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North Central College awarded federal School Leadership grant for principal preparation

Education faculty visit with alumni who teach at East Aurora High School
North Central College will participate in a $4.6 million federal School Leadership grant to help prepare future principals.

North Central College will participate in a $4.6 million federal School Leadership grant to help prepare future principals.

The five-year grant will directly benefit children in East Aurora School District 131, one of five area public school districts North Central College partners with to create educational opportunities.

Soper, Stumpenhorst to receive Alumni Awards during 2013 Homecoming

William Soper ’68, M.D., Josh Stumpenhorst ’03
William Soper ’68, M.D., and Josh Stumpenhorst ’03 are among seven alumni who will be honored during the 2013 Homecoming Convocation Friday, Oct. 25.

William Soper ’68, M.D., and Josh Stumpenhorst ’03 are two of seven alumni who will be honored during the 2013 Homecoming Convocation on Friday, Oct. 25. Soper is among five recipients of this year’s Outstanding Alumni Awards and Stumpenhorst will receive the Alumni Recognition Award.

King Elementary students learn about North Central during school’s College Day

First-graders at Irene King Elementary School in Romeoville learned about North Central during the school’s College Spirit Day Oct. 4.

Students in Carol Kostelny’s first-grade classroom at Irene King Elementary School in Romeoville learned about North Central College during the school’s College Spirit Day Oct. 4.

Classrooms in the Valley View School District school “adopt” a college or university and learn about that institution as a way of encouraging college readiness. Educators are introducing younger children to higher education to get them thinking about college early, so they can plan their studies accordingly and graduate high school prepared to pursue their academic careers.

Vlasta Mangia

Vlasta’s goal as a future teacher is to make a positive impact on her students. In other words, she wants to emulate her professors at North Central.

“The College hires amazing faculty and staff,” she says. “They provide me with the knowledge I seek to pass on to future generations. I want my students making responsible, educated decisions as they become successful and well-rounded individuals.”

Vlasta chose to attend North Central because of the small class sizes and family-like atmosphere. Her classroom learning has been supplemented by a wide range of extracurricular activities, including softball, honor societies and teaching organizations.

“I’m also a resident assistant, which helped me develop skills that will transfer over to being an educator,” she says.

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.

North Central College offering Teacher Leader master’s of education degree, endorsement

North Central College is offering a new Teacher Leader program leading to a master’s degree in education or state endorsement for educators.

North Central College is offering a new Teacher Leader program leading to a master’s degree in education or state endorsement for educators.

The Teacher Leader degree or endorsement is designed for teachers who have a professional education license and want to pursue additional leadership training and responsibilities. Educators who earn a Teacher Leader degree or endorsement may pursue positions as a mentor or coach, lead curriculum standards committees, serve as department or grade-level chairs, lead school improvement initiatives and serve on school leadership teams.

Three education faculty selected to help with new teacher assessment process

North Central College education faculty Julie Carballo, Kelli Diaz, Mary Beth Ressler are named scorers for new state-mandated teacher performance assessment.

Three members of North Central College’s education faculty have been selected by Pearson Education, Inc. to be trained as scorers for the edTPA, the new state-mandated, pre-service Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).

Caroline Gully '12

Caroline Gully, a former North Central lacrosse player, was an assistant coach for women’s lacrosse coach Jenni Kapanen and the Finnish National team during the 2013 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup. For more information visit 2013worldlacrosse.com.

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.

Alumna's family scrapbook unveils ancestors’ deep connections to North Central College

Caitlin Schlorff recently discovered a scrapbook that revealed a fourth generation of her family’s connections to North Central College.

Caitlin “Cait” Neuman ’11 Schlorff recalls the moment when a simple request by her grandmother suddenly unearthed a treasure trove of her ancestors’ deep connections to North Central College.

They were at the family’s cabin near Eagle River, Wis., when Cait’s grandmother, Bonnie Erffmeyer ’54 McLaughlin, asked her to retrieve something from a closet. That’s where Cait discovered a scrapbook created by her maternal great-grandfather.

“My grandma had me looking for a hummingbird feeder and this scrapbook was on the top shelf,” she recalls.

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