Barry McNamara  |   Published October 05, 2015

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Then come to unveiling of new bronze statue before Homecoming game
  • Pictured here is one foot of “Scots Spirit,” the 6-foot bronze statue that will be unveiled Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Monmouth College’s Boucher Plaza, just south of the main entrance to April Zorn Memorial Stadium. The statue was created by Utah artist Matt Glenn, who will be present at the ceremony.
A new member of the Monmouth College family will be welcomed Oct. 10 at 11:30 a.m. on Boucher Plaza as part of Homecoming festivities on campus.   With assistance from a lead gift from Augustin “Gus” Hart ’68 and Rebecca Hart, the Class of 2015 raised funds to commission a 6-foot-tall Scottish bagpiper statue, which will be known as “Scots Spirit.”   “The bronze statue represents the ambitions of Monmouth College students and the hopes for them from the alumni who have gone before them,” said Jennifer Erickson Sanberg ’10, the college’s assistant director of annual giving. “The Monmouth tartan and sporran call attention to this being a Monmouth Scot.”   “Scots Spirit” is the work of Utah artist Matt Glenn, who has been creating bronze monuments both large and small for communities all over the country for more than 15 years.   Upon first impression, the statue is of a student bagpiper – a symbol of Monmouth traditions. On closer examination, Sanberg explained, the student is much more. He is depicted casually, although still in traditional, gentlemanly attire. With rolled-up sleeves and no formal coat or hat, a message of modernity, accessibility and applicability to all students – and across time – is reinforced.   His distant gaze and stance upon a stack of books signifies contemplation of how he will complete his years at Monmouth before venturing forth into the world. The books on the statue represent a broad swath of learning and are therefore a brief yet incomplete reflection of the full breadth of the liberal arts.   “Monmouth students, aspiring for both success in life and careers similar to many alumni who have come before them, may find good fortune by touching the right boot of the statue,” added Sanberg with a smile.
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