“Study Something You Are Passionate About” – Greg Hess


President Gregory D. Hess

At the Cincinnati dinner last week, we had four young men interested in Wabash.  At one point, an alumnus asked President Hess to explain the liberal arts and it’s relevance this day and age.  It was a good question – the President gave a great answer.

“Study something you are passionate about at Wabash” he suggested.  Then he reflected on his own undergraduate experience.  He didn’t know what he was going to do after college, he suggested, but he did love the study of Economics and that ended up his major.  Did a degree in Economics help him as a consultant with Honda Motor Company and the Federal Reserve?  For sure.  But it was the passionate search for knowledge, coupled with the all around liberal arts education, that made him the College President he is today.

It’s the same for those young men considering Wabash and a bazillion other schools.  Get an education that will prepare you for anything, including the great unknowns.  The CEO of one of Indiana’s fastest growing tech companies?  A Wabash German major.  A Cardiothoracic Surgeon in Illinois?  A Wabash English major.  The father / son Wabash team at Sun King Brewery?  An economics major and a speech major.


Jon Pactor ’71 – Ever-Present

Jon Pactor '71

Jon Pactor ’71

As I entered Chadwick Court last Saturday, I looked up to see Jon Pactor ’71 handing out game programs.  Usually, it’s a member of the Athletics staff handling that duty while greeting fans.

I have to say, 50% of me was surprised to see Jon there…and the other 50%?  Not surprised in the least bit.

Jon’s on campus more than I am – and I work here!  I even spend a good bit of time here in the evening and on weekends.  But I’ll never close in on Jon…just too much ground to cover.

Add to IAWM board member, class agent, fraternity advisor, Admissions volunteer, Sixth Annual Alumni-Faculty-Staff Symposium organizer, and 43 other duties, the title of CEO of Program Logistics for Wabash basketball.

Jon Pactor – Some Little Giant.

Prof. Greg Dallinger – A Life Lesson

Prof. Greg Dallinger

Prof. Greg Dallinger

Caught this shot at halftime of the Wabash-Wooster basketball game this past weekend.  It was an exciting game…Wabash held on to win in the final seconds.

Greg sat in the Wooster section…in the seat as close as possible to the Wabash section.

I hope everyone of our students notched Greg…especially his wardrobe choice.

Greg is a Wooster grad who teaches at Wabash.  He loves Wabash as much as any other faculty member I know.  His Dad, Rich, is a legend here.

Greg graduated from Wooster.  He also loves Wooster…and he should!

He sat there, intently through the entire game, taking it all in.

The message is simple.  Your Alma Mater is yours…forever.  Wherever life takes you, there is a big piece of your Alma Mater in your heart.  Wooster helped make Greg the teacher he is today.  Wooster is family…and you don’t leave a family.

Greg has a new family in Wabash…and he proudly displayed, in an understated way, how much both “good places” mean to him.


Jeremy Bird ’00 – Changing the World!

Jeremy Bird

Jeremy Bird ’00


New Wabash Trustee Jeremy Bird ’00, whose career has seen a meteoric rise, is playing a key advisory role in the upcoming March election in Israel.

Jeremy is known for his keen insight and his organizational skills – these were fully on display as he was one of the major architects of President Obama’s election victories in 2008 and 2012.    Jeremy continuers to be a go-to guy for the President.

Jeremy is now a principal with 270 Strategies in Chicago.

As with all politics, there are at least two sides contesting the upcoming election.  Regardless of that, it’s nice to see Jeremy recognized on an International level for his leadership and skills.


Frank Buerger ’73 – Answering the Call

Retired Navy Captain Frank Buerger '73

Retired Navy Captain Frank Buerger ’73

Frank Buerger ’73, a retired Navy Captain and Naval Flight Officer, spoke on campus this week at a program called “Callings”.  Callings focuses on inviting alumni back to campus to share their story – from their time at Wabash on to today.

Frank was thinking Law School…and took a hard right at the cockpit of an F-4 Phantom.  You can do that as a Psychology major at Wabash!

