North Central College 2003-2004 Highlights
Largest Gift From Living Alumnus in North Central History — $8.6 million from Dr. Myron Wentz '63 (pictured) — allows College to seek matching funds to move forward and plan for new Fine Arts Center for music and other arts programs.
College Enjoys Best Fundraising Year Ever, with total receipts topping $18.7 million.
Public Fundraising Begins for renovation of former Evangelical Theological Seminary administration building into space for chaplain, Office of Campus Ministry, English department and the Office of International Programs. Koten Chapel to undergo significant expansion with addition of balcony to accommodate 50 more people.
Study Reveals $100 Million Annual Economic Impact by North Central on Naperville area. Economic survey conducted by Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University.
Academic Team Honors include Students In Free Enterprise placing among top 20 of 150 teams in national competition; 12 Illinois State awards, four first place, to NCC Chronicle; advancement of forensics team to national tournament where they placed 16th overall; and four awards to Mock Trial team at regional tournament. 2003-2004 Annual Report
Extreme Make Over of old boiler house proceeds on schedule, and grand opening of Rolland Center Boilerhouse Café coincides with start of new academic year. Major project funding provided by $1 million gift from Mimi Flickinger '55 Rolland and husband, Ian.
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship awarded to biochemistry major Zachary Pratt '05 and graduate fellowship to Duke University awarded to biology major Adam Harris '04 highlight importance of new Campaign to Endow Student Research in Science, which seeks to raise $1 million to support summer research opportunities for students in science disciplines.
In Sports, football team has first seven-win season since 1982; men's cross country is third at nationals, its 29th year finishing in top four; men's indoor track claims fourth straight conference title; men's basketball finishes with best season since 1997; and Megan Rossi '07 is All-American for both indoor and outdoor track and field, placing third at indoors and fourth at outdoors.
First-Ever Athletic Hall of Fame inducts 14 of College's finest athletes and coaches from '40s to '90s. Honorees include swimming coach and Olympic official Dr. Hal Henning '41; football and all-around athletic legend Bill Shatzer '42; basketball star and winning coach Bill Warden '54; Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Dick Buick '62; cross country/track standout Glen Behnke '74; all-time leading rebounder and co-captain of 1983 National Championship basketball team Brenda Sanders '83; softball record-breaker Dawn Schabacker '83; all-time leading scorer and co-captain of 1983 National Championship basketball team Kim Wallner '84; 14-time All-American track star Ophelia Johnson '91; NAIA National Champion and All-American wrestler Ed Jackson '69; three-time national title holder in track and cross country Dan Mayer '94; two-time national title holder in track and cross country John Weigel '96; and legendary Men's Cross Country Head Coach Al Carius, who ranks sixth in all divisions of all NCAA sports in number of national championships (17).
United Methodist Church Names North Central Professor Tops in Nation. Dr. Howard Mueller '58 (pictured), professor of religious studies, honored by United Methodist Higher Education Foundation as "Outstanding Educator of the Year" for extraordinary impact on North Central students, faculty and staff over 28 years. More than 100 UM colleges, universities and theological schools eligible to nominate.
First Chicago Term fills to capacity for fall term 2004, with 25 students signed up and more on waiting list. Program includes courses in Urban and Suburban Studies and Chicago Field Study taught in Chicago by North Central faculty, with optional Chicagobased internship. In future years, participating students will live in Chicago.
Three "Spring Breakaway" Trips, highest number ever, take students and staff to work and serve at Habitat for Humanity sites in Arizona and South Carolina, and at L'Arche Community for developmentally disabled adults in Florida.
Disney's National Touring Company of The Lion King selects theatre major Kristin Stennis '04 (pictured, left) as member of ensemble and understudy to female lead.
Speaker of U.S. House of Representatives, J. Dennis Hastert '64, second in line of succession to U.S. presidency, is awarded honorary degree doctor of laws and delivers Commencement address.
Roger Hruby '58 elected chair of Board of Trustees, succeeding Dr. Richard G. Norenberg '55. Five new trustees join Board: Kevin Gensler, Naperville attorney; John Giannini '84, head basketball coach at LaSalle University; Holly Humphrey '79, professor of medicine and dean of medical education at University of Chicago School of Medicine; Pat Pulido Sanchez, president and CEO of Pulido Sanchez Communications; and Beth Thomas '63 Zimmermann, clinical nurse specialist in pediatric surgery at University of Chicago Hospitals.
Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium formally named at Homecoming for the two men who made its construction possible — Al Benedetti '48 and Dick Wehrli '56.
Anti-Hate Activist Morris Dees, founder of Southern Poverty Law Center, keynotes Anti-Hate Week 2003. Other distinguished speakers in 2003-2004 include Lonnie Bunch, president of Chicago Historical Society, who keynotes Martin Luther King Week, and Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Illinois Mary Ann McMorrow and Justice Rita Garman.
U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among top 15 Midwest colleges for 10th straight year and also selects the College as a "best value," based on the net cost for a student receiving the average level of financial aid.