Published March 28, 2018

‘Reunion of the minds’

Monmouth College to host inaugural Alumni Science Symposium April 6-7
MONMOUTH, Ill. – A new event at Monmouth College is being called “a reunion of the minds.”

The College will host the inaugural Alumni Science Symposium April 6-7 at the Center for Science and Business. All former science majors and minors have been invited back to campus to hear from peers in their profession, meet with friends and professors, and help guide current students in their post-baccalaureate pursuits.

“The symposium will be a reunion of the minds,” said Associate Director of Alumni Relations Katie Shipp. “It will help alumni network with other Scots, while also connecting them to current Monmouth students.”

Several events have been planned for the weekend, leading up to a keynote address at 1 p.m. April 7 by former Monmouth chemistry professors Jeff Draves and Patricia Draves. Patricia is now president at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, while Jeff, who graduated from Monmouth in 1985 with a degree in chemistry, is a member of Graceland’s faculty.

Four other Monmouth alumni will also be featured at the symposium: Franklin Johnson ’76, senior director of clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetics at Amicus Therapeutics in Cranbury, N.J.; Ion Moraru ’99, an attorney with the nationwide law firm Quarles & Brady LLP, who works as a patent scientist; Karen Phinney ’84, a group leader in the Biomolecular Measurement Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology; and Ryne Sherman ’06, who recently joined Tulsa, Okla.-based Hogan Assessments as chief science officer.

Monmouth science students will have posters of their research projects on display throughout the weekend and will formally show their posters at 11:15 a.m. April 7, following two breakout sessions with alumni.
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