North Central College - Naperville, IL

Mary Davolt '90

Mary Davolt is chief financial officer at Englewood Construction in Lemont, IL. Last year, she received the Construction Financial Management Association’s Associate Member of the Year Award. She has also been recognized in the Influential Women in Business program by the National Association of Women in Business and The Suburban Business Ledger. Davolt is president of the board of directors for Naperville CARES, which is dedicated to helping local families in financial crisis with emergency financial support and resources.

Giuseppe Pellicano ’12

Giuseppe Pellicano’s current work, The Grenade Series, won first place at the Local Hines, VA, Hospital Veterans Creative Art Festival. It was then selected for a national competition by the Veterans Administration and won first place and best in show in Reno, NV.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster to deliver Commencement address at North Central College

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, will be the speaker for North Central College’s 149th Commencement June 14.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, a scientist and businessman representing the 11th Congressional District of Illinois, will be the speaker for North Central College’s 149th Commencement on June 14 and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.

North Central College welcomes three new members to Board of Trustees

North Central College welcomes three new members to its Board of Trustees: Kathryn Birkett, Robin Boren and Thomas Harter Sr.

North Central College has welcomed three new members to its Board of Trustees: Kathryn Birkett of Geneva and Naperville residents Robin Boren and Thomas Harter Sr.

Birkett has served as superintendent of schools for Indian Prairie School District 204 since July 2009. She retires in June after dedicating more than three decades to the district, including serving as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and assistant deputy superintendent.

President Emeritus Harold Wilde named North Central College Life Trustee

President Emeritus Harold R. Wilde
North Central College has named President Emeritus Harold R. Wilde, who served for 22 years as the College’s ninth president, a Life Trustee.

Harold R. Wilde, President Emeritus of North Central College, has been named a Life Trustee of the College. Wilde served as trustee and president for 22 years before his retirement in 2012. Life Trustees are retired from active board status and provide ongoing counsel to the College.

North Central College names Naperville Magazine Publisher Leah Rippe to Board of Trustees

Naperville Magazine Publisher Leah Rippe has been named a member of the North Central College Board of Trustees.

Naperville Magazine Publisher Leah Rippe has been named a member of the North Central College Board of Trustees.

Rippe has served the College since fall 2010 as chair of the College’s Board of Trustee Associates, comprised of community members involved in many aspects of the College. She has been publisher of Naperville Magazine since 2007. She is also marketing co-chair for the Downtown Naperville Alliance, serves on the Naperville Heritage Society board, is active with the Rotary Club of Naperville and serves on the board of Arranmore Arts.

Nine faculty receive tenure, promotions

The North Central College Board of Trustees grants tenure, approves promotions to faculty members effective with the start of the 2014-2015 academic year.

At its May 2014 meeting, the North Central College Board of Trustees granted tenure and approved promotions to several faculty members effective with the start of the 2014-2015 academic year in September. These faculty are:

Diane Anstine, Ph.D., was promoted to professor of economics

Michael de Brauw, Ph.D., was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of classics

Shereen Ilahi, Ph.D., was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of history

Wendy Koenig, Ph.D., was granted tenure

Ian Wright and Christina Richardson: 2014 Outstanding Seniors

Ian Wright and Christina Richardson
North Central College selects Ian Wright as the Outstanding Senior Man and Christina Richardson as the Outstanding Senior Woman for 2014.

North Central College recognized Ian Wright as the Outstanding Senior Man and Christina Richardson as the Outstanding Senior Woman for 2014 during the College’s annual Honors Convocation on May 13.

The annual awards recognize one senior man and one senior woman for their successes in the classroom, their involvement and contributions to the campus community outside the classroom, and their future potential.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin discusses student loan legislation with students, alumni

President Troy Hammond and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
North Central College welcomed U. S. Senator Dick Durbin to campus for roundtable discussionS with students and alumni about student loan debt and legislation.

North Central College welcomed U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) to campus Friday, May 16, for a roundtable discussion with students and alumni about student loan debt. The Senator has proposed new legislation, the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, to reduce interest rates on existing student loans and to lower their monthly payments.

Murawska presented research to local, international groups

Jaclyn Murawska, adjunct assistant professor of mathematics
Jaclyn Murawska, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of mathematics, presented her research findings on conceptual understanding of place value.

Jaclyn Murawska, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of mathematics, presented her recent research findings locally and internationally.

In April, Murawska was an invited speaker for the Elmhurst College Department of Mathematics Seminar Series. There, she presented the lecture titled “Preservice Teachers’ Conceptual Understanding of Place Value: Developing Unitization, Flexibility, and Reversibility.”