January 2013 Issue
As we welcome our 10th President, Dr. Troy Hammond and his family to our ever-growing North Central College family, I asked if he would be willing to write the introduction to the January Alumni E-Newsletter. A new year, a new era for our alma mater and I can't wait for you to meet him!

With Cardinal Pride,
Adrian Aldrich
Adrian Aldrich '02
Director of Alumni Relations
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Upcoming Alumni Events!
MLK Annual Prayer Breakfast
Monday, January 21, 7 a.m.

MLK Speaker: Hill Harper
Monday, January 21, 7 p.m.

AAAN Gathering in Bloomington-Normal
Wednesday, January 23

IMEA Reception in Peoria
Friday, January 25

Gospel Extravaganza
Reception, 5 p.m.
Event, 7 p.m.

3rd Annual Snow Bowl
Friday, January 1, 6 p.m.

Women's Athletic Celebration
Tuesday, February 5, 12 p.m.
Sunday, March 3

January 1 marked the beginning of a new era for North Central College and a wonderful, exciting transition for me. I'm thrilled to be at North Central as its 10th president and enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead. One of my goals this year will be to meet as many alumni as possible at events both on campus and around the country. (You can check the alumni website for more information.)


My family and I already enjoyed attending the 29th Annual Alumni Track Meet and alumni events at both the Wheaton and Augustana basketball games. Since being selected as President, we have met more than 400 alumni!


My goal in meeting you is to communicate how vital your engagement in North Central College is to our success. That engagement can take many forms, including attending events on campus, mentoring our students, hiring our graduates and supporting our plans for a new Science Center. Our future depends on our alumni family! I hope we meet in person and I encourage you to connect with your alma mater this year.




Dr. Troy D. Hammond


President, North Central College


Got news? Share it with us!

We're always looking for ways to stay - and keep! - connected to our Alumni! Check out our enhanced Alumni News form on our website. Be sure to let us know what you're up to these days! 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! As always, feel free to send your exciting news via email to classnotes@noctrl.edu.   

ISCPA'S CareerFest 2013

Career Development is excited to inform you that the ISCPA consortium career fair will be held on our campus, this year, at the Res/Rec on Friday February 1st. North Central is one of the 25 member institutions who sponsor this event which draws employers who might not normally visit one of our campuses individually. Right now we are at almost 50 employers and hope to expand that list - some of those employers include: Navistar, State Farm, Calamos Investments, Walgreens, Nicor and Sikich LLP.


This event is open to alumni. To participate, you can register in person at the Career Development Office (Stadium, 235). The cost is $10 if registered before January 25, or $20 at the door. Upload your resume on the ISCPA Online Career Center by clicking here. (Your resume will need to be approved through the system before being activated and viewable by employers.)


The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with opportunities to meet representatives at their tables as well as potentially interview that same day!


If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Career Development at 630-637-5141. 

Recommend a Future Cardinal

Recommend an Undergraduate Student 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 a 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 kaguido@noctrl.edu

Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Events 

Join Alumni, faculty, staff and friends as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. This year's celebration is entitled "From Generation to Generation."


Sunday, January 20               

Chicago Sinfonietta Tribute to Dr. King

Wentz Concert Hall, 3 p.m.

Featuring renowned guest musicians and the Waubonsie Valley High School Mosaic Choir. Tickets are $10 /students, contact the box office for tickets.


Monday, January 21               

MLK Annual Prayer Breakfast 

White Activities Center, Centennial Hall, 7 to 8 a.m.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Karl Brooks '90. Free, RSVP to 630-637-5151 by January 16.


Monday, January 21

Keynote Speaker - Hill Harper

Wentz Concert Hall, 7 p.m.

Hill Harper is an actor, motivational speaker and author of New York Times best-selling books aimed at inspiring black youth. Free to the North Central community, contact box office for tickets.


Friday, January 25 

Poetry Slam featuring Carlos Andres Gomez

The Union (129 W. Benton Ave.), 7 p.m.

Acclaimed poet and actor, Carlos Andres Gomez, will perform along with other area poets and students. Free for students. 


Saturday, January 26

Community Service Project

North Central College students will provide a meal to residents of Deborah's Place, a facility for homeless women on the west side of Chicago. Contact Brian Rainville at 630-637-5417 for details.


Saturday, January 26              

Gospel Extravaganza  

featuring North Central College Voices of Praise Gospel Choir 

Pfeiffer Hall, 7pm

25th Anniversary of Gospel Extravaganza

You're invited to North Central College's 25th Annual Gospel Extravaganza. Featured groups

include: the North Central College Voices of Praise, DuPage AME Church Voices of Praise, Wheaton College Gospel Choir, Dexter Walker and Zion Movement Chorale, and Praise Dancer Glorielle Williams.  


Alumni who were members of the "Voices of Praise" are invited to sing in the Gospel Extravaganza. Alumni are invited to a lunch on Saturday, January 26 at noon in upstairs White Activities Center. Alumni Choir members will rehearse and have time to socialize before being the "featured group," concluding the event.   


The event is Saturday, January 26, with an Alumni Reception beginning at 5 p.m. in the upstairs Pfeiffer Lobby, and the Gospel Extravaganza at 7 p.m. in Pfieffer Hall.  


Please RSVP to Chaplain Rev. Lynn Pries at 630-637-5104 or llpries@noctrl.edu if you're planning on attending.  

Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for Students and Seniors. For tickets, call the box office at 630-637-SHOW or click here to purchase tickets online.   

Can you spot this Cardinal?

Ever wonder what happens to all those photos taken at big events? Well... we did, so we ventured over to Osterle Library to visit Kim Butler, North Central's Archivist, to see what exactly has happened to all those priceless pictures. Hundreds of photos are unidentified, and we thought we could use our Alumni Family to help fill in the gaps! Here is the link to the Flickr Photo Stream with photos that need identification. Browse through the pictures, spot a familiar face and send an email indicating the number of the photo and the person in it to Nickie Kossakowski, Alumni Relations Officer at nlkossakowski@noctrl.edu and there you have it! You've just helped piece together a little mystery of the school we love!

 Notice anyone? This might be a possible Biology Trip back in 1968...

Something new on campus

When you come back to visit campus and stop by Old Main (to visit the Alumni Office, of course!),  you might notice something new. As a part of an ongoing effort to support sustainability values and actions into all aspects of campus life, North Central College has installed its first electric vehicle charging station, making it easier for members of the campus community to own and use electric cars.


The electric vehicle charging station is ready to use and situated on the sidewalk in the Old Main parking lot off Loomis. The station can charge two vehicles simultaneously in two adjacent parking spaces and may be used free of charge by any North Central student, faculty, staff or campus visitor.

In Spring 2013, two additional parking spaces will be added to the Goldspohn parking lot to offset the spaces at Old Main. This project was made possible through a generous donation and rebate from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. For more information, please feel free to contact Brittany Graham, Sustainability Coordinator, at
bdgraham@noctrl.edu or 630-637-5623
North Central College Points of Pride 
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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.

Dr. Karl Brooks '90 will be speaking at this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast. This year's theme is entitled "From Generation to Generation."



Marisa Fontana, adjunct assistant professor of sociology, recently presented research at the Southeast Archeology Conference. 



Samantha Rapp '13 and Alyssa Coy '13, Senior Art Education Majors, have a month-long exhibit at Meilly-Swallow Gallery entitled "Lifelines." The exhibit is up until January 31.

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