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Erica McCauley earns Outstanding Major in French Award

Erica McCauley
Erica McCauley was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Major in French Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Erica McCauley was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Major in French Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

McCauley is a graduating senior who is double-majoring in French and global studies at North Central College. She is a graduate of Minooka Community High School.

A College on the Move

North Central gains momentum in growth, reputation, value.

Growth in new faculty, world-class facilities, outstanding academics and stellar athletic teams---these are the hallmarks of a campus community that is fiscally strong, excited about the future and focused on becoming one of America’s top colleges.

“Our students and their families become part of a dynamic campus environment, where they benefit from the value of small class sizes, faculty mentors and award-winning cocurricular activities,” said Martin Sauer, vice president for enrollment and athletics.

Campus, local, state, national guests celebrated the Science Center "topping out"

North Central College’s Science Center reached a construction milestone with the placement of a ceremonial final beam in Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

North Central College’s Science Center reached new heights during its construction when the campus community celebrated the hoisting and placement of a ceremonial final steel beam during a Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

Traditional among ironworkers, the ceremony is sometimes called Capping Off, or Topping Off, or Topping Out. Regardless, said President Troy D. Hammond during his remarks, “It’s a significant construction milestone that we’ve reached only because of the dedication and hard work of many, many people.”

Annual Report 2015

This 2015 Annual Report reflects the outstanding accomplishments of North Central College in the last fiscal year.

Explore cultures from around the world at Feb. 14 International Festival

North Central College welcomes the local community to celebrate another year of cultural diversity at its 20th annual International Festival Feb. 14.

North Central College welcomes members of the community to attend its 20th annual International Festival on Feb. 14. Hosted by the College’s Office of International Programs, the festival celebrates Naperville’s cultural diversity and offers opportunities for community members to explore cultures from around the world.

Students showcase their talent in fall musical Nov. 5-8

North Central College presents its fall musical, “The Light in the Piazza,” winner of six Tony Awards in 2005, including Best Original Score by Adam Guettel.

North Central College presents its fall musical, “The Light in the Piazza,” winner of six Tony Awards in 2005, including Best Original Score by Adam Guettel.  

Four performances of “The Light in the Piazza” will be presented at 8 p.m. Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6-7 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/students and seniors; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Sara Reid

Not only did Sara immediately feel welcomed into the North Central community, but she also felt right at home in the French department.

“It was so nice to feel that your thoughts were always appreciated and your efforts were always valued. This safe environment for learning a second language helps a student grow and evolve.”

Sara loved viewing the world through a different language and took every opportunity to do so. She became a language tutor on campus, traveled to France as part of a D-Term study abroad course and became involved in the College’s French club, Cercle Français.

“From crêpe making and Mardi Gras celebrations to language immersion weekends and service projects in high school French classes, Cercle Français builds a close-knit community of peers and professors.”

Sara felt supported by her professors to find the right career path. She wants to continue her love of tutoring by someday living in France and teaching English.

“Majoring in French allowed me to reflect on the joy it brought me as a student and  to pursue the language and culture for the rest of my life.” 

Sara Reid earns Outstanding Major in French Award

Sara Reid ’15
Sara Reid received the Outstanding Major in French Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Sara Reid ’15, daughter of Donald and Colleen Reid of Naperville, was awarded the Outstanding Major in French Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

Sara, who graduated from North Central College in June, majored in elementary education and French. She is a graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School. She previously earned the Outstanding Major in French Award in 2014, and she consistently earned honors on the College’s Dean’s List.

New faculty dean Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola has vision for building on success

Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola
No “status quo” with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola.

Talking with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola, there are a few words you won’t hear—like “status quo.” He pursued the position as leader of academic affairs knowing that his challenge will be to elevate the reputation of the faculty and academic programs, which in quality far exceeds similar and better-known institutions. It’s a goal that excites him.

North Central celebrates Hispanic and Latino cultural heritage on campus

North Central College invites multicultural involvement on campus with a series of events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

North Central College’s multicultural life on campus is expanding this fall to incorporate a larger celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Though the College promotes many other Hispanic and Latino involvement opportunities throughout the academic year, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is devoted to a campus-wide celebration of various Hispanic cultures.

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