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New edition of book features Chuck Savage photographs of North Central College

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Chuck Savage
Chuck Savage

North Central College is publishing a new, expanded edition of “North Central College: A College in its Community,” featuring additional photographs of campus by photographer Chuck Savage.

The new edition will be available for sale during Cornerstone Week May 15-21, North Central’s official kick-off to the celebration of its Sesquicentennial marking the 150th anniversary of the first day of classes on Nov. 11, 1861. Savage’s book and other books about the College or written by notable faculty may be purchased at the Bookstore, 100 E. Jefferson Ave.

Savage’s book originally was published in 2003 and featured 96 pages of photographs of North Central’s Naperville campus compiled over 12 years. The new edition features the original 96 pages as well as an additional 36 pages of photographs.

“I’ve been in a unique position to witness how the campus has evolved over the past 20 years,” Savage says. “But even with buildings that have been there, you always see them with a different combination of light, color, shadow and foliage to create something new visually.”

Savage has a special fondness for working with small colleges. “Location photography in a higher-education setting offers an interesting array of challenges,” he says. “Your goal is to make a campus flattering, but realistic, and to make sure your pictures say something about the culture of the place.”
In an introduction to the new section of photos, Jim Godo, assistant vice president for marketing and communications, shares a 20-year history working with Savage to build a photo library and document a thriving, vibrant campus. “The growth of North Central and its community is dramatic,” he writes. “Yet as Chuck’s extraordinary photographs document so well, the character of the College endures. It is that character which this book celebrates at our Sesquicentennial.”

A native of Long Island, N.Y. who now lives in Richmond, Va., Savage majored in art and theater at Beloit College in Wisconsin and completed graduate studies in design and photography at Virginia Commonwealth University. Over the course of his career Savage has worked on a wide range of advertising, corporate, editorial and architectural assignments. His work has been recognized in such places as PDN’s Self-Promotion Awards competition, Print Magazine's Regional Design Annual and the Communication Arts Photography Annual.

“A College in its Community” is available for $39.95 hardcover, $29.95 softcover.

In addition to Cornerstone Week activities, numerous Sesquicentennial events and projects are planned throughout 2011 and into 2012. Visit for additional details.

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. 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. Visit to learn more.