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North Central College to host panel talk, community forum Jan. 21 on race relations

Brown, left, and Garrett
North Central College will host a panel discussion and community forum on race relations Jan. 21 during the College’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week.

North Central College will host a panel discussion and community forum on race relations Jan. 21 during the College’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week.

The public is invited to “Beyond Ferguson: Race, Class, and the Journey to Justice” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, in Centennial Hall at the Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Academics without borders

Heidi Brick
North Central's commitment to interdisciplinary studies has served alumni and students, who combine their interests for professional, personal fulfillment.

Unique combinations of majors, minors, research and travel are among the hallmarks of a North Central College education. A commitment to the philosophy of interdisciplinary studies that began in the 1970s continues to serve our alumni and students, who’ve combined their unique interests and studies for professional and personal fulfillment.

State honors North Central College for its commitment to sustainable practices

North Central College is the first suburban Chicago school to achieve gold status through the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

North Central College’s commitment to environmentally friendly practices has earned gold-level recognition through the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

North Central College names Abiodun Goke-Pariola vice president for academic affairs, dean of faculty

Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola
North Central College has named Dr. Abiodun “GP” Goke-Pariola its next vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

North Central College has named Dr. Abiodun “GP” Goke-Pariola its next vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

Dr. Goke-Pariola will begin his new role at North Central College on July 1 after serving most recently as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

North Central College to establish program in Middle Eastern and North African studies

John Shindler
North Central College is establishing an innovative academic program in Middle Eastern and North African studies that will include language courses in Arabic.

North Central College is establishing an innovative academic program in Middle Eastern and North African studies that will include language courses in Arabic. The new program is partially funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant.

Beginning in fall 2015 the College will offer a minor in Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) studies, significantly expand Oesterle Library’s holdings in MENA studies and introduce students to cultural experiences in the Chicago area and abroad.

North Central College welcomes Syrian writer/director Riad Ismat as visiting scholar-in-residence

Riad Ismat
North Central College welcomes Riad Ismat as scholar-in-residence for the 2014-2015 academic year as visiting professor of arts and letters.

North Central College welcomes Riad Ismat as scholar-in-residence for the 2014-2015 academic year. Ismat will serve as visiting professor of arts and letters. He will teach courses in playwriting, acting and directing, besides lecturing on Syria, Arabic literature and drama.

New North Central College residence hall to feature apartment-style suites

A new residence hall on North Central College’s 65-acre campus will offer desirable suite-style housing for upperclassmen.

A new residence hall on North Central College’s 65-acre campus will offer desirable suite-style housing for upperclassmen.

The 229-bed residence hall is being built directly south of Ward and Patterson halls and across from Merner Field House and Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium. The five-story residence hall—the College’s first since the Residence Hall/Recreation Center opened in 2009—is scheduled for completion by August 2015.

Katie McNeela

To Katie, organizational communication feels more like a community than a department. That’s just how she likes it.

“It’s a group of people who are dedicated to your growth and success—they aren’t just on the sideline cheering you on, hoping you succeed. They’re right there in the middle of it with you, providing any and all resources necessary to ensure your success.”

With the help of her advisor, Katie scored an internship in Chicago with Katz Media Group—the largest media representation company in the United States. It gave her an intimate look at a potential career path.

“Students don’t always get to ‘test-drive’ their careers,” she says. “The speech communication department professors are strong advocates for providing their students with opportunities to do exactly that.”

Katie plans to pursue a career in public relations and marketing communications.

“The skills I’ve gained at North Central permeate all facets of life and will extend wherever my career path may take me.”

North Central College alumnus Will Armistead producing video for Chicago Blackhawks

Will Armistead ’07/M ’09 has taken a producer position with Banner Collective, a company that creates video content for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Will Armistead ’07/M ’09 has taken a producer position with Banner Collective, a company that creates video content for the Chicago Blackhawks and other companies.

“There’s so much buzz surrounding the Blackhawks,” says Armistead. “I’m excited to provide video content for such a highly respected and recognizable organization.”

North Central College alumnus Josh Averbeck to deliver prestigious lecture at WIU

Josh Averbeck ’04 to deliver the 22nd annual Wayne N. Thompson Professor Lecture Oct. 22 at Western Illinois University.

North Central College alumnus Josh Averbeck ’04, Ph. D., will deliver the 22nd annual Wayne N. Thompson Professor Lecture Oct. 22 at Western Illinois University in Macomb.

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