Homecoming 2007 Preview

CHICAGO, IL (July 16, 2007) – North Park University alumnus and internationally known psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman will speak at the Homecoming chapel service at 10 a.m. on September 30.

Leman is the author of 30 books, including The Birth Order Book, Making Children Mind without Losing Yours, and Becoming the Parent God Wants You to Be. He has been featured on the three network morning news programs as well as major television talk shows, including Oprah, Live with Regis, and The View.

Homecoming festivities begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, with a pep rally in the Gymnasium. The film "Back to the Future" will be shown on The Hump at 8 p.m.

North Park's annual Reunion Breakfast gets Saturday the 29th started at 8:30 a.m. The Second Annual River Run will start at 10:30 a.m., with a youth race starting at 11:30 a.m. Nearly 4,000 people are expected to run, says Rick Yngve, director of alumni relations. Roughly 2,500 runners participated last year.

The annual banquet will be held at 7 p.m. on September 29. At this gathering, the Distinguished Alumna Award will be presented to 1985 graduate Claudia Freed and the Up & Coming Young Alumnus Award will be presented to Mike Wickham, a member of the class of 1997, who was featured in an article earlier this year.

Fans can cheer on the Vikings at several sporting events. The volleyball team will take on Augustana College at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Gymnasium. Also at 7 p.m., the men's soccer team will face off against Illinois Wesleyan. The football team will tackle North Central College at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Holmgren Athletic Complex. Later that night, the women's soccer team will match up against Illinois Wesleyan University at 7 p.m. at the Complex.

This year, the Art Department is sponsoring an open call for submissions to the gallery. All artists who attended North Park are eligible. Original artwork in all media including sculpture, ceramics, print, painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, and digital are welcome. Each artist is encouraged to enter up to four works. Selection will be made from entries by digital photographs sent via disc or email. All entries must be submitted prior to September 1 for review by the selection committee. Go to www.northpark.edu/alumni to download the application and details about the submission process, or contact Tim Lowly at tlowly@northpark.edu.

Various workshops, special-interest gatherings and tours – including a Frank Lloyd Wright Architectural Bus Tour all day Friday – also will be part of the celebration. For more information, including the cost of registration for different events, please see North Park Homecoming.