North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.”

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.

Film Central showcases 49 films in six days on campus

Film Central showcases 49 films in six days on campus

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Film Central is North Central College’s series for independent film and presents its second annual Fall Festival, Sept. 16-21, in association with the Naperville Independent Film Festival.



Dettman exhibits pastels, paintings, sketches in area gallery

Mary Dettman, assistant director of marketing graphic designer
Mary Dettman, North Central College assistant director of marketing graphic designer, was a featured artist at Water Street Gallery in Rockford.

Mary Dettman, North Central College assistant director of marketing graphic designer, was a featured artist at the Water Street Gallery in Rockford on Sept. 7. Held Friday afternoons during the summer and in conjunction with the Rockford City Market, the one-day show features the work of local artists.

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

North Central College's ninth president

From the day he arrived on campus—March 25, 1991—President Harold R. Wilde embraced the campus, the faculty, the staff, the students and the alumni with a loyalty, enthusiasm and optimistic outlook that impressed even those who hired him for the job. “From day one or maybe day 10, Hal had become 100 percent a North Central person,” says Steve Bergerson, who headed the Presidential Search Committee and eventually chaired the Board of Trustees. “He so embraced North Central and North Central embraced him.”

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’ …

Christopher Carpenter '04

Christopher Carpenter has received worldwide news coverage for his study of the “dark side” of Facebook. Titled “Narcissism on Facebook: Self-promotional and Anti-social Behavior,” his study is published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, Vol. 52, issue 4 (March 2012). “In general, the ‘dark side’ of Facebook requires more research in order to better understand Facebook’s socially beneficial and harmful aspects in order to enhance the former and curtail the latter,” said Carpenter.

Adam J. Schafer '96

Adam J. Schafer was named Montana’s deputy commissioner of securities and insurance and chief of staff for Monica Lindeen, who heads the state’s oversight of the insurance and securities industries. Schafer served as executive director for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators in Washington, D.C., before returning to Montana. Schafer brings extensive experience with the Montana Legislature, having served as chief of staff and secretary for Democratic leaders in the state senate during the 2001 and 1999 legislatures.

Pablo Araya '83

Pablo Araya spoke at the Aurora Navy League Council 247 March dinner meeting in Montgomery, IL. Araya has been a member of the FBI’s Violent Crimes/Fugitives Task Force for 17 years. He spoke about “Apprehending Fugitives Guilty of Violent Crimes by the FBI.”