North Central College - Naperville, IL

Meghan Steinbeiss

As a political science major, Meghan has noticed on numerous occasions how easy it is to apply what she’s learned in her classes to other areas of study.

“What we discuss goes beyond just ‘politics.’ We’re taught to be more than passive consumers of knowledge. The program stresses critical thinking that can be applied to any profession in any field. It’s both fascinating and captivating,” she says.

Meghan enjoys the sense of community within North Central’s political science department. A weekly newsletter keeps everyone up to date on the accomplishments of students and faculty. The department also hosts various events such as debate watch parties and an annual barbecue.

“The professors’ offices have become gathering spaces both for studying and leisure,” she says.

Meghan has been accepted into the University of Kentucky’s political science Ph.D. program. She wants to become a college professor.

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.

Leaders share thoughts on racial profiling during forum at North Central College

Renard Jackson
Community members, ministers, law enforcement officers and others gathered at North Central College to discuss racial profiling and other topics.

Community members, ministers, law enforcement officers and others gathered at North Central College to discuss racial profiling and other topics.

“Where Do We Go From Here” was the topic of a July 23 forum sponsored by the DuPage County Branch of the NAACP and hosted by the College’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. Moderator Juan Thomas noted the title of the forum is the same as a 1967 speech and book by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hamalis speaks at conference about political theology

Perry Hamalis, Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion
Perry Hamalis, North Central College Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion, was a speaker at an endowed conference on Christianity and democracy.

Perry Hamalis, North Central College Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion, associate professor of religious studies and director of academic opportunities, was a featured speaker at the Third Solon and Marianna Patterson Triennial Conference on Orthodox/Catholic Relations held at Fordham University in Bronx, N.Y., June 11-13.

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.

Etienne Mashuli is the 2013 Outstanding Senior Man

Etienne Mashuli ’13
Etienne Mashuli is chosen North Central College’s 2013 Outstanding Senior Man, the highest award presented to a member of the Class of 2013.

Etienne Mashuli, a North Central College senior and resident of Naperville, was named the College’s Outstanding Senior Man, the highest award presented to a member of the Class of 2013.

North Central College recognized Mashuli during its annual Honors Convocation on May 14 for his success in the classroom, his involvement and contributions to the campus community outside the classroom, and his future potential.

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.”

Student earns prestigious scholarship

Etienne Mashuli '13 is awarded a Soros Fellowship for his humanitarian work in Africa.

April 16 screening of “Con los Brazos Abiertos” documentary

North Central students at ceramics shop in Totonicapn, Guatemala
North Central College faculty and students present free screening of collaborative documentary project about sustainable tourism in Guatemala.

North Central College faculty and students have collaborated to create a documentary, titled “Con los Brazos Abiertos,” about sustainable tourism in Guatemala. A free screening will be shown to the campus community at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center.

“The film project,” says Matthew Krystal, associate professor of political science, sociology and anthropology, “is primarily about professional development and faculty-student collaboration in the production of films on anthropological and economic topics.”

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