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Show your appreciation with certificates

Show your appreciation with certificates

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The Class of 2011 Gift Committee is selling appreciation certificates, May 31, June 1 and 2. As the school year wraps up, a great way to recognize someone who’s making a difference at North Central College is to send them an appreciation certificate. Purchase one certificate for $3 or three for $5 and write your personal note of appreciation to any faculty, staff or student. Printed certificates and notes of appreciation will be delivered during Finals Week, June 6-8.



Poetry magazine editor to deliver Commencement address

Christian Wiman
Christian Wiman, editor of Poetry magazine, will deliver the Commencement address June 11 at North Central College’s 146th graduation ceremony.

Christian Wiman, editor of Poetry magazine, will deliver the address June 11 at the 146th Commencement ceremony of North Central College, which is celebrating the Sesquicentennial of its founding in 1861.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to Brenda Barnes, former chief executive of Sara Lee Corporation; Roger Hruby, a business leader and entrepreneur; and Myron Wentz, a scientist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and best-selling author. Hruby and Wentz are alumni of North Central College.

North Central College unveils star-studded fine and performing arts season

The Beach Boys
North Central College is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding with a star-studded 2011-2012 Fine & Performing Arts Sesquicentennial Season.

North Central College is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding with a star-studded 2011-2012 Fine & Performing Arts Sesquicentennial Season that features some of the world’s finest classical, jazz and contemporary artists and offers something for all audiences to enjoy.

Yo-Yo Ma, The Beach Boys, Herbie Hancock, Bernadette Peters, Jim Brickman, Charlie Daniels Band, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, The Manhattan Transfer and Celtic Woman are among the world-renowned artists coming to Naperville during North Central College’s most astounding season to date.

Life Trustee William Abe honored by the Council of Independent Colleges

William Abe
North Central College Life Trustee William Abe was honored by the Council of Independent Colleges with its 2011 Outstanding Service Award.

North Central College Life Trustee William Abe of Naperville, a 1950 alumnus of the College, was honored by the Council of Independent Colleges with its 2011 Outstanding Service Award during the organization’s annual State Fund Members Conference on May 3.

Abe’s career in financial management and consulting spanned 58 years. He rose to the top of his profession with two of the largest brokerage firms in the country, Gruntal & Company and its merger partner, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company.

Alumnus Ron Smith’s new book chronicles “on this day” in oldies history

Ronald Smith ‘75 has written a book that provides information on events related to oldies music for every day of the year.

Ronald Smith, a 1975 alumnus of North Central College, has written a book that provides an extensive collection of information on events related to oldies music for every day of the year.

Riverwalk Gateway, Sesquicentennial Walkway to improve pedestrian access

Riverwalk Gateway
North Central College is partnering with the Naperville Riverwalk Commission and Riverwalk Foundation to improve pedestrian access and beautify the campus.

North Central College is pleased to partner with the Naperville Riverwalk Commission and Naperville Riverwalk Foundation on a project to improve pedestrian access and beautify the campus for the enjoyment of the community.

The project will enhance the College’s Riverwalk Gateway by creating a landscaped pathway along the east bank of the West Branch of the DuPage River next to Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium. Brick pillars designating the area as an entrance to North Central College will be installed near Fredenhagen Park as part of the project.

New edition of book features Chuck Savage photographs of North Central College

Chuck Savage
North Central College is publishing a new, expanded edition of “North Central College: A College in its Community” by photographer Chuck Savage.

North Central College is publishing a new, expanded edition of “North Central College: A College in its Community,” featuring additional photographs of campus by photographer Chuck Savage.

The new edition will be available for sale during Cornerstone Week May 15-21, North Central’s official kick-off to the celebration of its Sesquicentennial marking the 150th anniversary of the first day of classes on Nov. 11, 1861. Savage’s book and other books about the College or written by notable faculty may be purchased at the Bookstore, 100 E. Jefferson Ave.

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.

First part of documentary series about College’s 150-year history debuts May 18

Cornerstone Day: May 17, 1870.
North Central College premieres the first part of a documentary series that chronicles the College’s 150-year history.

North Central College invites the public to the free debut of the first part of a documentary series produced with Naperville Community Television that chronicles the College’s 150-year history.

“A College Is Born,” the first of the five-part documentary series “A Promising Start,” will premiere at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The screening takes place during Cornerstone Week, which kicks off the Sesquicentennial Celebration of the College’s 150th anniversary.

Guest speakers tell graduate students in education about technology use in classrooms

Students in North Central College’s master of arts in education program heard two guest speakers talk about technology use in classrooms.

Students working toward graduate degrees in North Central College’s master of arts in education (MAEd) program recently heard two guest speakers talk about how technology is being used in today’s elementary, middle and high school classrooms.

Susan Mack, visiting instructor of education, hosted the lecture by guest speakers Tony Schlorff, a math teacher in Naperville Community Unit School District 203, and Rodney Mack, executive director of technology for Wheaton Community Unit School District 200.

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