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Sharing Dinner Table with A Legal Great

Wabash senior Patrick McAlister has been editor of the Bachelor and an active campus leader. Friday night he sat at the Lawyer’s reunion dinner with David Kendall ’66 and wrote about the experience:

McAlister – I’ve been to a lot of dinners in Detchon Hall. As a senior, I don’t think a semester’s passed without spending an evening conversing with faculty, students and alums over the meal prepared by Bon Appetit. While I’ve never had an unpleasant time, most of the dinners are hardly memorable. Friday night was a striking exception.

This weekend Wabash hosted its first ever Lawyer’s Reunion. Wabash men in the legal field from all across the country descended on Crawfordsville to discuss contemporary issues in the law, catch up with old friends and watch the Little Giants pummel Kenyon.
 
Friday night, those who made the trip for the reunion had a dinner in Deutchon. I, along with a few other current students, joined them. I expected a similar dining experience to the ones I’ve had before. That couldn’t have been farther from the truth.
 
I had the good fortune of sitting at a table with renowned attorney David Kendall ‘66, Wabash Constitutional Law Professor Scott Himsel ‘85, President White, National Association of Wabash Men president Jim Dimos ‘83 and two other current Wabash students. I was even more fortunate that the night’s conversation focused in on constitutional law. We talked about cases, interesting books written about the subject and personalities of the justices.
 
It goes without saying that both Dimos’ and Himsel’s knowledge of the legal field on a constitutional scale would have made for excellent dinner conversation by itself. They knew Constitutional Law and understood how the Supreme Court justices’ personalities that shaped the law.
 
Kendall, however, knew personally how the law was shaped and how the individual justices shaped the law. He clerked for Justice Byron White, and had anecdotes about his time in the clerkship. He shaped Constitutional law as an advocate for inmates on death row. So, when one of us brought up a recent book on the court or discussed the personalities of some of the justices, Kendall had a personal story that connected directly to the conversation. He had actually been there.
 
That dinner in Detchon reflected everything I love about this College well. It was a substantive conversation about a topic all at the table were deeply interested in. As an undergraduate, I had direct access to alumni in Himsel and Dimos who were well versed in a subject I care about. They were willing to talk to a lowly undergraduate about it. In David Kendall, I also had the great fortune of meeting one of the men who shaped the subject directly. They cared about what I had to say and responded to my questions and comments with equal weight to what else was being discussed. No other place provides you with that level of respect.
 
Where else but Wabash do things like this happen?  

Wabash Getting Up to Speed on New Media

Howard W. Hewitt – Social media isn’t a new term. Blogging, Facebook, and social networking may be foreign to many people but the concept of individual journals dates back years. It’s just that publication is now instant with the internet.

What’s happening across the country and around the world is really nothing short of a revolution.
For instance:
If Facebook was a country, it would be the fourth largest in the world. Boston College did not issue e-mail addresses to its freshmen this fall. The startling numbers indicate a seismic shift in the way we communicate.
If you have four minutes to spare, watch the fascinating YouTube video at the bottom of this page. Or, click the icon on the right and you can go to our Wabash YouTube page and check it out.
Student bloggers have told the “real” story of Wabash, student-to-student, as an effective recruiting tool. We’ve learned about the world as our students study abroad, participate in immersion learning trips, or go fly fishing in Montana.
We’ve actually had Facebook pages for a couple of years. The current king of social networking sites is just four years old. Check out our Wabash page by clicking the icon at left.
Or, check out the College alumni page – that icon – over there, on the right ->
One line keeps coming back to me from an August seminar on social media and higher education. I’m paraphrasing – ‘For years people sought out news, now news finds people. For years, high school students looked for a college, now colleges look for students.’
If you buy the basic concept you’ll quickly realize a passive approach to communication no longer works with this generation of incoming college freshmen or the next.
It’s a fundamental change in the way young people communicate. Wabash students, as others across the country, have to be reminded to check their email. They’re communicating largely via text messages or perhaps Facebook.
For those at the College charged with marketing and recruiting the new students, this is not an insignificant challenge. The glossy brochure is no longer enough. And to rely only on printed material might be foolish.
You will now find links to six different social mediums across our website with established Wabash College branding and content. We’re going to use students in many of these efforts to present the content in a peer-to-peer manner.
Our student bloggers are going to get more prominent play on our pages as we emphasize student voices.
The College has strong participation on Linked In – a business-oriented social networking site. We have two sites! The Alumni site has more than 1100 members. Check it out by clicking on the icon at right. Career Services has a Linked In page that’s much newer.
We’ll be writing more about social networking and how we’re using it throughout the year. Social networking may or may not be a communications revolution, but ignoring it is a communications blunder.

