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North Central celebrates Veterans Day with weeklong campuswide activities

North Central College honors its 24 student veterans and four ROTC cadets during Veteran and Military Student Appreciation Week Nov. 10-14.

On Veterans Day and throughout the week, North Central College will celebrate Veteran and Military Student Appreciation Week to honor and recognize its 24 student veterans and four ROTC cadets.

A highlight of the week—the playing of “Taps” and a moment of silence—takes place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at three different campus locations. All are invited to attend at any of these sites:

North Central College to establish program in Middle Eastern and North African studies

John Shindler
North Central College is establishing an innovative academic program in Middle Eastern and North African studies that will include language courses in Arabic.

North Central College is establishing an innovative academic program in Middle Eastern and North African studies that will include language courses in Arabic. The new program is partially funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant.

Beginning in fall 2015 the College will offer a minor in Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) studies, significantly expand Oesterle Library’s holdings in MENA studies and introduce students to cultural experiences in the Chicago area and abroad.

Coauthors from different backgrounds address the question, “does God exist?”

Thomas McFaul, Ph.D., and Al Brunsting, Ph.D.
Two PhDs, one a professor of ethics and religious studies and one a physicist, discuss their book Nov. 5 and its central topic: the existence of God.

North Central College welcomes coauthors Thomas McFaul ’98, Ph.D., professor of ethics and religion studies emeritus at North Central, and physicist Al Brunsting, Ph.D., to discuss their new book “God Is Here To Stay: Science, Evolution, and Belief in God” Nov. 5.

Sponsored by the College’s Cultural Events program, the free talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall. For more information contact Judy Brodhead at 630-637-5276.

North Central College student ensembles perform during choral directors conference

Women's Chorale
North Central College student ensembles performed during a fall conference of the Illinois chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (IL-ACDA).

North Central College student ensembles performed in the College’s acoustically stunning Wentz Concert Hall during a fall conference of the Illinois chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (IL-ACDA).

Gov. Quinn announces grant to fund North Central College park improvements

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced a $1.1 million grant to fund improvements to a future downtown Naperville public park on land owned by North Central College.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday announced a $1.1 million grant to help fund improvements to a future downtown Naperville public park on land owned by North Central College.

The funding will help cover the cost of environmental restoration of the 1-acre site at 430 S. Washington St., known as North Central College Washington Street Riverwalk Park.

“This is an opportunity to expand the Riverwalk and connect a great campus renowned for many things to downtown Naperville,” Quinn said.

North Central College welcomes Syrian writer/director Riad Ismat as visiting scholar-in-residence

Riad Ismat
North Central College welcomes Riad Ismat as scholar-in-residence for the 2014-2015 academic year as visiting professor of arts and letters.

North Central College welcomes Riad Ismat as scholar-in-residence for the 2014-2015 academic year. Ismat will serve as visiting professor of arts and letters. He will teach courses in playwriting, acting and directing, besides lecturing on Syria, Arabic literature and drama.

New North Central College residence hall to feature apartment-style suites

A new residence hall on North Central College’s 65-acre campus will offer desirable suite-style housing for upperclassmen.

A new residence hall on North Central College’s 65-acre campus will offer desirable suite-style housing for upperclassmen.

The 229-bed residence hall is being built directly south of Ward and Patterson halls and across from Merner Field House and Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium. The five-story residence hall—the College’s first since the Residence Hall/Recreation Center opened in 2009—is scheduled for completion by August 2015.

Alumni, students and North Central friends: You’re invited to come home!

North Central College’s 2014 Homecoming Celebration is nearly here! It all happens Oct. 16-19 and features many fun events—some traditional and some new.

North Central College’s 2014 Homecoming Celebration is nearly here! It happens Oct. 16-19 and features many fun events—some traditional and some new.

In a tradition we began with the Sesquicentennial in 2011, the all-class Homecoming Reunion Celebration brings together current students, alumni and friends for dinner and dancing in the spacious Res/Rec Center Saturday evening, Oct. 18. This year’s popular event features a new element. The Alumni Awards and Recognition Ceremony has been moved from a convocation on Friday to Saturday night as part of the Reunion Celebration.

Four North Central faculty from diverse academic areas discuss effects of globalization

North Central College faculty tackle the “complex, dynamic, ambiguous” topic of globalization and how it has impacted their academic disciplines.

Globalization is “complex, ambiguous, dynamic, gray, complicated, divisive, exciting,” explained North Central College faculty at a recent panel discussion.  

It’s a new world, they said, as they shared how globalization has impacted their different academic disciplines and how they teach.

Prominent, bestselling authors coming to campus this fall

North Central College hosts several noted authors—some are also recognized actors, TV personalities and a musician—in partnership with Anderson’s Bookshops.

This fall, North Central College welcomes to campus several noted authors—some are also recognized actors and a musician—as part of the College’s partnership with Anderson’s Bookshops in Naperville. The authors will discuss and sign copies of their latest books.

Here’s the lineup:

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