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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin discusses student loan legislation with students, alumni

President Troy Hammond and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
North Central College welcomed U. S. Senator Dick Durbin to campus for roundtable discussionS with students and alumni about student loan debt and legislation.

North Central College welcomed U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) to campus Friday, May 16, for a roundtable discussion with students and alumni about student loan debt. The Senator has proposed new legislation, the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, to reduce interest rates on existing student loans and to lower their monthly payments.

2014 Honors Convocation award winners

North Central recognizes high-achieving students for academic and co-curricular excellence at the College’s 38th annual Honors Convocation.

On May 13, North Central College held its 38th annual Honors Convocation, an annual spring event that publicly celebrates student excellence in the academic and co-curricular life of the College.

New campus chaplain Rev. Eric Doolittle begins serving at North Central in July

North Central College names a new campus chaplain, the Rev. Eric Doolittle, who previously served as a university chaplain and United Methodist Church pastor.

North Central College has named a new campus chaplain, the Rev. Eric Doolittle. He will assume the role from the Rev. Dr. Lynn Pries ’67, who retires in June after 20 years of service as campus chaplain at North Central College.

An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church (UMC), Doolittle has served as a pastor in three UMC congregations in Tennessee and as chaplain at Hiwasee College in Madisonville, Tenn. Most recently, he was interim Protestant chaplain at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Kristine Servais and William Muck to give Last Lecture

Kristine Servais and William Muck
North Central College students voted to invite faculty members Kristine Servais and William Muck to speak at the Last Lecture May 14.

North Central College students voted to invite two faculty members—Kristine Servais, associate professor of education, and William Muck, assistant professor of political science—to speak at the annual Last Lecture. The free event will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, in Smith Hall at Old Main. A dessert reception will follow the event.

Hands-on experiences, coursework open career doors for alumnus Lou Groce

Lou Groce ’11/M ’14
Lou Groce ’11/M ’14, former graduate assistant in sports information, has landed a new job as director of media and information for the Midwest Conference.

Lou Groce ’11/M ’14, former graduate assistant to the sports information director, has landed a new job—one that’s perfectly suited for him.

Starting May 7, he’s the new director of media and information for the Midwest Conference (MWC), similar to the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW), but with 11 member institutions. He will handle all sports information duties for 20 sports among all the schools, manage the conference website and promote the MWC brand through various forms of written, visual and social media communications.

North Central College freshman wins scholarship in essay contest

Debra Jensen ’17
Debra Jensen ’17 wins $2,000 Buildium Build U. Scholarship for her essay, which argues the importance of shared beliefs within a company.

North Central College’s Debra Jensen ’17 won a $2,000 Buildium Build U. Scholarship for her essay, titled “The Most Qualified,” which argues the importance of shared beliefs within a company.

North Central music major wins prestigious national jazz award

Alyssa Allgood '14
North Central College Alyssa Allgood '14 wins DownBeat Magazine’s national Student Music Award for best collegiate jazz vocal soloist.

North Central College senior Alyssa Allgood has won DownBeat Magazine’s national Student Music Award for best collegiate jazz vocal soloist.

Model UN practices politics, receives award at global conference

2014 Model UN team to New York City
North Central College’s Model UN program received an Honorable Mention delegation award for its performance at National Model United Nations conference.

North Central College’s Model United Nations (UN) program received an Honorable Mention delegation award for its performance at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York City April 13-17.
 
The conference featured more than 5,000 students from around the world, participating in a simulation of the real-life diplomacy of the United Nations. Each school’s delegation was assigned a country to represent during the simulation, where it collaborates with other delegations to pass United Nations resolutions.

Naperville among the top cities nationwide for recent college graduates

Naperville—home to North Central College—has been named among the “Top 10 Best Cities for New College Grads,” reports a study by Livability.com.

The City of Naperville—home to North Central College—has been named among the “Top 10 Best Cities for New College Grads,” reports a study by Livability.com, which ranks cities where jobs are available and recent college graduates want to live.
 
The study ranked Naperville No. 9 out of 10 cities nationwide, with Cambridge, Mass., taking the top spot in 2014. The list of the 10 cities ranked in the study is available at livability.com.
 

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.”

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