Blogging Has Become An Important Voice

Howard W. Hewitt – The start of the school year means many things including selection of our student bloggers. It took awhile four years ago to convince everyone that it was a good idea to allow students to write unfiltered about their Wabash experience.

But we stuck our toe into social media three years ago with really great success. Each year incoming freshmen are surveyed about the College’s marketing and we learn that the large majority read the blogs and many read them regularly. We learned that as high school students the young men really appreciated the honest student perspective.
Daniel King ’10 was in that first blogging class and still writes. I guess that will make him our first blogger graduate. During freshman orientation week this year, we selected four freshmen to document their experiences for 2009-2010.
Associate Director of Admissions Chip Timmons and I have gone through this process each year. Frankly, the first few years we spent considerable time making sure we had the right balance of fraternity and non-fraternity and so on. And while we seek a balance in such things, we’ve found it more important to find three to four students who will simply do a great job of documenting their freshman experience.
How popular are the student blogs? This year 60 of the incoming freshmen expressed initial interest in the blogging positions. That number boiled down to a dozen resumes, five finalists, and then the four young men we’ve selected.
Ryan Lutz is a freshman from Sacramento, California. Ryan popped his head into my office very early last fall with his family to talk about journalism and writing. He also is a wrestler and made initial contact with Coach Brian Anderson on his own. He is embracing Wabash, its traditions and culture. Just read his blog! Ryan lives in Cole Hall.
Jim Martin continues our student pipeline out of Wisconsin. Jim is one of those lucky freshmen in David Hadley’s Fly fishing tutorial. The Kappa Sigma pledge is excited about Moot Court and community service. We liked his writing and desire to share with others his Wabash experience.
Michael Carper, a FIJI pledge, is from Indianapolis and our first blogger with experience. He was a contributing blogger for the Indianapolis Star. Michael is a bit of a reserved young man but one with a flair for writing. He is serious about nutrition and jogs each morning before heading off to class.
Tyler Swaim is following in his father’s footsteps as a Wabash man and a TKE. Tyler can be spotted wearing his cap and a smile. His easy-going spirit intrigued us. Tyler is interested in Biology and Theatre.
We got to know each of the young men even better this week as Kim Johnson put them through the paces of a photo shoot for new blog pages we’ll debut soon. Media Services Specialist Adam Bowen and his student assistants helped us do video biographies of each blogger.
Our lineup does extend beyond freshmen with Andre Adeyemi ’12 writing about his second year at Wabash. Jake Ezell is a junior studying abroad and has already posted some great entries as he explores Europe on his way to Greece. King is updating his blog as mentioned above. And, senior quarterback Matt Hudson writes about football and life as a Wabash student.
For years we’ve said “Wabash men speak for themselves,” and that no one explains the College better than our own students. Our blogs have made that possible in an honest, unfiltered way that is appropriate for Wabash men.
We train them and we trust them. They are our voice.

Some of Kim Johnson’s great shots from our photo shoot with each of the guys. Top to bottom, Ryan Lutz, Jim Martin, Michael Carper and Tyler Swaim.


President Welcomes Freshmen to Elston Homestead

Howard W. Hewitt – Wabash’s Class of 2013 ended its five days of orientation Wednesday night by having ice cream with President and Mrs. White.

See a photo album here.

The tradition is a fun one. The President clearly enjoys the chance to shake hands, share a story about a hometown, or ask the young men how they’re doing.

