North Central College - Naperville, IL

Fundraiser to benefit resource center for North Central College education students

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Jan. 12, 2011—Community members are invited to join in an evening of bowling, networking and fundraising to support a valuable resource for North Central College education students.

The inaugural Snow Bowl to benefit the Dr. Lora L. Tyson Curriculum Center will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at Brunswick Zone XL, 1515 W. Aurora Ave., Naperville. Costs range from $20 to $30 per person; contact Laura Bentley in North Central’s education department at 630-637-5740 or to register.

The evening will feature bowling, a billiards tournament, complimentary soft drinks, a cash bar and opportunities to visit with North Central students, alumni, faculty and friends. Silent auction participants can bid on North Central College memorabilia, entertainment packages, educational resource packages, professional sports packages and spa and comfort packages. Contributions to the silent auction will support the newly renovated Dr. Lora L. Tyson Curriculum Center in the College’s Oesterle Library.

Tyson was a popular and influential member of North Central’s education faculty from 1999 until her death in 2008 from cancer. The Tyson Curriculum Center serves a valuable resource for education students by providing work space to conduct research, share teaching ideas, plan lessons and access teaching tools and materials such as copies of children’s literature, a Smart Board, a laminator, a shape-cutting machine, “clicker” sets used in interactive learning and a wealth of computer software programs.

More than 420 North Central alumni work as educators at schools in Naperville and throughout six counties in the Chicago area.

“The Curriculum Center is becoming a place where people gather to share ideas and experiences,” says Sheryl Finkle, professor of education. “Academic dialogue is the essence of what every college or university throughout time has seen as its mission. Public schools where our graduates will spend their professional tenure are increasingly recognizing the importance of fostering professional development communities where our teacher candidates can become strong teacher leaders.”

Founded in 1861 and celebrating its Sesquicentennial in 2011, 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, Illinois—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.