Barry McNamara  |   Published June 08, 2016


First wave of Class of 2020 arrives on campus to register for classes
  • Kinesiology professor Sean Schumm helps a member of the Class of 2020 register for fall classes. Schumm is one of several faculty members advising students as part of SOAR.
Approximately one quarter of Monmouth College’s Class of 2020 began writing their college stories during Monmouth’s first day of SOAR – Student Orientation and Registration.

Summer registration through SOAR will continue June 10-11, with another quarter of the new class – including international students – registering later in the summer.

During his welcoming remarks to 80 students in Monmouth’s Dahl Chapel and Auditorium, vice president for enrollment management and communications Trent Gilbert said one way for the students to think about their college experience is as a book.

“You’re going to be able to write your own story,” said Gilbert. “You begin writing your Monmouth College story today. Today is the prologue of that book. Chapter 1 will begin when you are back on campus on Aug. 20 to move in, and we have an official matriculation ceremony on the lawn of Wallace Hall.”

Gilbert told the students and their parents that he was “absolutely ecstatic that today is finally here,” and associate vice president for enrollment Nick Spaeth agreed.

“This is the formal beginning of the Monmouth College experience,” he said. “It marks a transition from the college search process and from working with our admissions office. Monmouth College is their home for the next four years, and they get to begin exploring their options and figuring out their plans.”

Vice president for academic affairs David Timmerman addressed the students and parents on behalf of the faculty, noting that the verb “soar” means “to fly at a great height.” With its low student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1, Monmouth sets up its students to have a rich academic experience, he said.

“We teach, but only you can learn,” he told the Class of 2020, who registered for their first-semester classes later in the day. The new students also attended sessions on the liberal arts and keys to first-year success and ate lunch in the Main Dining Room of Stockdale Center.

In addition to obtaining their class schedules and viewing their residence hall rooms, members of the Class of 2020 left campus at the end of the day with a “key” item – their Monmouth College ID.

“You are a Monmouth College student today,” associate dean of students Karen Ogorzalek told the SOAR participants, referring to the ID, which serves a variety of purposes, including a key to their residence halls, a meal ticket and a library card.
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