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Homecoming weekend includes global hunger symposium, President's Gala


Monmouth College’s will “Roll Out the Red” as it celebrates Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 11-13.
Highlights will include a symposium on global hunger, a President’s Homecoming Gala and inductions into the Hall of Achievement and the M Club Hall of Fame. In addition, a free choral concert will be performed and the Fighting Scots football team will host Grinnell. 
All Monmouth College alumni are invited to return for the weekend, which will include reunions for the classes of 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008.
On Oct. 11, the college will host its fifth Midwest Matters forum at 1 p.m. in the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. This year’s keynote speaker is Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow on Global Agriculture and Food Policy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Following Thurow’s keynote address, a panel of agriculture, science and food experts will lead a wide-ranging discussion.
The symposium topic was selected to reflect and celebrate the interdisciplinary academic collaboration that is the inspiration behind Monmouth’s recently dedicated Center for Science and Business. Solving complex issues such as world hunger will require research and debate that bridges the scientific and business communities.
At 4:30 p.m., the third floor of the Center for Science and Business will be formerly dedicated in memory of the late chemistry professor Richard “Doc” Kieft, who taught at Monmouth for 31 years, served as a trustee and was instrumental in the planning of the building.
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 Wackerle into the Hall of Achievement, which is the highest honor Monmouth College bestows upon its graduates, will also be included in the program.
After retiring from a 40-year career in executive search consulting, specializing in CEO succession, Wackerle continues to coach CEOs on making transitions out of their organizations and advises boards on CEO succession and governance. Each year since the publication of John Sibbald’s book “The New Career Makers,” which ranked search consultants in the U.S., Wackerle has been named one of the nation’s top five general management search consultants by CEOs and high-ranking executives.
Other alumni award winners that will be announced at the gala include: Karen Barrett Chism ’65, Distinguished Alumnus; Kevin Kaihara ’77, Distinguished Service; Zach Hampson ’03, Young Alumnus; and the Glasgow family, Family of the Year. English professor Craig Watson 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 diamond standouts Casey Boydstun ’02 and Jen Witmer ’02, track All-American Chris Sondgeroth ’98 and three-sport star and current MC coach Melissa Jones Bittner ’03 will be held on the main concourse of the Huff Athletic Center.
The Homecoming parade on East Broadway between 6th Street and 9th 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 2013 Homecoming court, the M Club Hall of Fame inductees, alumni award recipients and the 40-, 35-, 30-  and 25-year reunion classes.
At 11:30 a.m., an all-alumni lunch will be served in the fieldhouse of the Huff Athletic Center. 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, as well as at the site of the college’s future downtown theatre at 230 S. Main St.
The Homecoming football game against Grinnell will kick off at 1 p.m. at April Zorn Memorial Stadium. Also in action will be former members of MC’s volleyball team, who will compete in an alumni game at 11:30 a.m.
For those wanting an alternative to athletics on Saturday afternoon, two academic sessions will be held at 2:30 p.m. featuring the Karen Gould Manuscript Collection and SOFIA research projects. Capron Professor of Classics Tom Sienkewicz will discuss the 15th-century manuscripts in Gallery 203 of the Hewes Library, while faculty members Chris Fasano and Laura Moore, will lead the program on SOFIA, which stands for Summer Opportunities for Intellectual Activity, in the Center for Science and Business.
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. An All Scots Celebration will be held at Petey’s Bar and Grill in Monmouth following the football game at 5 p.m.
Homecoming activities Saturday evening will include a free 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. 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 new 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. The concert will also feature a performance by a special alumni choir, as well as appearances by The Scotsmen and The Sassy Lassies.
On Sunday at 9 a.m., the Rev. Dr. Teri Ott, MC’s chaplain, will lead a Homecoming worship service in Dahl Chapel. The annual alumni baseball game will be played at 10:30 a.m. at Glasgow Field.
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