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Clara Hur earns Outstanding Major in East Asian Studies Award

Clara Hur received the Outstanding Major in East Asian Studies Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Clara Hur, daughter of Joe and Francesca Hur of Fox River Grove, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in East Asian Studies Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A junior, Hur has a double major in Japanese and East Asian Studies with a focus on Japan at North Central College. She is a graduate of Palatine High School.

Kaitlyn Gordon earns Outstanding Major in Japanese Award

Kaitlyn Gordon received the Outstanding Major in Japanese Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Kaitlyn Gordon of Orland Park, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Japanese Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A junior, Kaitlyn is a triple major in Japanese, global studies/international relations and East Asian studies/Japanese at North Central College.

Experience Japanese culture during Japanese Spring Festival

North Central College’s Japan Club and Japanese program present annual Japanese Spring Festival May 6 with music, food, games, art and more.

North Central College’s Japan Club and Japanese program will present their Japanese Spring Festival from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, in the Harold and Eva White Activities Center. The event is free.

The annual festival takes place in May, which is the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States. In Japan, it’s the time to celebrate Children’s Day (May 5) and enjoy a weeklong vacation called Golden Week and spring weather.

Students are featured presenters in symposium

Five North Central College students give presentations based on international studies, coursework at College’s annual symposium on global human rights.

When North Central College recently hosted its second symposium on global human rights, the event included student presentations in addition to keynote addresses by experts in the field of global and environmental health.

North Central College alumnus Dr. Karl Brooks speaks at MLK prayer breakfast

Alumnus Karl Brooks ’90, a Joliet Junior College administrator, was keynote speaker at the College’s MLK prayer breakfast.

North Central College alumnus Dr. Karl Brooks ’90 spoke to students, faculty, staff and guests about the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy during the College’s annual MLK prayer breakfast Jan. 21.

Dean of student success at Joliet Junior College, Brooks encouraged audience members to reflect on what inspires them—saying King’s legacy is a source of daily inspiration to him.

“We are all benefactors of Martin Luther King’s legacy,” Brooks said. “He calls us all to a higher moral and ethical ground.”

North Central’s 17th annual International Festival is Jan. 27

College's German Club hosts booth about German culture
North Central College welcomes members of the community to its annual International Festival Jan. 27 to experience different cultures from around the world.

For 17 years, North Central College has welcomed members of the community to its annual International Festival to experience different cultures from around the world and around the corner. This year’s International Festival takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in the College’s Merner Field House, 450 S. Brainard St., Naperville.

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.

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

Amanda Wheeler

Amanda chose North Central because it offered a major in Japanese and study abroad programs in Japan. “Study abroad is hands down the single most important experience I've had at North Central. It was an opportunity to be independent, meet friends from all over the world and challenge myself in another language. The classroom cannot mimic what you learn abroad.”

The opportunity to practice her Japanese skills was key. “I was fully immersed into the culture so I was studying all the time ... and it was oddly OK to talk and feel all right with making mistakes.”

Amanda praises the mentoring she’s received from her professor of Japanese. “She’s one of the sweetest teachers on campus and she has a genuine interest in what motivates her students to study. She's supportive, funny and a benevolent teacher.”

Amanda hopes to teach English in Japan or obtain a job with a Japanese company that’s expanding in the United States. “I want to eventually use Japanese daily in my profession.”

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.

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