I hope you’ve been following the web blog of our Freshman Tutorial: Fly Fishing in Montana. You can find it at: http://blogs.wabash.edu/frt_flyfishing_montana/
It’s Prof. David Hadley’s class and they have been in Montana learning the finer arts of life, learning, and fishing. It’s the fishing, of course, but it’s also a whole lot more. A part of me thinks this might be one of the best college classes ever!
Some might wonder how, in these tough financial times, Wabash sends a bunch of students off to Montana. The answer on an academic level is easy – they are in search of knowledge…judgment…life…and the concepts behind proving beyond any doubt that truly pigs can fly.
On a financial level, the answer is just as simple…and time-tested. It’s been this way at Wabash for decades. These young men from the Class of 2013 are there because Wabash alumni care about their education and had the vision to help create a teachable moment both historic and fun. This wasn’t just positive verbal support – the alumni cared enough to provide the resources for the trip as well as participating in the educational journey. Those Little Giants are Jeff Perkins ’89, Brian Grossenbacher ’90, and Geoff Faerber ’98. Jeff, Brian, and Geoff teamed with David Hadley to provide this once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Jeff Perkins’89 (with the perfect cast in the boat) was a big part of making the trip happen. Brian Grossenbacher ’90, who runs Grossenbacher Guides in Montana, and Geoff Faerber ’98 of Flying Pigs Adventure Company, also in Montana, were also actively involved with every phase of the trip.
Bottom line: Young Wabash men standing on the shoulders of their big Wabash brothers. Does it get any better?
Not in the Grunge’s book.