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President Hammond's Inaugural Address

Preparations for this Inaugural ceremony have given me the opportunity to reflect … the 10th president of North Central College. What an honor. It is truly an honor to be standing before you today.

National Science Foundation honors North Central College President Troy D. Hammond

North Central College President Troy D. Hammond is being honored by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

North Central College President Troy D. Hammond is one of some 63 outstanding alumni of the National Science Foundation’s highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) to be honored and profiled by the prestigious organization upon the occasion of its 60th anniversary.

President’s Invitation to Serve is part of Inauguration weekend

President Hammond, his family and some 75 faculty members and their families, staff and students joined forces to serve at Emmanuel House.

The President’s Invitation to Serve on May 19 was a fitting way to conclude the Cornerstone Inauguration weekend. President Troy Hammond and his family and some 75 faculty members and their families, staff and students joined forces to serve at one of the duplex homes with Emmanuel House, a nonprofit effort based in Aurora. Initiated by Rick Guzman ’99, Emmanuel House provides housing and help for refugee and working-class families.

North Central graduate earns highly competitive Dunn Fellowship

Mark Zajac ’12, Dunn Fellow
North Central College graduate Mark Zajac has earned a spot as a policy fellow in Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s Chicago office through the Dunn Fellowship program.

Recent North Central College graduate Mark Zajac ’12 of Des Plaines, Ill., has earned a spot as a policy fellow in Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s Chicago office through the James H. Dunn Memorial Fellowship Program.

“I’ve always been interested in all things international, traveling to other countries and foreign affairs,” Zajac says. “This fellowship opens a lot of doors and will help me to better understand the world.”

850 guests attend Inaugural Ball welcoming Dr. Troy D. Hammond as North Central College president

The event featured dinner and dancing and capped a day highlighted by President Hammond’s Inauguration Ceremony

More than 850 guests attended the Inaugural Ball for North Central College President Troy D. Hammond May 17 in the Residence Hall/Recreation Center.

The event featured dinner and dancing and capped a day highlighted by President Hammond’s Inauguration Ceremony. The day also featured the Cornerstone Celebration Picnic and the President’s Roundtable on STEM education and the liberal arts.

Campus, community gather for historic inauguration ceremony in Pfeiffer Hall

President Troy D. Hammond
Dr. Troy D. Hammond was inaugurated as the 10th president of North Central College.

On Friday, May 17—the same date as the laying of the Cornerstone for Old Main in 1870—Dr. Troy D. Hammond was inaugurated as the 10th president of North Central College. The ceremony was held in Pfeiffer Hall and was attended by Hammond’s family and friends, the campus community, delegates from other institutions of higher education and alumni representatives ranging from the Classes of 1948 through 2012.

College and the community celebrate Cornerstone Day with picnic

North Central College celebrated its annual Cornerstone Day picnic in grand style at the completed Riverwalk Gateway with cuisine from local restaurants.

Cornerstone Day has long been a celebratory day around North Central College. An annual celebration, it commemorates the College’s move to Naperville from Plainfield and the laying of the cornerstone for Old Main on May 17, 1870. This year’s Cornerstone Celebration Picnic just happened to fall on the same date—May 17—and the College invited the whole community to the party.

Dr. David Fuentes delivers Rall Symposium keynote address about music as research

David Fuentes, Ph.D., delivered the keynote address for North Central College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

Every culture in human history has created music and experienced its power to shape thoughts and feelings, David Fuentes, Ph.D., said in his keynote address for North Central College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

Fuentes, professor of composition and theory at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., spoke about music’s inherent connection to the human experience in his address, “Do You Hear What I Hear? Listening as Research,” May 14 in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall.

New Ruge Fellows “humbled” by honor

North Central College has named three Ruge Fellows, rewarding outstanding teaching of senior faculty.

North Central College has rewarded three faculty members for their outstanding teaching by naming them Ruge Fellows. Mara Berkland, associate professor of speech communication, Stephen Maynard Caliendo, professor of political science, and Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry, were recognized at the April 25 faculty meeting by R. Devadoss Pandian, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

“Teaching is an art and a science,” he said. “These professors have an enthusiasm for working with students and a passion for their discipline that’s unfathomable.”

North Central College introduces intensive English language program to boost international enrollment

North Central College will launch full-time intensive English language program for international students this September.

North Central College will begin offering a full-time, intensive English language program through its new English Language Institute (ELI) in September. ELI is designed to prepare international students for admission to North Central or to another U.S. college or university by developing academic, professional and social English language skills.

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