North Central College - Naperville, IL

President's Message

"At this institution, teaching comes first. Great teaching isn’t just about reaching the most talented students … it’s about reaching every student.” This fall, when U.S. News & World Report once again named North Central College as one of the 80 best places in the nation for undergraduate teaching, the magazine confirmed what all of us committed to this college know and believe. Great teaching is our raison d’etre, our reason for existence. And that teaching takes place all over campus.

Gary Ireland: Challenging New Leaders

Formerly the College's dean of students, Ireland is now sharing his 25 years of experience by teaching graduate-level classes and mentoring graduate assistants. Most of the students in his fall term class are specializing in the new higher education leadership track within the master of leadership studies program.

William Muck: Sharing His Enthusiasm

It took just two years for William Muck, assistant professor of political science, to endear himself as a favorite teacher among North Central College students. He was named the winner of the 2010 Dissinger Award for Junior Faculty with enthusiasm and endorsements.

J. Charles Eldridge, Ph.D. '65

J. Charles Eldridge, Ph.D. co-authored a 480-page book titled “Endocrine Toxicology,” 3rd Edition, published in 2010 by Informa Healthcare. The book emphasizes toxic mechanisms and regulatory issues of environmental pollutants known as endocrine disruptors. He is a professor of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest University and regularly consults with chemical manufacturers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on matters of endocrine toxicology.

Nathan August Emery '02

Nathan August Emery is the national program manager for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Border Enforcement Security Task Force in Washington, D.C., where he also lives. He may be reached at nathanaemery@aol.com.

Keith Feiler '66

Keith Feiler is adjunct instructor of economics and finance at North Central College. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from DePaul University.

Scott Stratton '02

Scott Stratton played a lead role, Lucky, in the musical “Dames at Sea” at Skylight Opera Theatre in the Cabot Theatre in Wisconsin, which ran September 17 to October 3. A comedy, “Dames at Sea” includes moving love songs and rollicking tap numbers. He lives in Lake Geneva, WI.

Heather Coon: Finding Her Destiny

As a graduate student at the University of Michigan, Associate Professor of Psychology Heather Coon thought she was headed for a research career in social and cultural psychology. Then she realized that classroom teaching at a small college was her destiny and ultimately landed at North Central College. She obviously found her true calling, winning the 2010 Dissinger Award for Senior Faculty thanks to student nominations.

Stuart Allen '68

Stuart Allen retired as pastor of Prairie du Chien United Methodist in Wisconsin in June. In retirement he’ll serve as minister to seniors at Cargill United Methodist Church in Janesville, WI.

Janelle Layland '02 Zenner

Janelle Layland Zenner and her husband Joshua opened J Rae Boutique in The Promenade in Bolingbrook, IL. The boutique features natural stone and Swarovski crystal jewelry, unique sterling silver pieces, evening bags, leather and vegan leather bags and wearable art. The couple aims to offer customers fashionable jewelry, bridging the gap between costume and high-end jewelry. They also own Charlotte Then and Now, a wholesale jewelry business that specializes in women’s fundraising events. Visit J Rae Boutique on Facebook.

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