Thursday, October 24, 2013

Wabash College: News Crawfordsville, Indiana

This started me thinking - for our class, what day during the school year would have been the symbolic Tuition Free Day in our lives? 

Wabash College: News Crawfordsville, Indiana

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Wabash College: Again A Best Liberal Arts College

U.S. News has again singled out Wabash College as one of the best private liberal arts colleges in the nation.
The annual U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges of 2014 features just two Indiana private liberal arts schools. Wabash was 57th on the list. Four North Coast Athletic Conference schools, Oberlin, Kenyon, Denison and DePauw, also made the list. The recent news complements with The Princeton Review and Fiske Guide to College singling out Wabash College for excellence and value.
“The rankings allow you to compare at a glance the relative quality of institutions based on such widely accepted indicators of excellence as freshman retention, graduation rates, and the strength of the faculty,” the publication reported today on how it compiles the rankings. “And as you check out the data for colleges already on your short list, you may discover unfamiliar schools with similar metrics, and thus broaden your options.”

Here is a link to the full article.

Wabash College: News Crawfordsville, Indiana

Saturday, August 31, 2013

President Hess First Chapel Talk: Mission Statement & Gentlemen's Rule

Hess: 'A to The; from But to And'
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President Gregory Hess spoke of Wabash tradition and new goals in Thursday’s Chapel talk, the first day of the 2013-2014 school year.

The new President and Sphinx Club broke with recent tradition and hosted a packed Chapel on the first day of classes. Hess delivered a talk titled, “Why I am Thankful for Wabash College.” During his remarks he suggested a new mojo to go along with the great mission statement, Gentleman’s Rule, and the College’s great motto.
President Hess delivers his first Chapel Talk
President Hess delivers his first Chapel Talk
“I want us to move from “A to The and from But to And,” Hess said. “And by that I want us to be The Liberal Arts College for Men, not just A Liberal Arts College for Men.

“I want us to move from ‘We’re a liberal arts college, but it’s for men,’ to ‘We’re a liberal arts college, and it’s for men.’ That’s what I mean by ‘From A to The and from But to And.’ ”

And then he delivered the words that rang with students and, certainly, alumni alike. “As long as I am President, I will never apologize for Wabash being a liberal arts college for men. I’ll ask you never to do so as well. It is what makes us distinctive, and it is what makes us great. We need to demonstrate and educate others about how best to educate men.”

He began his Chapel Talk with words from poet e.e.cummings about being thankful. He outlined three themes that he would emphasize throughout the year: The value of a liberal arts education; Our need to continue to expand Wabash’s Academic footprint; and, Enhancing the leadership capabilities of our young men.

He said he would not take the time to introduce himself and talk about how he got to Wabash because he thinks he should “tell the story about Wabash College and not be the story of Wabash College.”
He praised the College Mission Statement to To Educate Men to Think Critically, Act Responsibly, Lead Effectively, and Live Humanely. He called it “the most elegant, succinct, informative, and parsimonious as that of any liberal arts college that I know.” The president then drew laughs when he said it could only be better if it were a haiku.

He saluted the Gentleman’s Rule, and compared the expectations of the “lifting our collective sights” to Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream Speech” and President Obama’s words at Wednesday’s 50th Celebration of King’s speech.

He talked about students, staff, and faculty he met during his two months on the job and how “this place drips with commitment to our very unique purpose.”

Hess’s entire Chapel Talk will be here and on the Wabash YouTube Channel shortly.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Wabash Only Indiana School on Best Buy List

Wabash College is the only private Indiana College to be named to the Fiske Guide to Colleges "Best Buy" list. Wabash joins 19 other private schools across the nation on the list.

For the last 30 years, Fiske Guide to Colleges has chosen a select group of schools, noted for quality academic offerings and affordable cost, for its annual Best Buy list.

The tradition continues with the Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buys of 2014, comprised of 21 public and 20 private colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. All of the Best Buy schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category, and most  have four- or five-star academics ratings.

For 30 years, millions of students, parents, and guidance counselors have relied on the Fiske Guide to Colleges to present the “best and most interesting” schools during their college search.

Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the top independent voice in college admissions, Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014  is a selective, subjective, and systematic look at 300+ colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain.

Readers will discover more about Wabash College based on a broad range of subjects, including student body, academics, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food, and extracurricular activities.

Edward Fiske served for 17 years as education editor of the New York Times, where he realized that college-bound students and their families needed better information on which to base their educational choices. He is also the author of the Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College.

The only other Indiana institution to make either list was Purdue University as a public institution. The College of Wooster was the only other NCAC or GLCA school on the list.

Monday, July 1, 2013

News from Wabash & Vic Powell's favorite story

Here is the latest news from Wabash.  As you scroll down, look at the story by archivist Beth Swift about that famed statue of Lincoln and his dog on the steps of the Campus Center (Sparks Center).  With great fondness, I can recall Vic Powell, many times, telling with wonderful zest the happenings of that event.  He could barely get through the tale without falling in fits of laughter. 

news and notes @ Wabash
July 2013



July 7-13, 2013 Opportunities to Learn About Business

July 25, 2013
IAWM Mitchum Crock
For the entire College calendar, click here.

August 24, 2013 Freshman Saturday

August 29, 2013 Classes start

September 19-21, 2013

Homecoming, including a special Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday evening.
November 2, 2013 Family Day
November 16, 2013
Monon Bell Game (Away)

To refer a high school student of promise to Wabash, click here.

To inform the Schroeder Center for Career Development staff of an opportunity for a Wabash student or alumnus, click here.

To make a gift to Wabash, click here.


10 to 1 -
The student to faculty ratio at Wabash.
1833 - The year of the first class taught at Wabash (by Caleb Mills.)

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Campus News

Big Bash 2013

The 2013 edition of the Big Bash was one of the largest reunion weekends in history. For more about the Big Bash click here and here.

Wabash Announces Lacrosse Coach Wabash has named Terry Corcoran as its first coach.  (Read More)

Alumni Trip to France
For the complete rundown of an amazing trip, click here.
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Bits and Pieces

Special Hall of Fame Ceremony 
Wabash will hold a special, one-time Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on September 20, 2013 as part of the 2013 Homecoming Festivities.  All of the details will be included in the Homecoming Invitation. 

Wabash Centers of Distinction
Despite the small size of the College, Wabash has several well-recognized Centers of Distinction.  (Read More)
From The Archives

The Lincoln Statue
The Lincoln Statue that sat in front of the newly built Campus Center (now the Sparks Center) is the subject of one of Beth Swift's favorite Wabash stories. (Read More)
Link of the Month

Big Bash 2013 on You Tube
You can watch the Chapel Sing and several Colloquia on the Wabash You Tube site here

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

500 Strong

June 11, 2013

Dear Wabash Alumnus:

This summer my wife, Patience, and I are bringing out a volume titled, 500 Strong:  Wabash College Students in the Civil War. There will be over 500 biographical sketches of students who served in the war, plus a description of how these all came together.

Starting in the fall of 1981 and continuing for 25 years, my senior history majors and I researched the lives of early Wabash students. These included those who were in military service. Now all this material and effort will be brought together in one book.

You will be hearing from the College about a special alumni gathering on September 27, 2013 to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. For this gathering we shall also use the theme of Wabash College Students in the Civil War, and presentations will be made by alumni, faculty, and staff. Beginning at 1 p.m. the sessions will conclude about 6:00, followed by further refreshments and dinner.
I look forward to chatting with many of you, especially those of you who did research and writing on those Civil War vets.

Cordially yours,

James J. Barnes

Professor of History, Emeritus

Saturday, June 1, 2013

June News from Wabash

news and notes @ Wabash
June 2013



June 7, 2013 Alumni Trip Leaves for France

June 16-23, 2013
Third Annual Road Trip

June 30, 2013 End of Wabash's Fiscal Year
For the entire College calendar, click here.

August 24, 2013 Freshman Saturday

September 19-21, 2013

Homecoming, including a special Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday evening.
November 2, 2013 Family Day
November 16, 2013
Monon Bell Game (Away)

To refer a high school student of promise to Wabash, click here.

