North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.

William Grahame Wilkin III '07

William Grahame Wilkin III is an art teacher at Aurora Christian High School. He is also recognized nationwide as an artist. Most notably, he created the original design for the POW/MIA flag, which is an American flag designed as a symbol of citizen concern about U.S. military personnel who are either prisoners of war or missing in action.

Travis Hartke '05

Travis Hartke is an associate cross country coach at Boise State University in Boise, ID. Hartke started his career as a graduate assistant at Iowa State in 2006 after earning a degree in psychology and physical education at North Central. At Iowa State, he earned a master's degree in kinesiology. He was promoted to a full-time assistant coach in 2008, a position he held until 2010 when he was named associate head coach.

David Thompson '99

David Thompson is head coach of men’s track and field at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. He was head coach of the men’s and women’s track and field programs at State University of New York at Oswego; University of Dubuque in Dubuque, IA; and Ashford University in Clinton, IA; and was assistant coach at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.

Jim VanHootegem '90

Jim VanHootegem was named the new head cross country/track and field coach at the University of Oklahoma.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of working in a program that possesses an extensive history of producing championship-caliber teams and student-athletes,” he said. Previously, he was assistant coach of track and field for Texas A&M University. He played a crucial role in the team’s seven NCAA championships, 14 conference championships and 22 individual NCAA champions.

Kevin Reed '88

Kevin Reed was promoted to state emergency teams coordinator for the State of Minnesota, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He coordinates activities of the state bomb squads, hazmat teams and Minnesota Task Force One in support of local officials. He works with local law enforcement, fire and emergency management during incidents in order to protect citizens of Minnesota.

Gems teaches, serves, presents in international positions

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, is named officer of international society, teaches and gives talks worldwide.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, was elected a vice president of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport; his four-year term began August 2013. His duties include setting the direction of the organization, organization of conferences, service on the scientific committee and more.

New North Central College students discover possibilities during Orientation

Hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College during Orientation.

During summer 2013 Orientation sessions, hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College.

From study abroad courses to athletic teams to clubs and organizations, Orientation serves to inform students about options so they can begin to plan their years of study and make the most of their experience at North Central College.

Summer research students to discuss scholarly work during Aug. 1 poster session

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

The SURC poster session takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in Smith Hall of Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. (The session previously was scheduled to take place in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center). Most of the 40 students who participated in the 2013 SURC will be present.

Lindsay Owens

Lindsay wanted a career she was more passionate about, so after a few years in sales, she enrolled at North Central College to earn a degree in physical education.

“My career aspirations were to become certified and prepared to teach physical education at the K-12 level,” says Lindsay, who’d previously earned a bachelor’s degree at a different school. “The combination of traditional classroom teaching along with practical experiences has allowed me to apply all that I’ve learned. I not only feel ready to teach physical education, but I feel confident that North Central has done everything in its power to prepare me.”

Lindsay discovered how much she enjoyed working with young athletes during a previous coaching opportunity. After an extensive college search, she landed in Naperville.

“If you’re looking for a school where you will get the best of everything from athletics to education, and where faculty and peers care about you, come to North Central College,” she says. “I wanted challenging coursework, along with the support of faculty and peers. I found that here.”

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