Published September 22, 2016

Homecoming 2016

‘Scots on Broadway’ and throughout campus Sept. 30-Oct. 2
There will be a lot of “Scots on Broadway” when Monmouth College hosts its annual Homecoming weekend, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

The College has received record registration numbers from several classes, spanning from this year’s 2016 graduates to the 40th-year reunion class of 1976. All Monmouth College alumni are invited to return for the weekend, which will also include reunions for the classes of 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011.

With a theme of “Scots on Broadway,” the weekend will also include three award ceremonies, a parade and a Fighting Scots football game, as well as several special events.

The induction of scientist Karin Loya ’63 and MTV co-founder Dwight Tierney ’69 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. Sept. 30 in Mellinger Commons in the Center for Science and Business.

A retired program manager and scientist for companies supporting projects for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Loya worked for such contractors as Science Applications International Corp., ST Systems Corp. and Raytheon Systems Co. Among her responsibilities were telemetry processing and graphics support for experiments with the Dynamics Explorer satellites in the 1980s, and contracts leading to the development of the Space Telescope, which helped verify the Big Bang theory, and the Earth Observing System of satellites, which has enabled advances in climate change and research.

Although best known for his role with MTV, Tierney is also an internationally recognized expert in human resources, currently working as a consultant and executive coach through his New York-based company. He served 11 years as senior executive vice president for MTV’s parent company, Viacom, overseeing operations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and has held executive positions with McGraw-Hill Education, Madison Square Garden, eMusic and Ipreo.

Other alumni award winners who will be announced include: retired college president William Simpson ’65, Distinguished Alumnus; emeritus professor Harlow Blum, Distinguished Service; University of Iowa professor Scott Shaw ’03, Young Alumnus; and the Brooks family, Family of the Year. Communication studies professor Lee McGaan will be presented with the College’s Hatch Academic Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Friday’s other events include:
  • At 1:30 p.m. in Hewes Library, Brad Nahrstadt ’89 will speak about his collection of presidential campaign buttons, which features almost 1,600 buttons from the last 31 presidential elections, including 2016. The collection will be on display through the Nov. 8 election.
  • At 3 p.m., a program celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Wackerle Career & Leadership Center will be held in the Morgan Room of Poling Hall. Created through the vision and generosity of renowned executive search consultant Fred Wackerle ’61, the center was dedicated at Monmouth’s 1996 Homecoming.
  • A new event – an alumni and friends social – will be held in Market Alley in downtown Monmouth. Serving will begin at 7 p.m. and music by The Brooks Brothers-The Very Live Band will begin at 8 p.m.
  • 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.
  • At 9 p.m., weather-permitting, a star-gazing event will be held in the Adolphson Observatory atop the Center for Science and Business. Participants, who are asked to meet in the building’s Veterans Memorial Great Room on the second floor, will view the night sky through the College’s 20-inch Trubeck Telescope.
Saturday’s events will begin at 8:30 a.m. when the College inducts three athletic greats into the M Club Hall of Fame. The ceremony for former coach and athletic director Terry Glasgow, soccer standout Amy Horneck Jewett ’06 and softball ace Shelly Orwig Mabee ’03 will be held on the main concourse of the Huff Athletic Center.

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 2016 Homecoming court, alumni award recipients and the 40-, 35-, 30-, 25- and 20-year reunion classes.

At 11:30 a.m., the College will host its second Fraternity and Sorority Alumni 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 Melinda Fry ’03, Benjamin Hickerson ’05 the late Mary MacDill Knapheide ’35 and the late Isabel Bickett Marshall ’36.

The Homecoming football game against Cornell College will kick off at 1 p.m. at Zorn Stadium. In other Fighting Scots action, the volleyball team will host Beloit at 1 p.m. in Glennie Gymnasium, and the men’s and women’s soccer team will play a doubleheader at Knox (Ill.) College, with the men’s game kicking off at 1 p.m. The volleyball and baseball teams will both host alumni events over the weekend.

Immediately following the football game, an alumni and faculty social will be a held in Hewes Library. Reunion class celebrations will be held at 5:30 p.m. at various locations.

For more information, view the full schedule of events.
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