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Howard W. Hewitt - Age and class year make no difference when Wabash men gather to celebrate the College. Nearly 20 Wabash men and their guests ranging from the Class of 1966 to the Class of 2008, and maybe 2013, noted the release Monday evening of Wabash Magazine's "Great Northwest" issue.

Last summer I traveled to Portland, Seattle, and British Columbia, and visited 10 Wabash men. Their stories are told in the latest issue of Wabash Magazine and Wabash Magazine Online. As a matter of fact, we have more material Online for this issue than ever before.

The group gathered at a Seattle landmark, the Washington Athletic Club, in the heart of this incredible city. Many of those attending were featured in the Great Northwest magazine and online. See a photo album here.

I gave a brief update on Wabash's record application year, the development of the Business Leadership Program, immersion learning, and other issues.

But for me it was watching the magic in the room that made the night so special. By the end of the night it seemed I had witnessed every single alum engaged in conversation with another Wabash man. Class year didn't matter and age didn't matter, because they all had a common experience — Wabash. The common experience was shared Monday night through laughter, anecdotes, and stories — evidence that the College clearly means so much to these Wabash men.

One of the interesting twists to the night was that we had a young man from a suburban Seattle school district join us to get a feel for what Wabash is all about. Several of the grads made an effort to spend a few minutes talking about Wabash. And by the end of the evening, two or three of the alums told me they had shared their contact information with the young man and encouraged him to contact them with any questions.

Is there a better Wabash story than that? Does anything explain the brotherhood and strong place our College holds in men's hearts than wanting to share it with an 18-year-old none of them had never previously met?

It was a great Wabash night. And the best part for me is I get to do it again Tuesday night. It's off to Portland for one more celebration of the Wabash men of the Great Northwest.