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Class of 2005 – Setting the NEW Standard

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Class of 2005

The old Big Bash record for a 10th reunion was set way back in 2006…by the Class of 1996.  They returned 40 alumni – an unheard of number in those days.

Last year the Class of 2004 – led by Mark Shreve and Jacob Pactor…returned 36.  That’s as close as anyone had come to 1996.

Until this year.

The Class of 2005 – led by Jason Cantu and Michael Ruffing – blew right past the 40 number…they ended up at 55 alumni signing in at the reunion.  That’s a 37% increase over the previous record.  They won the Class of 2007 Trophy in a landslide, they won Chapel Sing by the slimmest of margins, and Jason and Michael walked off with the Dorman Hughes Award of the best performance by reunion leaders.

They brought the only limo…and a class member for Hong Kong!!!

What’s the secret?  Personal communication and letting the class know who is planning to return.  So simple…yet…well, never mind.

Congrats to Jason, Michael, and all the leaders in the class of 2005!

 

 

Celebrating Tim Hewitt’s Life…and many more.

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Ben Hewitt ’05 sent me this photo a little before the Big Bash.

Ben’s short note says:  This is a picture of David Graham, Scott Yeazell, Cathy Yeazell, Brad Goff, Karen Hewitt, Paula Flynn and Ron Flynn. All were in attendance today for the Celebration of Life for Tim Hewitt ’72. Larry Landis and Vic DeRose were also in attendance. A great time was had by all!

Ben Hewitt ’05

I wasn’t sure if/how/when I would add this to the blog.  But it hit me at the Big Bash when I saw Paul Honan ’43, Pierce Green ’50, and many others.  As I have grown older, I remind myself that I have, like everyone else, an expiration date.  (That is a foreign concept to fighter pilots who are bulletproof!)  You don’t understand the concept when you’re younger…everyone lives forever at that stage…right?

The Big Bash celebrates life…life and accomplishments.  And just as Tim’s friends and family celebrated his life and accomplishments, we do at the Big Bash as well.  Some class members are already gone…some are ailing…and some make it back with health and mobility challenges.  But we owe it to them all to celebrate Wabash, it’s impact on us, and also how we’ve invested that education.  Some have changed the world.  Steve Gross ’90 and his wife Melissa are teaching in Haiti.  Some have cared for other less fortunate than us.  Charlie Crowley ’70 and his wife Mary have done just that.  C. Davies Reed ’85 does God’s work as a Minister in Indianapolis.  Mauri Ditzler ’75, president of Albion College, is turning that fine institution around.  Peter Pactor ’65 has devoted a lifetime to teaching…and carries on today.

So, I go back to Ben’s note.  “A great time was had by all.”  That’s because His father made a difference.  And so it is with Steve…Charlie…C. Davis…Mauri…Peter…and many more.

 

 

Big Bash 2015 – In The History Books

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The “calm” before the “storm”

 

Jerry Boyer '65, Steve Babic '65 and Phil Wescott '65.  Boyer and Babic last saw reach other at Commencement!

Jerry Boyer ’65, Steve Babic ’65 and Phil Wescott ’65. Boyer and Babic last saw reach other at Commencement…in 1965!

 

Caleb Mills was headquarters for the Class of 1965

Caleb Mills was headquarters for the Class of 1965

 

Bob Witherspoon, song leader for the Class of 1965, and Don Schick check out the "subdued" cheat sheets for Old Wabash.

Bob Witherspoon, song leader for the Class of 1965, and Don Schick check out the “subdued” cheat sheets for Old Wabash.

 

Page Stephens '65 gets ready to sign the book as Marta Collier looks on

Page Stephens ’65 gets ready to sign the book as Marta Collier looks on

Long-time class agent Morrie Adsams '65 and Trustee and Class Gift Chairman Allan Anderson '65

Long-time class agent Morrie Adams ’65 and Trustee and Class Gift Chairman Allan Anderson ’65

 

Allan Anderson greeted by Heather Bazzani

Allan Anderson greeted by Heather Bazzani

 

Michele Ward helps Pierce Green '50 during registration

Michele Ward helps Pierce Green ’50 during registration

Melissa Butler H'85 signs in at Registration

Melissa Butler H’85 signs in at Registration

 

Bob Shearer '69, who started with the Class of 1965, had a great ride!

Bob Shearer ’69, who started with the Class of 1965, had a great ride!

 

Mike Warren from Alumni and Parent Relations explains the course of the Fun Run

Mike Warren from Alumni and Parent Relations explains the course of the Fun Run

 

Some members of the Class of 2005 arrived in a limo

Some members of the Class of 2005 arrived in a limo

 

It was a good Big Bash.  Our 12th.  Some classes had great turnouts and some did not.  Regardless, it’s in the history books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Townhouses are taking shape

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Brick sides are going up!

