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Public invited to Illinois Prairie Path Archives open house Aug. 11 at North Central College

The public is invited to meet volunteers who helped build the Illinois Prairie Path and view archival materials during an open house Aug. 11.

The public is invited to meet volunteers who helped build the Illinois Prairie Path and view materials from the organization’s archives during an open house Aug. 11 at North Central College.

The Illinois Prairie Path Archives Open House takes place from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, in the lower level of North Central College’s Oesterle Library, 320 E. School St., Naperville.

Colleges of Distinction says North Central excels at preparing graduates for success

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

Colleges of Distinction is a guide that considers the views of guidance counselors, educators and admission professionals to honor colleges that excel in four areas of undergraduate education: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

The 15th annual edition praises North Central College and its commitment to those four core values.

North Central College Teach First program inspires future educators

Abel Sanchez and Guadalupe Gallardo Escobedo
A North Central College program that helps prepare future educators is a model for a new program to improve opportunities for all first-generation students.

A North Central College program that helps prepare future educators is serving as a model for a new program to improve opportunities for all the College’s first-generation students.

Teach First—which aims to recruit and retain first-generation college students who want to become teachers—was launched at North Central in 2008. Six years later it’s serving as a model for Cardinal First that launches in fall 2014.

Laura Ávila earns Outstanding Major in Social Science/History Award

Laura Ávila
Laura Ávila was awarded the Outstanding Major in Social Science/History Award during North Central College’s 2014 Honors Convocation.

Laura Ávila, daughter of Sergio and Maria Ávila of Des Plaines, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Social Science/History Award during Honors Convocation May 13 at North Central College in Naperville.

A senior, Laura is majoring in social science/history at North Central College. She is a graduate of Maine Township High School West.

As a student at North Central, Laura founded the North Central History Association and served as the association’s viceroy. She is a member of the history honor society Phi Alpha Theta and hopes to teach in a high-need school.

Educators are among first to complete College’s new principal-preparation program

Six candidates are the first to complete North Central College’s newly redesigned principal-preparation program.

Heather Schild learned a lot about leadership and the responsibilities of being a school principal while she studied for her master’s degree in education (MAEd) at North Central College.

For two years while enrolled in North Central’s principal-preparation program, Schild worked as an Instructional Coordinator in Naperville Community Unit School District 203 and reported directly to Naperville North High School Principal Kevin Pobst.

“I thought North Central’s program was rigorous and provided a lot of authentic experiences,” Schild says.

North Central College becomes new home to Illinois Prairie Path archives

North Central College is now home to archive materials from the Illinois Prairie Path that includes legal documents, artwork and other historical pieces.

North Central College is the new home of stories, photographs, illustrations and other materials that chronicle the 50-year history of the Illinois Prairie Path.

The College in early February accepted delivery of the Prairie Path archives, which had previously been stored in an archive work space in downtown Wheaton. The Prairie Path’s board voted in early January to donate the collection of legal documents, artwork and other historical materials to the College, which plans to hold an open house on a future date to be announced.

North Central among top 4 percent in accepted proposals at NCUR

Seniors Aaron Langer and Gianna Medina, NCUR presenters
North Central College will send a record 44 students to present a record 40 projects at the prestigious National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

North Central College will send a record 44 students to the prestigious National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 3-5 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Forty proposals submitted by these students were accepted for presentation.

North Central College is among top colleges in shaping the next generation

Emily Padilla, a 2010 graduate in elementary education, minor in Spanish
North Central College is recognized as a top college for teacher education in Illinois by The College Database, a comprehensive source for U.S. college data.

North Central College has been recognized as a top college for teacher education in the state of Illinois by The College Database, a comprehensive source for U.S. college and university data.

The Online College Database’s new ranking, “Top Colleges in Illinois Shaping the Next Generation,” honors the post-secondary institutions in the state that graduated the most education and teaching professionals during the 2012 school year.

Study abroad, Verandah courses and service trips change lives during D-Term

D-Term study abroad course to Germany in 2012
Hundreds of North Central College students will study abroad and engage in other distinctive opportunities during D-Term.

Hundreds of North Central College students will study abroad, participate in service trips, enroll in Verandah courses and take advantage of other distinctive opportunities during D-Term.

D-Term is a three-week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas that offers students possibilities to engage in life-enriching experiences.

This year’s study abroad destinations include France, China, London, Argentina and Uruguay, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, Italy and Greece, Germany and Costa Rica.

Keating presents lecture at The Newberry as invited scholar

Ann Durkin Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History
Ann Durkin Keating, North Central College Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History, was a featured speaker for a lecture series at The Newberry.

Ann Durkin Keating, North Central College Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History, was a featured speaker for a lecture series titled “The Eighteenth Kenneth Nebenzahl Jr. Lectures in the History of Cartography: The War of 1812 and American Cartography” held Oct. 24-26 at The Newberry, Chicago’s independent research library.

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