North Central College - Naperville, IL

College honors five with Outstanding Alumni, Wall of Witness awards

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Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307,

Oct. 7, 2010—North Central College will present four Outstanding Alumni Awards and a Wall of Witness Award during a Homecoming Weekend ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

The four Outstanding Alumni Award recipients are Katheryn M. Agne Dutenhaver, Richard L. Easterday, Richard Honer and Dane Scag. The Wall of Witness honoree is the Rev. Robert Harman.

Dutenhaver, of Chicago, graduated from North Central College in 1960 with a degree in religious studies. She is co-founder and director of the Center for Dispute Resolution at DePaul University College of Law, where she has been a law professor for more than 30 years. In 1988, she co-founded the Interfaith Family Mediation Project and continues to serve as a volunteer mediator.

Easterday, of Martinsville, N.J., earned a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from North Central College in 1960. He is the retired president of Pharmacia Biotechnology Group in Piscataway, N.J. Throughout his career, Easterday held several appointed positions for many companies, including Pharmacia P&L Biochemical Inc., LKB Inc., LKB Diagnostics, Inc. and LKB Instruments, Inc.

Honer, of Winter Haven, Fla., graduated from North Central College in 1975 with a degree in biology. He is a general surgeon affiliated with Gessler Clinic in Florida and has been on staff at Winter Haven Hospital since 1985. He has traveled to the Dominican Republic and performed as many as 90 surgeries in four days with primitive facilities and equipment for people with no resources. He has also donated a significant amount of much-needed medical and surgical supplies.

Scag, of Elm Grove, Wis., graduated from North Central College in 1941 with a degree in physics and mathematics. He is former director of research and development for John Deere and founder and president of Scag Power Equipment and Great Dane Power Equipment. Scag created the Dane T. Scag Scholarship Fund at North Central College.

Harman, of Danbury, Wis., who graduated from North Central College in 1959 with a degree in English, will be presented with the Wall of Witness honor. He is an ordained elder of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and served pastorates in rural, urban and suburban churches. He was active in the Civil Rights movement and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago during the summer of 1966.

The ceremony takes place during North Central College's Homecoming 2010 celebration Oct. 21-24, which includes performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, family-friendly theatrical productions, a parade and football game. Visit to learn more.

Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in the Historic District of Naperville, Ill.—rated by Money magazine as among the nation’s “Best Places to Live”—North Central College is just 30 minutes from Chicago’s Loop. With more than 2,900 undergraduate and graduate students, North Central College is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes.