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Monmouth College’s top stories and photos of 2018

Here’s a look back at some of Monmouth College’s top news stories from 2018, as well as some of the top images:

Top stories of 2018

  • Center for Science and Business building

    College to launch STEM trio

    Monmouth launched a major academic innovation to further position its students to be competitive in careers related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Beginning in 2019, the College will offer STEM programs in data science, engineering and neuroscience. Engineering will be a “renaissance program” that offers an area of concentration in chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering. read more

  • Grier Hall dedication

    Grier Hall renovation

    One of Monmouth College’s iconic residence halls received a makeover. Built in 1940, Grier Hall was closed at the end of the Fall 2017 semester so that it could undergo a “top-to-bottom upgrade” that will accommodate students’ evolving living-learning needs. The 24,000-square-foot, three-story residence hall – which can house up to 90 students – has now reopened following a rededication ceremony on Dec. 4. read more

  • Commencement speaker Min Jin Lee


    To connect with 265 graduates, Commencement speaker Min Jin Lee drew upon her personal experiences to encourage the Class of 2018. “Maybe you have been afraid to fight because you’ve lost too many times,” said the celebrated author. “Maybe you’ve been afraid to fight because you’re ashamed of wanting to win. Maybe you’ve been afraid to fight because you think you appear dull next to those around you who are dazzling. ... Class of 2018, you are powerful. You are Fighting Scots.” read more

  • Monmouth College Homecoming celebration

    ‘Precious moments’ at Homecoming

    In her remarks as the College’s Alumni House was formally dedicated, Bonnie Bondurant Shaddock ’54 said, “There have been so many precious moments. I’ve been filled with them all weekend.” Precious moments were everywhere, including the Alumni Impact Awards. “Monmouth gave me the tools for living that I believe a small, liberal arts college is uniquely qualified to give,” said Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient Robert Brink ’68, a former member of the Virginia state legislature. Above, President Clarence R.Wyatt and First Lady Lobie Stone address the crowd at the Spirit Shout. read more

  • Scots Day of Giving fun

    Scots Day of Giving

    One year after Monmouth’s first Scots Day of Giving raised nearly $170,000, the 18-hour, 53-minute day of fundraising surged past that mark, as well as the 2018 goal of $185,300. By the end of the day, 667 donors joined to give $217,082. “There’s been such a great energy and excitement our alumni have given us throughout the day,” said Director of Development and Alumni Engagement Hannah Maher (above, second from right). “Even though they’re not here on campus, that energy is palpable – you can feel it.” read more

  • Professor Mark Willhardt

    New dean

    To start the 2018-19 academic year, veteran Monmouth professor Mark Willhardt was named the College’s interim dean and vice president of academic affairs. Willhardt, who has been an English professor at the College since 2000, replaced David Timmerman, who was named provost and chief academic officer of Carthage (Wis.) College. In other personnel news, longtime faculty member Marta Tucker retired in May, as did Hewes Library Director Rick Sayre and equipment manager Roger Sander.  read more

  • Professor Ira Smolensky

    In memoriam – Ira Smolensky

    Political science professor Ira Smolensky, who transformed scores of students’ lives over a distinguished 33-year teaching career, died at the age of 69. “I would call him ‘The Great Encourager,’” said Brad Nahrstadt ’89. “It didn’t matter what you thought or where you were in the political spectrum, he would encourage you to have your own ideas, your own thoughts, and to do what you wanted.” Said Anita Ridge ’88, “In this time of our great divide, I often find myself thinking, ‘What would Ira do? And how can I be a little more like him?’”  read more

  • Pole vaulter Dan Evers

    National champion x 2

    Pole vaulter Dan Evers had an outstanding senior season, which he concluded in May by winning his second national pole vault championship in three months. At the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in La Crosse, Wis., Evers cleared a school-record 17-feet 8-1/2 inches to defeat the six-time national champion. Now a member of the Fighting Scots’ coaching staff, Evers also captured the national indoor title in March. read more

  • Monmouth College Baseball Team

    Basketball and baseball championships

    Four of the five Midwest Conference championships that Fighting Scots athletic teams captured during the 2017-18 academic year were won in 2018. Men’s track and field, a dynasty in the league, had two of the titles, while the others came in men’s basketball and baseball, two sports that beat the preseason odds to win their leagues and qualify for their respective NCAA tournaments. Both teams won a record number of games – 20 for basketball and 29 for baseball. read more

  • Monmouth College’s forensics team

    Forensics nationals

    There was another team that fared well in competition last year, but its members didn’t throw a ball or sprint around the track. The College’s forensics team placed second in its class at the National Forensics Association National Championship Tournament, held in April in Oshkosh, Wis. Senior Anthony Adams capped off a stellar career on the team by placing third in the nation in impromptu speaking. read more

 Top photos of 2018

  • Commencement greeting hug

    So glad you’re here

    The College typically holds its Commencement activities on Mother’s Day – as it did again in 2018 – and the Wallace Hall Plaza is full of proud and happy moms. But this image of Farida Mohammed with her father, who flew from Ghana to attend the ceremony, was one of the best of the day. read more

  • Students straddling the Equator

    Straddling hemispheres

    The Spanish word for “equator” is ecuador, and that’s the country where this Equator photo was taken, during a study-abroad opportunity led by Monmouth professors Megan Hinrichsen and Michelle Holschuh Simmons. read more

  • Katie Walker graduation

    Corps values

    Following graduation, Katie Walker traveled to the Comoro Islands off Africa’s east coast to begin her two years of service in the Peace Corps. In related news, Monmouth officially started a Peace Corps Prep program in 2018, which is part of the College’s newly created Center for Civic and Social Change.  read more

  • Cast of The Pitchfork Disney

    'The Pitchfork Disney'

    Philip Ridley’s dystopian and unsettling play was performed near the start of 2018 and also near the end. The encore staging is entered in the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Cast members were, from left, Richard Eyre, Miles Rose, Amelia Chavez and Declan Crego.  read more

  • Pi Beta Phi sisters

    Pleased to greet you

    These Pi Beta Phi sisters were all smiles as they lined the sidewalk outside their house during sorority recruitment activities in August.  read more

  • Dusty Scott class of '03

    Paired pipers

    Artist Dusty Scott ’03 created new works for the north and south entrances of the Huff Athletic Center. A colorful campus map can be found by the north entrance, while these works of former Monmouth College Pipe Band members are on the south side. read more

  • Student Siblings

    Seven sets of siblings

    The College’s incoming Class of 2022 included six sets of twins and another pair of siblings who are part of triplets. Minus one, the group assembled following an “Introduction to Liberal Arts” convocation at the start of the year. read more

  • Scots sports fans

    A sea of Scots

    Glennie Gymnasium was at peak decibel level several times during the Midwest Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament. In large part, that was due to a raucous student section, which had much to cheer as the Scots topped Lake Forest and Ripon to win the tourney and advance to the NCAA playoffs. read more

  • Coach Todd Skrivseth’s and his son, Tyler

    Wow, Dad!

    Coach Todd Skrivseth’s son Tyler looks on in awe as his father clips the last piece of net from the basketball hoop at Glennie Gym following his team’s 79-76 triumph over Ripon. The win gave Monmouth its first Midwest Conference title in 28 years.  read more

  • Monmouth College Sign

    Have a happy 2019!

    From all of us at Monmouth College, wishing you blue skies and sunshine in the new year ahead. read more