Barry McNamara  |   Published October 04, 2015

Homecoming 2015

Join us on campus for “Great Scot!”
Inspired by the movie “Back to the Future,” which flashed forward 30 years to 2015, Monmouth College will host its annual Homecoming weekend, Oct. 9-11.   With a theme of “Great Scot!,” the weekend will include three award or induction ceremonies, a parade, the dedication of a new statue, a free choral concert and a Fighting Scots football game.   All Monmouth College alumni are invited to return for the weekend, which will include reunions for the classes of 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015.   The induction of Maj. Gen. John Huston ’48 and Karen Bush Watts ’65 into the Hall of Achievement, the highest honor Monmouth College bestows upon its graduates, will be part of the Alumni Impact Award ceremony on Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Mellinger Commons of the Center for Science and Business.   A World War II veteran who flew 30 combat missions in B-17 aircraft, Huston served on the faculty of the U.S. Naval Academy from 1956 to 1976. He served as the chief of the Office of Air Force History from 1976 to 1981 and his many awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster.   During her career in the pharmaceutical industry with Squibb, Lederle/Wyeth and Johnson & Johnson, Watts was a member of teams that identified and/or developed the antibiotics Azactam, Zosyn, Levaquin, Doribax and the anti-MRSA cephalosporin, Zeftera.   Other alumni award winners that will be announced include: Daniel Cotter ’88, Distinguished Alumnus; Deeks Carroll ’62, Distinguished Service; Carl Larson ’02, Young Alumnus; and the Rankin family, Family of the Year. Biology professor Ken Cramer will be presented with the college’s Hatch Award for Distinguished Teaching.   Also on Friday, an alumni and friends social will be held at Petey’s Bar and Grill in Monmouth at 7 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 be among the first to use the college’s new 20-inch Trubeck Telescope.   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 two-sport star John Herman ’89, All-American thrower Eric Holmes ’01, All-Region pitcher Ryan Johnson ’02 and golf standout and coach Molly McNamara ’03 will be held on the main concourse of the Huff Athletic Center.   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 2015 Homecoming court, the M Club Hall of Fame inductees, alumni award recipients and the 40-, 35-, 30-, 25- and 15-year reunion classes. The honorary parade marshal will be Tony Barnum ’43, a veteran professional aviator and sportsman.   At 11:30 a.m., the 2015 senior class gift will be dedicated. The class pooled their gifts to purchase a bronze statue of a kilted bagpiper, “Scots Spirit,” which will stand in Boucher Plaza, located by the south entrance to Zorn Stadium and Hewes Library.   At noon, the college will host its first Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Hall of Fame induction ceremony on the main concourse of the Huff Center. Slated to receive acceptance into the Order of Omega Hall of Fame are the late Evelyn Peters Kyle ’32, Gail Owen ’74 and Bradley Nahrstadt ’89. The event will be preceded by an all-Greek meet and greet at 11:30 a.m.   The Homecoming football game against Illinois College will kick off at 1 p.m. at Zorn Stadium. In other college athletics, the volleyball team will host St. Norbert College in Glennie Gymnasium on Friday at 7 p.m. and Lawrence University on Saturday at 1 p.m. The women’s tennis team will host St. Norbert, Lawrence and Ripon College in a trio of matches on Saturday and Sunday.   Immediately following the football game, a new event – an alumni and faculty social – will be a held in Hewes Library. Also, a Scots Celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Danny’s Tap & Grill in downtown Monmouth.   Homecoming activities Saturday evening will include a free concert by the college’s Chorale, Chamber Choir, Scotsmen and Sassy Lassies at 7:30 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. Director of choral and vocal activities Tim Pahel will lead the Chorale and the Chamber Choir, which is a highly select group composed of Chorale personnel. Music instructor Daniel Godsil will accompany the Chorale. The concert will also feature a performance by a special alumni choir.   Full schedule of events
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