A performance by the Monmouth College Pipe Band is just of many Monmouth College traditions that will be renewed during Homecoming weekend, Oct. 12-14. In addition to the parade at 11 a.m. on Oct. 13, other highlights of the weekend include the President’s Homecoming Gala, a Midwest Matters forum, a vocal concert, an M Club Hall of Fame induction and a football game against Lake Forest College.
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Monmouth College’s sixth annual President’s Homecoming Gala will be one of many highlights of Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 12-14.
The college will also host a forum on politics in the Midwest, induct Dr. Hamzah Kassim ’76 into its Hall of Achievement and welcome four Fighting Scots athletes into the M Club Hall of Fame. In addition, a free concert featuring the Monmouth Chorale will be performed and the Fighting Scots football team will host Lake Forest.
All Monmouth College alumni are invited to return for the weekend, which will include reunions for the classes of ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87, ’92, ’97, 2002 and 2007.
The weekend will kick off on Friday afternoon, as the college hosts its fourth Midwest Matters forum at 2 p.m. in Wells Theater. This year’s keynote speaker is Brad McMillan, executive director of the Institute for Principled Leadership at Bradley University. Titled “Are You Fed Up with the 2012 Elections Yet? How Our Midwest Heritage Offers an Alternate Style of Leadership,” the forum is free and open to the public. It is part of the college’s comprehensive effort to research, analyze and celebrate the traditions, trends and future prospects for America’s heartland.
The President’s Homecoming Gala will begin Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Huff Athletic Center fieldhouse. Tickets for the event are available for $50 through the alumni office, and advance registration is required. The semiformal event, which will begin with a social hour, will include a candlelight dinner and an address by President Mauri Ditzler. The induction of Kassim into the Hall of Achievement, which is the highest honor Monmouth College bestows upon its graduates, will also be included in the program.
Over the last 15 years, Kassim has led a number of large and complex advisory assignments in Malaysia and the region on merger integration, business transformation, economic and institutional reform and large-scale IT transformation across several industries, which involved working with ministers, CEOs, board members and other key stakeholders.
“Throughout my career, I’ve been driven by a sense of purpose to make Malaysia and the world a better place,” he said. “I have become deeply involved in working with the government of Malaysia to develop the right institutions to support economic growth and national prosperity.”
Other alumni award winners that will be announced at the gala include: international educator David Shawver ’70, who will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award; Dean St. Ledger, who will receive the Distinguished Service Award for more than 50 years of employment at Monmouth; pharmaceutical sales manager Joanna Davison Triebel ’99, who will receive the Young Alumnus Award; and the McConnell family, which will receive the Family of the Year Award. Tom Sienkewicz, MC’s Minnie Billings Capron Professor Classics, will be presented with the college’s Hatch Award for Distinguished Teaching.
The gala will be followed by the traditional Homecoming spirit shout at April Zorn Memorial Stadium at 9 p.m. The celebration, which will feature competition by student organizations and the introduction of Homecoming royalty, will conclude with a fireworks display.
Saturday’s events will begin at 8:30 a.m., as Monmouth College inducts four athletic greats into the M Club Hall of Fame. The ceremony for longtime football coach Kelly Kane, standout running back Kevin Matarelli ’95, soccer star Paul Evans ’97 and softball ace Sherilyn Daniels Yerly ’99 will be held on the main concourse of the Huff Athletic Center. It is free and open to the public.
The Homecoming parade on East Broadway between 9th Street and 6th Street will begin at 11 a.m. Sponsored by the college’s Association for Student Activity Programming (ASAP), it will include the Monmouth College Pipe Band and Fighting Scots Marching Band. Last year’s Homecoming king and queen will also ride in the parade, as will the 2012 Homecoming court, the M Club Hall of Fame inductees, alumni award recipients and the 40th- and 25th-year reunion classes. This year’s Homecoming theme, “Throwback: Scots Through the Decades,” will be reflected in several floats by student organizations.
At 11:30 a.m., an all-alumni cookout will be held on the lawn of Quinby House, home of President and Mrs. Ditzler. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. Several academic departments will also host open house events at that time at various campus locations, including the science and mathematics departments, which are “Saying Goodbye to HT.” The Haldeman-Thiessen Science Center is in its last year of use by the departments before they move in to the new Center for Science and Business next fall.
The Homecoming football game against Lake Forest will kick off at 1 p.m. at April Zorn Memorial Stadium, and the volleyball team has a match against Carroll, also at 1 p.m., in Glennie Gym. The match follows a 7 p.m. Friday night home game vs. Ripon.
For those wanting an alternative to athletics on Saturday afternoon, two academic sessions will be held at 2:30 p.m. At Hewes Library, assistant professor Kris Lorenzo will lead a tour of the Monmouth College Archaeology Lab. At the Weeks House, MC’s Jane Jakoubek, Teri Ott and Hannah Schell will lead a discussion about ways in which Monmouth encourages its students to think of career choices in terms of vocation and calling.
Open house events will be held by the college’s current and past Greek organizations at 3:30 p.m. at various campus locations, and there will also be a tour of MC’s Educational Garden at that time.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., a post-game celebration for all alumni, faculty and staff will be held outside Petey’s Pub & Grill, 2 AmericInn Way. A party tent, featuring a buffet, cash bar and live music by the band No Reason will be located just north of the restaurant.
Homecoming activities Saturday evening will include a concert by the college’s Chorale, Concert Choir and Chamber Choir at 7:30 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. In order to raise funds for next spring’s trip to Carnegie Hall, the Chorale is asking for a suggested donation of $5 for non-students. Director of choral and vocal activities Tim Pahel will lead the Chorale and the Chamber Choir, which is a highly select group composed of Chorale personnel. The latter ensemble performs repertoire best suited for small groups, such as vocal jazz and madrigals. The Concert Choir will perform under the direction of Pier Debes, and The Scotsmen will also perform.
On Sunday at 9:30 a.m., alumni are welcome to participate in choir practice in Dahl Chapel, prior to an 11 a.m. Homecoming worship service led by the Rev. Dr. Teri Ott, MC’s chaplain. Former members of the baseball team will play an Alumni Game at 10:30 a.m. at Glasgow Field.
Homecoming shirts will be available for purchase. The red T-shirts, which cost $15, have short sleeves and feature the “Throwback” theme. They must be pre-ordered from the college’s alumni office.
A full schedule of events is available at www.monmouthcollege.edu/alumni/homecoming.