North Central College 2010-2011 Highlights
150 Years. A Promising Start.
North Central’s Sesquicentennial Celebration began with an official kickoff during Cornerstone Week, May 16-20. Activities included Honors Day, a screening of part one in a documentary series about the College’s history, special service awards and a Cornerstone Celebration honoring the relationship between the College and City of Naperville. Also announced were campus beautification projects as part of the Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign. The new Riverwalk Gateway will connect the southwest side of campus to Fredenhagen Park and includes seating areas, brick pathways and brick pillars that designate the area as an entrance to the College. A new landscaped pathway will be installed along the east bank of the West Branch of the DuPage River. A second project, the Sesquicentennial Walkway, will improve the interior pathway between Brainard and Loomis streets that extends from just north of Chicago Avenue to School Street. The plan calls for burying overhead power lines and installing landscaping.
A State-Of-The-Art Bookstore
A new free-standing bookstore was dedicated during Homecoming at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Ellsworth Street. The College teamed up with Follett Corporation to relocate the store from the basement of the Harold and Eva White Activities Center to the former art building at 100 E. Jefferson Avenue, a one-block walk from downtown Naperville.
Other Notable Achievements
North Central College was selected by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a Great College to Work For. College employees rated the institution highly enough to be recognized in the category of Collaborative Governance. The G.I. Jobs magazine, after a survey of more than 8,000 schools, named North Central as a Military Friendly School for 2012 based on efforts to recruit and retain military students/veterans.
The Princeton Review named North Central College as among the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America and included the College in the second annual edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.” In recognition of Earth Day, President Harold Wilde signed a new Sustainability Compact pledging to achieve the State of Illinois’ highest recognition for energy-saving and environmentally friendly initiatives. In addition, the Residence Hall/Recreation Center received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Grace Muganda ’12 earned an honorable mention in the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater National Scholarship program. Muganda is double-majoring in biochemistry and computer science. Peggy Moran ’12 was awarded a highly competitive Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Nicole Autry ’11 was one of 14 students selected as part of the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) All-American Team.
New Endowed Chairs
Two new endowed chairs were made possible by the generosity of alumnae Mary Schneller Rosar, Class of 1933, and Cecelia Schneller Mueller, Class of 1927. A third endowed chair had been held by a retiring faculty member. Diane Anstine—associate professor and chair of economics—was named the Mary Schneller Rosar Professor of Economics. Perry Hamalis—associate professor of religious studies and director of academic opportunities—was named the Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion. Brian Hanlon—assistant professor of marketing—succeeded Gary Ernst, professor of international business and marketing emeritus, as the new holder of the Coleman Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurship.
Master Land Use Plan
The Naperville City Council approved a 10-year update to the College’s Master Land Use Plan. Topping the list of potential projects is a new $40 million to $50 million science center. Potential sites include the north campus, a mid-campus site adjacent to the Kroehler Science Center and south campus near the DuPage River. Other provisions addressed improvements to student housing in Kimmel, Seybert and Geiger Halls and Student Village; Larrance Academic Center (if not replaced by a new science center); Oesterle Library; Merner Field House; and Pfeiffer Hall. Two sites were included for a new classroom building.
Enrollment Hits 2,900
For the fifth straight year, North Central College set a record enrollment number. A full-time undergraduate population of 2,423 signaled the achievement of a goal set out in the 2007-2012 Strategic Plan. An incoming first-year class of 583 students in September 2010, up from 544, along with 299 new incoming transfer students brought total enrollment to more than 2,900.
Notable Events, Speakers and Performers
As part of Homecoming, the College hosted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Other performers during the year included violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Vienna Boys Choir, LeAnn Rimes and two music ensembles for a first-ever New Music Festival. Spike Lee delivered the keynote address for the annual commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Special exhibits included “Say Rah! Chicago Self-Taught Art from the Arient Family Collection” and Peter Wexler’s “Theatrical Models.” Poetry magazine editor Christian Wiman delivered an eloquent Commencement address. United Methodist Assessment A team from the University Senate visited the College to assess its continuing affiliation with The United Methodist Church. The visit team left the campus impressed after evaluating institutional integrity, program quality, sound management and financial health, and church relatedness. The University Senate approved the College “for continued listing, without qualification, as a United Methodist-related institution.”
New Offerings for Science Majors
Changes to the science curriculum beginning fall 2011 include a new major in chemical microscopy, which involves the use of microscopes to solve chemical problems, and new minors in bioinformatics—the application of statistics and computer sciences to molecular biology—and neuroscience, the study of the nervous system. Marguerite Degenhardt was hired as pre-professional health program coordinator to advise pre-health students on selecting and applying to post-baccalaureate programs.
The College reestablished the Albright-Wesley Society. Campus chaplain Reverend Dr. Lynn Pries ’67 is personally inviting pastors and congregations in the Northern Illinois and Wisconsin Conferences to pray for North Central, engage in activities at the College, refer future students and support current students, and financially support the College’s United Methodist leadership programs.
North Central swept the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor National Track & Field Championships for the second straight season, as the Cardinals claimed five individual championships. North Central now owns 27 team national championships (out of a total of 51 achieved by College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin institutions) and 111 individual national titles. North Central placed second at the 2010 national championships in cross country. Head coach Frank Gramarosso was named the National Head Coach of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons in his first year as head coach. The football team won a school-record 12 games and its fifth straight CCIW title, advancing to the national quarterfinals for the first time. The men’s basketball team won a share of the CCIW Championship and hosted the CCIW Tournament for the first time. North Central also won CCIW titles in women’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field. The softball team won the CCIW Tournament Championship. The eight conference titles won by North Central were the most by any CCIW institution. The women’s golf team for the first time received an at-large bid to the Division III National Championships.