North Central College - Naperville, IL

Student receives Richter Grant for researching German harmonica pedagogy

Jacob Prosek '15 travels to Germany to explore his belief that music education curriculum should include harmonica.

Jacob Prosek ’15 feels there could be an alternative teaching method for children first learning to play musical instruments. He foresees elementary schools using harmonicas, which are cheaper, more portable and more pleasing to the ear than a recorder. “Even a beginner can achieve immediate success,” he says.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2015 Great College To Work For

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education  has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

North Central College is among just 86 institutions nationwide recognized in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace. The recognition is based on results of surveys of more than 44,000 employees at 281 colleges and universities.

North Central student first to earn nation’s only degree in chemical microscopy

Marissa Bartz '15
Marissa Bartz graduated this summer from North Central College as the first to complete the nation’s only program offering a degree in chemical microscopy.

When Marissa Bartz graduated from North Central College in June she became the first to complete the nation’s only program offering a bachelor’s degree in chemical microscopy.

Elaine Cannell ’15 earns Outstanding Major in English Studies Award

Elaine Cannell ’15
Elaine Cannell received the Outstanding Major in English Studies Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Elaine Cannell ’15, daughter of Robert and Laura Cannell of Kansas City, Mo., received the Outstanding Major in English Studies Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

A senior, Elaine majored in English literature and English writing at North Central College. She is a graduate of Kaneland High School in Maple Park, Ill.

Caitlin Skrbec ’15 earns Outstanding Major in Music Education Award

Caitlin Skrbec ’15
Caitlin Skrbec received the Outstanding Major in Music Education Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Caitlin Skrbec ’15, daughter of Bradford and Eileen Skrbec of Naperville, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Music Education Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.  

A graduating senior, Caitlin majored in choral and instrumental music education at North Central College. She is a graduate of Neuqua Valley High School.

Abigail Escatel '15 earns two Outstanding Major in Communication Awards

Abigail Escatel '15
Abigail Escatel was awarded the Outstanding Major in Communication Award in 2014 and in 2015 during North Central College’s annual Honors Convocation.

Abigail Escatel, daughter of Rafael and Maria Escatel, of Riverside, Ill., was awarded the 2014 and 2015 Outstanding Major in Communication Award during Honors Convocation events at North Central College.

A graduating senior, Abigail majored in speech communication. She is a graduate of Willowbrook High School.

Passionate about math, William Noland ’17 accepted by two prestigious programs

William Noland ’17
A triple major, William Noland ’17 chosen for summer Research Experience for Undergraduates and fall term Mathematics Advanced Study Semesters program.

From his first steps on campus, William Noland ’17 pursued his passion for mathematics and preparation for a Ph.D. and career goal in academics, either teaching or research. Now that focus has led to two selective research opportunities.

“Knowing I wanted to get into a good graduate school for math, I’ve looked for opportunities to prepare myself the best way possible,” said Noland. Majoring in applied mathematics, mathematics and economics, he was homeschooled prior to North Central.

Emily Labedz earns Outstanding Student in Interdisciplinary Studies Award

Emily Labedz
Emily Labedz ’15 recognized as the Outstanding Student in Interdisciplinary Studies during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Emily Labedz ’15, daughter of Frank and Karyn Labedz, of Naperville, was awarded the Outstanding Student in Interdisciplinary Studies Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College in Naperville.

A senior, Emily majored in sociology and German with additional studies in gender and women’s studies and history of ideas at North Central College. She is a graduate of Naperville North High School.

Jon Kingzette is Outstanding Senior Man, Heidi Nelson is Outstanding Senior Woman

Jonathon Kingzette and Heidi Nelson
North Central College named Jonathon Kingzette as Outstanding Senior Man and Heidi Nelson as Outstanding Senior Woman at the 2015 Honors Convocation.

North Central College has recognized Jonathon Kingzette as the 2015 Outstanding Senior Man and Heidi Nelson as Outstanding Senior Woman.  

The annual awards recognize one senior man and one senior woman for their successes in the classroom, their involvement and contributions to the campus community outside the classroom, and their future potential.

North Central College receives grant from the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education

In receiving a NetVUE program development grant, North Central College expands existing vocational exploration opportunities and training for students.

Vocational exploration and making a difference in our world are central components of a program development grant North Central College received from the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE).

The two-year grant gives North Central College an opportunity to enhance, expand, strengthen and unify existing programs related to the exploration of vocation. Students will have more opportunities to explore educational experiences to help them discover their vocational interests. They also will gain skills to realize that vocation.

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