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Golden Scots Celebration is June 2-6

Barry McNamara
All alumni ages 65 and older are invited back to Monmouth College June 2-6 for the 2010 Golden Scots Celebration, which is the new 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 2, when they can register from noon to 8 p.m. and check in to their air-conditioned rooms on campus.

Last year’s inaugural Golden Scots Celebration followed a Lincoln bicentennial theme and included a trip to Springfield. This year, alumni can again hit the road to take a trip through time to historic Nauvoo on June 3. The Mississippi River town, which was settled in 1839 by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), features a restored 19th-century village and a quaint shopping district. The trip will include visits to the Nauvoo Temple and the Hotel Nauvoo.

Following the full day in Nauvoo, the schedule for June 4 includes a talk by Jeff Rankin, director of college communications, on the 1841 trial of LDS prophet Joseph Smith, which took place in Monmouth. 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 from the college by President Mauri Ditzler.

The weekend will feature reunions for the classes of 1950, 1955, 1960 and 1965, with class receptions on June 4 and class dinners on June 5.

On June 5, associate professor of history Simon Cordery will discuss his recent book, “Mother Jones; Raising Cain and Consciousness,” and there will be a tour of the LeSeur Nature Preserve.

The Golden Scots Celebration will conclude June 6 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 go online at and click on “Golden Scots Celebration” in the Alumni & Friends section.