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Douglas Engelman earns 2012 Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology Award

Douglas Engelman
Douglas Engelman of Naperville was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology Award during Honors Day May 15.

May 21, 2012—Douglas Engelman of Naperville was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

North Central College student reads at Chicago’s Citywide Poetry Festival

North Central College student Emily Schmidt participated in the 13th annual Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival in Chicago.

North Central College student Emily Schmidt participated in the 13th annual Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival in Chicago.

The festival was held April 5 at Columbia College Chicago and featured the talents of 12 poets from Chicago-area colleges and universities who read their own original works. Participating institutions included DePaul University, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.

North Central student journalists earn Illinois College Press Association awards

Student journalists from North Central College have earned three awards for excellence from the Illinois College Press Association (ICPA).

Feb. 29, 2012—Student journalists from North Central College have earned three awards for excellence from the Illinois College Press Association (ICPA).

The awards were announced at the ICPA’s annual conference Feb. 17-18 at the Double Tree Hotel in Chicago. College newspapers from throughout Illinois, ranging from those at small colleges to publications at large state universities, participated in the annual journalism contest. Entries are judged by professional editors who are members of the Illinois Press Association.

North Central offering three new options for Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree

Richard Guzman
North Central College is offering three new options in its Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree.

Feb. 8, 2012—North Central College is offering three new options in its Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree.

The College is incorporating three different programs to allow MALS students to pursue a specialty that suits their professional and personal interests.  The new program options are: Ethics and Public Service; Writing, Editing and Publishing; and Culture and Society. Visit northcentralcollege.edu/admission/liberal-studies to learn more.

16 North Central student broadcasters earn nominations in national competition

Sixteen North Central College broadcasters representing WONC-FM 89.1 have earned 12 nominations in an annual national competition.

Feb. 7, 2012—Sixteen North Central College broadcasters representing WONC-FM 89.1, the College’s student-run radio station, have earned 12 nominations in an annual national competition sponsored by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS).

Winners of the Golden Microphone Trophy Awards will be announced March 2-4 at the 72nd Annual IBS International Radio/Webcast Conference in New York City. Last year, North Central students brought home first-place awards for Best Sports Play-by-Play and Best Documentary at the 2011 IBS awards.

The 12 nominations include:

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Self-Employment in the Arts Conference Feb. 24-25 helps careers of aspiring artists

Participants will learn how to run their own businesses as artists Feb. 24-25 during North Central College's Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference.

College and high school students, educators and adults who aspire to be self-employed artists will gain valuable information about running their own businesses as artists Feb. 24-25, 2012 when North Central College hosts the 12th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference.

North Central College welcomes two notable authors during Naperville Reads 2012

Luis Alberto Urrea
A pair of notable authors will speak and sign books at North Central College in February as part of the 11th annual Naperville Reads celebration.

Jan. 30, 2012—A pair of notable authors will speak and sign books at North Central College in February as part of the 11th annual Naperville Reads celebration.

Anderson’s Bookshops present appearances by authors Antonio Sacre on Thursday, Feb. 9, and Luis Alberto Urrea on Thursday, Feb. 23. Both events begin at 7 p.m. in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Contact Anderson’s at 630-355-2665, visit andersonsbookshop.com or Naperville Public Library branches for free tickets.

Kira Simeone

During a transfer visit day at North Central College, Kira realized she found the right place to finish her degree. “I remember experiencing the college tour, but the standout part of the day was talking to knowledgeable people from the different departments and offices. I was so impressed when I met with the financial aid representative because I felt other schools weren’t interested in helping a nontraditional student like me afford a quality education.”

Other factors for choosing North Central were location, liberal arts curriculum and knowledgeable faculty.  “The school had an amazing reputation and cared about each of the students.”

Kira developed strong relationships with many English professors. “I knew I could talk to any of them at any time, and they were always helpful and available. I couldn’t have made it through without their support. But now, here I am, the first person in my immediate family to get a bachelor’s degree and I’m so grateful.”

Abbey Smith

North Central had everything Abbey wanted in a college. A journalism program, international relations program, strong Spanish department, and study abroad opportunities. “And, on top of the financial aid I received through scholarships, North Central was the perfect place for me to study.”

Working on The Chronicle college newspaper, says Abbey, “was a perfect opportunity for hands-on experience in journalism. It’s completely student-run, so we were in charge of assigning stories, writing, editing, layout, advertising and distribution. It’s a lot to take on but also a lot of fun.”

She studied abroad in Costa Rica and England, was involved in Model United Nations and added a second major in global studies with a focus on international relations. Her advice to other students is “get to know your professors, be involved in campus activities and make lasting friendships.” After graduation, Abbey plans to join Americorps, helping develop tutoring programs for children of low-income families.

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