North Central College - Naperville, IL

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

Erin Minogue '12

Erin Minogue is an elementary music teacher and band director for the Churchill Elementary School in Schaumburg District 54. She teaches elementary music, including two classes of kindergarten pupils with autism, and beginning band. She says the most rewarding part of her job is seeing how her students’ daily lives are affected by music. Minogue resides in Gilberts, IL.

Mark Myers '01

Mark Myers is the choir director at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, IL. Myers’ dedication to kids and his passion for teaching choral music has won him the respect of students, parents and professional peers. In spring 2012 he was honored with the National FAME Aspire Award, a vocal Vanguard Award based on nominations from fellow members of the Academy of Show Choir Professionals from around the country. Myers directs the school’s seven choral groups and has taken his students to competitions and festivals at the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, St.

North Central College students perform classic musical “Kiss Me, Kate”

North Central College students will perform Cole Porter’s Tony Award-winning musical “Kiss Me, Kate” Nov. 8-11.

North Central College students will perform Cole Porter’s Tony Award-winning musical “Kiss Me, Kate” Nov. 8-11.

Six performances will be staged at 8 p.m. Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-11 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 10-11 in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

North Central alumna Karen Popovich named 2012 Illinois Art Educator of the Year

The Illinois Art Education Association has named North Central College alumna Karen Popovich the 2012 Illinois Art Educator of the Year.

The Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) has named North Central College alumna Karen Popovich the 2012 Illinois Art Educator of the Year.

Popovich, of Aurora, teaches at Indian Prairie School District 204’s Metea Valley High School in Aurora. She earned her bachelor’s degree in studio art from North Central College in 1996.

The annual award recognizes the exemplary contributions, service and achievements of an outstanding IAEA member. The award will be presented at the IAEA conference in Lisle on Nov. 2.
 

Shelbi Busche

Shelbi’s major in music education has a choral emphasis but she loves the fact that her music experiences go well beyond the choral track. “I play clarinet in Concert Winds, take lessons and play in the Clarinet Ensemble on campus.”

“One of the most powerful experiences I’ve had at North Central was performing an original composition for a main-stage concert. I’m known for playing my ukulele on campus wherever I go and I performed my composition during a ukulele clinic at the Illinois Music Educators Conference. I held auditions to find five other girls to sing the melody and harmony I arranged for the piece. I felt empowered as a musician and really had a chance to lead.”

Shelbi remembers coming to campus for audition day and seeing the interaction among students and teachers in the music department. “I knew this was where I wanted to study. There’s this amazing bond within the music department words cannot describe. There are always people there who will do anything they can to help you. I could not imagine studying music education at any other college.”

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.

North Central College recognized as a Military Friendly School for 2013

James Davidson, Michael Dooley and Thomas Andre are among student veterans.
North Central College has been named a 2013 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

North Central College has been named a 2013 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. This is the second consecutive year North Central College has earned the recognition.

Mark Myers '01

Mark Myers, choral director at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, IL, has been honored with a Vocal Vanguard award, a 2012 Aspire Award sponsored by FAME, a national show choir competition. The award was based on the number of online nominations Myers received from fellow members of the Academy of Show Choir Professionals around the country.

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