Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti attended the Topping Out of the Science Center.
As we move toward the conclusion of another extraordinary academic year, the hard work of our students and faculty is continuing to advance North Central College’s reputation as one of the country’s top institutions in the liberal arts and sciences. We can prove it once again!
Consider these honors that our students and alumni have received. Kori Sye ’16 earned a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which she’ll use to pursue a doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Alicia Casacchia ’17 was recognized with an honorable mention by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Hannah Kramer ’15 received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship that will allow her to teach and study culture in Germany, and her classmate Emily Labedz’15 landed a Congress-Bundestag Fellowship for Young Professionals to conduct research in the same country. Meanwhile, Matthew McCary ’10 earned a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship for research in environmental biology in Iceland.
As we tell our students, it’s important to celebrate accomplishments like these—but we won’t rest on our laurels. Just as our seniors prepare for opportunities that await after Commencement and other students arrange for internships and summer research, so the College remains focused on how best to build on our successes.
The world is changing, and the needs of our campus community are changing with it. As Augustine A. Smith, the College’s first president, once said: “No school can long survive which is not responsive to the changing needs of students.”
Those words are just as relevant today. We’re in the process of building new leadership capacity into the College’s structure so we can better anticipate and respond to the challenges of our ever-changing higher education environment. By reorganizing our academic divisions into the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Entrepreneurship, the School of Education and Health Sciences and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, we’re equipping ourselves to take advantage of new technologies, pedagogies and programs.
Our Brilliant Future Campaign rests at the heart of our responsiveness. Alumni and other donors are providing not only for the facilities but also for the scholarships, faculty support and programming that will be critical to success in a future filled with opportunity.
Finally, we’ve created the new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to serve as an interdisciplinary resource for both the campus and the business community. This center will forge connections among students, faculty, Naperville and the region at large—creating “win-win” situations for all of us.
This is an exciting time for North Central. I’m delighted and honored that you’re part of it!
Troy D. Hammond, Ph.D. President Professor of Physics