Some 150 people, including faculty, students, alumni and friends from the community, gathered Jan. 28 to hold a fundraiser in honor of Lora L. Tyson, former North Central College associate professor of education from 1999 to 2008.
Held at Naperville’s Brunswick Zone XL, the inaugural Snow Bowl included bowling, a billiards tournament and silent auction to raise funds to support and renovate the Dr. Lora L. Tyson Education Curriculum Resource Center.
“This event was a wonderful way to honor Lora’s memory, raise funds for the Tyson Center and bring alumni and faculty together to network and share ideas to support the enhancement of the center,” said Maureen Kincaid, associate professor and chair of education. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of the first year’s event. It was perfect! We’re looking forward to this being an annual event, expanding it to include more alums.”
The NapervillePatch reported about the event and mentioned Ruth Anerino, one of Tyson’s three sisters, who attended the Snow Bowl and was part of the event’s planning committee. Anerino said, “Lora knew about the center beforehand, and did not want it named for her. She wanted it to be about God, because her faith and values—along with family, reading and her students—were extremely important to her life. … I could tell you that the most important motto in her life was that nice matters.”