North Central College - Naperville, IL

Charles Lee '57

Charles Lee is the author of “The Threat from Within.” The thriller tells how an Eastern European research institute, intent on eliminating America as a world superpower, developed the means to attack and destroy the mental capacity of American teenagers via cell phone radiation. He is also the author of the book “The Adventures of Ickle, Packy, Pickle and Gooch.” After graduating from North Central, Lee earned his master’s degree in mass communications from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He then served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Lowell “Bud” Berger '48

Lowell “Bud” Berger was honored in February as an inductee into Naperville Central High School’s (NCHS) first Hall of Fame class. Berger began his teaching career at NCHS in 1951 and retired in 1985. He taught physical education and coached the track and cross country teams, serving as head track coach for 15 years. Under his leadership as head coach, NCHS won 13 straight track and field conference championships. Berger introduced cross country to NCHS and under his leadership built a record of 140 wins, 17 losses and nine consecutive conference championships.

Exercise science graduate Steve Hlavac uses his business to help others

Steve Hlavac ’12, owner of Beyond Measure Training, with Kate Crawford ’12
Steve Hlavac ’12, founder of Beyond Measure Training in Naperville, combines his passion for fitness and training to launch business, help others.

“Helping people is my goal,” says Steve Hlavac ’12, founder and owner of Beyond Measure Training in Naperville. His business was founded on that principle and his life reflects it.

Steve Hlavac ’12 has always loved fitness and training. An exercise science graduate, he’s the all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards in Cardinal football and was an outfielder in baseball. That passion led to helping college friends with personal training and evolved into a career and the launch of Beyond Measure Training.

Revived Naperville Marathon attracts top alumni

Yonatan Mascote ’13 claims first place in the men's marathon
North Central College alumni—three men and three women—were among the top 5 finishers in the Nov. 10 Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon.

North Central College alumni were among the top finishers in the Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon, which started and finished at the College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center on Nov. 10. The first male runner across the finish line in the marathon was Yonatan Mascote ’13, and first among the women in the half marathon was Amber Druien ’07.  

These North Central College alumni placed in the top 5:
Marathon (1,079 finishers)
1.  Yonatan Mascote ’13, 2:34:25 time
2.  Brian Scott ’00, 2:40:43 time

North Central College names Colin Loeffler its 2013 Lincoln Laureate

Colin Loeffler
Senior Colin Loeffler, a theatre and English literature double major and a leader in many campus programs, is North Central College’s Lincoln Laureate.

Colin Loeffler has been named North Central College’s 2013 Lincoln Laureate. A senior from Sun Prairie, Wis., Loeffler is double majoring in theatre and English literature and active in the music department and many campus programs.

“Colin is a formidable scholar, whose work in classes is often graduate level. He excels as an artist and student leader and is an extraordinary role model in all his endeavors,” says Lisa Long, professor of English at North Central College.

Scholarship winner overcomes obstacles to plot out a course for success

Abigail Escatel ’15 is applying a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship to prepare for career in higher education.

Abigail Escatel ’15 started her college career with the goal of becoming a paralegal. She so enjoyed her studies that she’s decided to pursue a career in higher education with the dream of becoming a college president. “After I started taking classes I realized I liked learning and didn’t want to stop,” says Escatel about her studies at College of DuPage (COD) before transferring to North Central.

North Central College announces site selection for new science center

The North Central College Board of Trustees has selected a location for a new science center.

During its annual fall meeting the North Central College Board of Trustees selected a location for a new science center that will create exciting new educational opportunities for students and transform the campus.

After careful consideration the Board has determined that the new science center will be located south of Van Buren Avenue between Loomis and Brainard streets, within the boundaries of the College and University District designated by the City of Naperville.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

Scholar explores Iceland for thesis research

Ian Wright ’14 visited Iceland to conduct research on local folklore for his College Scholar Honors Thesis.

As students return to classes and share stories of their summer adventures, Ian Wright ’14 is among those with the best tales to tell.

Wright spent three and a half weeks in Iceland conducting research for his College Scholar Honors Thesis. He explored areas of spectacular scenery while learning more about the connection between the harsh landscape of the country and the popular belief in the “hidden people” who dwell among rocks, cliffs and fields.

Disabilities are no obstacle for North Central broadcasting major

Ryan Henders ’14 utilizes his guide dog Irby and support from the North Central College community as he pursues dream of broadcasting and enjoys campus life.

Ryan Henders ’14 utilizes Irby, his black lab and canine roommate, to navigate campus and just about everything else. A guide dog, Irby arrived at North Central College when Henders transferred to pursue his dream of studying broadcasting at a smaller campus.

Nearly blind, Henders was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma, a rare type of eye cancer in both eyes, when he was 9 months old. “I can see certain things like the figure of a person, but I have no depth perception or ability to see how close someone or something is,” says Henders.

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