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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.

Weeklong events celebrate the legacy of Dr. King

Dr. Cornel West, MLK Week keynote speaker
North Central College celebrates the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a full week of special events, Jan. 17-24.

North Central College celebrates the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a full week of special events, Jan. 17-24, that honor and remember one of the most important figures of the 20th century. King spoke in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall in 1960.

Events include a keynote address by Dr. Cornel West, service project, prayer breakfast, films, gospel music concert, and community forum featuring panelists from the campus and local communities. This year’s theme for MLK Week is “A Journey Defined.”

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.

Cornel West, provocative civil rights activist, keynotes North Central’s MLK Week

North Central College welcomes author, academic, civil rights activist Cornel West Jan. 23 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker.

North Central College welcomes author, academic and provocative civil rights activist Dr. Cornel West Jan. 23 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker.

Each year, North Central College honors and remembers King with a keynote presentation, musical tributes, a prayer breakfast and activities. This year’s theme is “A Journey Defined.” King spoke in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall in 1960.

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.

Caliendo publishes book on state of racial, economic inequality in U.S.

Stephen Maynard Caliendo, professor of political science
Stephen M. Caliendo, North Central College professor of political science, published “Inequality in America: Race, Poverty, and Fulfilling Democracy’s Promise.”

Stephen Maynard Caliendo, North Central College professor of political science, has published a new book, titled “Inequality in America: Race, Poverty, and Fulfilling Democracy’s Promise,” by Westview Press.

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.

Mock Trial team, individual students win awards in early contest

North Central College’s Mock Trial team wins third-place trophy at the annual Bradley University Mock Trial Invitational, three students win top awards.

North Central College’s Mock Trial team defeated 13 other teams to win a third-place trophy at the annual Bradley University Mock Trial Invitational, held Oct. 25-26.

Gov. Quinn announces grant to fund North Central College park improvements

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced a $1.1 million grant to fund improvements to a future downtown Naperville public park on land owned by North Central College.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday announced a $1.1 million grant to help fund improvements to a future downtown Naperville public park on land owned by North Central College.

The funding will help cover the cost of environmental restoration of the 1-acre site at 430 S. Washington St., known as North Central College Washington Street Riverwalk Park.

“This is an opportunity to expand the Riverwalk and connect a great campus renowned for many things to downtown Naperville,” Quinn said.

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