The Johnson Center for Science and Community Life

Johnson Center Groundbreaking

On October 26, the University initiated construction for the Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community Life, welcoming Dr. Tim and Nancy Johnson to campus, as well as the University's board of trustees, a number of prospective students who are interested in studying science at North Park, and concert-goers for the School of Music's fall choral concert.

Funds for the Johnson Center have been raised as part of Campaign North Park.

Dr. G. Timothy Johnson Interviewed by WTTW Chicago Tonight Host Phil Ponce4:30 PM WTTW Interview

Dr. Timothy Johnson C’56 S’63, right, recorded an interview with host Phil Ponce for the station’s popular evening program Chicago Tonight. Johnson spoke about his career as the ABC News medical editor, his views on health care, the construction of the Johnson Center, and his North Park years. Johnson's interview, as well as a supplemental, web-only interview segment, are available online.

Board of Trustees Meeting10:30 AM Board of Trustees Meeting

The groundbreaking ceremony coincided with the fall meeting of the board of trustees.

Professor Linda Vick talks with a prospective student3:30 PM Prospective Science Student Welcome

Chicago-area high school students interested in science study at North Park accepted an invitation to attend the groundbreaking celebration, and had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Tim Johnson, faculty, staff, and current North Park students. Pictured above is Dr. Linda Vick, professor of biology, who took the chance to discuss interests and opportunities with one of these students.

Groundbreaking Festival4:00 PM Groundbreaking Festival

A cool, dry autumn day was perfect for hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and supporters of the University to celebrate the groundbreaking with music and food near the construction site. President Parkyn commented that like the festival, the Johnson Center will be a central gathering place for the entire University community.

Groundbreaking Ceremony5:00 PM Groundbreaking Ceremony

As the crowd watched, a brief ceremony concluded with the Campaign Executive Committee turning shovels at the construction site. Nancy and Tim Johnson, above center, expressed their appreciation for the building’s name. “This honor goes way beyond the two of us,” he said, “and as I look over the wonderful gathering and see so many familiar faces, I’m reminded of how much North Park has meant in my life, Nancy’s life, and our life together.” Watch the building construction live online at www.northpark.edu/johnsoncenter.

Read more about the groundbreaking festival and ceremony and look at more photos from the day.

Groundbreaking Reception6:00 PM Evening Reception

More than 350 supporters of Campaign North Park attended a reception in Hamming Hall following the groundbreaking ceremony.

Choral Concert8:00 PM Choral Concert

Anderson Chapel was filled for the day’s final event: a concert by the North Park University Choir and the Chamber Singers.