Alumni Gather in Indian Wells, California

Indian Wells, California. As the car drives (which you would NOT do with gas at $3.50 a gallon), just a wee bit under 2,000 miles from Crawfordsville. South of Vegas and East of LA.

Recently several noted Wabash alumni gathered there for dinner. In the picture, from left to right, Tom Klingaman ’52, Chuck Goering ’51, Chan Holmes ’51, Kevin Clifford ’77, Steve Bowen ’68, Tom Hays ’55 and David Givens ’56. Not pictured is John Fox ’64. Seven are Trustees of the College.

OK…I hadn’t heard of Indian Wells and I wondered, as I looked it up in Google Maps, what the attraction might be. Well…as I zoomed in, I stopped counting as I went over 50 golf courses within about a 10 mile circle. Now I understand the smiles…

Best part of the picture? Not one tie…

Move Over Mick Jagger -Meet Rick Fobes '72

In concert, it’s the Rabble Rousers, a band from the Chicago area. They’re playing at Frankies Blue Room, a night spot in Napervile, Illinois, to a packed house. The guy playing the keyboard? That’s Wabash’s own Rick Fobes ’72. Rick’s now retired from his “day job” and obviously enjoying retirement.

Many know that Rick serves as the Class Agent for the Class of 1972 and served for many years, rising to president, on the alumni board of the College.

But wait, there’s more.

Despite the packed house, Rick reported that there were some very special people in the crowd – none other than Wabash’s 14th president Andy Ford H’03 and his lovely wife Anne H’06.

Mike Gregory '70 Wins Golden Apple Award

Mike Gregory, Class Agent for the Men of 1970, was honored by the Irving (Texas) School District recently as a 2008 winner of the Golden Apple Award. The award recognizes Mike’s service as a long-time member of the Irving School Board including volunteer work on their district improvements and political action committees.

With education an ever-challenging element in the United States, guys like Mike are setting the standard in playing key leadership roles in their communities.  Well done Mike! 

Join the Wabash Linkedin Network

More and more alumni are using on-line networks such a Facebook to set up Wabash-related communities. The Alumni and Parent Relations team, working in concert with our friends in the Schroeder Center for Career Development, has set up a Wabash College Group on Linkedin, the major career-oriented web site. It’s easy – just go to and navigate your way to Groups. Then all you need to do is search for Wabash College.

We already have alumni leaders on the network but it won’t be complete without you. Think about joining today.

Vote Early…But Not Often!

The ballots are in the mail and by now you should have received them. One ballot is for alumni representatives on the Board of Trustees and another for members of the alumni board. Every candidate is extremely talented and would be a great fit. So, please, pull out the ballots and let us know how you feel.

By the way, we’ve also included a form to nominate an alumnus for an award and a non-alumnus for honorary alumnus status. Know someone worthy? Let us know!

For more on the election and candidates, click here.

Mighty Proud!

Wabash ended the season with a record of 18-10. †Not bad…but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

There were big wins, they had great coaching, but as much as anything, the Little Giants had senior leadership…especially down the stretch.

Hats off to seniors Earl Rooks, Gary Simkus, and Andrew Zimmer. All three are leaders and talented basketball players. Even more? They are fine young men who will make a difference in our world in the not-too-distant future. Earl has a job in the financial world in Plano, Texas. Gary will be working for Cancer Treatment Centers of America in their executive development program. Andrew will try his luck with more basketball overseas. Regardless of where they end up, they’ll all be captains of some variety.

Makes you proud.

Photo: Gary Simkus puts one in as Andrew Zimmer (52) and Wes Smith (21) look on.