North Central College - Naperville, IL

Annual Report 2015

This 2015 Annual Report reflects the outstanding accomplishments of North Central College in the last fiscal year.

SEA Conference connects emerging artists with needed business skills and connections

North Central College hosts the 16th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Feb. 26-27 to help aspiring artists become successful entrepreneurs.

North Central College’s 16th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Feb. 26-27 will help aspiring artists learn to become successful entrepreneurs.

Macek authors essays and a book review, presents at conference

Steve Macek, professor of communication
Steve Macek, North Central College professor of communication, has published two essays and a book review and given two presentations at a national conference.

Steve Macek, North Central College professor of communication, chair of communication and media studies, published essays in two new books, gave presentations at the National Communication Association Conference, and wrote a book review.

Chosen for her nonprofit work, Supna Jain gave MLK address to large audience

Supna Jain, adjunct instructor of communication
Supna Jain, North Central College adjunct instructor of communication, was a featured speaker at the Bloomington-Normal Dr. Martin Luther King Awards Luncheon.

Supna Jain, North Central College adjunct instructor of communication, was a featured speaker on Jan. 16 at the 40th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Human Relations Commission of Bloomington-Normal. She spoke to some 450 members, including the mayors of Bloomington Tari Renner and of Normal Chris Koos.   

North Central College junior directs original production “The Cherub’s Mask”

Jack Morsovillo ’17 directs “The Cherub’s Mask,” an original production, cowritten with John Lindberg ’17 about a family’s struggles with divorce and illness.

North Central College features the original production “The Cherub’s Mask,” directed by junior Jack Morsovillo and written by Morsovillo and sophomore John Lindberg. Staged Feb. 11-13, the play explores the effects of divorce on a family.

North Central students gain access, networking opportunities in PR field

New Verandah course takes students behind the scenes at Chicago’s leading public relations firms, gives opportunities to network and explore career options.

“It’s all about finding a career that fits you,” said Skylar Krople ’17 after attending the Publicity Club of Chicago PR Career Day with her North Central College classmates. “I learned there are lots of opportunities to create whatever you want because the public relations industry is constantly changing.”

North Central College senior directs “Wasteland” set during the Vietnam War

Brody Long '19 and director Sean Michael Mohler '16
Sean Michael Mohler ’16 directs his rendition of “Wasteland,” a suspenseful drama about two U.S. soldiers held captive underground during the Vietnam War.

North Central College features the direction of senior Sean Michael Mohler Oct. 21, 22 and 24 in his rendition of “Wasteland,” a play by Susan Felder about two U.S. prisoners during the Vietnam War.

Three performances of “Wasteland” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21, 22 and 24 in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Cory McCleave

North Central College’s liberal arts foundation suited Cory as an aspiring surgeon in unexpected ways. He was pleasantly surprised to find a parallel between medicine and his liberal arts education.

“Although a doctor may specialize in spine surgery, he or she was originally trained as a primary care physician. Even though our primary education is focused on science, we still take classes in other fields.”

Cory recognized that medical schools seek more than just students with scientific medical knowledge; they seek well-rounded individuals. He pursued his varied interests by traveling with the College’s Appalachia Service Project trips to renovate homes for impoverished families.

“While these trips may not be fundamentally health-related, I learned so much about compassion and sacrifice from the families we helped. It was more than worth the six-hour drive.”

Cory also values how professors and students at North Central form a strong bond, both in and out of the lab. And, the College’s small student body creates many opportunities to adopt leadership roles. Cory was involved with the Pre-Health Organization—a club that offers health care seminars, events and Q&A sessions with alumni in the health care field.

“I spoke with graduate students about medical school, training and educational requirements as well as many other questions I had. These kinds of opportunities are not available at every college.”

Broadcast communication major Eduardo Sanchez takes on the “Big Apple”

Eduardo Sanchez '16
Working in New York City, senior Eduardo Sanchez completed a summer internship with NBC News Network as the assignment desk intern.

One of the best ways for students to get a jump start on their careers is by interning in their field of interest.

Senior Eduardo Sanchez spent his summer in New York City interning at NBC News Network on its assignment desk. A broadcast communication major, he took to the “Big Apple” to develop his skills as a journalist, working on breaking news, gathering user-generated content and staying up-to-date on what was happening around the country and worldwide.

New faculty dean Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola has vision for building on success

Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola
No “status quo” with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola.

Talking with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola, there are a few words you won’t hear—like “status quo.” He pursued the position as leader of academic affairs knowing that his challenge will be to elevate the reputation of the faculty and academic programs, which in quality far exceeds similar and better-known institutions. It’s a goal that excites him.

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