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Cardinal safety joins pro ranks after graduation

Josh McLeod ’12 suited up with Germany's Frankfurt Universe
Josh McLeod’s dream of playing pro football became reality after signing and playing with Germany’s Frankfurt Universe pro team after North Central graduation.

Growing up in nearby Lisle, Ill., former North Central College safety Josh McLeod ’12 dreamed of playing professional football. Unlike many of his peers, McLeod achieved his dreams this summer, taking an unconventional route to the pro ranks by signing a contract with the Frankfurt Universe of the German Football League (GFL).  

“My dream and goal since I was in junior high was to play pro football,” said McLeod. “I never thought it would be overseas, though.”

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2013.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2013.

North Central College is ranked No. 13 in the Midwest in the Regional Universities category—schools that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degrees. North Central College was ranked No. 23 among Midwest Regional Universities for 2012.

North Central College recognized as a Military Friendly School for 2013

James Davidson, Michael Dooley and Thomas Andre are among student veterans.
North Central College has been named a 2013 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

North Central College has been named a 2013 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. This is the second consecutive year North Central College has earned the recognition.

Time to join RecSports fitness classes, intramurals

Time to join RecSports fitness classes, intramurals

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The fall lineup of RecSports fitness classes has started and intramural registration has begun. Check out northcentralcardinals.com/recsports for details. Current students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate in all RecSports activities.



Students, alumni and staff involved in seventh service trip to Kenya

North Central College students, new graduates and staff members return from three-week nontraditional service trip to the Republic of Kenya in East Africa.

North Central College students, new graduates and staff members recently returned from a three-week-long nontraditional service trip to the Republic of Kenya in East Africa. It was the seventh trip to Kenya organized by the College’s Office of Ministry and Service.  

Local paper features North Central's move-in day

Local paper features North Central's move-in day

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Titled “Move-in day for new students filled with hopes, tradition at North Central College,” the Naperville Sun front-page feature highlights the experiences of new students and parents, as well as quotes from staff and President Harold Wilde in its Friday Sept. 7 edition.



Student broadcasters nominated for awards in state, national contests

Several North Central College student broadcasters representing WONC-FM 89.1 have earned nominations in state and national competitions.

Several student broadcasters representing WONC-FM 89.1, North Central College’s student-run radio station, have earned nominations in state and national competitions.

In a state competition, eight students earned six nominations in five different categories in the annual Student Silver Dome Awards presented each fall by the Illinois Broadcasters Association to the top college and university radio and TV programs in the state. The awards will be presented in a luncheon ceremony Sept. 21 at Illinois State University in Normal.

Princeton Review names North Central College among nation’s best colleges for 2013

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

North Central College is among a select group of institutions nationwide highlighted by The Princeton Review in “The Best 377 Colleges, 2013 Edition.”

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which is based on the Princeton Review’s surveys of 122,000 college students. The Princeton Review began surveying college students and publishing its findings in 1992.

Biology student Kate Lueders conducts field work in Oregon as a Sea Grant Scholar

Kate Lueders, a North Central College senior majoring in biology, is conducting research and performing field work in Oregon this summer as a Sea Grant Scholar.

June 26, 2012—Kate Lueders, a North Central College senior majoring in biology, is conducting research and performing field work in Oregon this summer as a Sea Grant Scholar.

Lueders is keeping a blog about her experience and writes that she arrived in the Pacific Northwest in mid-June to undergo orientation and safety training. Her work this summer involves the study of nutrient uptake in tidal wetlands.

Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams to address North Central College Commencement

Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps
Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will deliver the address June 9 at the 147th Commencement ceremony of North Central College.

Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will deliver the address June 9 at the 147th Commencement ceremony of North Central College.

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