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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.

Macek and Brian Failing ’14 present paper at conference

Steve Macek, Daniel Ellsberg, Brian Failing ’14
Steve Macek, North Central College associate professor of speech communication, and Brian Failing ’14 present paper on film censorship at national conference.

Steve Macek, North Central College associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, and Brian Failing ’14, double major in history and urban and suburban studies, presented a paper at the conference titled The Point is to Change It: Media Democracy and Democratic Media in Action.

Scholarship winner overcomes obstacles to plot out a course for success

Abigail Escatel ’15 is applying a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship to prepare for career in higher education.

Abigail Escatel ’15 started her college career with the goal of becoming a paralegal. She so enjoyed her studies that she’s decided to pursue a career in higher education with the dream of becoming a college president. “After I started taking classes I realized I liked learning and didn’t want to stop,” says Escatel about her studies at College of DuPage (COD) before transferring to North Central.

New students get jump on college life in Cardinal Camps

Students on wilderness trip, Wisconsin Northwoods
New North Central College students who wanted a head start on college life and a chance to make new friends attended a Cardinal Camp prior to Welcome Week.

New students who wanted a head start on a North Central College experience and to meet new friends could attend a Cardinal Camp prior to their Welcome Week activities.

Multiday excursions to an urban immersion camp in Chicago or a wilderness adventure camp in northern

Wisconsin attracted 36 incoming students. “One of our main goals was to have them build lasting relationships,” says Whitney Roberts ’08, assistant director of ministry and service, who led the wilderness trip. “But it was an interesting experience for everyone because the students were new to us, too.”

Author Michael Hainey encourages North Central College students to pursue writing

Author and GQ magazine editor Michael Hainey offered writing advice to inspire some North Central College students to pursue creative projects of their own.

Author and GQ magazine editor Michael Hainey hopes his writing and words of advice inspire some North Central College students to pursue creative projects of their own.

Hainey, author of the best-selling and critically acclaimed memoir “After Visiting Friends” spoke with students and fielded their questions Sept. 24 during a visit to campus. He also read from his book and took audience questions during an author talk in Meiley-Swallow Hall.

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.

Guest political scientist to give talk on immigration and American democracy

Robert Koulish, Ph.D.
Robert Koulish—political scientist, author and professor at the University of Maryland—will give a lecture Thursday, Oct. 3, on America’s immigration policies.

North Central College will host a free lecture titled “Immigration Reform in the Age of Criminalization” by Robert Koulish, Ph.D.—political scientist, author and professor—at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in North Central’s Smith Hall at Old Main.

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.

Robert Lentz '82

Robert Lentz contributed an essay to a new edition of Zane Grey’s “Riders of the Purple Sage.” The centennial edition is published by Zane Grey’s West Society, which reproduced the 1912 first edition text and includes essays regarding the novel’s history, geography and Grey’s mark on American literature. Lentz’s essay describes the five movie adaptations made from Grey’s novel. For more information visit zgws.org.

Hailey Simmons

As a first-year student, Hailey helped North Central’s forensics team establish new school records. She credits her early success to her professors, who instilled confidence in her the moment she arrived on campus.

“I’ve met inspirational leaders who believe in my ability to achieve higher goals than I ever could’ve imagined for myself,” she says. “The speech program at North Central makes me feel capable of moving mountains with my voice, which is something I never thought I’d be capable of.”

Hailey enjoys having professors and teammates to turn to whenever a new challenge arises.

“There are highly respected figures in the speech program who will go out of their way to help you with literally anything you need. They genuinely want you to succeed,” she says. “These are the people you want to keep in your life as long as possible.”

Hailey plans to combine her speech communication degree with international business or global studies.

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