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Monmouth College welcomes spring with Scholars Day

Jeff Rankin
The poster session from 2013 Scholars Day, held in the Huff Athletic Center. This year’s celebration will be held in the new Center for Science and Business.
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While some colleges traditionally welcome spring with raucous outdoor parties, students at Monmouth College have taken another route, choosing to celebrate the end of winter with a festival of the mind.

On Tuesday, April 29, Monmouth College will cancel classes in observance of Scholars Day—a day devoted to scholarship, arts presentations and academic discussions. The public is invited.

Activities will begin at 11 a.m. with an Honors Convocation in Dahl Chapel. Students will be recognized for departmental awards, induction into honorary scholastic organizations and the receipt of scholarships. The traditional ceremony will also include bagpipe music, a performance by the Monmouth Chorale and the introduction of new student government officers. Among the guests in the audience will be family members and scholarship donors.

At noon, the campus community is invited to enjoy a free lunch in the Main Dining Room of Stockdale Center.

At 12:30 p.m., the Class of 2014 will sponsor a Cow Pattie Bingo fundraiser in the Quad, with proceeds going toward the senior class gift.

The afternoon will be devoted to academic presentations in the Center for Science and Business, with the first session scheduled for 2 p.m. It will feature nearly poster presentations spanning disciplines from the sciences to communication to the arts. Senior art students will display their work inside the main entrance. Other events will include a literary citizenship presentation in Room 203, a ScotsSpeak presentation in Room 276, video posters in Room 277 and Shakespeare performances at various locales in the building.

The 3 p.m. session will include a writers’ roundtable in Room 203 and a performance of excerpts from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” in Room 276.

At 3:30 p.m., a screening of the documentary “SWITCH: Discover the Future of Energy” will be held in Room 280. Produced by Scott Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas and filmmaker Harry Lynch, the award-winning documentary examines the question, “When will the world ultimately switch from fossil fuels to cleaner, alternative energy sources?”