Construction keeps going on the new housing as the builders are working 6 days a week to get the townhouses ready for the fall.

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The Northern-most townhouse

Stopped by yesterday morning a little after 7:00 AM – they were already at it.

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That’s not your grandfather’s dorm room!

Big Bash – Behind the Scenes

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Two of the Four Trucks full of rentals needed for the Big Bash

That’s Bon appetit’s Kecia Tatman directing traffic for two trucks full of rental equipment for the Big Bash.  At two other locations on campus, rental equipment and tents are going up.  It’s a busy day here as we prepare for the Big Bash.

We could see a couple of records set this weekend.  The Class of 1965 looks to set a new 50th reunion record…if they can get their guys to sign the book.  The Class of 2005 is also poised to set…no, really explode…the record for a 10th reunion.  That record stands at 40 and they have 56 guys registered.

We’ll have another record set…but we’ll leave that for better times.

All in all, over 325 expected back for the Big Bash…almost 100 of those registered after the deadline!

Dick Glover ’65 – Lifelong Coach and Mentor

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Dick Glover ’65

Dick Glover ’65 might be one of the toughest guys every to walk the face of the earth.  If you believe fraternity brother Dan Susie ’68, he is the toughest.  Dan tells the story that his pledge class tried to throw Glover in the shower numerous times – and was never successful.  Dick Glover vs. a pledge class – no contest.  I’m surprised he didn’t pin them all!

But Dick Glover is much, much more.  Dick is a mentor, coach, teacher, big brother, and perfect wingman.  Dick’s impacted the lives of many for a number of years.  So, it’s no surprise that Dick won a Lifetime Achievement Award.

I won’t even attempt to explain the impact this man has had – you’ll just have to read about it for yourself.  Click here.

Dick Glover ’65 – Some Little Giant! 

Changing the World – One Child At A Time

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Greg Castanias ’87 and his beautiful daughters

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Greg and his beautiful wife Jane

On May 2, 2015, Greg Castanias ’87 was elected to the Board of Directors of the Gladney Center for Adoption in Fort Worth, Texas for a two-year term of service beginning on September 1, 2015.  Founded in 1887 as the Texas Children’s Home and Aid Society, the Gladney Center is the United States’ oldest continuously operating adoption agency.  For over 125 years, Gladney has been a pioneer and leading voice for improving the lives of children, adoptive families and birth parents in the United States and around the world. 

Greg and his wife Jane — who was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Council for Adoption in Alexandria, Virginia earlier this year — are passionate advocates for the cause of adoption for two very important reasons — their daughters Alexandra (Alex), born in 2006, and Gabriella-Anne (Ella-Anne), born in 2009, both of whom were adopted through the Gladney Center.  

Greg and Jane are leading the way…from the front and with their hearts.

NAWM Board Says “Thanks” To The Admissions/Financial Aid Team

Jim Dyer '83, Deon Miles '97, Michael Thorp '86, Tyler Wade '12, and Matt Bowers '08

NAWM board members Jim Dyer ’83, Deon Miles ’97, with new Dean Michael Thorp ’86, Tyler Wade ’12, and Matt Bowers ’08

It’s been a challenging year for our Admissions and Financial Aid team…but Wabash Always Fights and that’s what our team has done.  The results are a good incoming class  - one poised for success at Wabash.

To demonstrate that their efforts were greatly appreciated, the board of directors of the National Association of Wabash Men hosted a reception for the Enrollment Management team (Admissions and Financial Aid combined) on the Friday afternoon of Commencement.  Everyone, it appeared, enjoyed the time together.

 

Alumni Board Leadership Changes Hands

Greg Estell '85 and Rick Cavanaugh '76

Greg Estell ’85 and Rick Cavanaugh ’76

At the conclusion of the Commencement weekend meeting of the board of directors of the National Association of Wabash Men, outgoing president Greg Estell handed the official gavel over to new president Rick Cavanaugh ’76.  Greg will remain on the board for the next two years as he serves as past president.

Greg Estell took over in 2013 from Greg Castanias ’87.  The NAWM board was ‘on a roll” as they say.  The board had made it a mission to reach out to all Wabash alumni and gather then under a single alumni “tent.”  In concert with that effort the board strived to play a key role in supporting the college’s efforts wherever possible.  Greg Estell took on the charge of leading an action-oriented board and they continue to play the ever-more-important role of supporting and extending the college’s mission.

Well done Greg!  Best of luck Rick!

 

 

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!