North Central College - Naperville, IL

State honors North Central College for its commitment to sustainable practices

North Central College is the first suburban Chicago school to achieve gold status through the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

North Central College’s commitment to environmentally friendly practices has earned gold-level recognition through the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

Gems contributes book chapters, book reviews, gives talks

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, contributed two book chapters, two book reviews, gave two presentations.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, contributed a chapter to the book, “Muscling in on New Worlds: Jews, Sport, and the Making of the Americas,” a collection of studies that approach sport as a window into Jewish identity formation in the Americas. Gems’ chapter, titled “Jews, Sports and the Construction of an American Identity,” dealt with the role of sport in assimilation efforts of Jews in the United States.

North Central College names Abiodun Goke-Pariola vice president for academic affairs, dean of faculty

Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola
North Central College has named Dr. Abiodun “GP” Goke-Pariola its next vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

North Central College has named Dr. Abiodun “GP” Goke-Pariola its next vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

Dr. Goke-Pariola will begin his new role at North Central College on July 1 after serving most recently as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

Wynard’s session at conference to be presented on campus at TechFest

Tammy Wynard, visiting instructor of health and physical education
Tammy Wynard, North Central College visiting instructor of health and physical education, presents session at American School Health Association conference.

Tammy S. Wynard, North Central College visiting instructor of health and physical education, presented at the annual American School Health Association conference in Portland, Ore. The conference brought together professionals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as those working in higher education, K-12 school teachers, nurses and community health education professionals.

Wynard is coordinator of North Central’s health education and wellness programs and is a member of the American School Health Association Professional Development Committee.

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.

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

Graduate and Student Veteran Lounge
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.

Carolyn Kerr

When Carolyn first walked onto North Central College’s campus as a psychology major, she had one goal: open a private counseling practice for adolescents. However, through the inclusion of a wellness minor and the encouragement of her professors, her future has become a landscape of exciting options.

“I’m still very passionate about working with adolescents and helping with stress management,” she says. “But now I’m more open to various opportunities in a public health department and health education.”

While studying at North Central, Carolyn gained professional experience by presenting at the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Convention and at Institute Day at Naperville North High School. She credits her wellness minor with opening an opportunity for a summer internship working with adolescent parents in the community. That experience inspired her to look into more career paths.

“The wellness courses at North Central complement my psychology major. I’m interested in helping individuals in the community live healthy lives, both physically and emotionally.”

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.

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