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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.

Summer research students to discuss scholarly work during Aug. 1 poster session

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

The SURC poster session takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in Smith Hall of Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. (The session previously was scheduled to take place in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center). Most of the 40 students who participated in the 2013 SURC will be present.

Jamie Solus

Jamie has simple advice for anyone who’s interested in organizational communication.
“Figure out what direction you want to go,” she says. “There are so many options within the field—internal or external communication, technical or creative, visual or verbal. When students have an idea of what their ideal career is, they can pursue appropriate minors, activities and internships.”

Jamie wants to work as a marketing coordinator for a Chicago-based firm. To prepare, she worked in North Central’s Office of Marketing and Communications, took on a prominent role in the College’s American Marketing Association chapter and completed and presented research about survey design for the College’s Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

Whenever she has a question about her options for making herself more marketable, she knows where to turn.

“The speech communication department is a great resource,” says Jamie, who started receiving job offers before she graduated. “I know even in the future I can come back and ask my professors for career advice. They’ve always been very friendly and helpful—just a great group of individuals.”

North Central College juniors attend national, state leadership conferences

Elizabeth Novak ’14 and Monica Degenhardt ’14
Juniors Elizabeth Novak and Monica Degenhardt are chosen to represent North Central College in collegiate leadership conferences.

Two North Central College juniors were chosen to represent the College in collegiate leadership conferences.

Elizabeth Novak and Monica Degenhardt attended the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland in College Park, May 30-June 1. They were selected by the College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program to participate in the conference, which is organized in part by the American Association of University Women.

Jamie Solus earns Outstanding Major in Organizational Communication Award

Jamie Solus received the Outstanding Major in Organizational Communication Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Jamie Solus, daughter of Julie and James Solus, of Crestwood, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Organizational Communication Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Jamie is majoring in organizational communication at North Central College. She is a graduate of Oak Forest High School.

Google spotlights recent North Central College graduate in video about internships

Kitt Vanderwater, a Google employee and 2012 graduate of North Central College, is featured in a Google video about its internship opportunities.

Kitt Vanderwater, a Google employee and 2012 graduate of North Central College, is featured in a Google video about its internship opportunities.

North Central’s forensics program makes College history

North Central College’s forensics program made College history at two national tournaments, advancing further and placing higher than ever before as a team.

North Central College’s forensics program made College history in April 2013 at two national tournaments, advancing further and placing higher than ever before as a team.

At the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) held April 5-8 at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, North Central’s team placed the highest ever—13th of 78 teams, with individuals ranking in top positions. To date, the highest placement for the team at the AFA-NIET competition was 15th in 1999.

New Ruge Fellows “humbled” by honor

North Central College has named three Ruge Fellows, rewarding outstanding teaching of senior faculty.

North Central College has rewarded three faculty members for their outstanding teaching by naming them Ruge Fellows. Mara Berkland, associate professor of speech communication, Stephen Maynard Caliendo, professor of political science, and Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry, were recognized at the April 25 faculty meeting by R. Devadoss Pandian, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

“Teaching is an art and a science,” he said. “These professors have an enthusiasm for working with students and a passion for their discipline that’s unfathomable.”

Students learn how to advocate issues with legislators

North Central College students attend ecumenical advocacy conference, speak with congressional staff in nation’s capital about issues important to them.

Eight North Central College students traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) 2013 National Gathering.

More than 700 people from across the country attended the April 5-8 gathering. The schedule of events included workshops that informed attendees of key issues in the global food system and how to effectively communicate with legislators.

North Central College student wins technical theatre mentorship

Theatre major Katherine Fecht was selected for a mentoring opportunity with a United States Institute for Theatre Technology Fellow.

When North Central College sophomore Katherine Fecht signed up for a recent United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Conference in Milwaukee, she was expecting to take in professional workshops and exhibits to prepare for a career behind the scenes in theatre.

Those expectations were exceeded when she went home with a two-day, all-expenses-paid mentoring session with a USITT Fellow.

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