North Central College - Naperville, IL

President's Message

"At this institution, teaching comes first. Great teaching isn’t just about reaching the most talented students … it’s about reaching every student.” This fall, when U.S. News & World Report once again named North Central College as one of the 80 best places in the nation for undergraduate teaching, the magazine confirmed what all of us committed to this college know and believe. Great teaching is our raison d’etre, our reason for existence. And that teaching takes place all over campus.

Gary Ireland: Challenging New Leaders

Formerly the College's dean of students, Ireland is now sharing his 25 years of experience by teaching graduate-level classes and mentoring graduate assistants. Most of the students in his fall term class are specializing in the new higher education leadership track within the master of leadership studies program.

Campus Community Prepares for Sesquicentennial Celebration

In less than a year—on 11/11/11—North Central College will celebrate its 150th anniversary marking the day students first attended classes on November 11, 1861, at what was then Plainfield College.

Faculty and staff gathered in Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center on 11/11/10 to learn about the goals of the Sesquicentennial celebration, the various events that will mark the historic occasion and the building displays, published books and videos that will document the College's first 150 years.

Mike Koon '93

Mike Koon served as lead clinician on behalf of the National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers at Bloomington High School. The clinic addresses the P.A. announcer’s role, the Do’s and Don’ts of announcing football, how to handle emergency situations, scriptwriting and working with a spotter. Koon is assistant sports information director and the voice of University of Illinois football.

Raj Cherian '06

Raj Cherian is a credit analyst at JPMorgan Chase. He has also been commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army-National Guard and is assigned to the 1175th Military Police Co. as a platoon leader.

North Central College Welcomes A State-Of-The-Art Bookstore

The corner of Jefferson Avenue and Ellsworth Street was transformed this fall by the swank renovation of the former art building into a free-standing campus bookstore.

Mark Vander Kooi '95

Mark Vander Kooi was named the Chicago Bears High School Coach of the Week for week five 2010. Vander Kooi is in his second season as head coach of the Lincoln-Way West High School football program in New Lenox, IL. As part of the honor, the Bears are donating $1,500 to Lincoln-Way West’s program, and Vander Kooi will be invited to the Bears-Patriots game on December 12 where he’ll be recognized during an on-field ceremony.

Nora Manca '06

Nora Manca is president and artistic director of Storefront Shakespeare, a mobile theater company that incorporates nontraditional staging of Shakespeare’s classic plays with a modern, urban touch. Its first shows were produced in a vacant storefront in Geneva, IL, and a yoga studio in Naperville. The cast of 25 actors performed “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” using Promenade, a nontraditional form of theatre in which the entire space becomes the stage and the cast engages the audience in an interactive theatre experience.

North Central College Homecoming 2010

Hundreds of alumni along with students, faculty, staff, trustees and parents had plenty to cheer about during a spirited four-day Homecoming Weekend.

The festivities began Thursday evening with a performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and continued with the Alumni Awards, Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, the parade, pep rally, football game, reunions, receptions and all-around good fun.

Steve Heye '96

Steve Heye is web project manager for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. He has more than 10 years experience working for nonprofit organizations. He writes a blog at steveheye.blogspot.com about how organizations can better leverage their use of technology.

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