Now I Know How It Got Its Name

It’s called the “bleep” test. The athletes – in this case Wabash’s soccer team – run between two sets of cones. In the background is a series of bleeps that provide the tempo for the fitness test. The “bleeps” continue – faster and faster. Every so often the recorded voice of an English gentleman, who sounds like he’s relaxing in an easy chair, tells you what level you’ve achieved.

Two stories exist about the origin of the name. The first, since the test was developed in Europe, is that it’s simply named after the sound made by the recording. The other story is that it received it’s name after the first set of athletes went as far as they could and then were asked to describe the test. This morning? I’d say the second option is more realistic!

Photo: senior Gary Simkus leads the way as the seniors and team captains get into the “Bleep” part of the test.

For more photos, click here.

I Wanna Be Greg Birk '77

Yep, that’s Greg Birk ’77 again…yep, in Colorado!  On the right is Jason Brandt ’98.  They are at the peak of Mt. Democrat (Mt. Republican was unavailable for comment) in Colorado. It’s a “fourteener”, as they say out there.  (The summit is over 14,000 feet above sea level.)

Not sure how Greg’s day job during the school year is but I certainly would like to have his summer line of work!  Of course, I’d need to lose 30 lbs. and start running marathons and such.

I am always amazed at how far reaching the Wabash world is…




Wabash Hosts Young Alumni Symposium

Wabash welcomed ten young alumni, ranging from the Class of 2000 to the Class of 2007, back to campus to participate in a series of discussions focused on young alumni engagement. The group provided us with several great ideas and reminded the not-so-young alumni (OK – me!) about why today’s generation is different in many ways. They also made the point that the Gentleman’s Rule and the College Mission Statement are as pertinent today as in past generations.

In the picture Jim Amidon ’87 (r) makes a point while talking to (from left) Andrew McGlothlen ’05, Joe Martin ’06, Ross Dillard ’07, and Josh Owens ’07.

Dick Daniels '52

I try to keep this blog full of good news – campus news, alumni news, etc.

But every so often, as we Hoosiers say, I cover some not-so-fun things. Today’s subject fits right in between those – we lost Dick Daniels ’52 earlier this week. His lovely wife Jan called with the news. We’ll miss him, for sure. But we can also be happy that he is at peace and the pain is over.

Those of you who know Dick know he touched many lives. Dick was a man of God and that smile should tell it all. Untiring minister. Constant recruiter for Wabash. Superb motivator of men. Quiet calm in his dealings with prostate cancer – the kind of calm that comes only from a faith so strong it overcomes every challenge.

Dick Daniels ’52 – Some Little Giant. Hope to see you on the other side!

Stephen King '97 – Financial Physician

Stephen King ’97, our Cincinnati area regional association president, was featured recently in the Cincinnati Magazine.

I love the way the article starts: “Meet the Pro. He may not be an M.D., but Steve King is a financial physician.”

Steve is a CFP (certified financial planner) for The Financial Legacy Group. There are a lot of financial planners in the area, but Steve has quickly gained the reputation of being an expert in his field.

Congrats Steve!

Ashraf Haidari '01 At Camp David & In The News!

Ashraf Haidari ’01, who serves his native Afghanistan as the counselor for political, security and development affairs at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C., was at Camp David with Presidents Bush and Karsai. Ashraf is a key member of the leadership team at the Embassy.

President Bush lauded the efforts of President Karsai and the Afghan people in an address from Camp David, citing their numerous efforts to bring peace, stability and prosperity to their nation.

Ashraf was featured in the news recently as well. You can check out the full story here.

Ashraf Haidari, Some Little Giant!

John Wheeler '70 Leaving Mall of America

Charlie Crowley ’70 send me a copy of an article from the Minneapolis paper stating that his classmate from Wabash, John Wheeler ’70, is stepping down after 18 years as president of the Mall of America. John plans to move into the not-for-profit area.

The picture above shows just the layout for the Mall’s first level – there are four! The Mall employs over 11,00 employees, has 520 stores, and has enough space inside for an Amusement Park! Another way to look at it? You could fit over 30 Boeing 747s inside the Mall.

John’s been with the Mall since the beginning. In typical Wabash fashion, John will be replaced by not one but two people!

We wish John the best!

Small World – Report by Jim Roper '68

This report comes from my good friend and fellow F-111 driver Jim Roper ’68…

The Barr Trail winds through the splendor of Colorado’s Front Range like few others. I hike it not nearly as often as I would prefer, but today was the day. It travels 13 miles from Manitou Springs to the top of 14126’ Pikes Peak, where Katherine Lee Bates wrote America the Beautiful in 1893. (She actually travelled up there in a mule wagon.) I took a ton of great photos. One of the folks who zipped past me was Greg Birk ‘77, whom I met at BigBash07 while he was jogging with Max Servies. He lives in Houston. Also a Beta. So what are the odds?

The Grassy Knoll Where Kingery Once Stood

That’s the grassy knoll where Kingery Hall once stood. Kingery served about 20 different roles in Wabash history and virtually every alumnus I meet has some sort of story about the old place. Certainly the emeritus faculty who had offices riht up until “the end” can tell you some good ones.

In the end, the damage to the roof uncovered even more damage form previous problems and the old building just couldn’t be saved.

The Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion is building a new complex there, having outgrown their current space in Hovey Cottage. This new building will, in the space of a few years, become a Wabash “tradition” as well…


Construction, Construction Everywhere

Well, I’ve tried to keep you updated on the construction around campus – today’s topic is the old TKE house/new independent housing. You’ll recall that the TKEs decided they needed a new house and that meant tearing the old one down or using it for independent housing. Walla – Independent housing. I believe the final design capacity is something like 60 men.

Most of the exterior update appears to be new windows and air conditioning (a welcome addition)! I am sure there’s some interior updating as well. Just changing the windows has made a big difference to the appearance.

Tomorrow – new construction where Kingery used to be…