A review of the top stories and photos from the past year
Year in Review:
Monmouth College welcomes a new
President is this year's top story
What did the year 2014 bring to Monmouth College? A new president, for one, as Clarence Wyatt began his tenure midway through the year. The college also received several significant gifts and continued an upward trend in enrollment. Following is a look back at the top 10 stories and photos from a memorable 2014
Wyatt becomes college’s 14th president
No. 1: Dr. Clarence Wyatt, Chief Planning Officer and Special Assistant to the President at Centre College in Danville, Ky., on July 1 became the 14th president in the 161-year history of Monmouth College. Wyatt is a passionate advocate for the liberal arts. Joining him as a key partner in advancing Monmouth College is his wife, Lobie Stone.
Even better than the year before
Bucking a national trend of declining private college enrollment, Monmouth College broke its all-time record for freshmen, welcoming 396 students. The Class of 2018 is Monmouth’s second large freshman class in as many years. Last fall, the college came within one student of the previous high-water mark of 393.
Oldest sorority to get newest building
No. 3: Siblings Harold “Knap” Knapheide III of Quincy, Ill., and Vicki Knapheide Wood of The Woodlands, Texas, made a gift of $1.2 million to Monmouth College. Their gift will cover the majority of the cost of a new house for the Pi Beta Phi women’s fraternity. The $2 million facility will be constructed on the northwest corner of Ninth St. and Euclid Ave.
Challenge gift could net $7.5 million for campaign
President Clarence Wyatt announced that an anonymous friend of the college and her spouse issued a challenge to all current, emeriti and former members of Monmouth’s board of trustees to raise at least $2.5 million in cash pledges by December 31, 2015. The friend of the college and her spouse will match those commitments 2:1, up to a total of $5 million.
In this case, it did take a rocket scientist
No. 5: Monmouth College announced that entrepreneur and private investor Gerald Marxman of Portola Valley, Calif., a 1956 graduate and former rocket scientist, made a $3 million gift to his alma mater for the Center for Science and Business. One of the three floors at the college’s new academic building is named in his honor.
By veteran, for veterans, on Veterans Day
No. 6: In listing the reasons for requesting that part of his $2 million gift to the Center for Science and Business be used to create a Veterans Memorial Great Room, William Trubeck ’68 told a Veterans Day ceremony crowd he hoped the room will serve as a reminder so “Monmouth will never forget the sacrifices” of the men and women who have served in the military.
This Money news doesn’t involve a gift
No. 7: Monmouth College appeared in the top 15 of two listings on Money magazine’s latest college rankings. The magazine named 665 “Best Colleges,” with Monmouth ranking No. 14 in the Most Affordable Private Colleges category and No. 15 in Colleges That Add the Most Value.
College continues to be a leader in food security
No. 8: Monmouth College is a founding member of Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH), an academic coalition for change developed by the Hunger Solutions Institute. President Clarence Wyatt represented Monmouth at the first PUSH gathering, which was held in December at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
Patel defines interfaith movement for large crowd
Eboo Patel, founder and president of the Interfaith Youth Core, told a large Monmouth College audience that the interfaith movement is in a position similar to where the civil rights movement was in the late 1950s. Patel is sharing the definition of the movement across the nation, most commonly on college campuses.
Kimber has cross country run for the ages
No. 10: Senior Kyra Kimber had the greatest season in the history of the Fighting Scots women’s cross country program, adding All-American honors to the Midwest Conference championship she earned earlier in the fall. Kimber achieved All-American status by placing 25th at the NCAA Championships in Mason, Ohio. Only the top 35 runners earned All-American status.
Our Favorite Photos
President Clarence Wyatt and his wife, Lobie Stone, participate in their first Homecoming parade.
You made it!
Dan Barger prepares to receive a congratulatory hug from faculty member Mark Willhardt after the college’s 157th commencement exercises.
Following a moving speech at the dedication ceremony for the Veterans Memoria Great Room, donor William Trubeck ’68 closed the event with “Taps.”
Gettin’ in on the selfie act
Everyone (well, almost everyone) is doing it … taking selfies, including this Homecoming gathering of friends.
Scarred for life
The college’s Crimson Masque went with a traditional interpretation of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” so the famous creature wasn’t green.
Down on the farm
Monmouth students were out standing in their fields this summer, and their task was made easier by new Kubota equipment that was donated to the college.
There when it counted
While staffing a high school basketball shootout in the Huff Center, head athletic trainer Bob Foster played a major role in saving the life of one of the players.
A good time was had by all
The first Fighting Scots Society golf outing was held in June at Gibson Woods, and there were plenty of smiles to go around.
Marla Willard dishes off here, but she made a name for herself by scoring (1,194 points), rebounding (899 boards) and blocking shots (137) during her stellar career.
A fond farewell
With his official portrait in the background, outgoing president Mauri Ditzler offers his thoughts during a reception that marked the conclusion of his nine-year tenure.