North Central College - Naperville, IL

Tracy Smith Malone

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2013

The Reverend Dr. Tracy Smith ’90 Malone is a recognized leader in the United Methodist Church, widely known for her devout faith and her outstanding abilities to lead, mentor, teach and preach. She holds the position of Chicago Southern District Superintendent of the Northern Illinois Conference, and the district she oversees includes 60 local churches, a social agency, two campus ministries and other ministries. Tracy has served in associate, pastor and senior pastor positions and been a member of the board of directors for the General Board of Church and Society and chair of the 2012 delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conferences. She has received the Distinguished Leadership Award by the Chicago Black Methodists for Church Renewal.

Tracy came to North Central knowing that she would prepare for seminary, having been mentored to enter the ministry by her father (the Reverend Willie Smith ’79) and other clergy. While a student, she was a change agent who initiated the Voices of Praise gospel choir, planned new events for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and served on the search committee that hired the College’s first multicultural affairs director.

She graduated from North Central with a degree in religious studies, received a master of divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree from United Theological Seminary.

As a North Central alumna, Tracy has been generous with her time on many occasions, returning as a speaker at Martin Luther King Jr. events and at the worship service to celebrate the inauguration of President Troy D. Hammond. In addition, she and husband Derrick Malone ’93 established the Derrick and Tracy Malone Minority Scholarship to support the African-American student population at North Central.

Tracy, Derrick and their two daughters reside in Flossmoor, IL.

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Steven Hoeft

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2013

Steven Hoeft ’73 is known for his expertise in the field of construction and real estate litigation at the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Chicago. As one of Illinois’ top lawyers, his practice is focused on construction, real estate, securities and commodities, product liability and intellectual property litigation. He has worked extensively with manufacturers, inventors, banks, underwriters and investors, and has had first chair responsibility for jury and bench trials, preliminary injunction hearings, arbitrations and appeals.

At North Central, his extraordinary vision and leadership have been instrumental in guiding the North Central College Board of Trustees during the important transition from the presidency of Dr. Harold R. Wilde to Dr. Troy D. Hammond. He assumed the role of board chair in 2009, and in 2012 helped oversee the presidential search process, transition and inauguration. His expertise and insight have also been important to many trustee committees and the College has benefited from his work on many levels.

As a student at North Central, Steve majored in English studies and political science while becoming the third leading scorer in the history of Cardinal basketball. He also participated in track and field as a triple jumper and was chosen to appear in the 1972 edition of “Outstanding College Athletes of America.”

Steve earned a juris doctor from Northwestern University School of Law in 1976. He was named among the Leading Lawyers in Illinois in 2007, 2009 and 2010 by Leading Lawyers Network magazine. A member of the American Bar Association, he is also a member of the bars of the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (trial bar), and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits.

Steve is a resident of Naperville and the parent of four adult children, including Courtney Hoeft ’00 Rozek and Brandon ’06.

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Josh Stumpenhorst

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Alumni Recognition Award Winner 2013

Josh Stumpenhorst ’03 is being honored for his achievements as a premier educational professional. He has earned recognition in Illinois and nationally for his contributions to his students, his school and the field of education.

He was named the 2011-2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education and 2012 Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Education Association. Also in 2012, he was one of 38 public school educators who received the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, one of the nation’s most prestigious honors for public educators. In 2013, the NEA Foundation recognized Stumpenhorst as a Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow.

Josh writes about his teaching experiences on a blog he calls Stump the Teacher, which has received EduBlog Awards nominations. He was named to the Emerging Leaders Class of 2011 by the International Society of Technology Educators and is the Illinois Computer Educators’ 2012 Educator of the Year. His Tweeting and blogging about educating youngsters have earned recognition for enlightening other teachers on using social media. He shares his knowledge as professional conferences, school districts and colleges and contributes articles as SmartBrief Education and the EdReach Community.

Josh remains committed to influencing the youngsters he teaches every day at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville Community Unit School District 203, serving as the school's athletic director, boys basketball and track coach and computer club advisor. His influence and expertise extends to North Central College's education department, where he has presented to students about technology and is pursuing innovative ways to partner with the College in teacher preparation.

Graduating with a degree in social studies and minor in secondary education, he was named the College’s Outstanding Senior Man for 2003 and was a College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin champion in the triple jump. He holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and National Board Certification in early adolescence social science.

Josh, his wife Christine Guido '02 Stumpenhorst and their two sons live in Oswego, IL.

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John Giannini

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2013

John Giannini ’84, Ph.D. , a coach, author, educator and motivator, he has built a powerhouse Division I basketball program while cultivating a reputation for his basketball acumen. Head basketball coach of the La Salle University Explorers since 2004, John is La Salle’s all-time winningest coach in the Atlantic 10 conference and, in 2013, took his team to the Sweet 16, its deepest run into the NCAA tournament since 1955.

The spotlight on his successes during the college basketball tournament allowed him to share the influence of North Central College on his career, in particular a Theories of Motivation class he took as a psychology major. He also credits his coach, Athletic Hall of Fame recipient Bill Warden ’54, with inspiring his coaching career.

