Christmas List Item #1

Well, it’s almost October so it just might be time for assembling my Christmas wish list.

Early thoughts include a new Canon camera, winning the lottery and retiring instantly, an Irish victory in football (any game, even Navy!), about this…a new press box for Wabash football?

We traveled to Millikin last week and theirs is very nice. Never mind those visitor’s bleachers on a trailer, their press box is quality and a similar one would make a nice addition at Hollett Stadium, don’t you think?

So there you have it – the first item on the Grunge’s Christmas list – a new press box for the Little Giants.

Bart Banach – Off to the Races!

That’s Bart Banach, a senior from Munster, Indiana, on his way to a nice gain against Millikin last Saturday. The Little Giants looked pretty good – quarterback Kyle Augustinovicz, a sophomore, put up some good numbers and the defense looked stout.

This week they’ll be off to Ohio Wesleyan which is always a competitive game for us.

Roy Sexton '95 – Moving Up the Corporate Ladder

Roy Sexton ’95, class agent for his class, reports he’s recently been promoted by Oakwood Healthcare in Dearborn, Michigan, to Corporate Director of Strategic Communication and Planning. Roy’s new responsibilities are many and varied. Primarily, it sounds like Roy’s leading an effort to develop a new client-focused organization of account executives.

Roy also reports he’s finished his MBA program so it sounds like he’ll have more time without his studies but less time with his additional responsibilities. That’s life.

Congrats Roy!

Coaching – It Can Wear On You

Last Saturday’s football game against Franklin College was a nail-biter – it wasn’t over until it was over…as a noted baseball icon would say…

I took this shot during the game. From left to right it’s Dr. John Roberts ’83, team physician, and the honorary coaches of the week Dean Joe Emmick ’92, Dean for Advancement, and Jeana Rogers, Media Services Specialist.

Don’t let anyone tell you the “honorary” coach of the week position comes without responsibility or its share of nerves…you can see it on Dean Emmick’s and Jeana’s faces!

Remembering 2001

September 11th…one of those days you’ll always remember where you were when you first heard the news in 2001.

Set your politics aside for a minute. Keep in mind it wasn’t an attack on liberals or conservatives. It didn’t happen because we weren’t in “dialogue”. It wasn’t a result of our lack of action after the USS Cole. It’s wasn’t a military attack – it was carefully designed to be as horrifying and “on the news” as possible…for as long as possible. These people simply hate us and our way of life. There is no choice but to be vigilant and aggressive – everything else is seen as a sign of weakness.

Remember the Dads and Moms who never came home, the kids who still miss them, the firefighters and rescue workers who gave their lives, the men, women, and children who were innocent passengers on those guided-missile airliners.

Please don’t forget…please.

Photo: yesterday at Wabash College

Brent Harris – Award Winning SID!

Brent Harris, Sports Information Director for Wabash, is one of the most dedicated, hardest working guys I have ever met. How he finds time to put 26 hours of work into a 24 hour day is well beyond my feeble ability to comprehend.

Brent has received three national writing awards for a piece he wrote for Wabash Magazine on Rob Tomey’s courageous fight against cancer. You’ll recall that “54 Steps” paid tribute to Tomey, a faithful volunteer at Wabash football games.

In a national contest sponsored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), that story was named the Best National Feature, Best Feature in the District, and placed second nationally in all categories of writing by members of CoSIDA.

We know how very good Brent is and how fortunate Wabash is to have him. It’s nice to see his national professional organization also recognize his tremendous abilities and contributions.

Brent Harris – Some Little Giant!

Valerie (Harvey) Powell '59 In The News

Dr. Valerie (Harvey) Powell ’59 reports she has married Jay Powell, also a PhD – the picture is of them on their honeymoon in Canada.  

Valerie has also been appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Rendell to the Chronic Care Management, Reimbursement, and Cost Reduction Commission. Valerie reports this commission will be a test of her liberal arts education, for sure!

Congrats Valerie! 

W.A.B.A.S.H Day Coming to Marion, Indiana

W.A.B.A.S.H. DayWabash Alumni Benefiting and Serving Humanity – is a yearly community service day sponsored by the National Association of Wabash Men. The photo above is one of many from last year’s WABASH Day.

The Marion Indiana Alumni Association will be preparing and serving meals on Saturday, October 6 from 9 am – 12 pm at Kay’s Kitchen, which is located at the St. Martin Center in Marion.

The kitchen averages 136 meals per day, providing nutritious home cooked meals in a welcoming, clean, and respectful atmosphere. Thanks to the dedicated service of numerous volunteers, Kay’s Kitchen served over 34,800 meals in 2006.

Craig Miller ’97 and David Callecod ’89 are the Wabash Day Leaders in Marion.

For more WABASH Day information, click here.

President Pat White – Visible Force on Campus

That’s President Pat White talking to a couple of Sphinx Club members last Friday. President White and his wife Chris were there to cheer the Wabash soccer team on in their battle with DePauw.

The Whites have really been a big hit with the campus community and the greater Wabash family located near and far.

I know my good friend Jon Pactor ’71 will be very happy with the photo – President White is sporting a W.A.B.A.S.H Day hat!

Jim Millican '64 Joins Law Firm

The law firm of Gallagher Sharp, In Cleveland, Ohio, announced that James T. Millican II, Wabash Class of 1964, has become Of Counsel.

Jim is a trial attorney who has defended public and private companies in toxic tort, products liability, and construction litigation for the past 40 years. He has also represented insurance carriers in matters involving insurance coverage, personal injury, wrongful death, employer intentional torts, and property damage.

Jim received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1967.

Congrats Jim!