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Grammy-winning artist Common to give MLK Week keynote at North Central College

North Central College welcomes Grammy Award-winning artist, actor and author Common Jan. 21 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker.

North Central College welcomes Grammy Award-winning artist, actor and author Common Jan. 21 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker.

Each year, North Central College honors and remembers King with a keynote presentation, musical tributes, a prayer breakfast and activities. King spoke in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall in 1960.

Scholarship winner overcomes obstacles to plot out a course for success

Abigail Escatel ’15 is applying a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship to prepare for career in higher education.

Abigail Escatel ’15 started her college career with the goal of becoming a paralegal. She so enjoyed her studies that she’s decided to pursue a career in higher education with the dream of becoming a college president. “After I started taking classes I realized I liked learning and didn’t want to stop,” says Escatel about her studies at College of DuPage (COD) before transferring to North Central.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

WONC student broadcasters claim eight trophies at state contest

Oliver Hall, home of WONC-FM 89.1
Several student broadcasters representing WONC-FM won eight student Silver Dome Awards—three are first-place—from Illinois Broadcasters Association.

Several student broadcasters representing WONC-FM 89.1, North Central College’s student-run station, attended the annual Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) 2013 Student Silver Dome Awards, held Sept. 13 at Illinois State University in Normal.

WONC had received eight nominations in the state contest and took home eight awards, claiming three first-place, three second-place and two third-place trophies. Illinois colleges and universities of all sizes with radio/TV programs are eligible to compete.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

Disabilities are no obstacle for North Central broadcasting major

Ryan Henders ’14 utilizes his guide dog Irby and support from the North Central College community as he pursues dream of broadcasting and enjoys campus life.

Ryan Henders ’14 utilizes Irby, his black lab and canine roommate, to navigate campus and just about everything else. A guide dog, Irby arrived at North Central College when Henders transferred to pursue his dream of studying broadcasting at a smaller campus.

Nearly blind, Henders was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma, a rare type of eye cancer in both eyes, when he was 9 months old. “I can see certain things like the figure of a person, but I have no depth perception or ability to see how close someone or something is,” says Henders.

New North Central College students discover possibilities during Orientation

Hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College during Orientation.

During summer 2013 Orientation sessions, hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College.

From study abroad courses to athletic teams to clubs and organizations, Orientation serves to inform students about options so they can begin to plan their years of study and make the most of their experience at North Central College.

Whitney Goodbred

Whitney was already collecting paychecks as a broadcaster when she graduated from North Central College. An internship at Naperville Community Television (NCTV17) turned into a paid reporting position at the start of her senior year, giving the broadcast communication major yet another highlight on her already impressive résumé. She also worked at WONC—the College’s student-run radio station—and Cardinal Video.

“We don’t realize how lucky we are,” Whitney says. “WONC and Cardinal Video are such great stepping stones to build a career in broadcasting. You learn all the aspects of radio from your courses and working at the station. You’re ready to fly as soon as you graduate.”

Whitney, who also majored in interactive media studies, won numerous Intercollegiate Broadcasting Awards for her work at WONC.

“I hope to work in television and communications the rest of my life,” she says. “North Central has allowed me to study different areas—I feel very prepared for whatever I choose to do.”

WONC station manager wins first-place trophy as Best Sportscaster

Kevin Jackman ’14
North Central College student broadcaster Kevin Jackman ’14 is named Best Sportscaster in the state at the 2013 Illinois Broadcasters Association.

North Central College student broadcaster Kevin Jackman ’14 was named Best Sportscaster in the state at the 2013 Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) Silver Dome Awards, held June 19 in Peoria. The Silver Domes are the most prestigious broadcast performance award in the state.

Jackman, a senior majoring in broadcast communication and interactive media studies/convergent media, competed with commercial broadcasters to win his first-place trophy in the Small Market Radio division.

Madormo’s mystery series for young readers gains wide appeal with educators

John Madormo, assistant professor of broadcast communication
John Madormo, North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communication, receives many opportunities to speak about his Charlie Collier book series.

John Madormo, North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communication and general manager of WONC-FM 89.1, continues to receive wide acclaim and various opportunities to speak about his “Charlie Collier, Snoop for Hire” series of three mystery books for middle-grade readers.

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