Wabash Celebrates 180 Years of Classesby Howard Hewitt • December 3, 2013
- President Hess chats with faculty and staff prior to his remarks.
- Alice Phillips, wife of College Dean Gary Phillips, chats with Beth Swift and Lynne Miles
- There were a few students on hand as well. David Newhart '15 and Carter Adams '15 chat over hot chocolate.
- There was a good turnout for the short program.
- Communications Richard Page and Brent Harris talk with the President's Chief of Staff, Jim Amidon at center.
- Philosophy Professor Glen Helman takes in some of the historical pieces on display.
- The President's favorite snack - Rice Krispie Treats - were served!
- President Gregory Hess delivering remarks.
- The President gave a brief historical overview of the College's history.
- Stephen Morillo, Lu Hamilton, Neil Schmitzer-Torbert, and David Troutman listen in.
- The President mingles after the short program.
- Asst. Prof of Spanish Jane Hardy talking after the program.
- Food? Someone say there is food?
- Librarian John Lanborn enjoying conversation.
- Wabash Emeritus Professors Dick Strawn and Don Herring.
- Modern Language's Ivette Wilson.
- Archivist Beth Swift oversaw the displays honoring Wabash's history.
Wabash College celebrated 180 years of classes Tuesday with a reception, display of historical items, and brief remarks from President Gregory Hess.
Wabash College, under the direction of President Elihu Baldwin and Professor Caleb Mills, began classes in Forrest Hall 180 years ago. The small building housed a couple of classrooms, a few student rooms, and the College janitor's family.
It was indeed a humble beginning. I invite you to probe more deeply into the College’s history by spending time looking at the exhibits developed by Beth Swift and Linda Petrie — two people here at Wabash who are committed to preserving our great heritage.
"It is appropriate that today — less than a week after Thanksgiving — that we give thanks for the vision and perseverance of our founders, trustees, and professors," President Hess said. "We honor them with today’s celebration marking 180 years of guts, brains, spirit, and strength — the virtues necessary for Wabash to flourish over all of these years."
Adminstration members, staff, faculty, and students gathered in the Lilly Library for a brief ceremony. Historical items were on display and refreshments were served. Specifically, President Hess' signature snack - Rice Krispie Treats - made their Wabash debut.