The Big Bash 2020 Schedule

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we have decided to postpone Big Bash reunion weekend. Originally scheduled for June, the 2020 event will join next year's celebration on June 4-6, 2021. Current Big Bash news can always be found on this page (www.wabash.edu/bigbash).

 


 

The schedule below is what had been planned for the 2020 event before the postponement. The 2021 event will follow a similar format. The schedule will be updated moving forward as official plans are confirmed.

Friday Schedule | Saturday Schedule | Sunday Schedule

Friday, June 5, 2020

8:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. - Registration in Chadwick Court- Allen Center.  Stop by Chadwick Court for latest  Big Bash information.  There you’ll have the opportunity to sign the Alumni Register, which is important for your class as it competes for the attendance awards. After registration, meet your classmates for refreshments in the Scarlet Inn and get the latest Wabash gear in the College Bookstore.

10:00 a.m. - Wally Wabash Golf Outing.   Duffers and serious golfers alike will want to form a foursome for the Wally Wabash Golf  Outing. Foursomes will compete in a Florida scramble, best ball format with a shotgun start. Prizes will be awarded for low gross, as well as for closest to the pin and longest drive. A boxed lunch will be available so you can eat on the fly.  Directions to the course available at registration.

11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. - Campus Tours.   Tour guides from the Sons of Wabash will lead alumni and friends on tours of campus. Each tour is about an hour in length, so wear comfortable walking shoes. Golf carts will be provided for alumni and guests who have difficulty walking. Tours depart from the steps of the Allen Center at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

11:30 a.m. — 12:45 p.m. - Welcome Back Luncheon. We offer a casual buffet lunch in the Knowling Fieldhouse. Catch up with other alumni, faculty, and current students at the luncheon.

12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Wally Salutes: A Liberal Arts Symposium on The Military.  The eleventh annual symposium is presented through a partnership of Wabash College faculty, staff, and alumni of the Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men and the National Association of Wabash Men. The presentations, offered simultaneously throughout the afternoon, will feature alumni, faculty, or staff and will demonstrate the breadth and depth of the liberal arts on a specific topic. 

Hays Hall 104    
12:30 p.m.   WELCOME/OPENING REMARKS
12:45 p.m.   Tom McShane '72
  1:40 p.m.   Stephen Morillo
  2:35 p.m.   Tom '71 and Carol H'71 Runge
  3:30 p.m.   Beth Swift
  4:25 p.m.   Mark Lee '85
Hays Hall 319    
12:45 p.m.   Sabrina Thomas
  1:40 p.m.   Kevin Henze '99
  2:35 p.m.   Richard Bowen
  3:30 p.m.   Ben Kesling '02
  4:25 p.m.   Wally Novak 

1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Wally's Pub.  Join your classmates and other alumni and friends for a drink at Wally’s, a new restaurant and pub located in the Sparks Center. The renovated space in the Fobes Lounge, opened for business this academic year and has been praised by patrons.  

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Scarlet Yarns: Your Wabash in Story and Song.  Scarlet Yarns is a collaboration between the Archives, Alumni Relations, and Wabash Magazine to record the stories of Wabash alumni of their days at the College.  The recordings will be preserved in the Robert T. Ramsay Jr. Archival Center at Wabash and some stories will be transcribed for use in Wabash Magazine.  Swing by Lilly Library, where staff will be on hand to assist you in recording your Wabash story. Interviewers will be roaming around campus hoping to capture stories from our alumni and friends as they recall memories from the Wabash of their day.  

5:15 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.  Reunion Reception.  All reunion attendees are invited to a lively reception and cash bar in the Knowling Fieldhouse.

6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. - Big Bash Banquet.   The Big Bash Banquet is one of the highlights of the weekend. Classes will sit together in Knowling Fieldhouse and enjoy a wonderful meal by Bon Appetit. President Gregory Hess will present the class of 1970 with their 50th reunion medallions and make a few brief comments. 

Saturday, June 6, 2020

8:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. - Registration in Chadwick Court - Allen Center.  Stop by Chadwick Court for the latest Big Bash information. There you’ll have the opportunity to sign the Alumni Register, which is important for your class as it competes for the attendance awards. After registration, meet your classmates for refreshments in the Scarlet Inn and get the latest Wabash gear in the College Bookstore.

8:00 a.m. - Bike Ride.  If you ride, plan to bring your bike and join others for this new Big Bash activity. We will lead you on a ride throughout Crawfordsville and Montgomery County starting and ending at the parking lot south of Knowling Fieldhouse. We will have you back to campus in time to prepare for Chapel Sing. 

