North Central College - Naperville, IL

Sustaining Excellence: Admission

As North Central College took another major step this fall toward the Strategic Plan goal of 2,400 full-time undergraduates, a good place to start the story of admission success is with Ben Fewkes ’13. He came to North Central with 11 peers from Normal (IL) Community High School as a result of hearing the “buzz” about the campus, ongoing contact with admission counselor Ashley Dudich and successful visits. “Last year all my friends were talking about this great college they wanted to go to,” he explains. “We all ended up coming here together.”

Alumnus in the news, named NCTV sports director

Alumnus in the news, named NCTV sports director

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Sports director Will Armistead ’07/M ’09 is part of the Naperville Community Television (NCTV) sports production team, which kicks off its fourth season of “Naperville Sports Weekly” Aug. 29.


2010 graduate and new teacher in the news

2010 graduate and new teacher in the news

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Recent graduate and elementary education major Jill Bushman ’10 was featured in The Beacon-News Aug. 24 on her first day of teaching 29 fourth-grade students at Aurora’s Oak Park Elementary School. Throughout her four years at North Central, Bushman was involved in Junior/Senior Scholars as a tutor, mentor, team leader and summer intern.


Richter grants help students pursue summer research

Richter grants help students pursue summer research

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Six students traveled around the world this summer to research various topics. Each student applied for and received a Richter Independent Study Fellowship grant to support costs associated with their research. The students and their summer projects included:
  • Mallory Blanchard ’10, international business major. Traveled to Peru, project title: “Understanding Peruvian Work-Related Values.”
  • Laura Constantine ’11, biology major.


Publications recognize North Central for academic excellence

Publications recognize North Central for academic excellence

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U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College as a top-20 institution in its annual list of “America’s Best Colleges.” North Central is ranked No. 19 in the Midwest among 146 “Regional Universities” that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degree programs. For the second straight year, U.S. News includes North Central in its “Best Undergraduate Teaching” category, ranking at No.


Publications recognize North Central College for academic excellence

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College as a top-20 institution in its annual list of “America’s Best Colleges.”

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College as a top-20 institution in its annual list of “America’s Best Colleges.”

North Central is ranked No. 19 in the Midwest among 146 “Regional Universities” that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degree programs. For the second straight year, U.S. News ranks North Central in its “Best Undergraduate Teaching” category. North Central is ranked No. 6 among Midwestern schools recognized for strong commitment to the undergraduate teaching experience.

Education students create summer school program

Education students create summer school program

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Six North Central elementary education students took up a challenge from alumna Kate Smith ’05 Pereda, a fifth-grade elementary school teacher in Addison, to create and teach a summer school program at her high-needs school. “Kate contacted me last spring asking for help. Her district had canceled its summer school programs and she needed help with an alternative program,” said Maureen Kincaid, associate professor and chair of education. “Kate came to campus and spoke to our elementary education classes about the need.


Polinska, Lehe and student give talks at Asian studies conference

Polinska, Lehe and student give talks at Asian studies conference

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Wioleta Polinska, associate professor of religious studies and chair of philosophy and religious studies; Robert Lehe, professor of philosophy; and Matthew Rogers ’10, who majored in Japanese and philosophy, presented papers at the Asian Studies Development Program 16th Annual National Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, on July 2. Polinska’s paper was titled “Till Death Do Us Part?: Buddhist-Christian Discourse on Marriage”; Lehe’s paper was titled “The Problem of Evil in Christianity and Buddhism”; and Rogers’ paper was titled “Buddhist Interdependence as an Exp


Students present their summer research to the campus

Students present their summer research to the campus

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For the past six weeks, 37 students and 15 faculty have participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC) conducting research that spans many majors and topics. Students presented their research to the campus community July 21 in a poster format in Kroehler Science Center. Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry, noted research can be lonely and slow-going at times, so students and faculty involved in SURC meet weekly to collaborate and discuss their work.


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