North Central College - Naperville, IL

Student government targets fitness center completion


The reality of a new state-of-the-art fitness facility in the Res/Rec Center is on the horizon.

“While living in Res/Rec last year, I personally noticed the need for a new fitness center available for all students,” says Chris Smith ’10.

Mock Trial Team Advances to National Tournament

When seven members of the Mock Trial team advanced to compete in the American Mock Trial Association national tournament in March, they didn’t know they’d be facing the top teams in the entire country, trying cases against the Universities of Minnesota, Michigan, Chicago and Notre Dame. The team finished the tournament with a 3-5 record.

President's Message

Watching throngs of students walk up the hill from Merner Field House and the Res/Rec Center every morning, juggling two or three on-campus events nearly every evening, I had a number of “aha” moments this April. Something was different from the 19 previous springs that Benna and I have been privileged to live on North Central’s campus. Certainly the more than 250 students living in the Res/Rec Center is a part of it. They’ve changed the foot traffic pattern of the campus.

Be Cardinal Green

Students crossing campus on Cardinal red bicycles. Quick-rental cars and refillable plastic bottles. Campus-wide recycling and underground stormwater management.

The common thread is sustainability, and these initiatives are all part of how North Central College is incorporating sustainable techniques and technologies into physical campus development, along with business and work environment practices that can be replicated by other businesses and colleges.

Thoroughly Modern Millie Receives Rave Reviews

Audiences weren’t the only ones thoroughly thrilled with North Central College’s musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie. ”It thrilled judges who selected the production as a regional finalist in the nation’s prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. It thrilled the student cast, orchestra and crew, too.

“This was definitely the best dance, theatrical or musical experience I’ve ever had in my life!” Tommy Rivera–Vega ’11 told Brian Lynch, director/choreographer and fine arts director.

Authors in Smart Chicks Kick It Tour to appear in Wentz Concert Hall

Six prolific writers have organized their own first-time-ever tour, independent of their various publishers and will speak at North Central.

North Central College welcomes six of the most talked-about authors of paranormal romance in the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour on the College's Naperville campus at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22. The event is co-hosted with Anderson's Bookshop.

The tour will feature Alyson Noël of the "Immortals" series, Kelley Armstrong of "Tales of the Otherworld" series, Melissa Marr of "Wicked Lovely" series, Jackson Pearce of "Sisters Red," Jennifer Lynn Barnes of "Raised by Wolves" and Carrie Ryan of "Dead Tossed Waves."

Building Communities Near and Far

Preparing involved, principled students remains at the foundation of academics and student life at North Central College. Dozens of organizations and programs engage students on campus and complement their academic journeys—with everything from pottery and square dance clubs to a roller hockey team to long established activities like student government and the North Central Chronicle.

Updated Cage Welcomes Students

A major renovation to the Harold and Eva White Activities Center (WAC) greeted students at the start of fall term. The Cage gained a fresh new look with new seating, lighting, flooring and new serving lines, along with two flat-screen televisions. The food stations can be closed off while the seating area remains open.

Celebrating MLK Day

As visiting speaker for the College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, Dawn Turner Trice, columnist for the Chicago Tribune, offered her views on race at the crossroads of the Obama presidency. During a dialogue with students in Koten Chapel, she explained that President Barack Obama’s win in the Iowa caucuses moved her to write about racial progress, a topic she typically avoided in her columns. “Young people in Iowa came out in droves to vote—this blindsided me,” she admitted. “It was time to look
at what was going on with race in this country.”

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