Why They Don’t Give Back…

Commencement 2012

Had an interesting exchange with a loyal alumnus this week.  He was explaining to me why he believes alumni don’t support the college.  His reasoning was that alumni from his neck of the woods don’t support Wabash because they think we don’t spend enough time and resources recruiting in their area.

I’ll add that one to the following:
1.   Wabash is not co-ed.
2.  Wabash is going co-ed.
3.  Wabash replaced C & T with EQ.
4.  Wabash isn’t the same as it was in my day.
5.  Wabash hasn’t kept up with the times.
6.  Wabash doesn’t need my support. (Only about 35% of our alumni make a gift each year.)
7.  My money goes to other places like American Cancer Society, Smile Train, others.  (Good point – glad you support them.  But send something our way.)

The bottom line here is simple, I believe.  Alumni before our time, whenever that was, felt that their Wabash education was important to their growth and success.  They then decided to invest in you and me.  Now it’s our turn.  Sure, Wabash isn’t perfect and never will be.  But those young men who graduated last weekend are ready to change the world.   They’ve studied in C’ville…and in Europe, Central America, and Africa.  They’ve interned with companies near and far.  They are headed to Georgetown, Chicago, and IU-Bloomington Law…and Eli Lilly as well as many other places under the sun.  Be proud of them…and keep “This Good Place” getting stronger and stronger.

Here’s the link…tell them a poor, dumb fighter pilot sent you.

The Jimtown boys and Stephen Miller ’64

The Jimtown Crew

Dr. Stephen Miller ’64 (right in photo) was back at Commencement from Nemea, Greece where he now lives.  He was on campus to receive an Honorary Degree.

He’s a world famous archeologist.  In 1973 it was his team who uncovered the site of the Panhellenic games at Nemea.

Given Cal-Berkeley and Greece, you’d think his Indiana roots would be old and forgotten. Not true!  When he came to campus last week, he also had three friends from his old school days at Jimtown join him.  I caught them touring campus after Commencement.

Real friends are friends forever.

Class of 2012 Passports

Diploma? Passport?

Yes, they are just as cool as in my/your day – you know, back in the golden days of Wabash!  Still sheepskin…still Latin…still Wabash.

More than ever before, I think, they are also worldwide passports.  The Class of 2012 has been learning around the world and their life journey will be in a world much smaller than mine.  I also hope much safer.

I have great confidence in the world of tomorrow.

174th Commencement

A Very Special Mother's Day

Commencement 2012.  the 174th at Wabash…but who is counting, anyway.

The Class of 2012.  A Triple Distinction on Comps…first in history.  Medical schools await…so do Law Schools.  But so does an NFL tryout…and a MLB one as well.  Lots of great guys headed in a million directions.

But on this Sunday…they were all together…probably for the last time in their lives.

President White Leads The Way

President Pat White, in a fairly new tradition, led the guys through “the archway.”  No more fearing to fail – they made it!

The expressions carried every emotion under the sun.  Most, though, were like Greg Huey, who received his degree in English.  Greg has worked along side us in Advancement…he’s been a real stalwart.  He’s change this world a bit…I’m sure.

Greg Huey '12

Good luck to you, my friends, the Class of 2012.

When It Starts To Sink In…

Up Go The Bleachers

It’s Friday.  A walk across campus this fine morning shows the outward signs of the passage of another year.  The Commencement bleachers are going up.

For the seniors…the reality of “no more papers here” is matched by the equal reality of “no more spring breaks”.

The Class of 2012 is a good one – a bunch of talented guys who have become good friends.

The Grunge wishes them all the very best!


C’ville Gets Cracker Barrel

Coming Soon!

Good news and bad news.

Good news is we’re getting a Cracker Barrel.  It’s on the west side of 231 north near all of the hotels – that’s the Candlewood Suites in the background.

The bad news?  It won’t be ready for the 2012 Big Bash.  But this fall…


2012 Big Bash Mobile Site

2012 Big Bash Mobile App up and running

Many thanks to Mark Siegel in our IT office – Mark has this year’s Big Bash app up and running.  I could tell you all the things you can access…but that would spoil the fun.  You need to take your smart phone and get the site.

Then, add the site icon to your home screen and it’s there for you at a touch of those fingertips.

(I was tempted to add a plug for Apple devices – such as my iMac, MacBookPro, iPad, or iPhone here – but will not do that.  Oh…think I just did!)

When you start communicating about your class at the Big Bash, make sure you use the Twitter hashtag #WabBigBash.

To register for the Big Bash, click here.

43 Years At Wabash – Dr. David Hadley

David Blix '70 Congratulates David Hadley as "Ben" Looks On

Three Wabash legends in one shot.  Ben Rogge keeps a watchful eye as David Blix and David Hadley talk the talk of legendary service to Wabash.

43 years…a long time.  But that’s 43 years of dedicated teaching and service…doing what needed to be done, when it needed to be done.  Hundreds of young men to be mentored, classes to be taught, even “flies to be fished with freshmen”.

43 years…footprints all over campus…fingerprints all over successful lives.

Well done David…Some Little Giant!

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