Alumni and friends were welcomed home this week as Wabash College celebrated Homecoming.
"After a fall semester in 2020 when we welcomed almost no alumni and friends back to campus, I feel especially proud and honored to thank you in person for your support of Wabash College," said Wabash President Scott Feller at the Homecoming Luncheon.
The weekend opened with Chapel Sing, one of the College’s most cherished rites of passage in front of Pioneer Chapel. Members of the Class of 2025 were tested on their knowledge of the words to “Old Wabash,” arguably the nation’s longest fight song.
The Sigma Chi pledge class captured the 2021 Chapel Sing competition.
The 41st LaFollete Lecture was hosted Thursday in Salter Hall. The lecture is given by an honored faculty member who is charged with addressing the relation of his or her discipline to the humanities, broadly conceived. This year’s lecturer was Professor of Biology Amanda Ingram with her talk, "Shaped by History."
The 2005 football team reunited Friday as it was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame, joining a class that includes Cliff Bell ’76, Greg Birk ’77, Mike Brown ’76, Bill Cannon ’79, Russell Harbaugh ’06, Jim Pursel ’73, Jake Waterman ’13, and Chris Whitfield ’88.
Alumni jumped to the forefront on Saturday with a multitude of activities across campus.
The following recipients were honored with awards from the National Association of Wabash Men at the annual Alumni Chapel event at Pioneer Chapel:
- Steve Zusack ’06 - Jeremy R. Wright Young Alumnus Distinguished Service Award
- Rick Cavanaugh ’76 - Frank W. Misch Alumni Distinguished Service Award
- John Roberts ’83 and Scott Douglas '84 - Fredrick J. Urbaska Distinguished Civic Service Award
- Joseph Impicciche ’80 - Clarence A. Jackson Distinguished Career Achievement Award
- Marion Powell H’55- Honorary Alumna
- Chad Cleaver ’00 - Career Services Fellow
- Dan Susie ’68 - Admissions Fellow
"We haven't gotten together in a long time. Today's a special, special day. Welcome to campus. Welcome home," said Kip Chase ’03 president of the National Association of Wabash Men. "We get to relive our Wabash days, catch up with friends and see smiles. This time allows us to pause and celebrate those special bonds of the Wabash family."
Wabash defeated Allegheny 36-28 in the first home football game of the season and the first to be played in the new Little Giant Stadium. During halftime, the College dedicated the new facility and Frank Navarro Field.
The Glee Club hosted its homecoming concert Saturday night in Salter Hall. The show featured plenty of favorites, including the beloved “Old Wabash” under the leadership of director Sarin Williams.
Wabash Soccer honored seven of its senior members of the 2021 Little Giant team Sunday afternoon prior to its match versus visiting Grinnell College. Wabash got a late goal to claim a 3-2 victory.
Wabash College is a fully vaccinated community. We expect our alumni, parents, and guests who are eligible to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to coming to campus for events and activities. Face masks are required for all unvaccinated persons while indoors on the Wabash campus. Face masks are also required when 50 or more people are gathered indoors, regardless of vaccination status. For more information about Wabash’s COVID-19 mitigation practices, please visit www.wabash.edu/covid.