Robert Boarman '08 Joins NAWM Board

The board of directors of the National Association of Wabash Men (NAWM) welcomed a new student representative at the January meeting held last weekend. Board president Jay Fisher ’66 welcomed Robert Boarman to the group.

Robert is a junior at Wabash and he’s a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Robert serves as the vice president of the student body and is active in many different organizations on campus.

Welcome Robert!

Celebrating Student Research

Senior Sam Borrelli, who hails from Bristol, Indiana, explains his research project to Debbie Wilson, Trustee Fred Wilson ’69, and Trustee Larry Hutchison ’63. Sam’s effort addressed "The Impact of Legal Immigration on Hourly Wages", a timely and important subject. Sam handled himself and the subject well, impressing everyone who stopped by to chat about his research.

Fred, Debbie, and Larry have much more than a passing knowledge of the subject. Fred has been the CEO of a couple of companies, Debbie has a strong background in retail, and Larry retired as the Controller of Manufacturing for Eli Lilly!

You have to be proud of our guys! I know our Trustees and alumni board members were!

Wabash Alumni Gathering This Weekend – Miami!

Tim Oakes ’86 and Lu Hamilton ’76 tell me they are headed to the Super Bowl this coming weekend. Great, I said – tongue firmly in cheek. Why didn’t they think to ask me to go along…

Anyway, if you are headed to the Super Bowl this weekend and would like to gather for a Wabash group photo before the game, email Tim Oakes at (cell is 317-258-1933). Tim is setting up the photo opp and will give you all the details…

Have fun guys…don’t worry about me…I’ll be OK at home in front of my 10" black and white TV…if it comes back from the repair shop in time…

Did I mention I have family in Miami?

Wow! What a Weekend!

It was a great Wabash weekend by any measure. And the real beauty of it is that every event, every function celebrated the history and traditions of Wabash while imagining what the future might hold. The Fine Arts program Thursday evening, the celebration of research by our students and faculty, our student sharing their dreams of Wabash, and the Inauguration of Wabash’s 15th president, Patrick E. White.

And that’s just a short executive summary. I’ll share a few Grunge pictures & thoughts with you over the next few days but they don’t begin to compare with the great coverage by our talented PA staff elsewhere on the web.

Check it out…


History In The Making

This year Wabash will celebrate its 175th year. In all those years, we’ve only had 15 presidents…15!!!

Wabash men always hold "their president " in high regard.

This weekend we’ll celebrate the Inauguration of our 15th president – Pat White. Pat and his lovely wife Chris are totally Wabash, in every way, shape and form. They have embraced Wabash and its mission completely. And they both see a future where Wabash is better and stronger than ever before…

Our Wabash and Crawfordsville communities are fortunate!

In the photo, Gordon Peters ’52 talks with Pat and Chris White.

It Can't Be Said Any Better!

The following is the text of an email sent to Ray LaDriere ’78, a member of the NAWM board of directors, from a Wabash friend:

"Funny the older I get the more I value the Wabash experience and particularly as I evaluate the college experience of the children of my colleagues. For whatever reason, Wabash gave a more fully rounded experience to most of us than kids seem to get today even at very highly regarded colleges and universities. Maybe it was the times, or the faculty, or the fact that many of us did not come from advantaged circumstances, or the fact Wabash was all male, but frankly I have not met anyone yet who had a better well rounded academic and educational experience than Wabash provided to us. We both received a great legal education but it was not, in retrospect, as life changing, at least in my case, as the Wabash experience. I look forward to helping a little and being a part of the college again."

Thanks Ray for sharing!

Going to Costa Rica?

If you are tired of the snow and cold weather and you’re wanting to get away, you might take alumnus Jim Twomey ’54 up on his offer in beautiful Costa Rica.

Jim recently moved there from the state of Washington and he and his lovely wife have opened a B & B in Santo Domingo de Heredia.

Jim promises a 50% discount to all Wabash men and their families – a great deal.

To contact Jim, fire him an email at:

Jim Pope '70 Joins Baker and Daniels

James R. Pope, Wabash ’70, has joined Baker & Daniels LLP as of counsel in the law firm’s Downtown Indianapolis office. He practices in business litigation, focusing primarily on utility law.

Before joining Baker & Daniels, Pope spent more than 33 years as in-house counsel for Duke Energy, a Fortune 500 company, and its predecessor companies, Cinergy and PSI Energy, Inc.

Pope graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington in 1973 after earning his bachelor’s degree at Wabash College.

Congratulations, Jim!

From a press release…