North Central College has always been a student-centered institution. Everything we do, from teaching to coaching to groundskeeping, supports student learning and success.
This College is truly great not only because students energize the community while they’re here—but because they continue to do so long after they graduate. Their loyalty to this College humbles me.
I thought about this as I listened to Ryan Dowd ’00 (pictured above) as he addressed the Class of 2018 at Commencement, inspiring all of us to serve our fellow human beings while looking at them through a new lens.
I considered such loyalty again when I met William Norris ’96, who shared his expertise in financial planning with students, helping them prepare for the future by becoming more financially literate. A broader effort to establish a Center for Financial Literacy on campus is led by another loyal alumnus, Ryan Decker ’07, who I’m pleased to say is an assistant professor of economics in our School of Business and Entrepreneurship.
“This College is truly great not only because students energize the community while they’re here—but because they continue to do so long after they graduate.”
I was moved by an outpouring of loyalty among the crowd of alumni on campus celebrating the 50th anniversary of WONC-FM 89.1 and the retirement of John Madormo after 38 years as professor, mentor and radio station general manager. His legacy was feted by alumni like Laura Botten ’08, who like many others, credits her success to Madormo.
And I thought of the enduring loyalty of trustee Jim McDermet M ’92, who graciously agreed to take on an expanded role as chair of the North Central College Board of Trustees as Steve Hoeft ’73 completed nine years of outstanding leadership in this position.
Nearly every day, alumni like Sarah Crutchfield ’02 Schmigdall visit campus and generously demonstrate their loyalty with financial gifts. Young alumni are stepping up with scholarship support, a very meaningful expression of loyalty to their alma mater.
Alumni give back to this institution in ways big and small, from areas near and far, in ways private and public ... every day. I’m immeasurably grateful for their generosity. Without them, we would not be—could not be—the outstanding institution that we are today.
Thank you for all that you do for North Central College. You are the best friends any college could hope to have.
Troy D. Hammond, Ph.D. President Professor of Physics