North Central College 2012-2013 Highlights
North Central’s 10th President
Dr. Troy D. Hammond became the 10th president of North Central College. Board Chair Steven Hoeft ’73 announced the selection of Hammond following a nationwide search process and unanimous vote of the College’s Board of Trustees on October 26, 2012. Hammond succeeded President Harold R. Wilde on January 1, 2013. Over the first five months of his presidency, Hammond attended alumni events as a part of an Inaugural Tour and met 230 students during Fireside Chats arranged by the Student Governing Association. On Friday, May 17, the inauguration of Hammond took place in Pfeiffer Hall and included delegates from other institutions of higher learning, alumni, trustees, faculty, staff and students. The Inaugural Ball was held in the Residence Hall/Recreation Center.
New Chief Information Officer
Matt Burden, assistant vice president and chief information officer, was hired to lead the campus in improvements to the technology infrastructure, better integration of technology with teaching and learning and improved access to information.
North Central College received national recognition from multiple college guides. U.S. News & World Report placed North Central among “America’s Best Colleges” for 2014, ranking it No. 13 among 110 schools in the Midwest. The Princeton Review named North Central a Best Midwestern College, and Forbes ranked North Central among the top 20 percent of colleges in the nation. G.I. Jobs magazine rated North Central College a 2014 Military Friendly School, and North Central was named a “High ROI College” by Affordable Colleges Online. Colleges of Distinction cited North Central as “one of the best comprehensive liberal arts colleges in the nation” for 2013-2014.
Campus Expansion and Improvements
At Homecoming, the College and Naperville community leaders dedicated the newly completed Bambule Riverwalk Gateway. In December, the Sesquicentennial Walkway opened to foot traffic and was formally dedicated on May 18, 2013. Over D-Term, the main level of the Harold and Eva White Activities Center was renovated to create an open concept “living room.” Also in December, the College acquired an abandoned structure at 430 S. Washington Street, the result of a partnership between the College and City of Naperville. Demolition of the eyesore took place in January. A new park with College signage will serve as an entryway to campus from downtown Naperville. In February, the Board of Trustees approved the purchase of 409 E. Chicago Avenue as home to the College’s president. In May, President Hammond and his family moved in to the residence. The Edward Everett Rall House will continue to be used for College activities.
Hammond honored by NSF
President Troy D. Hammond was one of 63 outstanding alumni of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship Program to be honored and profiled for their career accomplishments as part of the 60th anniversary of the organization. In 1990, Hammond was awarded a fellowship that he applied toward the doctoral program in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Etienne Mashuli ’13 was awarded the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, which he will apply to graduate school in African Studies at Yale University. Mashuli, a political science major and economics minor, is the second student from North Central to earn a Soros, following Veronika Gagovic ’01. Mark Zajac ’12 was granted a 2013-2014 Dunn Fellowship to work for one year in the Governor’s Office in Chicago. He was an international business, Spanish, German triple major and Chinese minor. Zajac represents North Central’s second Dunn Fellow, following Laurel White ’10.
Despite a competitive climate, a successful year for the office of admission resulted in 852 new students for fall 2013, which included 529 first-year students and 323 transfers.
New Endowed Chair, New Ruge Fellows
Gregory H. Wolf, professor of German, was named the first recipient of the Dennis and Jean Bauman Professorship in the Humanities for his excellence in teaching and scholarship. The College’s 13th endowed chair was formally presented on October 11, 2012. Three faculty members were named Ruge Fellows. Mara Berkland, associate professor of speech communication, Stephen Maynard Caliendo, professor of political science, and Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry, were recognized at the April 25 faculty meeting by R. Devadoss Pandian, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.
North Central announced that it will begin offering a full-time, intensive English language program through its new English Language Institute (ELI) in January 2014. The College hired Kate Pope as director. ELI is designed to prepare international students for admission to North Central by developing English language skills, thereby boosting international enrollments.
A spring flood following 7 inches of rain required the campus to close on April 18, 2013. While the river flooded the turf on Kroehler Field in Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, major improvements to storm water management since the July 1996 flood minimized damage.
Commitment to Sustainability
For the third consecutive year, the College was named among the Princeton Review’s list of “greenest” colleges in North America for its ongoing commitment to sustainability. Campus sustainability practices include composting, recycling, a community garden, alternative transportation options, an electric vehicle charging station outside Old Main and a bike program for students. North Central is the first college or university in DuPage County to meet requirements needed to earn an Earth Flag.
Speakers/Performers on Campus
North Central hosted a variety of speakers and performers on campus, including Herman Boone, Bernadette Peters (right), Hill Harper, Caroline Kennedy, the Vienna Boys Choir and Dionne Warwick.
Athletic Events on Campus
North Central hosted the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships March 8-9, 2013. Receiving the CCIW’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship, the Cardinals hosted their first three games in the tournament, the first home tournament games in the event since 1990.
In November 2012, for the second consecutive season, the men’s cross country team won the NCAA Division III National Championship, the 15th national title in program history. In football, the Cardinals finished with an overall record of 9-3, sharing the program’s seventh straight CCIW Championship and qualifying for the postseason for the seventh time in eight years. The women’s volleyball team made history by achieving a record 267th victory in the tenure of head coach Karen Bunkenburg. Men’s basketball finished with a record of 28-4, establishing a new single-season school record for wins and advancing for the first time to the national semifinals of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship. At the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, John Crain ’14 won the 5,000-meter run and Josh Winder ’13 won the pole vault, the 116th and 117th individual national titles for the College.