Alumni Terrace – Where's Your Brick?

I hope to see you at the Big Bash – my class will be celebrating our 35th reunion!

The Big Bash offers plenty of time for roaming around campus. One place that always draws people is the alumni terrace in front of Forest Hall.

The terrace has 2,500 bricks set in the late 1990s and the bricks represent alumni and their families going way back…

Make it a stop when you are back for the Big Bash!

Tom Bennett '60 Headed to Hall of Fame

Tom Bennett, Wabash Class of 1960, will be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on March 22, 2006 in Indianapolis.

Tom played for Southport High School where he shared player of the year honors in 1956 with a pretty good round ball player named Oscar Robinson.

As a high school coach at three Arizona high schools, Tom built a record of 711-269.

Tom was head coach of esa Community College in Arizona for 19 seasons, compiling a record of 442-165. No losing seasons, 9 conference titles, 6 NJCAA Region 1 titles, and 1990 NJCAA Coach of the Year.

That’s 1153 lifetime victories as a coach!

Tom was inducted into the Wabash Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.

Wow – Tom Bennett – you’re Some Little Giant!

Beth Swift – Archivist Extraordinaire

Beth Swift runs the Wabash College Archives.  Nestled deep inside the Lilly Library, the Archives house Wabash history, lore, and tradition.

Beth is the best kind of archivist you will find.  She’s more than happy to share information and treasures with you.  She believes all that history comes alive when it is shared.

Thanks Beth, for all you do for the Wabash community!


Campus Conversation to Feature Wabash Alumni

The Subject: The role of and relation between religion and government
The Place: Baxter Hall, Room 101
The Date: Thursday, February 16, 2006
The Time: 4:30 PM

This discussion promises to be interesting and timely!  Join the Wabash community to exchange ideas with:

Mark Rutherford ’82, chairman of the Indiana Libertarian Party
Steve Webb ’83, Professor of Religion and Philosophy
Tom Fisher ’91, Solicitor General of Indiana

Bill Cook '66 – Teaching Award Runner-up

Bill Cook ’66, Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at SUNY-Geneseo, has been selected at the runner-up for the prestigious 2006 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching.

Cook deflected his own kudos for being the alternate and one of only three finalists.  He was selected out of a field of 86 nominations representing 68 colleges and universities, and 46 disciplines.

Cook mentioned how great his achievement is for Geneseo. He is the first professor from a public liberal arts college—as opposed to larger, public universities—to be up for the award.

Congratulations Bill!

All in the Family – Finally!

"We got our boy!"  That’s how Jim Hawksworth ’95 started his email announcement.  His wife Brenda gave birth to James "Jimmy" Paul Hawksworth (Wabash Class of 2028, if we did the math right) at 12:06 PM on February 3, 2006.

Brenda is already home where Jimmy’s sisters Carly (3) and Abby (1) are both helping Mom and Dad.

This is, we understand, Paul ’56 and Dorothy Hawksworth’s eighth grandchild but first grandson! 

Congratulations all!!!


The Clock Tower

To many of us, the latest location of the clock tower is a change.  The clock now rests to the east of Baxter Hall, almost between Baxter and Center Halls.

Of course, this is a "new-tradition" location, as the construction of Hays Science Hall a couple of years ago necessitated the move. Looks pretty good there, with Center Hall, which is, was, and always will be Center Hall, in the background.

Scarry thing?  The clock is showing the correct time, almost to the minute.  (And I don’t mean it’s correct twice a day!)

Back in my day… 

NAWM Board Shares Insight With Seniors

On Saturday, January 28, 2006, members of the board of directors of the National Association of Wabash Men (NAWM) met with seniors to discuss the responsibilities and privileges of being a Wabash alumnus. For our seniors, Commencement is just around the corner.

In this photo, Duane Hile ’67, member of the board and regional association leader from Cleveland, talks with several seniors.

Wabash alumni are automatically members of the National Association of Wabash Men – for life! There are no dues, just a shared vision to support each other and the College.

A great deal in this day and age.

Student Research – What An Opportunity

The Celebration of Student Research on Friday, January 27, 2006 has been covered elsewhere on our web site (click here) – it was simply incredible.

For example, I happened on John Anagnostou ’07, a biology major, discussing his research with Wabash Trustee and noted Indianapolis pediatrician Jim Cumming ’61. John spent last summer working with a research team at the IU School of Medicine. He plans to continue his research this coming summer and following graduation attend medical school.

It’s one thing to do this kind of research – a life experience. It’s another to stand there and talk with a well-known doctor, on a virtually equal footing, about something they both see as critical research with life-saving implications. 

John will be a difference maker, I’m sure.  Just like Jim Cumming ’61 and so many others…