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College to host Homecoming festivities, Nov. 3-5

MONMOUTH, Ill. – Monmouth College hosts its annual Homecoming weekend, Nov. 3-5.

The College has received record registration numbers from several classes, spanning from this year’s 2017 graduates to the 40th-year reunion class of 1977. All Monmouth College alumni are invited to return for the weekend, which will also include reunions for the classes of 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012.

With a theme of “Traditions,” the weekend will include such Homecoming staples as award ceremonies, a parade and a Fighting Scots football game. There will also be a choral concert and newer events, including an alumni and faculty social and a sesquicentennial donor reception at Quinby House, the College’s presidential residence, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

The induction of country music radio personality Lon Helton ’72 and U.S. intelligence official Susan Sandner Gibson ’81 into the Hall of Achievement – the highest honor Monmouth College bestows upon its graduates – will be part of the Alumni Impact Award ceremony at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 in Mellinger Commons in the Center for Science and Business.

Appointed in 2016 by President Obama, Gibson is the inspector general for the National Reconnaissance Office. Helton is one of the most well-known names in country music, and has received the Country Music Association’s National Broadcast Personality of the Year honor eight times, most recently in 2016.

Other alumni award winners who will be announced include: coastal land loss expert Eugene Turner ’67, Distinguished Alumnus; Alumni Board executive Jeff Miller ’84, Distinguished Service; community builder Kelli Wefenstette ’07, Young Alumnus; and the Jones/Campbell family, Family of the Year. Physics professor Chris Fasano will be presented with the College’s Hatch Academic Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Friday’s other events include informational sessions at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, on volunteer impact in Guatemala and the local “pico” brewery startup, DeNovo Beverage. Pamela Kerr, wife of Andrew Kerr '73, will present the Guatemala program in Room 302 of the Center for Science and Business, while Associate Professor of Chemistry Brad Sturgeon and 1980 Monmouth graduate Steve Murmann will speak about beer making at the Buchanan Center for the Arts, 64 Public Square, Monmouth.

Also on Friday, the traditional Homecoming spirit shout at April Zorn Memorial Stadium will begin at 8 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. when the College inducts three Fighting Scots athletic greats into the M Club Hall of Fame. The ceremony for Steve Glasgow ’02, Nicole Auclair Baker ’04 and Blake Boma ’05 and will be held on the main concourse of the Huff Athletic Center.

At 9:30 a.m., the College will host its third annual Greek Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Mellinger Commons in the Center for Science and Business. Slated to receive acceptance into the Hall of Fame are Michael Cortina ’95, Ralph Whiteman ’52 and Catherine Axline Williams ’50.

The Homecoming parade on East Broadway between Sixth Street and Ninth Street, will begin at 11 a.m. Sponsored by the College’s Association for Student Activity Programming, 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 2017 Homecoming court, alumni award recipients and the 40-, 30- and 10-year reunion classes. A special entry will be a float by the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Association, celebrating its centennial anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the fraternity’s founding at Monmouth.

The Homecoming football game against Knox College will kick off at a special start time of 2 p.m. at Zorn Stadium. This will be the first time since 1973 that the annual Bronze Turkey Game between the two longtime rivals will be played during Monmouth’s Homecoming celebration. All former football players are invited to form a tunnel to welcome the Fighting Scots onto the field prior to the game and to take a photo with the team on the field after the game.

On Sunday, several Monmouth College ensembles will present a choral concert at 2 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.

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