Homecoming Celebrates Alums, Chapel Singby Howard Hewitt • September 18, 2013
- With a near-record 60 singers on the roster and 55 available for Saturday's Homecoming Concert, the Wabash College Glee Club, directed by Professor Richard Bowen, brought plenty of volume, spirit, and beautiful music to a packed Salter Hall.
- Always one of the highlights of the Homecoming Concert, Glee Club alumni are invited to the stage to sing Alma Mater.
- Alumni in the audience sing along during Old Wabash and Alma Mater.
- Director Richard Bowen and his 55 singers opened the concert with The Star-Spangled Banner, sung in Salter Lobby.
- The national anthem carries beautifully into Salter Hall when sung in the lobby.
- After the national anthem, the Glee Club strides into Salter Hall singing Old Wabash.
- A recruiting poster that worked! The Glee Club has near-record number of singers this year.
- The Glee Club sings the Quaker tune, 'How Can I Keep from Singing.'
- Junior Pierce Velderman's solo of Danny Boy was exquisite.
- Bowen directs the singers.
- Despite having only six practices under their belts before Saturday's concert and freshmen tired from Homecoming preparations, the Glee Club sang so well they earned an encore.
- Glee Club President Zachary Goldberg ’14 leads both current and alumni Glee Club members in Alma Mater.
- An alumnus congratulates Goldberg on his directing.
- Alums, including Professor Scott Himsel and Rob Shook, join in during Alma Mater.
- Alums take the stage for Alma Mater
- Half the fun of the Homecoming Concert is the conversation afterward. Here Jim Kirchhoffer ’55 talks with a fellow alumnus.
- Jordan Plohr ’12 enjoys being back on campus.
- Rob Shook and other audience members cheer on the singers.
- Professor Scott Himsel holds court.
- Accompanist Cheryl Everett and Professor David Blix ’70 enjoy conversation after the concert.
- Freshman Dan McCarthy managed to process and sing in Saturday's concert despite a foot injury and with a little help from a cane made by his grandfather, Professor and Dean and Wabash legend Vic Powell H’55.
- Relaxing after the concert and the final official event of Homecoming 2013
The National Association of Wabash Men honored its own — and welcomed new members to the alumni ranks — as part of the grand and cherished Wabash Homecoming Weekend, which included a special Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony, sports, music, and the spirit competition among the freshmen.
Activities got underway with Thursday's Chapel Sing! See photo albums above and at right!
The weekend has many highlights including Friday night Hall of Fame inductions, Saturday morning Alumni Chapel Awards, a noontime Celebrating Leadership Luncheon, and, of course, Little Giant football at 2 p.m.
It all kicked off Thursday morning when the Class of 2017 fraternity men and independents participate in one of the College’s real “rites of passage” – Chapel Sing. The somewhat garbled sounds of “Old Wabash” will fill the air as freshmen are tested on their knowledge of one of the nation’s longest fight songs.
For the first time ever, Wabash athletic teams were honored instead of individuals. Inductees included: 1908 Basketball, 1951 Football, 1977 Football, 1980-81 Wrestling, 1981-82 Basketball, 1982 Football, 1991 & 1993 Swimming, and 1994 & 1995 Cross Country.
Alumni took center stage Saturday before the football game. The 11 a.m. Alumni Chapel, honored the spirit of Barney Hollett ’36, was hosted by the National Association of Wabash Men.
Award winners were: John Goodrich '67 - Fredrick J. Urbaska Civic Service Award; Jim Amidon '87 - Frank W. Misch Alumni Service Award; Dick Stephenson '62 - Clarence A. Jackson Career Service Award; Ethan Olberding '99 - Jeremy Wright Young Alumnus Award; Jimmy Haffner - Honorary Alumnus; Alison Kothe - Honorary Alumna; Fred Haase '71 - Alumni Admissions Fellow; James Durham '64 - Alumni Admissions Fellow; Jeff Been '81 - Career Services Fellow.
The generosity of Wabash men was celebrated at the annual Celebrating Leadership Luncheon in Knowling Fieldhouse. There was a special presentation honoring long-time Education Studies Professor Deborah Butler, who recently retired.
The Denison Big Red, 2-0 after wins over Earlham and Hiram, will visit for a 2 p.m. kickoff. The Little Giants opened just a week ago and cruised to a 69-0 win over Hanover.
The entire campus was decorated with decorations in front of the student living units on Saturday morning, and a banner contest took place at half time. The Class of 2017 carried on the tradition of crowning a Homecoming queen, as well!
The weekend is capped by the Homecoming Concert in the Fine Arts’ Salter Hall. Come listen to the Wabash College Glee Club.
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