A View From The Porch

Kane House

Yesterday the guys got their first taste of winter this year.  The day started with a lot of rain and then transitioned into heavy, wet snow.  The drive home was interesting, to say the least.

Regardless, the view from our porch is always a good one (I don’t have to write papers or go to 8:00 AM classes!)  Life changes daily but like Wabash, the Hays Center is timely and timeless…all in one.

Tomorrow is December 1, 2011.  The Holidays are upon us.



Dave Callecod ’89 – Leading Change!

Dave Callecod '89

Dave Callecod is president and CEO of Lafayette General Medical Center in Lafayette, LA.  He has been making a difference in healthcare for many, many years.  He’s also been a engaged alumni leader – in regional settings and on the board of directors of the National Association of Wabash Men.

Another alumnus who fits exactly the same description and holds a similar position in Detroit, Terry Hamilton ’89, sent me a note on a nice article about Terry’s vision and leadership.  Here’s the link.

Guys like Dave and Terry really stand out in tough times like these.

Wabash Always Fights! Normal!

An amazing comeback

The words are flying all over cyberspace: “Wabash Always Fights!”  Yes, the Wabash vs. North Central College was that kind of game.

It was truly a “WOW” game…for sure.  But in a strange way, it was also exactly what we expect from a Wabash team – we never quit.  We didn’t when it was 21-0…we didn’t when it was 28-7…we just kept giving it all we had.

Then 28-14….then 28-21…then 28-27…and an extra point waiting to be scored.

Then…GO FOR TWO.  I can tell you from my vantage point, that decision was supported by 100% of the fans around me.  If you can go for the win, why not?

Wabash does Always Fight…and that pays dividends for the rest of a Wally’s life.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Wabash Chapel

I got the “beak” last night about something.   One of those “why do we have to deal with that?” bouts.  Glen wasn’t there to cool me off but Cincgrunge did even better.

She let me think about it.

On reflection, especially here and especially now, we have a great deal for which to be thankful.  It’s not about what we wish for, it’s all about what we have on our plate.  We’re blessed.

I’ll bet you are as well.

So take a minute to think…just as I did last night….Happy Thanksgiving!

Head Coach and Much More – Antoine Carpenter ’00

Head Basketball Coach Antoine Carpenter '00

Just imagine, for a second, that you’re the new coach taking over for a living legend like Mac Petty…walking into Chadwick Court at some point, all alone, and hearing the cheers of the last 30 plus years…

Coach is focused!

Well, Antoine Carpenter ’00 heard some of those cheers as a player and as an assistant coach.  And while Antoine would be the first to thank and honor Coach Petty, he’s also quickly putting his own brand on Wabash basketball.

It’s early, but the Little Giants are 2-0 and look to be talented and deep.

But that’s not the entire Antoine Carpenter impact.  Antoine helps many, many young men here by setting up mentoring relationships with Wabash alumni.  Antoine knows the importance of a big brother/mentor/advisor and he has taken upon himself the task of making a big difference by linking alumni with our students. Antoine’s efforts are paying big dividends.

Antoine Carpenter ’00 – Some Little Giant.


Movember 2011

The Wabash Team for Movember

Facial hair on a fighter pilot?  No way – my mask won’t seal.

Asked to participate in support of men’s health, especially prostate cancer?  Sign me up.

Those two met head on this November 1.  I’m all in.

Movember is an annual program to generate awareness and support for curing men’s cancers.  As a prostate cancer survivor, when Sphinx Club president Tyler Wade asked me to be an honorary chairman, there was only one answer. All in. So are all these Wabash guys in the picture. Legend Mac Petty.  Dean’s Mike Raters, Steve Klein, Joe Emmick, and (as of December 1) Jim Amidon.  AD Joe Haklin.  Professors Ethan Hollander, Tobey Herzog, Dwight Watson, and David Blix.  Student leaders galore.

All in.

We’re battling Morehouse and Hampden Sydney to see who has the most participants.

I lost my Dad, my sister, my Father-in-law, and my Mother-in-law to cancer – I DO NOT WANT TO LOSE YOU.

Jump on the bandwagon – give your razor a break and warm up that credit card.


