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North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

Scholar explores Iceland for thesis research

Ian Wright ’14 visited Iceland to conduct research on local folklore for his College Scholar Honors Thesis.

As students return to classes and share stories of their summer adventures, Ian Wright ’14 is among those with the best tales to tell.

Wright spent three and a half weeks in Iceland conducting research for his College Scholar Honors Thesis. He explored areas of spectacular scenery while learning more about the connection between the harsh landscape of the country and the popular belief in the “hidden people” who dwell among rocks, cliffs and fields.

Hannah Brock '13

Hannah Brock and Kevin Murphy started hiking across the Appalachian Mountains from Maine on June 12. Brock is a Jackson, GA, native and Murphy lives in Glen Ellyn, IL. A daily journal of Brock’s excursion on the Appalachian Trail is posted at trailjournals.com/hannahbrock.

North Central College hosts executive MBA students from China

North Central College strengthened its ties to Asia and the study of international business by hosting a delegation of executive MBA students from China.

North Central College strengthened its ties to Asia and the study of international business by hosting a delegation of executive MBA students from China.

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 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

Ian Wright

Ian has always been fascinated by other cultures. He spent a year travelling across Europe and Australia before enrolling at North Central, which helped him come to a simple conclusion.

“I knew I needed to incorporate my love for the world into my academic career,” he says.

That hasn’t been a problem at North Central. Funded by a Richter grant, Ian was able to perform independent research in Iceland, where he studied the relationship between landscape and folklore.

“It was a great opportunity to utilize the skills I’ve learned in the classroom as well as develop my academic portfolio,” he says.

He’s also studied abroad in Germany, where he lived with a host family and mastered a second language.

“If you’re a global studies major, you should be a sponge,” he says. “Soak up knowledge of the world and open your heart and mind to new cultures and experiences.”

North Central College selected to take part in civic learning, engagement initiative

North Central College’s strong commitments to civic learning and democratic engagement are recognized by Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

North Central College’s strong commitments to civic learning and democratic engagement are being recognized by the group Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA).

New North Central College students discover possibilities during Orientation

Hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College during Orientation.

During summer 2013 Orientation sessions, hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College.

From study abroad courses to athletic teams to clubs and organizations, Orientation serves to inform students about options so they can begin to plan their years of study and make the most of their experience at North Central College.

Summer research students to discuss scholarly work during Aug. 1 poster session

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

The SURC poster session takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in Smith Hall of Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. (The session previously was scheduled to take place in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center). Most of the 40 students who participated in the 2013 SURC will be present.

Ian Wright earns Outstanding Major in Global Studies Award

Ian Wright received the Outstanding Major in Global Studies Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Ian Wright, son of Kevin and Deborah Wright of New Lenox, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Global Studies Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A junior, Ian is majoring in studio art and global studies with a focus on Europe at North Central College. He was home-schooled.

Ian visited the Czech Republic during North Central’s winter term 2013 and took a photo that received first place in the Office of International Program’s photo contest. Ian’s name has regularly appeared on the Dean’s List.

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