North Central College - Naperville, IL

Leadership, Ethics & Values: An Enduring Mission

It has been 20 years since North Central College President Gael Swing announced a “distinctive new program,” designed to “help train not only tomorrow’s leaders, but to help present-day decision-makers as well.” He called it “Leadership, Ethics and Values” (LEV), noting that “the program may be new, but the concept is an outgrowth of our heritage and our mission—to provide a liberal arts education designed to prepare students to live free, ethically responsible and intellectually rewarding lives.”

Realizing the Vision Through Academics and Engagement Outside the Classroom

Danielle Cifonie ’10 admits she didn’t know what the new Blue Key Society was all about when she was inducted in May 2008. Now president of North Central College’s chapter, which honors campus leaders, she is part of a very visible effort to help students integrate Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) into their college careers.

“Blue Key members serve as LEV ambassadors and get the word out to students about how to get involved in LEV activities and how they can add a minor or concentration in LEV,” says Cifonie, organizational communication major.

Leader put ethics, values to work in real world

Lori Nita 02 Novak sees the principles she studied in the Leadership, Ethics and Values program applied in her line of work on a daily basis. As assistant vice president for foreign exchange at Newedge USA in Chicago, she oversees sales transactions for the firm, which offers brokerage services to institutional investors and fund managers.

With Ponzi schemes and other unethical behavior contributing to the worldwide financial crisis, Novak understands the value of conducting business with integrity.

The Schneller Family Legacy

The Schneller sisters’ generosity will leave a lasting legacy at North Central College. Their philanthropy, announced following the death of Mary Schneller ’33 Rosar in January, when combined with earlier contributions, will provide direct benefits to students for generations to come and create a total endowment of nearly $10 million, among the largest in North Central College’s nearly 150-year history.

A Legacy of Science: College shapes vision for a 21st century science facility

For a college which numbers among its graduates many nationally and internationally recognized doctors, scientists, engineers and teachers of science, it’s hard to believe that four decades ago the future of science at North Central College was very much in doubt. The merger of the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) and Methodist churches in 1968 dramatically affected the EUB church’s historic role in supplying North Central with students and financial support.

Schafer influences policy through “green” legislators

From a one-man office in Washington, D.C., Adam Schafer ’96 has the potential to affect water quality of the Great Lakes, greenhouse gas emissions in New England and climate change in the West.

"Trail of Tears", Multicultural Affairs spring break trip

Nine students gave up warm weather and headed northward for their spring break to learn more about Native American history and culture. They spent a week living with residents of the Mohican reservation called Stockbridge-Munsee, located near Shawano, WI.

Peace corps volunteer finds familiar issues in new culture

Unemployment makes the news nearly every day, but Emily MacGruder ’06 is tackling the issue in a country that doesn’t make the evening news: Tonga. Assigned to the island nation in 2007 through the Peace Corps, MacGruder works with the Ministry of Training, Employment, Youth and Sports to help unemployed Tongans.

Marathon winner also “runs” Chicago Marathon

Jeremy Borling ’02 likes to run marathons, but come October 11, he’ll be too busy helping run the Chicago Marathon to run in it. As communications manager for Chicago Event Management—which organizes the Chicago Marathon for sponsor Bank of America—Borling oversees print publications for several audiences and the marathon’s website. And for the first time, he will coordinate the participation of elite runners from around the globe.

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