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Michael Schwartz earns Outstanding Major in Music Education Award

Michael Schwartz
Michael Schwartz was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Music Education Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Michael Schwartz was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Music Education Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Schwartz earned the award as a junior during the 2010-2011 academic year. He is majoring in music education with a focus on instrumental music. Schwartz plays saxophone and performs with the North Central College saxophone quartet.

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.  

Rachel West earns Outstanding Major in Forensics Award at North Central College

Rachel West ’16
Rachel West of Aurora received the Outstanding Major in Forensics Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Rachel West ’16, daughter of Shundarae West of Aurora, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Forensics Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

Rachel, who plans to graduate from North Central College in 2016, is majoring in music education. She is a graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School.

Young theatre alumni land major roles, earn national and local success

Savanna Richardson '14, Garrett Lutz '12, Daryn Harrell '12, David Musselman '12
North Central College theatre alumni give “mesmerizing … winning performance(s)” on professional stages as singers, actors, playwright and stunt performer.

North Central students have continually proven that the opportunities they’ve had in college have prepared them for success. This fall, some of North Central’s youngest theatre alumni have earned prestige on the professional stage.

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.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of first-year students

First-years cheer at a pep rally Sept. 9
North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

“The Class of 2019 is truly an impressive result in a competitive recruiting marketplace,” says North Central College President Troy Hammond.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central among America’s Best Colleges for 22nd year

North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to U.S. News & World Report.

North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

Student receives Richter Grant for researching German harmonica pedagogy

Jacob Prosek '15 travels to Germany to explore his belief that music education curriculum should include harmonica.

Jacob Prosek ’15 feels there could be an alternative teaching method for children first learning to play musical instruments. He foresees elementary schools using harmonicas, which are cheaper, more portable and more pleasing to the ear than a recorder. “Even a beginner can achieve immediate success,” he says.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2015 Great College To Work For

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education  has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

North Central College is among just 86 institutions nationwide recognized in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace. The recognition is based on results of surveys of more than 44,000 employees at 281 colleges and universities.

Junior/Senior Scholars learn STEM concepts from North Central College students

Kailey Robbins, elementary education major
North Central College education students gained valuable classroom experience teaching STEM concepts to youngsters in the Junior/Senior Scholars program.

Kailey Robbins, a North Central College senior, spent part of her summer working with youngsters enrolled in the College’s Junior/Senior Scholars program. As an elementary education major pursuing a math endorsement and a minor in Spanish, Robbins and others gained valuable classroom teaching STEM concepts to youngsters.

“I learned everything from classroom management to lesson planning,” says Robbins, a Hartland, Wis., resident who also plays lacrosse. This was her second summer participating in the Junior/Senior Scholars program, which is in its 28th year.

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