Frank’s Navy career is the liberal arts in action.  After flight training he went on to go through the ranks.  He explained it is assumed you’ll be good in the jet – they wouldn’t give you this gold wings if there was any doubt.  “What else can you do?” is what the Navy, and all the Armed Services, look for in an officer.

Frank proved his value as a flyer but he also proved his worth as a commander, leader, and intelligence officer.  He’s still working – he’s a civilian in the Office of Defense Intelligence Integration.  Take it for the Grunge, that’s probably a challenge.

Thanks, Frank, for sharing your story with our guys and thanks for your Service!

For The Wally Who Has Everything


The Wabash Needlepoint Belt


John Dewart ’10 sent me this link – thanks John.  Fellow Sigma Chi Garrett McCarthy ’12 is the creator – thanks Garrett.

You can get more details here:

All of the main buildings on campus are represented in the design…there’s also a living unit.  You’ll never guess which one…


NAWM Honors Great Student Members

Greg Estelll '85 and Seton Goddard '15

Greg Estelll ’85 and Seton Goddard ’15


Greg Estell '85 and Carter Adams '15

Greg Estell ’85 and Carter Adams ’15

The Board of Directors of the National Association of Wabash Men – your alumni board – honored two outstanding student representatives at the beginning of their meeting this past weekend.  That’s NAWM president Greg Estell ’85 presenting the certificates.   Seton Goddard ’15 was the student body representative in 2013 and Carter Adams ’15 served in the same capacity in 2014.

Seton will go to work after Commencement for CIGNA, the insurance company, in a management development program.  Seton honed his skills in a summer internship focused upon the operational analytics side of the insurance business as well as the Healthcare Immersion Program at Wabash.

Carter will be commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the USMC on Commencement day.  His “internships” over the summers consisted of Marine Corps officer training.

Both of these young men have great futures in store and were valuable contributors on the board.

Another Wabash Connection To…Beer!

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 1.10.10 PMTwo young Wabash guys – Matt Kriech ’00 and Damon Carl ’03 – have started a brewing company…in Indianapolis, IN!

Wabash Brewing has just opened its doors.

To get  to know these two guys in more detail, plan on attending their session at the upcoming Alumni, Faculty, & Staff Symposium at Wabash on February 20th.  The theme this year is “Wally in the Lab” and we’ll feature a number of very interesting sessions (stay tuned for details.)

Matt and Damon were both Chem majors here so they’re putting that liberal arts education to excellent use in what I think is a second day job for both.

There’s always room for one more fine brewery in Indianapolis.



“The Last Class of the Day”

The Last Class of the Day

The Last Class of the Day

Head Lacrosse Coach Terry Corcoran gave a “Lacrosse 101″ presentation yesterday to members of the Wabash staff community.  In response to a question about what brought Terry to Wabash, he talked about our passion for athletics but looking at it through a lens I hadn’t fully appreciated before.

Athletics at Wabash, he said, is “the last class of the day.”

The Last Class of the Day.

Perfect.  Top your daily liberal arts studies off with teamwork, leadership, effort, physical fitness, motivation, determination, goal-seeking, etc.

I’m filing “The Last Class of the Day” right next to “This Good Place”…you may see those again!

Coach Terry Corcoran teaching The Last Class of the Day

Coach Terry Corcoran teaching The Last Class of the Day

Who Are You Going To Call?

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Chip Timmons ’96

One of the most popular pages on our entire web site is the listing of the Admissions and Financial Aid staff and their territories.  You can get the information two separate ways: here and here.  The first one let’s you see the entire staff, including all of the talented folks in Admissions and Financial Aid.  The second listing let’s you search for the Admissions Counselor for a particular area.  So, if you’ve found a talented young man down in the Evansville area, Chip Timmons is your man.

During travel season, you’re also able to see where each team member is traveling.

Wabash prides itself on being very hands on and personal during the entire recruitment cycle.  This gives you a chance to introduce a family your might think has a Wabash fit with one of our team members.

Of course, as things change these areas also change.  Check back often to make sure you have the latest information.