March/April 2012 Issue

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Throughout Spring Break many North Central students traveled the country, and even the world, on service trips, mission trips, or other trips to spread North Central pride to as many places as possible. As a member of the North Central College Concert Choir, I was lucky enough to travel to Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida over a 10 day period for our yearly Choir Tour. I met many new people, including North Central alumni and trustees. We were also joined periodically by President Wilde, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Rick Spencer, Director of Alumni Relations Adrian Aldrich and Managing Director of Development and Corporate Relations Barbara Knuckles. 

Whether on a choir tour, service trip or athletic spring training, it's always wonderful to have the support of our alumni family.  As students, we wouldn't have these opportunities if it were not for the alumni who support us. Whether you attended a basketball game during our team's NCAA tournament run, chanted, "NCC" as the Cardinals claimed yet another National Championship in indoor track and field, purchased (or will be purchasing) your tickets to the May 19 Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance at the Wentz or you made a financial gift to the college, you have touched the lives of all of us and we cannot thank you enough. Your continued support and encouragement make us proud to say we are Cardinals for life!

With Cardinal Pride,


Lauren Smith '12 
Legacy Program and Class Gift Chair    
Presidential Search   
Board Chair Steve Hoeft '73 recently announced the formation of the Presidential Search Committee.  The Search Committee is charged with bringing final presidential candidates to the Board of Trustees for their election of North Central's 10th president.

A series of campus meetings for students, alumni, and faculty and staff were held to collect input on the characteristics and capabilities the next president should possess. The result of the input sessions, interviews and other feedback will be a "Position Specifications" document. This document will be shared with the entire campus community and will become the centerpiece of our recruitment efforts.  It will tell the story of our great school and paint a picture of what we desire for our next president.  


If you would like to provide feedback, email the Committee at

Chicago Symphony Orchestra coming in May! 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, May 19, 8 p.m.
Wentz Concert Hall
171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville


 Chicago Symphony OrchestraDon't miss this world class performance!  

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra returns to the acoustically acclaimed Wentz Concert Hall. Hailed as one of the world's finest international orchestras, this CSO performance will feature Jaap van Zweden, one of today's most sought-after conductors, and Gene Pokorny on tuba.   


Tickets on sale NOW!
Visit or
call the Box Office at 630-637-SHOW.


Switchfoot will rock the Res/Rec Center in May! 


Sunday, May 20, 6 p.m.

Residence Hall/Recreation Center

440 S. Brainard Street 


Switchfoot will rock the Res/Rec Center with the first concert to be held in the venue. The alternative rock band will perform tracks from their new release, "Vice Verses," in addition to favorites "Only Hope" and "Dare You to Move" from their double platinum 2002 album "Beautiful Letdown."



Tickets are only $30 or $15 for students with a North Central College I.D. Call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW or visit


March was an Exciting Month for Cardinal Athletics!     

Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball Reaches "Sweet 16"
Yielding a rare second-half rally, the North Central College men's basketball team saw its stay in the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship come to a close, as the Cardinals lost a hard-fought 58-55 decision to the Wittenberg University Tigers at the College of Wooster's Timken Gymnasium. Read more.

Men's Indoor Track & Field
A fast start during day one and two event champions on Saturday set the stage for the North Central College men's track & field team's third consecutive national title at the 2012 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships at Grinnell College's Bear Recreation & Athletic Center. Read more.

Fitzenreider takes Second at Wrestling National Championships
North Central College's Nathan Fitzenreider was denied in his attempt at the 125-pound title at the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Championships, falling in the final round inside the La Crosse Center. Read more.
Chicago Alumni Club Events    
Join North Central College Chicago Alumni Club members!

Chicago Cubs Alumni Event

Friday, May 4

11:30 a.m. Lunch Buffet at the Cubby Bear

1:20 p.m. Dodgers vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field

Cost: $35 includes lunch at the Cubby Bear, 1 ticket to the game and

a $10 donation in your name to the North Central College Fund 

Buy your ticket now and invite your friends to do the same ... it's sure to be a great day!  Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 630-637-5200 to purchase your ticket!
Homecoming 2012  
The Office of Alumni Relations is making plans for
Homecoming Weekend 2012 - October 25-28.

We want to build on the momentum and excitement of the Sesquicentennial Homecoming Celebration and we need your help!

Please take a few moments to complete this short Homecoming survey. Even if you couldn't attend last year, we ask that you think back to all of the Homecoming events and reunions you've attended over the years and offer your feedback and suggestions. Your input is greatly appreciated as we look forward to celebrating another 150 years! 

Alumni who complete the survey with their name, class year and email address will be entered in a raffle for great Cardinal gear! One alumnus/a name from each decade will be drawn for a prize!

Click here to complete the Homecoming Survey.
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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.

North Central College alumna Hemlata Mistry, Class of 2005, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to spend a year in Korea teaching English. Read more.

CardinalStudent appears on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"
North Central College student Shane Wiekert appeared on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" wearing a North Central basketball shirt in the segment "Models and Buckets." Read more


CardinalNCC Student named winner of National Video Contest

North Central College interactive media studies major Nick Penev, was unanimously selected by Texas-based Rooster Teeth Productions as the winner of the "Red vs. Blue" season 9 music video contest among 260 entries nationwide. Read more.   

Contact the Alumni Relations Team
Adrian Aldrich   Mary Reynolds     Meredith Schauer

Adrian, Mary and Meredith
The Alumni Relations Team
Adrian Aldrich '02, Director of Alumni Relations
Mary Reynolds, Associate Director of Alumni Relations
Meredith Schauer, Secretary