Campus Construction – through the eyes of the Grunge

The Townhomes

The Townhouse

Took the camera out for a walk about this morning.  Here’s the view of the southernmost townhouse.  We’re planning on having 12 students there in a couple of weeks!


Inside view of a townhouse

Inside view of a townhouse

I let the lenses do a little looking inside the northernmost townhouse.  Looks like the interior work is well on its way.

A New Hall

A New Hall

Construction is well underway on the new Halls.  We plan to have students living there at the start of the spring semester.


Work has started on the Wrestling Pavilion as well.  The mound of dirt that use to be in extended right field is gone and we’re beginning to move construction materials into place.  The pavilion will sit directly south of the indoor tennis courts and the wrestling team and tennis team will have locker facilities between the practice areas.

Brian Sawyer ’84 in Architectural Digest

John Berson and Brian Sawyer

John Berson and Brian Sawyer

Wabash alumnus Brian Sawyer, class of 1984, is featured in the July edition of the Digest.

Brian started Sawyer-Berson in 1999 with John Berson.  The firm is an “interdisciplinary firm practicing architecture, landscape architecture and interior design.”  The firm is headquartered in New York.

Brian also recently traveled to the United Kingdom visiting some of the iconic country home there.  You can see his video here.



Jim Dimos New ABA Deputy Executive Director


Jim Dimos ’83

Jim Dimos ’83, a partner a the Indianapolis Law Firm of Frost Brown Todd, has accepted the position of Deputy Executive Director for the American Bar Association.  Jim will start these new duties on August 31, 2015.

Jim has served previously as the ABA’s treasurer and as a member of the Board of Governors.

Jim has been an active alumni leader as well, having served as the president of the board of directors of the National Association of Wabash Men.

For more on Jim’s new role, click here.

Congrats Jim!

Northwest Indiana Sendoff – Thanks Amy and Mark!

Mark (2nd for left) and Amy (2nd from right) greet guests

Mark (2nd for left) and Amy (2nd from right) greet guests

Amy and Mark ’83 Magura hosted the first Wabash Sendoff in Northwest Indiana yesterday…it was a fun and relaxing time.

The food was awesome and it really gave alumni, current students, new students, and families a chance to get to know each other and get answers to those questions- the ones that a new member of the Wabash family wants to ask but isn’t sure whom to ask.

Amy and Mark know Wabash well – two sons, Joe and Steve, are also Wabash alumni.  Their experiences as Wabash parents go a long way to answering a lot of questions.

The perfect summer spot

The perfect summer spot

As I mentioned, there was plenty of food.  With the national pastime on the TV, people ate, mingled, and ate some more.  (The Grunge tested the cookies and declared them all A#1!)

All in all, a great send off for our new students and parents from Northwest Indiana.

Thanks Amy and Mark!



Fullbridge Coming To Wabash

Workskills for students and young professionals


Fullbridge is a one week immersion program that offers an opportunity for our young men to fine-tune their skills for the real world.  It’s starts on Monday, August 16, 2015.

Programs such as Fullbrdge match up nicely with the liberal arts…offering a way to take our liberal arts education, top it off with real-world prep, and give our guys a heads up as they compete for opportunities “out there.”

For more information about Fullbridge at Wabash,  please contact:

Roland Morin

AXS-TV To Carry Monon Bell

Mason Zurek will be aback for his senior year

Mason Zurek will be back for his senior year

AXS-TV will again be televising the Monon Bell game in full HD.  The game is scheduled for 1:07 PM on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Over the past several years, more than 60 different locations have hosted a Monon bell telecast party.  Make plans now to attend a function, if you aren’t making the trip to Greencastle.  You can also help us by setting up a new broadcast party in your neck of the woods.

The Grunge, breaking a 15 year tradition, will be watching in cold and snowy Phoenix, AZ this year…but that’s another story for another time.


Are you ready for Wabash football?



The D3Football Preseason Rankings are in and Wabash shows up at #10.  For those of you who are curious about some prominent opponents, Witt is in at #17 while Hampden-Sydney and DePauw are unranked.

Junior outside linebacker (#28)Ethan Buresh has been selected as a Preseason All American as well.

The entire season starts with our trip to Hamden-Sydney for the second installment of the Gentleman’s Classic on September 5, 2015.  For more details on fan events associated with that game, click here.


Grunge to GaBunge

disney-magic-cruise-shipOne of the many benes of being a fighter pilot is you get to remain “youthful” for the entire time.  So, in a number of ways, I fit right in!  Let’s just leave it at that.

Well, Grunge will morph into GaBunge tomorrow and pack up and head for Dover, England.  The Runge team is cruising the Baltic on the recently-renovated Disney Magic.

It’s a vacation we’ve been planning and saving for since last summer.  You’ll be able to help make the trip happen – I’ll be selling Wabash pencils at the corner of Grant and Wabash for at least a year!!!

So, I’m hoping to check back in with you now 10 faithful readers when I return.  Until then…here’s to flying…and sailing…safe.


The Class of 2005



The Class of 2005 had an incredible turnout at the Big Bash – 55 class members signed in.  The Grunge thought the record set by the Class of 1996 back in 2006 – 40 alumni returning – would stand for a long time.  Not so.

Key ingredients – blindingly simple.  Strong leadership, active living unit representatives, and constant communication.  No rocket science involved but activity definitely required.

There was a little back and forth with the Class of 1985 on the bench painting but ’05 did, in fact, rule!



There’s another reunion lesson here – beautifully done by the class.  Despite the fact that they are only 32 years old, they’ve already lost classmates.  Tony Lobdell and Ken Rudolph are mentioned on the bench.  You’re never too young or too busy to spend a little time getting back together with the guys you shared Wabash with in your Golden Age.  We all have an expiration date but none of us know when that will be.  Don’t leave a reunion on the table…

A Day on the Links

davlinTrustee Jim Davlin ’85 recently hosted some of Wabash’s senior leaders for a day at his local golf club.  In this case, it was the Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan.  Joining Jim (third for the right) were Dean of Students Mike Raters ’85 (second from left) and CFO Larry Griffith (to Mike’s left.)  Also playing that day was our newest Dean, Alan Hill.  (That’s Alan with the driver.)  Alan becomes our first dean for Professional Development on July 1.

As you can tell for the smiles, it was a fun day for all.