Wabash In Malaysia!?!

Barry Ooi, Wabash Class of 2010, just did something I’ll bet no other Wabash student has EVER done – a College Fair in Malaysia!!! To read the complete entry, click here.

The cool part? Young men visiting the College Fair are much more likely to engage in conversation with Barry than someone who doesn’t know the school or some jet-lagged rep.

Hats off to Barry but there’s also an opportunity here for you. Do you know of a College Fair in your area, country, continent? If so, and you’d be able to help the College out by staffing the Fair, please let our admissions team know. They are as close as an email to Linda Weaver at

Delt Construction Update

The Delt house construction is also coming along nicely. †The plan is to have the major items done this summer and next so as not to interfere with the guys living in the house. †So far so good.

Freshman Saturday isn’t that far off.

TKE Construction Update was the old Sigma Chi house…then independent housing…then the temporary home of the Phi Delts…then more independents…then GONE!

As you can see, construction has begun in earnest on the new, smaller version of the TKE house. The location is a prime one – the TKEs will be "back on campus" so to speak.

Peter Pactor '65 – Impact!

That’s Peter Pactor, popular but tough teacher in Fort Worth, Texas and class agent extraordinaire for the Class of 1965.

As of the end of the school year last year, Peter has been teaching for 41 years! That’s a long time by any measure.

The students he had in his first several classes are now members of AARP!

It takes a very special person to devote a lifetime to teaching and enjoy it as much as Peter. Peter is one of those rare people who finds good in everyone…and challenges them to do their absolute best.

Peter Pactor, Some Little Giant!

Dean Reynolds '70 Moving to CBS

Wabash’s own Dean Reynolds is making the move from ABC to CBS.

Here’s an excerpt from the press release from Sean McManus:

"I’m pleased to tell you that Dean Reynolds, an award-winning reporter who has covered major stories from datelines around the world, has been named a CBS News correspondent. Dean will join Cynthia Bowers in the Chicago bureau, giving us a remarkably strong correspondent team in the Midwest.

Any time you can acquire the talents of a reporter like Dean Reynolds, you jump at the opportunity. He has done extraordinary work on every kind of story imaginable, from the biggest domestic stories of the past decade to politics to international hostage crises and the Gulf War. He will make CBS News even stronger.

Dean has been a correspondent for ABC News for the past 23 years, reporting primarily for “World News” as well as other network broadcasts and platforms. In addition to major domestic stories, including President Gerald Ford’s funeral, he covered many presidential campaigns, most recently that of Sen. John Kerry in 2004 while based in Chicago (1998-present). Dean also covered the campaign of Gov. George W. Bush in 2000.

Dean is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, as well as the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Merriman Smith Award for excellence in presidential news coverage for his reporting on the shooting of President Ronald Reagan.

Dean was born in East Chicago, Ind. He was graduated from Wabash College in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. He lives with his wife and four children in the Chicago area. He is the son of Frank Reynolds, the late ABC News anchor."

Thanks – The Walkway Looks Great!

Realized that I needed to provide an update on the brink missing from the walkway I mentioned a few weeks ago. Well, here’s the same walkway today…as you can see the walkway is complete and the brick matches perfectly.

I won’t leak the good news about the Annual Fund final numbers-others well above my station will do that in the near future. But I do want top thank all of you for investing in the Wabash of tomorrow. Just as those before us made a Wabash education possible, you have done the same for those who will follow.


Bob Gregerson '85 Receives Appointment

Bob Gregerson, Class of 1985, has been appointed head of the biology department at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Here’ the information from the press release:

"Prior to joining Armstrong Atlantic, Gregerson served as associate professor of biology at Lyon College in Batesville, AR. He was a research geneticist at the University of Minnesota from 1991 through 1995.

At Lyon College, Gregerson administered a 15-person division with duties including curricular planning, course scheduling, budget planning and management, and faculty and student recruitment and retention.

He is the recipient of Lyon College’s 2004 Williamson Prize for Faculty Excellence and was named Arkansas Professor of the Year in 2003 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Gregerson holds a Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the University of Georgia and a B.A. in biology from Wabash College."

Congrats Bob!

Parker Lyons Update

Earlier in the blog I mentioned alumnus Parker Lyons ’97 was featured in the Indianapolis Star – he did a critique of the movie Transformers.

As it turns out, Parker does have a real movie connection. Parker works with noted movie director Guillermo Del Toro in running Del Toro’s fansite. Del Toro just won 3 Oscars for his film Pan’s Labyrinth in February of this year.

Parker, living proof of the value of a liberal arts education, is also featured in a profile on the Wabash web site. Click here.

Big Plans For Business

That’s Andy Deig ’08 explaining his master plan for a new entertainment complex (Deigville) in Evansville, Indiana. This massive complex will include restaurants, bars, a couple of nightclubs and an area for live entertainment. Andy and his business partners Adi Pynenberg ’08 and Michael Opieczonek ’09 have developed the concept and are ready to break ground.

I had the chance to listen to their business proposal right after Blaine Cooper-Surma ’09, Chris Haskell ’08 and Chandler Troy08 outlined their revolutionary idea for Media MenU, a new touchscreen menu/ordering process for restaurants. Think of it as an iPhone for restaurants.

Wait a minute – they’re all current Wabash students. What gives?

These guys, and six more, were presenting their final projects for the Business Immersion Course. This program, funded by a Lilly Grant and run by Kathy Wise from the Center of Inquiry and administered by Lu Hamilton ’76, teaches 10-12 Wabash students each summer about stating their own business. †They learn all the elements and the final presentation covers their business plan, marketing concept, capital acquisition – the whole nine years.

Five judges, all with business development backgrounds, provided sage advice. †Two of those judges were Daryl Johnson ’82 and Tim Oliver ’91.

I came away very impressed! To get to Deigville, take 47 to 59 to I-70 to…

Parker Lyons '97 – Film Critic !?!

Many of us know Parker Lyons as an active alumnus, class agent for the Class of 1997, and as a web guru.

It appears Parker has launched a new career – film critic.

The Sunday, July 8, 2007 Indy Star carried Parker’s review of the movie "Transformers". Parker summed up the movie: "Explosions, hot chicks, hot cars, and 50-foot-tall robots blowing up the city. A destructive CGI filmfest with laughs and thrills."

And that’s from a guy who lists his favorite movie as "The Empire Strikes Back." The film must be pretty good to rate those comments!