You Can Almost Smell The…Field Turf

The field looks ready for turf!

It’s mid-June…almost July which means almost August which means fall sports are just almost here! (That sentence not approved by Prof. Tobey Herzog, I hasten to add.)

The photo was taken on June 14th looking from the football stands towards the new soccer field.

It looks as though the field prep is complete and we’re ready for the turf.  Only a matter of days now, I’m sure.  I’ll bet Coach Giannini is counting the hours!

Football practice / track and field events fields.

Looks as though the practice fields in Mud Hollow will be sod…can’t imagine we could get a good growth of grass from seed in time for the season.

Finally, for all you Wabash football fans out there. I just had to take this picture…

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Grant Goshorn '02 Creates Big Learning Adventures

It’s hard to tell who has more fun learning at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum – kids or adults?  Grant Goshorn ’02, a long-time volunteer, is now a museum staff member, putting his history/journalism/Wabash liberal arts studies to good use designing educational programs for kids of all ages.  He shows off some theatrical skills, too, in current on-line museum video and local newscast promotions for the new permanent exhibit, National Geographic’s Treasures of the Earth Exhibit:  Under the Earth, Under the Sand, Under the SeaClick here for the Children’s Museum web site and then link to the Treasures promo videos in the center of the page.  Be sure to check out Grant in all three!

P.S.  You can’t help but have a great time yourself exploring this creative web site!

Curt Schmitt '81 – fine furniture inspired by nature

The art of Curt Schmitt ’81 is fine hand-crafted wood furniture.  He will show his work at the The New Harmony [Indiana] Gallery of Contemporary Art exhibit, “Natural Elements,” June 25-August 14.

Curt uses wood’s natural color and grain in his furniture creations. After graduating from Wabash College and Yale University, he taught philosophy, religion, literature, and art in Memphis, TN for 23 years.  A hobby while teaching became a profession in retirement, and today he designs and builds custom made furniture and cabinetry in a woodshop next to his home in New Harmony.  Click here for his web site, Curt Schmitt Cabinetry and Fine Furniture

Photo copyright Curt Schmitt Cabinetry and Kats Web Designs

If you plan to visit the exhibit, go to for hours and directions.

Story courtesy of the
University of Southern Indiana
and HT Media Ltd.

Michael Bricker '04 and PUP – a vision for urban life


Michael Bricker ’04 and his sister, Jessica Bricker, are the ultimate Midwest recyclers.  Michael was an original founder of the nonprofit People for Urban Progress (PUP) in Indianapolis, and is the executive director, while Jessica is PUP’s project manager and designer.  PUP promotes environmental causes (its web site has a story about the Wabash Community Garden) and urban transportation and design.  Michael and Jessica also run and manufacture from the nonprofit, which recycles the roof of the old RCA dome into items such as wallets and messenger bags.  Click here to read the feature from last Sunday’s Indianapolis Star about PUP and its vision.  And click here for last weekend’s interview with INside Indiana Business.  Oh, and in his “spare time,” during this past school year, Michael was an instructor in Contemporary Architecture in the Art Department here at Wabash! 

Story and photo courtesy of
Indianapolis Star and Michelle Pemberton.

Mac Petty H'82 – Ever the Coach and Teacher

Coach Mac Petty demonstrates the right approach

Dean of Students Mike Raters ’85 tool this photo of Coach Mac Petty before the Big Bash golf outing.  Mac is showing them something – it must be good because he has their undivided attention.

It paid off – they won the outing.  There’s 5 guys as Jim Cumming ’61 went along as the designated putter!

Thanks to Dean Raters for the photo!


The Ladies of 1961

It’s an absolute truth, we Wabash men marry well above ourselves.  The Class of 1961 is no exception.  Several ladies played a key role in a great reunion weekend.  Here’s just a sample.

Joe and Charlene Barnette

Charlene Barnette hosted 110 people at her house on Saturday evening.  Following a reception in the Barnette’s home, the group moved to a giant tent on the lawn.  Then the thunderstorm moved through…but nothing bothered Charlene, a gracious hostess through it all!

Barbara Bachman

Barbara Bachman, wife of class agent JB Bachman, hosted the Hospitality suite at the Quality Inn plus 4,237 other things during the weekend.  Barbara always had a smile and was a delight.

Susie and Sam Hildebrand

Susie and Sam hosted 60 folks at their home on Thursday evening and then proceeded to do everything all weekend long.  Here they are at the Fun Run/Walk with one of their dogs.  Sam put together a great reunion book – no doubt Susie was a top “advisor”.


Smokin' – The Class of 1966

Smoking at the Chapel

The Class of 1966 added some extras to their Chapel Sing performance at the 2011 Big Bash and it earned them another first place in the Chapel Sing competition.  The Class of 1966 is the first repeat champions – winning in 2006 (their 40th reunion) and in 2011. Favorites for 2016?  Absolutely!

But it takes preparation.  In the photo Jay Fisher ’66 and Cal Black ’66 test their smoke machine on Friday morning.  They wanted to make sure they had it down pat for Saturday.  I was there because I wanted to make sure the Chapel didn’t burn down!

Jay Fisher models the headgear

The Class came through the front doors, through the smoke, to the music of “Chain of Fools”.  They then sang Old Wabash adorned with…ah…ahh…headgear.

Many thanks to Jay’s lovely bride, Marty, who made all the music work.  Congrats to Bill Berry ’66 as well – he was their actual song leader.

It was a fun weekend for all, I think.

In memory of Dave Parry '57

David Parry ’84 sent this in memory of his father, David M. Parry ’57:

“Dave Parry made it to the big time as a pro and college football referee.

Former players and coaches also remember the 76-year-old as a high school athletic director in Michigan City, which remained his hometown even as he traversed the country officiating games.

Parry died Monday, May 16th from unexpected complications following multiple back surgeries.

Parry was a college football referee for 20 years and worked in the NFL from 1975 to 1990. He was assigned to 14 NFL playoff games, including four conference championship games, and was the side judge for the 1983 Super Bowl.

He became coordinator of football officials for the Big Ten in 1990 and helped the league become the first in college football to use instant replay.

Parry left the Big Ten to become the first national coordinator of officials in 2008. He resigned that position in February, citing health concerns, including Parkinson’s Disease.

“Dave was a leader in the game of football and had the unique ability and temperament to move seamlessly between officials and coaches both at the professional and collegiate levels, earning the respect of all,” Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said in a statement. “Dave was an educator at his core, and we will miss him terribly.”

Parry graduated from Wabash College in Crawfordsville in 1957 and is a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Earlier in his career, Parry also officiated college basketball games in the Big Ten and Mid-American Conferences.

“Dave’s many contributions to college football and specifically officiating were significant,” Dennis Poppe, NCAA vice president of Division I football and baseball, said. “The sport of college football has lost a great man.”

Memorials may be made to the David M. Parry Foundation, c/o the Unity Foundation of LaPorte County, P.O. Box 527, Michigan City, IN 46360.”

Steve Ferguson '63 named to IBJ's list of "Who's Who in Life Sciences"

The Indianapolis Business Journal issues monthly lists identifying persons of influence in their industry categories.  This month, alumnus Steve Ferguson ’63 is included on IBJ’s list for Life Sciences.

Steve boasts a career in law starting with  his own firm; a four-term seat in the Indiana House of Representatives; and he works for the Cook Group, Inc. of Bloomington, IN, where today he is Chairman of the Board.  The Cook Group is the parent company of companies worldwide involved in the research, development, manufacture and sale of medical devices.  Click here to read more in the IBJ about Steve’s career in life sciences.

Story and photo courtesy of
Indianapolis Business Journal.