Barry McNamara  |   Published September 29, 2020

Homecoming @ Home, Oct. 5-10

Traditional fall event will have different feel during a pandemic, but will still allow Monmouth College alumni from all over the world to connect.


HOMECOMING 2020: From Zoom calls with professors to a virtual Alumni Impact Awards ceremony, Coll... HOMECOMING 2020: From Zoom calls with professors to a virtual Alumni Impact Awards ceremony, College's traditional fall event will have different feel this year. MONMOUTH, Ill. – An unusual year full of unusual circumstances has led to a creative approach for this year’s Homecoming activities at Monmouth College.

Rather than the usual sentiment urging alumni to “come home for Homecoming,” the College will be celebrating “Homecoming @ Home.”

“While connecting virtually is not the same as physically lining Broadway for the parade, passing through The Quad or cheering on the Fighting Scots from the hilltop above April Zorn Memorial Stadium, we are doing our best to connect alumni with their classmates – and our faculty, staff and students – no matter where they live,” said Vice President for Development and College Relations Hannah Maher.

Homecoming activities will begin Oct. 5, when alumni and the campus community can take part in a virtual 5K run. Participants simply need to run five kilometers at some point during the week through Oct. 10, then share their results on social media.

Alumni are encouraged to share their Scots spirit through various social media platforms throughout Oct. 6.

Alumni from around the country can be transported back to the front steps of the College’s iconic Wallace Hall for a sunset prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Led by Dean of the Chapel the Rev. Teri Ott, the outdoor service will be shared on Zoom and Facebook Live.

“We are doing our best to connect alumni with their classmates – and our faculty, staff and students – no matter where they live.” – Hannah Maher

The week’s festivities will continue Oct. 8 with a Zoom presentation called “Sippin’ with the Scots: Scotch Edition.” Dean of the Faculty Mark Willhardt and educational studies professor Craig Vivian will share their knowledge of one of Scotland’s top exports, Scotch whiskey.

The annual Alumni Impact Awards ceremony will be held virtually at 6 p.m. Oct. 9. Always a highlight of Homecoming weekend, the ceremony will include the induction of two former Monmouth College Board of Trustees members into the Hall of Achievement – the highest honor the College bestows upon its graduates.

This year’s inductees are educational television pioneer Bonnie Bondurant Shaddock ’54 and venture capitalist and entrepreneur Larry Gerdes, the first non-alumnus to receive the honor since the Hall of Achievement was established in 1992.

Others to be honored at the Alumni Impact Awards ceremony are: former vice president for development and college relations Steve Bloomer ’83, Distinguished Alumnus; longtime admissions counselor Peter Pitts, Distinguished Service; successful professional and volunteer Zak Edmonds ’08, Young Alumnus; and the Riggs family, Family of the Year. Art professor Stacy Lotz will be recognized for receiving the Hatch Academic Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Coffee chats at 10 a.m. with several Monmouth professors will begin the Oct. 10 activities. More than two dozen faculty members will be on Zoom calls, sharing memories and laughs with alumni. Among the participants will be five emeritus professors: Harlow Blum, Jim De Young, Lee McGaan, Bill Wallace and George Waltershausen.

At 11 a.m., also via Zoom, a roundtable discussion about diversity and inclusion will be held, led by Harvey Echols ’81, a family medicine doctor in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Saturday of Homecoming usually features a big game, but in lieu of the Fighting Scots football team being in action at Zorn Stadium, head coach Chad Braun and his staff will host a “Best of Game Day” program at 1:30 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook Live. Braun and his staff will relive some Monmouth gridiron highlights and also share what the Scots are doing to prepare for a season of spring football.

Homecoming T-shirts are available online, with all proceeds going to the Monmouth Fund. By making a gift of $50 or more to the Monmouth Fund, individuals will receive a Scots Swag Box full of College-branded items.

Check out the full schedule of events.

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