Professor Wally Novak
I ran into Wally Novak early last Thursday morning. He was on his way to a 8:00 AM class on the first day of the new school year.
I threw out the usual banter about an 8:00 AM class. He said “yes” in his usual good-natured way. I asked what the course was. He responded “Advanced Bio-Chemistry.”
I stopped in my tracks. Advanced Bio-Chemistry. Wally’s excited and the Grunge is just trying to wrap his arms around exactly how tough that would be…let alone at 8:00 AM on a student’s body clock. I wished Wally good luck and headed for the inbox.
Caught Wally at lunch – same day. “How was class?” I asked. He said with a broad smile: “Great! This is going to be a great year – these guys are all super to work with.” I said: “How many students?” “7″
Seven students. 8:00 AM. CHEM 462. Advanced Bio-Chemistry. A recipe for …GREATNESS!
You see, Wally is a teacher / mentor / role model / cheerleader rolled into one. He’ll push the guys to give it their best shot and he’ll make every step of the journey – the highs and the lows – with them. Because he cares. And they will give it their best because, at the end foot he day, they do not want to disappoint Wally.
Wally Novak helps make Wabash “this good place”. Even at 8:00 AM!
The Men of Sigma Chi got it rolling…
Nicely done last evening. Even some motivational undertones…from Da Bear himself, Mike Ditka.
You’ll also note some fine detail work…but the question of the day is really simple…will it be the same tomorrow?
The Lew Is Coming Down
All the prep work has been completed…and today they started in earnest. The Lew Wallace Inn is coming down. I noticed someone had already procured what was left of the sign…
Talked to a local resident: “Happy to see it go and sad to see it go”
The space will become a parking lot for now.
All of that furniture done in “Early Motel”
The new parking lot will be a block from campus….the question will be is that close enough?
John Horner ’59 and Hank Horner ’18
There’s little the Grunge can add to the photo – I think the facial expressions say it all. One proud grandfather and one proud grandson.
While they’re separated by 59 years, my sense is Hank will get the same education John did – kind of “State-of-the-art Traditional”, if you know what I mean.
In the I’m getting old category, Shawn Cox ’94 and his wife dropped son Conor off this past weekend. Shawn graduated from Wabash with my son Chris…give me a Geritol please with a side chaser of Ensure!
Figure 8 Brewing
Several guys from “Da Region” got together last week at Figure 8 Brewing in Valparaiso.
We had a blast. Great TWR, good food, and great Wabash conversation – what could be better?
As an aside, it’s neat to watch these young guys going off and doing great things.
Many thanks to Shawn Cox ’94 for setting up the evening, to Ron Nichols ’64 for bringing his lovely bride Connie along, and to one of our newest staff members in Admissions, Tyler Wade ’12, for making the trip!
Yes, the TWR was excellent!
Number 10 doesn’t fit Wabash but…
Here’s some Friday morning lite reading. #10 not accurate…for Wabash…but many of the ideas are right on target.
Best line of the entire article is the last one.
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Includes Apparatus, Sun King, and Hannapin
Think about the following numbers for just one second. Imagine three-year growth rates of 362%, 100%, and 89%. What do those companies have in common? Wabash leadership!
Sun King – 362%
Hannapin Marketing – 100%
Apparatus – 89%
This is great news for those companies and for our alumni involved.
Speaking of those alumni, I thought it might be interesting to “explore” what these guys majored in while at Wabash.
At Sun King, the father-son duo is Omar ’61 and Clay ’97 Robinson. Omar was an Economics major while Clay majored in Speech.
At Hannapin, Pat East ’00 was an English major.
At Apparatus, founder/CEO Kelly Pfledderer ’96 was a German major and President Aman Brar ’99 was Economics and Religion.
Study what you’re passionate about and do what you love! Pretty good recipe, right out of the liberal arts cookbook.
It was a fun sports evening – walk outside of the Suite to a great view of Monday Night Baseball (West Michigan Whitecaps over the Lansing Lugnuts 7-5) or stand inside and watch Monday Night Football (Exhibition – but still football.) Justin Vander Iest ’06 handled all the logistics for the Suite – thanks Justin.
In the photo, Bill Hecker ’05 watches the game with Jay Fisher ’66 while Nick Roersma ’03 and Jordan Carlson from Admissions talk with a prospective student and his mother.
Jim Dyer ’83
That’s Jim Dyer ’83 in the hat. That’s the St. Louis group at Anne and Tom Walsh’s ’83 home thanking Jim, and his lovely wife Susan, for all they have done.
That wasn’t the standard golf clap -that was a “Thanks from the heart” and “Hope you and Susan will come back.”
St.. Louis has always been a good alumni group…but Jim Dyer took it to a whole new level. Great communication…mix of the types of events…encouragement of the younger alumni to be a part of it…it all worked. And it worked because Jim Dyer simply would not accept another outcome. Not the strong arm approach some have tried…but the true mentor approach. The “I love Wabash and I know you do too…let’s do this” approach.
And St. Louis is not the only place Jim’s touch has changed…he’s been the chief architect of a new approach in the Phi Delt fraternity.
And, Susan, wonderful young lady that she is, has been at his side for all of it.
So, we don’t lose them, for sure. Jim and Susan will be moving to the northern Indianapolis area soon…and son Tom is in the Class of 2018.
We talk about changing lives at this Good Place…Jim Dyer has been doing that AND changing this Good Place for the better. Jim Dyer – Some Little Giant!
#5 – Ian MacDougall
This football season Ian MacDougall ’14 will be playing more football…at the D1 level. Ian is in serious competition for the kicking job at Purdue…just up the road.
You’ll recall Ian had a great season last year and, with a year of eligibility left, is getting his Masters and continuing his football career.
We’ll all be pulling for Ian to have a great year. One exception for the Grunge – I told him before he left that I knew he’d be successful…but I didn’t want to see him kicking for a win against the Fighting Irish. I reminded him I lived in Lafayette and still have friends in the …ahh…deconstruction business!
So, tune in whenever you get the chance to see the Boilermakers in action and look for our own Ian MacDougall.