John Fischer H’70 – Life Changer

John Fischer H'70 back on campus

John Fischer H’70 back on campus

Prof. John Fischer, honorary alumnus and now holder of an Honorary Wabash Doctorate, was on campus this past weekend to receive his degree.  A few Lambda Chi leaders – Scott Eggers, Greg Estell, Ted Grossnickle, Greg Castanias, and many others – arranged a reception for John on Saturday afternoon.  The guest list hit 150 bringing alumni back from every corner of the Country.  A special thanks goes to Sarah Estell for doing a great job on everything for invitations to guest lists to logistics.

John was a teacher at Wabash for 40 years.  His subject matter expertise wasn’t so much in a subject as it was in “being”.  Being a gentleman.  Being a responsible citizen.  Being accountable.  Being trustworthy.  He also had a class called “No whining.”  You did not want to get labeled “feckless” by this man, I assure you!

John Fischer changed men for the better and those men have gone on to make our world be better.  Is there any greater purpose?

John Fischer – Some Little Giant!

Wabash Guys Changing The World

Seems like just yesterday.  Paul Wilson at commencement in 2010.

Seems like just yesterday. Paul Wilson at Commencement in 2010.

Got a nice note from Jake Ezell ’11 by way of Jill Rogers, our healthcare professionals advisor:

Turns out these guys are all getting their first choices for residency:

  • Chad Sorenson ’10 – Radiology at Ohio State
  • Paul Wilson ’10 – ENT at Baylor
  • Jake Ezell ’11 – Cleveland Clinic in Anesthesia
  • Samer Kawak ’11 – General Surgery at Beaumont Hospital in Detroit

Congratulations to all these guys!

Mark Dewart ’74 – Active in Community Service

Mark Dewart sworn in as a Lake Bluff Trustee

Mark Dewart ’74 sworn in as a Lake Bluff Trustee

Guest Post from John Dewart ’10, a proud son:

Dad was sworn in again as Lake Bluff Village trustee last night. That’s him taking the oath of office from the Village President. He was one of two trustees to retain the position for a second 4-year term. In his last four years, Dad was successful in refining Lake Bluff’s infrastructure, reshaping the budget to save revenue and protect costs in the post-recession era, ushering in a first of its kind massive Target development, and welcoming a multi-million dollar residential development. He has certainly had his hands full!
Here’s a link to his current profile site:

Guest Post – Ben Wagner ’02


Ainsley Rose Wagner, 19 months

We were getting ready for Church and the baby needed something to wear in the interim.  Thus, this Wabash man found a shirt on the top of the stack.  Ainsley Rose Wagner, who is now 19 months, said the guy on the shirt looked like a “monkey.”  A potential alias for Wally Wabash?  I’m not sure.  Better consult Amidon and company on that one.  Had to shoot you the pic and the story.  Hello to all in lovely C-Ville!!



Ben - Not sure about the monkey part but there’s no doubt she’s a beautiful young lady!

Guest Post – Tim Guiden ’82

Pam Guiden, Tim Guiden '82, and Peter Frederick H'92

Pam Guiden, Tim Guiden ’82, and Peter Frederick H’92

From Tim:  Pam and I met with Peter Frederick this past week in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Thought you might like a photo of the reunion.  Hope all is well as the year winds down.  Peace…


Tim has a former life…similar to the Grunge.  Tim was a lawyer in the Air Force before retiring a few years ago (No, he isn’t the one who told me to take the fifth…)  He now works in Campus Ministry at Saint Mary’s Spring Academy High School  in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin.


Dean Michael Thorp ’86 meets local alumni

Dr. Michael Thorp '86, Dean of Enrollment Management

Dr. Michael Thorp ’86, Dean of Enrollment Management

Dr. Michael Thorp, flanked by Wabash legends David Phillips H’83 and Aus Brooks ’61, talks with the Sugar Creek group during their weekly luncheon.  Michael had been on the job, in his words, for “4-point-5 days” at that point.

Thorp talked about the opportunities that lie ahead for Admissions and Wabash.  He’s focused on a longer term recruiting cycle, engaging high school students earlier.  Using what he calls a systems-centered approach, his team hopes to identify young men who have what it takes to be Wabash men and start introducing them to Wabash as soon as we can.

