North Central College - Naperville, IL

Alumni in ministry inspire youth

The Reverend Lynn Pries ’67, North Central’s chaplain, along with New Visions Summer Company and the Rev. Becky Eberhart of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary hosted a July conference titled “Called to Be.” The three-day event for high school students included workshops, Bible studies, recreation, visits to Chicago for both fun and worship and plenty of time for reflection to help the participants discern whether an aspect of ministry—lay or clergy—is in their futures.

Different degrees of success

Gail Tate ’86 found over several decades of work in business and technology, it pays to stay flexible and find enjoyment in new opportunities. “I’ve enjoyed every job I’ve had and I loved working with and coaching people at all levels,” she says.

Madormo discovers a new audience

Most days during lunch and into the late evening hours, John Madormo likes to hang out with his friend Charlie Collier. A fictional character, Charlie apparently doesn’t have much radio talent but he’s good at solving mysteries—and that’s resulted in Madormo finding success as a published author of middle-grade books. Officially released May 10, “Charlie Collier, Snoop for Hire: The Homemade Stuffing Caper” has made a big splash in the bookselling industry for Madormo, North Central’s assistant professor of broadcast communication and general manager of WONC-FM 89.1.

College again earns Chronicle honor

North Central College again ranks among the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Results of a study released in August in The Chronicle’s fifth annual report on The Academic Workplace are based on a survey of nearly 46,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities. This is the second consecutive year the College has been achieved this status. This year, North Central was recognized in two categories:

Women's Chorale goes green

Some 36 members of the North Central College Women’s Chorale embarked on the ensemble’s second trip abroad. In June, the women traveled to Dublin, Galway, Killarney and Bray in Ireland and performed in historic cathedrals including St. Patrick’s in Dublin, St. Nicholas Collegiate Church in Galway, St. Mary’s Church of Ireland in Killarney and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Bray. They also enjoyed seeing the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and the Ring of Kerry.

Bridging the past, present and future

A long-awaited landscaped connection between North Central College’s south campus and Naperville’s Riverwalk is underway. At the College’s Cornerstone Picnic in May—attended by more than 2,300 people—a groundbreaking ceremony signified the start of construction on the Riverwalk Gateway.

Science Center receives generous gift

Entrepreneur and philanthropist M. Al and his wife Lila Self of Hinsdale, IL, have donated $1.5 million toward the Science Center.
“It’s Al’s intention that this contribution will spark and create a momentum for funding the Science Center at North Central,” said Roger Hruby Sr. ’58, Life Trustee.

Family life and college life intertwined

Benna Wilde has many wonderful memories from the past 21 years as the wife of President Harold Wilde. Her reflections on those years begin with her first visit to Naperville as part of a presidential search interview. “(Trustee) Rita Harvard arranged to give me a tour of Naperville and I fell in love with it,” she says. “I was thinking that I really hope they pick us because this is a great place.”

The Wilde Era in the words of the North Central family

As a former athlete at North Central and later a high school coach, I was always impressed with the wonderful support President Hal had for all the athletic teams. You could always find Hal by looking for the red jacket and the ever-present baseball cap. He certainly brought academics and athletics to national prominence.”

Bud ’48 and Lois Stauffer ’49 Berger

In his own words

Historian Clarence N. Roberts tells us that President Augustine A. Smith ‘bequeathed a greater influence to the philosophy of the institution than any other individual.’ Smith wanted the College to be ‘a great moral lighthouse, sending out a clear and steady light upon all subjects that pertain to the well-being of man’ …

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