Homecoming Celebrates Alums, Chapel Singby Howard Hewitt • September 18, 2013
- Coach Rob Johnson ended the 2013 Athletics Hall of Fame Team Induction Ceremony by getting all of the inductees to chant: "I am a Wabash man... and I know I can!"
- Norm Buktenica ’52, one of the seniors on the undefeated football team of 1951, spoke on behalf of his teammates.
- A large number of team members from the 1951 undefeated football team returned to campus to be enshrined in the Athletics Hall of Fame.
- Tom Dyer ’78 spoke on behalf of the 1977 football, which finished 11-2 and national runner-ups, but said, "This was Dave Harvey's team." Harvey, the captain and quarterback, died of cancer a few years ago.
- The men of the 1977 football team, which played for the National Championship.
- The 1977 football team listens to Tom Dyer speak.
- Coach Max Servies had a lot of great wrestling teams, but perhaps none better than the 1980-81 team that went 23-0 and beat Notre Dame.
- Pete Shiavone ’81, one of two seniors on the undefeated wrestling team, spoke on behalf of the team and joked that he'd keep it under an hour.
- Coach Max Servies got a standing ovation for his illustrious career and Victory is Sweat motto.
- Members of the 1982 National Championship basketball team came back in force, including their head coach, Mac Petty, assistant coach, Rich Clouse, and trainer, Bob Burkhart.
- Senior captains Mike Holcomb (right) and Pete Metzelaars spoke about the 1982 National Championship basketball season.
- Coach Mac Petty and All-American Pete Metzelaars ’82.
- The men who made up the 1982 football team's offensive line (and Coach Mike Deal) pose with running back Eugene Anderson.
- The 1982 football team went 10-0, beat Dayton and DePauw, and finished the year ranked fifth in the country.
- Bill Kennedy ’83, one of three captains of the 1982 football team, spoke on behalf of his teammates.
- Two of Coach Gail Pebworth's swimming teams were inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame, including these men who were on the 1991 team.
- Hugh Vandivier ’91 talked about the 1991 undefeated swimming team and its eighth place finish at nationals.
- The 1993 swimming team went undefeated, captured the Notre Dame Relays, and finished eighth in the country.
- Bob Hinshaw, who swam on both Hall of Fame teams, poses with the teams' beloved coach, Gail Pebworth.
- The 1994 and 1995 cross country teams, which finished fourth and third in the country, respectively, were enshrined Friday night.
- Coach Rob Johnson spoke about how it took 10 years for Wabash cross country to become nationally recognized.
- Coach Rob Johnson talks about current Wabash cross country coach Roger Busch ’96. Both men are individual members of the Hall of Fame.
- Jim Ray ’95 said, "I am the man I am today because of Coach Johnson."
- Jason Brandt ’98 came out from Colorado Springs for the ceremony. His former coach, Greg Birk, traveled from Switzerland!
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.