North Central College - Naperville, IL

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

Ryan Freed '10

Ryan Freed is vice president at Suburban Real Estate. He works for Bryan Barus ’90, CEO of Suburban Real Estate and a member of North Central’s Board of Trustee Associates. Freed and his wife Molly Link ’10 Freed reside in Batavia, IL.

Dusty Gilbreth '09

Dusty Gilbreth is program manager and youth baseball instructor at The Infield in South Elgin. He makes it his priority to set young pitchers on a path to long-lasting arm health. With a background in baseball and a certification as a personal trainer, he has built a program designed to help young baseball players maximize their potential. “After studying personal training, I started to understand what it takes to keep a young, healthy arm,” he said.

Mike Deger '00

Mike Deger retired from a 46-year career at Block Electric in Niles, IL. He began that career at age 12 by sweeping floors and cleaning the outside grounds, and when he left he was chief executive officer/executive vice president. Deger attended North Central, 1991-2000, earning his degree to help fulfill that role. The Science and Math Excellence Network has been one of his passions and he’s served as a board member since 1998. The organization helps underprivileged children in Chicago so they have the same opportunities in math and science education as suburban children.

Dawn Pleas-Bailey '90

Dawn Pleas-Bailey was awarded the Ethel and Allen “Buddy” Carruth Sustained Leadership in Education Award at the University of Pennsylvania. The award recognizes individuals who serve as an inspiration to others, transcend expectations and provide significant service to the education community. Pleas-Bailey is vice president of student life and special assistant to the president for community engagement at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS. She has built the school’s reputation as a high-quality institution that provides academic and social opportunities to low-income families.

Nancy Kruschke '89

Nancy Kruschke is founder and owner of Successful Organizing Solutions (S.O.S.), which helps both individuals and entire businesses increase their effectiveness and efficiency through organizing skills and practices. She began her organizing career with 10 years professional experience at American Express Financial Advisors, where she earned her Certified Financial Planner designation.

Michael Korinek '87

Michael Korinek is a Northwestern Mutual financial representative and received the company’s Top Producer award based on an outstanding year of helping clients achieve financial security.  He lives in Naperville with his wife Laurie.

Steve Kirin '82

Steve Kirin is chief executive officer of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). He brings more than 25 years work experience covering a variety of industries with high levels of experience in management, sales and marketing and operations. He is responsible for the overall operational performance of the company and has played an integral role in turning around the infrastructure and direction of NCBTMB in the past year.

New North Central College students discover possibilities during Orientation

Hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College during Orientation.

During summer 2013 Orientation sessions, hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College.

From study abroad courses to athletic teams to clubs and organizations, Orientation serves to inform students about options so they can begin to plan their years of study and make the most of their experience at North Central College.

Summer research students to discuss scholarly work during Aug. 1 poster session

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

The SURC poster session takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in Smith Hall of Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. (The session previously was scheduled to take place in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center). Most of the 40 students who participated in the 2013 SURC will be present.

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