North Central College - Naperville, IL

Emily Jane Kiekhofer Lockrem '72

Emily Jane Kiekhofer Lockrem has served as a librarian at the Milpitas Christian School in San Jose, CA, for the past 12 years. Previously, she held a position as an assistant rare books librarian at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She received her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in comparative literature and library sciences in 1976. She and her husband Peter reside in San Jose.

New study abroad program expands international horizons

A new study abroad program in Jordan allows students to learn Arabic and experience Middle Eastern culture.

A new study abroad program in Amman, Jordan, is appealing to students like Carly Johnston ’13, who wanted a life-changing academic experience that would set her apart. “I saw it as an opportunity to expand my resume, learn another language and make connections to make my goals a reality,” she says of her fall term there. “I’m hoping to join the Peace Corps and also connect with the NGO (non-governmental organization) Global Network.”

North Central student helps research, design exhibit for the holidays

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North Central College sophomore Tiffany Tindell helped research, design historical exhibit as part of this season’s Cup of Cheer Holiday event in Naperville.

North Central College sophomore Tiffany Tindell joined preparations for this season’s community Cup of Cheer Holiday House Walk and market—the Naperville Garden Club’s annual fundraiser.

Tindell helped research and design an exhibit—the Naper Settlement Cup of Cheer teacup and saucer collection—which is on display through January in the lobby of the Naperville Bank & Trust at 5 S. Washington St.

Students study abroad, serve others and more during D-Term

Study abroad courses, service trips, business and leadership ventures, and sport contest are among the many options for student exploration during D-Term.

D-Term is North Central College’s three-week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas when fall term and finals are over. Students are free to study abroad and engage in service, ongoing business projects, internships, independent research and life-enriching experiences.

Among the opportunities in 2012 are seven study abroad trips, including a new one for graduate students, with some 155 students and 14 faculty and staff participating. Each trip is a three-credit course with coursework prior to, during and after each trip.

Students get involved in the community through DuPage United

North Central College students expand their civic engagement by participating with local residents and nonprofit DuPage United.

North Central College students expanded their civic engagement by participating with local residents in DuPage United, a local nonprofit organization that promotes democratic action.

Register now for North Central's D-Term Verandah experiences

All 11 D-Term Verandah experiences are open to any major. Explore Chicago theatre, new cultures, community action, square dancing, dramatic inquiry and more.

Registration is underway for North Central College’s 2012 D-Term Verandah experiences, taking place both on and off campus.

Middle East trip immerses students in complex issues

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The historical, cultural and political significance of Israel and Palestine shaped the itinerary for a new student trip conducted by the Office of Ministry and Service in August. Immersion into both Israeli and Palestinian areas as well as tours of key biblical sites provided students and staff with life-changing experiences. The group used an independent tour company to access the different areas, many of which represented traditional pilgrimage sites.

Keating to appear on CSPAN-3 Oct. 13

Ann Durkin Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History
Ann Durkin Keating, North Central College Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History, will appear, give lecture about her new book on CSPAN-3 Oct. 13.

Ann Durkin Keating, North Central College Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History, will appear on CSPAN-3 at 9:45 a.m. (CDT) Saturday, Oct. 13. She will give a lecture and Q&A for approximately one hour about her newest book, “Rising up from Indian Country: The Battle of Fort Dearborn and the Birth of Chicago.” Her lecture was prerecorded with an audience at the Niles Public Library on Sept. 12.

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.

Alexis Smith

“History is one big story and always fresh. I like to focus on lesser-known people and feel it’s important for their stories to be told, to appreciate their values, culture and ways they handled life.”

Alexis’ passion for American history, in particular, inspired original research, which she’s presented at undergraduate and graduate-level conferences. Her research and two North Central awards for outstanding major have opened doors to the next chapter in her own story.

She was offered teaching assistant positions at two universities with paid tuition, insurance and a stipend. “I chose the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee so I could work with a particular professor and move into a great Ph.D. program.”

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