Jake Jaquiss '82 New Duke Hospital Leader

Dr. Jake Jaquiss

Dr. Robert “Jake” Jaquiss, Class of 1982, was recently selected to be the chief of congenital heart surgery at Duke Children’s Hospital.  Jake started his duties last month.

Dr. Jaquiss is considered one of the premier pediatric heart surgeons in the country and Duke’s senior leadership team is extremely pleased to have him join the Duke team.

For more details on the move, click here.

Congratulations Jake!

Family Day – October 30, 2010 – And More

Family Day Is Saturday - Oct 30, 2010

Most of the leaves will be down, but those that remain will do a great job of framing our “Welcome Parents” signs.  This weekend at Wabash will be a big one.  In addition to the kickoff of Wabash’s Challenge of Excellence, we’re also hosting the Fall Wabash Trustee Meeting and Family Day.  To say that would make a busy weekend is an understatement.

Add in the North Coast Athletic Conference cross country meet, the national act “Girl Talk”, soccer versus Wooster, Greg Huebner’s art exhibit, football against Allegheny, and the Family Day concert and we have serious activity on campus!

A lot of work but a boatload of fun!

Baseball stadium changes every day

Here’s a photo, shot yesterday, of the work on the new baseball field.  We’re behind the third base dugout looking across the infield to the stands and dugout on the first base side of the field.

As dry as the summer has been, I am surprised Tom Bambrey ’68, the AD, and Cory Stevens, our baseball coach, have not had that sod under lock and key.  It’s beautiful!

Can’t wait to hear “Play ball!”

Transitions by Greg Huebner H'77

Greg Huebner H’77 holds the title of Professor of Art.  While that’s impressive, it doesn’t even begin to describe Greg and what he does.  It should be “Maker of artists and men”, teacher of life, artist on his own…”and so on and so on.

Transition #27

Greg’s getting ready to retire and his Art Exhibition “Greg Huebner: Transitions” is on display in the Eric Dean Gallery until December 10, 2010.  That means you can swing by when you’re back for the Bell Game, or picking your son up for Thanksgiving, or…well, there just doesn’t need to be another reason at all.

It’s times like these that we’re left to wonder “Who can replace…”  It will happen, for sure.  But there are a lot of talented young men out there, pro artists or somewhat less talented, who are better because of Greg.   And “better” isn’t simply referring to art – they are better men…

Thanks Greg.

For more on Greg’s Exhibition, click here.

A Fine Saturday Morning

This was the tailgate scene on Saturday morning before the Wabash – Denison football game.  I love football – that’s common knowledge.  But the other part of a football weekend – enjoying the company of friends – makes these days truly special.

It’s alumni and their families looking for a strong Little Giant showing.  I’ts the parents of players seeking the same thing…and a good, safe effort by their sons.  Our parents are extremely supporting of our young men and each other.

Life is Good!

A Fall Maple at Denison

The Second Football Season

Are YOU Ready?

In the past, several alumni have worried that the football schedule didn’t help us prepare for the Monon Bell game and for possible post-season play.  Well, my friends, those worries are over.

After the Denison game, we’ll finish with Allegheny, Wittenberg, and DePauw.  Talk about a Bell game “tune-up” program.  To add to the challenge, Witt is highly ranked and we play in Springfield this year.  It should be a classic.

So…now is the time to get those Bell game tickets.  Don’t wait…get them now.

Greg Castanias '87 Wins Service Award

Greg Castanias '87

Greg Castanias ’87, who graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1990, has been awarded a Distinguished Service Award by the Law School.

Greg, a partner in the worldwide law firm Jones Day, heads up their Federal Circuit practice at the Washington, DC offices.

Somehow, Greg has found time to serve on the alumni boards of Wabash and the Law School.  He’s previously served as the board president at IU and will take over a similar position here next fall.

Greg’s had a big hand in raising the national profile of the Maurer School of Law and also has led the effort to make the Wabash group in Washington one of the most active anywhere.  For more on the award, click here.

Greg Castanias – Some Little Giant!

Marc Overhage '79 Elected to National Institute

Marc Overhage

Marc Overhage, Class of 1979, has been elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Marc is a leader in the effort to improve patient care delivery and safety. He is director of medical informatics at the Regenstrief Institute and Sam Regenstrief Professor of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He also founded the Indiana Health Information Exchange, which provides hospitals and doctors’ offices with information from hospitalizations, doctors’ offices, test results, immunization data and other information critical to patient care.

Marc received his Ph.D. in biophysics and his M.D. from the IU School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency. He was a medical informatics fellow at the Regenstrief Institute. The IU School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute are located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Congratulations Marc!

Professor Norwood Brigance Honored

Crawfordsville Public Library

The Crawfordsville Public Library has become the new “big thing” in C’ville, surpassing even the Courthouse.  The library is a beautiful structure just around the corner from another C’ville landmark…Arnis.

In a style similar to our own Goodrich Room in the Lilly Library, some pretty impressive names are carved directly into the stone facings of the building.  Recently, a Wabash legend’s name was added to the structure – “Brigance” for our own Professor W. Norwood Brigance.

Prof. Todd McDorman sent me the photo – thanks Todd.  Give it a few generations and “Brigance” will match the others for “wear and tear”.  Meanwhile, it’s nice to see this giant of Rhetoric recognized in our town.  Professor W. Norwood Brigance taught at Wabash from 1922 to 1960.