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.

Test Subjects Enjoy the Experiment

Nine professors and their students are test subjects in a Learning Studio Research classroom that incorporates the latest thinking in teaching spaces and furniture design.

The project is a collaboration with Herman Miller and Widmer Interiors and allows the College to collect needed information.

Becca Paigen '95 Tointon

Becca Paigen Tointon founded a dress-sharing program called “Share the Memories” in the Midland, MI, area. “It started because I had four beautiful bridesmaid dresses in my closet and I wanted to do more than donate them,” she says. She teamed up with North Midland Family Center and held her first event in 2009. In 2010, the program distributed 250 formal gowns to area girls from 42 high schools for their proms. She may be reached at teachyouone@charter.net.

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.

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