“Rogue Wabash Alumnus” – Guest photo from Jay Patterson ’65

Jay Patterson '65

Jay Patterson ’65

Dallas alumnus Jay Patterson ’65 sent me this photo over the weekend.  Jay attended the spring UT football game in Austin.  Jay described himself as a “Rogue Wabash Alum.” “Rogue alumnus” with some pull, to make it on the field!

More and more of the spring games are now being televised…people can’t get enough football.

Speaking of football, Wabash opens the season September 5, 2015 at Hamden Sydney College in Virginia.  Not that I am keeping track but that’s only 138 days away!

Yesterday Was Special In Many Ways!

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Paige Johnson and Kevin Andrews ’10

Paige Johnson is the daughter of Kim Johnson, our director of Communications and Marketing.  Paige was following our Day of Giving, checking out the web and the videos, and told her mother that she wanted to make a gift to Wabash.

So…Paige and Kim came to our operations center and Paige presented Kevin Andrews ’10 with a very generous gift.

Paige is a great young lady and wise beyond her years.  Something about Wabash makes her believe that her investment is a good one.  I couldn’t agree more.



You Gotta Love This!

Feckless 16 Don’t be feckless! In honor of longtime chapter adviser John Fischer and his upcoming honorary doctorate from the College, several alumni of Lambda Chi Alpha are challenging alumni, family, and friends of Lambda Chi to give to either the Lambda Chi Legacy Fund or the Annual Fund. These alumni will match gifts made today in honor of Noble John dollar-for-dollar up to $6,000.


Love this!  This is the Affinity Challenge of Greg Castanias honoring a true Wabash legend, Prof. John Fischer!

It’s 4.22 – GO FOR 2!!!

Ray Jovanovich is going for 2 - in The Philippines

Ray Jovanovich ’84 is “Going for 2″ – in The Philippines

Our great friend and Wabash Trustee Ray Jovanovic ’84 has kicked off 4.22 – our 2015 Day Of Giving.

That’s Ray in the Philippines with two men wearing shirts from last year’s very successful day of giving.

Ray knows the value of his Wabash education and has paid it forward with a very generous scholarship fund.

Today we think about the potential of our combined giving and also about our role in making sure Wabash is here and attainable for young men.  Here for the duration.  Maybe more than here...impacting the world for the duration.

Ray believes that…”DC Greg” believes that…”Detroit Jim” believes it…”Dallas Ray and Dan” believe it…”Chicago Art” believes that…”California Khurram” believes that, the Grunge believes that, and 99.4% of you feel exactly the same.  Please join in as we all “Got For 2″.




I Know, I Know…Every Year, I Know

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Front Sign

I know…every year the Grunge takes several photos of the front sign about this time and laments the fact that the flowers won’t make it to Commencement.  Bummer.

Then he goes back and does the same exact thing all over again.


For the answer, DON’T ask a poor, dumb fighter pilot.  (An aviation psychologist is probably your best bet.)

But the tulips at the sign this time of year make the world surrounding them new and fresh, however fleeting.  They are a symbol of a new beginning…the perfect lead into Commencement.

That’s how it is at this “Good Place.”

Wabash Day at Eli Lilly

David Lewis '81 and President Hess flank the seven Wabash men who ill join Eli Lilly

David Lewis ’81 and President Hess flank the seven Wabash men who will join Eli Lilly this summer as either full-time employees or on internships

Wabash Trustee David Lewis ’81, Eli Lilly’s Vice President for Global Taxes and Assistant Treasurer, hosted President Gregory D. Hess and Dean for Advancement Michelle Janssen earlier this week at Eli Lilly headquarters in Indianapolis.  The Wabash group included seven students who will be making their way to Eli Lilly this summer.  In addition, many of the Wabash alumni currently at Eli Lilly joined the group for breakfast and for President Hess’ remarks.

For more photos of the morning, click here.


NAWM board member Jon Haug ’00, Assistant Treasurer at Eli Lilly, catches up with President Hess

Matt Piechocki '03 talks with Aeknoor Cheema '15 and Tyler Owensby '15

Matt Piechocki ’03 talks with Aeknoor Cheema ’15 and Tyler Owensby ’15

In The Beginning…

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Alex Barnstead ‘06, Jacob Bradley ‘01, Rob Walker ‘99, Nick Prihoda ‘99, David Coates ‘99

Wabash Lacrosse is a new varsity sport this year.  That means two things.

First, it will take a little time, even for the Little Giants.  I think we’ll be very competitive – playing for the conference title and the NCAA postseason – in the not-too-distant future.  But it won’t be next Tuesday…

Second, the drive to bring Lacrosse to Wabash at this level didn’t start yesterday.  Guys have been playing Lacrosse as a Club sport for a couple of years.  Five of these pioneers were back on campus last weekend to cheer on the Little Giants.  Rob Walker, Nick Prihoda, and David Coates were here when it all started and Jacob Bradley joined those guys as well.  Alex Barnstead is a younger but no less enthusiastic alumnus.

Bottom line – these guys and their teammates started it all and it’s their drive and determination that has us where we are today.  They have to be very proud of what they started!


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