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  • Ten North Central athletes make All-America May 27, 2014 10:30 PM
    The local schools were well-represented in both the men’s and women’s Division III Track and Field National Championships. Wheaton, Elmhurst and North Central all went home with newly named All-Americans.

     
  • North Central riding win streak Apr 4, 2014 9:51 PM
    Just two weeks into the season it is rare to see a game that is so crucial to the end of season standings. However, North Central’s softball team will square off Thursday against Illinois Wesleyan for first place in the CCIW. Both teams are ranked in the top 20 nationally and will play their first conference games against each other. For North Central (14-2) it will be a chance to prove that its early-season success wasn’t a fluke. The Cardinals are riding high on an 11-game win-streak and haven’t lost since the third day of the season when they fell to No. 2-ranked Tufts University. North Central has lifted in the rankings to No. 20 this week with a combination of lights-out pitching and gaudy offensive numbers. After sweeping a doubleheader on Tuesday against Beloit, North Central has scored 8 or more runs nine times. On the other side the Cardinals have held their opponents to 3 runs or less 12 times, including both of their losses. North Central’s hot play has helped propel coach Jim Kulawiak to elite heights. A doubleheader sweep on Saturday against Monmouth became Kulawiak’s 699th and 700th career victories. Only 12 other Division III coaches have reached that mark. The Cardinals entered the season as the slim favorite to win the conference, but the coaches poll vote was nearly a complete split. As they prepare for their doubleheader matchup against Illinois Wesleyan (13-2), they will look for their streak to continue and take hold of the conference standings. Elmhurst: Elmhurst’s Tiffany Potthast has been selected as the CCIW hitter of the week. The junior went 6-for-7 over three games, helping go undefeated on the week. Splitting her defensive time between pitching and the infield, Potthast has hit 3 triples, scored 4 runs and 5 RBI. In addition to her success at the plate she earned victories on the mound in two of the week’s games. Over 14 innings Potthast has allowed just 1 earned run.

     
  • Fenton grad gets Elmhurst job Mar 20, 2014 8:40 PM
    The search lasted just more than a month but Elmhurst College has found its next football coach, Ron Planz, a former assistant coach at Minnesota State University.

     
  • Construction starts on training center at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Feb 27, 2014 2:04 PM
    With the swing of sledgehammers, Elmhurst College and Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare this week celebrated the start of construction on a state-of-the-art simulation learning facility to be located at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

     
  • Talent on display at Elmhurst College Jazz Fest Feb 23, 2014 6:11 PM
    Collegiate musicians from across the Midwest helped bring a close to Elmhurst College’s 47th annual Jazz Festival on Sunday at the school’s Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel. About 2,000 jazz lovers attended the final performances of the prestigious, four-day festival which featured high school and college level jazz bands, as well as professional musicians, including a sold-out performance Friday by the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra.

     
  • Uneven start to season for local teams Jan 8, 2014 9:03 PM
    Just one game into the CCIW men’s basketball season and Elmhurst, North Central and Wheaton all have the same overall record, 8-4. However, the three DuPage County schools have taken significantly different routes to get where they are.

     
  • Elmhurst College mentoring program earns accreditation Nov 14, 2013 10:39 AM
    The mentoring program at Elmhurst College’s Center for Professional Excellence has achieved Gold Accreditation, the highest level possible, from the International Mentoring Association, a professional organization for the mentoring and coaching fields.

     
  • Slezak, Stanek pick up CCIW awards Nov 13, 2013 12:49 AM
    North Central had plenty on the line when it took the field against Wheaton College on Saturday.

     
  • Wheaton in final form in CCIW Nov 8, 2013 12:35 AM
    The men’s and women’s Wheaton College soccer teams started the year in similar places and now with just one conference game left the two teams have continued to mirror each other. Both Thunder teams will compete Saturday for the the CCIW Tournament championship against Carthage College.

