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.

Strengthening church partnerships: Albright-Wesley Society

In an effort to strengthen the bonds between North Central College and United Methodist churches and advance a shared goal of developing new leaders in the Wesleyan tradition, the College has reestablished the Albright-Wesley Society.

Brian Lee ’01

Brian Lee ’01 was the keynote speaker at North Central’s 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast and told the gathering how King’s words helped him overcome adversity when he sustained a season-ending injury during his football-playing days at North Central.“Dr. King said, ‘If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward,’” Lee said, citing a 1963 speech King made in Birmingham, AL.

Prestigious scholarship rewards special motivation

Peggy Moran knows the exact moment that altered her life. In 2008, her college-aged daughter was hospitalized with a pulmonary embolism. Her daughter pulled through but Moran’s life was forever changed. A business owner and author, she decided to resume her education. A little more than two years later, Moran was awarded a highly competitive Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

Keith D. Stephenson '01

Keith D. Stephenson was named chief operating officer of Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc., located at the company’s world headquarters in Novi, MI. He previously served as president of Cooper Standard’s International Division at the company’s European headquarters in Mannheim, Germany. Stephenson was chief development officer at Boler Company, 2004 to 2006.

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