North Central College - Naperville, IL

New reunions and treasured traditions

Like any close-knit family, the best memories are created during family reunions and by celebrating long-held traditions. Such was the case throughout Homecoming weekend, held October 24 to 27, as the North Central family gathered to reconnect.

A full agenda of reunions for class years ending in three or eight brought together friends and classmates from the classes of 1953 through 2008, along with reunions of alumni from education, marketing, residence life, cheer and dance and sports like football. Dean Huber ’69 spearheaded a football reunion of 20 players from 1965 to 1968—some returning to campus for the first time in several decades.

In recent years, the single location Homecoming Reunion Celebration, held in the Residence Hall/Recreation Center, has combined class reunions with a student dance (pictured). All alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend the lively dinner-dance, regardless of class year. “We had so much fun last year we decided to come back,” said Carol Miller ’62 Weston, part of a contingent of returnees from the Class of 1962 that included Olympian Dick Blick ’62. A significant number of alumni from the classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013 joined the fun.

From an opening night concert performed by Amy Grant to the 50-Year Club banquet to the Athletic Hall of Fame induction to Sunday’s worship service, the campus buzzed with constant activity and throngs of alumni who were happy to be home.