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Reverend Dr. Tallulah Fisher '74 Williams Added to Wall of Witness

The late Reverend Dr. Tallulah Fisher ’74 Williams became the third name added to the Wall of Witness in Kiekhofer Hall, which honors graduates of North Central College and/or Evangelical Theological Seminary for their lives of witness to their faith and service to humanity.

“Thank you, sister, for being such a dynamic role model,” said Renetta M. Butler ’84, (right), who accepted the award at Homecoming on behalf of her sister Tallulah. “Thank you for not holding your light under a bushel. You continue to influence me and women of all colors.”

Beth Thomas '63 Zimmermann Recognized with Outstanding Alumni Award

Beth Thomas ’63 Zimmermann was honored with an Outstanding Alumni Award for her distinguished nursing career and service to North Central College as a dedicated member of the Board of Trustees and alumni board.

“As a student, I grew to love NCC and appreciate this family,” said Zimmermann, mentioning the impact of people like the Reverend George St. Angelo ’43. “The professors and staff were dedicated to the profession of teaching and learning.”

Dale Grantman '50 Honored with Outstanding Alumni Award


Dale Grantman ’50 has distinguished himself by his successful business career, dedication to service and his loyal support of his alma mater.

Dr. Lora Tyson

An inspiration to hundreds of North Central College students and aspiring educators, Lora Tyson, associate professor of education, died September 1, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. It was the very same day that more than 100 family members, friends, colleagues and College alumni gathered for a Cubs game to raise funds to support the Dr. Lora Tyson Curriculum Resource Center in Oesterle Library, which has been renamed in her honor.

Updated Cage Welcomes Students

A major renovation to the Harold and Eva White Activities Center (WAC) greeted students at the start of fall term. The Cage gained a fresh new look with new seating, lighting, flooring and new serving lines, along with two flat-screen televisions. The food stations can be closed off while the seating area remains open.

Ghana Service Trip Inspires Future Medical Student


Daniel Tice ’09, recipient of the 2008 Mironda K. Heston Scholarship for Public Service, used the funds for a medical volunteer program in Ghana.

“I had the most incredible experience of my life in Ghana,” said Tice about his one-month trip. “The culture, the people—both volunteers and Ghanians— the experience in the hospital, my host family, and even the food were all amazing. It’s one of those experiences that would be impossible to come out of unchanged.”

A Day to Remember


October 18, 2008, was a day of historical significance for North Central College, as faculty, trustees, donors, alumni, student performers and community guests witnessed the official dedication of the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center. The formal procession was accompanied by “Joyful Noise,” original music for the occasion composed by Stephen Sturk ’72.

Defining Leadership


One of the hallmarks of North Central College is an environment that nurtures leadership among today’s students—and recognizes its value as a quality that serves our alumni, staff, faculty and trustees over their lifetimes. The following profiles define leadership in the arts, academics, campus life, the community, the church and through philanthropy, and reveal how each has impacted the future of North Central College.

Hall of Fame Induction Honors Matthews

Years of dedication to athletic training education at North Central College and to the profession have resulted in special recognition for Heidi Matthews, associate professor of health and physical education and director of the athletic training education program.

Satyan Devadoss '93 Receives Alumnus Recognition Award


Satyan Devadoss ’93, a nationally recognized educator and mathematician, received the Alumnus Recognition Award for 2008. Visiting campus in October, he spoke to mathematics students about robot motion planning, derived from his extensive research in studying shapes and particle collisions.

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