 8:30 a.m. - Fun Run/Walk.  If you run, you’ll want to compete in a two-mile or four-mile race that begins on the oval at Hollett Stadium. If you walk, shake it loose early, grab a buddy, and join the fun. All competitors (serious and not-so) will receive a free T-shirt just for coming out.

9:45 a.m., 2:15 p.m., & 3:30 p.m. - Campus Tours. Tour guides from the Sons of Wabash will lead alumni and friends on tours of campus. Golf carts will be provided for alumni and guests who have difficulty walking. Tours depart from the steps of the Allen Center at 9:45 a.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - Alumni Chapel Sing - Pioneer Chapel (Inside).   There won’t be any “W” haircuts given this time, so if you forget a word or two, no big deal. But there will be singing when Wabash hosts its annual Alumni Chapel Sing. You’ll sing along with members of your class and compete against the other nine reunion classes. Volume counts, so don’t let your mates down. Learn the words to Old Wabash all over again, stretch your vocal chords, and relive what many Wabash men recall as their fondest Wabash memory.

12:00 p.m. - Picnic Lunch - Knowling Fieldhouse - Allen Center.   We’ll wrap up our Alumni Chapel Sing with a festive and casual  picnic in the Knowling Fieldhouse.

1:00 p.m. — 1:30 p.m. - Class Photographs.  Class reunion photographs will be taken in the Allen Center.  Bring your spouse/partner as two photos of each class, with and without spouses/partners, will be taken.

1:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Wally's Pub.  Join your classmates and other alumni and friends for a drink at Wally’s, a new restaurant and pub located in the Sparks Center. The renovated space in the Fobes Lounge, opened for business this academic year and has been praised by patrons.

2:00 p.m. — 2:45 p.m. - Wabash Today - Salter Hall - Fine Arts Center. Wabash's 16th President Gregory Hess will offer Big Bash attendees an update on the College. The presentation will be streamed live at www.wabash.edu/live and via the Wabash College Facebook page. 

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Academic Department Receptions. The following academic departments are hosting receptions to welcome back their majors and minors for the Big Bash.  We hope you will stop by the designated location shown below to meet the faculty.

Biology Department - Courtyard Area Behind (east side) Hays Hall. Rain location: Hays 106 (Hearson Reading Room)
Physics Department - Goodrich 102 (George Carscallen Commons)
Chemistry Department - Hays 206 (Haenisch Reading Room)
Psychology Department - Baxter 312

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Student housing open for visits.  All Fraternities, Martindale Hall, and Williams Hall (Residential Life District) will be open for visitors.

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Colloquium (Hays Hall 104): National Correspondent for CBS News. Forty-nine years in journalism in Washington, London, Tel Aviv, Dallas and Chicago. Dean Reynolds '70 will share insights from a lengthy career in national news journalism.

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Colloquium (Hays Hall 319): TBD

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Spouses and Partners Reception - Lilly Library.  Spouses and partners of Wabash alumni are invited to a wine and cheese reception hosted by Lora Hess, wife of President Gregory Hess.

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Scarlet Yarns: Your Wabash in Story and Song.  Scarlet Yarns, is a collaboration between the Archives, Alumni Relations, and Wabash Magazine to record the stories of Wabash alumni of their days at the College.  The recordings will be preserved in the Robert T. Ramsay Jr. Archival Center at Wabash and some stories will be transcribed for use in Wabash Magazine. Swing by Lilly Library, where staff will be on hand to assist you in recording your Wabash story. New for 2019...Interviewers will be roaming around campus hoping to capture stories from our alumni and friends as they recall memories from the Wabash of their day.  

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Colloquium (Hays Hall 104):  TBD

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Colloquium (Hays Hall 319):  TBD

5:30 p.m. - Class Receptions and Dinners.   Each reunion class will have its own private reception and dinner catered by Bon Appetit. You’ll go entirely at your own pace and will have lots of time after dinner to reminisce, relive old memories, and tell lies. Dinners will begin at 6:15 p.m. and locations will be noted in your registration packets.   
 

Sunday, June 7, 2020

8:30 a.m. - Catholic Mass - Pioneer Chapel. 

9:30 a.m. - Ecumenical Chapel Service - Pioneer Chapel. 

10:30 a.m. - Big Bash Awards Brunch.  We’ll say fond goodbyes at the Big Bash Brunch in Knowling Fieldhouse, where President Hess presents several reunion awards.