Monmouth College’s fourth annual President’s Homecoming Gala will be one of many highlights of Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 15-17. The college will also host a forum on the Midwest’s economy, induct theoretical physicist Kennedy Reed ’67 into its Hall of Achievement and welcome four Fighting Scots athletes into the M Club Hall of Fame. In addition, a free concert featuring the Monmouth Chorale will be performed and the Fighting Scots football team will host Lake Forest.
All Monmouth College alumni are invited to return for the weekend, which will include reunions for the classes of ’70, ’75 ’85, ’95, 2000, 2005 and 2010. Members of the classes of ’75 and ’95 will be joined by the classes of ’74, ’76, ’94 and ’96 for “cluster” reunions.
Homecoming shirts will again be available for purchase. The black shirts have long sleeves and the phrase “A Thousand Hearts’ Devotion.” Shirts may be purchased from the college’s alumni office for $15.
On Oct. 15, the college will host its second Midwest Matters forum at 2 p.m. in the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. This year’s keynote speaker is Jackie Zachmeyer, a 1989 Monmouth graduate who serves as a finance director for the Agriculture & Turf Division of Deere & Co. State Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) will also speak at the forum, which is free and open to the public.
The President’s Homecoming Gala will begin Friday at 6 p.m. in the Huff Athletic Center fieldhouse. Tickets for the event are available for $40 through the alumni office. Advance registration is required. The semiformal event, which will begin with a social hour, will include musical entertainment by MC students, a candelight dinner and an address by President Mauri Ditzler. The induction of Reed into the Hall of Achievement, which is the highest honor Monmouth College bestows upon its graduates, will also be included in the program.
Reed works in the High Temperature Physics Department at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), researching atomic collisions in high-temperature plasmas. In 2009, President Obama named him a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering. Prior to joining LLNL in 1980, Reed taught physics at Morehouse College, and he has done considerable work on the issue of minority underrepresentation in physics.
Other alumni award winners that will be announced at the gala include: CMT “Country Countdown” host Lon Helton ’72, who will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award; retired music professor Michael Sproston ’64, who will receive the Distinguished Service Award; University of Maryland philanthropy professor Robert Grimm ’96, who will receive the Young Alumnus Award; and the Work family, which will receive the Family of the Year Award. Also announced will be the winner of 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 football standout and longtime college coach Bob Tucker ’65, star pitcher Gary Halls ’76, prolific basketball scorer Jim Thornton ’82 and All-American sprinter Dori Ternig O’Reilly ’96 will be held on the main concourse of the Huff Athletic Center. It is free and open to the public.
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 2010 Homecoming court, the M Club Hall of Fame inductees and the 25th-year reunion class. Participating in the parade for the first time will be the college’s new mascot, Big Red.
At 11:30 a.m., an all-alumni cookout will be held on the lawn of Quinby House, home of President and Mrs. Ditzler. The event will have an Oktoberfest and Scottish Highland Games atmosphere.
A dedication ceremony for the Richard “Doc” Kieft Memorial Bench will be held at 12:15 p.m., just east of April Zorn Memorial Stadium. Zeta Beta Tau alumni donated the bench in memory of Kieft, a longtime chemistry professor at Monmouth who served as ZBT’s chapter adviser for 25 years.
The Homecoming football game against Lake Forest 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 4 p.m. in Glennie Gym.
Beginning at 3:30 p.m., open house events will be held by each of the college’s seven Greek organizations. The public is also invited to tour the new educational garden east of Founders Village and Wells Theater, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Homecoming activities Saturday evening will include a free concert by the college’s Chorale and Concert Choir at 7:30 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. Both ensembles will perform under the direction of Tim Pahel, director of choral and vocal activities. Alumni who are past members of the Chorale will be invited to the stage at the end of the concert for the singing of the college song, “A Flame of White and Crimson.”
An alumni mixer, open to all alumni, friends, faculty and staff, will be held at 7 p.m. at the American Legion, 1110 N. 11th St.
On Sunday at 8:30 a.m., President Ditzler will host a brunch in Stockdale Center, during which he will address in depth several key plans, issues and initiatives.
To see a full schedule of events, visit www.monm.edu/alumni.