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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.

Google spotlights recent North Central College graduate in video about internships

Kitt Vanderwater, a Google employee and 2012 graduate of North Central College, is featured in a Google video about its internship opportunities.

Kitt Vanderwater, a Google employee and 2012 graduate of North Central College, is featured in a Google video about its internship opportunities.

Troy D. Hammond to be inaugurated May 17 as 10th president of North Central College

The May 17 inauguration of Troy D. Hammond as 10th president of North Central College is part of a week that includes concerts and a fireworks display.

The May 17 inauguration of Troy D. Hammond as the 10th president of North Central College is part of a week that includes honors ceremonies, concerts and a fireworks display.

The inauguration occurs 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. Some events will be webcast live. The week includes the following events:

North Central College purchases home at 409 E. Chicago Ave.

At its February meeting the North Central College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to purchase a house adjacent to campus at 409 E. Chicago Ave.

At its February meeting the North Central College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to purchase a house adjacent to campus at 409 E. Chicago Ave. The house will replace the Edward Everett Rall House as home to the College’s president.

In February 2012 the Board began evaluating the Rall House, which served the recent five presidents of the College: Edward Everett Rall, after whom the house is named; C. Harve Geiger; Arlo L. Schilling; Gael D. Swing and Harold R. Wilde.

Timothy D. Zager

Class Year: 
1976

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1987

Tim Zager is a clinical instructor at the University of Minnesota and chief of pediatrics at St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he is the director of pediatric intensive care. After graduating from North Central, Zager attended Loyola School of Medicine. In 1982, he completed his pediatric residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and has been on the medical staff of the Duluth Clinic in Duluth, Minn., since 1982. Tim and his wife, Anita Montgomery ’79 Zager, reside in Duluth. They are the parents of one daughter and one son.


Sam Sumwalt

Class Year: 
1974

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1982

Sam Sumwalt is president of Entre’ Computer Center in Lafayette, La. He is also an instructor for the Realtor’s National Marketing Institute, as well as his own company. His involvements in his community include president of Round Tree Commons Homeowners Association and choir member and chair of Every Member Commitment Committee for Prince of Peace United Methodist Church.  He also serves in the Naval Air Reserve in Glenview, Ill.


William D. Soper

Class Year: 
1968

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1984

William Soper is an assistant professor of surgery and associate director of transplantation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1972 and began a surgical residency at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. Soper is the author of numerous articles on transplantation and has presented papers at several national conventions.  He was president of the Illinois Transplant Society in 1983 and is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the International Transplantation Society. Most recently, Soper agreed to serve on the Alumni Committee of the Campaign to Endow Student Research in Science.


Karen J. Solomon

Class Year: 
1984

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1995

Karen Solomon is the assistant director for Accreditation Services, the Higher Learning Commission in Chicago. She is also a Coldwell Banker Realtor serving at a residential brokerage in Naperville. Her previous position was with Associated Colleges of Illinois Inc., as an education associate and outcomes assessment. She also worked at Northern Illinois University as coordinator of research and evaluation in Adult Continuing Education. Solomon is involved with the North Central College Board of Trustees Associates, serving as WYSE Competition co-chair and treasurer. She is a member of the Naperville Riverwalk Foundation, and the Naperville Jaycees. Solomon is also a member of the advisory panel for the American Indian Education Consortium and an advisory board member for Northern Illinois University Adult Education. In 2003, she received a doctorate in education from Northern Illinois University, majoring in adult and continuing education with instructional technology as an area of focus.


Nancy Carlstedt Smith

Class Year: 
1981

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1996

Nancy Carlstedt Smith is a development chemist with Technical Coatings Company in Melrose Park, Ill. Smith holds master’s and doctorate degrees in chemistry from the University of Illinois.  She was a member of the North Central College Alumni Association Board of Directors for six years and served as president from1993-94. Under her leadership, the association implemented several new initiatives, including career networking. Smith volunteers her time teaching Sunday school at Calvary United Methodist Church in Villa Park, Ill.


Sandra L. Simmons Matthews

Class Year: 
1977

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1988

Sandra Matthews is a senior program director of the Michael and Juanita Jordan Endowment Fund, wife of Gary Matthews, hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs; and a professional with a resume that includes director of public relations with seven City Colleges of Chicago and a long, successful career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Matthews discovered her passion was to work in the media. As a result, one of her first jobs after graduation was at the Chicago Sun-Times. Many promotions took place over the years and Matthews was later recruited to head public relations at the City Colleges of Chicago, which reported to the Mayor’s Office. After her daughter, Paige, was born, Matthews left City Colleges and pursued her interest in child and family law by earning a masters of juris prudence in 2002 from Loyola Law School. For the last six years, she has consulted for Michael and Juanita Jordan on their private family endowment fund. Matthews served on North Central’s Board of Trustees from 1989-91.


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