Big Game Tomorrow

The Wabash-Wittenberg game won’t replace the Monon Bell match up…but it’s very close. Both schools have winning football programs full of tradition. It’s one of those games where the records to that point in the year don’t mean anything. It was very close last year and came down to the very end.

I hope to see many of you there tomorrow afternoon for the game. Springfield, OH is just a couple of hours from Indy and an hour or so from Columbus, OH and even shorter from Dayton.

Wabash Always Fights!

That Washington DC Crew

WABASH Day, as I have said before, is one of the signature events of our alumni body. It’s hard to accurately quantify the good deeds done that weekend by Wabash alumni all around the country.

I was particularly struck by the photo of the Wabash crew involved in DC with the Special Olympics. First and foremost, I remember way back when…they were all students!

Much more importantly, when I look back I could have told you that these guys would be alumni leaders. They were leaders on campus and I knew, just knew, they’d do the same out in the “real world”.

They are successful in their chosen careers, they are part of the most active (per capita) regional group we have, and they are, to a man, great young men.

Pictured: Jon Dilley ’03, Ryan Clougherty ’02, Jefferson Crew ’05, Rick Strasser ’02, Mike Shelbourne ’00, and Scott Medsker ’03. Also in the photo (l to r): Bethany Lowe, Mike’s fiancee, Kristin Strasser, and Lauren Medsker. I know Kristin and Lauren, they are great young ladies, and I am sure Bethany is as well.

Jeff Eaton '85 Has A Winner

Jeff Eaton ’85 and his wife Linda own a brew pub in Noblesville, Indiana. The pub is called the Barley Island Brewing Company. The term Barley Island refers…well…go to Jeff’s web site, and you’ll find out.

Classmate Greg Estell ’85 reports that Jeff’s company won a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) this past weekend. The GABF is to the brewing industry as the Oscars are to Hollywood. This is the second GABF medal for Eaton in the past few years.

The award winning brew is BI’s Beastie Barrel Stout, which is brewed at Jeff’s Noblesville brew-pub then aged in exclusively in Buffalo Trace Bourbon whiskey barrels.

So, you know what to do. Jump in the car, drive to Noblesville, and congratulate Jeff and Linda on the award. And, while you’re there, sample a brew or two.

Please, always drink responsibly.

We Lost Tom Topper '70

That’s Dr. Tom Topper ’70 at last year’s alumni dinner in Evansville, IN. Tom passed away this past Sunday after a courageous battle with cancer. Our hearts go out to his wife Gina and his entire family.

Tom served the college in many ways – as a regional association leader, alumni board member, and ultimately as the president of the board of directors of the National Association of Wabash Men. Despite a busy medical practice, he always had time for our students, alumni and the college in general.

Just a year ago I chatted with Tom about Wabash. He credits the college with offering him a place to explore – medicine, music, and many other interests.

We’ll miss you TTOP. Save us a place up there.

WABASH Day – Another Success!

WABASH†Day – a weekend of Wabash Alumni Benefiting And Serving Humanity – Is now in the record books. †With all precincts still to report, we know there were several projects which were, as I see it, difference makers. For the full story on WABASH Day, click here.†

Many thanks go to alumnus Jon Pactor, Class of 1971, who had the vision of the National Association of Wabash Men developing a day or weekend of community service. As the idea began to take root, Jon visited the College of Wooster, which had a similar alumni project. Just a few years later, in states from Colorado East and Texas North, Wabash alumni and their friends are making a difference.

Thanks Jon an thanks to all the members of the alumni board who actively support this great project! 

Memorial Service Today

Just back from the Memorial Service for Johnny Smith ’12. Sphinx Club president and Delt fraternity member Travis Janeway,and his Delt brothers, did a good job.

Of course, there aren’t any words that take the pain away. I know. In my chosen profession, I attended more than enough for a couple of lifetimes. Of course at a college it’s not supposed to happen. When you’re young, everyone lives forever….only old people die.

We’ll get through this…we will. And, to cut the odds of it ever happening again at this college, we’ll also need to relearn a life lesson or two along the way.

Sphinx Club Reunion

Sphinx Club alumni and current members celebrated the history of the Club at a reunion reception and dinner Saturday evening after the football game.  Members in attendance spanned 6 generations.

A special treat was the Sphinx Club paint scheme on the senior bench…complete with pots.

All Night Looooong!

Took some quick shots early this morning…the Betas, the TKES, Phi Psis, and Delts. †Hats off to the Delts (pictured above). They appear to be ready to go.

With luck the Betas will finish soon, the Phi Psis in a couple of hours, and the TKEs…well… I think by Monon Bell…

With the music, hammers, and saws…our friends who live on Wabash must be into the Homecoming spirit by now!

For a couple of other photos, click here.