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Monmouth College to host Family Weekend, Sept. 21-23

MONMOUTH, Ill. — Monmouth College will celebrate its annual Family Weekend Sept. 21-23. The three-day event allows students to share the Monmouth experience with their family members.

“Welcoming family members back to campus for the weekend activities and seeing the excitement of the students as they introduce their families to their new home is one of my favorite weekends,” said Associate Dean of Students and Director of Campus Events Karen Ogorzalek, who oversees the weekend. “Families have just as much fun – if not more – than their students as they engage with other families and the Monmouth community. Everyone is a Scot this weekend!”

Family Weekend festivities begin with Mission Improvable, an improv comedy performance for students and their families at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.

At 8:30 p.m., the College will host “My Story.” Held at April Zorn Memorial Stadium, the new event will feature members of the Monmouth community sharing their personal stories. Sponsored by the Associated Students of Monmouth College, “My Story” will also feature entertainment and refreshments.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, the first Parent & Family Council meeting will be held. It will include an open forum at 8:30 a.m. in Room 276 of the Center for Science and Business. A panel of Monmouth vice presidents will share highlights from their divisions.

At 10 a.m., a legacy brunch will be held in Mellinger Commons in the Center for Science and Business. Open by invitation to students and their alumni relatives, the event celebrates Monmouth’s long-standing family traditions.

Also new to Family Weekend this year is an opportunity to attend the next talk in the Great Lectures Series, which began this fall. Anthropology professor Megan Hinrichsen will speak about the anthropology of happiness at 10 a.m. in Pattee Auditorium, on the lower level of the Center for Science and Business.

Families can also attend an overview of “Introduction to Liberal Arts” – the required course for all first-year students – and the role that mentors play in assisting first-year students. The ILA overview will be at 11 a.m. in the Veterans Great Room, located on the second level of the Center for Science and Business.

From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, inflatable activities for all ages will be available in The Quad behind Stockdale Student Center. There will also be a trick dog show, balloon artists, novelties and games. An all-campus cookout will be held at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Fighting Scots football team will kick off its second home game of the season at 1 p.m. against Macalester College at April Zorn Stadium.

Saturday night will feature two events in Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. At 7 p.m., three music ensembles will present the annual Family Weekend Concert, which is free and open to the public. Performing will be the Monmouth Chamber Orchestra, the Monmouth Chorale and the Monmouth Winds.

Following the concert, “Found Footage Festival” will be shown at 9 p.m., emceed by two comedians. The one-of-a-kind free event showcases hilarious video footage from the strangest places.

The weekend’s activities will conclude with a buffet brunch from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday in the Main Dining Room in Stockdale Student Center.

For more information about Family Weekend, contact the office of campus events at 309-457-2345.