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North Central College opens Sesquicentennial Walkway, new pedestrian thoroughfare

North Central College’s new Sesquicentennial Walkway is open to foot traffic and will serve as a new pedestrian thoroughfare through campus.

North Central College’s new Sesquicentennial Walkway is open to foot traffic and will serve as a new pedestrian thoroughfare through the heart of campus.

The Sesquicentennial Walkway is a 16-foot-wide path extending between Jefferson and Benton avenues and located in a former alleyway between Brainard and Loomis streets.

“The walkway was widened and rebuilt so it becomes the main north-south thoroughfare through campus,” says Mike Hudson, North Central College’s assistant vice president for business operations.

Ninety-plus member Concert Winds presents Instrumental Invitational Festival

Concert Winds, directed by Professor of Music Lawrence Van Oyen
North Central College’s Concert Winds hosts the annual Instrumental Invitational Festival with Plainfield East High School Wind Ensemble Tuesday, Nov. 13.

North Central College’s Concert Winds, directed by Professor of Music and Director of Bands Lawrence Van Oyen, will host the annual Instrumental Invitational Festival at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Wentz Concert Hall.

The annual event features the 92-member Concert Winds and local high school ensembles. This year’s guest band is the Plainfield East High School Wind Ensemble, directed by David Lesniak ’99, who has served as an applied faculty member at North Central.  

North Central College exhibit opening Nov. 16 highlights artwork by military veterans

"Intrusive Thoughts" by Erica Slone, three-tour Iraq veteran
Artwork by eight military veterans is featured in the exhibit “In War” Nov. 16 through Jan. 6 in Schoenherr Gallery at North Central College.

Artwork by military veterans is featured in the exhibit “In War” Nov. 16 through Jan. 6 at North Central College.

The exhibit is free and open to the public in the College’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. A reception with artists will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; complimentary refreshments will be served. The exhibit is sponsored by JP Morgan and the College’s Yellow Ribbon Program.

Connelly, House congratulate North Central President Harold Wilde for leadership

The Illinois House of Representatives congratulates retiring North Central President Harold R. Wilde for his nearly 22 years of leadership.

The Illinois House of Representatives congratulates retiring North Central College President Harold R. Wilde for his nearly 22 years of leadership at the school.

The resolution sponsored by state Rep. Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) commemorates Wilde’s tenure as the ninth president in the College’s 151-year history. Wilde retires on Dec. 31 and will be succeeded by Dr. Troy D. Hammond. The resolution was adopted by the 97th General Assembly, and Connelly presented a copy of the resolution to Wilde Oct. 27 during the College’s Riverwalk Gateway dedication.

Jeremy Gudauskas among North Central presenters at leadership summit

Jeremy Gudauskas ’99, associate dean of students
North Central College alumni and staff give presentations at local leadership summit about becoming effective leaders in today’s fast-paced world.

North Central College alumni and staff were guest speakers at the Echelon Leadership Summit, a one-day, community-driven leadership event held at the Northern Illinois University Naperville campus on Oct. 31. The leadership summit focused on six different tracks of interest—new leaders, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, organizations and more—with the goal of exploring new approaches to becoming effective leaders in today’s fast-paced world.

North Central alumna Karen Popovich named 2012 Illinois Art Educator of the Year

The Illinois Art Education Association has named North Central College alumna Karen Popovich the 2012 Illinois Art Educator of the Year.

The Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) has named North Central College alumna Karen Popovich the 2012 Illinois Art Educator of the Year.

Popovich, of Aurora, teaches at Indian Prairie School District 204’s Metea Valley High School in Aurora. She earned her bachelor’s degree in studio art from North Central College in 1996.

The annual award recognizes the exemplary contributions, service and achievements of an outstanding IAEA member. The award will be presented at the IAEA conference in Lisle on Nov. 2.
 

10th president Dr. Troy D. Hammond greets North Central College community

Dr. Troy D. Hammond
Dr. Troy D. Hammond was introduced as the 10th president of North Central College to an audience of students, faculty, staff and community members.

Dr. Troy D. Hammond was introduced as the 10th president of North Central College Oct. 29 in Wentz Concert Hall to an audience of students, faculty, staff and community members.

Hammond, 45, will become just the 10th president in the school’s 151-year history on Jan. 1, when Dr. Harold R. Wilde retires.

Riverwalk Gateway Dedication

Community leaders join North Central College in formal dedication of the Riverwalk Gateway on Oct. 27 as part of Homecoming.

Community leaders joined with North Central College alumni, faculty, staff and students to officially dedicate the newly completed Riverwalk Gateway, which includes landscaping and stately stone pillars to mark the entryway to the south end of campus and a new pathway along the West Branch of the DuPage River.

President Harold Wilde acknowledged that many consider the Riverwalk— first constructed in 1981—as the “crown jewel of Naperville.”

PHO Speaker Series hosts 2010 alumna, dental school student

Anne Adamson ’10
North Central College’s student Pre-Health Organization welcomes alumna and current dental school student Anne Adamson ’10 as a guest speaker Nov. 1.

North Central College’s student-run Pre-Health Organization (PHO) welcomes alumna and current dental school student Anne Adamson ’10 as a guest speaker in November. Members of the campus community are invited to attend the free speaker event from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Smith Hall. Lunch will be served; RSVP by Oct. 29 to doodle.com/bzcpehwp6ck24z4d.

Mock Trial team takes first place in first tournament of season

Winning team at Riverside Classic Mock Trial Tournament
North Central College’s Mock Trial is off to a winning start, taking first place among 14 teams at the team’s first of seven tournaments this season.

North Central College’s Mock Trial team is off to a winning start, taking first place at Quincy University’s annual Riverside Classic Mock Trial Tournament on Oct. 20—the team’s first of seven contests during fall and winter terms.

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