North Central College - Naperville, IL

Distinctive academic programs and small-college atmosphere attracts international scholars

international students
North Central’s distinctive academic programs paired with personal attention and Chicago suburban location attracts talented international students.

 

 

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.  

Matthew Wilke earns two awards at the College’s 2015 Honors Convocation

Matthew Wilke ’15
Matthew Wilke ’15 received the Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology and Outstanding Service to Student Life awards at North Central College.

Matthew Wilke ’15, son of Paul and Janelle Wilke of Derby, Kan., was honored with the Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology and the Outstanding Service to Student Life awards during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

Matthew graduated from North Central in June and majored in sociology with minors in music and leadership. He is a graduate of Derby 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.

Student exhibit showcases paintings, sculptures, drawings through Nov. 1

North Central College presents the two-person, student exhibit “Apparitions,” featuring the artwork of sophomores Kat Kazmierski and Alex Peters.

North Central College presents the two-person, student exhibit “Apparitions,” featuring paintings, sculptures and drawings of sophomores Kat Kazmierski and Alex Peters Oct. 2 through Nov. 1.

The free exhibit is on display in the College’s Meiley-Swallow Hall Gallery, 31 S. Ellsworth St. An artist’s reception will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, in the gallery; light refreshments will be served.

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.

North Central College welcomes near record number of tenure-track faculty

Abiodun Goke-Pariola, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty
North Central’s hire of 14 tenure-track faculty for the 2015-2016 academic year is the highest in 27 years and rivals the largest class ever.

Fourteen new tenure-track faculty members—representing all academic divisions, including arts and letters, business and economics, human thought and behavior, and science—started the 2015-2016 academic year at North Central College.

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.

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