It’s been my pleasure in recent months to meet with alumni and other friends of the College from the East Coast to the West Coast and countless places in between. I’ve met dozens of you whose lives were changed by your North Central experience. It’s why graduates who move thousands of miles away attend North Central events whenever they can—and why they make a point of stopping by campus whenever they’re in the neighborhood.
It’s been an honor and a pleasure to get to know so many of you!
I owe a special thank you to the alumni who hosted events in their hometowns: Bill ’74 and Cheryl Naumann in San Diego; Trustee Jim M ’92 and Nancy McDermet in Seattle; and Trustee Matt Brill ’97, Trustee Lee Woolley ’85 and Honorary Trustee John Giannini ’84 in Philadelphia.
We are fortunate to have alumni transplants Carli Franks ’05, our new Alumni Board president, and Brant Roth ’04 enthusiastic about hosting a Brilliant Future event in Denver this fall. At a Denver event in 2015, we connected with John M ’90 and Karen Stolz. Their new scholarship and John’s career counseling are directly benefitting our student-veterans (see p. 3). John and Karen also have established a generous estate gift.
These alumni, and many others, have “signed the beam” as I like to say. What does that mean? In March, we celebrated a significant milestone when we held a “Topping-Out” celebration for the new Science Center.* This involved placing a final piece of structural steel into the building. Before installing it, we invited students, faculty, staff, elected officials and neighbors to sign the beam with Cardinal red and black markers.
A first-year student summed up the event beautifully: “It’s cool to have my name there even if I’m not a science major. This is a big moment in North Central’s history and [signing the beam] makes us all feel a part of it.”
We rarely get to see our connections demonstrated in such a dramatic and tangible way. I’ve never been prouder to belong to our amazing North Central family! Whether you make a financial gift to the Campaign or contribute your time and energy to help make this College the best it can be, you can “sign the beam” for the next generation of students. I hope you will!
Meanwhile, I’ll continue traveling the country. Watch the alumni website (northcentralcollege.edu/alumni) for new events coming up in St. Louis, Minneapolis, Tampa, Phoenix, Denver and Chicago. They offer great ways to connect socially with other alumni and to hear firsthand about the impressive work being done at your alma mater. I think you’ll be very proud. I know I am!
Troy D. Hammond, Ph.D. President Professor of Physics