North Central College - Naperville, IL

Joe Birkett '77

Joe Birkett ’77 in December was sworn in as a justice of the 2nd District Appellate Court in Elgin, IL. He was formerly DuPage County State’s Attorney and a prosecutor for nearly 30 years. Birkett’s wife Patty watched the oath, which was administered by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Bob Thomas. Daily Herald photo by Daniel White.

D-Term Trip to Berlin: Bad weather turns to opportunity

When Heathrow International Airport closed due to bad weather a week before Christmas, it posed quite a dilemma for 18 students, their professor and a staff member, Brian Rainville, who were stranded in Berlin at the conclusion of a D-Term course. The group was supposed to transfer flights in London.

A Thriving Global Community

On any given day at North Central College, students are sharing travel stories from D-Term, learning about new study abroad options to places like Jordan and Peru, practicing German at a language table, taking flamenco lessons and viewing a documentary film about India. They may encounter an English professor who grew up in Romania and a student organization comptroller from Haiti.

President's Message

One of my theories about great colleges is that they must include a few “magnificent crazy zealots.” Too many MCZs, and the institution could implode. Too few, and the school has a tendency to settle for good instead of great. The MCZs are the professors and coaches who refuse to accept constraints … whether they be resources, attitudes, “turf” or time … in their pursuit of excellence.

New American Colleges and Universities Fellow Adds to Science Lore

J. Burton Kirkwood, professor of history at the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN, used his sabbatical as a New American Colleges and Universities fellow at North Central during fall term 2010. While observing the College’s senior administrative leadership, he also researched North Central’s rich legacy in the sciences and its many distinguished alumni.

Dr. Carl C. Gamertsfelder '35: A Witness to the Launch of the Nuclear Age

"It seemed a little magical to me,” was how the late Dr. Carl C. Gamertsfelder ’35 described the nuclear reaction that took place at the University of Chicago on December 2, 1942.

Thomas P. Moore '52

Thomas P. Moore was inducted into the Crawford County Veterans Hall of Fame in November 2010. He was honored for his service as a U.S. Navy fireman first class aboard the USS Sea Devil (SS-400) and USS Sea Dog (SS-401) during World War II. As a result of his service, he was named a life member of United States Submarine Veterans of World War II. During his career, Moore was president and chief executive officer of the Brokensword Broadcasting Company, 1962-1995.

Tim Shoemaker '03

Tim Shoemaker, a senior account manager at Millward Brown, volunteered his time with a team of North Central students who prepared for an American Marketing Association (AMA) competition and finished in the top 25. Shoemaker offered advice on topics ranging from gathering and analyzing market research data to using graphic design and communication skills in presentations. Students visited Millward Brown’s office in Lisle, IL, to work on their project, tour the facility and learn about the latest trends and technology used in market research.

John Daniels '69

John Daniels was named a top attorney for 2010 in “Wisconsin Super Lawyers” for the sixth year in a row. He’s one of 38 attorneys from the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP and one of only 5 percent of lawyers in the state who are selected.

Michael “Mik” Dempsey '04

Michael “Mik” Dempsey started a band called The Hyrax with Mike Musselman ’08. The band plays original music written by Mik and Mike with lyrics by Mik. Members of the five-piece band include Maxwell Damske ’12, Alex Damske ’14 and Tommy Murray. In February, The Hyrax released a full-length album and launched a website, thehyrax.com. They’ll open for Rachel Barton Pine with Earthen Grave at North Central College on April 29.

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