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Big Bash 2022 Schedule

This schedule is subject to change and will be updated as more details become finalized.

Friday Schedule | Saturday Schedule | Sunday Schedule


Friday, June 3, 2022

8:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. - Registration in Chadwick Court - Allen Center. Stop by Chadwick Court for latest Big Bash information. There you’ll have the opportunity to sign the Alumni Register, which is important for your class as it competes for the attendance awards. Big Bash at Wabash

10:00 a.m. - Wally Wabash Golf Outing. Grab a few classmates and form a foursome for the Wally Wabash Golf Outing. Foursomes will compete in a Florida scramble, best ball format with a shotgun start. Prizes will be awarded for low gross, as well as for closest to the pin and longest drive. A boxed lunch will be available so you can eat on the fly. Directions to the course available at registration.

11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., & 3:00 p.m. - Campus Tours. Tour guides from the Sons of Wabash will lead alumni and friends on tours of campus. Each tour is about an hour in length, so wear comfortable walking shoes. Golf carts will be provided for alumni and guests who have difficulty walking. Tours depart from the steps of the Allen Center at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Welcome Back Luncheon. We offer a casual buffet lunch in the Knowling Fieldhouse. Catch up with other alumni, faculty, and current students at the luncheon.

12:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Wally Salutes: A Symposium on the Military and the Liberal Arts. The annual symposium is presented through a partnership of Wabash College faculty, staff, and alumni. The presentations, offered simultaneously throughout the afternoon, will feature alumni, faculty, or staff and will demonstrate the breadth and depth of the liberal arts on the topic of the military.

Time  Hays Hall 104  Hays Hall 319
1:00 p.m. Tom McShane '72 -
American Military Ethics in an Era of Pandemic and Social Upheaval
 
Beth Swift -
General Charles Douglas Herron (W1897) - a remarkable life of service
2:00 p.m. Stephen Morillo H'91 -
Teaching Leadership via the Liberal Arts: Wabash vs. West Point
 
Tom '71 and Carol H'71 Runge -
An (Air) Pirate's Life For Us!

 
3:00 p.m. Mark Lee '85 -
On Leadership:  Does Liberal Arts produce better leaders?
 
Tobey Herzog H'03 -
Soldier-Author Tim O’Brien’s TRUE Vietnam War Story
 
4:00 p.m. Wally Novak -
Chemistry of War: poisons, explosives and medicines, oh my!
 
Ben Kesling '02 -
Writing War

 

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Tennis. The Collett Tennis Center (outdoor and indoor courts) will be open for hours all weekend, but plan to drop in at this time to be matched up with others for a bit of competition. Mark Sutton '92 will be there to help oragnize.

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Wally's Pub. Join your classmates and other alumni and friends for a drink at Wally’s pub located in the Sparks Center.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Reunion Reception. All reunion attendees are invited to a lively reception and cash bar in the Knowling Fieldhouse.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Big Bash Banquet. The Big Bash Banquet is one of the highlights of the weekend. Classes will sit together in Knowling Fieldhouse and enjoy a wonderful meal by Bon Appetit. President Scott Feller will present the class of 1972 with their 50th reunion medallions and make a few brief comments.

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - Wally's Pub. Join your classmates and other alumni and friends for a drink at Wally’s pub located in the Sparks Center.


Saturday, June 4, 2022

8:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. - Registration in Chadwick Court - Allen Center. Stop by Chadwick Court for the latest Big Bash information. There you’ll have the opportunity to sign the Alumni Register, which is important for your class as it competes for the attendance awards. After registration, meet your classmates for refreshments in the Scarlet Inn and get the latest Wabash gear in the College Bookstore.

Big Bash Bike Ride8:00 a.m. - Bike Ride. If you ride, plan to bring your bike and join others for this recently added Big Bash activity. We will lead you on a ride throughout Crawfordsville and Montgomery County starting and ending at the parking lot south of Knowling Fieldhouse. We will have you back to campus in time to prepare for Chapel Sing.

8:30 a.m. - Fun Run/Walk. If you run, you’ll want to compete in a two-mile or four-mile race that begins on Huntsman track in Little Giant Stadium. If you walk, shake it loose early, grab a buddy, and join the fun.

9:45 a.m., 2:15 p.m., & 3:30 p.m. - Campus Tours. Tour guides from the Sons of Wabash will lead alumni and friends on tours of campus. Golf carts will be provided for alumni and guests who have difficulty walking. Tours depart from the steps of the Allen Center at 9:45 a.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Big Bash - Chapel11:00 a.m. - Alumni Chapel Sing - Pioneer Chapel. There won’t be any “W” haircuts given this time, so if you forget a word or two, no big deal. But there will be singing when Wabash hosts its annual Alumni Chapel Sing. You’ll sing along with members of your class and compete against the other nine reunion classes. Volume counts, so don’t let your mates down. Learn the words to Old Wabash all over again, stretch your vocal chords, and relive what many Wabash men recall as their fondest Wabash memory.

