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Students, staff present at LEV-cosponsored conference on faith, justice and civic learning

Steve Oliveri
North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program recently co-sponsored the first National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference.

July 1, 2011—North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program recently cosponsored the first National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference with DePaul University, providing students and staff the opportunity to present three sessions on various topics.

Cancer researcher returns to North Central to guest lecture science courses

Zach Pratt, a 2005 alumnus who recently completed his doctorate in cancer biology, returned to North Central to guest lecture some biology courses.

Zach Pratt hopes to combine his passion for scientific research with his knack for teaching.

Since earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from North Central in 2005, Pratt has completed his doctorate in cancer biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He returned to North Central in February 2011 to guest lecture some biology courses, using bacteria to teach a lesson in evolution.

North Central College exhibits the artistic talents of people who have mental illness

North Central College art exhibit “The Awakenings Project” reflects talents of alumna Irene O’Neill and fellow artists with mental illnesses.

Irene O’Neill ’86 is the force behind an art exhibit at North Central College that celebrates art created by people who have a mental illness. “The Awakenings Project” opens Friday, April 25, and will be on display through Sunday, June 22.

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.
 

President Emeritus Harold Wilde in the news as online author, radio guest

Harold Wilde, North Central College’s president emeritus, has op-ed about procuring commencement speakers picked up by NPR, Time.com, zocalopublicsquare.org.

Harold R. Wilde, North Central College’s president emeritus, has been in the news as an online author and radio guest.

His April 7 op-ed story about the unique challenges college presidents face in securing Commencement speakers was first published on zocalopublicsquare.org. It was subsequently published by Time.com and NPR, resulting in wide online distribution and an on-air interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered” weekend program Saturday, April 12, with guest host Tess Vigeland.

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.”

First head coach of men’s volleyball program is Kyle Exline

Kyle Exline, new head coach of the Cardinals men’s volleyball program
North Central College Athletic Director Jim Miller has announced the hiring of Kyle Exline as the first head coach of the Cardinals men’s volleyball program.

North Central College Athletic Director Jim Miller has announced the hiring of Kyle Exline as the first head coach of the Cardinals men’s volleyball program. (Story first published at northcentralcardinals.com.)
 
A former NCAA Division I player with coaching experience at the NCAA Division III, high school and club levels, Exline will spend the 2014-2015 academic year recruiting the team, which will take the court for North Central’s inaugural season in 2016.

Film, speakers, exhibit focus on 20th century opposition to suppression in Germany

Michael Lunberg, Consistorial Councillor in Berlin and Brandenburg
North Central College hosts a two-day symposium, April 7-8, featuring a documentary screening, guest speaker, colloquium and exhibition of historical posters.

North Central College hosts a distinctive two-day symposium, titled “Religious Opposition to Suppression: German Traditions,” on Monday and Tuesday, April 7-8, featuring a documentary screening, guest speaker, exhibition of historical posters and colloquium.

North Central College presents The Awakenings Project

"Interpreter" by Mandy Rakow
Works by talented artists of The Awakenings Project will be showcased at North Central College April 25-June 22 as part of Mental Health Awareness Month.

North Central College will showcase works by members of The Awakenings Project April 25-June 22.

Begun in 1997, The Awakenings Project is a group of talented artists in DuPage County and surrounding areas, all of whom have a psychiatric illness. Shown art represents the broad range of work these artists create, from casual paintings, sculptures and photographs by amateurs to seasoned works by professional artists.

Campus community invited to honor Lynn Pries for his service

Rev. Dr. Lynn Pries ’67, campus chaplain
North Central College will honor the ministry of the Rev. Dr. Lynn Pries ’67, campus chaplain, in special event March 30. He retires from North Central in June.

North Central College will honor the ministry of the Rev. Dr. Lynn Pries ’67, campus chaplain, in a special event March 30.

After 20 years of spiritual leadership at North Central, Pries will retire in June 2014. A special service is planned at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, in Wentz Concert Hall. A reception will follow. Please RSVP by calling 630-637-5200 or emailing alumni@noctrl.edu.

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