North Central College - Naperville, IL

It's Time to Celebrate!

North Central College is making plans to celebrate its Sesquicentennial! The academic year 2011-2012 promises to be a memorable milestone for the College, with special events, publications and displays on campus designed to remind alumni, students, faculty, friends and community members of the rich traditions that began with the founding of humble Plainfield College 150 years ago in 1861.

North Central College maps potential sites for new Science Center

This summer, the Naperville City Council approved a 10-year update to the College’s Master Land Use Plan.

Topping the list of potential projects that city staff, council members and the public reviewed is a new $40 million to $50 million science center that would replace Kroehler Science Center. The structure would be designed to foster a more interdisciplinary approach to teaching sciences, and the teaching facilities would be built to integrate classroom lectures and lab activities in the same space.

“Going pro” means coaching, mentoring, teaching, scouting


Former Cardinal basketball player Tony Thompson ’90 of Nashville, TN, knows a thing or two about college basketball and he’s using his experiences to influence the lives of hundreds of young players.

Tenure and Promotions

North Central’s Board of Trustees approved the following faculty for tenure, promotion and emeritus status at the Trustee meeting, May 21-22, 2010:

For tenure and promotion to associate professor: Martha Bohrer, associate professor of English

Perry Hamalis, associate professor of religious studies

For promotion to professor:Stephen Maynard Caliendo, professor of political science

Lisa Long, professor of English

Heidi Matthews, professor of health and physical education

Wioleta Polinska, professor of religious studies

Annual Dissinger Awards honor the best

Three professors and two administrative staff members received annual Dissinger Awards for outstanding teaching, scholarship and service.

Board names Life Trustee and new Trustee

The College’s Board of Trustees in May voted to recognize, John D. Bramsen ’60, as a Life Trustee after 19 years of service to the board. Bramsen majored in mathematics at North Central and then pursued his master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Illinois. During his doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, he studied the application of math to sociological theory, which inspired his research as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Colorado. He later returned to Chicago to work at Spraying Systems Company, a business founded by his father.

Student government targets fitness center completion


The reality of a new state-of-the-art fitness facility in the Res/Rec Center is on the horizon.

“While living in Res/Rec last year, I personally noticed the need for a new fitness center available for all students,” says Chris Smith ’10.

Kyle Brady '10

Kyle Brady ’10 enjoyed a senior year that other student-athletes can only dream about.

Kyle Brady ’10 enjoyed a senior year that other student-athletes can only dream about. Brady achieved a rare triple crown in national collegiate distance running events, becoming the first Division III athlete and just the 12th in collegiate history to achieve All-America status on national championship teams in all three sports in the same academic year. He first contributed to a team championship with a 21st-place finish at the NCAA Division III National Championships in cross country.

Eliseo Martinez '10 and Amanda Broaddus '10

Music education majors Eliseo Martinez ’10 and Amanda Broaddus ’10 will achieve their dreams of teaching music next year.

Music education majors Eliseo Martinez ’10 and Amanda Broaddus ’10 will achieve their dreams of teaching music next year. Broaddus, the 2010 Outstanding Major in Music Education, will teach at the high school she attended, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley in Gibson City, IL. She completed her student teaching at York High School last fall and when her interviewers from Gibson City asked her to demonstrate her conducting skills, she returned to York to teach for a day.

Alumnus is at leading edge of design technology

Robert “Buzz” Kross ’87 helps lead a company with an understated name—Autodesk—but the $1.7 billion software firm is a major player and worldwide leader in 2D and 3D design, which supports everything from the design of BMWs and Apple iPads to digital movie effects.

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