North Central College - Naperville, IL

A College on the Move

North Central gains momentum in growth, reputation, value.

Growth in new faculty, world-class facilities, outstanding academics and stellar athletic teams---these are the hallmarks of a campus community that is fiscally strong, excited about the future and focused on becoming one of America’s top colleges.

“Our students and their families become part of a dynamic campus environment, where they benefit from the value of small class sizes, faculty mentors and award-winning cocurricular activities,” said Martin Sauer, vice president for enrollment and athletics.

Campus, local, state, national guests celebrated the Science Center "topping out"

North Central College’s Science Center reached a construction milestone with the placement of a ceremonial final beam in Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

North Central College’s Science Center reached new heights during its construction when the campus community celebrated the hoisting and placement of a ceremonial final steel beam during a Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

Traditional among ironworkers, the ceremony is sometimes called Capping Off, or Topping Off, or Topping Out. Regardless, said President Troy D. Hammond during his remarks, “It’s a significant construction milestone that we’ve reached only because of the dedication and hard work of many, many people.”

Annual Report 2015

This 2015 Annual Report reflects the outstanding accomplishments of North Central College in the last fiscal year.

Macek authors essays and a book review, presents at conference

Steve Macek, professor of communication
Steve Macek, North Central College professor of communication, has published two essays and a book review and given two presentations at a national conference.

Steve Macek, North Central College professor of communication, chair of communication and media studies, published essays in two new books, gave presentations at the National Communication Association Conference, and wrote a book review.

Chosen for her nonprofit work, Supna Jain gave MLK address to large audience

Supna Jain, adjunct instructor of communication
Supna Jain, North Central College adjunct instructor of communication, was a featured speaker at the Bloomington-Normal Dr. Martin Luther King Awards Luncheon.

Supna Jain, North Central College adjunct instructor of communication, was a featured speaker on Jan. 16 at the 40th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Human Relations Commission of Bloomington-Normal. She spoke to some 450 members, including the mayors of Bloomington Tari Renner and of Normal Chris Koos.   

Joe Buechel '17 is making all the right moves to become a sound designer for video games

Joe Buechel '17
Studying in Spain, interning in Chicago, developing a unique major at North Central College is Joe Buechel’s game plan for success.

Joseph Buechel ’17 is transforming his favorite childhood pastime—playing video games—into a career. He’s pursuing studies in sound design for video games. Sound design is the creation of music and audio behind different media. Buechel’s passion for this art form is clear as he prepares for his career. He studied sound design in Spain during the summer; he is currently interning at an audio company in Chicago and designing a customized major at North Central College.  

North Central students gain access, networking opportunities in PR field

New Verandah course takes students behind the scenes at Chicago’s leading public relations firms, gives opportunities to network and explore career options.

“It’s all about finding a career that fits you,” said Skylar Krople ’17 after attending the Publicity Club of Chicago PR Career Day with her North Central College classmates. “I learned there are lots of opportunities to create whatever you want because the public relations industry is constantly changing.”

Chicago director leads students in “A Streetcar Named Desire” Oct. 8-11

Seniors Colleen DeRosa and Samantha Hess
North Central College features student actors and crew in the Pulitzer Prize-winning American tragedy “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams.

North Central College features student actors in the drama “A Streetcar Named Desire” by American playwright Tennessee Williams Oct. 8-11.

Five performances of “A Streetcar Named Desire” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8-10 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11 in Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $10/adults and $8/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

New faculty dean Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola has vision for building on success

Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola
No “status quo” with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola.

Talking with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola, there are a few words you won’t hear—like “status quo.” He pursued the position as leader of academic affairs knowing that his challenge will be to elevate the reputation of the faculty and academic programs, which in quality far exceeds similar and better-known institutions. It’s a goal that excites him.

North Central celebrates Hispanic and Latino cultural heritage on campus

North Central College invites multicultural involvement on campus with a series of events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

North Central College’s multicultural life on campus is expanding this fall to incorporate a larger celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Though the College promotes many other Hispanic and Latino involvement opportunities throughout the academic year, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is devoted to a campus-wide celebration of various Hispanic cultures.

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