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Alumna's family scrapbook unveils ancestors’ deep connections to North Central College

Caitlin Schlorff recently discovered a scrapbook that revealed a fourth generation of her family’s connections to North Central College.

Caitlin “Cait” Neuman ’11 Schlorff recalls the moment when a simple request by her grandmother suddenly unearthed a treasure trove of her ancestors’ deep connections to North Central College.

They were at the family’s cabin near Eagle River, Wis., when Cait’s grandmother, Bonnie Erffmeyer ’54 McLaughlin, asked her to retrieve something from a closet. That’s where Cait discovered a scrapbook created by her maternal great-grandfather.

“My grandma had me looking for a hummingbird feeder and this scrapbook was on the top shelf,” she recalls.

Gems teaches, serves, presents in international positions

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, is named officer of international society, teaches and gives talks worldwide.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, was elected a vice president of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport; his four-year term began August 2013. His duties include setting the direction of the organization, organization of conferences, service on the scientific committee and more.

Disabilities are no obstacle for North Central broadcasting major

Ryan Henders ’14 utilizes his guide dog Irby and support from the North Central College community as he pursues dream of broadcasting and enjoys campus life.

Ryan Henders ’14 utilizes Irby, his black lab and canine roommate, to navigate campus and just about everything else. A guide dog, Irby arrived at North Central College when Henders transferred to pursue his dream of studying broadcasting at a smaller campus.

Nearly blind, Henders was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma, a rare type of eye cancer in both eyes, when he was 9 months old. “I can see certain things like the figure of a person, but I have no depth perception or ability to see how close someone or something is,” says Henders.