Michael Kiser '79 – Colby College's first VP for communications

Michael D. Kiser ’79 of Blacksburg, Va., will become Colby College’s first vice president for communications, President William D. Adams announced Sept.1. Kiser will come to Colby from Virginia Tech, where he is director of development communications and an adjunct faculty member teaching advanced media writing. He was selected following a national search.

Michael was an English major at Wabash and earned an earned an M.A. in English at Purdue University.  Click here to read more from the press release by Colby College.

Congratulations, Michael!

TKE Loves Beta…I Think

More to this than meets the eye?

This sign is sitting in front of the TKE fraternity house…which stands next to the Beta house.

I wish I knew what it all meant…but confess I am totally clueless.  Those TKEs have always been an interesting crew…do they just like the guys next door or is there a deeper meaning?

Stay tuned to “Days of Our Wally Lives”.


Dr. Marc Overhage '79 and Dr. Ben Park '74: IBJ's Who's Who this month

Two Wabash alumni are included on the Indiana Business Journal’s 2011 September list of “Who’s Who in Health Care and Benefits,” individuals who are influential in various ways on health care’s future.

Dr. J. Marc Overhage ’79, Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Siemens Healthcare.    Marc has influenced the development of electronic patient and physician medical records connecting hospitals, doctors, labs, and pharmacies.  He was the founder of the Indiana Health Information Exchange and the former director of informatics at the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. before joining Siemens.

Dr. Ben H. Park ’74, President, American Health Network.
While running his private medical practice, he developed an electronic medical records product for his own use, which he later marketed.  He then created American Health Network while working for Anthem, which was eventually purchased by a physicians group and is now the largest physician-owned medical group in Indiana.

Read more about these alumni by clicking the link above.

Ted Grossnickle '73 named to Giving Institute board

Ted Grossnickle ’73, senior consultant and founder of Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates, has been elected to the board of directors of the Giving Institute.  The Giving Institute, formerly the American Association of Fundraising Counsel (AAFRC), was founded in 1935 to promote the need for professional and ethical standards of practice, and to influence the creation of laws governing philanthropy.

Ted serves on the board of trustees at Wabash College and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, is the chairman of the board of visitors for the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and serves as the chairman of Achieve, LLC.

Congratulations, Ted!

Web Site Information – Following Sports

The Sports Schedule

Here’s the schedule for upcoming Wabash sporting events (

Note that it’s easier than ever to find out what kind of coverage there will be.  If the three bars are showing white, there will be live stats via the internet.  If the camera is white, there will be a video feed.  If the speaker is white there will be audio.

For example, there will be live stats and video at Wooster this weekend.

Simply click on the white bars, camera, or speaker, and the web site will take you there.



John Strickland '63 art exhibit at Franklin College

The Franklin College Fine Arts department will showcase an exhibit by John Strickland ’63:  “Paintings by John Strickland: Chasing Ambiguity; Trying to Get It Wrong,” will be on display from Sept. 7 – Sept. 22 in Theatre Margot in the Johnson Center for Fine Arts. The exhibit will open with a 7 p.m. lecture by John on Sept. 7 in the Henderson Conference Room of the Johnson Center for Fine Arts.

“Strickland has been fascinated by words, images, and sounds for as long as he can remember. He graduated from Wabash College [ 1963] as an English major and received an M.A. in writing from Goddard College. After college, he taught high school English and coached football in Indiana for 33 years. During this time, his interest in jazz and image making, primarily painting, grew. Though he no longer writes, he finds that the disciplines of art, music and writing nourish each other.

During his lecture, Strickland will speak about painting as problem solving, and the very specific methods and techniques he is using, drawing heavily on comparisons with music and poetry.”

Exhibit hours will be daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Franklin College Public Relations Office at (317) 738-8185.


And So It Continues…Sherwin Williams Stock Soars!


Lambda Chi Bench - Beta Pledges

Headed to Center Hall last Friday to delivery some mail.  Caught a glimpse of some “activity” near the Senior Bench.

As it turns out, the bench was sporting a brand new coat of paint – done last night by the Lambda Chis.  It looked good…so I praised the work of the guys there.

They were EXTREMELY quick to point out that they did NOT paint the bench and that they were Betas and they were there holding the fort and getting ready to repaint the bench in some semblance of light blue and salmon (code for pink!)  In fact, it took some amount of urging to get them to stay in the photo.




Not Your Mom's Mac-o-cheese

Triton Brewing Company Opening Today

When you click on the segment of their web site ( that tells you about Triton Brewing, it starts with a classic line recognized by grandparents and parents the world over: “Drinking the same beer every time is like eating nothing but macaroni and cheese.”

I can certainly relate to that.

David Waldman ’93 is one of the founders of Triton Brewing.  David passed along this schedule for the next few days:

Fri.     9/2  3p-10p    Food by Fat Dan’s Deli
Sat     9/3  11a-10p    Food by King David Dogs at lunch and Tacos Without
Borders at dinner
Wed.  9/7  3p-10p    Food by Hoosier Fat Daddy
Thurs. 9/8  3p10p    Food by Fat Dan’s Deli
Fri.     9/9  3p-10p    Food by Fat Sammies
Sat.    9/10 11a-10p   Food TBA
(No mention of Mac-o-cheese!)

Swing by (location on their web site) and tell them the Grunge sent you.