     
  • Benedictine’s Reyes wins award Oct 8, 2013 11:23 PM
    For the second consecutive week a member of the Benedictine men’s soccer team has been recognized as the Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference Student-Athlete of the Week.

     
  • Elmhurst College concert series features international music, musicians Oct 4, 2013 9:53 AM
    Throughout the 2013-14 academic year, Elmhurst College will celebrate music and dance from an eclectic range of cultures and styles during the Elmhurst College World Music Series. This year’s theme is “Kontras! Music of Contrasts,” and concerts in the series will explore the folk melodies of Russia and the lively mariachis of Mexico as well as the music of Japan, Korea, Spain, Brazil, India, South Africa and the United States.

     
  • Anti-bullying leader to speak at Elmhurst College Oct 1, 2013 1:10 PM
    Eliza Byard, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, visits Elmhurst College on Oct. 23 to discuss "The LGBT Student and the Culture of Respect at Elmhurst College." Byard’s talk is this year’s William R. Johnson Intercultural Lecture at Elmhurst College.

     
  • McPhersons make tennis a family game at Elmhurst Oct 1, 2013 11:08 PM
    Coaches always have close relationships with their players, but few are as unique as the one between Elmhurst College men’s tennis coach Anthony McPherson and his senior captain. Coming off the program’s most successful year in decades, McPherson will have seniors in his top spots, including Vince McPherson, the coach’s younger brother. Separated by only six years, the McPherson brothers have a relationship unlike almost any other siblings. For the last three years McPherson has been coaching his younger brother. While it hasn’t always been smooth, the mutual respect the two have has allowed them to reach new heights at Elmhurst. “It’s interesting,” Vince said of their relationship. “It’s good, it’s good to have someone that came from the same background and had the same private coach and came from the same system. It’s very beneficial to me. We have the same language and are on the same page.” It wasn’t always easy, the younger McPherson said. He had to learn when to treat his brother like a coach and not just a sibling who can be argued with. As he’s matured he has gained the ability to separate the two aspects of his life. Much of this Vince attributes to his brother’s ability to communicate. The journey started at a young age for the Glenbard South graduates. Before they were tennis players they were working with their parents at their gymnastics gym. It was then that they learned how to take coaching from family members and use it to grow. As they grew up in tennis they were both coached by Gregg Van Dine. Anthony said Van Dine became his mentor not only as a player but as a coach. After a successful tennis career of his own at Elmhurst College, Anthony was offered the job as coach. While he had recruited classes before his brother’s, handling Vince’s was different. The coach told his brother to find the school that best fit him. Vince, a talented opera singer, had planned to stay close to home to continue to work with his voice coach. When he was accepted to Elmhurst on scholarship, he told Anthony that he wasn’t ready to give up tennis yet and earned a spot on his brother’s team. When it comes to tennis, there is no doubt what is most important to the McPhersons — improving the team. Following their first conference championship since 1954, the Bluejays are coming back as hungry as ever and looking to take the next step, Anthony said. The goal is not only to win the conference but to reach nationals, unlike last year, Vince said. “Everyone is getting better every day,” Anthony said. “We went from third place to second to first. We were that dark horse that everyone was afraid of. Now we have three seniors in the top three spots. We are going to keep working even harder than last year and go into the season like we never even won it.” With the kind of dedication the McPhersons have, it’s impossible for tennis not to bleed into the rest of their life, Vince said. The trick comes in the ability to communicate with each other and talk things out, but from time to time Mom and Dad, Patrice and Don, step in. When the brothers disagree they both said their parents usually side with the older McPherson, but always for good reason. “They usually lean toward his side. I actually lean toward his side as well as the conversation goes on,” Vince said. “Usually if something gets brought up I’ll say my peace and he will say his counter and my parents will say, ‘Vince there’s nothing we can really do here because Anthony’s got a point.’” While they can’t help but still get into brotherly arguments, when it comes to tennis there is usually just one answer. “I hate to admit that he’s more experienced and knows better,” Vince said with a laugh, “but that’s the truth.”

