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Student wins top honors and tuition prize to law school

Jennifer Rieger ’13, political science major
North Central College political science major Jennifer Rieger ’13 won second-place honors at contest and tuition waiver to attend John Marshall Law School.

North Central College political science major and junior Jennifer Rieger earned second-place honors and a tuition waiver to attend John Marshall Law School after competing at the law school’s annual National Undergraduate Diversity Mock Trial Competition April 13-14.

Some 60 top students from colleges and universities across the country met at Marshall’s Chicago campus to compete for the chance to win law school tuition waivers. Rieger’s second-place finish in the individual best advocate award netted her a $9,000 prize in tuition waivers to John Marshall.

North Central College alumnus earns Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching

Robert Taylor, Golden Apple Awardee
North Central College alumnus Robert Taylor is one of 10 Chicago-area educators being honored with 2012 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

May 16, 2012—North Central College alumnus Robert Taylor is one of 10 Chicago-area educators being honored as recipients of a prestigious 2012 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Taylor, who earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from North Central College in 2000, is a second-grade teacher at Central Road School in Community Consolidated School District 15 in Palatine.

District 15 announced Taylor was presented with the award May 9.

North Central College alumni honored for teaching excellence in Naperville schools

Two alumni of North Central College’s music education program are being recognized by Naperville Community Unit School District 203 for excellence in teaching.

May 15, 2012—Two alumni of North Central College’s music education program are being recognized by Naperville Community Unit School District 203 for excellence in teaching.

Nicholas Janssen, a 2005 graduate of North Central College, received District 203’s Outstanding Early Educator Award for his work as choral director at Naperville North High School. Emily Steffen, a 2010 graduate, received the district’s Outstanding First-Year Teacher Award  for her work at Naper and Ellsworth elementary schools.

David Letterman asks Naperville science kid, “Do you go to North Central?”

A Naperville "Science Kid" prompts David Letterman to ask about North Central College.

North Central College made an appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Thursday, May 10.

Jack Brandt, son of North Central College chemistry professor Paul Brandt, was one of three Naperville students selected for the show’s annual Science Kids segment. Jack is a seventh-grader at Kennedy Junior High School.

Jack wore a North Central College sweatshirt on the show. Letterman pointed to his shirt and asked, “Where do you go to school, is it North Central?” Jack proceeded to illustrate the power of atmospheric pressure using the “Can Crush” experiment.

Senior Art Show showcases artwork by 11 seniors

Paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture by North Central College students are featured in the 2012 Senior Art Show, May 10-June 12, in two gallery locations.

Artwork by 11 North Central College students is featured in the annual Senior Art Show.

The exhibit is free, open to the public and on display May 10 through June 12 in two locations at the College’s Meiley-Swallow Hall Gallery, 31 S. Ellsworth St., and the Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St. The senior artists will greet visitors during a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in both galleries; complimentary refreshments will be served.

The exhibition will feature paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculpture. Exhibitors are:

Princeton Review names North Central among North America's 322 Green Colleges

North Central College is among the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America, according to The Princeton Review.

April 25, 2012—North Central College is among the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) selected North Central College for inclusion in the third edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition.”

Students attend Midwest Political Science Association annual conference

Rima Gungor ’12 gave poster presentation at conference
Forty North Central College students attend and senior presents at annual Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago.

Forty North Central College students studying political science saw their area of study in action when they attended the annual Midwest Political Science Association national conference, which took place April 11-14 in Chicago. Senior Rima Gungor was among a select group of students to present.

North Central College alumnus shares wisdom, expertise on video game development

Computer science professor Stephen Renk, left, and Ross Przybylski '05.
Alumnus Ross Przybylski spoke to interactive media studies students and community members about his experience developing video games.

May 4, 2012—You can accomplish just about anything you can imagine if you try hard enough, entrepreneur and video game developer Ross Przybylski told an audience at North Central College.

Przybylski, a 2005 graduate of North Central College, hosted the April 25 presentation, “How To Become Your Own Game Developer With Adobe Flash.” He told the audience of students and community members how he used Adobe Flash to develop the game “Hero Mages,” a cross-platform, multiplayer Web and mobile game.

Forensics team members claim national attention

2012 forensic team members
North Central College’s forensics team has traveled and competed nationwide and placed among the top teams and competitors in the country.

North Central College’s forensics team has traveled and competed nationwide during winter and spring terms and placed among the top teams and competitors in the country.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra returns for May 19 concert in Wentz Concert Hall

Chicago Symphony Orchestra to perform May 19 at North Central College, concluding College’s stellar 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform May 19 at North Central College, marking the CSO’s third appearance in the College’s acoustically stunning Wentz Concert Hall.

The performance will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in North Central’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $150 and $125; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

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