North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central College 2002-2003 Highlights

$50 Million Capital Campaign, Preparing for a New Century, is successfully completed after a five-year effort, much of it during the worst decline in stock market value since the Great Depression. Funds were directed to the endowment; scholarships; new academic chairs in the fine arts and in entrepreneurship; completion of the Old Main renovation; construction of a new track and stadium/classroom building, a new baseball field, and two new residence halls; renovation of facilities in the library and for WONC radio; and conversion of the Boiler House to a coffeehouse.

Chemistry Department is Accredited by the American Chemical Society, joining some 600 colleges and universities across the nation, an acknowledgement of the strength of the College's science faculty, its students and equipment.

Athletic Training Program is Accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and is the first college in the Chicago area to receive that stamp of approval.

U.S. News & World Report again ranks North Central among the top 10 percent of Midwest colleges.

95-Year-Old Boiler House is scheduled to be transformed into a coffeehouse/ cyber café and convenience store, thanks to a $1 million gift from Mimi Flickinger '55 Rolland and her husband, Ian.

Jeremy Schmutz '95 Helps Sequence the Human Genome. The entire Human Genome Project — compared by the science community to landing on the moon or splitting the atom — has required the efforts of 20 laboratories around the globe. Schmutz is senior scientist at Stanford University's Human Genome Center, which has been sequencing chromosomes 5, 16 and 19 since 1999 and completed its work in April 2003, two and a half years earlier than expected.

Oesterle Library Basement Renovation results in creation of a spacious, sun-filled area devoted to the expanding periodicals collection, a lounge area, four study rooms, and bright, functional offices for library staff. Future fund-raising will address additional library needs.

National Institutes of Health award grant to Stephen Johnston, assistant professor of biology, to engage his students in the study of the MS11 protein in certain yeast. In the future, research like this may unlock secrets that result in better cancer treatment.

First-Ever Spring Break Service Trip attracts an overwhelming number of students who volunteer to build homes in South Carolina with Habitat for Humanity.

The PBS Special Chicago: City of the Century features commentary by Professor of History Ann Durkin Keating. Keating is co-editor of the Chicago Encyclopedia of History, due out in 2004.

Custom-Tailored Graduate Leadership Certificate program enrolls 10 City of Naperville employees in a first for both the College and the City. Early reviews are positive for this innovative program.

Mary Lou Cowlishaw, 20-year veteran of the Illinois General Assembly and passionate advocate for education at all levels, joins North Central as an adjunct faculty member. She will teach; advise the College on matters of public policy; and pursue longstanding interests in hi-lingual education and programs for gifted and talented youth.

Student Honors include 10 awards to the NCC Chronicle for the fourth consecutive year; advancement of the Mock Trial team to national competition and achievement of honorable mention for the Spirit of the American Mock Trial Association; mention in USA Today for Students In Free Enterprise, who placed in the top 16 teams nationwide; and three awards to the Residence Hall Association. Individual honors include Grand Prize at the 17th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest to Japanese and international business major Dorothy Taveras '03; Brittain Bandura '03 and Tiffany Chaddick '05, who presented a paper at the 2003 American Psychological Society's 15th Annual Convention; and biochemistry major Mary Nuzzo '03 and computer science major Jesse Fugitt '03, who delivered oral presentations and published research in the proceedings of the prestigious 2003 National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

In Sports, John Thorne coaches the Cardinal football team to a 6-4 finish, its first winning season since 1987. Men claim third at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships under Coach Al Carius. The men also win their third straight CCIW indoor track and field title.

'Ring of Fire,' the newly resurfaced indoor track in Gregory Arena, is dedicated in honor of the Chicago Fire professional soccer club and the support it has provided to the College. The Fire returns to North Central's Cardinal Stadium for most of its 2003 season.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Speaker Jim Lucas presents his powerful one-man Reflections, a critically acclaimed recitation of King's speeches interspersed with short historical summaries of the turbulent '60s, to a large and appreciative College and community audience.

Center for Entrepreneurship sponsors Self-Employment in the Arts Conference, attracting students and artistpresenters from throughout the Midwest to learn about careers in visual, performing, literary and applied arts.

Urban and Suburban Studies is offered for the first time, using Naperville and Chicago as living laboratories, and exemplifies the innovative, interdisciplinary approach of the College's integrative curriculum.

Sue DeNigris '02 is Named Illinois' Woman of the Year by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for her outstanding accomplishments in track and field. The honors psychology graduate, who now works in the College's admission office, is training for the Olympics in the pole vault.

New College Viewbook, illustrating the theme "Where you are central" for prospective freshmen, wins a top gold award from Admissions Marketing Report.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Marv Levy, one of the most successful coaches in pro football history (he took the Buffalo Bills to four straight Super Bowls), is awarded the honorary degree doctor of humane letters and delivers the 2003 Commencement address.

College Embarks on New Web Strategy, designed to make its site more market-driven, more distinctive, more user-friendly, more navigable and easier to search. The new site will be rolled out in 2004.

A College in its Community, a magnificent volume of beautiful images by photographer Chuck Savage, offers students, alumni and friends of North Central an opportunity to revisit familiar campus scenes and catch a glimpse of the community that provides such an important part of the College's life.