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Steve Albanese '07

Steve Albanese was named 2010-2011 Coach of the Year by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) San Diego Section. He coached the Ramona High School boys cross country team to the CIF San Diego Section’s Division II cross country championship in 2010 with the top three finishers. He is also the assistant coach for distance runners with Ramona’s track and field program.

Ross Przybylski '05

Ross Przybylski, an entrepreneur and video game developer, hosted a presentation on North Central’s campus called “How To Become Your Own Game Developer With Adobe Flash.” He told the audience of students and community members how he used Adobe Flash to develop the game Hero Mages, a cross-platform, multiplayer Web and mobile game. He demonstrated how his game works on any platform, including a desktop personal computer, Apple iPad and Android smart phone. Hero Mages has won multiple competitive awards and has amassed a community of more than 8,000 registered players.

Nicholas Janssen '05

Nicholas Janssen received Naperville Community Unit School District 203’s Outstanding Early Educator Award for his work as choral director at Naperville North High School. Janssen has taught music at all levels, from kindergarten through college. He has taught music at North Central College, and is artistic director of show choirs at Naperville’s School of Performing Arts, where he also serves as a musical theatre director and voice/piano instructor.

Physics majors finishing with a big bang

Physics majors landed Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships
North Central physics majors have yielded a bumper crop of highly prestigious research internships at Department of Energy National Laboratories.

North Central physics majors have yielded a bumper crop of highly prestigious research internships at Department of Energy National Laboratories.  All four senior physics majors landed Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) and during the fall term will be gaining high-level research experiences that will prepare them for graduate school as well as careers in engineering, physics and other technical fields. The SULI program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and accepted students receive funds for housing and travel along with a stipend. 

Faculty and staff recognized for outstanding service, teaching, scholarship

North Central College recognizes faculty and administrative staff members for outstanding teaching, scholarship and service “above and beyond the call of duty.”

North Central College recognized faculty and administrative staff members for their outstanding teaching, scholarship and service “above and beyond the call of duty” for the 2011-2012 academic year. Each was presented with endowed awards established in memory of two North Central College alumni—Clarence F. Dissinger, Class of 1921, and his sister Ruth C. Dissinger Althaus, Class of 1922. With the exception of the scholarship prize, awards were based on student, faculty and staff nominations and announced in May 2012.

The administrative staff award recipients are:

Alumnus lands supreme opportunity

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Kenton Skarin ’04 has reached the upper echelon of the legal profession. He was appointed to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court law clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas for the 2012-2013 session and began his assignment in July after moving his family from Wheaton, IL, to Alexandria, VA, for the year.

“I really consider this as the opportunity of a lifetime—I’m one of the luckiest guys alive and North Central was the beginning point,” he says.

State approves North Central College graduate degree in education leadership

Kristine Servais, coordinator of the master of arts in education degree program
The State of Illinois has approved North Central College’s graduate program that prepares candidates to become school leaders.

The State of Illinois has approved North Central College’s graduate program that prepares candidates to become principals and other school leaders.

North Central College for many years has offered a master’s of education (MAEd) degree.

But the state has legislated new and more rigorous requirements for all principal-preparation programs, and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) must approve all newly designed programs by Sept. 1.

Special awards presented during 2012 Commencement

North Central College recognized several members of the College community with awards, emerita status during its 147th Commencement exercises June 9.

North Central College recognized several members of the College community with awards and emerita status during its 147th Commencement exercises on June 9.

North Central College remembers Life Trustee Rita Harvard 1929-2012

Life Trustee Rita G. Harvard
North Central College remembers the life and service of Life Trustee Rita G. Harvard, a Naperville native, community leader and loyal friend of the College.

North Central College is remembering Life Trustee Rita G. Harvard, a Naperville native, community leader and loyal friend of the College, who passed away on June 15, 2012. She was 82.

Harvard’s many connections to Naperville made a significant impact on the College, including her role as honorary chair of community fundraising for the $30 million Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center.

2012 faculty tenure and promotions announced

2012 faculty tenure and promotions announced

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The North Central College Board of Trustees recently granted tenure and approved promotions to several faculty members effective with the start of the 2012-2013 academic year in September. These faculty are:



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