North Central College's 2017 homecoming weekend, Oct. 20-22, will be a historic celebration.
The college's Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.
Wentz, the center's benefactor, is a renowned scientist, 1963 alumnus and honorary trustee of the college. He will attend and offer remarks at the dedication.
The science center dedication will take place at the southwest exterior entrance. A reception begins at 4:30 p.m. inside Ratio Hall, followed by guided tours throughout the 125,000-square-foot building.
The center features 18 teaching labs, 16 research labs, 15 classrooms/seminar rooms, a lecture hall, 19 student gathering spaces, 53 faculty offices, a greenhouse, and Ratio Hall, where many academic and public functions take place.
The center opened for classes in March and was fully operational when fall classes began in September.
In addition, this homecoming will be the first to include Shimer College alumni, faculty and students. In June, North Central acquired the Shimer Great Books program of Shimer College. Its students, faculty and alumni remain Shimerians and are now part of the Cardinal community.
Shimerians will celebrate their reunion on the Naperville campus Saturday, Oct. 21. Afternoon events include a panel discussion, seminars and campus tours.
They will join North Central College alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends for the Homecoming Reunion Celebration Saturday evening. Four Shimerian alumni will be recognized at the evening celebration and presented with a North Central College medal to celebrate the historic integration of the Shimer Great Books School.
North Central's homecoming weekend will include many annual traditions: induction of six members to the Athletic Hall of Fame, parade through campus, football game vs. Augustana College, concert featuring all student ensembles, theater production, various reunion gatherings, a worship service, and recognition of six outstanding North Central alumni at the reunion celebration Oct. 21.