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.

Keith Feiler '66

Keith Feiler is adjunct instructor of economics and finance at North Central College. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from DePaul University.

Scott Stratton '02

Scott Stratton played a lead role, Lucky, in the musical “Dames at Sea” at Skylight Opera Theatre in the Cabot Theatre in Wisconsin, which ran September 17 to October 3. A comedy, “Dames at Sea” includes moving love songs and rollicking tap numbers. He lives in Lake Geneva, WI.

Heather Coon: Finding Her Destiny

As a graduate student at the University of Michigan, Associate Professor of Psychology Heather Coon thought she was headed for a research career in social and cultural psychology. Then she realized that classroom teaching at a small college was her destiny and ultimately landed at North Central College. She obviously found her true calling, winning the 2010 Dissinger Award for Senior Faculty thanks to student nominations.

Stuart Allen '68

Stuart Allen retired as pastor of Prairie du Chien United Methodist in Wisconsin in June. In retirement he’ll serve as minister to seniors at Cargill United Methodist Church in Janesville, WI.

Janelle Layland '02 Zenner

Janelle Layland Zenner and her husband Joshua opened J Rae Boutique in The Promenade in Bolingbrook, IL. The boutique features natural stone and Swarovski crystal jewelry, unique sterling silver pieces, evening bags, leather and vegan leather bags and wearable art. The couple aims to offer customers fashionable jewelry, bridging the gap between costume and high-end jewelry. They also own Charlotte Then and Now, a wholesale jewelry business that specializes in women’s fundraising events. Visit J Rae Boutique on Facebook.

Alex Pirela '13: Ready, Willing, and Able

It's easy for Alex Pirela '13 to articulate why he was motivated to become an RA. "I want to guide first-year students in their transition from high school," he says. "There are so many challenges that you can help them with: living conditions, class schedules and time management."

Pirela wants them to know that "college sets us up for the rest of our lives. How we treat another person, achieve a goal in class and form habits will make us or break us in real life."

Dan Stellato '78

Dan Stellato has been 1st Ward Alderman on the St. Charles City Council since 1995 and presented part of the state of the city address with mayor Don DeWitte at a forum hosted by the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce. He’s chairman of the planning and development committee and past chairman of the government operations committee, government services committee and 1st Street task force.

Amy Clarke '03 Sievers

Amy Clarke Sievers was promoted to director of student involvement/associate director of the First-Year Experience at North Central College. She lives in Glen Ellyn, IL, and may be reached at aeclarkesievers@noctrl.edu.

Syndicate content