North Central College - Naperville, IL

John Petzke M ’98

John Petzke M ’98 was appointed chief technology officer of North Shore School District 112. He previously served as the executive director of technology for Oswego Community Unit School District 308. Petzke’s position combines the duties of director of information and media services and the learning coordinator for technology integration, which were previously two full-time positions at School District 112. He received a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Aurora University and a master’s degree in educational administration from North Central College.

Michelle LeDonne '09

Michelle LeDonne is the communications officer for the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation in Montreal where she works in media and donor relations and is involved in fundraising and grant writing. LeDonne graduated from McGill University in February 2011 with a master of arts degree in English.

Riverwalk Gateway Dedication

Community leaders join North Central College in formal dedication of the Riverwalk Gateway on Oct. 27 as part of Homecoming.

Community leaders joined with North Central College alumni, faculty, staff and students to officially dedicate the newly completed Riverwalk Gateway, which includes landscaping and stately stone pillars to mark the entryway to the south end of campus and a new pathway along the West Branch of the DuPage River.

President Harold Wilde acknowledged that many consider the Riverwalk— first constructed in 1981—as the “crown jewel of Naperville.”

Dr. Troy D. Hammond named 10th president in 151-year history of North Central College

Dr. Troy D. Hammond will be the 10th president in North Central College’s 151-year history.

Dr. Troy D. Hammond, a scientist, teacher and entrepreneur, will be North Central College’s next president, only the 10th in the school’s 151-year history. Board Chair Steven Hoeft ’73 announced the selection of Hammond after a unanimous vote of the College’s Board of Trustees.

"Dr. Hammond brings a wealth of experience to North Central College," says Hoeft. "He is uniquely equipped to lead this institution forward."

Middle East trip immerses students in complex issues

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The historical, cultural and political significance of Israel and Palestine shaped the itinerary for a new student trip conducted by the Office of Ministry and Service in August. Immersion into both Israeli and Palestinian areas as well as tours of key biblical sites provided students and staff with life-changing experiences. The group used an independent tour company to access the different areas, many of which represented traditional pilgrimage sites.

North Central College names Gregory Wolf recipient of 13th endowed chair

Gregory H. Wolf, Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor in the Humanities
North Central College Professor of German Gregory H. Wolf has been named the first recipient of the Dennis and Jean Bauman Professorship in the Humanities.

North Central College Professor of German Gregory H. Wolf has been named the first recipient of the Dennis and Jean Bauman Professorship in the Humanities. The College’s 13th endowed chair was formally presented on Thursday, Oct. 11, at a meeting of the faculty.

New faculty members begin academic year at North Central College

North Central College appoints several new faculty members and welcomes Visiting Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence for the 2012-2013 academic year.

North Central College has appointed several new faculty members for the 2012-2013 academic year, which begins Sept. 10.

Five new full-time, tenure-track faculty members are:

Keating authors new book “Rising up from Indian Country”

Ann Durkin Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History
Ann Durkin Keating, North Central College Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History, recounts battle of Fort Dearborn and birth of Chicago in new book.

Ann Durkin Keating, North Central College Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History, has authored a new book, titled “Rising up from Indian Country: The Battle of Fort Dearborn and the Birth of Chicago,” published by the University of Chicago Press. The book’s release coincides with the Aug. 15, 2012, bicentennial of the Battle of Fort Dearborn.

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