North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central College 2001-2002 Highlights

College Mourns two of its own who are casualties of September 11 terrorist attacks — Jeffrey Mladenik '92 M.B.A., aboard American Airlines flight that crashed into World Trade Center, and Naval Commander Dan Shanower, son of Professor of Theatre and Speech Communication Emeritus Don Shanower and his wife Pat, who lost his life in Pentagon attack. Campus rallies to provide psychological support, spiritual comfort and framework for understanding.

Full-Time Enrollment is highest ever at 1,800, 30 percent increase since 1995, assisted by record freshman class of 444 and 88 percent overall retention rate.

Housing Demand triggers creative solutions, as 40 juniors and seniors take up residence in Railway Plaza Apartments in Naperville, about three miles west of College but only one train stop and a short walk from campus.

College Promptly abates mold problem in 144-bed Rall Hall, moving occupants to Holiday Inn for six weeks and returning everything to normal by start of winter term. Students take disruption in stride and local press praises College action. During the summer, all air conditioning piping (the culprit) is replaced.

New Cardinal Stadium is officially dedicated at Homecoming, marking completion of stadium build-out. Powerful statue of Bill Shatzer '42, legendary North Central athlete and hero missing in action in WWII, is also dedicated in Championship Plaza.

Office of Admission rolls out new enrollment marketing campaign for telling the North Central story to prospective students. Included is a poster series dramatically depicting how students learn, grow and achieve during their years at North Central.

Capstone Courses incorporating issues of leadership, ethics and values into academic major are introduced by most departments, representing last phase of implementation of new curriculum.

A New Strategic Plan - With most goals of previous plan realized, campus community pours energy into developing new strategic plan, endorsed "with enthusiasm" by Board of Trustees in May, that will carry the College to year 2007.

Presidents and Cabinet Officers from members of Associated New American Colleges gather at North Central for ANAC's first Senior Leadership Conference. Participants discuss outlook for future of private comprehensive liberal arts institutions and issues of common concern and marvel at North Central campus and location.

First Kaplan's Unofficial Insiders' Guide to 320 Most Interesting Colleges in nation includes North Central and says, "The College's location just 30 miles west of Chicago in the heart of the 'Silicon Prairie Corridor' means incredible co-ops and internships. The typical Cardinal, prepared by an education that blends liberal arts and practical training, will probably be a participant in life as well."

Chicago Fire professional soccer team begins playing 2002 season in Cardinal Stadium after widespread community interest and Fire's development of careful plan to meet City requirements and minimize neighborhood impact.

Largest Foundation Grant in College history — $727,000 from Freeman Foundation of New York — takes thriving Asian Studies program to new heights.

Student Honors include 182 individual and 15 team sweepstakes awards for Forensics; third consecutive year of NCC Chronicle winning over 10 awards from Illinois College Press Association; two Silver Dome awards to WONC students (the only student recipients); two College Media Advisors awards to four WONC students; and advancement to national competition in two areas for Students In Free Enterprise. Two students have their research accepted for presentation at 2002 American Psychological Society's National Annual Convention, an unusual honor for undergraduates, and biochemistry major is selected to present her research to U.S. senators and representatives at annual Undergraduate Research "Posters on the Hill" event.

WONC-FM 89.1 bestows John Drury High School Radio Awards in first competition of its kind exclusively for high school stations. Over 60 young broadcasters from across country attend ceremony to receive their trophies from Drury himself, a legend on Chicago broadcast scene for more than 30 years.

In Sports, Al Carius' men's cross country and outdoor and indoor track teams capture three CCIW titles. The women win their first CCIW Championship in outdoor track and field in 10 years, and Marcy Thurwachter, head coach, is named Coach of the Year. John Thorne, with 181-64 record and four state championships during 22-year career at Wheaton Warrenville South High School, joins North Central as head football coach.

Student Athletic Highlights include outdoor track and field NCAA national championship in shot put by Justin Rapp '02. In addition to Rapp, 13 Cardinals are named All-American — in men's cross country, men's indoor track, women's outdoor track and women's swimming — including Maureen Szweda '02, who now has 16 All-America swimming honors to her credit.

Douglas Colbeth, former CEO of Spyglass Inc., whose technology is foundation of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser, joins College as director of Entrepreneurship Institute.

Nathan Montgomery '00 is one of only 75 graduate students in nation to receive $200,000 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Award. Also winner of $100,000 National Science Foundation research fellowship, Montgomery is a doctoral student in genetics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Speech! Speech! Public Television's Ray Suarez and Cheryl Brown Henderson, daughter of one of the plaintiffs in landmark Supreme Court desegregation decision, Brown v. The Board of Education, head list of distinguished speakers. David Broder, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and dean of the Washington press corps, delivers Commencement address.

As Capital Campaign reaches penultimate stage, College receives three major ($1 million) charitable trusts.