12:00 p.m. - Picnic Lunch - Knowling Fieldhouse - Allen Center. We’ll wrap up our Alumni Chapel Sing with a festive and casual picnic in the Knowling Fieldhouse.

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Class Photographs. Class reunion photographs will be taken in the Allen Center. Bring your spouse/partner as two photos of each class, with and without spouses/partners, will be taken.

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Wally's Pub. Join your classmates and other alumni and friends for a drink at Wally’s, a new restaurant and pub located in the Sparks Center. The renovated space in the Fobes Lounge has been praised by patrons.

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Wabash Today - Salter Hall - Fine Arts Center. Wabash's 17th President Scott Feller will offer Big Bash attendees an update on the College.

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Academic Department Receptions. Some academic departments are hosting receptions to welcome back their majors and minors for the Big Bash. We hope you will stop by the designated location to meet the faculty.

Chemistry Department Hays Science Hall 206 (Haenisch Room)
Modern Languages Location TBD
Physics Department Goodrich 102 (1st Floor Commons)
Psychology Department Baxter 312

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Student housing open for visits. All Fraternities, Martindale Hall, and Williams Hall (Residential Life District) will be open for visitors.

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Colloquium (Hays Hall 104): The Future of Fraternities at Wabash - and Beyond.  When the Class of 1987 entered Wabash in August of 1983, 81% of the entering class (181 out of 223 men) joined one of the nine national fraternities then located on campus.  In the 2021-22 academic year, however, only 47% of Wabash freshmen joined one of the ten national fraternities on campus. In this  respect, the Wabash experience parallels the national experience in colleges and universities, which suggests that young college men are decreasingly likely to join fraternities during their college years. These phenomena present Wabash with special challenges – and unique opportunities – in light of Wabash’s traditional strong support for the Greek system, and the mutual interdependence of the College and its fraternities with respect to housing.  Come join in an important conversation about Wabash College, national trends on fraternity involvement, and the path forward for Wabash and its fraternities, spearheaded by two former fraternity roommates whose current positions bring them special perspectives on these issues – Greg Redding ’88, Wabash’s Dean of Students, and Greg Castanias ’87, a Wabash trustee who also serves as the Chancellor and Chief Judicial Officer of the national Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.   

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Colloquium (Hays Hall 319): The Coeducation/Single-Sex Study of 1990-1992. At about 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 22, 1992, the Board of Trustees voted to maintain the all-male status of Wabash College. The vote culminated a two-year study with 10 committees that examined Wabash as a college for men and as a coeducational institution from considerations of philosophy, educational quality, the market for single-sex schools, the experience of other colleges, size of the student body, the College's constituencies, and economics. Panelists will discuss the process of the study, the atmosphere on campus during and after the vote, and the greater implications of the decision over the last 30 years.

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Spouses and Partners Reception - Lilly Library. Spouses and partners of Wabash alumni are invited to a reception hosted by Wendy Feller, wife of President Scott Feller.

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - W Club Lounge and press box (Little Giant Stadium) open for visits. Drop by Little Giant Stadium for a chance to look around the W Club Lounge and press box. Director of Athletics Matt Tanney '05 will be on hand to point out some specifics and answer questions.

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Colloquium (Hays Hall 104): Wabash and Four Years that Changed America: 1968-1972. Vietnam. King and Kennedy killed. Woodstock. LSD. Beatles’ “The White Album.” Draft lottery. Charles Manson cult. Tet Offensive. My Lai. Chicago Seven trial. Kent State. Stonewall Inn. U.S. invades Cambodia. Beatles’ “Abbey Road.” U.S.S.R. invades Czechoslovakia. SALT Talks. Peace Talks. Apollo 11 Moon landing. Beatles disband. Voting age lowered to 18. China trade embargo ended. Birth control legalized. What was it like to teach at or attend Wabash College when these were everyday news? Come hear a moderator led Q&A with panelists Dr. Finley Campbell, Dr. David Hadley H'76, Dr. David Blix '70, Coach Rob Johnson H'77, and Class of 1972 members Frank Hagaman, David Myers, Dr. Don Shelbourne, Dr. Michael Louden, and Steve York, USMC (Ret.).

5:30 p.m. - All Class Reception - Little Giant Stadium Concourse. Reunion classes will come together for a large reception in the concourse (Little Giant Stadium). Class of 1972 will gather in the W Club lounge.

6:45 p.m. - Class Dinners. Following the reception, classes will disperse to assigned dinner locations to enjoy dinner and conversation with classmates. Dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. and locations will be noted in your registration packets.

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - Wally's Pub. Join your classmates and other alumni and friends for a drink at Wally’s pub located in the Sparks Center.


Sunday, June 5, 2022

10:30 a.m. - Big Bash Awards Brunch. We’ll say fond goodbyes at the Big Bash Brunch in Knowling Fieldhouse, where President Feller presents several reunion awards.


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