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Inauguration Week Events

Inauguration and Cornerstone Week events May 13-19, 2013


The inauguration of President Troy D. Hammond as 10th president of North Central College highlighted a series of Cornerstone Week events May 13-19.

Monday, May 13

Last Lecture: Legendary head men’s cross country coach Al Carius delivered North Central College’s sixth annual “Last Lecture” at 7 p.m. in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center. Since coming to North Central in 1966, Carius’ cross country teams have won 15 national titles, 39 consecutive conference titles and numerous other accolades under his coaching philosophy of “Run for Fun and Personal Bests.”

Tuesday, May 14

Honors Day: Family members and other guests celebrated student scholars and their academic achievements when they were recognized during North Central College’s annual Honors Day. Honors Day includes the College’s annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research, the annual Honors Convocation, and 2013 inductions into student honor societies.

Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research Keynote Address: The public heard Dr. David Fuentes, professor of composition and theory at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., deliver the keynote address, "Do You Hear What I Hear? Listening as Research," at North Central College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research. Fuentes composes music at Calvin College for worship, television, the concert stage, theater and dance. 

Rall Symposium poster and oral presentations: Following the keynote address, the Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research continued as student-researchers present posters and oral presentations. The Rall Symposium is a forum for North Central College undergraduate students to present their independent scholarly research projects, spanning all academic areas. For descriptions of this year's presentations, visit the Honors Day schedule.

Thursday, May 16

Science Alumni Event: Alumni of North Central College science programs gathered in Madden Theatre to discuss their careers in science. A discussion was led by physicist and professor Michael Chapman, head of the Ultracold Atomic Physics and Quantum Optics research group at Georgia Tech. Chapman has cooled atoms to temperatures within a millionth of a degree of absolute zero, and his lab's research is focused on investigating the quantum behavior of atoms and photons, often at the single particle level. Participants include Blake Young '04, a chemist who works for Exelon Nuclear, and Allison Beckham '09, a general surgery resident at Loma Linda University Medical Center who recently completed her medical studies at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

Friday, May 17

Cornerstone Celebration Picnic: North Central College’s annual Cornerstone Day picnic was held at the College’s Riverwalk Gateway. The free event featured sample cuisine provided by Chartwells and 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 was provided by talented North Central College student performers.

President’s Roundtable: STEM Education in the Liberal Arts: The public was invited to hear participants discuss Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the context of a liberal arts education hosted by President Troy D. Hammond.The discussion was moderated by CBS2 Chicago reporter and weekend anchor Jim Williams. Participants included Dorothy Chappell, dean of natural and social sciences at Wheaton College; Thomas Gruenwald, vice president at 3WON, LLC and a North Central College Trustee; David Kokorowski, vice president of product management at Pearson Education; and Lisa Long, North Central College professor of English. 

Inauguration Ceremony: Invited guests gathered in Pfeiffer Hall for the inauguration of Troy D. Hammond as the 10th president in the College’s 152-year history. View video highlights of the Inauguration Ceremony.

Inaugural Ball: The North Central College community celebrated the inauguration of Troy D. Hammond as the College’s 10th president with an Inaugural Ball featuring dinner, a live band and dancing in the College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center.

Saturday, May 18

Sesquicentennial Walkway Dedication: The College formally dedicated the Sesquicentennial Walkway. The Sesquicentennial Walkway opened in fall 2012 and is a pedestrian thoroughfare through the heart of campus. The 16-foot-wide path is located between Brainard and Loomis streets and extends between Jefferson and Benton avenues.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: North Central College presented “Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: The 20th Anniversary Tour” in Pfeiffer Hall. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s irresistible live show has proven to be the singular standout among the numerous bands that launched the swing revival. 

Fireworks: A public fireworks display was set off from the practice field behind the Residence Hall/Recreation Center.

Hoodie Allen: American hip-hop artist Steven Markowitz, better known by his stage name Hoodie Allen, headlined a concert that also featured opening acts Outasight and The Ready Set in North Central College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center.

Sunday, May 19

Inaugural Worship Service: North Central College students, faculty, staff and alumni and community members were invited to a worship service in Koten Chapel at Kiekhofer Hall. Lead celebrant for the service was the Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malon, a 1990 graduate of North Central College and district superintendent for the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.

President’s Invitation to Serve: The President's Invitation to Serve took place at an Emmanuel House facility. Emmanuel House is an Aurora-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping working-class families save and work their way out of poverty. Emmanuel House operates several residences in the area where volunteers may perform repair and maintenance work. North Central College President Troy D. Hammond, members of his family and others from the North Central College community participated. 

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