They Came From Everywhere

Wabash Always Fights!

I’ll miss many, many folks and for that I apologize.  But they’ll understand.

Wallies came from near and far to support the Little Giants.
- Russ Harbaugh and his brother from New York City.
- Jim Davlin from Detroit.
- John Panozzo from Colorado.
- Khurram Tahir from California.
- Jim Kilbane from Chicago.

And there was the crew that rode the fan bus from C’ville, leaving at 4:00 AM, that included Profs. Rick Warner and Lexie Hoerl, Dean Mike Raters, Gary Ross, Bill Fell, and others.

And there were many, many more.

A great tailgate



Same as 2002

The Wabash Crowd

Before you shoot me, it isn’t about the outcome - it’s about Wabash fans!

They cheered loud and long – nothing unusual there.
They were into “it” all game long – nothing unusual there.
They yelled “Wabash Always Fights!” all afternoon – nothing unusual there.
They sang “Old Wabash” with heart and passion – nothing unusual there.
Special fans – Yes indeed!!!

Dear Old Wabash

Wabash Pride

And after the game was over, and the Mount Union team and ALL their fans had left the field, we had it all to ourselves.  Our team.  Our coaches.  Our fans.  The team had given it their all and the very personal, very proud feelings came to the forefront.  It’s the time where I almost think that pictures are invasive.

Days like Saturday help us to understand how really special the Wabash community really is.

Some Little Giants?  Yes, indeed.


Joe Emmick ’92 – Last Chapel Talk…for a while…

Joe Emmick '92

Joe Emmick ’92, departing later this month to take a leadership position at Elmhurst College, talked in Chapel yesterday.

Joe’s talk was about the changes in Wabash during his time at the College.  A lot of changes.  A lot of good changes.  Challenges…and opportunities.

Joe is “Wabash” through and through – he loves his Alma Mater just like we do.  He’ll be an involved alumnus in Chicago.  In fact, I think he’s looking forward to being just Joe Emmick ’92…if you get my drift.

We’ll miss him for sure – he’s been the “heavy lifter” and “go-to guy” for Advancement for many years.  But this is a professional and personal opportunity he didn’t want to miss.  They came looking for him – he wasn’t looking for them.

The Standing “O” at the end?  For sure.  We had a great crowd in Chapel to hear Joe and the guys clearly understood how much Wabash means to Joe and how much their Alma Mater has benefited from Joe’s hard work.

Wabash College Chapel and Joe Emmick '92

My sense is, though, that Wabash may see Joe Emmick back here at some point…stay tuned for a future season.

Travel safe, my friend!

Hauser Headed Home

Lt Col Tom Hauser, Wabash Class of 1988 and a Crawfordsville guy, is returning from Afghanistan.  Hopefully Tom will be home for Christmas – he’s been deployed for 11 months.

The Journal Review article mentioned Tom’s medals – those he had earned in combat. Ask him, I’ll bet, and you’ll get an “Aw shucks” kind of response.  “We don’t do what we do for medals” is probably what he would tell you.

I don’t know Tom…but I don’t need to know him.  He’s a brother…Wabash brother and military brother…and that’s all I need to know.

Happy Holidays, Sir!  Welcome Home!!!


A View From The Porch

Kane House

Yesterday the guys got their first taste of winter this year.  The day started with a lot of rain and then transitioned into heavy, wet snow.  The drive home was interesting, to say the least.

Regardless, the view from our porch is always a good one (I don’t have to write papers or go to 8:00 AM classes!)  Life changes daily but like Wabash, the Hays Center is timely and timeless…all in one.

Tomorrow is December 1, 2011.  The Holidays are upon us.



Dave Callecod ’89 – Leading Change!

Dave Callecod '89

Dave Callecod is president and CEO of Lafayette General Medical Center in Lafayette, LA.  He has been making a difference in healthcare for many, many years.  He’s also been a engaged alumni leader – in regional settings and on the board of directors of the National Association of Wabash Men.

Another alumnus who fits exactly the same description and holds a similar position in Detroit, Terry Hamilton ’89, sent me a note on a nice article about Terry’s vision and leadership.  Here’s the link.

Guys like Dave and Terry really stand out in tough times like these.

Wabash Always Fights! Normal!

An amazing comeback

The words are flying all over cyberspace: “Wabash Always Fights!”  Yes, the Wabash vs. North Central College was that kind of game.

It was truly a “WOW” game…for sure.  But in a strange way, it was also exactly what we expect from a Wabash team – we never quit.  We didn’t when it was 21-0…we didn’t when it was 28-7…we just kept giving it all we had.

Then 28-14….then 28-21…then 28-27…and an extra point waiting to be scored.

Then…GO FOR TWO.  I can tell you from my vantage point, that decision was supported by 100% of the fans around me.  If you can go for the win, why not?

Wabash does Always Fight…and that pays dividends for the rest of a Wally’s life.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Wabash Chapel

I got the “beak” last night about something.   One of those “why do we have to deal with that?” bouts.  Glen wasn’t there to cool me off but Cincgrunge did even better.

She let me think about it.

On reflection, especially here and especially now, we have a great deal for which to be thankful.  It’s not about what we wish for, it’s all about what we have on our plate.  We’re blessed.

I’ll bet you are as well.

So take a minute to think…just as I did last night….Happy Thanksgiving!

Head Coach and Much More – Antoine Carpenter ’00

Head Basketball Coach Antoine Carpenter '00

Just imagine, for a second, that you’re the new coach taking over for a living legend like Mac Petty…walking into Chadwick Court at some point, all alone, and hearing the cheers of the last 30 plus years…

Coach is focused!

Well, Antoine Carpenter ’00 heard some of those cheers as a player and as an assistant coach.  And while Antoine would be the first to thank and honor Coach Petty, he’s also quickly putting his own brand on Wabash basketball.

It’s early, but the Little Giants are 2-0 and look to be talented and deep.

But that’s not the entire Antoine Carpenter impact.  Antoine helps many, many young men here by setting up mentoring relationships with Wabash alumni.  Antoine knows the importance of a big brother/mentor/advisor and he has taken upon himself the task of making a big difference by linking alumni with our students. Antoine’s efforts are paying big dividends.

Antoine Carpenter ’00 – Some Little Giant.


Movember 2011

The Wabash Team for Movember

Facial hair on a fighter pilot?  No way – my mask won’t seal.

Asked to participate in support of men’s health, especially prostate cancer?  Sign me up.

Those two met head on this November 1.  I’m all in.

Movember is an annual program to generate awareness and support for curing men’s cancers.  As a prostate cancer survivor, when Sphinx Club president Tyler Wade asked me to be an honorary chairman, there was only one answer. All in. So are all these Wabash guys in the picture. Legend Mac Petty.  Dean’s Mike Raters, Steve Klein, Joe Emmick, and (as of December 1) Jim Amidon.  AD Joe Haklin.  Professors Ethan Hollander, Tobey Herzog, Dwight Watson, and David Blix.  Student leaders galore.

All in.

We’re battling Morehouse and Hampden Sydney to see who has the most participants.

I lost my Dad, my sister, my Father-in-law, and my Mother-in-law to cancer – I DO NOT WANT TO LOSE YOU.

Jump on the bandwagon – give your razor a break and warm up that credit card.


Wanted – Parental Discretion Advised for the following photo

Son of Goose Gossage?

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