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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.

International programs hosts symposium with speakers, faculty panels

North Central presents “Contemporary India and the Environment” symposium on April 14 as part of yearlong international focus on India, the environment.

April 6, 2011—As part of its yearlong international focus, North Central College will present a symposium titled “Contemporary India and the Environment” on Thursday, April 14.

Guest speakers and North Central faculty and students will give presentations. An Indian dance performance and Indian supper are also part of the symposium, presented by the College’s Office of International Programs.

Hamalis is part of lecture series on global citizenship

Perry Hamalis, associate professor of religious studies and director of academic opportunities, gave lecture as part of Fairfield University lecture series.

Perry Hamalis, associate professor of religious studies and director of academic opportunities, was invited to give a lecture March 16 at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., as part of the school’s lecture series on Global Citizenship. Titled “The Politics of Personhood: An Orthodox Perspective on Global Citizenship,” his lecture “… described some of the ways in which an Eastern Orthodox understanding of human beings as ‘persons’ carries implications for notions of global citizenship and diversity within community.

North Central offers international students chance to study English during summer

The College’s Summer Language Institute provides an opportunity for students from other countries to learn English in America.

Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307

March 16, 2011—North Central College’s Summer Language Institute offers international students the opportunity to study English during intensive multi-week programs set in both classroom and informal environments.

Forensics team excels at state championships

Team members and faculty coaches, from left: David DePino ’13, John Stanley, Nic
North Central’s forensics team won three first-place titles and a team sweepstakes award at Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Championships.

March 10, 2011—North Central College’s forensics team excelled in this year’s State Championship Tournament, hosted by the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association (IIFA) March 4-5 at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb. North Central won three first-place titles and garnered a top prize, IIFA’s George Armstrong Cumulative Team Sweepstakes award.

Nearly 200 students, representing 19 Illinois colleges and universities, attended the tournament. Competition was held in both debate and 12 individual events in order to determine this year’s State Champions.

Hamalis contributes four articles to encyclopedia

Perry Hamalis, associate professor of religious studies, contributed four articles to the new reference, “The Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity.”

Perry Hamalis, associate professor of religious studies and director of Office of Academic Opportunities, contributed four, 1,000-word articles to the new work, “The Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity,” edited by John A.

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.

New film series features independent films

North Central presents screenings of five culturally significant films during its inaugural series, "Film Central: The Best in Independent Film."

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

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Jan. 24, 2011)—Community members are invited to attend screenings of culturally significant films during North Central College’s inaugural series, “Film Central: The Best in Independent Film.”

William Muck: Sharing His Enthusiasm

It took just two years for William Muck, assistant professor of political science, to endear himself as a favorite teacher among North Central College students. He was named the winner of the 2010 Dissinger Award for Junior Faculty with enthusiasm and endorsements.

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