Kyle Bender ‘12 – As part of a $6.2 million upgrade to the Wabash College outdoor athletics facilities, work has now began on the new baseball stadium to be built on the southwest side of the Allen Center.
Kyle Bender ’12 – Hollett Little Giant Field saw a flurry of activity Friday morning as crews poured large truck loads of lime across the playing surface.
The lime is being put down to help dry up moisture that has seeped into the ground as a result of the numerous thunderstorms that have hit Crawfordsville during the month of June.
Dennis Marsh, who is assistant project manager, said the lime will provide another layer of drainage for the field, which will have several additional layers of gravel added next week. Cement drains have been poured on the inside of more than half the track oval.
A new development to the field progress was the addition of electrical wires protruding from the earthy soil. The wires were run underground to several locations on the field, including the site of the new scoreboard located on the southeast corner of the stadium.
Get a quick panoramic view of the project in the short video clip below:
Steve Charles—Just finished fact-checking a story I wrote for the upcoming issue of Wabash Magazine about Tom Whowell ’62, who, with his family, owns and operates Gordy’s Lakefront Marine, the largest full-service marina on Wisconsin’s Geneva Lake.
Tom gave me a tour of the place and a generous and fascinating interview last summer, at which time Gordy’s had earned special recognition as one of the top family businesses in the state. But that was old news: Gordy’s was just named the top medium-sized family-owned business in Wisconsin for 2010.
Another example of why we always check—and re-check—our facts!
Congratulations to Tom and his family.
Our story about Tom — "The Classic Entrepreneurial Attitude"—is being published in the Spring 2010 edition of WM, in mailboxes late July.
Kyle Bender ’12 – It has been not quite as busy at the football field construction site, where new FieldTurf surface is being installed.
Warm weather has now dried the field and work resumed Thursday morning. Preparation for a cement drain running along the inside of the track oval is being made. For a glimpse of the progress, click here.
Howard Hewitt – Weather conditions over the past week and a half haven’t been great, but workers are busily progressing on Wabash’s new Athletic Fields construction projects . Our Public Affairs summer intern Kyle Bender ’12 went out with the camera Tuesday and took some updated shots. He also found an interesting story at the old football field.
Here are Kyle’s photos from June 8.
Here are some Jim Amidon photos from May 28.
Here are photos Jim shot May 27.
Kyle Bender ’12 – When interviewing for the Public Affairs and Marketing intern position, I was told there was only one weekend of the summer that I would be required to work – the Big Bash reunion weekend. As I’d long looked for an excuse to attend the event, I jumped at the opportunity.
Reflecting now upon the weekend, I can honestly say that it was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my time at Wabash. While the Public Affairs staff put in long, grueling hours throughout the three day event to make sure the website was always kept up-to-date with almost real-time coverage, it really didn’t feel like work. Rather, I found myself losing track of time, amazed with the number of alumni who had returned to reunite with long lost classmates and see how much their college has changed.
The wide range of assignments that I was given allowed me to attend many events, from a variety of perspectives.
For example, my first task was to photograph the Wally Wabash golf outing at Rocky Ridge Golf Club. This combined my love for the game of golf with a skill that I had no grasp of – photography. However, I soon realized that it really isn’t too hard to take pictures of Wabash men at the golf course on a beautiful summer day. Everyone was in a jovial mood.
As part of my Public Affairs office rite-of-passage, the staff thought it would be great for me to spend Saturday morning as Wally Wabash during the Alumni Chapel Sing competition. Originally slated to be held on the chapel steps, on a hot June day I would have only lasted ten minutes in the heavy costume before needing fresh air. Fortunately for me, but unfortunate for the event, Saturday’s weather did not cooperate and the sing was held in Chadwick Court, site of much cooler temperatures.
Playing Wally allowed me to move within the classes as they competed for the coveted Chapel Sing trophy. The level of determination of some of these men was incredible and I would have hated to be the judge of the competition. It was also fun to pose with many alumni and their wives, although I never quite got over the phenomenon of not needing the perfect smile for every picture with the huge Wally head on.
However, it was the people I met that truly made my weekend unforgettable. Al Wright ’50 drove all the way from New Jersey to be at the Big Bash. I met him at the golf outing, where he was meticulously cleaning the very same golf clubs that he uses as he walks his local country club every morning. He was so interested in hearing about my career plans and what was going on at the College that he almost missed the shot gun start.
Or Tom Freeman ’70. Both natives of Delphi, Indiana, as well as brothers of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Tom has been a man that I have long admired but never met. I was fortunate to spend several moments with he and his wife as his class celebrated their 40th reunion.
But perhaps the highlight of the weekend for me, from a professional standpoint, was the opportunity to interview Dean Reynolds ’70, longtime ABC and CBS news correspondent. Reynolds gave a colloquium Saturday afternoon to a packed audience, giving his thoughts on the health of today’s news. Simply talking with someone who has covered some of the biggest stories in our generation was an unbelievable experience, but it was even more special because it was a fellow Wabash man.
For a Wabash College student, it was inspiring to spend time with these great alumni because it made me realize just how closely I am connected to them. They once sat in the very same classrooms in Baxter and Center halls that I study in today. We share some of the same professors and traditional experiences. We are Wabash brothers.
As I admire all the accomplishments they have achieved after graduation, I cannot help but think of the members of my own class and know that there are many within destined for greatness. Although it may seem galaxies away, someday there will be successful doctors, lawyers, and businessmen from the class of 2012.
Most of us are at Wabash today because of an alum, usually someone we’d always admired in the community but never known where they attended college, took the time to recommend that we visit the campus. The contributions and support they give largely funds our college, which allow competitive financial packages to be awarded to the best and brightest students that rival almost any school in the nation. These men carry on the tradition and excellence that Wabash maintained for over 175 years.
I pray that my classmates and I can show the same type of commitment and love for our alma mater that many of these graduates express on a daily basis. They are what makes this place great.