North Central College - Naperville, IL

Bridging the past, present and future

A long-awaited landscaped connection between North Central College’s south campus and Naperville’s Riverwalk is underway. At the College’s Cornerstone Picnic in May—attended by more than 2,300 people—a groundbreaking ceremony signified the start of construction on the Riverwalk Gateway.
On hand for the event were James A. ’63 and Patricia C. Brady ’63 Bambule, (pictured above), who announced their pledge of $500,000 toward the project. “We’ve considered Naperville our home since we started college in 1959,” said Jim Bambule. “The Riverwalk Gateway for us bridges Naperville and North Central College—two places that are very important to us.”
The couple has challenged their classmates, through generous gifts and estate commitments, to reach the highest class gift total of any 50th reunion class—and they want to challenge future reunion classes to do the same. Funding for the Riverwalk project is also coming from a grant from the State of Illinois’ Independent Colleges Capital Program and senior gifts from the classes of 2004 and 2012. The project is on track to be completed in early fall.
Construction work on the Sesquicentennial Walkway through the center of campus began in late summer. Both projects are part of the College’s Sesquicentennial Legacy Project, designed to improve pedestrian access and beautify the campus for the enjoyment of the community.