Class of 2016 Finishes Orientation Working• August 22, 2012
- Freshmen Clayton Randolph and Quentin Watson help spread fresh gravel on the Sugar Creek Trail west of Crawfordsville.
- Ian Sunde and Adam Alexander assist the Crawfordsville Parks and Recreation Department.
- Sam Mattingly sweeps extra gravel off to the side of the trail.
- Fabian House unloads gravel from the truck.
- Michael Watson shovels gravel off the truck.
- Men from the Class of 2016 helped put new plywood walls up on the Vanity Theater stage
- Professor Mike Abbott's tutorial students moved set pieces through narrow hallways in anticipation of the Vanity Theater's production of NOISES OFF.
- More set pieces for NOISES OFF.
- Vanity Theater Board Member Matt Mayberry drives in screws while the Class of 2016 does the heavy lifting.
- It took a half-dozen people to put up 12-foot walls.
- Only Wabash men could have hauled a hulking file cabinet up the narrow steps and hallways of the Vanity Theater.
- Students at the Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church did yard work, among other things.
- Main Street President John Dantzig welcomes the Class of 2016 downtown.
- John Dantzig and Main Street, thanks to First Lady Chris White, rolled out the red carpet for the freshmen.
- Wabash President Pat White also welcomed the students downtown and encouraged them to embrace their new hometown.
- Students at downtown's Marie Canine Plaza
- President White
- President White
- Crawfordsville Mayor (and Wabash alumnus) Todd Barton took part in Wednesday's downtown welcome.
- Mayor Barton was surrounded by 260 members of the Class of 2016.
- Keaton Becher is co-chairman of the orientation leaders
- Chris White chats with John Dantzig at the Main Street reception downtown.
- After community service and the welcome, students fanned out to dine at local restaurants.
After three days of meetings, speeches, and learning the way things work at Wabash, more than 250 freshmen got the chance to sweat and work. The Class of 2016 spread across Montgomery County to do community service work.
Learning to ‘live humanely’ has long been a part of Freshman Orientation. The annual work day also provides local organizations with manpower they could otherwise never afford.
Approximately 15 students started their morning at 8 a.m. at the Habitat for Humanity work site across the street from the Wabash baseball field. Dr. Richard Bowen’s tutorial students were shoveling and moving gravel.
“Typically on a normal week day we have a lot of people who are not capable of doing some of the heavier work,” said construction coordinator Kym Bushong. “So today I’m hoping we can get a driveway extended so the homeowner doesn’t have to step out into the mud. I’m hoping we can get all of our grass mowed. I’m hoping we can move some dirt so we can frame up our sidewalks and steps to the back porch.
“These guys can accomplish a lot more than we can. In their four hours today they will accomplish what we normally would in two Saturdays."
Larry Pollitt, who was directing the freshmen at work at the Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church's FISH Clothing Pantry, was also grateful for the time and work saved by the students.
"These guys get done in an hour what it takes a whole day for me to do myself," he said. The students transformed the Pantry's inventory from its summer clothing to winter clothing for the upcoming season.
Another group of students, who are in Dr. David Kubiaks’ freshman tutorial, were working at the Crawfordsville Municipal Golf Course. The guys had taped off all of the windows to the pro shop and applying a new coat of paint under the watchful eye of their student leader Anton Crepinsek ’13.
Students from Professor Ethan Hollander's freshmen tutorial helped prepare the Lew Wallace Study grounds for this weekend's Taste of Montgomery County, one of the area's largest public events.
"You wouldn't believe how helpful these guys are," said Study Grounds Manager Deb King. "And it's perfect timing, having these Wabash gentlemen help set this up. I don't think we could pull this thing off without volunteer help." Wabash alum Dale Petrie ’75 was also on hand, supervising the set-up of the performance stage for this weekend's event.