North Central College Alumni E-Newsletter

January 2012 Issue

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It surely is an exciting time to be part of the North Central family. As we continue to celebrate the history (and future!) of North Central College, remember that you, our alumni, play an integral role in the College's success. I know you're doing all kinds of wonderful things in your lives... getting married, advancing your education or career, traveling across the world, having children, volunteering, publishing books, serving our country...and so much more. I invite you to share those amazing stories with the rest of the alumni family. Send us your story to be featured in the Classnotes section of the North Central NOW Magazine. (We've been told it's the most-read section of the magazine...and we'd like your help in keeping it that way!) You can submit a classnote by contacting the Alumni Office at or 800-611-1861. 


I enjoy keeping in touch with you by email, phone, Facebook, LinkedIn and even the Alumni Directory, but nothing beats face-to-face interaction, so I hope to see you at alumni events this year! Visit the alumni calendar for a complete listing of upcoming events. Here's to another exciting year filled with new stories and memories to last the next 150 years!  


With Cardinal Pride,


Adrian Aldrich
Adrian Aldrich '02
Director of Alumni Relations  
Save the Date!

Chicago Sinfonietta - Jan. 15 

Music Director Mei-Ann Chen leads Chicago Sinfonietta's annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 15 at North Central College. 


Guest conductor Jeri Lynne Johnson, founder and music director of Philadelphia's Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, joins Chen in leading the Sinfonietta in the performance, "The Journey, The Dream"-a selection of works that celebrate King's pioneering fight for civil rights and his enduring legacy. Read more.   


Chicago Sinfonietta 

Sunday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m.

Wentz Concert Hall

Tickets are $45 and $35;  

call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469)  

or visit


Chicago Sinfonietta 



Prayer Breakfast - alumnae speaker  
Join together in upstairs White Activities Center for the annual Dr. Martin Luther KPrayer Breakfasting Jr. Prayer Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16 at 7 a.m. Guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith '90 Malone. She will be speaking on the College's 2012 MLK theme:  "Where do We Go From Here?"

The Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone graduated from North Central in 1990, from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and from United Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, she is the District Superintendent for the Southern District of the Northern Illinois Conference, a member of the Board of Directors for the General Board of Church and Society, a member of the 2008 and 2012 delegations to General and Jurisdictional Conferences and received the Distinguished Leadership Award by the Chicago Black Methodists for Church Renewal. She is the Chairperson for the Northern Illinois delegation to the 2012 General Conference.  She is married to Derrick Malone, class of 1993. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Alexis and Ashley.


Tavis Smiley to speak during Martin Luther King Jr. Week 
Radio and television host Tavis Smiley will be keynote speaker during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week observance at North Central.
Tavis Smiley
"America I AM"
Tavis Smiley
Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.
Pfeiffer Hall

Inspired by Smiley's award-winning, touring museum exhibit, "America I AM: The African American Imprint," this multimedia presentation is a riveting visual and oratorical keynote that peers into the heart of American culture through the nearly 500-year-old lens of African-American history. Tickets are $10 - Call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit


From his celebrated conversations with world figures, to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders as a successful entrepreneur and media icon, Smiley continues to be an outstanding voice for change. He currently hosts the late-night television talk show, "Tavis Smiley" on PBS, "The Tavis Smiley Show" distributed by Public Radio International (PRI) and is the co-host with Cornel West of "Smiley & West," also distributed by PRI. Read more


Gospel Extravaganza 
You're invited to North Central College's 24th Annual Gospel Extravaganza. Featured groups include: the North Central College Voices of Praise, the North Park University Step Team, and Gospel Choirs from Wheaton College, Elmhurst College, and the DuPage AME Church. Special Guests will be the Voices of Praise Alumni Choir. 

Gospel Extravaganza 
Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. 
Pfeiffer Hall 
Voices of Praise

Tickets are $15 for Adults and $8 for Students and Seniors; call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

This year, alumni who have been members of the "Voices of Praise" Gospel Choir are invited to sing in the Gospel Extravaganza. Alumni are invited to a lunch on Saturday, Jan. 21 at noon in upstairs White Activities Center. The Alumni choir members will rehearse and have time for socializing during the afternoon and will be the "featured group" to conclude the Gospel Extravaganza event. Please RSVP to Chaplain Rev. Lynn Pries at 630-637-5104 or if you're planning to attend.

Like us on FacebookVoices of Praise alumni are encouraged to join the Facebook group, "North Central College Voices of Praise alumni and current students", or "NCCVOP".  

Women's & Men's Basketball Alumni Hospitality Area   

Alumni and Cardinal Fans are invited to cheer on the Cardinals at the following Women's & Men's Basketball games and enjoy food and drinks at the Alumni Hospitality area, located in the southwest corner of Gregory Arena.  


