North Central College - Naperville, IL

Message from the President

We’re finally welcoming spring at North Central College. The flowers have bloomed and the campus has come to life with students pedaling their Cardinal red bikes. It was a rough winter in terms of cold and snow, but our faculty and staff, particularly our maintenance department, kept the campus productive and functioning.

New facility enables the sciences to collaborate, teach & research

Schematic designs are nearly complete for a premier science facility that will combine all the departments of the Science Division and transform the entire campus. The floor plans reflect the thoughtful input—and long-held dreams—of faculty who envision how they will teach in the future and address the need for graduates with STEM educations. 

Campus ministry: A celebration of the past, present and future

Twenty years ago an experienced and compassionate pastor with a special energy for social justice and evangelism came to North Central College to become campus chaplain.

Jim Sporleder '73

Jim Sporleder retired from Allstate Insurance Company in Northbrook, IL, after 34 years of employment in the law and regulation department. As vice president and assistant general counsel, he supervised the company's legal issues. In retirement, Sporleder will become an active participant in reinsurance industry arbitrations as a certified ARIAS arbitrator. He and his wife Cathy reside in North Barrington, IL.

Susan Lloyd '78

Susan Lloyd is executive director of the Zilber Family Foundation in Milwaukee, WI. Her foundation leads the 10-year, $50 million Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, aimed at revitalizing some of the city's poorest neighborhoods scarred by poverty, crime, foreclosures, joblessness and low educational attainment.

Brandon Hoeft M ’06

Brandon Hoeft M ’06 is associate director of development at North Central College.

Giuseppe Pellicano ’12

Giuseppe Pellicano’s current work, The Grenade Series, won first place at the Local Hines, VA, Hospital Veterans Creative Art Festival. It was then selected for a national competition by the Veterans Administration and won first place and best in show in Reno, NV.

Sandy Marchetti ’07

Sandy Marchetti read selections from her original works for an audience of students, alumni and community members at Keikhofer Hall. She graduated from George Mason University in 2010 with an M.F.A. in creative writing (poetry). Her debut full-length collection of poems – titled “Confluence” – will be published in 2014 by Gold Wake Press. An illustrated press edition of her essays and poetry titled “A Detail in the Landscape” is also forthcoming from Eating Dog Press.

Tom Nelson '83

Tom Nelson was selected as the Small College Sports Information Director of the Year for 2013-2014 by the National Wrestling Media Association. This includes all NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and NJCAA wrestling programs throughout the United States. Nelson has worked at St. Cloud State University since 1996 and has been one of the top media relations professionals for the Husky wrestling program.

Patrick Gaskin M ’02

Patrick Gaskin M ’02 was appointed principal of Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville. Previously he served as principal at Elmwood Elementary School for seven years.

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