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Enduring Gifts from Henry and Annie Merner Pfeiffer

In the spring of 1924, President Edward E. Rall visited Henry and Annie Merner Pfeiffer in New York to ask for a gift in support of a “new chapel.” Henry had strong connections to North Central, having studied for two years (1875-1877) on campus before returning to his hometown of Cedar Falls, IA, to become a retail druggist. Later, he and his brother Gustavus entered pharmaceutical manufacturing and then the cosmetics field. They established their headquarters in New York City.

Harold and Eva White Champions of Higher Education

The generosity of Harold ’35 and Eva Anderson ’35 White has touched nearly every aspect of campus during the past three decades, including international programs, forensics, music, education, the sciences and faculty development. Their legacy is an endowed professorship in the liberal arts, a building named in their honor and a First Citizen of the College Award presented at Commencement to someone who represents “the best” at North Central.

The Steadfast Commitment of Ruth K. Powers ’32

Teachers, librarians, farm owners, pastors—much of North Central’s success today rests on a foundation strengthened by the generosity of alumni and friends who loved their alma mater but not the spotlight. One such donor was Ruth Powers ’32, a librarian who was a faithful friend to the College until her death in 2004. Over the years, she donated tens of thousands of dollars to endow a fund at Oesterle Library—the Books for College Libraries Core Collection Endowment Fund—to build the collection. She remained an anonymous donor until her death.

Creating Connections, Leaving a Legacy

A group of North Central students would like to thank the alumni who donate to fine arts, athletics, the Annual Fund and campus facilities.

So they are. Using pens, thank you notes and their own creativity, the Student Legacy Ambassadors have written more than 200 personal notes to College donors. They tell them about the activities they’re involved with and how the donor helped their field of interest.

A Shared Mission

Business owners throughout the western suburbs generously support North Central College with donations of everything from restaurant meals to technology wiring and consulting, printing and photography. The bottom line: In-kind donations of goods and services surpass $360,000 annually. But beyond dollars, the College’s suppliers share a commitment to preparing young people for the future and gladly respond to tight deadlines, requests for visionary consulting—even the need to work on a holiday.

Give all the credit to the Boy Scouts

Finding the Class of ’51: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Leota Buss Ester’s goal is to personally deliver 60th reunion invitations to 120 class members in 28 states. Marcia Meyer ‘51 Hawkins (right) of Arlington Heights, IL, already has it on her calendar. Ester asks every classmate to sign the North Central banner.

Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign: The Legacy Project-Riverwalk Gateway Connecting the Community

One of the first projects of the campaign will focus resources on the Riverwalk Gateway, a landscaped pathway along the east bank of the West Branch of the DuPage River. The College announced plans to partner with the Naperville Riverwalk Commission and Naperville Riverwalk Foundation on the project, which will include volunteer help from the community.

Construction is scheduled to begin during summer 2011 on seating areas, brick pathways and brick pillars that designate the area as an entrance to the College.

First part of documentary series about College’s 150-year history debuts May 18

Cornerstone Day: May 17, 1870.
North Central College premieres the first part of a documentary series that chronicles the College’s 150-year history.

North Central College invites the public to the free debut of the first part of a documentary series produced with Naperville Community Television that chronicles the College’s 150-year history.

“A College Is Born,” the first of the five-part documentary series “A Promising Start,” will premiere at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The screening takes place during Cornerstone Week, which kicks off the Sesquicentennial Celebration of the College’s 150th anniversary.

Alumna, trustee Maria Wynne named to Chicago Innovation Awards board

Maria Wynne
North Central College alumna and trustee Maria Wynne has been named a founding member of the Chicago Innovation Awards Board of Advisors.

May 5, 2011—North Central College alumna and trustee Maria Wynne has been named a founding member of the Chicago Innovation Awards Board of Advisors.

The Chicago Innovation Awards, which started in 2002 to honor new products and services across the local public, private and non-profit sectors, invited Wynne to join its newly created 40-member advisory board. The board is comprised of business and civic leaders who understand the importance of innovation and what it means to the success of the Chicago region and the growth of its economy.

Subscribers get first look at North Central College’s new Fine and Performing Arts Season

Yo-Yo Ma
Patrons are getting their first look at North Central College’s 2011-2012 Fine and Performing Arts Sesquicentennial Season.

April 22, 2011—Patrons are getting their first look at North Central College’s 2011-2012 Fine and Performing Arts Sesquicentennial Season.

The stellar lineup includes Yo-Yo Ma, The Beach Boys, Herbie Hancock, Bernadette Peters, The Manhattan Transfer, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Canadian Brass, the Charlie Daniels Band, Celtic Woman, the Chicago Sinfonietta, Air Supply and many others.

“We always try to get the best, but this time we’ve kicked it up a notch for our Sesquicentennial,” says Fine Arts Director Brian Lynch.

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