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Upcoming Alumni Events! 

Report Day BBQ

Saturday, August 11 


Mironda K. Heston Memorial Golf Outing 

Saturday, August 18   


Women's Golf Program Kick-Off Luncheon 

Sunday, August 19   


2nd Annual Women's Tennis Alumnae Doubles Tournament 

Sunday, August 26


Cardinal Move-In Crew 

Wednesday, September 5  




On behalf of the Offices of Alumni and Development, I want to thank each of you who supported North Central this past fiscal year. Your generosity directly impacts the students and the continued growth of the College. You help make North Central
such a special place!  


But our work is far from over. Even though our Sesquicentennial Celebration has come to a close, I invite you to visit the Office of Development's website to learn more about some exciting new initiatives we have here on campus as part of our ongoing Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign. Whether you choose to support the new Science Center, student scholarships, endowed professorships, the Legacy Project or the North Central College Fund, one thing is sure - we can't do it without you.


Fall is just around the corner, and we know what that means! Leaves change, the smell of apple cider fills the air, classes resume and Cardinal fans pack the stadium cheering on our beloved teams. But most importantly, we get to welcome the newest members to our Cardinal Family! Help make them feel welcome by joining us on campus for one of our many concerts and productions, to root for all our Cardinals and for Homecoming, October 25-28! And don't forget to visit the Alumni website for updates throughout the month. I look forward to seeing you all this fall!


Again, thank you for your continued support and dedication to the school we love.


With Cardinal Pride,


Adrian Aldrich
Adrian Aldrich '02
Director of Alumni Relations
Save the Date for Homecoming 2012!

The planning has already begun! We're in the process of finalizing the details for Homecoming Weekend 2012, October 25-28. Be sure to join us for all of the festivities including the Outstanding Alumni Awards, Athletic Hall of Fame, 50 Year Club Induction, special reunions, the Annual Homecoming Concert... and much, much more! Check out the website for more details and events. 


Mark your calendars and book your rooms! Thank you to all who helped celebrate our 150th Anniversary last Homecoming - let's make more memories to last the next 150 years!


News from Career Development 

As the summer continues, Career Development has been hard at work and there are some exciting new changes we want you to know about! Career Development is a free resource that is here for you. If you're looking for help with your career search, resume, graduate school application, interviewing skills or any other career related goals, let us help you. For an appointment, please call 630-637-5141.  

  • Career Development is relocating to the second floor of Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium. Also, Birdboard (our online career job and resume database) has a whole new look - and it's easier to use! 
  • Through a generous grant from the Associated Colleges of Illinois, we'll be offering OptimalResume, an outstanding resume and cover letter writing, interview simulating, portfolio building tool. Look for the link soon on our website.   
  • Remember: besides postings on Birdboard, we frequently post other opportunities on the LinkedIn North Central College Alumni Network group, so be sure to check it out!    
  • Still not sure what you want to do? Try FOCUS - our online career planning and educational tool. You can reach it from our website.
  • Don't forget: if you or your organization is hiring - think Cardinals! Post internship and job openings on Birdboard and help give other Cardinals the same great professional opportunities. 


Send us your memories of Hal! 

Throughout his past 22 years on campus, President Harold Wilde has been an important, crucial, and integral part of strengthening the foundation of North Central College. President Wilde has provided strength and endurance to the College through the boom of the 1990's, the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the troubling times of this recession. With his guidance, North Central has ensured its place in our hearts as "the school we love."


President Wilde - refusing to go by the title and rather simply, by 'Hal' - has not only played a central part in the history of the College, but as a memorable part of everyone's time here on campus.


As many of you know, Hal plans to retire on December 31, 2012. We are collecting special, distinctive memories of our beloved ninth president which will later be presented to Hal. Please send your submissions, via email if possible to alumni@noctrl.edu. If you have a photo that accompanies your story, please attach it to your email or send it via U.S. Mail to:


North Central College

Office of Alumni Relations

30 N. Brainard Street

Naperville, IL 60540


Curious about the new president? Be sure to check for the most recent Presidential Search updates from Search Committee Chair Michael Naset here.

