MONMOUTH, ILLINOIS (February 10, 2022)  Simmons, Wunderlich to speak at February 17 Associates luncheon

Two Monmouth College professors who have forged strong relationships between the campus and the local community will be featured at the next Monmouth Associates luncheon program.

Public art created by professor Janis Wunderlich and her students is visible all over campus and in town. Bob Simmons has brought the classical world to life through interactive activities, most notably Classics Day, an award-winning regional festival that attracts hundreds of visitors to the community.

At noon, February 17, in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room in the Stockdale Center, Simmons and Wunderlich, along with some of their students, will share how their work builds bridges between the campus and local community, as well as the benefits of engaging in experiential learning in the arts and humanities.

The Associates program is free; a buffet lunch costs $12. Reservations can be made by calling 309-457-2231 by February 14 or by e-mail at

A free shuttle van transports passengers from two locations to every Associates luncheon. The van stops at the northeast quadrant of the Public Square at 11:45AM and at the Faith United Presbyterian Church parking lot at around 11:50AM. It returns to both locations immediately following the program.

Shuttle reservations can be made by calling the number above, and parking is also available along North Ninth Street and in the parking lot near the Stockdale Center. Masks are required to be worn inside of Monmouth College buildings except during meals.

Innovative teacher to show how STEM ties into ancient world during Fox Classics Lecture on February 21

Although the acronym STEM — which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics — did not become popular until the 21st century, its root elements go back thousands of years.

That will be a chief point made by guest speaker Nathalie Roy, who will present Monmouth College's 37th annual Bernice L Fox Classics Lecture at 7:30PM, February 21, in the Pattee Auditorium on the lower level of the Center for Science and Business.

Titled "Metamorphosis: Merging Classics and STEM — A Teacher's Journey with an Evolving Student Body," the lecture is free and open to the public.

Roy had no intention of becoming an educational entrepreneur infusing classics with STEM. But an unplanned job switch required a professional reinvention. Roy researched, developed, and now teaches a course called "Roman Technology," in which her students at Glasgow Middle School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, recreate the products and processes of ancient Roman daily life through experimental archaeology and hands-on labs.

Roy's ancient STEM approach has been a hit at her diverse school, and has also become a national phenomenon. During the pandemic shutdowns of 2020, she partnered with Excellence through Classics Live to offer free, hands-on lessons for schools nationwide on such topics as Roman catapults, mosaics, and makeup. Roy's metamorphosis is a story of adaptability, creativity, and the flexible impact of classical studies and STEM.

A National Board-Certified Teacher, Roy has been recognized for excellence by several prominent organizations. She was the Louisiana State Teacher of the Year, won the Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Pre-K-12 Level from the Society for Classical Studies, and received an Award for Outstanding Promotional Activity in the Schools from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, all in 2021.

After graduating from the rural Avoyelles Parish School System, Roy studied classics at Louisiana State University, where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees. A Fulbright Scholar, Roy has studied at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and at the American Academy in Rome. As a lifetime member of Girl Scouts, Roy strives to lead a life of courage, confidence, and character, and to make the world a better place.

Established in 1985, the Fox Classics Lecture honors the late Bernice L Fox, who taught classics at Monmouth College from 1947 to 1981. The series' goal is to illustrate the continuing importance of classical studies in the modern world and the intersection of the classics with other disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences.

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