturday evening with the Class of 1959 — the men celebrating their 50th, golden reunion.
 
Steve told me that past years, alumni from the College return for reunions to pick themselves up; to feel young again; to get a fresh start — like graduating all over again.
 
This year I think the tables were turned.
 
This year I think the alumni came back to pick up Wabash; to buoy the spirits of the faculty, staff, students, and administrators who suffered through a rough year and still managed to dust off the red carpet and welcome back the alumni with open arms and open hearts.
 
When the book that contains the official attendance figures — the Alumni Register — was closed Saturday night, Wabash had a new all-time reunion weekend attendance record. Runge tells me 389 alumni from 35 states — plus Greece, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Scotland, Chile, and Canada — returned to alma mater to be together and celebrate what was once good in their lives and which has carried them throughout their years.
 
They came to Crawfordsville, jogged their memories, shook hands with old friends, told tall tales (some of which might even have been true), sang their hearts out, and gave this mighty little liberal arts college exactly what it needed — a shot in the arm of pure spirit and love for this place and the men who call it their college.
 
If you think what I’m suggesting is less “pure spirit” and more pure hype, you needed only to be here to see it in their eyes; to hear it in their voices.
 
The Class of 1959 sang — at Friday’s Big Bash Banquet, at Alumni Chapel Sing, and again at their reunion. And let me tell you, even in their early 70s, those guys can really sing.
 
Steve told me they sang “Wayfaring Stranger” at their reunion dinner Saturday night. There’s a line in that song that goes, “I’m going there to see my brothers, who have gone before me one by one.”
 
I know those guys sang that particular song 50 years ago as members of the Glee Club. Just imagine the power of that song — of that one line — when more than 70 members of the class gathered to celebrate half a century of friendship.
 
Guys like Bob Wild, Roger Billings, Sherm Franz, Bob Wedgeworth, Hoyt Miller, Ray Riddle — all of them — have wisdom in their years. As President White noted, “These guys are the marathoners, not the sprinters. They have the long view.”
 
That “long view” on this particular reunion weekend was a perfect match. Those men back for their 50-year reunion have lived through the cold war, civil rights movement, Vietnam, at least two recessions, perennial unrest in the Middle East, and stock markets that have soared and that have tanked.
 
They have the long view. And to quote my friend Steve, “It is a beautiful view.”
 
So as we finish writing the chapter on the year that has passed in the history of Wabash College now 176 chapters long, we shall not write it with disappearing ink with hopes that the difficult events will vanish as if they never happened.
 
We shall write this chapter with deep, bold strokes — powerful lines that match the powerful voices of the men of Wabash, who by returning to their college to relive their past provided strength and courage to move Wabash boldly into an uncertain future.
 
“Dear Old Wabash, thy loyal sons shall ever love thee,” says the school song. “Long in our hearts we’ll bear the sweetest mem’ries of thee, long shall we sing thy praises, Old Wabash.” 

Behind the Scenes

McAlister ’10 on campus to help with Big Bash Coverage

 Howard W. Hewitt – For the past three years we’ve brought one or two student journalists back to campus for Big Bash to help us with our coverage and to tell stories of our alums.

Patrick McAlister ’10 and Gary James ’10 were here the past two years. The dymanic journalistic duo have become the cornerstone of Wabash journalism. This year The Bachelor won the Indiana Collegiate Press Associations’s Small Newspaper of the Year Award. Not bad for a place without a journalism program.

James is off in Washington D.C. this summer doing an internship with NPR. He has already started to distinguish himself as an intern and has been given increased responsibilities in just a week. We were lucky McAlister was in Illinois and willing to return for the Bash weekend. Patrick was editor and chief this year when the Bachelor won a record 31 awards at the ICPA convention.

He’ll be interviewing some alums, doing some video work, take a few photos, and maybe cover a colloquium session. Both of these young men’s aspirations reach beyond journalism into politics, social activism, and beyond. But it’s a pleasure for us to work with them and have them back for the summer months.

Brad Jones ’10 testing culinary
skills with Bon Appetit

Hewitt - Wabash men rise to many vocations and avocations. The College has many different ways to let each student find their path.

Brad Jones ’10 developed a strong interest in the culinary arts. Bon Appetit’s head chef Jordan Hall has taken Jones under his wing and teaching him some of the finer skills a head chef needs.

Friday afternoon Jones was busy doing prep work for Friday evening’s Big Bash dinner. Bon Appetit didn’t have an internship or position open, but when Mary Jo Arthur saw Jones’ enthusiasm she found him a part-time summer spot.

 Neal ’04 glad he came back for Big Bash ’09

Hewitt - At the end of every interview, many journalists will ask if there is anything else the person would like to add. Patrick McAlister asked Roger Neal ’04 that question Saturday and got an unexpected endorsement for Big Bash.

"I was actually really apprehensive about coming to this weekend because I thought it would be kind of boring and not a very exciting time," Neal said. "But it’s totally the opposite. It’s just great to see everybody, even people I didn’t hang out with a lot in college.

"It’s like we just left each other and now we’re here staying in the dorms. It’s pretty fun."

 

Threatening to toss me out of my office, his bedroom!

Hewitt - It’s happened a couple of times in my five years at Wabash College and it happened again Saturday during Big Bash weekend. While prepping some pictures at mid afternoon a gentleman and his wife found their way upstairs to Kane House.

Kane House was built in 1900 as the home of Wabash’s fifth president William Patterson Kane. It has been a residence hall, fraternity, and, of course, is now home to Advancement.

All that Arturo Fontanes ’59 knows is that it was his dorm room when he attended Wabash. He announced he was here to "throw you out of my room!"

He laughed heartily and recalled his across-the-hall neighbors (now SID Brent Harris’ office) and where the beds sat in the room and how they lived in Kane House during the 50s.

Dr. Fontanes lives in Laguna Niguel, California, and is a retired physician.

It’s moments like these that often go unreported but are cherished during Big Bash Weekend.