North Central College - Naperville, IL

Macek authors essays and a book review, presents at conference

Steve Macek, professor of communication
Steve Macek, North Central College professor of communication, has published two essays and a book review and given two presentations at a national conference.

Steve Macek, North Central College professor of communication, chair of communication and media studies, published essays in two new books, gave presentations at the National Communication Association Conference, and wrote a book review.

Students dance, sing, act in full-scale dance production Jan. 28-30

Sarafina Monteleone ’19, Natalie Bernier ’19, Josette Carpenter ’18
North Central College students perform “Fragments: A Theatrical Dance Experience,” choreographed and directed by dance faculty Dmitri Peskov.

North Central College presents “Fragments: A Theatrical Dance Experience,” featuring the College’s theatre students Jan. 28-30. It is choreographed and directed by Dmitri Peskov, a member of North Central’s dance faculty and a Chicago-based dancer, choreographer, actor and poet.

Joe Buechel '17 is making all the right moves to become a sound designer for video games

Joe Buechel '17
Studying in Spain, interning in Chicago, developing a unique major at North Central College is Joe Buechel’s game plan for success.

Joseph Buechel ’17 is transforming his favorite childhood pastime—playing video games—into a career. He’s pursuing studies in sound design for video games. Sound design is the creation of music and audio behind different media. Buechel’s passion for this art form is clear as he prepares for his career. He studied sound design in Spain during the summer; he is currently interning at an audio company in Chicago and designing a customized major at North Central College.  

North Central students gain access, networking opportunities in PR field

New Verandah course takes students behind the scenes at Chicago’s leading public relations firms, gives opportunities to network and explore career options.

“It’s all about finding a career that fits you,” said Skylar Krople ’17 after attending the Publicity Club of Chicago PR Career Day with her North Central College classmates. “I learned there are lots of opportunities to create whatever you want because the public relations industry is constantly changing.”

Student art exhibit uses design to explore topics in social change

North Central College presents “Design for Good” art exhibit, featuring design work by seniors Rachel Maher and Annie Dipert through Dec. 18.

North Central College presents the student art exhibit “Design for Good.” Seniors Rachel Maher and Annie Dipert will showcase prints of their design work through Dec. 18.

The free exhibit is on display in the College’s Meiley-Swallow Hall Gallery, 31 S. Ellsworth St. An artist’s reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the gallery; light refreshments will be served.

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.

North Central College senior directs “Wasteland” set during the Vietnam War

Brody Long '19 and director Sean Michael Mohler '16
Sean Michael Mohler ’16 directs his rendition of “Wasteland,” a suspenseful drama about two U.S. soldiers held captive underground during the Vietnam War.

North Central College features the direction of senior Sean Michael Mohler Oct. 21, 22 and 24 in his rendition of “Wasteland,” a play by Susan Felder about two U.S. prisoners during the Vietnam War.

Three performances of “Wasteland” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21, 22 and 24 in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Liz Composto

Liz channeled her lifelong interests in art and design into an interactive media studies (IMS) major. She completed the graphic arts and interactive media technology tracks within the IMS major.

Liz is confident that she’ll love the graphic design field because she has taken advantage of internship opportunities. North Central’s Office of Career Development helped Liz every step of the way, from revising her résumé to finding an internship. Though her degree only required one internship experience, Liz connected with another organization through the College’s IMS social media channels.

“Having different avenues to find related internships allowed me to leave North Central with great experience on my résumé.”

The capstone class required of all IMS majors was also incredibly helpful for Liz, as she pursues a career as a user-experience designer who designs apps, websites and interfaces. She says she now has the tools essential to build a beautiful website.

“Mock interviewing, résumé workshops and portfolio prep were essential tools offered during the course to help me prepare for life post-grad.”

Student exhibit showcases paintings, sculptures, drawings through Nov. 1

North Central College presents the two-person, student exhibit “Apparitions,” featuring the artwork of sophomores Kat Kazmierski and Alex Peters.

North Central College presents the two-person, student exhibit “Apparitions,” featuring paintings, sculptures and drawings of sophomores Kat Kazmierski and Alex Peters Oct. 2 through Nov. 1.

The free exhibit is on display in the College’s Meiley-Swallow Hall Gallery, 31 S. Ellsworth St. An artist’s reception will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, in the gallery; light refreshments will be served.

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.

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