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150 Moments: President Augustine A. Smith, 1861-1883

150 Moments: President Augustine A. Smith, 1861-1883

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On Nov. 11, 1861, the Evangelical Association opened a new institution—Plainfield College—in Plainfield, Ill., and called upon Augustine A. Smith to be its first president.

Smith was born and raised in Massachusetts and started teaching at age 17. He served at two Evangelical institutions in Ohio, as a principal at the Grand River Institute in Austinburg and as president of Greensburg Seminary.



Regis Philbin joins Sesquicentennial Author Series at North Central

Regis Philbin
Author, entertainer Regis Philbin will discuss his new memoir “How I Got This Way” Dec. 1 as part of North Central College’s Sesquicentennial Author Series.

North Central College will host a talk by author, entertainer Regis Philbin Dec. 1 as part of the College’s Sesquicentennial Author Series presented by Anderson’s Bookshops.

150 Moments: First Homecoming

150 Moments: First Homecoming

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In this edition of 150 Moments, leading up to North Central College’s 11.11.11 Sesquicentennial Celebration, the College’s first Homecoming is spotlighted.



150 Moments: Plainfield College

150 Moments: Plainfield College

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In the final weeks leading up to North Central College’s 11.11.11 Sesquicentennial Celebration, North Central Pride will present moments from our College’s 150-year history. This moment features the birth of Plainfield College.



Jazz icon Herbie Hancock to perform Oct. 29 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall

Modern music marvel Herbie Hancock transcends music genres and limitations when he performs Oct. 29 at North Central College.

Herbie Hancock, the iconic jazz pianist and multiple Grammy Award-winner, will perform his eclectic take on modern music Oct. 29 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall as part of the first solo tour of his legendary career.

Hancock is a powerful influence in acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B music. His career spans five decades, his recordings have earned 12 Grammy Awards and he continues to amaze audiences with his energetic live performances.

Latin choir Schola Cantorum de Venezuela to perform Oct. 26 at North Central College

Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, the premier touring chorus of Latin America, comes to Wentz Concert Hall Oct. 26.

Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, the premier touring chorus of Latin America, will perform Oct. 26 in North Central College’s acoustically stunning Wentz Concert Hall.

Schola Cantorum de Venezuela is one of the most important choral societies to emerge as part of the growing choral movement in Latin America. The choir performs a broad range of works, and its repertoire includes works by Spanish, Italian, French and English Renaissance, contemporary Venezuelan and universal composers.

North Central College honors Peace Corps administrator with Outstanding Alumni Award

North Central College is honoring Esther Benjamin, associate director for global operations for the Peace Corps, with a 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award.

This is the second of five weekly installments profiling individuals who will receive Alumni Awards & Recognition on Nov. 11 during North Central College’s Sesquicentennial Homecoming Celebration.

Oct. 10, 2011—North Central College is honoring Esther Benjamin of Mitchellville, Md., with a 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award.

Caroline Kennedy tells North Central College audience about family’s history

Caroline Kennedy captivated an audience of more than 1,000 people in Pfeiffer Hall Oct. 5 with stories about her parents.

Caroline Kennedy captivated an audience of more than 1,000 people in Pfeiffer Hall Oct. 5 with stories about her parents and her family’s experiences in helping shape American history.

North Central College history on display at Naper Settlement

North Central College history on display at Naper Settlement

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The exhibit, “150 Years: A Promising Start” at Naper Settlement’s Heritage Gallery echoes the theme of the College’s Sesquicentennial celebration. Throughout the exhibition—which runs through mid-June 2012 at Naper Settlement’s Pre-Emption House Visitor Center, 523 S. Webster St.—admission will be free to all North Central College students, faculty, staff and alumni.



North Central College welcomes Sesquicentennial author Philippa Gregory Oct. 23

North Central College will host a talk by Philippa Gregory Oct. 23 as part of the College’s Sesquicentennial Author Series presented by Anderson’s Bookshops.

North Central College will host a talk by Philippa Gregory Oct. 23 as part of the College’s Sesquicentennial Author Series presented by Anderson’s Bookshops.

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