North Central College - Naperville, IL

President's Message

As I got on the plane to Cleveland on November 21 to watch North Central’s men’s cross country team compete for its 13th national championship in the past 34 years, I had my assignment in front of me. Write your column for North Central’s Annual Report, it said. The theme is “sustaining excellence.”

Sustaining Excellence: Scholarship Support

Scholarship support is important to the ability of most students to attend North Central, but never more so than in this time of economic hardship for many families. During 2008-2009, Ian and Brent Tyson established a scholarship to honor their mother, Associate Professor of Education Lora Tyson, who died September 1, 2008. Tanya Kuzmenko ’10 is the first recipient of the new Dr. Lora L. Tyson Education Scholarship.

Sustaining Excellence: Business Affairs

As the dimensions of the recession of 2008-2009 were becoming evident, some employees in Old Main watched admission numbers; others were monitoring and managing key financial numbers: operating cash, operating expenditures and the declining value of the endowment.

Sustaining Excellence: Admission

As North Central College took another major step this fall toward the Strategic Plan goal of 2,400 full-time undergraduates, a good place to start the story of admission success is with Ben Fewkes ’13. He came to North Central with 11 peers from Normal (IL) Community High School as a result of hearing the “buzz” about the campus, ongoing contact with admission counselor Ashley Dudich and successful visits. “Last year all my friends were talking about this great college they wanted to go to,” he explains. “We all ended up coming here together.”

Sustaining Excellence: Athletics

North Central College’s commitment to student-athletes has helped to build an athletic program that ranks among the best of NCAA Division III schools. Cardinal teams have won more national championships than all other College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin schools combined.

Diane Anstine is New Ruge Fellow

During the faculty meeting in November, R. Devadoss Pandian, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, named Associate Professor and Chair of Economics Diane Anstine (right) a Ruge Fellow in recognition of her excellence in teaching.

The Ruge Fellows program is designed to recognize, celebrate and reward faculty for their contributions to the teaching and learning environment at North Central College. Honorees are selected after a rigorous application and review process.

2009 Lincoln Laureate

2009's Lincoln Laureate, Stephanie Ryding ’10, is known for her high achievements both inside and outside the classroom. North Central’s faculty selected Ryding as the College’s 2009 Lincoln Laureate, an annual award that honors outstanding seniors at four-year degree-granting institutions in Illinois. She was honored during an awards ceremony on November 7 in Springfield, IL.

Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence

North Central welcomes its fifth Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, Radha Rajagopalan from Toronto, Canada. Her strong interest in global climate change and water conservation complements the College’s 2009-2010 international and cultural focus on global environmental change.

Trustee directs Global Operations for Peace Corps

 North Central College alumna and Board of Trustee member, Esther Benjamin ’90, has been named associate director for Global Operations for the U.S. Peace Corps. She is responsible for managing all Peace Corps programs worldwide, which are located in more than 70 countries. All Peace Corps offices in those countries report to five regional directors, all of whom report to her. She reports to the U.S. Peace Corps director, Aaron Williams, who reports directly to President Barack Obama.

Sustaining Excellence: Academics

When U.S. News and World Report this fall placed North Central College among the top 80 institutions in the nation that have a special commitment to undergraduate teaching, it confirmed what students, alumni and the campus community already knew, that effective teaching has always been central to the mission and the performance of the College.

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