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Thursday, June 8

10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Residence Halls/Registration Open
Bowers Hall is the reunion headquarters throughout the weekend. Alumni staying in one of the modern, air-conditioned residence halls can check into their rooms beginning with the first day’s activities.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Box Lunch
Complimentary lunch available to grab and go. Relax in the Bowers Hall Lounge or find a shady spot on campus to enjoy your lunch. Sign up for lunch on the Registration Form.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Campus Tour
Spend an hour reorienting yourself to campus, which since your Monmouth days has nearly doubled in area and undergone a $120 million transformation. But don’t panic—Wallace Hall, Dahl Chapel, the residence halls along 9th Street and many other landmarks are right where you remember them. Golf cart transportation provided.

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Educational Garden & Farm Tour
Students produce a remarkable variety of food crops in their small but mighty campus garden. Learn about the produce they grow, vegetables they can, honey they collect, and seedlings they start in a greenhouse built from scratch. Committed to green living, they compost food waste from Stockdale Center dining hall, use solar power to pump water collected from drain pipes, and rotate crops to keep the garden productive all season long. A six-acre farm—featuring an orchard, berry plants and a variety of produce—is under development three blocks east of the garden.

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Sit Lux: How the Light of Monmouth’s Presbyterian Affiliation Shines Today
Join the Rev. Dr. Teri M. Ott, Monmouth’s chaplain, to learn more about the College’s Religious and Spiritual Life program, the Lux Center for Church and Religious Leadership, and the new Lux Summer Institute for Youth funded by a $450,000 Lilly grant.

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Alumni Art Show Opening Reception
Enjoy some wine and cheese while you view art from fellow Scots! Featured artists include Emeritus Professor of Art Harlow Blum, Lois Tornquist Smith ’52, Bonnita McAllister Courtney ’58, Deeks Carroll ’62, Mary Ellen Biciste Porter ’67, Tina Hartwig ’68 and Holly Sweeney-Hillman ’72.

6:30 PM
Kick-off Dinner
Meet Monmouth’s 14th President, Dr. Clarence R. Wyatt, and First Lady Lobie Stone at an evening cookout on the campus lawn just outside of Bowers Residence Hall and north of the beautiful Trubeck Garden.

8:30 PM
Evening Social
Wind down after a busy day by sharing memoires, conversation, beverages and snacks with classmates in the Bowers Hall Lounge.


 

Friday, June 9

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Morning Walk
Get your heart pumping while giving your knees a rest with a brisk walk on the well-cushioned, 200-meter Niblock Memorial Indoor Track.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Breakfast Buffet

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
No Such Thing as Normal
Join Dr. Caroline Marvin ’67 as she reflects on 40 years of couple, family and individual psychotherapy.

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Evolution & Revolution: Monmouth’s Changing Landscape
Generous alumni and visionary leaders have transformed the campus into a community showplace, well-equipped to meet the academic and residential demands of the modern college student. Join Jeff Rankin, Monmouth College Editor and Historian, to hear how the campus has developed over the decades.

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Downtown Abbey
Round-trip shuttle transportation will be provided to downtown Monmouth, where you can visit shops, the Buchanan Center for the Arts and the College’s Fusion Theatre on Main Street. A box lunch is provided for those who previously signed up, or dine at a local restaurant.

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Barley, Hops and Yeast...Oh My!
Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Brad Sturgeon will discuss the "pico" brewery startup, DeNovo Beverage of Monmouth LLC. He will share how the science-business connection that began with the Monmouth Coffee project in 2010 has evolved into the brewery partnership with Dr. Steve Murmann ’80. Learn the science behind beer making, and try a few samples!

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Alumni Choir Rehearsal
Forgotten the words to "Flame of White and Crimson?" Have difficulty carrying a tune? Doesn’t matter. Lend your school spirit and voice to an alumni vocal ensemble that will perform later in the weekend.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Holt House Open House
Tour Pi Beta Phi’s founding home right here in Monmouth. Shuttle transportation provided.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Kappa Kappa Gamma Open House
As Monmouth College's second Alpha chapter, Kappa Kappa Gamma represents a 147-year-old legacy on campus. Take an opportunity to view Kappa Kappa Gamma’s lovely new home.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Alpha Xi Delta Open House
The 6,000-square-foot, 19-bed house was the first new construction of Greek housing on campus since 1966. Tour the beautiful home to the Beta Epsilon chapter of Alpha Xi Delta women’s fraternity.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Q & A with Senior Staff
Wonder how the Monmouth College experience has changed since you were a student? This is your opportunity to ask questions, ranging from the specific to the philosophical. Hear from senior staff, including President Dr. Clarence R. Wyatt, Dr. David Timmerman, Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Stephen Bloomer ’83, Vice President for Development and College Relations; Trent Gilbert, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Communications; Richard Marshall, Vice President for Finance and Business; Dr. Mohsin Masood, Interim Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students; Christine Johnston, Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Research and Planning; and Duane Bonifer, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing.

