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Cornerstone Week: Thursday and Friday activities

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Cornerstone Week and Inauguration celebrations continue into Thursday and Friday. All events are free, except the Inaugural Ball, which includes dinner and dancing.

Science Alumni Event
7 p.m. Madden Theatre
Two alumni—chemistry major Blake Young ’04, system engineer and chemist with Exelon Nuclear, and biology major Allison Beckham ’09, a general surgery resident at Loma Linda University Medical Center—will discuss their careers in science in a program led by physicist and professor Michael Chapman, Ph.D. As a professor in the school of physics at Georgia Institute of Technology, Chapman is head of the Ultracold Atomic Physics and Quantum Optics research group. His lab’s research is focused on investigating the quantum behavior of atoms and photons, often at the single particle level.

Cornerstone Celebration Picnic
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Riverwalk Gateway
Sample cuisine will be provided by Chartwells and various Naperville restaurants, including Angeli’s, The Bangkok Village, Belgio’s Catering, Cafe Buonaro’s, Kernel’s Gourmet Popcorn, Kuma’s Asian Bistro, Nancy’s Pizza, Q-BBQ, Quigley’s Irish Pub, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Twisted Olive and Whole Foods Market. Entertainment will be provided by College student performers.

Picnic attendees are encouraged to participate in the College’s campus-wide food drive by bringing donations of nonperishable food items to the picnic. Collection boxes will be provided on site. The College has set a goal to collect 5,000 pounds of food by June 10 toward the Loaves and Fishes’ Freedom from Hunger Community Food Drive.

President’s Roundtable: STEM Education in the Liberal Arts
1:30-3 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall
The public is invited to hear participants discuss Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the context of a liberal arts education as North Central College President Troy D. Hammond, Ph.D., hosts a panel discussion that will be moderated by CBS2 Chicago reporter and weekend anchor Jim Williams. Participants include
•    Dorothy Chappell, Ph.D., dean of natural and social sciences at Wheaton College
•    J. Thomas Gruenwald, Ph.D., vice president at 3WON, LLC and North Central College Trustee
•    David Kokorowski, Ph.D., vice president of product management at Pearson Education
•    Lisa Long, Ph.D., North Central College professor of English and Ruge Fellow

This event will be webcast live; visit on May 17 for details.

Inauguration Ceremony
4 p.m. Pfeiffer Hall
Invited guests will gather for the inauguration of Troy D. Hammond as College president. Following the ceremony, a by-invitation reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the lobbies of the Wentz Concert Hall and Madden Theatre. This inauguration will be webcast live; visit on May 17 for details.

Inaugural Ball
7-11 p.m. Residence Hall/Recreation Center
The North Central College community will celebrate the inauguration of Troy D. Hammond with an Inaugural Ball featuring dinner, live band and dancing. Tickets are required.