November 2012 Issue

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Sunday, December 9, 6 p.m.

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Greetings !

It sure has been an action packed fall at North Central! First and foremost, thank you to everyone who made the trip back for Homecoming. With more than 1000 alumni, students and friends at the Homecoming Reunion Celebration and special affinity reunions, we made memories to keep us going for the next 150 years!  


...and be sure to mark your calendars - Homecoming 2013 is October 24-27.  


Cardinal Athletics are adding to the excitement too this fall. Be sure to get updates on national championships, post-season play, and what's happening on and off the court - see how later in the newsletter! And let's not forget the main reason why students are here - academics; hundreds of our students are competing, researching and performing locally, nationally, and even internationally! It sure is a great time to be a Cardinal, but hey, I might be a little biased!


As always, be sure to check the Alumni website and calendar for all the fun things we have planned this holiday season. We look forward to seeing you! 


With Cardinal Pride,

Adrian Aldrich
Adrian Aldrich '02
Director of Alumni Relations

North Central College welcomes Dr. Troy D. Hammond, the College's 10th President

Homecoming this year had added excitement! Board Chair Steven Hoeft '73 announced the selection of Dr. Hammond after a unanimous vote of the College's Board of Trustees. 


"Dr. Hammond brings a wealth of experience to North Central College," says Hoeft. "He is uniquely equipped to lead this institution forward."


Dr. Hammond will succeed President Wilde on January 1, 2013. "Amazing things have been accomplished at the College over the last 21 years," says Hammond. "Dr. Wilde has left an indelible legacy at North Central College. Generations of students will be impacted by his leadership and I'm honored to be the College's next president."


North Central College, the Alumni Office and the rest of the North Central Family are excited to welcome Dr. Hammond, his wife Sharlene, and their four children, Adonay, Dillon, Karina and Gabrielle to the Family!


To read more about Dr. Hammond, click here.

Submit a Classnote
Submit a ClassnoteWe 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 sending an email to or 800-611-1861. Be sure to keep in touch with the rest of your North Central Family! 
Homecoming 2012 - Tell us what you think!

The Office of Alumni Relations continually seeks to improve your Homecoming experience and we want to hear from you. Whether or not you attended Homecoming events and reunions this year, we'd like your feedback. Please take 3-5 minutes to complete the survey - we'd love to hear what you have to say!

Click the button below that pertains to you and you'll be directed to the online survey.

Homecoming 2012
Homecoming 2012
Lori Nita '02 Novak installed as Alumni Board President

Please join us in welcoming Lori Nita '02 Novak as the Alumni Board's next President. Novak succeeded Dr. Howard Mueller '58 and is excited to assume this leadership role on the Board and continue to improve the College, the Campus Community and the North Central Alumni family.


"As the new Alumni Board President, I look forward to working with the Board to be a more active and visible group to better serve our Alumni Family," says Novak. 


Novak took office during the Fall meeting on November 10.  


Athletic News 

It's been an exciting Fall for Cardinal Athletics - and hopefully you've been following along! If you haven't, this is what we've been up to!

North Central College Athletics   

Men's Cross Country captures is 15th National Championship, 30th for the College overall. Read the whole story here

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Cardinal Football beats Cal Lutheran 41-21 in the 1st round of the NCAA Playoffs and advanced to the 2nd round vs. Linfield College. Read more about the game and the upcoming game here

For more information on the Cardinal Football Playoffs, click here.


North Central College Athletics 6th ranked Cardinal Men's Basketball defeats 7th ranked Hope College during the Chicago Marriott Tip-Off Tournament to move up in D3 Basketball rankings. Read more about the game here


Don't forget! You can sign up for live, up-to-the-minute updates, text alerts and weekly reports so you can keep cheering the Cardinals on to victory!

Recommend a Future Cardinal

Become a part of shaping North Central's future! 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, students 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, 2013. Please note individual alumnus/alumna of the undergraduate program may present only ONE scholarship per academic year to aRecommend an Undergraduate Student prospective student applying for undergraduate admission to North Central College.


Questions or trouble submitting the form? Contact Kristin Arredia '10 Guido, Admission Counselor, at 630-637-5833 or



There's still time!

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Your gift will have an immediate impact by strengthening academic and student programs, providing more scholarships, retaining outstanding faculty, enhancing classroom instruction, and maintaining state-of-the art facilities.


To maximize your tax benefits make your gift today (or by December 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.

Cardinal Maria Gommel '13, double majoring in actuarial science and mathematics was named a 2012 Lincoln Laureate, an annual award by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois that honors outstanding seniors at four-year degree-granting institutions in Illinois. Read more about Maria and her studies here


Student brodcasters representing WONC earned six awards (including three 1st Place awards!) at the Illinois Broadcasters Association's 2012 Silver Dome Awards. To read more about WONC click here.



Athletic Training students, Matthew Hussey '13, Krisit Lishman '13 and Jason DePue '13, took third place at the 2012 Illinois Athletic Trainers Association College Bowl. Read more about the competition and the program 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