North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central College 2004-2005 Highlights


Naming Gift Received from H. Robert Holmes '66 for renovation of former Evangelical Theological Seminary building into space for faculty and staff, including Office of Ministry and Service and English department. Koten Chapel to undergo expansion to accommodate 50 more people and facilitate alumni weddings. Building to be named Kiekhofer Hall, honoring Holmes' grandparents, Ben '12 and Bess Kiekhofer. Ben was nephew of College's third president, Herman Kiekhoefer, Class of 1872.

Professor of History Ann Durkin Keating feted by City of Chicago at publication of The Encyclopedia of Chicago, one of most significant and highly acclaimed historical projects of last 20 years, which she conceived and co-edited. Keating also named to Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professorship at North Central, succeeding Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus Howard Mueller '58.

New Web Site launched without major hitches and to many compliments. Designed to integrate College's "Where you are central" message, site liberally seasoned with individual "i-stories" about students and faculty.

Rolland Center Boilerhouse Cafe opens, thanks to $1 million lead gift from Mimi Flickinger '55 Rolland and husband, Ian. Space becomes popular gathering place for students, staff and Naperville community.

College Receives $500,000 Five-year Grant from U.S. Office of Education, through Associated Colleges of Illinois, to transform how teachers are prepared to serve lowincome students. North Central program to be modeled on College's highly-successful Junior-Senior Scholars Program.

College Purchases former Grace Evangelical Church for studio, rehearsal, classroom, exhibit and performance space for art and theatre departments, allowing reduction in size of proposed Fine Arts Center. Renovations begin in west end of church to create faculty offices; studios for drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and other media; graphic arts lab; and other art program space.

In Sports, football team posts back-to-back, seven-win seasons for only second time in school history; men's cross country takes second at nationals, 30th straight year of finishing in top four; men's indoor track and field claims fifth straight conference title; men's basketball has best nonconference record ever and attains national ranking; women's basketball also posts best nonconference record in program's history; Megan Rossi '07 is indoor track and field national champion in pole vault; Brian DeLoriea '05 is outdoor track and field national champion in pole vault and team finishes fifth overall; softball claims conference crown and places third at NCAA regional.

Five "Spring Breakaway" Trips, highest number ever, take record 50 students to work and serve at Habitat for Humanity sites in South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and West Virginia, and at L'Arche Community for developmentally disabled adults in Florida. South Carolina group is composed of 11 football players. In summer 2004, international service trip takes students to San Miguel D'Allende, Mexico, to tackle construction work and day care duties.

Academic Honors include regional championship by Students In Free Enterprise; 2005 Silver Dome Award for Best Station On-Air Self-Promotion for WONC-FM 89.1 broadcaster Matt Freeman '06; two first-place state awards to The NCC Chronicle, and qualification by 12 forensic students to compete at the national level.

Baseball Stadium named Floyd Zimmerman Stadium to honor former baseball player, Class of 1928, who made lead gift for project, completed in 1999.

Second Athletic Hall of Fame inducts nine of College's finest athletes and coaches from '40s to '90s. Honorees include Dick Smith '48, three-sport standout who captained 1947 Corn Bowl football team; Ruben Roca '62, champion swimmer who represented Cuba in 1960 Olympics; James Hartzell '65, 10-time NAIA national champion in swimming; Jeff Milliman '81, seven-time All-American, national champion in both cross country and track and field; Pamela Mehrens '82, two-time conference most valuable player for both volleyball and softball; Megan Allan '90 Gossett, eight-time NCAA III All-American in track and field; Jan Cado '93, four-time national champion in triple jump, three-time national champ in long jump; Gordon Fisher, head football coach and athletic director from 1926-44, all-time winningest football coach in school history; and Cleo Tanner, athletic director and tennis coach, pioneer in women's athletics at North Central, who led Cardinals to 10 consecutive tournament victories.

First Honors Day held with great success, combining formerly separate Honors Convocation, Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research and honor society inductions. Trustee Holly Humphrey '79, M.D., dean of medical education at University of Chicago Hospitals, keynotes.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central among top Midwest colleges for 11th straight year. College also ranked "best value." Online Princeton Review identifies College as one of "Best in the Midwest."

U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks before packed house of more than 1,000 DuPage County residents, area officials and North Central students, faculty and staff in Pfeiffer Hall.

Two New Trustees join Board: Scott Wehrli '91, president of Wehrli Equipment Company, and Joseph Mallon '80, tax partner with Deloitte & Touche in Chicago. Also joining Board by virtue of election as United Methodist bishops are Hee-Soo Jung, bishop of North Central Jurisdictional Conference, and Linda Lee, bishop of Wisconsin Conference.

Director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Michael Witherell, is awarded honorary degree doctor of science and delivers Commencement address.