To inform the Schroeder Center for Career Development staff of an opportunity for a Wabash student or alumnus, click here.

To make a gift to Wabash, click here.


36.5% -
The goal for alumni participation in the Annual Fund.  We can get this done but we need your help!

13 -
The number of men in the Class of 2013 entering into PhD programs this year.

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Campus News

175th Commencement The Class of 2013 is on its way.  To read about Commencement, click here.

Wabash Adds Lacrosse
President Pat White announced recently that Wabash will add Lacrosse as a varsity sport.  (Read More)
Internships and Opportunities
Students and new grads are interning, working, or going to graduate school in 26 States, the District of Columbia, China, Greece, Mozambique, Mexico, France, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, Italy, and Nepal.  To see the list, click here. If you’d like names and contact info for those coming to your area, email Scott Crawford
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Faculty Profile

Laura Wysocki, Professor of Chemistry Professor Wysocki is the Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of Chemistry.  (Read More)
Bits and Pieces

Immersion Learning 
The seniors have graduated and the classrooms may be vacant, but the learning goes on. Check out the Immersion Learning blogs, especially the recent trip to Germany.  Click here.
Annual Giving Update
30 Days Remaining!
June 30 is the final day to make a gift for the 2012-2013 fiscal year and help the College reach this year’s $3.25 million Annual Fund goal. 
We want to thank the more than 3,800 alumni, parents, and friends who have already participated in the Annual Fund this year.  You can view the names of those who have supported students and faculty on the online Honor Roll.
Don’t see your name listed?  Then take a few minutes to make your Annual Fund gift to Wabash today!  But hurry—the June 30 fiscal year-end is fast approaching.
Links of the Month

175th Commencement
You can watch the entire video of the Commencement ceremony here.

Wabash has launched a new Facebook group for parents. 
Many thanks to Michele Ward in Alumni and Parent Relations and new Wabash parent Sue Black for helping us get the program going.  Click here to log into Facebook and join the group.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

Why do we love Wabash?

Here is the farewell chapel speech by President Pat White.  A moving tribute to the love we hold for Wabash, and our "band of brothers." 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Video of Wabash '62-'63

 Here is a promotional video about Wabash College, made in 1963 and using some images from our class of '62.  Recognize anyone?   It was sent to members of the Class of '63 in preparation for their 50th reunion.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Gentlemen of Wabash @ Talking Stick Field

Here are three Wabash men at a recent spring training baseball game at Talking Stick Field in Scottsdale, AZ.  The game was between the Diamondbacks and the Rockies.  The occasion was actually an outing of Wabash vs DePauw alumni.  Sadly there were only three from Wabash and many more from that other school.  After the photo was taken, another graduate from class of '53 came up, but the others had left.  So here are Thom Feit '62, Robert Rae '77 and Roger Colehowen '65

Friday, February 22, 2013

Wabash Professors Make Top 25 List

Wabash College has long been proud of touting the quality of its faculty. The rest of the U.S. is reading Wabash’s name as one of the top 25 schools in the nation with the best college professors.

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity complied the list by looking at composite teaching scores that schools received from

Oklahoma Wesleyan University again topped this list, but as CBS Moneywatch reported many of the schools are hardly household names. 

The top five also included North Greenville University, U.S. Military Academy, Carleton College, and Northwestern of Iowa.

Wabash came in at No. 21 on the list, the only Indiana school recognized. Moneywatch pointed out Wabash was one of four single-sex schools to make the top 25. All-female institutions Bryn Mawr, Wellesley, and Hollins University were the others making the cut.

Not surprisingly, liberal arts colleges dominated the list.

