Campaign Ends, Homecoming a Huge Success

by Jim Amidon

October 6, 2004

The Campaign for Leadership officially came to an end Friday night when nearly 500 guests gathered for a grand celebration gala. Master of Ceremonies Kevin Clifford ’77, Campaign Chair Tom Hays ’55, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Joe Barnette '61, and President Andy Ford H’03 thanked the alumni and friends of the College who gave $136.1 million in gifts and pledges to the Campaign.

The next day, more than 150 people gathered to re-dedicate Goodrich Hall, which was built in 1938 but received a $5 million face lift thanks to the Campaign for Leadership. Emeritus professors Paul Mielke ’42 and Vic Powell H'55, who have rooms in the building named for them, both spoke in gratitude for the renovations of the building, which now comfortably houses the physics and mathematics and computer science departments.

Four alumni and two College friends were honored by the National Association of Wabash Men at the annual Homecoming Alumni Chapel, which honors the spirit of the late Barney Hollett ’36. Receiving Alumni Awards of Merit were David Orr ’57, Jim Wood ’61, and Herm Haffner ’77. Jean Williams, wife of the late biology professor Eliot Williams, was named an Honorary Alumna, while long-time friend Greg Shaheen also received the status of Honoary Alumnus. Finally, Peter Pactor ’65 was honored for his work in recruiting students from Texas.

Mike Dill ’71 urged alumni to "Pay Forward" and not pay back Wabash when more than 600 guests gathered for the Celebrating Leadership Luncheon. Dill is chairman of the College's Annual Fund.

The glorious and festive weekend came to an end when junior quarterback Russ Harbaugh brought the Little Giant football team back from behind in a 17-14 win over Ohio Wesleyan University, a win that kept Wabash's record a perfect 4-0.

 

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