I have been thinking about the power of 3 percent.
A few months ago, I celebrated my five-year anniversary with North Central College. With all we’ve accomplished, it’s hard to believe those years represent just 3 percent of the College’s 157-year history.
But I shouldn’t be surprised. In my first few weeks at the College I made it my goal to meet 1,000 alumni—and that’s when I knew we would achieve great things. You are an astonishing group. I’ve met many more alumni and friends since then, and I continue to grow more and more impressed.
I appreciate your support as together we’ve...
added or renovated more than 209,000 square feet of physical space in 2016-2017 to enrich the academic and cocurricular experience of our students;
created powerful new academic offerings in engineering, occupational therapy, health science, neuroscience and environmental studies … and integrated the Shimer Great Books School into the College;
continued recruiting the country’s best faculty and restructured the academic enterprise to become more nimble and creative;
maintained a strong and vibrant undergraduate population supported by outstanding programs (see page 16 to learn about our NASPA award for Cardinal First); and
launched the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the College’s history—and nearly reached its halfway mark!
That’s an impressive five years, but we’re just getting started. As I write this letter, faculty are planning for the semester calendar transition and re-imagining the general education program. We also recently opened the Center for Social Impact, which builds on the College’s proud tradition of social activism and civic engagement.
But many things are also taking place behind the scenes. Consider our baseball team, which you may recall qualified for the NCAA Division III World Series last May. Each year, the team’s faculty mentors—Mara Berkland, professor of communication; Gregory Wolf, professor of German; and Katherine Heller, associate professor of mathematics—hold résumé- and cover letter-writing workshops for our junior baseball players.
With support like that, it’s no surprise that 95 percent of the Class of 2016 were employed, attending graduate school or pursuing service work within six months of Commencement. That far exceeds the national average of 81 percent.
Thanks to the support of alumni and friends like you—as well as talented faculty and staff and a deeply committed Board—we’re building a foundation for the College we aspire to become.
My thanks to all of you. Here’s to another 3 percent!
Troy D. Hammond, Ph.D. President Professor of Physics
"You are an astonishing group. I’ve met many more alumni and friends since then, and I continue to grow more and more impressed."