North Central College - Naperville, IL

Students connect with professionals through HR group

North Central College’s Student Human Resources Group gains charter status with HR organization, opportunities to network and learn from HR professionals.

North Central College students involved in the Student Human Resources Group have been working during the past year to see their organization officially named a chartered student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a leading organization for human resource (HR) professionals.

Their efforts have paid off. On Jan. 17 the student group became an official chapter, opening new opportunities and benefits to students interested in the HR field.

Students may apply by Feb. 20 for Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research

Students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research May 14.

North Central College students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research, which will take place during Honors Day on Tuesday, May 14.

Information about the symposium and how to submit proposals may be found on the College’s website. A list of frequently asked questions also is available.

Verandah courses

Verandah experiences are intellectually and personally stimulating for students and faculty.

North Central’s SEA Conference teaches entrepreneurs the business of arts

Tom Sharpe
North Central College’s 13th annual Self Employment in the Arts Conference Feb. 22-23 helps aspiring artists become successful entrepreneurs.

North Central College’s 13th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Feb. 22-23 will help aspiring artists learn to become successful entrepreneurs.

The SEA Conference provides educational resources to help aspiring artists gain entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain careers as independent artists. The conference features performances, workshops, panel discussions and other activities tailored to actors, filmmakers, musicians, painters, sculptors, writers and other artists.

Jeff Davis '92

Jeff Davis is vice president of sales administration and marketing with Phoenix Closures, Inc., a Naperville-based manufacturer of plastic caps and closures. His career in sales and marketing has taken him from Green Bay, WI, to Pittsburgh to Atlanta. Subsequently, he was transferred back to Illinois, moved to Naperville in 1989 and earned an M.B.A. from DePaul University. He has been a coach, Cub Scout den leader and has served on three different referendum committees for Indian Prairie School District 204. Additionally, he was appointed to the school board in 2000 and served until 2003.

Jeremy Gudauskas among North Central presenters at leadership summit

Jeremy Gudauskas ’99, associate dean of students
North Central College alumni and staff give presentations at local leadership summit about becoming effective leaders in today’s fast-paced world.

North Central College alumni and staff were guest speakers at the Echelon Leadership Summit, a one-day, community-driven leadership event held at the Northern Illinois University Naperville campus on Oct. 31. The leadership summit focused on six different tracks of interest—new leaders, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, organizations and more—with the goal of exploring new approaches to becoming effective leaders in today’s fast-paced world.

North Central College students make big presentation to corporate executives

A group of North Central College students recently experienced what it’s like to make an important presentation in front of corporate executives.

A group of North Central College students recently experienced what it’s like to make an important presentation in front of corporate executives from all over the world.

Kelsey Brummel

Kelsey created lots of marketing buzz as a student. She helped develop an international marketing initiative for a small business to distribute and sell its baby products to Chinese markets.

She and members of her team, who are part of the College’s Entrepreneurship and International Business Organization, designed an exporting strategy and presented it to the business and at North Central’s undergraduate symposium. Team members have plans to travel to China to follow the initiative.

“North Central’s marketing department does a great job of implementing real-world projects into the curriculum. The projects helped me develop a feel for what marketing is all about and confirmed I’ve chosen the right career path.”

Kelsey secured an internship at Rhea & Kaiser, a prestigious marketing communications firm, and was named North Central’s outstanding major in marketing.

Katherine Hoekstra

After taking a management course, Katherine began to see the business world as a blank canvas, waiting for her to make her mark.

An internship in retail management at American Eagle, a popular clothing store, gave her firsthand insight into the dedication and preparation it takes to effectively run and manage a business. “It’s one thing to learn in the classroom and ace all your tests, but the best kind of learning comes from firsthand experiences.”

In addition, Katherine and two other students worked with a local small business to develop a strategy for selling its products in a new international market.

“North Central doesn’t limit me to one area of study. I’ve been involved in an assortment of projects … an independence that’s encouraged by our professors. They give me the tools in my quest, helping me become a more knowledgeable individual in the process.”

Cameron Bechard

Two areas of study were necessities for Cameron during his college search: international business and Chinese. He chose North Central because it offered both and many opportunities to get involved.

By the end of his first year, Cameron had already plunged into the North Central experience. He became co-president of the Chinese Club and got involved with the Entrepreneurship and International Business Organization. He landed an internship at an Internet marketing company through campus networking and, in his second year, studied abroad at Peking University in China.

Cameron says his international business major is a “natural combination of my interests, skills and ambitions,” and looks to set a clear career path in his remaining years as a student. “I’ve developed personal relationships with two of my professors. We discuss my academic plans. They help me stay on track and have opened opportunities to me.”

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