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.

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.

Kristine Lipowski '08

Kristine Lipowski is project coordinator for Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She’s pursuing a master’s degree in liberal studies at Northwestern. She may be reached at kllipowski312@gmail.com.

Summer Grants Encourage Scholarship

Wendy Koenig, associate professor of art, has long been interested in Holocaust studies and found a new dimension to research as she visits museums: the atmosphere created by sound and sound design. "I realized I'd never read anything about sound in this field," she says. That inspired her to spend the past two summers experiencing and evaluating the use of sound in Holocaust museums in Skokie, IL, Washington, D.C., Augusta, ME, Detroit and at the Holocaust Tower at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany.

Brad Weiss '97

Brad Weiss writes a Radio, Media and Marketing Strategy Blog at bcarsonradio.wordpress.com. He’s also the midday host and content manager on WKQK-FM 94.1 in Memphis, TN, program director for WMFS AM/FM, executive producer for the Gary Parrish Show and a voice artist with Studio Center Memphis.

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