As North Parkers, we know “a life of significance and service” as the catchphrase used often in jest and almost always taken for granted when meant in earnest. There are a few North Park alumni, however, who have dedicated their careers to significance and service in all sincerity. Some of them have even done so in Chicago, making our corner on Foster & Kedzie very proud. Casey Smagala has done so in our very own neighborhood of Albany Park. Since graduating in 2012 with a degree in American Government & Politics, he has been serving at the Albany Park Community Center (APCC) in successively larger roles. Now he is running for election to the Chicago City Council as Alderman for the 39th ward. After a decade of partnering passionately with our community and becoming one of Albany Park’s strongest advocates, Casey has clearly identified a significant path of service. He plans to “reshape a city that works for everyone” according to his campaign website which highlights North Park students and Albany Park residents at the forefront of the page. He still identifies strongly with our university, going so far as to come back and give guest lectures in undergraduate classes as well as drawn students’ attention to internships and volunteer opportunities at the APCC. See more at his campaign website.