North Central College - Naperville, IL

Strong communities are safer communities

Kimberly Sluis, vice president for student affairs and dea
North Central College works to foster a campus culture where people look out for one another and take action when someone’s safety is jeopardized.

Strong communities are safer communities. This principle guides North Central College in its efforts to foster a campus culture where people look out for one another and take action when they notice something that jeopardizes the safety of the community or any member of it.

North Central students trace the steps of Freedom Riders during spring break trip

As part of the Sankofa Verandah Experience, North Central College students followed the path of Freedom Riders during the 1960s.

During spring break 2016, students had the opportunity to participate in the Sankofa Verandah Experience, titled Student Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Students traced the steps of the Freedom Riders during the 1960s and reflected on how the civil rights struggle connects to their own passions for social justice and leadership.

They traveled to Memphis, Tenn.; Little Rock, Ark.; the Mississippi Delta; and Jackson and Oxford, Miss. Through the course of the trip, students analyzed how the civil rights movement has shaped the world today.

North Central College supports first-generation students in transition to higher education

North Central’s Cardinal First program fosters community among first-generation students and faculty.

In any given classroom at North Central College, it’s likely that several students are the first in their immediate families to pursue higher education. About 35 to 40 percent of North Central students are first-generation college students—meaning, their parents do not have four-year degrees. And many of their professors were first-generation college students, too.  

A College on the Move

North Central gains momentum in growth, reputation, value.

Growth in new faculty, world-class facilities, outstanding academics and stellar athletic teams---these are the hallmarks of a campus community that is fiscally strong, excited about the future and focused on becoming one of America’s top colleges.

“Our students and their families become part of a dynamic campus environment, where they benefit from the value of small class sizes, faculty mentors and award-winning cocurricular activities,” said Martin Sauer, vice president for enrollment and athletics.

Campus, local, state, national guests celebrated the Science Center "topping out"

North Central College’s Science Center reached a construction milestone with the placement of a ceremonial final beam in Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

North Central College’s Science Center reached new heights during its construction when the campus community celebrated the hoisting and placement of a ceremonial final steel beam during a Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

Traditional among ironworkers, the ceremony is sometimes called Capping Off, or Topping Off, or Topping Out. Regardless, said President Troy D. Hammond during his remarks, “It’s a significant construction milestone that we’ve reached only because of the dedication and hard work of many, many people.”

Neuroscience presentations on drug addiction among 43 accepted for NCUR

Madison Cromwell ’17, Elaina Bartoli ’17
North Central College’s new neuroscience discipline will be represented with two projects at the 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research

A new academic minor and research discipline at North Central College will be represented for the first time at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Two of the 43 NCUR presentations will involve neuroscience research into drug usage and addiction that began in summer 2015.

North Central accounting students begin new partnership with Center for Economic Progress

Eleven student volunteers, trained and certified through the IRS, help low-income individuals and families in Aurora file their tax returns.

For the seventh consecutive year, North Central College accounting and business students are volunteering to help low-income community members file tax returns. This year, they entered into a new partnership with the Center for Economic Progress in Aurora. This new site can host more volunteers and yield more returns—approximately 1,000 returns.

Enactus student organization sponsors event at annual SEA Conference

Justin Wysocke ’17, Justin Ali ’16, Nikki Amundsen ’16
North Central’s Enactus hosts financial experts to speak to artists about finding the finances to start a creative business and take it to the next level.

North Central College’s Enactus student organization has been awarded a $2,100 Sam’s Club Step-up for Small Business Grant that focuses on two primary goals: mentoring a small business and educating underserved borrowers. At the end of summer 2015, Enactus students took part in competing for this yearlong grant project opportunity.

North Central journalism students mentor middle school newspaper club

A. Vito Martinez Middle School students visit North Central College to experience journalism from a college perspective.

Students in North Central College’s journalism program teamed up with budding middle school journalists to show them the ins and outs of newspaper and online production.

Staff at A. Vito Martinez Middle School reached out to Kay O’Donnell, assistant professor of journalism at North Central, to arrange for students in their newspaper club to spend a day building their reporting and writing skills with North Central students.

‘Out with the old in with the new’ theme earns Chronicle multiple awards

The Chronicle wins multiple awards, including second place for Best Website by Associated Collegiate Press & six awards by Illinois College Press Association.

North Central College’s journalism students have kicked up their skill level a few hundred notches with new print designs for the Chronicle and a user-friendly website called NCClinked.com. Their hard work in developing a new face for the student news operation hasn’t gone unnoticed in the journalism world.

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