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Monmouth’s Timeline: 1960s

School spirit soars to new heights in the ’60s with a burgeoning athletics program, Greek life, clubs, and more. Campus life and traditions begin to take shape as the first residence halls open and social events rise in popularity. Throughout the decade, Monmouth campus attracts nationally recognized speakers, musicians, athletes, and more, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Bob Hope, and Ray Charles.


Exams were taken in the Great Hall

Student life in the ’60s

Car Club

Parking on campus in the 1960s

Greek chariot races were held during Spring Weekend and raised funds for the Dr. Schlaefer Memorial Scholarship Fund

Greek Life conversation with Alpha Theta Chi

Ron Kornegay ’69 ’74M, No. 22, was the first men’s basketball number to be retired

Aerial view of campus in the ’60s

Bowling team

Faculty took advantage of hosting class outside of Great Hall

Student dining hall

Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house

Tau Kappa Beta photo taken in Erlanger Gardens

Zeta Upsilon Sigma supports Monmouth Athletics by participating in spirit parade


Monmouth spirit gear

Campus life

The Murry and Leonie Guggenheim Foundation transfers ownership of the Guggenheim Cottage to Monmouth College and it is dedicated as the college library the following year


On December 13, Monmouth’s Hawk mascot, Phoenix, passed away

Cheerleading squad

Drum majorettes pose on steps of Great Hall

Sailing Team

Dr. William G. Van Note served as President of Monmouth College from 1962 – 1971


Monmouth’s first campus residence halls, Elmwood and Pinewood, open

Student Government Association


Monmouth’s band performs at the World’s Fair in New York

Shadow Lawn was a popular student hang-out between classes


Students and the Alumni Association assist with fundraising efforts

Volunteer fundraising efforts continue

Bob Hope ’65HN receives an honorary degree from Monmouth College

Monmouth’s name adorns the college gates


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at Monmouth College on October 6, 1966, launching the Student Union Lecture Series


Monmouth College is authorized to offer graduate programs and award master’s degrees


Alumnus Harold Hodes ’68 practices his degree in political science

Monmouth’s Diving Team

Monmouth Swimming vs. Yale


Frank Valli and “The Four Seasons” entertain at the Mardi Gras Weekend Concert in the gymnasium

Musician Ray Charles plays in Monmouth’s gymnasium

African American Studies Club meeting

Men’s tennis

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Pollak bequeathed their home to Monmouth, which led to the construction of what is now a hub for the Center for the Arts, Pollak Theatre