North Central College - Naperville, IL

Majors Minors and Programs : Environmental Studies

Student Village has new look, new windows

Student Village has new look, new windows

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With the help of a $30,000 matching grant from the City of Naperville’s Greener Business Program, North Central installed new energy-efficient windows throughout the Student Village women’s residence hall this summer. The updated brown color was chosen to match the brown trim around the building. The grant also helped the College with its efforts this summer to install motion detectors in Old Main, Harold and Eva White Activities Center, Carnegie Hall, Kroehler Science Center and Goldspohn Hall.


Students present their summer research to the campus

Students present their summer research to the campus

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For the past six weeks, 37 students and 15 faculty have participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC) conducting research that spans many majors and topics. Students presented their research to the campus community July 21 in a poster format in Kroehler Science Center. Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry, noted research can be lonely and slow-going at times, so students and faculty involved in SURC meet weekly to collaborate and discuss their work.


Campus garden harvests first crops this week

Campus garden harvests first crops this week

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In case you haven’t seen the campus garden lately, it’s flourishing! The first round of produce was harvested early this week and included spring salad mix, spinach, cucumbers, squash, beans, peas and radishes. They will be featured in different menu items at Kaufman Dining Hall for the campus community and guests to enjoy.


Eco-friendly Commencement includes caps, gowns, bottles

Eco-friendly Commencement includes caps, gowns, bottles

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Although the graduates’ caps and gowns will look the same, they aren’t. This year, the College showed its commitment to sustainability by using a new line of eco-friendly graduation wear made from 100 percent, post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. With millions of plastic bottles ending up in landfills daily and remaining there for generations, the academic apparel manufacturer Oak Hall introduced its new GreenWeaver line, which uses 23 bottles per gown.


When you move out, recycle unwanted items

When you move out, recycle unwanted items

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Students: As you make plans to move out, North Central wants your used and unwanted items. The College will provide a moving truck at each dorm location (see list below) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 7-9, where you can donate anything you don’t plan on taking with you that can be reused or recycled.


North Central hosts symposium about water usage and conservation

The public is invited to hear national, regional, state, local and Canadian officials discuss water usage and conservation at a symposium April 15.

The public is invited to hear national, regional, state, local and Canadian officials discuss water usage and conservation during a symposium April 15 at North Central College.

"Blue Gold" addresses worldwide shortage of fresh water

"Blue Gold" addresses worldwide shortage of fresh water

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The College’s Cultural Events and Office of International Programs will co-host the free screening of the documentary Blue Gold: World Water Wars at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in Meiley-Swallow Hall. Some business circles have referred to fresh water as “blue gold” just as oil is called “black gold.” This film features interviews with 13 specialists who address the worldwide shortage of fresh water.


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