North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.

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.

Creating Connections, Leaving a Legacy

A group of North Central students would like to thank the alumni who donate to fine arts, athletics, the Annual Fund and campus facilities.

So they are. Using pens, thank you notes and their own creativity, the Student Legacy Ambassadors have written more than 200 personal notes to College donors. They tell them about the activities they're involved with and how the donor helped their field of interest.

Dr. Isaac Einsel ’19: Generous Underwriter of Dr. Koten’s Laboratory

Among the many extraordinary North Central College teachers of science was Dr. Irvin A. Koten, professor of chemistry, whose active research lab gave dozens of chemistry, zoology and biology majors a head start in their quest for medical and graduate school admission.

The Legacy of Dr. Albert Goldspohn

As the flourishing young campus of North-Western College needed more space, President H. J. Kiekhoefer (1889-1910) pushed for the building of a new science hall. In his 1899-1900 report to the Board of Trustees, Kiekhoefer recognized the need for a “special building for the study of science.”

His appeals were first answered by the area church conferences, but by May 1903, only $1,438 had been raised. The science hall finally became a reality when Dr. Albert Goldspohn,

Enduring Gifts from Henry and Annie Merner Pfeiffer

In the spring of 1924, President Edward E. Rall visited Henry and Annie Merner Pfeiffer in New York to ask for a gift in support of a “new chapel.” Henry had strong connections to North Central, having studied for two years (1875-1877) on campus before returning to his hometown of Cedar Falls, IA, to become a retail druggist. Later, he and his brother Gustavus entered pharmaceutical manufacturing and then the cosmetics field. They established their headquarters in New York City.

Harold and Eva White Champions of Higher Education

The generosity of Harold ’35 and Eva Anderson ’35 White has touched nearly every aspect of campus during the past three decades, including international programs, forensics, music, education, the sciences and faculty development. Their legacy is an endowed professorship in the liberal arts, a building named in their honor and a First Citizen of the College Award presented at Commencement to someone who represents “the best” at North Central.

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