Class of 2007 adds new member!

Zack Foughty, Prof. Kay Widdows, Ross Dillard

Zack Foughty, Prof. Kay Widdows, Ross Dillard

Kay Widdows was named an Honorary Alumna at Homecoming, along with Betty Allen H’57, wife of Bob Allen ’57.

Zack and Ross – both Econ majors – took some time at the Celebrating Leadership Luncheon to welcome Kay to the Class of 2007.  Kay holds the John H. Schroeder Chair in Interdisciplinary Economics and has taught over three dozen different Econ classes in her tenure here.


The Pep Band Rocks!

Pep Band 2015

Pep Band 2015

Yes, they do.  And Saturday they stuck it out…the entire game…the whole, rainy, wet, cold game.

The Grunge has heard more fans say they LOVE the fact that the Pep Band is back. The sound is getting better and better…but I am not sure that matters as much as the facts that they are there and they are playing.  President Thad Seymour has already sent in a message from Florida saying he’s thrilled.

On the musical spectrum, playing drums in the pouring rain is tough.  Playing the plastic can is even tougher.

Regardless, they putting the icing on the Homecoming game cake.


Brother Jed – A Lunchtime Class

I think that's Brother Jed

I think that’s Brother Jed checking his iPhone

Brother Jed, with a following of about four people, stopped by campus yesterday…the message was “Repent or Perish.”


Brother Jed was accompanied by a young man who seemed to be the prime message deliverer.  I didn’t quite figure out why I deserve Hell, but I didn’t stay that long either.  You see, it’s Homecoming week and we have a lot to get done.  But, back to Brother Jed.

You can form a bazillion opinions about visits like this but…at a liberal arts college…especially The Liberal Arts College for Men…you can, and should, take a step back and calmly dissect the message and meaning.  I think the conflict might be apparent in their posters.  One says “Jesus saves from Sin and Hell.”  If you believe in God and Jesus, then I am pretty sure you believe that.  So, how do we reconcile the “You Deserve Hell” sign?  Did these five folks decide that?  If so, then there might be a little disconnect.  And there, my friends, is the fuel for a lively debate.

So, for a Monday noon, a little dose of liberal arts to go along with lunch.  Now, back to our regularly scheduled Homecoming prep.


60th Anniversary of the Wabash Class Agents

Dick Griesser and his wife talk to the President at a class agent meeting in 2008

Dick Griesser and his wife talk to the President at a class agent meeting in 2008

In a few short weeks, Homecoming will be here and the Society of Wabash Class Agents will be back on campus for their annual meeting.  This Homecoming marks the 60th Anniversary of the Society.  We’re set to welcome back class agents spanning the decades of the 1940s to the 2010s.

In between all of the logistics surrounding Homecoming, I couldn’t help but think about the contributions of some of our best class agents.  And when you think about impact, my good friend Dick Griesser ’51 is right at the top of the list.

He was sooooo proud of the Class of 1951 and their long time support of the College – they are among our most loyal classes. He treasured his classmates.  Sure, the Phi Psi bunch held a special place in his heart but that’s OK…they should.  Think about the time Dick was a student at Wabash – War, new fraternity, world changes – and you get a sense of lasting memories in a number of ways.

Dick now resides in Class Agent heaven, I am pretty sure.  I’ll bet he sees Dorman Hughes ’43 every day.

Being a class agent isn’t easy.  It’s a labor of love…for Wabash and for the class.  Dick Griesser was a standard bearer.


Great Weekend At Hampden-Sydney

Friday night get together drew over 100 Wabash fans

Friday night get-together drew over 100 Wabash fans

We started the weekend with an informal get-together at a local restaurant/bar in Farmville.  We had over 100 fans join us during the event.  The following morning’s tailgate included over 300 fans!  A great turnout.

"Flying Wallies" takes on new meaning!

“Flying Wallies” takes on new meaning!

Mason Zurek went airborne to score this touchdown.  Seems very fitting as several Wabash football alumni went together to raise enough money so the team could fly to Virginia.  Mason’s was one of five touchdowns scored that day.


Sack by Connor Karns and Ethan Buresh

Sack by Connor Karns and Ethan Buresh

The defense played a very good game allowing less than 100 yards of total offense and limiting HSC’s scoring to a field goal.


Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

Sunday’s post game events included four team members laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Here the wreath is presented to the guys.  After their visit, the team also spent some time on the National Mall before heading back to campus.

Hampden-Sydney – Here We Come!


Charley’s – See you there Friday night

Tomorrow, the Grunge and Carol head towards Virginia.  It was almost a year ago that I took the trip out there for the first time.

We’re expecting a good crowd at Charley’s on Friday night – hope we see you there.

Football and Tailgate

Football and Tailgate

It’a a natural grass field and, as you can see, there’s not much seating on the visitor’s side.  Bring lawn chairs!  For those of you attending the tailgate, it’s in the red building straight behind the visitor’s bleachers.

The VIP section of their home stands

The VIP section of their home stands

Above their general seating, there’s a nice area where the HSC folks can entertain their VIPs.


This should look familiar

This should look familiar

Their Chapel looks a lot like the one at Wabash.


Where HSC got its start.

Make sure you take a little time to look around campus.  You’ll be amazed at the similarities.

See you there – WAF!


You Remember Freshman Sunday/Saturday…

First stop - "stuff"

First stop – pick up “stuff”

If you are like me, you remember the day…but not a lot of the details.  I remember our son’s better than I do mine.  Regardless, you go high school boy to Wabash Man-in-the-making in the space of a couple of hours.  (Mom, your home cooking also became sooooo good!)

You pick up your packet of “stuff” and you begin making your way – the transition is incredible if you think about it.  These young men start the journey to becoming a man responsible for their actions…in simple but concrete ways.



Coach Kyle Brumett talks to a family

Coach Kyle Brumett talks to a family

Familiar faces in the group ease part of that transition – for students and parents alike.  Coach Kyle Brumett (left), head basketball coach, was there to talk a little “X and O” and a lot of Wabash College.

He's tall!

He’s tall!


First Lady Lora Hess seems to be asking Trustee Dave Callecod ’89 where his son, Nolan ’19, got his height.

President Hess talks to a set of parents as Dean for Advancement Michelle Janssen looks on.

President Hess talks to a set of parents as Dean for Advancement Michelle Janssen looks on.

Of course, the central piece of of the day is the welcoming of the families into the Wabash community.  President Hess does that in a very visible fashion at the Ringing In Ceremony.  He also does it one-on-one – helping families to understand the Wabash isn’t a four year educational business exchange..Wabash is 4-LIFE.

Yes, the times have changed, the faces have changes, and orientation is better than ever.  What hasn’t changed is the zeal for life and learning that becomes a part of the DNA of every Wabash man.