North Central College - Naperville, IL

Building Communities Near and Far

Preparing involved, principled students remains at the foundation of academics and student life at North Central College. Dozens of organizations and programs engage students on campus and complement their academic journeys—with everything from pottery and square dance clubs to a roller hockey team to long established activities like student government and the North Central Chronicle.

Sustaining Excellence: Athletics

North Central College’s commitment to student-athletes has helped to build an athletic program that ranks among the best of NCAA Division III schools. Cardinal teams have won more national championships than all other College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin schools combined.

Alumnus in the news, named NCTV sports director

Alumnus in the news, named NCTV sports director

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Sports director Will Armistead ’07/M ’09 is part of the Naperville Community Television (NCTV) sports production team, which kicks off its fourth season of “Naperville Sports Weekly” Aug. 29.


Sean Payton visit to North Central featured in Kenny Chesney video

Scenes of North Central College’s Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium are included in a new video for country star Kenny Chesney’s song “The Boys of Fall."

Scenes of North Central College’s Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium are included in a new video for country star Kenny Chesney’s song “The Boys of Fall” about high school football.

In the eight-minute, extended version of the video Naperville native Sean Payton—head coach of the Super Bowl XLV champion New Orleans Saints—gives a pep talk to Naperville Central High School players before their Sept. 4, 2009, game versus Neuqua Valley High School at North Central.

Gerald Gems contributes to book on gymnastics

Gerald Gems contributes to book on gymnastics

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Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, authored a chapter titled “The German Turners and the Taming of Radicalism in Chicago” in a new book by Gertrud Pfister, “Gymnastics, a Transatlantic Movement: From Europe to America.”


Tennis courts ready for action this fall

Tennis courts ready for action this fall

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The College’s five new tennis courts are ready for action. Relocated from their former space where the Res/Rec Center now sits, the courts are adjacent to softball’s Shanower Family Field. The women’s tennis team kicks off its fall season Sept. 3 with its first home match set for Sept. 6 on the new courts.


Gems is chosen associate editor of international publication

Gems is chosen associate editor of international publication

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Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, was named an honorary member and associate editor of the International Journal of Sport Sciences and Physical Education.


Frank Gramarosso named head men's track & field coach

Frank Gramarosso named head men's track & field coach

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For the first time in more than 40 years, North Central’s men’s track and field program will experience a coaching change, as longtime associate head coach Frank Gramarosso has been promoted to the position of head coach, effective Aug.


Biology major wraps up stellar academic, athletic career at North Central

Alex Knobloch becomes both the College's 2010 Outstanding Major in Biology and the 2010 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Man of the Year.

Alex Knobloch of East Moline made the most of his experience at North Central College, excelling in both academics and athletics.

Among other honors, the Alleman High School graduate and son of Craig and Barb Knobloch was named the College’s 2010 Outstanding Major in Biology and the 2010 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Man of the Year, an award that recognizes the conference’s top male student-athlete.

Alex Knobloch named CCIW Man of the Year

Alex Knobloch named CCIW Man of the Year

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Alex Knobloch ’10 was named the 2010 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Man of the Year. Recognized as the conference’s top male student-athlete, he was chosen through a voting process conducted by the CCIW Senior Woman Administrators and Faculty Athletics Representatives. There were five other nominees. Knobloch, a biology major who graduated with a 4.0 GPA, was a member of the travel squad as an alternate for North Central’s national championship-winning cross country team this past season.


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