Brian Burdick '91 – Another Indiana Super Lawyer

Barnes and Thornburg just reported than Brian Burdick ’91 was also selected as an Indiana Super Lawyer for 2008.

While some might believe the world has more than enough lawyers, the refreshing part is that Wabash educates many fine young men who make great lawyers and it’s certainly nice to see so many honored as the cream of the crop.

Congratulations Brian!

Sharing Leadership Tips At Wabash

Mike Raters ’85, Associate Dean of Students, is teaching a Freshman Tutorial this semester focusing on leadership. As a segment of that class, Mike invited some Wabash faculty and staff members, leaders themselves on campus, to discuss their thoughts on leadership. The panel discussed their thoughts on what defines a leader and reflected on their leadership opportunities as students at Wabash and in their current positions.

This class gave these young men a chance to learn from these talented Wabash community members who serve the College in distinctly different leadership roles.

In the Photo: panel members included Professor Bill Placher ’70, Dean of Students Tom Bambrey ’68, Director of Development Cal Black ’66, and major gift officer Steve Hoffman ’85.

Wabash In Costa Rica

That’s Alan Stolz ’53 on the left and Jim Twomey ’54 on the right. Alan and his wife Gail visited Jim and Bivina Twomey not long ago. Jim and his wife run a Bed and Breakfast in Costa Rica – they moved there a couple of years ago from the State of Washington. Talk about climate change!

Jim points out in his email that the banner that Al presented to him hangs proudly in their home.

If you’re headed towards Costa Rica, make sure you let the Twomey’s know you’re coming. Rumor has it that Wabash community members receive a very healthy discount – especially the ones who come bearing gifts!

(Polo shirts in February – now that looks very inviting!)

Wabash Alumni Named 2008 Super Lawyers

Mike Eckerle ’74 (left) and Dennis Cantrell ’82 (below) have been named 2008 Indiana Super Lawyers. Both men practice law at the noted Indianapolis firm, Bingham McHale.

“Indiana Super Lawyers” is a joint venture between Law & Politics Magazine and Indianapolis Monthly. The list represents the very best lawyers in the state as recognized by their peers. A maximum of 5% of the bar can be selected for the prestigious award.

Congrats to Mike and Dennis!

Meet the Coaches

Coach John Weitz (above), whose swim team just returned from the NCAC tournament having broken through the 1,000 point barrier, talks about his coaching background. †Coach Weitz spoke to a full house at the weekly Faculty and staff luncheon held in the Fobes Lounge of the Sparks Center. †

Also addressing the group was the new football coach, Eric Raeburn (below). †Coach Raeburn also talked of his coaching background and his excitement about leading the Little Giant football team. †

Mike Munday '11 And Family Receive Award

Mike Munday ’11, his parents Michael and Rachel Witt, and Mike’s siblings were recently named the Lafayette, Indiana YMCA Volunteer Family of the Year. The Lafayette YMCA is a big operation, serving more than 5,000 people in the community.

Don Franklin, the director of the Lafayette YMCA, says volunteers are critical to their success. “The Witts are a model YMCA family,” Franklin said. “The children take swimming lessons, karate lessons and gymnastics. Their family helps at camp workdays, races and other YMCA special events.”

Michael, a proud father, noted that Mike’s efforts were a big part of their family winning the award.

This family speaks to our mission in action: “Educate young men to think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively, and live humanely.”

Photo: The Witts, with 5 of their 6 children, at the Y. Mike Munday, as you would expect, was busy at Wabash with his classes and couldn’t be in the photo. (Photo courtesy of the Lafayette Journal Courier.)

Give Me A "W" – Bob Rogers '51

At Wabash, when the students sense one of our teams needs a little lift, they start chanting: “Wabash Always Fights!” It works and our guys usually respond.

Another tradition, if you will, is spelling our W..A..B..A..S..H.

It starts with something like: “OK guys, let me hear you…”Give me a “W”… and the crowd responds :“W”

Give me an “A”…“A”…and so on.

Bob Rogers ’51, long time supporter of all things Wabash, got the crowd and team going the other night when he led the the chant.

Wabash won by 24 and scored 97 points…enough said!

Fluffy Stuff Today-Basketball Tonight

Greeted this morning by about 3-4 inches of the light, fluffy stuff. More than enough to shovel – not enough to keep guys from going to class. Of course, some of them do have a two block walk!

Basketball team on their way to Witt for a big game this evening…the NCAC standings and tournament bracket are hanging in the balance. For more information on the North Coast Athletic Conference basketball picture, click here.

Wabash Always Fights! (more on that tomorrow!)

Now That's Multitasking

Half the fun in attending Wabash home games is watching the performances of the Sphinx Club pledges – you’ve seen that before here on the blog. Here’s something a little different.

Take a close look at the Sphinx Club pledge right in the middle…cheering at the game and studying at the same time. Now that’s multi-tasking.

Seated behind them are several Deans and a corps of strong Wabash supporters. That’s their “self-selected” seats. Chadwick Court is almost like Church – everyone has their own spot and, if you move, you need to make sure it’s OK with everyone…

Don't See This Often

Now, you certainly haven’t seen this much this past basketball season. Three starting seniors, all critical to our success, on the bench at the same time…Gary Simkus (32), Andrew Zimmer (52) and Earl Rooks (3). That’s Dominique Thomas, a freshman guard from Mississippi, next to Earl. Of course, at this point in the game I think we had a 24 point lead. Andrew finished with 36 points and 14 rebounds – a great Saturday afternoon.

We’ll miss those three for sure…but guys like Wes Smith, Aaron Brock, Chase Haltom, and Dominique make the future look pretty good.

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