North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central to premiere second part of documentary about 150-year history

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North Central College invites the public to the free premiere Sept. 28 of the second part of a documentary series produced with Naperville Community Television that chronicles the College’s 150-year history.

“The Growth of a College” is the second of the five-part documentary series “A Promising Start,” which commemorates the College’s Sesquicentennial. “The Growth of a College” will premiere at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

The documentary series production is led by Naperville Community Television’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Director Elizabeth Braham Spencer, who also is adjunct professor of broadcast communication at the College.

“The Growth of a College” spans the years 1916 to 1946, during the period Edward Everett Rall served as College president. Rall’s 30-year presidency remains the longest in the College’s history and was notable for numerous reasons. During a challenging time in our nation that included the Great Depression and two world wars, Rall was able to drive substantial growth forward in terms of academics, financial stability, athletics and the physical footprint of the College.

“This was a period of great expansion and development for North Central College, and viewers are sure to be inspired by the legacy of President Rall,” Spencer says.

The period covered in the second part of the documentary included the role North Central College played in the shaping of small colleges and the first concept of the student-athlete. The documentary brings the story to life through reenactments, video, historical photos, letters and interviews with historical experts such as Ann Durkin Keating, chair of the College's history department and C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History at North Central.

North Central College is planning numerous Sesquicentennial events and projects throughout 2011 and into 2012. Visit for additional details.