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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.

150 Moments: A.A. Smith House, built in 1885 and restored to College in 2008

A.A. Smith House, restored
In the 1880s, the A.A. Smith House was a social center and home to the College’s first president. Its legacy continues today and into the future.

In 2008, Bart and Maricela ’99 Madden donated the A.A. Smith House at 28 S. Loomis St. and most of its contents to North Central College. The Maddens had purchased the house in 1999 and spent years renovating and furnishing it in the Eastlake Victorian style in which it was originally designed.

150 Moments: President Lawrence H. Seager, 1911-1916

President Lawrence H. Seager
North Central College’s fourth president was Lawrence H. Seager, a North-Western College graduate and minister, who served as president from 1911 to 1916.

North Central College’s fourth president was Lawrence Hoover Seager, a North-Western College graduate and minister, who served as president from 1911 to 1916.

Born in Fremont, Ohio, he came to Naperville with a desire to enter the ministry. Seager attended Ohio Northern University and graduated in 1886. He then enrolled at North-Western College as a senior in the Latin-Scientific Course and graduated in 1887 with a bachelor of science degree.

New book celebrates 150-year history of North Central College

North Central College's Sesquicentennial is celebrated and explored in the new book, “North Central College: 150 Years. A Promising Start.”

Oct. 20, 2011—A new book celebrates the 150-year history of North Central College.

The book, “North Central College: 150 Years. A Promising Start.” traces the College’s history from the founders who established the school in 1861 through present day.

150 Moments: President Herman J. Kiekhoefer, 1889-1910

150 Moments: President Herman J. Kiekhoefer, 1889-1910

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Herman Julius Kiekhoefer was born in northern Germany and emigrated with his family to the United States as a child, settling in Wisconsin in 1862. He entered Galesville University and graduated in 1872.



150 Moments: President Henry H. Rassweiler, 1883-1888

150 Moments: President Henry H. Rassweiler, 1883-1888

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The second president of North Central College, Henry H. Rassweiler, was born in Orwigsburg, Pa., in 1842. In 1857, his family left Pennsylvania for Illinois, where Rassweiler began his teaching career at age 17.

He enrolled at Plainfield College in 1862 and continued to teach grammar school while pursuing his studies until he graduated in 1868 as the first student with a bachelor of science degree. Immediately after his graduation from North-Western College, he was appointed professor of mathematics and natural science.



A Master at Work

Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock performed a mix of jazz standards and technological wizardry in Wentz Concert Hall.

Herbie Hancock joined the list of legendary artists to perform in Wentz Concert Hall when he delivered an eclectic mix of jazz standards and technological wizardry on Oct. 29.

The performance was a rare solo show by Hancock, who performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11 and who joined the band of jazz great Miles Davis at age 23.

“There’s a reason I waited until I was 71 years old to do a solo tour,” Hancock told the audience at the start of his show. “I like the interaction of playing with a band, the collaboration.”

North Central College honors J. Charles Eldridge with Outstanding Alumni Award

North Central College is honoring J. Charles Eldridge of Wake Forest, N.C., with a 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award.

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

Oct. 18, 2011—North Central College is honoring J. Charles Eldridge of Wake Forest, N.C., with a 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award.

150 Moments: President Augustine A. Smith, 1861-1883

150 Moments: President Augustine A. Smith, 1861-1883

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On Nov. 11, 1861, the Evangelical Association opened a new institution—Plainfield College—in Plainfield, Ill., and called upon Augustine A. Smith to be its first president.

Smith was born and raised in Massachusetts and started teaching at age 17. He served at two Evangelical institutions in Ohio, as a principal at the Grand River Institute in Austinburg and as president of Greensburg Seminary.



Regis Philbin joins Sesquicentennial Author Series at North Central

Regis Philbin
Author, entertainer Regis Philbin will discuss his new memoir “How I Got This Way” Dec. 1 as part of North Central College’s Sesquicentennial Author Series.

North Central College will host a talk by author, entertainer Regis Philbin Dec. 1 as part of the College’s Sesquicentennial Author Series presented by Anderson’s Bookshops.

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