     
  • North Central returns high hopes for season Sep 3, 2013 11:22 PM
    The season hasn’t even started yet but already North Central has a target on its back. After a 2012 season that saw a share of the CCIW title, the automatic playoff bid and a trip to the second round in the playoffs, the Cardinals have been picked as the preseason conference favorite.

     
  • Dual-degrees offered for Roosevelt pharmacy students Aug 29, 2013 3:57 PM
    Students at Roosevelt University’s College of Pharmacy in Schaumburg who are studying for the three-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree will have an opportunity beginning in the fall to simultaneously earn a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Elmhurst College.

     
  • Northern Illinois University artist pays it forward Aug 27, 2013 6:54 AM
    When Danielle Dobies was pondering her senior capstone project as an undergraduate student at Elmhurst College, she envisioned a 25-foot mosaic, but didn’t think she could afford the materials. That was, until her professor, John Pitman Weber, a Chicago icon in public art, stepped in to donate all the tiles she needed and more. This summer Dobies is paying it forward. Since June she’s been volunteering with Northern Illinois University’s Department of Women’s Studies to create a five- by seven-foot mural using leftover donated tiles to adorn the department’s offices. “This is a further in-kind donation through me, but originally from him, so I’m passing along the good-heartedness that he showed to me,” Dobies, a graduate art student at NIU said. Dobies got started when Kerry Ferris, a professor in the sociology department, suggested she get involved while the department is redecorating over the summer. In June Dobies began meeting with faculty in the department to come up with a plan for the mural’s design and since early July, Danielle, school staff and volunteers from across the area have met twice weekly in hopes of finishing before the school year. “I can’t believe it,” Kristen Myers, NIU’s Director of Women’s Studies said. “Most days I just pinch myself and say, `how did this happen?’ “ The design of the mural incoporates local imagery with women’s studies themes. In one section, a hand that represents that of Lucinda Glidden holds a bobby pin, which, according to legend. was once used to mend broken barbed wire fences. “DeKalb is known for perfecting the barbed wire fence, and so usually the men are the ones who are credited with that,” Dobies said. “We wanted to highlight some of the different women who had a part in it.” As part of the cross-college project, the Women’s Studies Center has learned about the sometimes painstaking at of mosaic work. “I love working with people that don’t necessarily consider themselves artists, but I like drawing out that creativity that I know exists in there,” Dobies said. Myers isn’t yet sure where the completed work, which will have four separate pieces, will hang, but she doesn’t want the generosity to stop with them. “Since we’ve started other units on campus have said, `we want to do that,” Myers said. “... so we’re going to try and pay it forward also. NIU needs more beauty.”

     
  • Commentator discusses ‘Fixing Illinois’ at Elmhurst College Jul 25, 2013 2:05 PM
    Political commentator and possible gubernatorial candidate Dan Proft will offer his perspective on Illinois’ fiscal challenges and how to solve them as the next speaker in Elmhurst College’s Fixing Illinois lecture series.

     
  • Elmhurst College wins grant to boost math, science students May 31, 2013 9:51 AM
    The National Science Foundation has awarded a $448,875 grant to Elmhurst College to fund the Keystone Project, an innovative program that will support and encourage students who are studying in the STEM fields.

     
  • Elmhurst picks Baines to replace Scherer Apr 30, 2013 11:53 PM
    Replacing an icon is never easy and it took Elmhurst College more than a month to fill its men's basketball head coach vacancy after Mark Scherer announced his retirment.

     
  • Scherer decides time is right to retire Mar 27, 2013 8:54 PM
    For Elmhurst men's basketball coach Mark Scherer, family and basketball have always gone hand in hand. However, over the last two years of his 17-year career he has been debating retiring and moving downstate to be closer to his family. Finally, after the end of the 2012-13 season Scherer made the decision to step down.

     
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