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.

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.

Keith Matune M ’10

Keith Matune M ’10 was a Republican primary candidate for Illinois House District 81. Matune also has a master’s degree in education from Purdue University. He is currently a social studies teacher at Waubonsee Valley High School in Aurora, IL.

John Giannini '84

John Giannini was inducted into the Philadelphia area Small College Coaches Association Hall of Fame for his contributions as the head men’s basketball coach at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. Giannini compiled a record of 168-38 for a winning percentage of .816 over his seven seasons as head coach and led the Rowan University Profs to five trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Brian Craig M ’06

Brian Craig M ’06 taught a 400 level computer science class at North Central the fall term of 2013. He is also part of a research team that is tasked with building a logistical model for nuclear energy waste transportation and storage for the U.S. Government.

Tim Janecek M ’13

Tim Janecek M ’13 is defensive line coach at Aurora University. As a student-athlete at North Central, he was a four-year letter winner and two-year starter at defensive end for North Central from 2006-2009. He also was a part of four CCIW championship teams and three teams which qualified for NCAA Division III Championship competition.

Mary Davolt '90

Mary Davolt is chief financial officer at Englewood Construction in Lemont, IL. Last year, she received the Construction Financial Management Association’s Associate Member of the Year Award. She has also been recognized in the Influential Women in Business program by the National Association of Women in Business and The Suburban Business Ledger. Davolt is president of the board of directors for Naperville CARES, which is dedicated to helping local families in financial crisis with emergency financial support and resources.

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