The Alumni Hospitality is FREE with an RSVP (or $5 at the door) to the Office of Alumni Relations at 630-637-5200 or

Alumni Hospitality  

North Central College Cardinals Men's Cross Country Day  

The North Central College men's cross country team received recognition from the State of Illinois' highest office last week, as the Cardinals traveled to Chicago to receive personal congratulations from Governor Pat Quinn for their victory at the 2011 NCAA Division III National Men's Cross Country Championships.

The Cardinals and head coach Al Carius presented Quinn with a signed poster and North Central gear, and Quinn followed by issuing a proclamation declaring Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, as 'North Central College Cardinals Men's Cross Country Day' in the State of Illinois.

Men's Cross Country Team Honored
Men's Cross Country Team Honored
Recommend a Future Cardinal! 
Become a part of shaping North Central's future! As the College celebrates its Sesquicentennial year, we invite you to encourage a family member or friend to join our North Central College family. Please note undergraduate alumni may recommend undergraduate students, graduate alumni may recommend graduate students.

To recommend an undergraduate student
, please complete the online form. You must include all student and alumni contact information in order to successfully submit the recommendation. With your recommendation, sRecommend an Undergraduate Studenttudents who choose to attend North Central College will receive a $1,000 scholarship valid for up to four years of full-time undergraduate tuition. The deadline to recommend a student for this scholarship is March 1, 2012. Please note individual alumnus/alumna of the undergraduate program may present only ONE scholarship per academic year to a prospective student applying for undergraduate admission to North Central College. Questions or trouble submitting the form? Contact Kristin Arredia '10, Admission Counselor, at 630-637-5833 or




To recommend a graduate student, please complete the online form. You must include all student and alumni contact information in order to successfully submit the recommendation. The scholarship is available Recommend a Graduate Studentto new students entering spring, summer or fall 2012. Full-time students will be awarded $1,000 each academic year ($333 each fall, winter, spring term) for a maximum of 9 terms. Part-time students will be awarded $500 each academic year ($166 each fall, winter, spring term) for a maximum of 9 terms. Once a student begins the program, they are required to maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average each term. Please note individual alumnus/alumna of the graduate program may present only ONE scholarship per academic year to a prospective student applying for graduate admission to North Central College. Questions or trouble submitting the form? Contact Wendy Kulpinski, Director of Graduate and Continuing Education Admission, at 630-637-5808 or  

2nd Annual Dr. Lora Tyson Snow Bowl Event  

2011 Snow Bowl EventTime is running out, but we've extended the registration date for the Education Department's second annual Snow Bowl Event on Friday, February 3, 2012 from 6-9:30 p.m. at Brunswick Zone XL in Naperville.


Those of you who attended last year will remember the fun of competing with your friends in team bowling or billiards and individual bidding on silent auction items. (View pictures from last year!) Those of you who have not yet joined us won't want to miss out on the opportunity to network with alumni, friends, K-12 school colleagues, and North Central faculty....and also bring home great prizes!

2012 Snow Bowl Event

Friday, February 3, 2012

6 - 9:30 p.m.

Brunswick Zone XL

1515 W. Aurora Ave., Naperville

Cost $30/person

RSVP to Tara Sokol at  or 630-637-5740  

Revised Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 31 


North Central College Points of Pride  
Be Connected. Be Informed. Be Proud.
The North Central College Points of Pride section is reserved for listing impressive highlights and useful facts and accolades about students, faculty, staff and alumni.

CardinalNorth Central College has named its Dean's List of scholars for the 2011 fall term. To be eligible for the Dean's List, undergraduate students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.6 (4.0=A) for the term and be enrolled as full-time students. Read more.

CardinalThe North Central College athletic department has been honored with three awards from the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) for its vast array of community service efforts for the 2010-11 academic year. Read more.


Cardinal13 male students took part in a D-Term adventure to Wisconsin and spent a night camping as part of a leadership retreat. The three-night adventure, called "Men vs. Wild: A Men's Leadership Expedition," encouraged the participants to explore their life's mission, spirituality and leadership capabilities while discussing themes like self-awareness and purpose and calling. Read more.   

CardinalAs a continuation of the College's beautification efforts, the College installed new way-finding, building identification and campus map signs throughout campus this fall. Read more.

Contact the Alumni Relations Team
Adrian Aldrich   Mary Reynolds   Bonnie Beetz  Meredith Schauer

Adrian, Mary, Bonnie and Meredith
The Alumni Relations Team
Adrian Aldrich '02, Director of Alumni Relations
Mary Reynolds, Associate Director of Alumni Relations
Bonnie Beetz '06 Kniss, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Meredith Schauer, Secretary