After the top five, the list included: U.S. Air Force Academy (Colo.),  Wellesley College (Mass.),  Master's College and Seminary (Calif.),  Bryn Mawr College (Pa.),  Whitman College (Wash.),  Whitworth University (Wash.),  Wisconsin Lutheran University, Randolph College (Va.), Doane College (Neb.),  Marlboro College (Vt.), Centenary College of Louisiana, Pacific University (Ore.), College of the Ozarks (Mo.), Sewanee - University of the South (Tenn.), Emory & Henry College (Va.), Wabash College (Ind.),  Sarah Lawrence College (N.Y.), Hastings College (N.E.), Cornell College (Iowa), Hollins University (Va.).

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Here is something that we already knew - great that others agree!

Wabash College has been rated a “Best Value College” and one of the “Best in the Midwest” by the Princeton Review.

The Princeton Review prints an annual book of The Best Value Colleges: 2013. The Review awards the designation based on assessments that examine more than 30 data points covering academics, costs, and financial aid. The Review chooses 150 schools for the list from 650 reviewed – 75 private and 75 public institutions.

Only the top 10 schools in each category are listed with others presented alphabetically. Wabash made the list in best private colleges.
"The Princeton Review's resources for high school students and their families often provide an insider's look into the nation's best colleges and universities," said Jim Amidon, Director of Communications. "Wabash's inclusion in this year's Best Value Colleges for 2013 confirms what generations of the College's alumni know about Wabash: it provides an unparalleled liberal arts education that prepares graduates for successful lives and careers."
The annual publication listed Swarthmore College, PA., as the top private college in the nation followed by Harvard, Williams, Princeton and Pomona in the top five. The remaining schools in the top 10 were Yale, Rice, Hamilton, Claremont McKenna, and Grinnell.

The Top 10 public universities were: Virginia, UNC, New College of Florida, William & Mary, California, NC State, Wisconsin, U. of New York at Binghamton, Michigan, and Georgia.

You can read the entire Wabash profile in the Princeton Review here.

“We commend Wabash College and all of our extraordinary 2013 ‘Best Value Colleges’ for their stellar academics and for all they are doing to make their colleges affordable, especially for applicants with need in these tough economic times,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP/Publisher.
The Princeton Review is also known for its annual school rankings and profiles in its book, The Best 377 Colleges, published in August, and its books, The Best 296 Business Schools and The Best 168 Law Schools, published in October, as well as its school profiles in its Guide to 322 Green Colleges, published in April. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University

