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North Central College celebrates 150 years at Homecoming

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North Central College invites community members to join in the celebration of the College’s Sesquicentennial and 2011 Homecoming Nov. 9-13. Public events include performances by North Central’s own theatre and musical groups, a concert by popular singer-songwriter Colbie Callait, a reunion party with dancing and entertainment, parade, football game and more.

“Our Homecoming is later this year than we typically celebrate so it coincides with the actual 150th anniversary of the first day of classes on November 11, 1861,” says Rick Spencer, vice president for institutional advancement. “It’s perfect that we celebrate 150 years on a Homecoming weekend, and we welcome the community to come onto our campus and celebrate with us.”

The following Sesquicentennial Homecoming festivities are open to the public:

Nov. 9, 12
•    “Guys and Dolls” is the popular musical by Frank Loesser and perfect entertainment for the entire family: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 12, in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $15/adults, $10/students and senior citizens; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Nov. 11, 12, 13
•    Three documentary viewings of Parts 1-3 of “A Promising Start,” chronicling North Central College’s 150-year history, produced by Naperville Community Television: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11; 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12; and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., free  

Thursday, Nov. 10
•    Pop singer, songwriter and musician Colbie Caillat in concert: 8 p.m. in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $100 and $75; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Friday, Nov. 11 (11.11.11)
•    Sesquicentennial Convocation honoring outstanding alumni and commemorating the College’s 150th anniversary: 4 p.m. in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., free
•    Sesquicentennial Reunion Celebration 11.11.11: 7 p.m. in the Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St., $20/person. Members of the campus community are invited for dinner, dancing and entertainment in celebration of the College’s first day of classes 150 years ago on Nov. 11, 1861.

Saturday, Nov. 12
•    Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: 11 a.m. in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., free
•    Homecoming parade: 12:45 p.m., route begins at North Brainard and East School streets and proceeds south on Brainard to Championship Plaza, where a pep rally will be held
•    Football game, Cardinals vs. North Park University: 2 p.m. at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, 455 S. Brainard St., tickets are $6/person

Sunday, Nov. 13
•    Worship service: 10 a.m. in Koten Chapel at Kiekhofer Hall, 329 E. School St.
•    Annual Homecoming concert, featuring performances by the North Central College Concert Choir, Concert Winds, Women’s Chorale and various chamber ensembles: 1 p.m. in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., free

“North Central is part of an unbelievable community,” Spencer says. “So many of our alumni have stayed in Naperville and have helped make it what it is. This town wouldn’t be what it is without the College, and the College wouldn’t be what it is without Naperville.”

For more information and a complete schedule of Homecoming activities visit North Central College’s yearlong Sesquicentennial Celebration commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first day of classes on Nov. 11, 1861, and the College’s role in helping to shape the fabric of the Naperville community. Numerous Sesquicentennial events and projects are planned throughout 2011 and into 2012. Visit to learn more.