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North Central College maps potential sites for new Science Center

This summer, the Naperville City Council approved a 10-year update to the College’s Master Land Use Plan.

Topping the list of potential projects that city staff, council members and the public reviewed is a new $40 million to $50 million science center that would replace Kroehler Science Center. The structure would be designed to foster a more interdisciplinary approach to teaching sciences, and the teaching facilities would be built to integrate classroom lectures and lab activities in the same space.

New faculty member in the news

New faculty member in the news

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Quad-Cities Online: “Pendulum swings with duets for sax and laptop” features new faculty member Assistant Professor of Music Jonathon Kirk and his electronic musical expertise using his laptop. He’s part of the instrumental duo Pendulum.

Behind the scenes: Students key to staging events

Jared Grebner '11Jared Grebner ’11 (left) had been working with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra for weeks as the College’s advance contact for a performance in February. He had arranged for hotel rooms, a rehearsal schedule and catered meal. Everything was going smoothly until disaster struck: the orchestra ran out of spaghetti during the pre-show dinner. “I had to run over to Kaufman and find more pasta,” says Grebner.

Navakas attends Comic-Con, explores popular genres

Navakas attends Comic-Con, explores popular genres

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Fran Navakas—Svend and Elizabeth Bramsen Professor in the Humanities, professor of English and director of integrative programs—attended the 42nd annual Comic-Con International in San Diego July 22-25.

Alum Lands Fulbright


Parker Gadbois ’09 has earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English in Yilan, Taiwan, about an hour south of Taipei. He begins his assignment on August 1.

North Central was well represented at this year’s National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

The most ever student-researchers from North Central College—32—were accepted to attend the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in April. "This is impressive because we’ve never had this many students apply and it really reflects a changing culture here, a true culture of inquiry,” says Perry Hamalis, director of the Office of Academic Opportunities and assistant professor of religious studies.

Students Leverage Research for Grad School

Kyle Olson '10 knows exactly why he was accepted into a top-rated analytical chemistry doctorate program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. “The summer research I did was really key,” he says. “To get in to one of the best programs, you need those opportunities.”

Dr. Lora Tyson

An inspiration to hundreds of North Central College students and aspiring educators, Lora Tyson, associate professor of education, died September 1, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. It was the very same day that more than 100 family members, friends, colleagues and College alumni gathered for a Cubs game to raise funds to support the Dr. Lora Tyson Curriculum Resource Center in Oesterle Library, which has been renamed in her honor.

Ghana Service Trip Inspires Future Medical Student


Daniel Tice ’09, recipient of the 2008 Mironda K. Heston Scholarship for Public Service, used the funds for a medical volunteer program in Ghana.

“I had the most incredible experience of my life in Ghana,” said Tice about his one-month trip. “The culture, the people—both volunteers and Ghanians— the experience in the hospital, my host family, and even the food were all amazing. It’s one of those experiences that would be impossible to come out of unchanged.”

New exhibit opens Aug. 27 in Schoenherr Art Gallery

New exhibit opens Aug. 27 in Schoenherr Art Gallery

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An e-media artist, Heather Freeman will showcase her multimedia exhibit “Personal Demons,” Aug. 27-Sept. 26, in North Central’s Schoenherr Art Gallery. Her images combine human and animal forms using print, drawing, painting, photography and other media. They explore the language and symbolic forms of science and their intersection with mythic, religious and popular iconography. Freeman is an assistant professor of digital media at the University of North Carolina–Charlotte, where she teaches digital print, animation, video, installation and drawing.

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