North Central College - Naperville, IL

FYE Workshop Series

Fifth Annual Fall Festival of Independent Film

Our best crop of films ever. Over 35 of them, mostly shorts and animations, from the U.S. and 13 other countries--and featuring, on Thursday and Friday at 7:00, two nights of new German Film. 
Sunday, September 13 – Friday, September 18
Two sessions at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm (except Thursday and Friday)
Old Main, Smith Hall

Writing to Succeed at NCC: A Peer Tutor Workshop for all FYE Students

Tuesday, September 15
7:00 – 9:30 pm

Wednesday, September 16
7:00 – 9:30 pm

Larrance Academic Center, Heininger Auditorium
Sponsored by: Writing Center

Writing Center: New Hours and Locations
M – TH (12:00 – 4:00 pm)
Larrance Academic Center
M – TH (6:00 – 9:00 pm)
Oesterle Library

Elementary and K-12/Secondary Education Advising Workshop

Tuesday, September 22
1:00 – 1:50 pm (immediately following FYE)

Larrance Academic Center, Heininger Auditorium
Sponsored by
: Education Department

Commuter Student Services/Career Development Workshop

Commuter Student Services will be pairing with Career Development for an hour long session to go over how to build a resume and prepare for a career after college.
Tuesday, September 22

1:00 – 1:50 pm (following the commuter social)

Lower-level of the Boilerhouse
Sponsored by:
Commuter Student Services and Career Development

Student Activities Fair

Tuesday, September 22 

4:30 pm- 6:30 pm

Jefferson Plaza

 The Office of Student Involvement presents its annual Student Activities Fair. With over 70 student organizations on campus, come find the place you can plug in and be involved. Don't forget to check out the deals our vendors offer.

“Dear Lisa:” A Father’s Story about the Impact of Dating Violence

Tuesday, September 22
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Meiley-Swallow Hall, Thrust Theatre
In this presentation, Tom Santoro shares his personal story of losing his daughter to an abusive relationship. Tom provides insights about warning signs of abuse, why someone stays and how to help a loved one. This presentation is part of the FYE workshop series.
Sponsored by
: Dyson Wellness Center

Should I Also Study Business?

Thursday, September 24
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Goldspohn 20
Sponsored by: Economics and Business Division

ACCA Environmental Chemistry Seminar

Every Tuesday evening (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Sponsored by: Chemistry Department

Carlos Andres Gomez - Hispanic Heritage Celebration Keynote

Saturday, September 26
3:00 pm
Meiley-Swallow Hall, Thrust Theatre
Carlos Andres Gomez is an award-winning spoken word poet from New York City. A former social worker in Harlem and the Bronx, and public school teacher in Philadelphia, Carlos has been featured on NPR, TEDx, Upworthy, MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and on Broadway with Savion Glover. Student and Alumni reception at 3pm, keynote at 4pm.
Sponsored by: Multicultural Affairs

“Precious Knowledge” Documentary and Discussion

Monday, September 28
7:00 pm

Upper WAC, Fireside Lounge

Disenfranchised high school seniors become academic warriors and community leaders in Tucson’s embattled Ethnic Studies classes while state lawmakers attempt to eliminate the program.
Sponsored by: Mosaic

Who Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?

Tuesday, September 29
1:00 – 1:50 pm
Upper WAC, Fireside Lounge
Find the place where your head and your heart meet as you explore your life’s purpose and possible career paths.

Sponsored by: FYE, Career Development, and Student Affairs

“Breakaway” for a while

September 29
1:00 – 1:30 pm
Res/Rec 3rd Floor

September 30
5:00 – 5:30 pm
White Activities Center, Fireside Lounge

Come hear about upcoming mission/service trips happening this December Term.
Sponsored by: Breakaway and Ministry & Service

Public Reading from Ophelias by Aida Bahr

Wednesday, September 30
3:00 pm
White Activities Center, Fireside Lounge

Professor Jelena Sanchez will lead a public reading of a selection from Cuban feminist author Aida Bahr’s collection of short stories. Ophelias is a collection of eight stories about women pushed to the edge of insanity and the moments they break and cross over.

Sponsored by: Modern and Classical Languages

Rewriting Memories: A Workshop for Creative Coping

Wednesday, Sept. 30

4 pm

Gathering Room, Kiekhoffer Hall

Students are welcome to join us in exploring writing as a creative technique as well as a way of coping with life's stressors. Join us in Kiekhofer Hall for a safe space to discuss, share and write! This session will focus on discovering your own story & using writing as a coping strategy. 