Wanted – Parental Discretion Advised for the following photo

Son of Goose Gossage?

Wabash Always – Tobey Herzog H’11

Professor Tobey Herzog H'11

Professor Tobey Herzog drew a tough Chapel talk time slot – a few days after the Monon Bell game and only 36 hours before a playoff game and an entire week off for the students.

But Tobey did what he does – he delivered!

Much earlier in the year, after the Alumni Board had decided to make Tobey an Honorary Alumnus, I asked him to select a Wabash class as his class.  Without a lot of hesitation, he pick the Class of 2011.

Chapel today revealed why.

Tobey’s senses are keen and he really enjoyed his role as advisor to 11 men from the Class of 2011.  He especially enjoyed watching them grow and expand their horizons.  Tobey talked of a gathering at his house on Freshman Sunday of 2007 and a similar gather only a few weeks before the 2011 Commencement.   The changes in the guys inspired him…and made him proud.  They are, in every way possible, his brothers.  How can you NOT stand with your brothers?

Find it on You Tube when it’s out…you’ll be glad you did.

Tobey is Some Little Giant.

One Happy D Coordinator

BJ Hammer Congratulates Luke Zinsmaster

BJ Hammer ’01, Wabash’s Defensive Coordinator, had to be one of the happiest guys around on Saturday.  BJ came down to the field before the end of the game congratulating a lot of guys on the victory.  The Defense played with a lot of intensity.

Luke Zinsmaster (54) has had a string of career games…interception, fumble recovery, sacks, tackles for loss…you name it, Luke’s done it.

Same goes for a lot of the “D”…

Guest Post – Art Howe ’82

Here’s one more fact about Wabash and Illinois College that might interest you. Our two colleges share a common founder — John Millot Ellis. Given our shared debt to Rev. Ellis, it seems to me that it might be appropriate to remember him in some way in connection with Saturday’s game.
Rev. Ellis was born in Keene, New Hampshire on July 14, 1793. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1822 and from Andover Seminary in 1825. While in the seminary, he had thought of going to India to become a missionary but wrote his father, “I am persuaded that I have the prospect of contributing to the success of the gospel in India more effectually by laboring in this country than by going there in person.” On September 29, 1825, at his ordination at Old South Church in Boston, he was given the charge, “Build up an institution of learning which shall bless the West for all time.”
He came to Illinois as a home missionary. He first served as a pastor of a church in Kaskaskia, Illinois, where he met Frances Brard, a young woman of French descent who became his wife. Rev. Ellis later moved to Jacksonville, Illinois, where he became one of the founders of Illinois College in 1829. Rev. Ellis and another founder selected the hilltop for the college campus and began construction of the first building before a professor was hired or a student had enrolled.
His wife Frances taught a private school for young ladies, which developed into Jacksonville Female Academy. (In 1903, Illinois College became co-educational when Jacksonville Female Academy merged into it.)
In 1832, Rev. Ellis was one of the nine founders of our College who met on November 21 at the home of John Thompson and who on November 22 knelt in the snow at what became our campus.
In 1833, his wife Frances and two daughters died in a cholera epidemic, reportedly while he was away at Wabash.
Rev. Ellis did a later service that ensured the survival of our College in its youngest days. In the spring of 1834, Rev. Edmond Hovey became the College’s agent and sought to raise moneys in Philadelphia, Boston and New York. Unsuccessful in his efforts, Professor Hovey wrote a letter to the President of Wabash’s Board of Trustees tendering his resignation. On the back of the letter, Professor Hovey wrote the words “Point of desperation.” That letter was never sent because Rev. Ellis persuaded its author to suppress the letter and to make another effort to raise funds, which was successful and which secured Wabash’s future. Thus, we owe Rev. Ellis thanks for both Wabash’s founding and for encouraging the steps that ensured its survival.
In 1840, Rev. Ellis returned to New Hampshire, where he served as pastor of a church in East Hanover. In 1844, he again entered the service of the Society for Promoting Collegiate and Theological Education in the West. He died in Nashua, New Hampshire on August 6, 1855, aged 62 years.
Yours in Wabash,
Arthur J. Howe ’82

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