North Central College, in partnership with NCTV17, premiered the fourth installment of a five-part documentary series, “A Promising Start” at Madden Theatre.
This installment, a “Student Centered Community”, covers the years 1968 through 1990 during the administration of Gael D. Swing, the eighth President of North Central College.
It starts by showing the struggles the college faced during a national recession, heavy debt and competition from other junior colleges.
“When I was a student here, I really wasn’t aware of how financially dire things were,” says Star Leturno ’81 LeDonne, North Central College alumnus. “When we came back with our kids we could tell things were much better than they had been.”
This period of time was also important for North Central College Athletics. The NCC men’s cross country team won their first national championship in 1976 under coach Al Carius.
In 1972, women’s sports emerged due to Title IX, and the college’s women’s basketball team won the NCAA women’s basketball national championship in 1983.
“That we can go to grassroots to winning a national championship in that short time,” says Nancy Majewski ’74 Range, North Central College alumnus.
The final installment of “A Promising Start” will premiere May 15th featuring the college’s shift into the 21st century.
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