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North Central College celebrates academic legacy during Cornerstone Week

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Honors Convocation, May 13
Honors Convocation, May 13

Every May, North Central College celebrates Cornerstone Day. A historic event for North Central, Cornerstone Day commemorates the College’s 1870 move to Naperville from Plainfield, some 144 years ago, and the laying of the cornerstone for Old Main.

Over the years, the celebration has expanded to feature a weeklong series of events that recognize student academic achievements, honor faculty contributions, and invite members of the community to campus for a big picnic and entertainment. The week concludes with Springfest, a year-end student celebration with live music, games, prizes, concert and more.

This year’s Cornerstone Week, May 13-17, kicks off with Honors Day, featuring a keynote address by 1993 alumnus Satyan Devadoss, Ph.D., and some 120 student poster and oral presentations as part of the Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research. Honors Convocation follows in the afternoon when the Outstanding Senior Man and Senior Woman are named and top student major, academic and service awards are presented. Also, 21 honorary society events are held to recognize student academic achievements.

Following are Cornerstone Week events:

Keynote Address: 8:30 a.m., Wentz Concert Hall
Satyan Devadoss, Ph.D., is the keynote speaker for North Central College’s 2014 Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research. A 1993 graduate of North Central College, Devadoss holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from The Johns Hopkins University and is professor of mathematics at Williams College. In his talk, titled “The Shape of Nature: Bees, Trees, Origami,” he will note how the study of nature serves as a bridge between art and science and will provide wonderful examples at the intersection of art, visualization and research mathematics.

Poster Presentations: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fine Arts Center lobbies

Oral Presentations: 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., various locations across campus

1:30-3:30 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall
Family members and other guests are invited to celebrate student scholars and their academic achievements at the 38th Annual Honors Convocation. Some 50 students will be recognized. A reception will be held in the lobby following the ceremony.

4:30-6:30 p.m., Honor Society events, various locations across campus
Some 21 honor societies will host events and recognize students who have been inducted to various honor societies that recognize outstanding academic achievement and leadership.

7-8 p.m., Madden Theatre
Three standout alumni in the sciences—Gwendolyn Graff ’94, Dr. Wade Hicks ’02 and Sheri Starks ’07—will share their scholarship and career experiences post-graduation.

Graff, biology and chemistry majors, works as a principal technology scientist at the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company in Chicago and has become one of the top experts in the confectionary industry. Hicks, biology major, earned a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology, studying DNA recombination at Brandeis University, and is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. Starks, chemistry major, teaches high school chemistry and physics. She is part of the Teachers As Research Associates summer program at Argonne National Laboratory, where she works with the electronic and magnetic devices group.

7-8 p.m., Schoenherr Gallery
Alumni panelists Steve Mroczkowski ’07, Sidra Hamidi ’10, Gracie Hollister ’11 Wang and Weien Wang ’11 will participate in a group discussion. Mroczkowski, economics and French majors, attended Chicago Kent College of Law and is a senior associate at Sosin & Arnold, Ltd. Hamidi, political science major, earned a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Chicago is now a graduate student at Northwestern University. Gracie Wang, organizational communication major, is a writer/editor for ATI Physical Therapy. Weien Wang, biology and English writing majors, is a freelance iOS app developer.

7 p.m., Smith Hall, Old Main
North Central College students voted to invite two faculty members—William Muck, assistant professor of political science, and Kristine Servais, associate professor of education—to speak at the annual Last Lecture.

North Central College welcomes members of the community to its annual Cornerstone Day Celebration Picnic from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the College’s Bambule Riverwalk Gateway. The free event features sample cuisine by Chartwells and Naperville restaurants, including Angeli’s Restaurant & Catering, Walker’s Charhouse, Rizzo’s, Belgio’s Catering, Twisted Olive, Haagen-Dazs & Popcorn Palace, Fontano’s Subs (South Naperville), Bella Familia, The Bangkok Village, bd’s Mongolian Grill, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, The Lantern Tavern & Grill, Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream, Heaven on Seven, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Smallcakes Cupcakery. Entertainment will be provided by talented North Central College student performers. Rain location is Gregory Arena in Merner Field House.

4-7 p.m. Championship Plaza
The College Union Activities Board (CUAB) presents the annual Springfest celebration, featuring live music entertainment, games, prizes, dancing and more.

Concert: Yellowcard with special guest Mighty Fox
8 p.m., Pfeiffer Hall
North Central College welcomes alternative rock band Yellowcard with opening act Mighty Fox for Springfest 2014. Tickets are $25/public and $15/North Central students, who must present their student ID in person at the box office and gain seating to their reserved section. Doors open at 7 p.m. with separate entrances for students and the public; no one under 18 will be admitted. More