Sesquicentennial Celebration

Members of North Central College faculty and staff gathered with prominent members of the community to recognize the connection between college and city.

“The City really appreciates the College and the College really appreciates the City. And you can hear that tonight. And you can hear that in talking to people who have been around a long time,” says Naperville City Councilwoman and North Central College Professor Judy Brodhead.

In between musical performances North Central President Hal Wilde handed out sesquicentennial medallions.

Mayor Pradel received the first medallion of the night. For him, the close relationship between the school and Naperville is a win-win situation.

One of the more recent additions to the North Central campus is the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center. Musical performances, art shows, and convention in the Wentz bring more people to the downtown area where they have easy access to dining and shopping.

But relationships also exist between the school and organizations within Naperville

Peggy Frank accepted a Medallion as a representative of Naper Settlement. She says she’s thrilled by the connection the settlement has with North Central.

“Hand in hand looking at what we can do to strengthen the college, strengthen Naperville, and strengthen our ongoing history that we continue to chronicle is really what this medal was all about,” says Frank.

Students from North Central College can explore, volunteer, and even intern at Naper Settlement.

By the end of the night, President Wilde handed out sixteen Medallions.

“Oh North Central! That’s Naperville’s college!” says Mayor Pradel.

With medallion and music, the night was truly a celebration.

Angela Hager reports

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