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Kaitlyn Gordon earns Outstanding Major in Japanese Award

Kaitlyn Gordon received the Outstanding Major in Japanese Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Kaitlyn Gordon of Orland Park, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Japanese Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A junior, Kaitlyn is a triple major in Japanese, global studies/international relations and East Asian studies/Japanese at North Central College.

Experience Japanese culture during Japanese Spring Festival

North Central College’s Japan Club and Japanese program present annual Japanese Spring Festival May 6 with music, food, games, art and more.

North Central College’s Japan Club and Japanese program will present their Japanese Spring Festival from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, in the Harold and Eva White Activities Center. The event is free.

The annual festival takes place in May, which is the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States. In Japan, it’s the time to celebrate Children’s Day (May 5) and enjoy a weeklong vacation called Golden Week and spring weather.

North Central College exhibits artwork of four students April 6 through May 3

Artwork of four North Central College students is featured in the monthlong exhibit “Digital Design.”

Artwork of four North Central College students is featured in the monthlong exhibit “Digital Design.”

All pieces displayed in “Digital Design” are computer-generated and include print posters, motion graphics and animation created by seniors Amber Dvorak of Schiller Park; Tanya Fetzer of Richmond, Ill.; Samantha Suarez of Romeoville; and Sarah Wilm of Westmont. The exhibit runs April 6 through May 3 in the Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St., Naperville. An artist reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9; complimentary refreshments will be served.

North Central College to host Chinese Spring Festival Celebration Feb. 2

North Central College’s Chinese program and Xilin Community Center co-present the eighth annual Chinese Spring Festival Celebration Feb. 2.

North Central College’s Chinese program and Xilin Community Center in Naperville co-present the eighth annual Chinese Spring Festival Celebration on Feb. 2.

North Central’s 17th annual International Festival is Jan. 27

College's German Club hosts booth about German culture
North Central College welcomes members of the community to its annual International Festival Jan. 27 to experience different cultures from around the world.

For 17 years, North Central College has welcomed members of the community to its annual International Festival to experience different cultures from around the world and around the corner. This year’s International Festival takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in the College’s Merner Field House, 450 S. Brainard St., Naperville.

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.

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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.

Survey finds North Central College graduates among highest income-earners

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

North Central College ranks among the top 15 percent of private, nonprofit schools in the 2011-2012 survey by Payscale.com. The mid-career median salary for North Central College graduates is $81,300, ranking No. 39 out of 303 schools in the private, nonprofit category.

Kara Hoover

Studying abroad is central in East Asian studies. Kara has done it three times. “Why wouldn’t you want to do this? Studying abroad is life-changing and so easy to do.”

One study abroad experience took Kara to China and Japan for four months. A second involved five months at a university in Japan and one month at a high school where she worked as a Japanese/English teacher. A third landed her in Spanish-speaking Costa Rica.

“You see in real life all the connections and how culture is tied into the language.” 

On North Central’s campus, Kara meets with other students for Chinese tea in a professor’s office. “We discuss culture, philosophy, religion, language and learn from each other. We’re a small community with opportunities to be had.”

Her next step is full of options and will certainly involve East Asian culture.

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