North Central College 2005-2006 Highlights
Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center moves forward after Naperville City Council approves zoning change and height variance. The Maestro Society, a committee of some 40 volunteers, assembled to raise the remaining $7.5 million of the $26.5 million total cost. Jeff Oesterle '76 named national campaign chair and Robert Wislow '67 is Chicago chair. Heading up community efforts are trustees David Kelsch and Ray Kinney and life trustee Rita Harvard.
Kresge Challenge Grant of $1 million awarded to College to support Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center. Receipt of the grant is contingent upon North Central raising an additional $7.5 million by June 2007.
Major Donor Gifts include the Grantman Endowment from James and Dale J. Grantman '50; the Roger '58 and Nadeane Hruby Professorship; a 240-acre farm in Wisconsin from Mary Schneller '33 Rosar and her deceased sisters Cecelia Schneller '27 Mueller and Adlynn Schneller Balfanz; and a major gift commitment from Mrs. Shige Nagamura '54.
Two New Endowed Faculty Chairs announced in April, bringing total to eight. Stephen D. Johnston, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, selected Roger and Nadeane Hruby Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Richard J. Wilders, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, special assistant to the president and director of the Lederman Scholars program, named Marie and Bernice Gantzert Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Total New Student Enrollment numbers are highest ever, with 269 transfer students and 425 freshmen admitted in fall 2005.
Kiekhofer Hall / Koten Chapel renovation begins with a ribbon-cutting ceremony during 2005 Homecoming festivities. Construction progresses on track for building to reopen in fall 2006.
Academic Team Honors include advancement of forensics team to national tournament and awarding of Founder's Trophy; 13 Illinois College Press Association awards, two first place, to The NCC Chronicle; first-place Silver Dome award for excellence in broadcasting to Matthew Freeman '06 for the second consecutive year from Illinois Broadcasting Association.
Notable Speakers included Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidates debating the issues on CBS-2 television live from campus; Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert, author of Wisdom of Our Fathers; Paul Rusesabagina, hotel manager and inspiration for the film Hotel Rwanda; Nelly van Doom-Harder on the role of Muslim women in Islam; filmmaker Keith Beauchamp and his dramatic documentary, The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till; and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) raising awareness about cuts to federal financial student aid. Artists who performed in Pfeiffer Hall include Al Jarreau and The Temptations Review.
Record Seven Spring Break Service Trips engage 67 students and several staff members. Five groups headed south — four to work with Habitat for Humanity and a fifth to serve with L'Arche — while a sixth helped homeless people in New York City and a seventh assisted with hurricane relief in Louisiana.
Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program appoints new director, Thomas Cavenagh, who is also professor of business law and conflict resolution. A new LEV summer reading program is introduced during 2006 orientation. The freshman class read and discussed the book Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author. The book project complements North Central's commitment to service and leadership, ethics and values.
Gillian Owens '06 (pictured) named 2006 All-American by the American Forensic Association for excelling in the areas of forensics, academics and community service.
New "Verandah Experience" classes held during interim term 2005 include Chicago architecture tour led by Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin, walking tour featuring Chicago ethnic neighborhoods and cuisine, Chicago theater, the Pipeline to Urban Teaching Program community/school partnership, and undergraduate science research on aging bacteria.
Lonnie G. Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian Institution's new National Museum of African American History and Culture, is awarded honorary degree doctor of humane letters and delivers Commencement address. Sherrill E. Milnes '56 receives honorary degree doctor of fine arts.
Sports - football team posts best record in school history (9-1) and receives at-large bid to the NCAA III Playoffs; linebacker Lenny Radtke '06 (pictured) participates in prestigious Hula Bowl; Ben Hare '06 repeats as Academic All-American; and Cardinals cap the year by shutting out a team of semi-professional players, 54-0, in Muggia, Italy, in June. Men's cross country takes 12th at nationals and records 32nd straight CCIW crown; men's basketball finishes with most wins in school history (22-6), wins inaugural conference tourney and earns first invite in 16 years to NCAA III Tournament; wrestling places 14th at nationals and produces three All-Americans, most ever in one year; men's swimming is 24th at nationals thanks to Mark Schmitt '06, national champion in the 200 backstroke; men's indoor track and field claims sixth straight conference title and places 15th in nation; women's indoor track and field wins first-ever conference crown en route to an eighth-place national finish; men's outdoor track and field produces six All-Americans and places 25th at nationals; Amber Druien '07 wins national titles in the 800 and 1500 meters to help women's outdoor track and field place ninth at national championships.
Third Athletic Hall of Fame honors six of College's finest athletes and four special inductees for their participation, spirit of generosity and successful careers: Tom Dean '61, five-time all-conference selection in football; John Turpin '61, school record-holder for most points scored in football; Al Corrigan '65, five-time individual national champion in swimming; Tim McCoskey '01, fourtime individual national champion in cross country and track and field and youngest inductee into Hall of Fame; Scott Barrett '75, only NCAA Division I All-American in the College's history and national champion in the one mile; Pristina Jones '99, 11-time All-American with national titles in the long jump and 4x400 relay; Dick Wehrli '56, life trustee for outstanding contributions to the athletic facilities; Al Benedetti '48, life trustee for outstanding contributions to the athletic facilities; Larry Gregory '51, life trustee for involvement in virtually every major construction project on campus; Don Deetjen '66, former trustee for assistance in building North Central's Athletic Complex.
Board of Trustees elects seven new members, including Randy Anderson '91, CEO of CNL Financial Group, one of the nation's largest privately held real estate investment and finance companies; Esther Benjamin '90, vice president for business development at the International Youth Foundation; Michael R. Naset, senior partner at Accenture LLP (formerly Andersen Consulting); John Novak '64, DuPage County Treasurer 1977-2006; Steve Rubin, partner at KTG LLC (Kitchens to Go) in Naperville; Jeff Swallow '94, officer, director and corporate secretary at Magnetrol International; and Dr. Myron Wentz '63, founder and chairman of USANA Health Sciences. U.S. NEWS &
World Report ranks North Central among top Midwest colleges for the 12th straight year. College also rated a "best value."