The May 17 inauguration of Troy D. Hammond as North Central College’s 10th president takes place during Cornerstone Week, May 13-19, an annual celebration that commemorates the College’s 1870 move to Naperville from Plainfield and the laying of the cornerstone for Old Main.
The inauguration is also part of a week that includes the Last Lecture, honors ceremonies, research presentations, panel discussions, concerts, fireworks display, service project and more. Some events will be webcast live.
Activities on Monday and Tuesday are free and include:
MONDAY, MAY 13
Last Lecture: “Groundhog Day”
7 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall
North Central’s College Union Activities Board (CUAB) hosts the sixth annual Last Lecture, presented by legendary head men’s cross country coach Al Carius and titled “Groundhog Day.” Since coming to North Central in 1966, Carius’ cross country teams have won 15 national titles, 39 consecutive conference titles and numerous other accolades under his coaching philosophy of “Run for Fun and Personal Bests.”
TUESDAY, MAY 14
16th Annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research
8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall and various locations. The Rall Symposium provides opportunities for students to publicly present their scholarly research projects in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, business, pre-professional disciplines and fine arts. The Symposium is named for Dr. Joseph Rall, M.D., Ph.D., North Central class of 1940.
8 a.m. Coffee and conversation, Wentz Concert Hall lobby
8:30 a.m. Keynote Address: “Do You Hear What I Hear? Listening as Research” by Dr. David Fuentes, professor of composition and theory at Calvin College, Wentz Concert Hall
9:30-10:30 a.m. Poster Presentations, Wentz Concert Hall lobby
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oral Presentations, Goldspohn Hall and Harold and Eva White Activities Center
Noon-1:15 p.m. Lunch, Kaufman Dining Hall
37th Annual Honors Convocation
1:30-3:30 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall. Honors Convocation publicly recognizes student excellence in the academic and cocurricular life of the College.
3:30-4:30 p.m. Reception, Wentz Concert Hall lobby
4:30-6:30 p.m. Honor Societies activities, various locations