North Central College - Naperville, IL

Mark Zajac ’12 will head to Germany with a Fulbright

North Central College alumnus Mark Zajac receives Fulbright Teaching Assistant post to teach English and engage in cultural programs in Germany.

Mark Zajac ’12 has been named as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) to Germany, continuing North Central’s history of placing graduates in this prestigious program.

He is currently serving as a Dunn Fellow in Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s Chicago Office. While a student, he was a College Scholar, had triple majors in global studies: international business, German and Spanish, and a minor in Chinese. He studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, and Seville, Spain, to refine his language skills in German and Spanish.

Investment in LED lighting slashes energy costs

North Central College has installed modern LED lighting in Merner Field House to reduce energy and maintenance costs.

A sustainability project that modernized the lighting inside Gregory Arena and pool deck in Merner Field House will result in drastic reductions in energy consumption and maintenance costs in these facilities.

Over the winter months, new LED lights were installed with the help of $26,000 in grant funding from the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency through the City of Naperville toward the cost of the two projects. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, a solid state form of lighting that converts electricity directly into light. 

Students join efforts to revitalize communities in Detroit

Marissa Sylvester ’15, far left, gives her perspective
Of the many students who served nationwide during spring break, some traveled to Detroit to serve with a mission dedicated to economic disaster recovery work.

The sign beside the highway reads “Detroit: City Limits.” Well, it’s supposed to, but the graffiti makes it hard to see. Dilapidated houses and boarded strip malls pass the bus window. It’s spring break, and Marissa Sylvester ’15, biology major, traded sandy beaches for service.

“I could have gone home and relaxed,” says Sylvester. “But I wanted to do something significant and useful. Helping others means much more to me than sleeping late.”

New dean envisions expansion and growth in graduate programs

Pamela Monaco, dean of graduate and continuing studies
Pamela Monaco, Ph.D., North Central College’s new dean of graduate and continuing studies, sees growth potential in programs.

North Central College has named Pamela Monaco, Ph.D., as dean of graduate and continuing studies. In this role, she will oversee the admission, marketing and further development of current and new graduate programs, including applications of technology for instruction.

“North Central has great potential for growth in graduate programs and this was very exciting to me,” says Monaco. “I see a great opportunity to build on the programs that are already in place and taught by faculty with strong credentials and experience.”

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