North Central College - Naperville, IL

Behind the scenes: Students key to staging events

Jared Grebner '11Jared Grebner ’11 (left) had been working with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra for weeks as the College’s advance contact for a performance in February. He had arranged for hotel rooms, a rehearsal schedule and catered meal. Everything was going smoothly until disaster struck: the orchestra ran out of spaghetti during the pre-show dinner. “I had to run over to Kaufman and find more pasta,” says Grebner.

Weekend Life Thrives

Kelly Carew ’10 remembers her first year on campus when she spent many weekend evenings hanging out at Rall Hall. “My friends and I would struggle to come up with something to do on the weekends,” she says. “Now it’s a habit that we go to programs on Saturday night—the campus has become alive.”

A Family Tree of Cardinals

Editor’s note: Jessica Lagodney ’10, a fourth-generation graduate of North Central and English: print journalism major, wrote a longer version of this essay for her Magazine Writing class.

Mock Trial Team Advances to National Tournament

When seven members of the Mock Trial team advanced to compete in the American Mock Trial Association national tournament in March, they didn’t know they’d be facing the top teams in the entire country, trying cases against the Universities of Minnesota, Michigan, Chicago and Notre Dame. The team finished the tournament with a 3-5 record.

Student Learns About Crisis Journalism From Front-line Reporters

Ryan Piers ’11 heard first-hand stories about the horrors of a 20-year civil war from journalists during his spring break trip to Kampala, Uganda, as part of his research project funded by a Richter Independent Study Fellowship.

A Gift Becomes a Retreat

A Naperville couple who first learned about North Central College through an invitation to a Presidents Club dinner several years ago has donated a wooded 43-acre parcel near Dixon, IL, to the College. Dick and Deanna Mandel are not alumni but have forged close ties to the College through friendships and as supporters of the fine arts. The property they donated is valued at about $2 million and includes a modern home with more than 7,000 square feet.

Alum Lands Fulbright


Parker Gadbois ’09 has earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English in Yilan, Taiwan, about an hour south of Taipei. He begins his assignment on August 1.

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