C’ville High School Reunion

Mt. Zion Elementary - A Long, Long Time Ago

Took this last Saturday night at our (CINC Grunge and Grunge) high school reunion.  This crew went to Mt. Zion Elementary before Tuttle and Crawfordsville High School.

What does this have to do with the ‘Bash and the Big Bash?  Nothing and everything.

I had no idea what to expect.  I attended our 10th and said that was all I needed for life.  But we have now attended the 40th and 45 th (I started high school when I was 7!)

This reunion reinforced something that I think everyone wonders about…status.  Our high school had the “in crowd” group, the “athletic” group, and a few others.  None of that mattered…at all.  We had good students and bad students…didn’t matter in the least.  What counts is the common bond of experience, just being there.  What counts even more?  That we have gone on to live a good life.  That in some way we have made a difference.  And that we are willing to share our experiences with others…others who shared our life decades ago.

All that pre-reunion stress and anxiety?  Over in 13 nanoseconds.


The Challenge of Excellence – Total = ?????

The Challenge of Excellence

The Challenge of Excellence was launched in the Fall of 2010.  A three-year campaign to raise $60,000,000 focused directly on strengthening the student experience at Wabash, it has resonated with the Wabash community near and far.

The results today, more than a year from the original completion date on June 30, 2013, are…well…I can’t tell you.  You can get a hint from the screen shot above…but only a hint.

If the curiosity is getting you…there is an answer.  Be among the first to know by attending the Homecoming Celebration on Friday evening, September 28, 2012.

Like being the spoiler?  No sweat.  Drop by the Dean Jon Stern’s office on September 27, 2012 with a big check and watch us jump through the hoops.  We’ll do it though, I promise you.

Kudos for the Challenge of Excellence go to President Pat White for his vision and leadership.  In addition, the “heavy lifting” by the staff was led by Dean Joe Emmick until his departure and then by our Director of Development, Alison Kothe.  We also wouldn’t be where we are without the sage advice of our Campaign Counsel, Charlie Witzleben, and the leadership of Trustees Allan Anderson and Ted Grossnickle.  Allan and Ted have served as co-chairmen of the COE.


Moisture Needed – 47933 – Any rain encouraged to apply!

The grass near Kane House

Yesterday I was in Indy for the IAWM monthly meeting.  First time I have been able to make it in months.

Right after the meeting…a nice rain shower moved through the downtown.  The iPhone reported the temperature to be 81 degrees – the high for the day was to be 99!!!

Of course, I just had to check C’ville and Lafayette as well.  Both at 99 degrees.  No rain.

The Closeup is worse!

Needless to say, the Wabash River looks Sugar Creek and Sugar Creek looks like…ahh…wet dirt.  Carol and the Grunge have changed the name of the housing area from Raineybrook to Dry Branch.

Amazingly, the football field and soccer field look fine…

Scotland…Ben Nevis..and the Crowley Boys

Ben Nevis is the tallest peak in the United Kingdom.  4,409 feet above sea level.  (Yes, the Grunge could find it on the F-111 radar!)

Charlie Crowley '70

Ben Nevis became the location of choice recently for a Crowley family get-together.  Here it is in Charlie Crowley’s (Class of 1970) own words: “Last week I was visiting with my brother Steve (’72) and his family in Scotland.  The trip was in part a rite of passage for his son, BenNevis Whitman Crowley, named after the highest point in the UK, Ben Nevis.  Four of us took the time to climb the mountain.  Of course no summit picture would be complete without a photo of the Wabash flag wife Mary made for me 30 years ago.  It’s always in the pack ready for a photo op.  The guidebook said “from the summit you can see for 175 miles.”  That must have been on one of the other days of the week.  In hindsight, visual marketing of the College is not as effective in the middle of a cloud!”

Charlie – those clouds are what the blokes call “liquid sunshine!”



The Road Trip Van – Now a Veteran

The Road Trip Van

The Road Trip van – the most used of any vehicle in the Wabash fleet – is set to finish her second year on the road in the summers.  She’s a little dusty and dirty and she picked up a dent along the way – not from our students.

But she still turns heads…especially the back she makes her way around to various Road Trip events.

One other college president, when shown a picture of the Wabash van, said something to the effect: “Get us one of those!”

She’ll soon return to the more mundane work of transporting folks back and forth…but…it won’t be long before football season arrives and it’s time for away game tailgates which require a…ROAD TRIP!

Bigfoot…Yarns…Strings…Flying Turtles…and Other Scientific “Stuff”…

Adam Bowen

Our Media Center Superstar, Adam Bowen, has just finished his magic with the 2012 version of the Big Bash Scarlet Yarns. Adam thinks it’s the best one yet…I have absolutely no reason on earth to disagree.

Adam’s good…real good…

In a strange but all so Wabash way, Adam’s work intersected with that of Ian Grant ’13.  Ian has been doing some research and he because intrigued by a story told by Don Kerner ’62 in June at the Big Bash.  Don was related a time when…well…click here for Ian’s story.

While we often think we’re telling “Yarns” to remind us of the Good Old Days…these yarns can also fuel the creative minds…

If You Designed a Liberal Arts IT Firm…

Greg Huebner H'77

That’s Greg Huebner H’77…now retired art professor/legend at Wabash.  His studio?  Well, it’s located at Apparatus, an IT firm in Indianapolis.  The CEO of Apparatus is Wabash Trustee Kelly Pfledderer ’96.

Now it’s starting to make sense?

Greg is the Artist in residence at Apparatus – he shares his artistic talents with the IT firm’s team.  The idea was formed when Kelly and Greg…  For more on the story, click here.

Montana Timmons ’13 in the sports news

Montana Timmons '13

I opened up the Lafayette Journal-Courier Sports page – the only part of the paper I read – please don’t tell anyone!  I instantly recognized current Wabash rising senior Montana Timmons.

Montana is doing a different kind of internship this summer…I am pretty sure he’s enjoying his opportunity as much as any other student at Wabash.

For more on Montana, click here.

Synopsis – You Saw It First Right Here!

Justin, Joseph, and Charlie

Remember these names – Justin Taylor ’15, Joseph Jackson ’14, and Charlie Kolisek ’15.

Back in February, Justin attended an Entrepreneurial Summit here at Wabash.  Two days later, their idea – Synopsis – was born.  Synopsis is a social media network that could well revolutionize the college admissions process.  Not just Wabash…but every college and university.

Three Wabash guys with an idea that could change the world of college admissions.  Pretty cool!

To find out more about this exciting effort and how you could help, email Justin at:



Another Wabash Road Trip 2012

Frank Ruvoli ’13 and Rudy Altergott ’13 are not the only Roa d Trippers this summer.

Greg Birk ’77 and Coach Rob Johnson H’77 made their way to the Olympic trials recently.  Greg took a little longer route – visiting with several Wabash alumni along the way.

Greg Birk '77 and Stephen Pavy '81

Greg stopped at the Joseph Phelps Winery in Napa Valley to catch up with Stephen Pavy ’81.  Stephen is the Director of Hospitality and Wine Education at the Winery.  Greg and Stephen are class agents for their classes and worked together in the Admissions office at Wabash.

Coach Rob Johnson H'77, Adam White '98, Matt Fleshman '98, and Greg Birk '77

At the Olympic Trials in Oregon, Coach Johnson and Greg caught up with former Wabash runners Adam White and Matt Fleshman.

Greg and his family continued the trip with their yearly stop in Colorado…


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