North Central College - Naperville, IL

Addition of solar thermal panels raises College to new level of ‘green’

North Central College advances mission to introduce renewable technologies and integrate sustainability initiatives by adding solar thermal panels to New Hall.

North Central College’s mission to integrate sustainability into all facets of campus life reached another milestone this week with the installation of state-of-the-art, solar thermal panels to its newest residence hall.

Biology major Ed Hedborn ’70 surveys trees at the Morton Arboretum to determine peak color

Ed Hedborn ’70 studies the seasonal color at Morton Arboretum to share information with the media and public visitors

Virtually every Chicago media outlet considers Ed Hedborn ’70 their go-to guy for all things trees. Need to learn about the Emerald Ash Borer? Ed’s your man. Wondering when the fall colors will be at their peak? Call Ed.

Hedborn is manager of plant records at the 1,700-acre Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL, located about 10 minutes from the North Central campus. The arboretum is home to more than 222,000 live plants from around the world.

Brent Gaither earns Outstanding Major in Biology Award

Brent Gaither ’15
Brent Gaither ’15 received the Outstanding Major in Biology Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Brent Gaither, son of Donald and Kimberly Gaither of Powder Springs, Ga., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Biology Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

Brent graduated in June from North Central College as a biology major with minors in bioinformatics and environmental studies. He is a graduate of Medina High School in Medina, Ohio.

New faculty dean Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola has vision for building on success

Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola
No “status quo” with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola.

Talking with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola, there are a few words you won’t hear—like “status quo.” He pursued the position as leader of academic affairs knowing that his challenge will be to elevate the reputation of the faculty and academic programs, which in quality far exceeds similar and better-known institutions. It’s a goal that excites him.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of first-year students

First-years cheer at a pep rally Sept. 9
North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

“The Class of 2019 is truly an impressive result in a competitive recruiting marketplace,” says North Central College President Troy Hammond.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central among America’s Best Colleges for 22nd year

North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to U.S. News & World Report.

North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

Community garden flourishes in new location

Faculty, staff, students and community members get their hands dirty to help maintain the community garden, now located at Chicago Avenue.

North Central’s organic community garden has a new home on Chicago Avenue. The recent move from the Loomis Street location was necessary for construction of the new Science Center.

Faculty, staff, students and community members have been caretakers of the campus’s community garden since its start in 2010. They are eligible to maintain one or more of the 26 garden plots and the plots maintained by Chartwells produce fresh produce for Kaufman.

Sustainability efforts continue on campus with Project Move Out 2015

The third year of Project Move Out has taken strides since the Sustainability Office implemented a recycling and donation program for the College campus.

North Central College has continued to press on with its campus-wide sustainability efforts. After the third year of implementing Project Move Out from the residence halls at the end of the academic year, the College and its student residents helped contribute to the reduction of waste in landfills.  

Summer researchers build comprehensive tree database that will serve multiple purposes

A joint student-faculty-sustainability research project seeks to catalog and manage the trees on the College’s 65-acre campus.

A research team of “tree geeks” spent the summer getting to know all the trees that adorn the North Central College campus. It took four weeks for them to identify all the species, measure each circumference, tag each with a number for future reference and assign GPS coordinates to the location.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2015 Great College To Work For

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education  has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

North Central College is among just 86 institutions nationwide recognized in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace. The recognition is based on results of surveys of more than 44,000 employees at 281 colleges and universities.

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