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Scholars Day returns on Scots Day; Honors Convo also on tap

Monmouth College students have done the hard part, spending countless hours on scholarly projects this academic year. The easy part comes on Scholars Day, April 17, as the campus and local community is invited to view the projects in the Huff Athletic Center from 2 – 4 p.m.

At 3 p.m., President Mauri Ditzer and David Timmerman, dean of the faculty, will provide welcoming remarks. The college’s Hatch Award for Scholarship will also be announced at that time.

“What is particularly special about Scholars Day is the concentration of student work in one place and one time,” said Timmerman. “Our professors have all presented and explained their own scholarly work in public for their entire careers; it is an essential aspect of being a professor. They cherish those moments and appropriately take great pride in them. But I know to a person they would trade those moments in a second for the joy of seeing one of their students bring an essay they have written or a piece of artwork to display or a scientific experiment to the point of public presentation.”

In addition to the displays of academic posters and artwork, there will be readings and group performances. New editions of Coil, Monmouth’s literary magazine, and the Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research will also be available.

Scholars Day is held in conjunction with Scots Day. The latter college celebration has typically been more about fun and games, although it has also traditionally been the date of the college’s Honors Convocation, which will be held earlier in the day at 11 a.m. in the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. Timmerman elaborated on the new celebration’s significance.

“Scholars Day is meant to provide a showcase for the intellectual and scholarly work of our students in all disciplines from the fine arts to the sciences to the humanities and social sciences. Students must be sponsored by a faculty member in order to present.”