My “Monmouth Moment” It isn't a special moment, but a series of them that occurred abruptly and without warning. I was a student from 1958 to 1962. Dr. Madge Sandman, a sociology professor, taught me that formal learning doesn't always come from a book or lecture, but from conversation and interaction between people. Martha Hamilton and Harlow Blum opened my mind to a world of incredible art from the past and present. Their illustrated lectures and visual demonstrations inspired me to attend graduate school, and a career of teaching secondary school and community college art followed.
Living in the Theta Chi House taught me to get along with other men who had common pride in their fraternity. We helped each other get through school and have been lifelong friends. Many individual experiences, too many to list, occurred then that helped bond those friendships.
And the ever-changing beauty of the campus that made one feel like it was home was part of my Monmouth experience. Now school is over by early May, but in my era we had graduation in early June. May was a glorious month, with fraternity/sorority dances and beautiful spring weather. Classes with open windows, afternoon naps while studying, dates outside at the river or Monmouth Park or just on campus. Track meets and baseball games could be enjoyed on campus. It was a time to fall in love. There was usually a campus dance or concert in the Waid Gym. My senior year, The Glenn Miller Band, the greatest of the post-World War II dance bands, arrived. And what a great evening with three hours of dancing to great music and a 20-minute drum solo from Gene Krupa, the greatest drummer of his era.
The spiritual influence, with monthly vespers and the beautiful Monmouth College choir, made Sunday afternoons very meaningful. It was popular to invite a date for church and then to the fraternity house for a formal meal afterwards. We would always dress up and it was a non-threatening time to spend hours together.
Each season provided other events and just as special memories and experiences.
Class of 1962