North Central College - Naperville, IL

Community invited to annual Honors Day, Cornerstone Day celebrations

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Contact: Nancy Dunker, Associate Director of Public Relations, 630-637-5306,

Due to inclement weather on Friday, May 21, the Cornerstone Day luncheon and celebration will be held indoors at Kaufman Dining Hall, 221 S. Brainard St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

May 10, 2010—North Central College invites the community to join students, parents, faculty and staff for the College’s annual Honors Day and Cornerstone Day celebrations. Honors Day recognizes students’ academic achievements and will be held Tuesday, May 18. Cornerstone Day on Friday, May 21, celebrates North Central College’s move from Plainfield to Naperville in 1870.

Honors Day features the College’s annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research when students present their research in various academic fields. The event includes a keynote address by a leading scholar, Honors Convocation when outstanding students will be recognized for their accomplishments in academic and co-curricular disciplines, and induction ceremonies for 15 honor societies.

The public is invited to the following free events on May 18:
· 8:00 a.m.—Coffee and Conversation, lobby of Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

· 8:45 a.m.—Herman White, Ph.D., will give the keynote address, “Anti-Matter: The Middle Linebacker of the Big Bang,” at the 13th Annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Wentz Concert Hall. White is a senior scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and serves as vice chair for enrollment management and student affairs on the College’s Board of Trustees.

· 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.—13th Annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research. Students will give poster presentations from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., lobby of Wentz Concert Hall, and oral presentations from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Goldspohn Hall, 31 N. Loomis St., and the Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave.

· 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.—34th Annual Honors Convocation, Wentz Concert Hall. Students who have performed outstanding work in their academic program will be honored, as will student-athletes and students who demonstrated exemplary leadership and service. Recipients of Richter Independent Study Fellowships and College Scholars who have written honors theses will also be recognized. The Convocation will culminate in naming the Outstanding Senior Woman and Outstanding Senior Man for the Class of 2010. A reception at Wentz Concert Hall for honorees and their guests will follow the Honors Convocation.

Cornerstone Day is a communitywide celebration. North Central’s neighbors and friends are invited to the annual picnic, including hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, beverages and more, served Friday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. under a banquet tent at Jefferson Plaza, at Brainard Street and Jefferson Avenue in Naperville’s historic district. Starting at noon, entertainment will include performances by North Central’s Red Bike Brass Band, Big Band, Concert Winds, NCC Express show choir and Red Noise pep band. This special day commemorates North Central College’s May 1870 move from Plainfield to Naperville and the laying of the original cornerstone for Old Main at 30 N. Brainard St.

Both events are free; reservations are not required. For more information about Honors Day activities, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 630-637-5200.