North Central College - Naperville, IL

Anna Kawula

Anna transferred to North Central so she could “walk into a class and see familiar faces” rather than feel lost among thousands of students. The College’s size has provided many other benefits as well.

“There are so many opportunities for leadership,” she says. “Our student clubs are smaller, so I could join the Student Human Resource Group (SHRG) as a sophomore, hold an executive board position the following year, and then get elected president as a senior. I’ve made business connections and friendships through student organizations that will take me places in my career and personal life.”

Anna interns at RCM Industries; she found out about the opening through a North Central alum who had contacted her advisor.

“It turned out we worked closely together on the SHRG board,” Anna says.

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.

Gail Oesterle

Gail wanted to improve her Spanish, so she decided to spend a term studying in Costa Rica. The trip had a profound effect on her that went beyond mastering a second language.

“It ignited a fire in me to keep traveling,” she says.

As the president of Enactus and its direct-trade business, NCC’s Best, she’s had plenty of opportunities to explore the world. Along the way, her fluency in Spanish has come in handy.

“The majority of our products are from Africa and Central America. During our annual trip to Guatemala, I was part of a group giving presentations in Spanish to producers of coffee and textiles,” she says.

Gail is enrolled in a five-year program that will allow her to graduate from North Central with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degrees.

Lureau passes exam, meets requirements as Certified Fraud Examiner

Sarah Lureau, assistant professor of accounting
Sarah Lureau, North Central College assistant professor of accounting, was approved to become a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Sarah Lureau, North Central College assistant professor of accounting, was approved as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) by the Certification Committee for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) on Sept. 6.

The CFE credential, considered the gold standard in the area of fraud and one of today’s most marketable credentials, signifies proven expertise in fraud examination. This certification by Lureau has created a distinctive qualification within North Central’s accounting department.

North Central College hosts executive MBA students from China

North Central College strengthened its ties to Asia and the study of international business by hosting a delegation of executive MBA students from China.

North Central College strengthened its ties to Asia and the study of international business by hosting a delegation of executive MBA students from China.

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.

Dawn Pleas-Bailey '90

Dawn Pleas-Bailey was awarded the Ethel and Allen “Buddy” Carruth Sustained Leadership in Education Award at the University of Pennsylvania. The award recognizes individuals who serve as an inspiration to others, transcend expectations and provide significant service to the education community. Pleas-Bailey is vice president of student life and special assistant to the president for community engagement at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS. She has built the school’s reputation as a high-quality institution that provides academic and social opportunities to low-income families.

Steve Kirin '82

Steve Kirin is chief executive officer of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). He brings more than 25 years work experience covering a variety of industries with high levels of experience in management, sales and marketing and operations. He is responsible for the overall operational performance of the company and has played an integral role in turning around the infrastructure and direction of NCBTMB in the past year.

Haleigh Rajnic

Haleigh discovered the special bond that exists between North Central’s faculty and students during her first accounting class.

“The professor could tell from the look on my face I didn’t understand something. She proceeded to ask where she’d ‘lost me’ and went back and explained it again. I was so surprised a college professor would do that,” she says. “That’s when I knew North Central was the right place for me.”

Haleigh has had multiple opportunities to get hands-on marketing experience. She conducted market research for two different clients as part of her classes, and she works as an intern in North Central’s Office of Admission. She plans to pursue a career in higher education.

“Deciding on marketing was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” says Haleigh, who started as an undeclared major. “The coursework is challenging, but interesting. You can find ways to apply it to so many things that are happening in the world.”

Kevin Kittilsen

Kevin has used many of the concepts he’s learning as an entrepreneur and small business management major to create an online company with one of his classmates. As a student, he’s already well on his way to fulfilling a career goal.

“I want to run businesses that I start from the ground up,” he says. “If you want to be your own boss and like the idea of ‘the sky is the limit,’ entrepreneurship is a great major for you.”

Kevin and his business partner Mat Borej were in many of the same classes when they created their company, Flip Your iPhone. Their solid foundations in several business-related areas made the start-up process manageable.

“The major incorporates finance, accounting, marketing and so much more. I have background in all these areas,” Kevin says. “North Central has taught me so many of the things I’ll need to know in order to run my own business.”

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