North Central College - Naperville, IL

A Night to Remember

Hal and Benna Wilde, first dance
North Central College celebrates 150 years.

North Central College celebrated its Sesquicentennial in grand style Friday night, Nov. 11. More than 2,200 guests that included students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members gathered in the Residence Hall/Recreation Center for an evening of dining, dancing and entertainment.

The occasion marked the 150th anniversary of the first day of classes on Nov. 11, 1861.

Mayor declares Nov. 11 "North Central College Day" in City of Naperville

Robert Fieseler, from left, Harold R. Wilde and A. George Pradel.
Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel has declared Nov. 11 North Central College Day in the City of Naperville.

Nov. 7, 2011—Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel has declared Friday, Nov. 11 "North Central College Day" in the City of Naperville.

A resolution commemorating the College’s Sesquicentennial was read at the Nov. 1 meeting of the Naperville City Council and presented to College President Harold R. Wilde by council member Robert Fieseler.

Alum earns state's highest education honor

Josh Stumpenhorst '03 Teacher of the Year
Josh Stumpenhorst ’03 wins Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Josh Stumpenhorst ’03 gets to go to NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. He’ll also get to meet President Obama and the first lady at a White House dinner in the spring. He may even be invited to throw out the first pitch at a Cubs game.

Those are some of the perks that come with being named the Illinois Teacher of the Year for 2011-2012. The Illinois State Board of Education announced the award Oct. 22 during the Those Who Excel banquet in Normal.

Pianist Phil Fortenberry performs cabaret show Jan. 22 at North Central College

Piano soloist and improv artist Philip Fortenberry showcases a wide range of musical genres Jan. 22 at North Central College.

Pianist Philip Fortenberry will perform a cabaret-style show, titled “Give My Regards,” Jan. 22 at North Central College.

As a versatile piano soloist and improvisational artist, Fortenberry encompasses a wide range of musical genres, bringing a distinctive style of playing to his music. His entertaining interpretations of classical and popular favorites, along with new music created specifically for the audience in attendance, have garnered him critical acclaim as a must-see, must-hear and must-experience showman.

Pianist Jim Brickman performs romantic classics Jan. 28 at North Central College

Contemporary pianist Jim Brickman brings an early Valentine’s Day with “An Evening of Romance” Jan. 28 at North Central College.

Contemporary pianist Jim Brickman delivers an early celebration of Valentine’s Day with “An Evening of Romance” Jan. 28 at North Central College.

Brickman has revolutionized the sound of solo piano with his pop-style instrumentals and star-studded vocal collaborations. Since the release of his debut album “No Words” in 1994, Brickman’s signature flair has distinguished him among best-selling solo piano artists.

James Will named to North Central College’s Wall of Witness

North Central College is honoring James Will of Arlington Heights by adding his name to the College’s Wall of Witness.

This is the fifth of five weekly installments profiling individuals who will receive Alumni Awards & Recognition on Nov. 11 during North Central College’s Sesquicentennial Homecoming Celebration.

Nov. 1, 2011—North Central College is honoring James Will of Arlington Heights by adding his name to the College’s Wall of Witness.

Alum talks to students about his work as senior advisor in EPA

Charlie Bartsch, class of 1973
North Central College alumnus Charlie Bartsch ’73 is senior program advisor for economic development at EPA, spends day talking with campus community.

Charlie Bartsch—a North Central College Class of 1973 alumnus and political science major—returned to campus Oct. 21 to give a lunchtime lecture to the campus community, speak to students in two classes, meet with sustainability team members and students in the Green Scene club.

North Central College invites community to Sesquicentennial Reunion Celebration

North Central College invites community members to join an unforgettable celebration of the College’s Sesquicentennial on Nov. 11.

North Central College invites community members to join an unforgettable celebration of the College’s Sesquicentennial.

The College’s Sesquicentennial Reunion Celebration featuring dinner, dancing and entertainment will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St. The cost is $20 per person, and attendees are encouraged to invite family and friends and host a table of 10 guests.

North Central College honors Ryan Dowd with Alumni Recognition Award

North Central College is honoring Ryan Dowd, executive director of Hesed House in Aurora, with its 2011 Alumni Recognition Award.

This is the fourth of five weekly installments profiling individuals who will receive Alumni Awards & Recognition on Nov. 11 during North Central College’s Sesquicentennial Homecoming Celebration.

Oct. 25, 2011—North Central College is honoring Ryan Dowd of Aurora with its 2011 Alumni Recognition Award.

North Central College alumnus Josh Stumpenhorst named Illinois Teacher of the Year

Josh Stumpenhorst '03 Teacher of the Year
The Illinois State Board of Education has named North Central alumnus Josh Stumpenhorst recipient of the 2011-2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year Award.

Oct. 24, 2011—North Central College alumnus Josh Stumpenhorst is the 2011-2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Stumpenhorst earned his undergraduate degree in social science and secondary education at North Central College. He teaches language arts and social science to sixth-graders at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville Community Unit School District 203. He credits his experience at North Central for helping him achieve success as an educator.

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