Sponsored by: The Writing Center and Dyson Wellness Center

African American History and Hollywood: “Birth of a Nation” (1915), the Selma-Montgomery March (1965), and “Selma” (2015)

Thursday, October 1
12:15 – 1:30 pm

Goldspohn 20

Join the History Department to analyze the ways that African American history has been portrayed in Hollywood films. 2015 is the 100-year anniversary of the pro-KKK film "Birth of a Nation" (1915) which was one of Hollywood's first blockbusters. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Selma-Montgomery March (1965), which Hollywood celebrated with the film "Selma" (2015). In addition to examining these films and the historical events they portray, we will discuss the 2015 spring break trip to Selma and Montgomery, Alabama that 20 NCC students took to learn about Civil Rights and African American history.
Sponsored by: History Deptarment

Considering a Health related Career? Start off on the right foot!

Thursday, October 1st
12:00 - 1:00 pm
WAC - Centennial Hall

Part of the Pre-Health Organization meeting, come and learn about what your academics and activities will look like over the next four years. You will also be introduced to the Pre-Health Blackboard group and how to find volunteer opportunities in your field. Snacks will be served.

Sponsored by: Pre-Health Organization

Where Will YOU Go? International Opportunities at NCC

Thursday, October 1

12:00 – 1:00 pm

WAC 10


Wednesday, October 7th

5:00-6:00 PM

Goldspohn 31


Thursday, October 15

1:00 – 2:00 pm

WAC 10

This session will provide an overview of international opportunities at NCC, both on our campus and around the world. We will highlight studying abroad at NCC – D-term, semester and year-long programs – and cover the usual hesitations that students have when deciding if they can study abroad, like funding/scholarships, fitting it into your schedule and still graduating on time, taking classes abroad, being an athlete, not knowing a second language, being homesick and considering your safety, etc. We will also discuss ways to internationalize your NCC experience right here on campus, through involvement in International Club, becoming an international roommate, applying for the Global Perspectives Program, and considering a global major/minor.
Sponsored by: International Programs

Tour of Latin America

Thursday, October 1
7:00 pm

Upper WAC, Centennial Hall

Students from various Latin American countries will host displays celebrating the diversity of cultures in the North Central College community.
Sponsored by: International Club

Erasing the Distance

Monday, October 5
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Meiley-Swallow Hall, Thrust Theatre

Erasing the Distance is a theatrical experience capturing the heartbreak and hope of mental health issues affecting young people.  The presentation features five true stories performed by professional actors.  For this performance, the actors will give heart felt portrayals of young adults who have struggled with substance abuse, who have been affected by dating violence, and of veterans who are transitioning to civilian life.  Due to the nature of the content of these performances, this event may not be suitable for young children.
Sponsored by: Dyson Wellness Center

Action Heros for Globilization

Tuesday, October 6

Smith Hall, Old Main

7:00 – 9:00 PM

A talk about globalization, neoliberalism, and the corporate entertainment industry by Lee Artz, Professor of Media Studies, Purdue-Calumet University, and author of Global Entertainment Media: A Critical Introduction.

Sponsored by: Urban & Suburban Studies and Cultural Events


Thursday, October 8
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Jefferson Lawn
OkSoberFest is an interactive and engaging opportunity for students to socialize, play games, and participate for a chance to win free giveaways all while becoming educated on alcohol use.  There are a variety of activities offered at this year’s OkSoberFest, including: beer goggle and golf cart obstacle courses, dizzy bat relays, raffle prizes, free food, and more.  All are welcome, whether you choose to drink alcohol or not—this is a great opportunity for students who do drink to learn how to do so safely!  This event is targeted toward college-aged students.
Sponsored by: Dyson Wellness Center

Workshop on Arab Stereotypes

Thursday, October 8

Smith Hall, Old Main

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Alex Barna, outreach coordinator for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago, will be on campus to launch our focus on North Africa and the Middle East with this interactive workshop on Arab stereotyping, using examples from Hollywood, the media, and recent history.

Sponsored by: International Programs and Cultural Events

Mosque Alert: A Dramatic Reading

Tuesday, October 20

Madden Theatre, Fine Arts Center

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Playwright Jamil Khoury and members of Chicago’s Silk Road Rising Theatre will perform a reading of Khoury’s groundbreaking new play, set in a fictionalized Naperville, exploring local resistance to the building of a mosque.

Sponsored by: International Programs and Cultural Events

Oxfam Hunger Banquet

Monday, October 26
5:00 pm

Upper WAC, Centennial Hall

At an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, guests randomly draw tickets that assign them to different income levels, based on the number of people living in poverty. As a result, not every guest will leave with a full stomach but all will gain a greater perspective on the root causes of hunger and poverty and feel motivated to do something to help.

Sponsored by: International Programs and Oxfam Club

Study Abroad Fair and Go Away Day

Tuesday, October 27th
11:00 AM -2:00 PM
Upstairs White Activities Center

Study Abroad Fair for faculty and students where they can learn about NCC study abroad programs for 2016-2017.

Sponsored by: International Programs

Unpacking Political Correctness

Tuesday, October 27
7:00 pm
Upper WAC

An interactive, stress-free, informative student panel discussion regarding the current issues of political correctness and microaggressions. All students welcome. Also counts as an FYE workshop for first-year students. Food provided.

Sponsored by: Mosaic