He began his head coaching career in 1989 at Rowan College in Glassboro, NJ. Within three years, John coached the team to the NCAA Division III Final Four and to a national championship in 1996. He left Rowan with the best winning percentage in the nation (.814) among all active NCAA coaches and was inducted into the Rowan Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. John next assumed a Division I head coaching position with the University of Maine, where he again achieved coaching success. The Maine Black Bears soon became regular conference contenders in the Atlantic East. In his eight seasons with Maine, John became the winningest coach in the program’s history and led the Black Bears to the only two 20-win seasons in school history.

Also an author, John wrote the 2008 book, “Court Sense: Winning Basketball’s Mental Game,” and has published articles for academic research journals and practical coaching publications. He also taught courses at Maine and Rowan.

In addition to his North Central degree in psychology, he holds an M. S. in physical education from the University of North Texas and a Ph.D. in kinesiology with a specialization in sports psychology from the University of Illinois. John is an honorary trustee at North Central College.

He and his wife Donna Fuhr ’85 and their two daughters live in Mullica Hill, NJ.

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Charles Bartsch

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2013

Charles Bartsch ’73 is an authority in the area of economic development and environmental community revitalization. As senior advisor for economic development to Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Charlie promotes interagency and public-private financing partnerships to spur land revitalization and site reuse. He works closely with the federal government’s Partnership for Sustainable Communities and advises the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization on area-wide planning and community revitalization financing strategies. Charlie has a leading role in developing the agency’s EJ 2014 strategy, a roadmap to help the EPA integrate environmental justice into its programs and policies. He has been an EPA point person on the White House Strong Cities/ Strong Communities recovery initiative.

Charlie’s expertise is widely sought and he often testifies before Congress on issues of economic development. He has provided training and technical assistance support in some 200 communities in more than 40 states. In 2001, he received the International Economic Development Council’s Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Service for 10 years work on brownfield policies and legislation. In 2013, he received a Brownfield Leadership award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals.

Previously, Charlie was senior fellow at IC F International where he served as the brownfields and smart growth policy expert. He has also served as director of brownfield studies at the Northeast-Mideast Institute in Washington, DC , a public policy center affiliated with the bi-partisan Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions.

Charlie studied political science at North Central College and later earned a master’s degree in urban policy and planning from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He enjoys sharing his expertise and insights with students and faculty at North Central.

Charlie resides in Washington, DC.

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Alumna's family scrapbook unveils ancestors’ deep connections to North Central College

Caitlin Schlorff recently discovered a scrapbook that revealed a fourth generation of her family’s connections to North Central College.

Caitlin “Cait” Neuman ’11 Schlorff recalls the moment when a simple request by her grandmother suddenly unearthed a treasure trove of her ancestors’ deep connections to North Central College.

They were at the family’s cabin near Eagle River, Wis., when Cait’s grandmother, Bonnie Erffmeyer ’54 McLaughlin, asked her to retrieve something from a closet. That’s where Cait discovered a scrapbook created by her maternal great-grandfather.

“My grandma had me looking for a hummingbird feeder and this scrapbook was on the top shelf,” she recalls.

Google spotlights recent North Central College graduate in video about internships

Kitt Vanderwater, a Google employee and 2012 graduate of North Central College, is featured in a Google video about its internship opportunities.

Kitt Vanderwater, a Google employee and 2012 graduate of North Central College, is featured in a Google video about its internship opportunities.

Troy D. Hammond to be inaugurated May 17 as 10th president of North Central College

The May 17 inauguration of Troy D. Hammond as 10th president of North Central College is part of a week that includes concerts and a fireworks display.

The May 17 inauguration of Troy D. Hammond as the 10th president of North Central College is part of a week that includes honors ceremonies, concerts and a fireworks display.

The inauguration occurs during Cornerstone Week, May 13-19, an annual celebration that commemorates the College’s 1870 move to Naperville from Plainfield and the laying of the cornerstone for Old Main. Some events will be webcast live. The week includes the following events:

North Central College purchases home at 409 E. Chicago Ave.

At its February meeting the North Central College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to purchase a house adjacent to campus at 409 E. Chicago Ave.

At its February meeting the North Central College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to purchase a house adjacent to campus at 409 E. Chicago Ave. The house will replace the Edward Everett Rall House as home to the College’s president.

In February 2012 the Board began evaluating the Rall House, which served the recent five presidents of the College: Edward Everett Rall, after whom the house is named; C. Harve Geiger; Arlo L. Schilling; Gael D. Swing and Harold R. Wilde.

Timothy D. Zager

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Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1987

Tim Zager is a clinical instructor at the University of Minnesota and chief of pediatrics at St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he is the director of pediatric intensive care. After graduating from North Central, Zager attended Loyola School of Medicine. In 1982, he completed his pediatric residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and has been on the medical staff of the Duluth Clinic in Duluth, Minn., since 1982. Tim and his wife, Anita Montgomery ’79 Zager, reside in Duluth. They are the parents of one daughter and one son.

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