Chris White is ever the gracious hostess encouraging the young men to walk through Elston Homestead, the Presidential home. Or she’s pointing out the restrooms, available water, and ever welcoming to the new students.

For the freshmen you get the sense that it’s a relief to get down to business. The long days of orientation, registration, fraternity rush, moving in, buying books and all of the other tasks are now over.

The students have their first Wabash classroom experience Thursday (Aug. 27). You get the feeling they’re more than ready for it all to begin!

And if you just can’t ever get enough of "Old Wabash," the evening ends with the President and freshman singing Old Wabash.

 


WAR Council Hands Out Gatorade to Freshmen

Howard W. Hewitt – Freshmen are somewhat overwhelmed the first few days of orientation. They are learning their way around, registering for classes, and being given lots of advice.

Sometimes it takes a gimmick to make a point. Members of the College’s WAR Council think there is nothing wrong with that! What teenage guy doesn’t drink gatorade? And, if there is a point to be made — all the better!

The Council members, who promote peer education on alcohol habits, wanted to be at Monday night’s behavior talk about the Gentleman’s Rule. But they couldn’t resolve logistics so instead headed to Salter Hall Tuesday night for the tail end of the new students’ session with career services.

"We wanted to create a positive image of the WAR Council right off the bat," said President Jacob Surface ’11. "In the past a lot of people have thought the War Council was a nancy-no-fun group. We really want to show them that we like to have fun but we want to make sure everybody on campus is safe."

Last spring the War Council presented a "six pack" of talks on alcohol education. They kept up the six pack theme Tuesday night by giving each freshman a six pack of Gatorade.

"Besides being a public relations type event, it is to keep the freshmen excited at this point in the orientation," Surface said. "We know they can get down and tired, especially the athletes. Gatorade is a great way to keep them hydrated and show them that Wabash is a great place where they’re going to have a lot of opportunities and some free stuff."

Surface gave special recognition to WAR Council advisor Mark Colston and Patrick Griffith ’10 for their efforts organizing the event. Colston noted that Menards in Lafayette was a big help in getting 265 six packs of Gatorade for the event.

The WAR council was created by a grant from the NCAA.

In photos: Top left, freshmen make off with six packs of Gatorade. Lower right, freshman Jeffry Bohorquez.


Bachelor Preparing 4th Back-to-Campus Edition

Howard Hewitt – Student leaders and athletes have returned to campus to prepare for the new school year. Along with that group is a solid core of Bachelor staffers on campus to prepare the fourth-annual Back-to-Campus Bachelor.

Four years ago the college newspaper staff accepted the challenge of publishing a special issue for publication the first day of class. The project was a joint effort with the Crawfordsville Journal Review the first two years.

Last year the Bachelor was not inserted into the Journal Review but will be again this year.

The Back-to-Campus issue has been a stellar effort for the Wabash journalists. It has won "Best Special Section" all three years in the Indiana Collegiate Press Association’s annual awards contest.

For the students its a chance to introduce new professors, preview the upcoming sports season, and share an interview with President Patrick White.

Editor Gary James ’10, in the video above, is leading the effort with able assistance from Editor Emeritus Patrick McAlister ’10. Sports Editor Chuck Summers ’10, the most honored Wabash journalist at last year’s ICPA convention, is working with his sports staff to preview Little Giant teams. Photo Editor Alex Moseman ’11 is shooting lots of pictures while assembling his photo crew for the school year.

Advertising Manager Jacob Surface ’11 has found many community business anxious to get their message to the Wabash community and has been out selling ads since the Aug. 3.

The students returned Monday and have worked each week night evening planning and editing the first issue. The Bachelor, in it’s 102nd year, will be distributed Thursday, Aug. 27.


Bon Appettit Shucks For Students, State

Howard W. Hewitt – In all lines of work effort is sometimes underappreciated, if noticed at all.

Bon Appetit employees put in some special effort Friday morning to benefit not just Wabash students this fall but also the state of Indiana! See a photo album here.

