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Golden Scots Celebration

Barry McNamara
All alumni ages 65 and older are invited back to Monmouth College June 1-5 for the 2011 Golden Scots Celebration, which is the recently adopted name for the college’s revamped alumni weekend. Under the new format, instead of a general audience, the event is specifically tailored to members of the 45-year graduating class and earlier.

“We wanted to give the weekend more of an “Elderhostel’ feel,” explained Lucy Thompson, MC’s director of alumni programs. “Many of the alumni in this age group are retired, so we designed the event with a more leisurely pace and the opportunity to attend lectures and seminars.”

Alumni are invited back as early as June 1, when they can register from noon to 8 p.m. and check in to their air-conditioned rooms on campus.

Previous Golden Scots Celebrations have included day trips to Springfield and Nauvoo. This year’s destination on June 2 is the Quad Cities, including a visit to John Deere Commons and a Mississippi River cruise aboard the Celebration Belle. During the cruise, Neil Dahlstrom ’98 will discuss his book, “The John Deere Story: A Biography of Plowmakers John and Charles Deere.”

Those staying in Monmouth on June 2 will have the opportunity to play golf, attend a Midwestern-style picnic lunch, tour campus and enjoy a progressive dinner at various campus sites.

The schedule for June 3 includes a Q&A session with MC president Mauri Ditzler and other administrative officers. Alumni will also have the opportunity to learn more about MC’s Hewes Library, Greek life on campus and the sites of Monmouth. There will also be a picnic lunch on the Dunlap Terrace and a Golden Scots Celebration Dinner featuring an update about the college by President Ditzler.

The weekend will feature reunions for the classes of 1951, 1956, 1961 and 1966, with class receptions on June 3 and class dinners on June 4.

On June 4, college historian Jeff Rankin will speak about “David Wallace and His Remarkable Clan.” Wallace was the college’s first president, and one of the special guests in attendance will be James Taggart, Wallace’s great-grandson. Taggart will present to the college an original oil painting of Wallace, two rare Bible used by the president and an engraved walking stick that was presented to Wallace by MC students. There will also be a tour of the college’s LeSeur Nature Preserve and a “Grilling 101” class taught by MC chef Kim Fornero.

The Golden Scots Celebration will conclude June 5 with a memorial service and a brunch.

Monmouth College alumni wanting to register for the celebration can call 1-888-827-8268, e-mail or visit