From left: Vice President for Institutional Advancement Rick Spencer, Kelsey LaMartina ’18, Board Chair Steve Hoeft ’73, Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico, Humphrey, Hammond, Swallow, Professor of Chemistry Emerita Anne Sherren, Assistant Vice President for Business Operations Mike Hudson, Holabird & Root principal Dennis Vovos and Professor of Chemistry Jeff Bjorklund.
The launch of the $150 million, seven-year Brilliant Future Campaign and a groundbreaking for a new Science Center represented an historic day in the life of North Central College.
At the Cornerstone Picnic on May 15, 2015, a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new Science Center heralded the beginning of one of the most transformative facility upgrades in the College’s 154-year history. The 125,000-square-foot Science Center represents the essential cornerstone of the College’s Brilliant Future Campaign.
“This facility is going to unite our entire Science Division together in one modern facility in which our faculty can provide a truly world-class education for North Central College students,” President Troy D. Hammond said at the groundbreaking.
On hand were the campaign chairs, Trustee Holly Humphrey ’79, M.D., Ralph W. Gerald Professor in Medicine and Dean for Medical Education at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and Jeffrey Swallow ’94, Ph.D., chairman and CEO of Magnetrol International, Incorporated.
“This building will help North Central College students make discoveries,” Humphrey said. “Some students will make a discovery that will move an academic field forward. Many more students, through the study of science, will make important discoveries about themselves. Still more students will come to better understand the world in which we live and the way disciplines interact with one another.”
North Central College science faculty (pictured from left): Jennifer Sallee, assistant professor of biology; Paul Brandt, professor of chemistry; David Horner, Harold and Eva White Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of Chemistry and Physics; Anne Sherren, professor of chemistry emerita; Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry; Silvia Alvarez-Clare, assistant professor of biology; Jeffrey Bjorklund, professor of chemistry
On Cornerstone Day, crowds gathered for a groundbreaking for the Science Center and to celebrate the Campaign launch.
Speeches from the new Science Center groundbreaking.
Also attending the ceremony was Anne T. Sherren, professor of chemistry emerita, who helped break ground in 1969 for the Kroehler Science Center.
Later that evening, nearly 1,000 students, alumni, trustees, faculty and staff gathered with local and regional elected officials, business leaders and other dignitaries at the Campaign Kickoff Celebration in the Residence Hall/Recreation Center.
Guests enjoyed science demonstrations by students and viewed campaign videos during Hammond’s kickoff speech. They learned that the campaign has already reached $40 million with the support of alumni, trustees and other friends. “This Campaign is our opportunity to shine brilliantly, to make a profound difference in the lives of our students and the future of our region and our nation,” Hammond said.
The success of the Brilliant Future Campaign will enhance North Central College’s vital contributions to Naperville, the Chicago region, nationally and internationally for generations to come.
Gifts to the College’s endowment will support scholarships, great teaching through professorships, unique academic programs and modern facilities—hallmarks of the North Central College experience. The full impact of the Campaign will move the College forward into the future while also honoring its distinctive heritage.
Financial support makes it possible to welcome inspired scholars to North Central College and affirms the College’s commitment to student success.Scholarships build a family of learners from all walks of life, all backgrounds and all interests. Currently, 98 percent of North Central students receive scholarships or grants from the College. With additional help from the Brilliant Future Campaign supporters, the North Central experience can be affordable for all our students and families.
For example, recipients of the Norman and Rose Lewis Endowed Scholarship receive funding to live on campus rather than commute. “As a student who fully funds her own education, living on campus was not an option for me,” says Rachel Maher ’16. “As a senior, this scholarship will give me the opportunity to enhance the mentorship relationships in my leadership roles as a student career specialist, editor of the Interactive Media Studies Multimedia Practicum, and marketing and competition leader for Enactus.”
Permanently funded professorships are crucial to North Central College’s distinction as a great institution for teaching and learning. Professorships—or endowed chairs—support teaching, research and outstanding service by funding a portion of faculty compensation or department programming. Since 1992, the College has established 13 endowed chairs and the goal is to add 10 additional chairs.
The strength of the College’s academic programs is a hallmark of the North Central experience. Gifts to the endowment provide long-lasting support for academic programming, which helps attract distinctive students and faculty. Programs like a Japanese language major and the new Middle Eastern and North African Studies minor exemplify how the College responds to the needs of our changing world. Academic programs in areas like engineering and nursing were identified in the College’s 2012-2017 Strategic Plan and could be among new initiatives considered in the future.
Upgrades to Facilities
With the new Science Center, the College can re-imagine and reconfigure Kroehler Science Center and Goldspohn Hall. These facilities would be repurposed to house liberal arts and business offerings scatteredamong classroom buildings, retrofitted homes and other facilities across campus. Other needs on campus include a new student center/dining hall and physical upgrades to Oesterle Library.
North Central College Fund
Generations of alumni, faculty, staff and other friends have helped make our distinctive education possible by generously providing gifts to the North Central College Fund. These gifts every year make a critical difference in the successes of the College, helping to sustain a beautiful, 65-acre campus and support annual operational needs, student scholarships and financial aid.
“This scholarship will give me the opportunity to enhance … my leadership roles.” Rachel Maher ’16
“More than just recognizing one individual, the Bauman endowed chair recognizes the commitment to teaching by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.” Professor of German Gregory Wolf, named the Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor in the Humanities in 2012
Teaching, mentoring, research, distinctive programs and updated facilities—the hallmarks of a North Central College education are supported by the endowment and North Central College Fund.