North Central College - Naperville, IL

Jessica Kozelsky '09

Jessica Kozelsky is a registered nurse at Rush University Medical Center. She also graduated from Rush and its Generalist Entry Master’s (GEM) program. She may be reached at jdkozelsky@hotmail.com.

Catherine Hill '04

Catherine Hill is an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Southern California (USC). She started at USC in 2007 after earning her master’s degree in kinesiology and health promotion at the University of Kentucky. While at Kentucky, Hill handled the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. After graduating from North Central she worked as an intern at Northwestern University with the men’s soccer and women’s lacrosse programs. She resides in Manhattan Beach, CA.

President's message

The poet Robert Frost wrote: “Don’t join too many gangs. Join few if any. Join the United States and join the family. But not much in between unless a college.” I’ve always hated cliques and stereotypes. I am wary of people who substitute their gang affiliation—their fraternity, their country club membership, the cars they own, their economic status, the exclusive community in which they live—for their character and responsibility as individual, moral human beings.

Karen Brady Popovich '96

Karen Brady Popovich was named the 2012 Illinois Art Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) and received the award at the IAEA conference in November. The annual award recognizes the exemplary contributions, service and achievements of an outstanding IAEA member. Popovich has taught at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, IL, since 2009. After majoring in studio art, she began her career 17 years ago at the elementary school level and then moved to the middle school level.

Anne Adamson '10

Anne Adamson was a guest speaker for North Central’s student-run Pre-Health Organization, which provides opportunities for its members to learn from and network with successful North Central alumni from a variety of health professions. Adamson shared her experiences as a second-year dental student at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. She is a recipient of the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program, which provides tuition assistance and a stipend for up to four years. She also is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy.

Elizabeth “Jan” Edgar '70

Elizabeth “Jan” Edgar, certified fund-raising executive (CFRE), is the executive director of the Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center Foundation in Joliet, IL. Edgar previously served as the director of development at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) in Schaumburg, IL, where she created and led initiatives for annual major and planned gifts, corporate relations, cause and marketing, and awards and recognition programs. Before her work with the AAD, Edgar served as the first executive director of the Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, IL.

Jen Berosek '08

Jen Berosek is the box office manager at North Central College. Berosek previously served as the assistant to the department directors and office manager for The School of Performing Arts in Naperville.

David Thompson '99

David Thompson is the head men’s and women’s track and field coach at State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego, a Division II school. Thompson specializes in sprints and jumps and has had success nationally both as a coach and athlete. At North Central, Thompson was an 11-time All-American and three-time national champion in the long jump, 400-meter relay and 200-meter dash. North Central won the men’s National Championship in 1998, when Thompson ran on the 400-meter relay and won the 200-meter dash.

North Central College President Harold Wilde featured on NCTV's "Naperville Notables"

North Central College President Dr. Harold R. Wilde is the subject of the inaugural episode of the new NCTV17 program "Naperville Notables."

North Central College President Dr. Harold R. Wilde is the subject of the inaugural episode of the new Naperville Community Television program "Naperville Notables."

The 30-minute interview with Wilde premiered at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 on NCTV channel 17 in Naperville. Visit nctv17.com to lean more.

This episode is available below or viewers may also see the program on NCTV at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28; and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29.

North Central College, City of Naperville partner to turn eyesore into park

Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel and President Hal Wilde "break ground."
North Central College and the City of Naperville are partnering to convert a downtown eyesore into a public park.

North Central College and the City of Naperville are partnering to convert a downtown eyesore into a public park.

The College is purchasing the property at 420 S. Washington Street, a vacant one-story commercial building adjacent to the Naperville Riverwalk. The city will demolish the building, and the College intends to develop the property as a park and additional entryway to campus.