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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.

Four North Central faculty from diverse academic areas discuss effects of globalization

North Central College faculty tackle the “complex, dynamic, ambiguous” topic of globalization and how it has impacted their academic disciplines.

Globalization is “complex, ambiguous, dynamic, gray, complicated, divisive, exciting,” explained North Central College faculty at a recent panel discussion.  

It’s a new world, they said, as they shared how globalization has impacted their different academic disciplines and how they teach.

Michele Dobbs

1. Where are you from and why did you choose to attend North Central College?

I am from Sandwich, IL. I chose to attend North Central as a sophomore in high school after one of my past teachers recommended it to me. I came on an early visit and completely fell in love with everything it had to offer. I instantly felt welcome and like it would fit me well.

2. What inspired you to pursue your major/minor (mentioned in the email)?

I chose to major in Social Science/History, along with secondary education, because I have always enjoyed taking history and social studies classes and I knew I wanted to learn more in that field. I really enjoy thinking about how history effects and will continue to affect our present day getting to major in it and eventually teach it sounded like a great idea.

3. What kinds of opportunities are available to North Central students of your major/minor? Are there any internships, projects, clubs or organizations you’re involved in?

There are so many opportunities with this major! The faculties you get to work with are absolutely amazing and have made my experience at North Central College one that I never could have imagined. Through the history department, students will be conducting many different research projects, whether that is an independent study which can be completed with a Richter Fellowship Grant or working alongside with a faculty member. Not only do we get research opportunities we also get a number of opportunities to present our research at a number of conferences around the country. We also have different clubs offered and honor societies that students can be asked to join. I have completed a Richter Fellowship Research Grant, where I conducted independent research while I studied abroad in England. I then presented the research at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research and at the Rall Symposium. I am also on the executive board for the History Association and have had the amazing opportunities to meet a number of historical figures and researcher that come to our campus. I am also a member of the National History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta.

4. Talk about your interaction with the faculty at North Central. Do you have a lot of direct communication with teachers about your studies, counseling, career advice, etc.?

I would not be as successful as I have been or ever will be without the support and guidance of the faculty in the history department as well as some faculty members in different social science departments. I worked closely with my advisor while I completed my independent research project and know the History Department very well through classes and other extracurricular events. My advisor helps me plan for my classes and offers me advice and guidance to my future opportunities after my four years at North Central.

5. If you could speak with a high school student who’s considering your major at North Central College, what would you tell them?

DO IT! I get so excited just talking about North Central College in general, but get even more excited when I get to talk about the amazing classes offered in the Social Science/History major and the great professors who teach them. I would tell the student that they will get to know their professors well and they will have so many opportunities to grow and learn in this major.

6. What are your career aspirations? How has North Central set you up to achieve your future goals?

My future goals are to teach history or social science in a school of need and continue with my education. I believe that through the support of the staff and faculty North Central offers, I will be able to achieve these future goals and succeed more than I ever thought for myself before. 

G.I. Jobs magazine rates North Central College a Military Friendly School for 2015

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North Central College has been named a 2015 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

G.I. Jobs magazine rates North Central College a 2015 Military Friendly School.

The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. This is the third consecutive year North Central College has earned the recognition.

North Central College begins academic year with near-record number of students

North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.

North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.

Total enrollment is a near-record 2,800 undergraduates and 250 graduate students—3,050 total—eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the third straight year. The College welcomed 860 new full-time undergraduate students, up from 852 a year ago. That includes 580 first-year students, up from 529 a year ago. The 860 new undergraduates would be second only to the record-number 882 welcomed in fall 2010.

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 2015.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.

North Central College is ranked No. 14 in the Midwest in the Regional Universities category—schools that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degrees. This is the 21st consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has ranked North Central College among America’s Best Colleges.

North Central College alumnus named principal of Oswego junior high school

James Martin, a 1981 graduate of North Central College, is the new principal of Plank Junior High School in Oswego.

James Martin, a 1981 graduate of North Central College, is the new principal of Plank Junior High School in Oswego.

Princeton Review names North Central College among nation’s best colleges for 2015

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

North Central College is included in The Princeton Review’s college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges, 2015 Edition.” The guide surveys more than 130,000 college students nationwide to determine the top 15 percent of about 2,900 four-year institutions nationwide.

Forbes ranks North Central College among America’s Top Colleges for 2014-2015

Forbes magazine says North Central College is among America’s Top Colleges and ranks among the top 20 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities.

Forbes magazine once again ranks North Central College among America’s Top Colleges.

Forbes includes North Central College among the top 20 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities. The magazine profiles the top 650 of the nearly 2,500 four-year institutions of higher learning in the United States. Forbes ranks North Central College No. 490 overall, No. 333 among private colleges and No. 117 in the Midwest.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2014 Great College To Work For

North Central College ranks among 92 of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

North Central College ranks among the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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