And The First Paint Job Is…

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The Men of Sigma Chi got it rolling…

Nicely done last evening.  Even some motivational undertones…from Da Bear himself, Mike Ditka.


Sig Chi-3148You’ll also note some fine detail work…but the question of the day is really simple…will it be the same tomorrow?













The Lew Is Coming Down

The Lew Is Coming Down

All the prep work has been completed…and today they started in earnest.  The Lew Wallace Inn is coming down.  I noticed someone had already procured what was left of the sign…


Talked to a local resident: “Happy to see it go and sad to see it go”

The space will become a parking lot for now.


All of that furniture done in "Early Motel"

All of that furniture done in “Early Motel”

The new parking lot will be a block from campus….the question will be is that close enough?


From Generation to Generation – Team Horner


John Horner ’59 and Hank Horner ’18

There’s little the Grunge can add to the photo – I think the facial expressions say it all.  One proud grandfather and one proud grandson.

While they’re separated by 59 years, my sense is Hank will get the same education John did – kind of “State-of-the-art Traditional”, if you know what I mean.

In the I’m getting old category, Shawn Cox ’94 and his wife dropped son Conor off this past weekend.  Shawn graduated from Wabash with my son Chris…give me a Geritol please with a side chaser of Ensure!

NW Indiana Group – Fun Evening!

Figure 8 Brewing

Figure 8 Brewing

Several guys from “Da Region” got together last week at Figure 8 Brewing in Valparaiso.

We had a blast.  Great TWR, good food, and great Wabash conversation – what could be better?

As an aside, it’s neat to watch these young guys going off and doing great things.

Many thanks to Shawn Cox ’94 for setting up the evening, to Ron Nichols ’64 for bringing his lovely bride Connie along,  and to one of our newest staff members in Admissions, Tyler Wade ’12, for making the trip!

Yes, the TWR was excellent!

A Little Lite Reading

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Number 10 doesn’t fit Wabash but…

Here’s some Friday morning lite reading.  #10 not accurate…for Wabash…but many of the ideas are right on target.

Best line of the entire article is the last one.

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Top Companies Have Top Leadership

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Includes Apparatus, Sun King, and Hannapin

Think about the following numbers for just one second.  Imagine three-year growth rates of 362%, 100%, and 89%.  What do those companies have in common?  Wabash leadership!

Sun King – 362%

Hannapin Marketing – 100%

Apparatus – 89%

This is great news for those companies and for our alumni involved.

Speaking of those alumni, I thought it might be interesting to “explore” what these guys majored in while at Wabash.

At Sun King, the father-son duo is Omar ’61 and Clay ’97 Robinson.  Omar was an Economics major while Clay majored in Speech.

At Hannapin, Pat East ’00 was an English major.

At Apparatus, founder/CEO Kelly Pfledderer ’96 was a German major and President Aman Brar ’99 was Economics and Religion.

Study what you’re passionate about and do what you love!  Pretty good recipe, right out of the liberal arts cookbook.

A Fun Night for Sports

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It was a fun sports evening – walk outside of the Suite to a great view of Monday Night Baseball (West Michigan Whitecaps over the Lansing Lugnuts 7-5) or stand inside and watch Monday Night Football (Exhibition – but still football.)   Justin Vander Iest ’06 handled all the logistics for the Suite – thanks Justin.

In the photo, Bill Hecker ’05 watches the game with Jay Fisher ’66 while Nick Roersma ’03 and Jordan Carlson from Admissions talk with a prospective student and his mother.

One Guy CAN Make A Difference – Jim Dyer ’83

Jim Dyer '83

Jim Dyer ’83

That’s Jim Dyer ’83 in the hat.  That’s the St. Louis group at Anne and Tom Walsh’s ’83 home thanking Jim, and his lovely wife Susan, for all they have done.

That wasn’t the standard golf clap -that was a “Thanks from the heart” and “Hope you and Susan will come back.”

St.. Louis has always been a good alumni group…but Jim Dyer took it to a whole new level.  Great communication…mix of the types of events…encouragement of the younger alumni to be a part of it…it all worked.  And it worked because Jim Dyer simply would not accept another outcome.  Not the strong arm approach some have tried…but the true mentor approach.  The “I love Wabash and I know you do too…let’s do this” approach.

And St. Louis is not the only place Jim’s touch has changed…he’s been the chief architect of a new approach in the Phi Delt fraternity.

And, Susan, wonderful young lady that she is, has been at his side for all of it.

So, we don’t lose them, for sure.  Jim and Susan will be moving to the northern Indianapolis area soon…and son Tom is in the Class of 2018.

We talk about changing lives at this Good Place…Jim Dyer has been doing that AND changing this Good Place for the better.  Jim Dyer – Some Little Giant!

Ian Will Be Wearing Black and Gold – And It’s OK

#5 - Ian MacDougall

#5 – Ian MacDougall

This football season Ian MacDougall ’14 will be playing more football…at the D1 level.  Ian is in serious competition for the kicking job at Purdue…just up the road.

You’ll recall Ian had a great season last year and, with a year of eligibility left, is getting his Masters and continuing his football career.

We’ll all be pulling for Ian to have a great year.  One exception for the Grunge – I told him before he left that I knew he’d be successful…but I didn’t want to see him kicking for a win against the Fighting Irish.  I reminded him I lived in Lafayette and still have friends in the …ahh…deconstruction business!

So, tune in whenever you get the chance to see the Boilermakers in action and look for our own Ian MacDougall.

And the Season Has Officially Arrived

The Grunge went by practice this morning…not a lot of comments to make other than they keep getting bigger, stronger, and faster…

Defensive Coordinator BJ Hammer '01

Defensive Coordinator BJ Hammer ’01


Coach Olmy Olmstead '04 works with new O'Line guys

Coach Olmy Olmstead ’04 works with new O’Line guys


New addition - Coach Charlie German '70

New addition – Coach Charlie German ’70


Could that be Coach Nate Scola?  Why, yes it is!

Could that be Coach Nate Scola? Why, yes it is!


And...a little action for you...

And…a little action for you…


The real thing starts September 6, 2014 with nationally ranked Hampden-Sydney in town.  Hope to see you there!