Little Giants Everywhere

Kelley House ’90 and his family are on vacation in Hilton Head, S.C.  What are the odds they would find a boat named the Little Giant?

Pretty good, it looks like!  “OK, Dad, can we go to the pool now?”


It Won't Be Long Now

Hollett Stadium

Football starts September 10, 2011.  Away to Wooster.  We’ll be back here at home on September 17th.

Despite the heat and lack of rain, the field still looks great!!!

The Grunge is ready for some football!

'Tis a (Crossword) Puzzlement

The Class of 1967 class agent newsletter reports from John May ’67 that even the L.A. Times has heard of Wabash!  Click here to link to the L.A. Times Crossword Puzzle and then . . .

Select July 12 on the archived puzzles calendar on the left.

Select Featured Puzzle for July 12 in the box.

Choose your skill level, and begin.

The Wabash clue is for 23 Across.

Have fun!

All Roads in Poland Lead Through . . . Wabash?

The event in June:  A beautiful traditional wedding in southern Poland.

Who would guess that three of the guests and the groom all had ties to Wabash College in Indiana, USA?  Amidst the celebration, Michael, Bastian, Almut, and Pawel recalled memories of their days on campus.

Michael Opieczonek ’09, who is completing an international leadership development program in England with Valspar Paint, sent us the story and photo. His cousin, Bastian Wonschik ’00, attended the wedding, too.  Bastian is business development director for Schott AG, a specialty glass manufacturer in Germany.  The third guest was Ms. Almut Vogel, who worked at Wabash as a German language intern in 2008-2009; Almut is now finishing her teaching diploma to teach foreign languages in Germany.  And, the last Wabash connection in the mix was the groom, Pawel Opieczonek.  Several years ago, Pawel traveled from Poland to Wabash to attend the summer Opportunities to Learn About Business (OLAB) program for high school students!

Bastian Wonschik '00, Almut Vogel, Michael Opieczonek '09 in June.

 Thanks for the update and photo, Michael!

More Fun with 47-0

The Low Cost 47-0 Option

That’s Brad Johnson ’71 and classmate Jon Pactor ’71 posing with a low cost but effective option for a 47-0 license.  No doubt the stick-on numbers allow for future flexibility, if need be.

By the way, that’s an Acura Brad and Jon are standing in front of for the photo.

Thanks to Jacob Pactor ’04 for the photo.

Follow-up.  Jacob was quick to add that it is Brad’s car and his father would have a 47-0 in the shape of a bow-tie. So…

Mud Hollow Field Report

Soccer Field in Mud Hollow

The soccer field is coming along nicely.  It appears the major work is done, the seats are almost in, and all that’s left is to complete the finer points of the construction.

Hot weather could be a factor

This is looking toward the Lambda Chi house and across the recently sodded practice fields.  The real challenge here will be surviving the week’s weather.  With a heat index well over 100 forecast for several days, the challenge will be to keep the sod moist and growing.

Final Thoughts from Road Trippers

By Kyle Bender ’12 & Tyler Wade ’12

Days 5 and 6—Evansville and Indianapolis:

Chris Dieg '12 speaks with a fellow Evansville Wabash man

After a good time catching up with Jeff Soller in Louisville and finally getting a hold of Chris Deig ’12 to find out where we would be staying on Monday night, we proceeded to drive around the greater Evansville area and took a detour into Kentucky to see the town of Henderson, where Tyler’s family reunions have been held in the past. We stopped into a great wing place in Henderson for a pre-event snack before heading back into town and the Ri Ra Irish Pub located along Riverside Drive.

We had a great turnout of Evansville area alumni and their spouses, along with parents and current students. One particularly funny part of the night came when a young man walked up to our group, saw the Wabash Road Trip T-shirts and said, “Uh, I don’t think I belong here.” We then asked him what group he was looking for and said that he was meeting with a group of DePauw folks in Evansville. We assume it wasn’t the first time for a DePauw alum to feel lost…

Outside Blackstock Stadium. Book your calendar now for November 12, 2011...

After hanging out with Mr. Deig we woke up early this morning to begin the trek to the Mitchum Crock Golf Outing held at West Chase Golf Club in Brownsburg, IN. On the way to the links we even made time to stop in Tyler’s hometown of Greencastle to take a picture of the Road Trip van in front of Blackstock Stadium…luckily we made it back from behind enemy lines alive.

We arrived in Brownsburg and found that we had been paired with recent graduates Chase Haltom ’10 and Charlie Kelly ’11 in the foursome for the golf scramble. Tyler and Chase both are from Putnam County so it was great to have two Putnam County kids on the same team. Charlie was a golfer for Wabash so we certainly provided his share of good shots on the day. The team finished with a 9-under par 62, five shots off the winning score of 57. All in all it was a great, albeit very hot day.

The Crock completed our 6 day, 7 stop inaugural Wabash Road Trip. We each had a lot of fun and the experience has made us excited to return to campus in a few weeks to begin our last year at the College. As the conclusion of our student experience nears, we know that the love we have for Old Wabash will never cease. This was shown during our road trip, when men of all generations came together to tell stories of their college days and to hear from current students.

Just like all of our stops, we had a great turnout in Evansville!

We began the Road Trip hoping to motivate and energize alums to become more active in their local alumni associations. We return with a greater level of appreciation for what it means to be a Wabash man. Wabash isn’t just for college days alone, but is instead a lifelong commitment that intertwines men of various ages, professions, and skills. We witnessed these moments at each of our stops.

The Road Trip was a successful event and something that will hopefully continue to grow and become one of the many traditions of Wabash. We feel very lucky to have been a part of the inaugural ride.

Jon Foust '98 : Play Ball!

Jon Foust ’98 joins in the American spirit of summer Little League baseball in the theater comedy “Rounding Third,” currently running at the Greater Shelby Community Theater in Shelby, NC.  Jon plays one of two parent-coaches who demonstrate very different styles of coaching.  Jon was a theater major at Wabash and has performed in numerous local productions.  Since leaving Wabash, he has taught high school theater, and will begin as the drama teacher at Crest High School in Shelby this fall.

IAWM Honors Mac and Gloria Petty

Mac and Gloria Petty at dinner

Over 100 golfers turned out on a blistering hot day for the annual Mitchum Crock, sponsored by the Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men, and to honor Mac (H’82) and Gloria Petty for their many contributions to Wabash College.

Scores didn’t matter on a day that saw the heat index hit 120 degrees!  From my seat at the registration table, it appeared everyone had a great time.  Certainly the ice and bottled water industries must have had a record day.

Many of Mac’s former basketball players and golf team members were out to say their “Thanks” to Coach and his wife.  Mac will remain as golf coach but has handed the reins of the basketball program over to Antoine Carpenter ’00.

Mac Petty H'82, Josh Estelle '00, and Tom Welch '94

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