North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central College 2000-2001 Highlights

North Central honors students shine as College hosts Upper Midwest Honors Council Annual Conference, attracting 200 honors students and advisors from 46 colleges and universities.

Full-time undergraduate enrollment is off the charts in fall 2000 at 1,750 — a 33 percent increase from just five years ago.

Students In Free Enterprise finish among top eight in general competition and are named National Finalist in special competition.

NCC Chronicle staffers bring home 20 awards from Illinois College Press Association.

Mock Trial participants win one and tie two of their four rounds in regional tournament competition.

First freshman seminars are launched as part of New Curriculum, each co-taught by faculty from English and another discipline, demonstrating to students that effective writing, critical thinking and research skills are important no matter what their major.

It's the year "of the Year" for North Central staff as Lynn Pries '67 (pictured) is named United Methodist Chaplain of the Year; Walter Johnson '80 is Division III Central Region Athletic Director of the Year; Jim Kulawiak is CCIW Softball Coach of the Year; and Jan Fitzsimmons, coordinator of the College's Junior/Senior Scholars college readiness program, is named Outstanding Woman Educator of the Year for DuPage County.

Harold R. Wilde celebrates 10th anniversary as president of North Central College, a decade that sees introduction of New Curriculum, construction of four major buildings and five-fold increase in endowment.

College ends fiscal year with nearly $30 million raised toward Capital Campaign goal of $50 million. Mimi Rolland '55 (pictured) commits $1 million to endow faculty chair in arts. Total giving for 2000-2001 tops $7 million.

Build-out of second and third floors of Cardinal Stadium is completed, with Education Department, Wellness Center, Career Development Center and Office of Residence Life scheduled to move in before fall term 2001. Building also includes five classrooms and computer lab as well as offices, training rooms, locker rooms and press facilities for athletic program.

WONC FM-89.1 students rake in two more Marconi Awards (no college radio station has more), three Silver Domes in competition with commercial radio throughout Illinois, and two first-place awards from College Media Advisors.

Board of Trustee Associates doubles in membership, steps up fundraising in Naperville to meet Preparing for a New Century Capital Campaign goals.

Four dynamic new trustees are elected to the Board: Steve Hoeft '73, attorney with McDermott, Will and Emery in Chicago; Dave Kelsch, CEO of Advanced Data Technologies, headquartered in Naperville; Ray Kinney, co-owner of Naperville's Minuteman Press; and Ron Lueptow '81, vice president of international financial operations at Tellabs. Trustee Julius Scott is elected to Life Trustee status.

Thoracic surgeon Richard Norenberg '55 is elected chairman of Board of Trustees, succeeding J. Steven Bergerson who steps down after nine eventful years in leadership role.

University Senate of the United Methodist Church grants College enthusiastic approval for continued accreditation following customary 10-year review.

Forensics team ranks 16th in the nation, with Laura Fancher '01 selected to first American Forensics Association 14-member All-American Team.

Tim McCoskey '01 (pictured) becomes seventh Cardinal to capture individual national championship in men's cross country. Team finishes 4th. In addition to athletic All-America honors, McCoskey is named to 2000-01 Verizon Academic All-America At-Large Team.

Other All-America honorees include Jeremy Borling '02 (cross country), Maureen Szweda '02 and Emily Peaslee '03 (swimming), Shannon Pedersen '04 (softball) and Sue DeNigris '02, who also is selected to 2001 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Track and Field First Team. Women's swim team ranks 20th in nation, while women's softball wins NCAA Regionals and advances to Nationals, ending season with 5th place finish.

7,000 fans pack Cardinal Stadium in July 2000 to watch Chicago Fire vs. Dallas Burn in U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal soccer match. 15,000 area residents jam stadium in September to witness Crosstown Classic football showdown between Naperville North and Naperville Central high schools.

College rolls out new Web site, featuring lively look, more information and easier navigation. Number of unique external visitors to site averages 13,000 per month.

College makes several modifications to Master Land-Use Plan following series of neighborhood meetings. Revised Plan is endorsed by Naperville Plan Commission and awaits City Council approval for incorporation into Naperville's Downtown Plan. (Council approval received September 2001.)

Hugo Sonnenschein (pictured), world-class economic theorist and president emeritus of University of Chicago, addresses second-largest graduating class in college history.