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Students show off intellectual, personal growth during Scholars Day

Barry McNamara
MONMOUTH, Ill. – On one of the first gorgeous spring days of the year, Monmouth College held its annual Scholars Day Tuesday, celebrating scholarly achievements from the 2017-18 academic year.

Classes were canceled so students could attend the day’s major events, including the Honors Convocation, held in Dahl Chapel and Auditorium, and a variety of presentations and exhibits, held in the Huff Athletic Center.

“Our focus each day is on the intellectual and personal growth of our students,” said Monmouth College President Clarence R. Wyatt in his welcoming remarks at the Honors Convocation.

Helping students achieve that growth, said Dean David Timmerman, is Monmouth’s distinguished faculty, which he recognized as being significant factors “behind the achievements being recognized today.”

One of those faculty members, Dan Ott, received the Hatch Award for Distinguished Scholarship during the convocation. Ott has taught in Monmouth’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies since 2011.

Also honored during the convocation were Sarah Ellis of Chrisman, Ill., and Aspen Chadderdon of Marshalltown, Iowa, who were named the Senior Woman of the Year and Freshman Woman of the Year by the Mortar Board honor society. Winning the Blue Key honor society’s Senior Man of the Year was Paul Engo III of Chicago, while Terrence Best of Belleville, N.J., received the Freshman Man of the Year honor.

Sophomores Magdalynne Bruckner of Aurora, Ill., and Jeren Stewart of Peoria, Ill., were announced as the 2018-19 president and vice president of the Associated Students of Monmouth College, the governing arm of the student body.

“They debated on a platform of concern and compassion,” reported Dean of Students Laura Hutchinson. “At the debate, students were impressed with their sense of vision and leadership.” Delivering oral presentations were Chelsea Schupp ’18 of Schaumburg, Ill., representing the College’s Global Food Security Triad; Daniel Hintzke ’18 of Monmouth (classics); and creative writing students of Assistant Professor of English David Wright, who presented “One Writer, One Work: A Reading.”

In addition to research posters, other displays included award-winning art and the new edition of the Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research, which is published at Monmouth, and includes a selection by Elias Shammas, who graduated from Monmouth last December with a degree in political science. He wrote an article titled “Make Syria Great Again?”
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