General Manager Mary Jo Arthur has been buying meat from Moody’s Meats in Ladoga for some time. But Friday Mary Jo and Adam Moody were tackling a far different project.

Mary Jo noted her cooks only serve corn on the cob to students during the school year because fresh corn isn’t in season. That corn comes from a supplier, but obviously isn’t local during that time of year.

She wanted to buy and prep some fresh corn this summer to serve in the fall. It turns out her desire was a perfect fit for a project Moody was planning.

Moody is working with other producers on a state grant out of Lt. Governor Becky Skillman’s office to determine the feasability of establishing food processing plants for products like Indiana sweet corn. Moody noted that at one time Indiana had 40-plus food processing plants and now just one.

So the opportunity was great for both sides. Bon Appetit wanted sweet corn and Moody’s group needed some research in the processing side of the research project. Mary Jo got her corn at no cost and Moody took detailed notes on the process from shucking, to cutting, to blanching, freezing, and finally taste. His research could lead to the establishment of a processing plant and help him determine profitability.

Bon Appetit kept 50 percent of the corn it processed for providing the labor and preparing the corn. The other half of the processed corn will be used to further Moody’s research on profitablity of a processing plant.

That meant the staff shucked some 1,400 ears of corn! They planned on freezing the corn and will serve it in Sparks this fall.

It wasn’t a task without some fun. Mary Jo and Catering Manager Kecia Tatman took up work stations right along side the entire crew. The "corny" jokes, "aww shucks" attitude and a bright beautiful morning might have convinced most observers that they weren’t working at all – just having fun!

The fresh corn is an ongoing effort of Bon Appetit to provide fresh, locally-grown products in meals served to Wabash men. The corn was grown just north of the Montgomery County line in Tippecanoe county.

The end result is not just fresh corn for students but the College helped play a role in potential economic development for Indiana.

In photos: Upper right, Kaleb Dulin and Arthur show its not all work, but some fun as well. Lower left, Moody jumped right in to help when he wasn’t taking notes on the process.


Moseman ’11 Shooting on a Field of Dreams

Howard W. Hewitt – Here in the rolling hills of southwest Indiana, an area of strong German heritage and lingering cultural traditions, there is a field of dreams. It was a field of dreams for movie makers who re-created an old-time ballpark for the 1992 movie A League of Their own.

The dream continues for college-age baseball players participating in a summer Prospect League in the small town of Huntingburg, just south of Jasper. It also has become a field of dreams for photographer Alex Moseman ’11.
The Bloomington, Indiana, native was looking for a summer internship and learned at Wabash’s Career Center the Dubois County Bombers needed a photographer. Alex was uniquely qualified for the summer spot after spending the 2008 summer in the Present Indiana Program doing a photo project.
He credits the experience of shooting all last summer with sparking his interest in photography. He specifically cites a day he spent with Indianapolis Star photographer Matt Dietrich, as part of the PIP project, learning how to work a photo shoot.
See photos from the Friday night visit here.
Alex joined the staff of The Bachelor and will be Photo Editor this fall. He admitted during an interview prior to Friday night’s game the two summers have him thinking about photography in a more serious way. He came to Wabash thinking about a career in law. Now, he’s not so sure.
Moseman stays with a host family in Huntingburg for the summer, the same as the players who may not accept a stipend because they are all NCAA athletes. He photographs each game but does dozens of other tasks including designing the program cover for each game, helping out in the front office, and some nights even shutting down the stadium. Here is a link to Alex’s website where you can see his photography.
The Prospect League gives college baseball players the chance to work on their game against a good level of competition. Teams in the league include Danville, DuPage, Hannibal, Quincy, Springfield, Butler, Chillicothe, Richmond, and Slippery Rock.
The Dubois County team’s roster includes college players from Indiana State, Creighton, SE Missouri State, Middle Tennessee State, Bellermine, Utah, Wright State, Indiana, Butler, and many others.
The Bombers were hosting the Hannibal Cavemen Friday night to the usual crowd of about 350. The old League Stadium was renovated for the 1992 movie. It now hosts Southridge High School’s home games along with the summer Bomber’s schedule of 28 home games from the first of June through early August.
Many of the movie makers touches remain with most of the signage noting it’s the home field for the Rockford Peaches. The 1992 movie starred Tom Hanks, Madonna, Geena Davis, and was directed by Penny Marshall.
We’ll have a complete profile on Alex and his unique summer internship near the start of the school year.

