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Homecoming 2010 A Great Success!

2010 Alumni Award Recipients with the Parkyns

CHICAGO, IL (October 11, 2010) – Several changes in the traditional Homecoming schedule enabled attendees to participate in more major events this year, said Melissa Velez-Luce, manager of Alumni Relations.

The awards banquet was combined with the reunion breakfast, at which the distinguished alumni winners were honored. The two were combined at the suggestion of alumni, who noted that banquet often conflicted with privately hosted class reunion celebrations.

“We really wanted to give people that opportunity to get together with their classes,” said Melissa Velez-Luce, As a result, 250 people packed Hamming Hall on Saturday morning.

Award Winners

North Park Academy Distinguished Alumni

Judy (Ericson) Anderson (A’65, C’69) of Monroe, Washington. Along with her husband, Dick, Anderson founded HEAL Africa, a teaching hospital, in the Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma. The city is in the nation’s eastern and most war-torn area. HEAL Africa operates a teaching hospital in Goma that specializes in orthopedic surgery and gynecological surgery.

North Park University Distinguished Alumni

Robert and Janet Thornbloom served 44 years as Evangelical Covenant Church missionaries to Congo. Robert (A’58, JC ’69) was born in the African nation.

Up-and-Coming Alumni Award

Sarah Satterberg (C’2000, G’2008) is director of administration for Shelter for Life International, which fosters economic development in regions devastated by war and natural disasters. The organization’s primary focus currently is in Afghanistan.

Other Events

Hundreds of people attended the Block Party, which was held in the gymasium. The Block Party has been a popular annual tradition since it began in 2006.

The party had been held outside until last year, when it had to be moved into the gym at the last minute due to forecasts of severe rain. People still had such a great time that the school decided to continue the tradition in the gym.

“It’s a great way to not only provide something fun for our alumni and students but also a way to offer something special for the neighborhood,” said Velez-Luce.

The North Park Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were held Friday night. In addition to the seven individuals welcomed into the Hall, the undefeated 1949 Academy football team and 1950 undefeated Academy basketball team also were inducted.

Individuals inducted were: Stacy (Albrecht) Metoyer, Craig Hancock, Michelle (Hayden) Smith, Craig King, Robert Mattick, Andrea Mendyk, and Krista (Thyreen) Larson. The individual inductees were introduced during halftime of Saturday’s football game against Elmhurst. Records of their achievements were added to the new Hall of Fame display case in Carlson Tower.

Other events included an architectural boat cruise, and the Ensemble Espanol Flamenco Dance Theater.