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Past Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients

Outstanding Alumni Awards

The Outstanding Alumni Awards are presented annually to one or more alumni who graduated more than 15 years ago, who have excelled in their careers and demonstrated service to the community and North Central College. The first award recipient was Bishop John Stamm, Class of 1909, in 1954. In 1982, the Alumni Association created the Young Alumnus Merit Award, now known as the Alumni Recognition Award, recognizing potential for success in a career, community service or support to North Central College by younger alumni within 15 years of graduation. The first recipient of this award was Robert Holmes ’66. Learn more about past recipients by visiting the alumni awards search page.

Wall of Witness

The Wall of Witness was established in 2006 to recognize and honor alumni of North Central College or the Evangelical Theological Seminary whose lives embody the values—and the commitment to principled leadership, justice and service—of our mission and heritage. The first recipient was Dante J. Germanotta ’51.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Wall of Witness Award Winner 2013

The late Reverend Dr. Wilber C. Harr ’30 was a man of deep faith and compassion, called to bring Christian teachings to people of African and Asian countries through mission work.

After a term of missionary service in Nigeria, Wilber was appointed professor of Christian missions at Evangelical Theological Seminary (ETS) in 1940. During his career, he traveled extensively throughout Africa and Asia for months at a time, visiting mission units and studying new methods in Christian mission work. In 1957, he was among the first professors at ETS to be granted a sabbatical and spent six months primarily in Africa. During his second opportunity in 1965, he visited Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Ethiopia and...

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2013

William Soper ’68, M.D. , has attained a lifelong goal to become a top surgeon and leader in the medical field. A board-certified general surgeon at Advanced Surgical Associates, S.C. in Arlington Heights, IL, he has built his career around general surgery and transplantation.

William has extensive experience in the practice of general surgery. He has been practicing in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago since 1994. Previously, he was associate director of transplantation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for 12 years.

William has held several leadership positions at area hospitals, including chief of general surgery at Northwest Community Hospital. He also has held leadership roles with the...