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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was 2007 North Central College Commencement speaker

Newly appointed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was the 2007 Commencement speaker at North Central College.

Newly appointed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was the 2007 Commencement speaker at North Central College.

Hagel was sworn in on Feb. 27 as the nation’s 24th defense secretary, one day after the Senate voted 58-41 to approve his appointment by President Barack Obama.

Hagel spoke at North Central College’s 142nd Commencement ceremony on June 9, 2007, when he was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree. Hagel was a U.S. Senator representing Nebraska at the time. A North Central College alumnus, T.J. Birkel ’04, served as a senior staff member to Senator Hagel.

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.

Fredette participates in discussion about U.S. Constitution as living document

Jennifer Fredette, assistant professor of political science
Jennifer Fredette, North Central College assistant professor of political science, offers expertise in roundtable discussion about the U.S. Constitution.

Jennifer Fredette, North Central College assistant professor of political science, was invited as a political expert and guest participant in a roundtable discussion about the U.S. Constitution at the Naperville Municipal Center on Oct. 25.

Mock Trial team takes first place in first tournament of season

Winning team at Riverside Classic Mock Trial Tournament
North Central College’s Mock Trial is off to a winning start, taking first place among 14 teams at the team’s first of seven tournaments this season.

North Central College’s Mock Trial team is off to a winning start, taking first place at Quincy University’s annual Riverside Classic Mock Trial Tournament on Oct. 20—the team’s first of seven contests during fall and winter terms.

North Central College students make big presentation to corporate executives

A group of North Central College students recently experienced what it’s like to make an important presentation in front of corporate executives.

A group of North Central College students recently experienced what it’s like to make an important presentation in front of corporate executives from all over the world.

Cody Follis

Cody Follis is a political science major and speech communication minor who wants to pursue law school—with the ultimate goal of holding political office. A transfer student from Lincoln College, Follis earned a scholarship to study pre-law at North Central.

To achieve his goal of entering politics, Cody has competed on the College’s renowned Forensics team. He earned the title of National Semi-Finalist (top 12 in the nation) in an event called After Dinner Speaking. “I enjoy my time on the team immensely—through participation and competition I have made friends who I hope to keep the rest of my life,” he says. “It has helped me further hone my speaking skills for my future career and the coaches are extremely approachable. The Forensics program has the right mixture of hard work and fun.” 

Cody has also gotten involved in the College’s Student Governing Association and conducted research on the lack of playgrounds for children across the United States, which he presented at the College’s Rall Symposium.

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.

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 2013.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2013.

North Central College is ranked No. 13 in the Midwest in the Regional Universities category—schools that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degrees. North Central College was ranked No. 23 among Midwest Regional Universities for 2012.

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