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Monmouth College celebrates Scholars Day, one of its 'most special days'

Barry McNamara
Classes were canceled Tuesday at Monmouth College, but academics were still the major focus, as the campus community observed Scholars Day, celebrating scholarly achievements from the 2016-17 academic year.

“This is one of the most special days on the Monmouth College calendar,” said Monmouth President Dr. Clarence R. Wyatt during his welcoming remarks at the Honors Convocation in Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. “The Honors Convocation recognizes extraordinary success on the intellectual journey. Students, you recognize you have had exceptional guides on your journey.”

One of those faculty members, Petra Kuppinger, received the Hatch Award for Distinguished Scholarship during the convocation. Kuppinger has taught in Monmouth’s sociology and anthropology department since 2000.

Also honored during the convocation were Neddie Velez of Chicago and Alexis Brauer of Springfield, Ill., who were named the Senior Woman of the Year and Freshman Woman of the Year by the Mortar Board honor society. Winning the Blue Key honor society’s Senior Man of the Year was Matt Barnes of Colfax, Ill., while Thomas Van Alstine of McHenry, Ill., received the Freshman Man of the Year honor.

Juniors Javier Abrego of Chicago and Jameyrae Valdivia of Rock Falls, Ill., were announced as the 2017-18 president and vice president of the Associated Students of Monmouth College, the governing arm of the student body.

Three Monmouth College honor societies held initiation ceremonies on Scholars Day: the Gamma Pi Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honorary; the Kappa Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication studies honor society; and Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.

Four seniors in the College’s Honors Program presented their capstone research during afternoon activities in the Center for Science and Business: Marquis Williams of Chicago, Hayden Fulfer of Bloomington, Ill., Shoshana McClarence of New Lenox, Ill., and Emily Sheetz of Mokena, Ill.

In addition to research posters, other displays included award-winning art and the new editions of COIL, the College’s literature and arts magazine, and the Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research, which is published at Monmouth.