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Cornerstone Week kicks off Sesquicentennial Celebration

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This year’s Cornerstone Week, May 16-20, kicks off the College’s yearlong Sesquicentennial Celebration and the campus community is invited to join the festivities. As you view the following schedule of events during Cornerstone Week, be sure to mark your calendar so you don’t miss out on the upcoming celebration.

Tuesday, May 17: Honors Day
•    Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research: 8 a.m., Wentz Concert Hall & Fine Arts Center. North Central alumni are keynote speakers: Dr. K. Darrell Berlin ’55 and Dr. Doris Mangiaracina ’81 Benbrook. Berlin is a cancer researcher, the first Regents Professor named at Oklahoma State University and a special consultant to the National Institutes of Health. Benbrook is a professor at the University of Oklahoma where she serves as director of the Women's Cancer Program.
•    Faculty Photo: 1 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall
•    Honors Convocation: 1:30 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall & Fine Arts Center
•    To view a complete schedule of Honors Day events, visit
Wednesday, May 18
•    Breakfast with the Naperville Riverwalk Foundation: 7:30 a.m., Wentz Concert Hall Lobby. Unveiling of planned campus beautification projects, including a Riverwalk extension onto the campus
•    Screening of part one of "A Promising Start," a Sesquicentennial documentary film: 7 p.m., Madden Theatre
Thursday, May 19
•    Staff Photo: 4 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall
•    Service Awards Reception and Program: 4:15 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall & Lobby
Friday, May 20
•    Unveiling of signs commemoratively renaming Chicago Avenue as North Central College Avenue: 2 p.m., outside Wentz Concert Hall
•    Cornerstone Celebration recognizing the relationship between North Central College and the City of Naperville: 5 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall & Lobby

In addition, NCTV prepared a video interview as part of its “Spotlight on Naperville: Community That Cares” series with Rick Spencer, vice president for institutional advancement, and Mary Reynolds, co-coordinator of the Sesquicentennial, about the College’s plans for the 150th celebration and ways the community can be involved. Click here to view the interview; it’s also accessible from the College’s homepage and the Sesquicentennial page at