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Experience Japanese culture at annual spring festival

North Central’s Japanese program and Japan Club will host a Japanese Spring Festival May 3. The family-friendly event is free and celebrates Japanese culture.

April 29, 2011—North Central College’s Japanese program and Japan Club will host their annual Japanese Spring Festival May 3. The family-friendly festival is free and open to the public and celebrates Japanese culture at the start of a new school year in Japan.

The festival will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in North Central’s Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave.

North Central College students, alumni impacted by disaster in Japan

Student Ereka Funkhauser photographed this scene near her home in Japan.
Life in Japan is gradually returning to normal for North Central College student Ereka Funkhouser.

Life in Japan is gradually returning to normal for North Central College student Ereka Funkhouser.

Funkhouser—a junior majoring in Japanese and classical civilization—studies at Iwate University in Morioka, a town of about 300,000 located in the Iwate Prefecture. She was shaken by the March 11 earthquake, but her school 40 miles from the coast was not directly impacted by the devastating tsunami.

Students display art at professional exhibit

Twenty-one art students were chosen to showcase their work at the Paramount Theatre Art Gallery as part of gallery’s “Aspiring Artists” series through March.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Feb. 11, 2011)—Twenty-one art students at North Central College have been chosen to showcase their work at the Paramount Theatre Art Gallery in Aurora, Ill., as part of Paramount’s “Aspiring Artists” series. The free exhibit will be on display in the Grand Gallery until March 31.

The public is invited to meet the student artists during an artists’ reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora.

Record number of students to present at national research conference

A record 38 students from various academic areas will represent North Central at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research this spring.

 

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Jan. 31, 2011)—For the second year, a record number of North Central College students have been chosen to participate in the nation’s leading conference on undergraduate research.

D-Term courses take students around the globe

In December, students take advantage of life-changing study abroad opportunities.

Jan. 24, 2011—North Central College’s trimester format offers students a break from regular classes between Thanksgiving and the new year. During December—or D-Term—students can take advantage of North Central’s study abroad opportunities.

North Central College offers five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree in leadership

North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Nov. 16, 2010)—North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

Students accepted into this program earn both a bachelor’s degree—in any discipline—and the master of leadership studies with the completion of 141 credit hours.

Record number of international students join College student body

Record number of international students join College student body

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The Office of International Programs welcomes 41 new students who are part of a record 54 nonimmigrant international students enrolled at North Central College this fall. They come from 28 countries and include new first year and transfer students, returning students, eight graduate students, 16 new exchange students and five who are sponsored by the Global UGRAD program.


Kelly Cox

“I was originally drawn to East Asian music; later I connected with the region’s values of respect and harmony. I also love the sound of the languages,” says Kelly. “I majored in East Asian studies so that I could study more than one country.”

Kelly is carefully mapping a path to her goal of teaching English in China, Japan, Korea, Thailand or Vietnam. On campus, she’s active in the Japan Club, Korean Club and Asian Student Konnection. “Our goal is to expose the campus and community to the cultures of these countries,” she says. “For example, each year we show Japanese films and host ‘Taste of Asia.’ It’s great fun and we all learn a lot in the process.” Kelly also corresponds with a few pen pals and plans to study in Japan or Korea during her junior year; as a senior, she’ll pursue a teaching internship in East Asia.

Majors Minors and Programs : East Asian Studies

Hoffert gives presentations in China & Wheaton, pursues research on Japan

Hoffert gives presentations in China & Wheaton, pursues research on Japan

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Brian Hoffert, associate professor of religious studies and history and coordinator of East Asian studies, presented a paper titled “Beyond Life and Death: The Great Awakening” at the Conference on Daoist Ways of Thought in Zhengzhou, China, on March 25, 2010. He also gave a presentation on “The Daoist Roots of Zen Humor” at the DuPage Valley Social Studies Conference in Wheaton, Ill., on Feb. 26, 2010. Hoffert will be doing research on Japanese religious pilgrimages this fall and will host the Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought at DePaul University in Chicago April 2011.


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