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Ben Altensey

“Students can read about urban problems anywhere, but North Central puts you into the city to witness those issues first-hand,” says Ben. The sociology major participated in the Chicago Term, which involves commuting into the city for 10 weeks of study, research and touring. North Central’s faculty teach the Chicago Term courses and lead urban outings. “The experience furthered my interest in city planning and led me to obtain an internship with the City of Naperville Plan Commission,” Ben says. “I plan to go on to graduate school for urban planning. Whatever you study, North Central offers a variety of unique opportunities that many other schools do not.”

Majors Minors and Programs : Urban and Suburban Studies

Steve Macek's op-ed about proposed merger is published

Steve Macek's op-ed about proposed merger is published

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Steve Macek, associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, had his syndicated op-ed piece titled “A Merger That Isn’t Comcastic” published online in August. The co-authored article argues against the proposed $28 billion merger between Comcast and NBC/Universal.


College faculty, staff inducted to Naperville's Heritage Hall of Honor

Two North Central College employees will be inducted to the Naperville Heritage Society's Heritage Hall of Honor Sunday, Aug. 1, at Naper Settlement.

Two North Central College employees will be inducted to the Naperville Heritage Society's Heritage Hall of Honor Sunday, Aug. 1, at Naper Settlement. The yearly recognition honors people and organizations that have made significant contributions to preserving the history of Naperville.

Ann Durkin Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History, will be recognized for her historical and academic contributions. Mary Kay Hyett, office manager, Office of Community Development, will be honored for her volunteerism.

Steve Macek offers critique, testifies about media merger

Steve Macek offers critique, testifies about media merger

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Steve Macek, associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, was quoted July 7 and July 13 as an expert in online publications about the pending Comcast/NBC Universal merger, which, he says, would result in reduced local news coverage and job cuts for news employees at those stati


Stephen Caliendo gives talk on using new media

Stephen Caliendo gives talk on using new media

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Stephen Maynard Caliendo, associate professor of political science, was a co-presenter with co-author Charlton McIlwain of New York University at the Transforming Race Conference sponsored by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University on March 12. They were featured presenters on a panel, “New Media: Unexpected Pathways to Empowerment,” and discussed the ways they use Facebook, Twitter and blogging to encourage meaningful discussion of race and politics through their work at The Project on Race in Political Communication.


Mock Trial team advances to national tournament

North Central College’s Mock Trial team will compete in the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) national tournament March 12-14 in Waukegan.

Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307, tjslowik@noctrl.edu

Feb. 22, 2010—Students from North Central College’s Mock Trial team will sharpen their critical thinking and public speaking skills and knowledge of legal practices by competing in the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) national tournament March 12-14 in Waukegan. Top finishers from the opening round advance to the National Championship Tournament April 16-18 in Memphis, Tenn.

Political science professor awarded grant to research race issues

The National Science Fondation awarded Stephen Maynard Caliendo, associate professor of at North Central College, and his partner a grant for a study on race.

Stephen Maynard Caliendo, associate professor of political science at North Central College, and Charlton McIlwain of New York University have been awarded a $21,000 grant by Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS) and funded by National Science Foundation for their project, “The Effects of Racial and Racist Appeals on White Voters.”

Steve Macek publishes article

Steve Macek publishes article

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Steve Macek, associate professor speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, co-authored an article about the digital TV conversion and privatization of the airwaves that was widely published on online news sites.


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