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North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

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 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

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.

Mario Arellano

Mario took his college decision seriously, going as far as researching professors’ backgrounds before eventually settling on North Central. That inquisitive spirit has helped the nontraditional student flourish as a philosophy major.

“My professors inspired me to investigate issues I would never have given a second thought. I feel like they’ve given my intellectual life new breath,” Mario says. “I’ve attended two other colleges/universities in the past. In my opinion, they don’t hold a candle to North Central and what it’s done for my self-esteem and intellectual growth.”

Mario spent several years working in manufacturing before seeking a career change. As a teenager, he developed a love of philosophy and set a long-term goal to become a writer. Now he’s pursuing his true passion.

“I never could’ve imagined the wealth of knowledge I’ve gained in my time at North Central,” he says. “I have a deep respect for my professors, for their knowledge and genuine concern about my educational well-being.”

North Central College student receives campus ecology fellowship

North Central College Junior Heidi Goetsch was awarded a Campus Ecology Fellowship through the National Wildlife Federation.

Heidi Goetsch ’14 is just one of 10 students nationwide to receive a Campus Ecology Fellowship through the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). The grant will fund long-term improvements to campus, thanks to Goetsch’s leadership in establishing a new native plant garden at Oesterle Library—and gives Goetsch an experience that complements her environmental studies minor.

Szymon Kesek earns three awards at Honors Convocation

Szymon Kesek earned the outstanding major awards in political science, philosophy, and Human Thought & Behavior Division at North Central’s Honors Convocation.

Szymon Kesek, son of Jan Kesek and Barbara Szczepanik-Kesek of Schiller Park, Ill., received three awards during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College. Those awards are the Outstanding Major in Political Science, the Outstanding Major in Philosophy, and the Outstanding Student in the Human Thought and Behavior Division.

A junior, Szymon has a double major in political science and philosophy with a minor in history of ideas at North Central College. He is a graduate of East Leyden High School.

Megan O'Connor '05

Megan O’Connor is an associate attorney at the Deratany Law Firm in Chicago. She recently coauthored “Eyes Wide Open: The Duty of Child Welfare Agencies in Illinois to Disclosure,” which was published in the Winter 2013 Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. O’Connor is a 2012 graduate of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law and was sworn in as an Illinois licensed attorney in November 2012.

Kevin Vodak '96

Kevin Vodak is litigation director of CAIR-Chicago, a nonprofit grassroots membership organization that works to promote an accurate image of Islam and Muslims in America. Prior to this position, he worked at small law firms for eight years. After graduating from North Central, Vodak earned his J.D. degree from DePaul University College of Law.

North Central College earns White House recognition for community service

North Central College has earned a spot on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Volunteer efforts by North Central College students, faculty and staff have earned the College a spot on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve significant outcomes. North Central College was honored for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

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