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150 Moments: Martin Luther King Jr. visit to North Central College

Martin Luther King Jr. during campus visit in 1960
Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited North Central College on Nov. 21, 1960, and spoke during chapel service on “Stride Toward Freedom.”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited North Central’s campus on Nov. 21, 1960, and presented a speech titled “Stride Toward Freedom” in Pfeiffer Hall during one of the College’s regular chapel services.

King was the most important voice of the American civil rights movement. He was famous for using nonviolent resistance to overcome injustice and never tired of trying to end segregation laws. In 1964 he received the Nobel Peace Prize.

James Will named to North Central College’s Wall of Witness

North Central College is honoring James Will of Arlington Heights by adding his name to the College’s Wall of Witness.

This is the fifth of five weekly installments profiling individuals who will receive Alumni Awards & Recognition on Nov. 11 during North Central College’s Sesquicentennial Homecoming Celebration.

Nov. 1, 2011—North Central College is honoring James Will of Arlington Heights by adding his name to the College’s Wall of Witness.

150 Moments: Bill Shatzer ’42, Cardinal football great

Bill Shatzer ’42, 1940 Spectrum yearbook
North Central College student-athlete Bill Shatzer ’42 defied the odds as standout four-sport athlete, honored with life-size statue, named to Hall of Fame.

Born in Lewiston, Pa., Bill Shatzer ’42 moved to Mooseheart, Ill., following the death of his father. He enrolled at North Central College in 1938 and proceeded to excel in a variety of sports here at the College.

Shatzer lettered three times each in basketball and baseball and twice in track. However, he may be best remembered for his accomplishments in football.

150 Moments: Old Main, 1870-

Old Main, winter 1921
North Central College’s iconic Old Main building was dedicated Oct. 4, 1870, and refurbished and rededicated in October 1998.

After laying the cornerstone on May 17, 1870, Old Main came to represent the merging of North-Western College, which had just relocated from Plainfield, and the residents of Naperville. Old Main remains the oldest building on campus and one of the oldest buildings in the surrounding area.

150 Moments: President Gael D. Swing, 1975-1990

President Gael D. Swing, 1975-1990
North Central College’s eighth president was Gael Swing. Serving from 1975 to 1990, he introduced continuing education, Evening and Weekend College and more.

Gael D. Swing succeeded Arlo Schilling in 1975 to become the eighth president of North Central College. Born in Indiana, Swing received a bachelor’s degree from Franklin College in 1954 and a master’s degree from Indiana University in 1963.

After 15 years of working in admission and development at Franklin College, he joined Washington University (St. Louis) as director of special program services in the development office. He came to North Central College as executive vice president in 1973 before being named president.

150 Moments: President Arlo L. Schilling, 1960-1975

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Arlo Schilling, 1960
North Central College’s seventh president was Arlo L. Schilling, serving from 1960 to 1975, during the turbulent years of war, civil rights, student unrest.

Arlo Schilling was named North Central College’s seventh president on Nov. 11, 1960. Raised in an Evangelical United Brethren family in Indiana, Schilling served in the military during World War II before he graduated from Huntington College and earned a master’s degree from Indiana University and a doctoral degree from Purdue University.

150 Moments: President C. Harve Geiger, 1946-1960

President C. Harve Geiger, 1946-1960
North Central College’s sixth president was C. Harve Geiger, who served from 1946 to 1960 during the College’s post-World War II years.

Appointed North Central College’s sixth president in 1946, C. Harve Geiger was born in Indiana and attended Manchester College and the University of Chicago, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1922. He received an M.A. in education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Geiger served as a faculty member at Iowa Wesleyan, University of Dubuque and Coe College before his inauguration as president.

150 Moments: President Edward E. Rall, 1916-1946

President Edward E. Rall, 1916-1946
North Central College’s fifth president, Edward Everett Rall, was the longest-serving president, from 1916 to 1946, whose tenure spanned major world crises.

North Central College’s fifth president, Edward Everett Rall, was born and educated in Iowa at the Iowa State Teachers’ College. He received a B.A. from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from Yale University.

Rall became a professor of education at the University of Texas and chaired the education department at the University of Tennessee before his appointment as president of North-Western College in 1916.

150 Moments: A.A. Smith House, built in 1885 and restored to College in 2008

A.A. Smith House, restored
In the 1880s, the A.A. Smith House was a social center and home to the College’s first president. Its legacy continues today and into the future.

In 2008, Bart and Maricela ’99 Madden donated the A.A. Smith House at 28 S. Loomis St. and most of its contents to North Central College. The Maddens had purchased the house in 1999 and spent years renovating and furnishing it in the Eastlake Victorian style in which it was originally designed.

150 Moments: President Lawrence H. Seager, 1911-1916

President Lawrence H. Seager
North Central College’s fourth president was Lawrence H. Seager, a North-Western College graduate and minister, who served as president from 1911 to 1916.

North Central College’s fourth president was Lawrence Hoover Seager, a North-Western College graduate and minister, who served as president from 1911 to 1916.

Born in Fremont, Ohio, he came to Naperville with a desire to enter the ministry. Seager attended Ohio Northern University and graduated in 1886. He then enrolled at North-Western College as a senior in the Latin-Scientific Course and graduated in 1887 with a bachelor of science degree.

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