A Wabash Man, A Bunny, and YouTube

Howard W. Hewitt – During the summer months our students are engaged in a wide variety of internships and jobs it’s hard to keep track of them all. Some of them are doing some really fun and interesting things.

Pat McAlster ’10, former Bachelor editor and student leader, has spent his recent summers working for State Farm in Illinois. He has more of a leadership position this summer for a small army of interns hired by the insurance giant.

He got involved helping create a You Tube video project to launch State Farm’s iPhone application. You have to see it to appreciate it. Patrick called upon his Wabash theatre stage experience and co-starred in this funny You Tube spot.


Behind the Scenes

McAlister ’10 on campus to help with Big Bash Coverage

 Howard W. Hewitt – For the past three years we’ve brought one or two student journalists back to campus for Big Bash to help us with our coverage and to tell stories of our alums.

Patrick McAlister ’10 and Gary James ’10 were here the past two years. The dymanic journalistic duo have become the cornerstone of Wabash journalism. This year The Bachelor won the Indiana Collegiate Press Associations’s Small Newspaper of the Year Award. Not bad for a place without a journalism program.

James is off in Washington D.C. this summer doing an internship with NPR. He has already started to distinguish himself as an intern and has been given increased responsibilities in just a week. We were lucky McAlister was in Illinois and willing to return for the Bash weekend. Patrick was editor and chief this year when the Bachelor won a record 31 awards at the ICPA convention.

He’ll be interviewing some alums, doing some video work, take a few photos, and maybe cover a colloquium session. Both of these young men’s aspirations reach beyond journalism into politics, social activism, and beyond. But it’s a pleasure for us to work with them and have them back for the summer months.

Brad Jones ’10 testing culinary
skills with Bon Appetit

Hewitt – Wabash men rise to many vocations and avocations. The College has many different ways to let each student find their path.

Brad Jones ’10 developed a strong interest in the culinary arts. Bon Appetit’s head chef Jordan Hall has taken Jones under his wing and teaching him some of the finer skills a head chef needs.

Friday afternoon Jones was busy doing prep work for Friday evening’s Big Bash dinner. Bon Appetit didn’t have an internship or position open, but when Mary Jo Arthur saw Jones’ enthusiasm she found him a part-time summer spot.

 Neal ’04 glad he came back for Big Bash ’09

Hewitt – At the end of every interview, many journalists will ask if there is anything else the person would like to add. Patrick McAlister asked Roger Neal ’04 that question Saturday and got an unexpected endorsement for Big Bash.

"I was actually really apprehensive about coming to this weekend because I thought it would be kind of boring and not a very exciting time," Neal said. "But it’s totally the opposite. It’s just great to see everybody, even people I didn’t hang out with a lot in college.

"It’s like we just left each other and now we’re here staying in the dorms. It’s pretty fun."

 

Threatening to toss me out of my office, his bedroom!

Hewitt – It’s happened a couple of times in my five years at Wabash College and it happened again Saturday during Big Bash weekend. While prepping some pictures at mid afternoon a gentleman and his wife found their way upstairs to Kane House.

Kane House was built in 1900 as the home of Wabash’s fifth president William Patterson Kane. It has been a residence hall, fraternity, and, of course, is now home to Advancement.

All that Arturo Fontanes ’59 knows is that it was his dorm room when he attended Wabash. He announced he was here to "throw you out of my room!"

He laughed heartily and recalled his across-the-hall neighbors (now SID Brent Harris’ office) and where the beds sat in the room and how they lived in Kane House during the 50s.

Dr. Fontanes lives in Laguna Niguel, California, and is a retired physician.

It’s moments like these that often go unreported but are cherished during Big Bash Weekend.



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