The Grunge has picked up some additional administrative support functions recently. These efforts will naturally take extra time and are more important than maintenance of the blog. I’ll post when I can but there’s no way I can continue the almost daily posting level of the past.
To you faithful 10 – you know who you are – THANKS for understanding!
It’s almost an annual event. Wabash vs. Witt to decide who sits atop the NCAC going into the final week of the season and a possible playoff birth. Both teams with an identical 7-0 record in the Conference.
I hope you’ll be in Springfield to cheer on the Little Giants. But if you can’t make it but can watch on your computer, here’s the link to the Witt broadcast. If you’d like to get the Wabash announcers’ (radio only) take on the game, here’s the link.
I can’t wait until Saturday – WAF!
We (Carol, Gary Ross, Sherry Ross, and the Grunge) hadn’t had enough cold, rain, sleet, snow, etc., at Hiram so we jumped in our cars and made our way to Wooster to catch the regular season finale between Wooster and our Little Giants.
You can read the full story here.
Here’s the Grunge’s report – cold, windy, nasty, tough…and that was just the weather. Wabash won it in the last three minutes…just as you would expect. They never gave up, never gave in and just kept fighting.
We’re in the NCAC playoffs – that’s no doubt and this outcome didn’t change that. But the team wanted this one…and it showed.
Wabash Always Fights!
Dean of Students Mike Raters and Associate Dean Mark Welch talk with parents
Family Day could not have been better – great football weather and victory plus a great sale at the Bookstore.
We offered several sessions targeted to give parents the information they need. Above, Mike Raters ’85 and Marc Welch ’99 outlined for a full house what their sons should be considering throughout their four years here. The Q and A was lively all morning – a great sign.
Parents have to balance the need to “help” their sons along with letting their sons be responsible. It’s a fine line for sure.
We’re already beginning to think about next year…our goal is continuous improvement!
Ready To Build
Here’s a shot from the Northeast corner of the Bill and Ginny Hays house. You can see the area is cleared and they are in the process of digging the foundations. The Sigma Chi house (left) and Delt House (Cole Hall for now) are to the north.
We’re still anticipating the two townhouses will be ready to go next fall…let’s hope it’s a construction-friendly winter!
A good friend, a fellow cancer survivor, reminded me, after seeing my post yesterday about Movember, that’s it’s still October and that means Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Simple message – get screened for cancer on a regular basis and “encourage” those who you like and love to do the same.
This Is NOT the case of what you don’t know won’t hurt you. I was tested and found it early – she was tested and found it early.
Gals and guys…get it done!
That’s an order!
This isn’t directly about Wabash. But, there’s a STRONG Wabash connection.
Enter the Grunge ’71 – prostate cancer patient. Enter his classmate and friend Trey Holland ’71…Doctor…urologist. The middle chapters read like analysis…biopsy…diagnosis…surgery.
Trey shoots straight with Grunge – Grunge shoots straight with Trey. Grunge takes a very analytic path to treatment – rip the @#$%^&* thing out and the sooner the better. Trey does exactly that.
That was 8 years ago. Grunge is a prostate cancer survivor…thanks to Trey.
So, MOVEMBER is special to the Grunge.
I won’t beg you to make a gift. But, if you want to join me in support this cause, please do. Here’s the web address – I’m already in for this Movember.
This Morning At Wabash
Spent part of last week with Scott Crawford, Cassie Hagan, and 13 students on the Colorado Professional Immersion Experience (PIE). We visited a number of companies in the Denver and Boulder areas.
It was a great trip. Made me proud. Several young alumni out there are making real differences in their companies and their impact shines right through. As I rode around with the students, it was interesting to see their takes on the different organizations as well.
Michael Sanchez ’90 talks with students
Rally Software started the trip with a great presentation. Rally has been growing at about 30% per year. Michael Sanchez ’90 gave the guys a tour but more importantly an insight into Rally and the kinds of people Rally is looking for as employees.
Trips like the Colorado PIE give our guys a huge advantage as they work on networking and also trying to figure out what is next for them. Bottom line, though, hasn’t changed – identify your passion, take any position that gets a foot in the door, work your tail off, and don’t say “No” to an upward move.
A great trip…and the area isn’t bad either!
Oscar Torres ’01 with Chip Timmons ’96
Oscar Torres ‘ 01, teacher and coach, couldn’t make it back for Homecoming this year – coaching and teaching responsibilities just didn’t allow the trip. Oscar was honored as an Alumni Admissions Fellow for his outstanding recruiting efforts in Southern Texas during the annual Alumni Chapel.
Not to worry said Chip Timmons in Admissions and Chip volunteered to hand-delivery the citation. Chip, as you can see, presented the citations at Oscar’s school.
Oscar Torres changes young lives in many ways – as a coach, as a teacher, and as a recruiter for his Alma Mater.
Oscar Torres is Some Little Giant!
Rafael Chacon ’85 and Frank Cassell ’63
Rafael sent me the attached photo with a short note. It’s just another example of Wabash men finding each other in far away places.
This time it was Frank Cassell ’63 with his wife Beth on a Smithsonian Journeys trip in Southern Italy. Rafael was a study leader on the same trip. Rafael was traveling with partner Andy Laue.
It just goes to show you that Wabash gives you a desire for lifelong learning and also supports the notion that some of your best teachers here and in life are fellow Wabash men.
Thanks Rafael for the photo and note! Safe travels to all!