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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.

Amber Dvorak

Amber was more than a student at North Central College. She also was a designer, reporter, artist, photographer and researcher.

“North Central offers multiple opportunities,” she says. “The Interactive Media Studies program gives students the ability to craft the major in the direction of their choosing.”

For Amber, that meant lots of graphic arts. She built up her knowledge of 3D modeling and animation through her coursework, and she conducted a research study—funded by a North Central College Richter grant—that focused on best practices in 3D animation. She interviewed various artists in downtown Chicago and used her findings to create her own short film.

“The College is very supportive of undergraduate research, even in traditionally less researched fields,” she says.

Amber worked for North Central’s student newspaper, The Chronicle, in several different capacities. She also created an art show composed exclusively of computerized pieces with three of her classmates.

“I believe it was one of the first—if not the first—student-produced shows of this nature,” she says.

North Central College exhibits artwork of four students April 6 through May 3

Artwork of four North Central College students is featured in the monthlong exhibit “Digital Design.”

Artwork of four North Central College students is featured in the monthlong exhibit “Digital Design.”

All pieces displayed in “Digital Design” are computer-generated and include print posters, motion graphics and animation created by seniors Amber Dvorak of Schiller Park; Tanya Fetzer of Richmond, Ill.; Samantha Suarez of Romeoville; and Sarah Wilm of Westmont. The exhibit runs April 6 through May 3 in the Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St., Naperville. An artist reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9; complimentary refreshments will be served.

Students may apply by Feb. 20 for Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research

Students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research May 14.

North Central College students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research, which will take place during Honors Day on Tuesday, May 14.

Information about the symposium and how to submit proposals may be found on the College’s website. A list of frequently asked questions also is available.

Verandah courses

Verandah experiences are intellectually and personally stimulating for students and faculty.

North Central’s SEA Conference teaches entrepreneurs the business of arts

Tom Sharpe
North Central College’s 13th annual Self Employment in the Arts Conference Feb. 22-23 helps aspiring artists become successful entrepreneurs.

North Central College’s 13th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Feb. 22-23 will help aspiring artists learn to become successful entrepreneurs.

The SEA Conference provides educational resources to help aspiring artists gain entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain careers as independent artists. The conference features performances, workshops, panel discussions and other activities tailored to actors, filmmakers, musicians, painters, sculptors, writers and other artists.

“Mind and Body” art exhibit showcases work of three North Central College students

The monthlong "Mind and Body" art exhibit showcases the work of three North Central College students.

A monthlong art exhibit showcases the work of three North Central College students.

The “Mind and Body” exhibit is free, open to the public and on display Oct. 11 through Nov. 11 in the College’s Meiley-Swallow Hall Gallery, 31 S. Ellsworth St. The student artists will greet visitors during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19; complimentary refreshments will be served.

Survey finds North Central College graduates among highest income-earners

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

North Central College ranks among the top 15 percent of private, nonprofit schools in the 2011-2012 survey by Payscale.com. The mid-career median salary for North Central College graduates is $81,300, ranking No. 39 out of 303 schools in the private, nonprofit category.

Nick Penev

Nick was initially drawn to North Central for its strong and storied programs in men’s cross country and track and field. When it came to academics, he was attracted to the graphic arts program in interactive media studies (IMS).

“For me, graphic arts really stood out from the others.” He appreciated the major’s interdisciplinary coursework and enjoyed taking classes in speech communication, English, computer science and more. “Having these different course experiences helps you break into the job market.”

In graphic arts, Nick took courses in typography and digital illustration and learned from professors with real field experience. He also spent many hours in North Central’s state-of-the-art computer facilities and Mac lab, “till three, four or five in the morning. But I knew it would be worthwhile down the road, as well as learning to balance academics with sports.”

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