A review of the top stories and photos from the past year
Year in Review: Monmouth’s $40 million
Center for Science and Business is top story
A year ago in this space, some doubt was expressed about whether 2013 would even happen, thanks to the Mayans. Turns out that the world kept on spinning, and 2013 was a very good year for Monmouth College. Here are MC’s top 10 stories from the year, along with some of the best images.
Center for Science and Business opens
President Mauri Ditzler opened his remarks at the May dedication ceremony for the $40 million Center for Science and Business by calling attention to a banner over the entrance that read “A new academic era for Monmouth College.” The integration of science and business figures to play a prominent role in that new era.
‘Fulfilling the Promise’ campaign announced
A $75 million capital campaign for academic excellence was formally announced by President Ditzler at the annual homecoming banquet. Titled “Fulfilling the Promise,” the campaign will fund four distinct academic areas, each tied to a guiding principle contained in the college’s strategic plan.
President Ditzler announces his next step
After nine years at the helm,
President Ditzler announced he will step down as president at the end of the academic year to become president of Albion College. Ditzler’s tenure will be remembered for numerous initiatives he spearheaded that improved the college’s academic environment and fiscal stability.
Near-record freshman class boosts enrollment
Monmouth nearly matched its all-time new student enrollment record with a class that is also high in quality. The number of first-time freshmen enrolled this fall was 392, just one shy of the record of 393. Including 45 transfer students, MC welcomed 437 new students, making a strong run at the record of 443.
Influx of Syrian students draws national attention
A substantial increase in international students helped fuel that enrollment success. In particular, participation in the Institute of International Education Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis enabled MC to add 12 Syrian students, which the Chronicle for Higher Education featured in a front page story.
‘Triads’ to be part of college’s academic focus
President Ditzler worked with the faculty and the dean to devise a new hiring model called “Triads,” under which new faculty will be hired in teams of three to teach and conduct research on important problems. The initial triad will focus on food security – a critical issue that the Midwest may help solve.
Cordery, Gould featured on C-SPAN
Two MC history professors appeared on C-SPAN in back-to-back weeks in September as part of the network’s feature series “First Ladies: Influence & Image.” Stacy Cordery was interviewed about Edith Kermit Roosevelt and Lewis Gould spoke about his 2010 book “Helen Taft: Our Musical First Lady.”
CSB not the only new MC space
Thanks to a partnership between the college, the downtown development firm Frantz-Hobart and the City of Monmouth, a long vacant building on Main Street has been converted into an experimental theatre space for the college. Also located off-campus is a new six-acre micro farm. On campus, Presbyterian House has opened.
Water polo elevated to varsity, first season completed
After years of competing in the sport at the club level, Monmouth has joined the varsity ranks as a member of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA). The Fighting Scots men completed a 5-9 season in the fall, with women’s play set to begin this spring.
Wilson’s national title highlights another great track season
Two Fighting Scots rose to the top possible position in track. James Wilson soared a school-record 24’2-1/4 to win the national indoor long jump title. Brian Woodard was recognized as the National Assistant Coach of the Year. His throwers combined to bring home six of MC’s 10 All-American honors.
Not quite sure where the new Center for Science and Business is located on campus? This aerial view shows the impressive $40 million facility in the lower left, along Broadway on the southern border of campus.
Veteran WGN Radio agribusiness broadcaster Orion Samuelson, who titled his
autobiography “You Can’t Dream Big Enough,” was the ideal keynote speaker to acknowledge the realization of one of MC’s “audacious dreams” – the construction of the Center for Science and Business.
Lining the walls of the main lobby of Wallace Hall is a collection of oil paintings of Monmouth College presidents. A new portrait for a yet-to-be named successor will need to be commissioned after Mauri Ditzler leaves office on June 30.
Author Roger Thurow (center) was the featured speaker at a Midwest Matters symposium on global hunger, but two MC grads were also part of the distinguished panel – Danielle Nierenberg ’95 and Dennis Plummer ’74 (on Thurow’s right and left).
After 36 years of service to his alma mater, vice president for finance and business Don Gladfelter retired. The 1977 graduate was honored at the annual employee recognition celebration in December.
Twins Megan and Sarah Zaubi were the last graduates to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas in May, so they could afford to take a little extra time and capture the milestone moment for posterity.
The ‘other’ Big Announcement
On the Friday of Homecoming, the college made its “Big Announcement” of a capital campaign, but that evening’s Spirit Shout featured an announcement, too – the Homecoming court of queen Raven Robinson, king Justin Frye, princess Kelly Swann and
prince Adam Ruble.
Statuettes in silhouette
Electroplated in copper by assistant professor of chemistry Brad Sturgeon and his students, these Scotsmen statuettes were presented to award winners at the President’s Homecoming Gala.
Conclusive proof of the Himalayan snow creature does not exist, but this student-made creation is proof that Monmouth received another big February snowfall – though not quite as deep as 2011’s Snowmageddon.
We’ll both be in the NFL someday
For the Tanney brothers, that day actually came in the summer when the Chicago Bears hired Mitch as director of analytics. The careers of Mitch ’06 and his brother, Alex ’11, a quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, overlapped at a Dec. 15 game.