North Central College - Naperville, IL

Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign: The Legacy Project-Riverwalk Gateway Connecting the Community

One of the first projects of the campaign will focus resources on the Riverwalk Gateway, a landscaped pathway along the east bank of the West Branch of the DuPage River. The College announced plans to partner with the Naperville Riverwalk Commission and Naperville Riverwalk Foundation on the project, which will include volunteer help from the community.

Construction is scheduled to begin during summer 2011 on seating areas, brick pathways and brick pillars that designate the area as an entrance to the College.

Walkway improvements—chosen by the Class of 2002 as a class gift—extend from Jefferson Plaza north to Benton Avenue.

A second phase of the campus beautification project is designed to improve the appearance of the well-traveled path known as the pedestrian spine—an interior walkway between Brainard and Loomis streets that extends from just north of Chicago Avenue to School Street. The walkway connects the south end of the campus with the north end for walkers and bicyclists.

Sightseeing via the Rome Marathon

“When I realized that the marathon was on a travel day for the choir, I decided I could run it and take a train to catch up.”

Along with travel and performance schedules during the Concert Choir tour, professor David Schmitz found the energy to run the Rome Marathon. As the North Central contingent left for Florence, Schmitz headed for the marathon’s starting line at the Coliseum. “When I realized that the marathon was on a travel day for the choir, I decided I could run it and take a train to catch up,” he says.

Jane Anderson Clark 1992

Jane Anderson Clark was named vice president, member services, for NationaLease, one of the largest full-service truck leasing organizations in North America. In her new position, she’ll manage the entire member services operation, as well as work to strengthen member relationships, reduce member costs and improve collaboration within the NationaLease supporting groups. Before joining NationaLease, she served as area vice president for Randstad, one of the nation’s largest recruitment agencies.

Updated book gives an expanded view of campus

A new edition of “North Central College: A College in its Community” features additional photographs of campus by renowned photographer Chuck Savage.

The enlarged edition became available for sale during Cornerstone Week May 16-21, which marked North Central’s official kickoff to the celebration of its Sesquicentennial during 2011-2012.

Robert Ropars 1992

Robert Ropars published an e-book titled “Dark Bites,” a four-part horror series with new twists on classic horror stories. He also published “Carriage Returns” and “Romantic Confessions.” Ropars may be reached at robropars@gmail.com.

New offerings for science majors

Recent developments signal the College’s ongoing commitment to its science curriculum and career preparation with an eye toward construction of a new science center on campus.

Students will be able to pursue degrees in additional areas of study beginning fall 2011. They can complete a new major in the field of chemical microscopy, which involves the use of microscopes to solve chemical problems. Minors will be offered in bioinformatics—the application of statistics and computer sciences to the field of molecular biology—and neuroscience, the study of the nervous system.

Ryan Gatenby 1993

Ryan Gatenby and Andy Miles released their debut album “Unimpressive” as members of Chicago’s The Band Split. Gatenby, vocalist and guitarist, produced the album at home and mastered it on his MacBook in order to release this melodic rock gem on Transistor Sound, a label started by drummer Miles. The group also created a YouTube video for its song “Cheater.”

Japan disasters alter students’ plans

Life in Japan is gradually returning to normal for North Central student Ereka Funkhouser ’12.

Funkhouser, who’s majoring in Japanese and classical civilization, studies abroad at Iwate University in Morioka, a town of about 300,000 located in the Iwate Prefecture. She was shaken by the March 11 earthquake, but her school, 40 miles from the coast, was not directly impacted by the devastating tsunami. “The coastline was really decimated by the tsunami, but Morioka’s own earthquake damage was minimal,” she said in mid-April.

Kathy Graham 1993

Kathy Graham wrote a book titled “Graham’s Manual of Style for Resumes and Cover Letters.” She’s the founder of HQ Search, Inc., HQ Seminars, Inc., HQ Scripts, Inc. and HQ Services, Inc. in Naperville. Each company focuses on different aspects of career development for professionals. She presented the Career Strategies for You Workshop for the University of Chicago Women’s Business Group in February. Her workshops have received positive feedback due to the high rate of success individuals are experiencing in securing their ideal career goals, even in a challenging economic climate.

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