Michael was an athlete during his student days at Wabash and, it’s safe to say, is “off and running” in his new role!


The Caleb Mills Patio – A World Away

The Patio

The Patio

Spring has sprung…finally.  Heck, it should be here…classes are over.

As I passed Caleb Mills in the alley – anyone named Grunge is comfortable in the alley – the light was hitting the trees just right.  The tree colors were popping.  The patio looked so relaxing…the only addition might be some TWR.

On this tiny little campus, there are many places just like this.  Places to temporarily enter a time warp…and relax.

I’ll let you in on a little secret.  In about 5-6 weeks, you’ll find the Class of 1965 sitting there.  They’ll tell stories from the “glory years” of Wabash College.  On that patio, their record in the Monon Bell game will probably be a perfect 4-0.  They’ll all have been in that Phi Beta Something  or Summa Cum Something fraternity.  You know, that’s OK.  Because those guys from 1965 did go out and change the world – just like they were instructed to do by none other than Byron K. Trippet.

I hope that patio is still there for the Class of 2015′s 50th reunion.


Finals 2015 – Midnight Munch

More Pancakes!  More bacon!

Scott Crawford, from Career Services, hands a young man his “munch”.

I know…I know…

I write about Midnight munch every time I go…but I can’t help myself.

If Chapel Sing is an enduring mark of this place, Midnight Munch can’t be far behind.  We talk relationships, we talk engagement, we talk brotherhood, we talk family…and all of that is on display at the Munch.  It’s Dean Mike Raters making the pancakes.  It’s Dean Michelle Janssen cleaning tables.  It’s Chip Timmons from Admissions testing each batch of bacon before he declares it fit for consumption.  It’s Mary Jo Johnston from Bon Appetit making sure we “temps” don’t screw up the finely-tuned machine.  It’s Professor Laura Wysocki from Chemistry greeting the students as they arrive.  It’s Mark Elizondo (head trainer) washing dishes non-stop for almost 2 hours.  It’s Richard and Eileen Bowen (Glee Club and Fine Arts) , Professor Greg Dallinger (Chem – Rich’s son), and many others serving with a smile and encouragement on an always-tough week at the Bash.

The Grunge?  I helped Brent Harris (Sports Information) and Mark Elrod (Bio) run food to the lines to make sure we always had plenty.  And I smiled a lot.

In our classrooms the next day, there will be test takers and test administrators.  But this I know.  No one will be cheering any harder for success than those administering those tests.

It’s what a family does…and it’s a way of life at the Bash.

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The Pre-mission brief. Chef gave us all detailed instructions.

This bacon personally approved by Chip Timmons...and the Grunge.

This bacon personally approved by Chip Timmons…and the Grunge.


Enduring Questions…and Some Answers

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Dr. Marta Collier’s Enduring Questions Class

Dr. Marta Collier teaches Enduring Questions to a set of Freshman.  To give them a capstone event for the individual projects, she set up the opportunity for the students to answer questions about their projects, similar to the Celebrating Student Research event.

It was fun.  These students are second semester freshmen but the poise and skill is just superb.

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Ben Johnson ’18 talks about the death of protest music to a fellow student

Kudos to Marta for a great idea!

President Pat White – Portrait Unveiled

Molly White (Artist and Daughter and President Pat White H'10

Molly White (Artist and Daughter) and President Pat White H’10

Chris and Pat White, along with their daughter Molly, were back on campus on May 4th to unveil Pat’s presidential portrait.  The ceremony took place in a packed Lilly Library.  The portrait was special in many ways – probably most of all because Molly was the artist.

Pat White and "his students"

Pat White and “his students”

Pat’s legacy will undoubtedly be his love of Wabash and her students.  Pat got the chance to catch up with many of them before the official ceremony.  He was in his element!

Pat White autographs a Pat White t-shirt!

Pat White autographs a Pat White t-shirt!

This Wabash student showed up in a Pat White shirt and equipped with a Sharpie.  President White was happy to sign.


Chris and Pat are good people, in every sense of the word.  They are “sit on the patio at Caleb Mills, kick off your shoes, and grab a TWR” kind of good people.  Lives were touched by them and their lives were touched as well.

That’s how it is at “this good place.”


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