North Central College - Naperville, IL

James Davidson

Veteran Student

James Davidson '13 planned to pursue a career in law enforcement when he enrolled at North Central College. That quickly changed when he took a general education chemistry course.

“It opened my eyes to the field of chemistry and I changed my major,” said Davidson, who’s so fascinated by the subject that he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry after completing his undergraduate studies. “My passion came from the CHM 100 class. No matter what context you think about, chemistry is an essential part of it.  It’s in the plastics that make up my laptop, the liquid display of its monitor, the colors in my clothing, my toothpaste… Before my first fall term, I didn’t know what a molecule was. [Next fall] I'll be beginning my Ph.D. in chemistry.”

It’s not just the faculty members at North Central who have stood out to Davidson—he’s been equally impressed by the admission staff.

“Dealing with government paperwork is a monolith of a task,” said Davidson, a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps. “The admission department handled it with great efficiency. There’s never been an issue.”

Davidson stays active on campus outside of class. He’s a member of two North Central student organizations: the Cycling Club and Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS).

“I certainly would recommend North Central College to other veterans,” he said. “The student body has been quite accepting and open to veterans; I know a couple other vets in the science department. Also, a hat tip to our fearless advisor and mentor Dr. Renard Jackson. He’s always on top of his game whenever any of us veterans need anything. He’s an outstanding friend to have.”

Artists present papermaking workshop to connect veterans, civilians

North Central College’s art department will host the Combat Paper Project, a daylong artistic workshop involving veterans and artists, on Oct. 30.

North Central College’s art department will host the Combat Paper Project, an artistic collaboration initiated and presented by artists Drew Cameron and Drew Matott that involves veterans, artists and academic institutions.

Based out of art studios throughout the country, the Combat Paper Project comes to North Central’s studios and campus on Tuesday, Oct. 30. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in room 17 at Meiley-Swallow Hall, Cameron and Matott will demonstrate their project utilizing papermaking workshops to help veterans reconcile and share their personal experiences.

North Central College recognized as a Military Friendly School for 2013

James Davidson, Michael Dooley and Thomas Andre are among student veterans.
North Central College has been named a 2013 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

North Central College has been named a 2013 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. This is the second consecutive year North Central College has earned the recognition.

A student-veteran remembers

Pellicano received the 2012 Outstanding Major in Art Award
Senior Giuseppe Pellicano remembers fallen soldiers through his art.

As the country pauses to remember its military heroes over Memorial Day, one North Central College student-veteran found his own way to pay tribute to soldiers lost in war. Giuseppe Pellicano ’12 of Naperville crafts military boots that memorialize soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. He receives requests from family members for the boots and personalizes them with the soldiers’ names, ranks and dates of their death. He received a Richter Independent Study Fellowship from North Central to help fund his project, titled “Left, Left, Left, Right, Left.”

Giuseppe Pellicano chosen outstanding major in art

Giuseppe Pellicano '12
Giuseppe Pellicano of Naperville was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in Art Award at North Central College.

Giuseppe Pellicano of Naperville was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in Art Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College. He was also inducted to SALUTE, the Veteran’s National Honor Society.

Pellicano is a senior majoring in studio art at North Central College and has been accepted to a graduate program in art at Northern Illinois University where he will work toward a master’s degree in fine arts.

North Central College is active partner in serving its student veterans

As the number of veterans on campus has continued to grow, North Central College has established a formal program to welcome and serve this population.

Since 2009 when North Central College joined the Yellow Ribbon program, the number of veterans on campus has nearly tripled. Currently, North Central serves 23 student veterans—most are transfer students—and expects this population to increase as more troops make their way home and the College’s commitment to serve this population continues to grow.

Veteran students share experiences during workshop

Jerry Gems, Michael Dooley, James Davidson, Chris LeClair
North Central College holds workshop featuring guest speakers and panel of veteran students to learn best practices to support its veterans on campus.

North Central College held a Veteran Students Workshop for faculty and staff on Dec. 2 to learn about the experiences of students with a military background and how the campus community can best support their adjustment back to academic and civilian life. The workshop featured guest speakers and a panel of North Central faculty and students who are veterans.  

World War II Veterans Transformed the World, Then the Campus

As North Central College prepares to celebrate its Sesquicentennial on November 11, 2011—Veteran’s Day—it honors the many military veterans who served their country and returned to earn degrees. Their presence on campus during the post-World War II era changed the physical campus, the social environment, athletics and the makeup of the faculty. Enrollment grew from 410 in 1944 to 920 in 1946 with the return of veterans like Charles Sehe ’50 of Mankato, MN, who had witnessed four years of intensive combat.

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