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Women's Golf Program Birdie Club Golf Outing 

October 8  


Women's Soccer Alumnae BBQ 

October 13 


Cardinal Football vs. Wheaton 

November 3


Cardinal Caravan to Augustana 

November 9-10


Alumni Board Meeting 

November 10 




Students are settled in, classes have begun, the North Central Family is packing fields and stadiums cheering on our teams and the Office of Alumni Relations is gearing up for yet another exciting fall... and we all know what that means - Homecoming is right around the corner! You should have recently received your Homecoming brochure detailing all the events of the weekend. Had a blast at last year's Sesquicentennial Homecoming? Didn't make it to the big party on 11/11/11? Either way, be sure to make it to the Homecoming Reunion Celebration this year - no matter what your class year, this Celebration is for all North Central alumni!


There's a lot to look forward to this fall, like one of our spectacular student productions and our Fine and Performing Arts series with acts like Eric Hutchinson, Dionne Warwick and The Oak Ridge Boys. Be sure to check out the Alumni Calendar for all the fun events we have planned and arrange to make the trip back home. It's a great time to be a part of the Cardinal Family!


With Cardinal Pride,

Adrian Aldrich
Adrian Aldrich '02
Director of Alumni Relations

Homecoming: October 25-28, 2012

As many of you already know, this is President Wilde's last Homecoming on campus as President of North Central College. Throughout his nearly 22 years, Hal and his wife Benna have enjoyed greeting alumni at hundreds of memorable events, including reunions, concerts, parades, chapel services and, of course, Cardinal football games.   


Be sure to join us for Homecoming Convocation, Class of 1962's induction into the 50-Year Club, Athletic Hall of Fame, and  Outstanding Alumni Awards. To all those classes ending in 2's and 7's - don't forget to register for your milestone reunions


New this year will be the Homecoming Reunion Celebration in Res/Rec complete with a family-style dinner, dancing and entertainment - not to mention your chance to visit with Hal during his final Homecoming. Not a class ending in a 2 or 7? No worries! You don't need to wait until your reunion to join all the festivities. Plan your own own cluster reunion and serve as a table host and invite classmates and friends from surrounding class years - the choice is yours!


Join us as we celebrate North Central's next 150 years. We can't wait to see you!

Be sure to check the  Homecoming website for the most up-to-date schedule of events, to look for hotels and don't forget to like us on Facebook leading up to Homecoming!

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You know we love our Cardinal Family - and we love staying connected to you! For alumni attending their reunions - and anyone else with news to share! - please take a few moments to complete the Online Biography Form. Did you get married? Have a baby? Welcome a grandchild? Get a promotion? Send us all your great news and keep your North Central Family in touch long after you've left campus - your news may even be included in an upcoming issue of the NOW Magazine!   

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Students like Jack, Amy and Lauren will be calling alumni and friends of the College from September 30 to October 17 for their annual Fall Phonathon fundraising campaign. For the students, this is an excellent opportunity to get to know and connect with other members of the Cardinal Family and to learn more about the history of the College from Alumni just like you!



"If the caller id says NCC, pick up the phone... it could be me!"



Alumni Spotlight: Gail Tate '86 

Gail Tate '86  has compiled an impressive resume over her years of work, including increasingly responsible positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, later known as Lucent Technologies.  "I've enjoyed every job I've had and loved working with and coaching people at all levels," Tate says.


Tate began working at AT&T because she was looking for tuition assistance to obtain her bachelor's degree. She first attended Lawrence University and then moved to Naperville after marrying Lawrence Tate '89. She decided a mathematics major would suit her talents and completed her North Central degree over 12 years. "I never thought about how long it would take - you can't focus on that," she says. "But on graduation day I walked. And I remember President Gael Swing telling me how much he liked my name."


Throughout her time on campus as a nontraditional student, Tate was grateful for support from her advisor and professor for many of her math courses, Dr. Richard Wilders, Marie and Bernice Gantzert Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of math. "I would meet with him or call after work and on weekends," she recalls.


After retiring from Lucent, Tate found a new outlet for her talents. She was hired by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to manage the Technology Research, Education and Commercialization Center that is part of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.


"I was lucky to have mentors and coaches, and then you pay it forward by coaching someone else," she says. "And my advice to everyone in the working world is to say true to yourself."

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.

Cardinal Professor Steven Caliendo recently attended both the Republican and Democratic conventions and received praise from The Chronicle of Higher Education; the Chronicle said it was watching Caliendo's feed along with those of professors from the University of Virginia, The Ohio State University, University of California at Berkeley, Duke University and others. Read more about Dr. Caliendo here


Cardinal Students, alumni and staff members recently returned from a three-week-long nontraditional service trip to the Republic of Kenya organized by the College's Office of Ministry and Service. Throughout the trip, the group spent time with the children of Kenya, enjoyed safaris and four days atop Mount Kenya before returning home. Read more about their journey here!

Cardinal Gary Ernst, North Central College Professor of International Business and Marketing Emeritus, was cited as an expert source in a Crain's Chicago Business feature,  "Logistics industry procures new jobs". Ernst retired in June 2011 and is known for establishing Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), the Entrepreneurship Institute, as well as an entrepreneurship major. Read more about Dr. Ernst 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