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Stories from a Revolution: 50 Years in Farming
A presentation by Dr. Wendell Shauman ’67 and Tom Oswald ’67, an associate to Dr. Gene Turner ’67, on their half-century in agriculture and coastal ecology. Topics to be addressed include cultural and scientific changes in farming, advances in food production and food safety, and the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Zone.

5:30 PM
Quinby House Sesquicentennial
The Quinby House was named in honor of the Quinby family, who built the home in 1867 and occupied it for nearly 100 years. In 1965, the Quinby family gave the house to the College, and it has served as the official residence of the last eight presidents. The Italianate home with Victorian additions sits on 1.63 acres of land. In celebration of 150 years of the Quinby House, President Dr. Clarence R. Wyatt and First Lady Lobie Stone invite you to tour the beautifully remodeled home.

6:00 PM
Progressive Dinner
Experience the ambience of new and renovated campus facilities while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres on the lawn of Quinby House, home of the President and First Lady; salad in the Huff Athletic Center; a main course in the Center for Science and Business; and dessert and live music on the patio of Bowers Residence Hall.

8:30 PM
Evening Social
Wind down after a busy day by sharing memoires, conversation, beverages and snacks with classmates in the Bowers Hall Lounge.

9:00 PM
Stargazing
Join physics professor Dr. Chris Fasano to view the heavens through the 20-inch Trubeck Telescope in the Adolphson Observatory. Please note: There is no wheelchair access to the observatory. Guests must be able to climb several metal steps to the observatory deck. RSVP required because of space limitations.


 

Saturday, June 10

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Morning Walk
Get your heart pumping while giving your knees a rest with a brisk walk on the well-cushioned, 200-meter Niblock Memorial Indoor Track.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Breakfast Buffet

8:30 AM
Annual Appreciation Breakfast (Invite only)
Members of the 1853 Society and McMichael Heritage Circle, along with 10-year members of the Loyal Scots Society, will be special guests at this private breakfast.

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Passport, Please
Monmouth College has a longstanding tradition of welcoming students from every part of the world. Diversity within the student body benefits everyone, inside the classroom and beyond, and international students at Monmouth flourish academically and socially. Hear from current international students while also learning about the College’s growing study-abroad program.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Stewart House Open House
Tour Kappa Kappa Gamma’s founding home in Monmouth. Shuttle transportation provided.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Pi Beta Phi Open House
The newest addition to the campus, the Illinois Alpha home was dedicated on April 28, 2016. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Pi Beta Phi’s founding.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fraternity Complex Open House
Built in 1966, this three-wing building contains living and meeting space for three of the College’s fraternities, Zeta Beta Tau, Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Phi Epsilon. Each building contains a spacious lounge and chapter room.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Alumni Choir Rehearsal
Forgotten the words to "Flame of White and Crimson?" Have difficulty carrying a tune? Doesn’t matter. Lend your school spirit and voice to an alumni vocal ensemble that will perform later in the weekend.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Picnic Lunch
Had a pork tenderloin sandwich lately? Enjoy this Western Illinois culinary classic in the open air of Dunlap Terrace.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Reunion Class Photos
12:30 PM: Class of 1972
12:45 PM: Class of 1967
1:00 PM: Class of 1962
1:15 PM: Class of 1957
1:30 PM: Class of 1952

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Changing Lives: Four Decades of Serving as a Mentor in Pediatrics
Dr. Rick Kaskel ’67 reflects on the critical role mentors play in helping young people find their professional calling, as well as how mentors helped him throughout his medical career.

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Campus Tour
Spend an hour reorienting yourself to campus, which since your Monmouth days has nearly doubled in area and undergone a $120 million transformation. But don’t panic—Wallace Hall, Dahl Chapel, the residence halls along 9th Street and many other landmarks are right where you remember them. Golf cart transportation provided.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
A Global Perspective
From Egypt to India, and many countries in between, Bill Irelan ’62 has lived, worked and traveled abroad. Come hear how his personal and professional life overseas has shaped a global perspective.

5:30 PM
Reunion Class Socials and Dinners
Join members of your class for refreshments and reminiscing, followed by a private dinner at 6 P.M. Alumni who are not celebrating milestone reunions are invited to dine with the Classes of 1952, ’57, ’62, ’67 or ’72.

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Boogie Fever
Kick off your shoes and enjoy tunes from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Join our DJ for dancing and entertainment! Beverages and snacks provided.


 

Sunday, June 11

9:00 AM
Chapel Service
Led by the Rev. Dr. Teri M. Ott, this special service will pay a nostalgic tribute to chapel services of old, with familiar hymns performed by the Alumni Choir. Recently departed classmates will be memorialized.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Closing Breakfast

1:00 PM
Residence Halls Close

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