Alumni who graduated from Monmouth College in 1969 or earlier will journey back to campus June 5-8, to participate in the annual Golden Scots Celebration. More than 100 alumni and friends have registered for the event.
Among the highlights of the weekend, which will include special reunions for the 45th, 50th, 55th and 60th anniversary classes, will be seminars led by faculty and alumni, tours of new campus facilities, a gala banquet and an old-fashioned chapel service.
Early-bird activities will begin June 5, as alumni may check into their air-conditioned dorm rooms between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Activities that day include tours of campus, the Educational Garden and the city of Monmouth, as well as a progressive dinner and an evening social.
Retired Brig. Gen. Reid Beveridge from the 50-year reunion class of 1964 will present a program titled “On War: Changes in the U.S. Military Over the Past 50 Years and Its Posture for the Future” at 4:30 p.m. in Room 276 of the Center for Science and Business. The program is free and open to the public, as is a panel discussion on international experiences on June 6 and a talk on the real estate market by John Courson ’64 on June 7.
On June 6, there will be a Q&A session with senior administrative staff, as well as presentations about religious and spiritual life on campus and how to make estate gifts.
The international panel discussion will be held at 10:15 a.m. in the Pattee Auditorium in the Center for Science and Business. It will feature Marilyn Kessinger Hubbard ’64, who held off-campus/international studies positions at Gettysburg College and Arcadia College; Tom Ulmet ’64, superintendent of the Yew Chung Educational Foundation in Hong Kong; two 1964 alumni who studied abroad as students, Barbara Bolon Bye and Julie Stankhoff Stoffels; and MC associate dean Bren Tooley, who also serves as director of international recruitment.
The highlight of the evening will be the Golden Scots Celebration Dinner, at which the Class of 1964 will receive special recognition and present a gift to the college. Earlier in the day, there will be a picnic lunch and a movie screening in Gracie Peterson Hall.
On June 7, Golden Scots will have the opportunity to have lunch at the Italian Village – known to the Scots from that era as “Pizza Lou’s” – and to hear remarks from President Mauri Ditzler titled “Trampling the Flowers: Reflections on 40 Years in the Liberal Arts.” They may also attend Greek life open houses at Holt House, Stewart House and the Alpha Xi Delta, as well as tour the facilities that formerly housed Alpha Tau Omega and Theta Chi.
Courson, a trustee of the college and former president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association, will present his real estate program at 3:45 p.m. Titled “Some Folks Borrowed, and Then They Were Blue – Are We Ready for Something New?,” his talk will be held in Room 276 of the Center for Science and Business.
The day’s schedule will end with reunion dinners for the classes of 1954, 1959, 1964 and 1969, followed by an evening social.
The celebration will conclude June 8 with a memorial service based on a traditional MC chapel service and a closing breakfast.
Monmouth College alumni wanting to register for the celebration can call 1-888-827-8268, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or go online at www.monmouthcollege.edu/alumni