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Lauren Wallem earns Outstanding Major in Religious Studies Award

Lauren Wallem
Lauren Wallem was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Religious Studies Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Lauren Wallem was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Religious Studies Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Wallem is a graduating senior double-majoring in religious studies and political science. She has been accepted to the master of divinity program at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.
    

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.

Tyler Ward ’15 talks faith, fellowship at national conference

Tyler Ward ’15, College Scholar and religious studies major
North Central College senior Tyler Ward presented his concept of fellowship bands to hundreds of United Methodist college students at national conference.

North Central College senior Tyler Ward presented his concept of “fellowship bands” to hundreds of United Methodist college students at the biannual Imagine What’s NEXT conference in Denver, Nov. 7-9. His idea of social faith is growing increasingly popular with North Central College students.

“I feel like I’m planting the seeds for something bigger,” says Ward, comparing the What’s NEXT event to a TED conference, where people of different cultures and disciplines come together to share novel ideas.

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.

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.

Coauthors from different backgrounds address the question, “does God exist?”

Thomas McFaul, Ph.D., and Al Brunsting, Ph.D.
Two PhDs, one a professor of ethics and religious studies and one a physicist, discuss their book Nov. 5 and its central topic: the existence of God.

North Central College welcomes coauthors Thomas McFaul ’98, Ph.D., professor of ethics and religion studies emeritus at North Central, and physicist Al Brunsting, Ph.D., to discuss their new book “God Is Here To Stay: Science, Evolution, and Belief in God” Nov. 5.

Sponsored by the College’s Cultural Events program, the free talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall. For more information contact Judy Brodhead at 630-637-5276.

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.

Nicole Novy

Nicole transferred to North Central because something was missing from her previous college experience.

“I took a tour here and fell in love,” she says. “It’s a wonderful place to learn about your passion.”

Nicole’s passion is religion. She’s enjoyed working closely with faculty members to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of her own faith tradition as well as others. The religious studies department hosts a “mindfulness meditation” series that gives students a taste of religions from all over the world.

“You get to look at faith from many different points of view. You grow intellectually, analytically and spiritually. There’s a wide variety of classes and each professor has a unique style of teaching.”

After graduation, Nicole plans to pursue a master of divinity at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and become a youth pastor.

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