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Special awards presented during 2012 Commencement

North Central College recognized several members of the College community with awards, emerita status during its 147th Commencement exercises June 9.

North Central College recognized several members of the College community with awards and emerita status during its 147th Commencement exercises on June 9.

Women’s Chorale tours, sings in Ireland

Some members of the group at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
The North Central College Women’s Chorale travels to Ireland June 12-19 on second tour abroad, along with music faculty and Chorale alumnae.

Some 36 members of the North Central College Women’s Chorale embarked on the ensemble’s second trip abroad, to Ireland, June 12-19. The women traveled to Dublin, Galway, Killarney and Bray and gave performances in historic cathedrals like St. Patrick’s in Dublin and enjoyed seeing the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and the Ring of Kerry.

Follow the adventures of the Women’s Chorale members and view photos at nccwomenschorale.blogspot.com.

Proceeds from artwork sale to benefit North Central College Riverwalk Gateway project

Hunt Harris image of Machu Picchu in Peru
Proceeds from the sale of artwork currently exhibited at North Central College will directly benefit the College’s Riverwalk Gateway project.

June 7, 2012—Proceeds from the sale of artwork currently exhibited at North Central College will directly benefit the College’s Riverwalk Gateway project.

Visitors may purchase more than 40 different pieces from the exhibit “Images from a Well-Traveled Lens,” on display through June 24 in Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The exhibit showcases the photography of Hunt Harris, a Moline native who has visually documented his travels around the world.

Wrigley Field honors North Central College alumnus, Teacher of the Year Josh Stumpenhorst

Illinois Teacher of the Year Josh Stumpenhorst '03 with family at Wrigley Field
North Central College alumnus and Illinois Teacher of the Year Josh Stumpenhorst threw out the first pitch before a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.

June 13, 2012—One of the perks of being Illinois Teacher of the Year is throwing out the first pitch before a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.

North Central College alumnus Josh Stumpenhorst experienced his day at the Friendly Confines on Tuesday, June 12, before a night game versus the Detroit Tigers. Stumpenhorst attended with his wife and their two young children, who were excited to meet Cubs pitcher Alberto Cabrera.

“Cabrera just talked to my boys and signed a ball,” Stumpenhorst Tweeted before the big moment. “They are in heaven.”

Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams addresses North Central College Commencement

Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams delivered the address Saturday, June 9, at the 147th Commencement of North Central College.

June 9, 2012—Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams delivered the address Saturday, June 9, at the 147th Commencement of North Central College.

Williams noted it was the final Commencement for North Central College President Harold R. Wilde, who is retiring at the end of 2012 after 22 years as president.

“North Central College is fortunate to have had a President with such a long and exceptional tenure,” Williams told the audience. “While I’m sure everyone is sad to see you go, we know that you are leaving behind an incredible legacy.”

Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams to address North Central College Commencement

Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps
Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will deliver the address June 9 at the 147th Commencement ceremony of North Central College.

Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will deliver the address June 9 at the 147th Commencement ceremony of North Central College.

Alumni talk with science students about their careers, experiences

2005 alumni Naomi Roots and Zach Pratt, Ph.D.
Science faculty invite 2005 alumni Naomi Roots and Zach Pratt, Ph.D., to talk with students about post-graduate research, real-world career experiences.

A new tradition—inviting alumni back to campus to talk informally with students—was incorporated as part of programming for Honors Day and the Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research this year.

“Our alumni are an untapped resource for our students and I’m excited about inviting them back to share their experiences with our science students,” said Professor of Biology and Roger and Nadeane Hruby Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Stephen Johnston as he welcomed two North Central College alumni from the class of 2005.

North Central College breaks ground on Riverwalk Gateway during Cornerstone Picnic

Pat '63 and Jim Bambule ’63, from left, talk with Benna and Hal Wilde and Rick S
More than 2,300 people shared lunch May 18 at North Central College’s Cornerstone Picnic and groundbreaking for the Riverwalk Gateway project.

More than 2,300 people shared lunch May 18 at North Central College’s Cornerstone Picnic, which included a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Riverwalk Gateway project.

Community members joined students, faculty and staff for a “Foods of Naperville” featuring complimentary menu samples from more than a dozen Naperville restaurants. Entertainment was provided by student performers—including a jazz ensemble, cast members from an upcoming production of “Forever Plaid” and the “NCC Express” group of singers and dancers.

North Central College alumnus earns Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching

Robert Taylor, Golden Apple Awardee
North Central College alumnus Robert Taylor is one of 10 Chicago-area educators being honored with 2012 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

May 16, 2012—North Central College alumnus Robert Taylor is one of 10 Chicago-area educators being honored as recipients of a prestigious 2012 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Taylor, who earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from North Central College in 2000, is a second-grade teacher at Central Road School in Community Consolidated School District 15 in Palatine.

District 15 announced Taylor was presented with the award May 9.

Heather Carlson ’91 delivers keynote address at Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research

Heather Carlson '91
Heather Carlson '91 delivered the keynote address at North Central College’s 15th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

May 15, 2012—If you want to succeed at scientific research, you’ve got to be able to work well with others.

That was the advice North Central College students and others heard May 15 during the keynote address at the College’s 15th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research from professor, pharmaceutical researcher and North Central alumna Heather Carlson ’91.

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