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Mark Bailey M ’98

Mark Bailey M ’98 began a four-year term as a trustee on the Board of the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System. Bailey is director of bands at Scott and River Woods elementary schools in Naperville and has had a long career as a professional musician, music teacher and band director at private and public schools throughout the Chicago area. He is president of the Naperville Unit Education Association and treasurer of Region 39 of the Illinois Education Association.

Grammy-winning artist Common to give MLK Week keynote at North Central College

North Central College welcomes Grammy Award-winning artist, actor and author Common Jan. 21 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker.

North Central College welcomes Grammy Award-winning artist, actor and author Common Jan. 21 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker.

Each year, North Central College honors and remembers King with a keynote presentation, musical tributes, a prayer breakfast and activities. King spoke in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall in 1960.

Study abroad, Verandah courses and service trips change lives during D-Term

D-Term study abroad course to Germany in 2012
Hundreds of North Central College students will study abroad and engage in other distinctive opportunities during D-Term.

Hundreds of North Central College students will study abroad, participate in service trips, enroll in Verandah courses and take advantage of other distinctive opportunities during D-Term.

D-Term is a three-week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas that offers students possibilities to engage in life-enriching experiences.

This year’s study abroad destinations include France, China, London, Argentina and Uruguay, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, Italy and Greece, Germany and Costa Rica.

Higher education group publishes article about North Central College global learning initiative

The group Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education has published an article highlighting a North Central College global learning initiative.

The group Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education has published an article highlighting a North Central College global learning initiative.

The article, “Civic Learning on a Global Scale: The Middle East as a Learning Lab,” is authored by Whitney Roberts ’08, M ’13, assistant director of ministry and service.

Guatemalan civil rights activists featured in double lecture

Visit Human Rights Week Tent Sale before Oct. 15 lecture
North Central College hosts Oct. 15 lecture, “Poverty, Medicine and Human Rights in Guatemala,” by two citizens who serve, work with the poor in their country.

North Central College hosts two speakers in a free lecture, titled “Poverty, Medicine and Human Rights in Guatemala,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Smith Hall at Old Main.

The speakers are Arleth Molina, a hospital administrator in Guatemala, and her husband, Carlos Molina, a professor at Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala. The husband-wife team has extensive experience working with the poor.

Elizabeth Novak

For Elizabeth—an aspiring teacher—there are major benefits to earning a minor in leadership at North Central College.

“Aside from parents, family and other caregivers, children look to their teachers to understand their role and purpose in society,” she says. “I want to lead my students to understand the power behind education and realize their ability to create change.”

Elizabeth is president of the Blue Key Honor Society and is active in numerous other extracurricular organizations devoted to education and academics. She’s gone on six service trips and spent countless hours performing community service.

“Serving others is huge component of global citizenry and diversity. I want my students to consider the world around them and constantly strive to improve themselves,” she says.

Elizabeth started out at a larger university before transferring to North Central to escape crowded, impersonal lecture halls.

“The classes here are small, and the learning and teaching are tailored to students,” she says. “I’ve been able to define myself as a leader.”

North Central College hosts documentary about food insecurity in America

“A Place at the Table,” a documentary about hunger in America, will be shown Oct. 8 as part of College’s yearlong human rights focus on poverty reduction.

North Central College will host a free screening of the documentary “A Place at the Table” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Smith Hall at Old Main.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

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 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

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.

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