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North Central is host site for Naperville Independent Film Festival in September

North Central College will present 18 foreign films, Sept. 14-19, in Smith Hall at Old Main, as a screen location for the Naperville Independent Film Festival.

North Central College is again a host site for the Naperville Independent Film Festival (NIFF), now in its seventh year. Starting Sept. 14, Smith Hall in Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St., will showcase foreign films that have won awards at Paris’ European Film Festival, or the ECU.  

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.

North Central College is ranked No. 14 in the Midwest in the Regional Universities category—schools that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degrees. This is the 21st consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has ranked North Central College among America’s Best Colleges.

Alumna discovers her radio fellowship has a North Central connection

Laurel White ’10
Journalism major Laurel White ’10 is named Lee Ester News Fellow at Wisconsin Public Radio, a position named for a College alumnus.

Laurel White ’10 always thought of herself as a “print” person, so she spent her years at North Central climbing the editorial ladder of the student-run newspaper, The Chronicle, and squeezing in a term as a DJ at WONC-FM 89.1.

Princeton Review names North Central College among nation’s best colleges for 2015

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

North Central College is included in The Princeton Review’s college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges, 2015 Edition.” The guide surveys more than 130,000 college students nationwide to determine the top 15 percent of about 2,900 four-year institutions nationwide.

Forbes ranks North Central College among America’s Top Colleges for 2014-2015

Forbes magazine says North Central College is among America’s Top Colleges and ranks among the top 20 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities.

Forbes magazine once again ranks North Central College among America’s Top Colleges.

Forbes includes North Central College among the top 20 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities. The magazine profiles the top 650 of the nearly 2,500 four-year institutions of higher learning in the United States. Forbes ranks North Central College No. 490 overall, No. 333 among private colleges and No. 117 in the Midwest.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2014 Great College To Work For

North Central College ranks among 92 of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

North Central College ranks among the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Public invited to Illinois Prairie Path Archives open house Aug. 11 at North Central College

The public is invited to meet volunteers who helped build the Illinois Prairie Path and view archival materials during an open house Aug. 11.

The public is invited to meet volunteers who helped build the Illinois Prairie Path and view materials from the organization’s archives during an open house Aug. 11 at North Central College.

The Illinois Prairie Path Archives Open House takes place from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, in the lower level of North Central College’s Oesterle Library, 320 E. School St., Naperville.

Kaufman Dining Hall, Oesterle Library, Seager Residence Hall undergo summer construction projects

New patio and fire pit, at Jefferson Commons outside Seager Residence Hall
North Central College is renovating and repurposing areas of campus for new classrooms and improved dining and social spaces

In the spirit of recycling, reusing and renewing, several renovation improvements are modernizing areas of campus that will help meet the changing needs for instruction, informal gathering spaces and improved food service at Kaufman Dining Hall.

Colleges of Distinction says North Central excels at preparing graduates for success

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

Colleges of Distinction is a guide that considers the views of guidance counselors, educators and admission professionals to honor colleges that excel in four areas of undergraduate education: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

The 15th annual edition praises North Central College and its commitment to those four core values.

Heather Placko

Heather grew up playing Scrabble and reading books with her mother. She formed a passion for literature that transformed into a potential career.

“English was the only major that fit my brain and creative needs,” she says. “Writing’s my greatest interest, which I’ll continue practicing after graduation.”

Heather interned with Shelly Porcellino, North Central College’s director of grants. She gained hands-on experience with technical writing and practical research. She was co-editor of the North Central Review, the College’s literary magazine, where she learned about design, production and distribution.

Heather aspires to combine her creative and technical writing skills after graduation. With the practical skills she gained at North Central, her dream may come true.

“I want to work in an environment that allows me to combine my loves of art, writing and philanthropy,” she says.

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