North Central College - Naperville, IL

Students invite local owners of sport businesses to campus to share their stories

Sport management majors as interns at the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans
North Central College students host Entrepreneurship in Sport—a panel of four founders, owners, directors of local sport-related organizations—on Feb. 17.

North Central College students in the Introduction to Sport Management II class (HPE 251), Sport Management Association (SMA) and NCC Cycling & Multisport Club are hosting a panel discussion titled Entrepreneurship in Sport on Feb. 17.

The panel features founders, owners and directors of local sports-related organizations who will give short presentations and answer questions.

Head athletic trainer Sara Koski brings expertise, experience to North Central College

Head athletic trainer Sara Koski teaches students through experience, initiates unique injury-treatment protocol.

Sara Koski, North Central’s head athletic trainer, has only been on the job for about six months but her experience teaching and mentoring students and expertise in concussion treatment has brought fresh knowledge to the College’s athletic department.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

Derek Sanderson

When Derek was growing up, his dad often told him that if he could find a job he loved, “you’ll never work a day in your life.” On the way to finding that job, Derek discovered a school he loves.

“I fell in love with North Central during my first visit. I still feel the same way today,” he says. “The people here are very friendly and the school’s in an amazing area.”

As a student, Derek has already had multiple opportunities to gain experience in the professional sports world. He completed a summer internship with the Chicago Blackhawks and also worked for the Super Bowl host committee in New Orleans alongside 14 other members of North Central’s Sport Management Association.

“I’ve always had a passion for sports,” he says. “I love the atmosphere that working in sports provides.”

North Central’s faculty awarded Derek the Outstanding Major in sport management his senior year.

Danielle Fiala '13

Danielle Fiala was named the inaugural head lacrosse coach at Wartburg College, which begins competition in women’s lacrosse in the spring 2015 season. “I immediately became interested due to the Division III atmosphere,” she said. “Being a student first and an athlete second is something I enjoyed and am very comfortable with due to my time at North Central.” Fiala led North Central in scoring during her last three lacrosse seasons and is the program’s all-time career leader in goals, assists, shot attempts and ground controls.

Kelly Ator '11

Kelly Ator is an events coordinator at Clemson University Campus Recreation, where she schedules and organizes all facility reservations and events to enhance the recreational experience of all Clemson students, faculty/staff and community members. Before earning this position, Ator earned a master’s degree in recreation administration from Illinois State University. She may be reached at

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

Hilary Cebulko-Lakes '09

Hilary Cebulko-Lakes was promoted to head coach for men’s and women’s track and field at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, KY. She has been with the program since 2009 and was named the interim head coach in January. During her interim season, she was named the Mid-South Conference (MSC) Coach of the Year for women’s outdoor track and field after helping lead the program to its first-ever MSC team championship. “I am thrilled to be in this position and am excited to see where the program will go.

INROADS partnership earns high praise

North Central College was honored with a University Partner Award by INROADS, which selects students from underserved groups for prestigious internships.

INROADS—a  program that selects and places student interns representing underserved groups—has honored North Central College with a University Partner Award for the Great Lakes Region. There are 72 colleges and universities in the region, including most Big 10 universities, the University of Chicago, DePaul University and others.

Accepting on behalf of the College were Lisa Pettaway, director of the North Central College Fund and coordinator of the program for North Central, and Dorothy Pleas, director of multicultural affairs.

A new look, a new atmosphere in Gregory Arena

For the 2013-2014 Cardinal athletics season, Gregory Arena in Merner Field House has new retractable bleachers, providing 600 additional seats.

Spectators at North Central College home basketball, volleyball and wrestling contests will be treated to a greatly improved atmosphere inside Gregory Arena at Merner Field House. A series of upgrades are in the works with the goal of creating an improved experience for teams and fans alike.

With the arena’s running track receiving far less use after the opening of the Residence Hall/Recreation Center, the College took advantage of the opportunity to install retractable spectator seating on the first floor of Gregory Arena.

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