Thursday, January 17, 2013

From Dave Schneider ~ Regrets and Remberances

Dear Classmates,
First I should say that I’m sorry I missed the 50th. I had planned to come – even had plane and motel reservations – but in the end it just got too complicated. I had planned a trip to Paris for April which I ended up not doing at the last minute for uninteresting reasons, but I went to Cambridge, MA to visit friends as well as pretending to do some scholarship over many ales, and made 2 trips to the Bay Area for grandparent duty last spring. In addition I was scheduled to go on a teaching assignment in China for 8 weeks in late June. It just got to be too much traveling in such a short time. And as we all know traveling by plane these days isn’t what it used to be.
The week before I was scheduled to leave for China I had a pleasant visit from our classmate Mike Davis (more on that in a bit) and then fell and broke my ankle 5 days before I was to leave. The ankle injury was serious (I now have enough metal in the ankle to insure that I’ll never get through airport security unscathed again), and in general I don’t recommend it. I’m fairly certain that the cause was my having bragged a few days before that I had never spent a night in the hospital. There are forces in the universe that pay attention to such boasts and act vengefully. So China got cancelled. I spent 2 months hopping behind a walker and another 2 months walking, sort of, but undergoing intense physical therapy (for the atrophied leg muscles as well as the ankle).
I’m now back to normal more or less with the occasional aches and pains – for all I know it’s that old age I keep hearing about. As I say I don’t recommend it, but I also realize that at our age this is not the worst thing that might happen. Otherwise I’m in great health except for a slight touch of diabetes, well controlled with magic pills, lots of exercise, and losing 50 pounds. It has, however, put a dent in my ale, donut, and ice cream passions (not at the same time), and Mexican food has become a luxury as well. My doctor insists that such eating habits caused the diabetes in the first place, but I’m convinced that it’s punishment for larger sins. Fortunately I like fruit and veggies.
I’ve been officially retired for a couple of years, but the nice part about being a college professor is that the lines between employment and retirement are dim. Until last year I had been teaching a couple of courses a year, but I’m taking this year off – maybe permanently. Office space is at a premium at Rice these days, so I’m in the process of vacating my office which I guess makes retirement seem rather permanent. Going through 50 years of accumulated stuff and deciding what to send to the trash can has been somewhat painful, and it’s been going slowly. Of course, I’ve also been discovering all sorts of memos and correspondence that have reminded me of things I had forgot. I even ran across grade books from my early days teaching at Amherst, Brandeis, and Stanford and miraculously even managed to generate some faces to go with some of the names. Wonder what’s happened to those kids (as they were then). It’s shocking to realize that some of them have probably met their maker, and others are retired and maybe even rich or homeless. They’re old by now, and what that makes me, I refuse to contemplate. I’ve stopped doing research, but I do have what will probably be my last book (on prejudice this time) at the publisher in manuscript form. Not looking forward to the revisions. 
As I mentioned Kappa Sig fraternity brother Mike Davis found his way to Houston recently with his charming French wife and daughter. Mike is retired from the foreign service and now lives in Marseilles. I had forgot that he actually got a PhD in history from Rice, so we did a mini-tour of the campus, much changed since his time here in the early 60s. It is a beautiful campus which has managed to keep some architectural integrity as it’s added an uncountable number of new buildings over the past 40 or so years. It was good to see Mike.
Life is good. We live close to Rice so I take in most sporting events (a labor of love and lost cause given their performances except in baseball and the country club sports– well, we did win a bowl game of sorts this past December). There’s lots of good music at the music school, one of the best in the country, and we also do opera at various venues around town, theater, etc.  I have been a docent at the local art museum for several years, and find explaining the higher mysteries of art to mostly 3rd and 4th graders with the occasional middle school, high school, or college group great fun and highly rewarding. Art has become a love of my middle age and beyond (I refuse to say old or elderly). I have been, on and off, doing other sorts of volunteer work, AIDs clinic and various groups of those whose lives are less fortunate  than mime – mostly working with kids. 
Our oldest daughter, Kris, lives about an hour away. She graduated from Austin College (north of Dallas) which except for the women reminded me a lot of Wabash – small and the same commitment to real education and a warm environment. You might be interested to get a copy of Loren Pope’s 40 Colleges That Change Lives (an approximate title) which gives rave reviews both to Austin College and Wabash. Kris works as a legal consultant for Hartford insurance, and her husband, Scott is a claims adjuster for Chubb; he spent most of November and December in New Jersey doing what claims adjusters do – hopefully helping out some. They have two children. Daughter Alyssa is a freshman in college, and son Taylor is a sophomore in high school.
Our daughter Caitlin and her husband both graduated from Stanford with law and business degrees from University of Virginia; they refuse to leave the Bay Area and live in San Carlos. She is a judge with EEOC, meaning she judges discrimination and sexual harassment cases in the federal government. Tommy, her husband, works for Financial Engines, doing whatever people there do. I’ve yet to figure out what that is. Two boys, one in 7th grade, the other in 4th. For reasons of modesty I’ll refrain from listing all the brilliant grandchildren accomplishments. And then there’s the fact that they inherited none of this from me; my daughters married well genetically. I also had no role in their upbringing – arguably all to the good. Still, one does take unwarranted credit from time to time, typically in the annual Christmas letter.
Some of you will remember my wife Doris who is aging better than I and who keeps busy with various activities, many of which seem to involve reminding me of my obligations and duties as well as my various delinquencies. We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in Kauai in December, and then did the Christmas thing with grandchildren in California.
This is beginning to sound like one of those dreadful Christmas messages we’ve all got, and for that I’m sorry. I have the conceit that some of our classmates may actually be interested given that I’ve been off the Wabash radar for some years. But for those of you who can’t quite put a face to this name, it’s sufficient to know that I think I’ve aged gracefully and thrive as much as one can at this point of life. And, as I say, sorry to have missed the 50th.
Dave Schneider