Fine and Performing Arts 2012-2013 Season 

With 14 performances completely sold out last season, North Central College's 2012-2013 Fine & Performing Arts Season is sure to keep impressing audiences If you have yet to experience a performance here at North Central, prepare to be blown away! With world-renowned facilities like the Wentz Concert Hall and a wide variety of performances to choose from, the 2012-2013 season has something for everyone! This year's performers include Dionne Warwick, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Vienna Boys Choir, Marc Cohn and Celtic Woman with Bernadette Peters and Sara Evans performing during Homecoming Weekend. Get your tickets today! 


New fall lineup of Community Education courses! 

It's time to gear up for Community Education's fall schedule! As a North Central College alumnus/a, register today and receive 10% off any course, whether it's professional development, computers, languages, or fine arts. Exciting new offerings include Elements Photoshop, MS Word & Excel 2010, Facebook Business Marketing, Plant-Based Nutrition, Basic Sign Language, and much more!  You can also help us celebrate the College's Sesquicentennial by taking the 150 Year History of NCC course. Visit northcentralcollege.edu/communityed. To receive your discount, call 630-637-5560 and sign up today!


Cardinal Caravans are back! 

Cardinal Football

Love supporting Cardinal Football? Join alumni, parents and friends on the road for one of our Cardinal Caravans!


University of Wisconsin - Stout

Friday, September 14 to Saturday, September 15

Hotel: Quality Inn & Suites, 1721 Plaza Drive NE, Menomonie, WI 54751

Includes: Friday overnight stay (double occupancy), breakfast, pre-game BBQ and tickets to game

Cost: $125


Augustana College 

Friday, November 9 to Saturday, November 10

Hotel: Home Ridge Inn & Suites, 909 Middle Road, Bettendorf, IA 52722

Includes: Friday overnight stay (double occupancy), breakfast, pre-game BBQ and tickets to game

Cost: $125


For more information, contact Mary Reynolds, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, at 630-637-5202 or at mmreynolds@noctrl.edu.

Alumni Spotlight: Kenton Skarin '04 

Kenton Skarin '04 has reached the upper echelon of the legal profession. He was recently appointed to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court law clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas for the 2012-2013 session. "I really consider this as the opportunity of a lifetime-I'm one of the luckiest guys alive and North Central was the beginning point," he says.


Justices seek out the nation's top legal talent to assist them and each of the nine Justices have four law clerks, many of whom are top alumni of the nation's best law schools; Skarin graduated from Northwestern University Law School in 2009 at the top of his class. During his time as a clerk, Skarin will have three main duties. First, he will help review his share of the approximately 10,000 petitions for writ of certiorari - "cert petitions" - that are submitted annually for review.  He will also help prepare the Justices by reading briefs and preparing oral arguments, as well as writing his or her legal opinions, concurrences and dissents.


Skarin's path to his appointment began as a history major at North Central where he took many of his favorite classes from Barbara Sciacchitano, Professor of History Emerita. "The law involves a lot of research and writing and is really a form of applied history," he explains. "Professor Sciacchitano was instrumental in accelerating my development in those areas."


"I've been blessed by both North Central and Northwestern, the people I've met and the opportunities I've had," he says. "North Central really enabled me to get where I am today . . . I'd go again in a heartbeat."


Congratulations again, Kenton! You've made North Central proud! But this is just a sneak peak... check your mailboxes for your Fall Edition of North Central NOW Magazine to read Kenton's full story!

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.

Malory Carr '12, assistant golf pro at White Eagle Golf Course in Naperville, competed in the Illinois Women's Open at Mistwood. Carr was also among the 429 nominees for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Read more about Malory here!  



Em Rademaker '12 is continuing North Central College's tradition of producing well-rounded, informed and involved citizens. Rademaker began her time with the Peace Corp in July and will be stationed in South Africa for two years. Read more about Em and her journey here!  


Professor Gerald Gems presented "The Globalization of Boxing" at the 40th conference of the North American Society for Sport History in Berkeley, CA, in May. After the presentation, an editor from Scarecrow Press, offered Gems a book contract on the subject. Read more about Prof. Gems and his works here 

Contact the Alumni Relations Team
Adrian Aldrich   Mary Reynolds      Meredith Schauer

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