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.



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

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.

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.

Rafeal Williams '95

Rafeal Williams finished his second season as head men’s and women’s cross country and track and field coach at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. The 2011-2012 season was Lincoln’s first year as an NCAA Division II member. During his six years as an assistant coach with the NCAA Division II program at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, Williams specialized with the sprints, hurdles and relays. He cultivated 99 NCAA Division II U.S.

Jim Rausch '87

Jim Rausch accepted a call in November 2011 to become pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Muskegon, MI. He lives with his wife Chris and two children, Jennica and Jacob, in Muskegon and may be reached at jrausch154@gmail.com.