North Central College - Naperville, IL

Students in The Physics of Music learn to apply science principles to their music

Students in The Physics of Music course are challenged to create and tune a flute while applying science principles to music.

A white PVC pipe, a newly drilled hole and a cork—somehow these simple materials and some careful blowing should produce a perfectly tuned musical note, G4. But even the most talented musicians were challenged by this exercise as they carefully crafted simple flutes in a course called The Physics of Music. They were learning and applying physics principles behind sound and pitch.

“I play violin and this is a lot harder,” says Joy Pelikan ’18, who plays in the College’s String Ensemble. “But it’s been really interesting to learn more about sound.”

Paul Simon Award recognizes North Central’s comprehensive international programs

National award brings prestigious recognition to North Central’s internationalization of campus over 20 years.

North Central College is one of five institutions nationwide to receive a 2015 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.

North Central College expands investment in energy-saving LED lighting

North Central College has expanded its commitment to sustainability by investing more than $200,000 to replace old fixtures with energy-efficient LED lighting.

North Central College has expanded its commitment to sustainability by investing more than $200,000 to replace old fixtures with energy-efficient LED lighting.

The most recent upgrades to lighting in the College’s geothermal-controlled, LEED-certified Residence Hall/Recreation Center and in the Harold and Eva White Activities Center are estimated to save the College an additional $35,000 annually in electricity costs. The projects are supported by a $67,989 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation's Energy Efficiency Lighting Upgrade Program.

World-class vocalist works with North Central College music students in master class

Lyric soprano Sarah Wolfson instructs a student
North Central College voice students experienced hands-on instruction from lyric soprano Sarah Wolfson during a master class in Wentz Concert Hall.

Music students appreciate having a fresh pair of ears critique their performances, especially when they are the ears of a world-class artist.

North Central College voice students experienced hands-on instruction from lyric soprano Sarah Wolfson during a master class on the stage of the College’s acoustically magnificent Wentz Concert Hall. The 90-minute session Feb. 5 covered topics ranging from physical techniques that improve sound to using facial expressions to advance narratives created by composers.

North Central College named to Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service

Junior/Senior Scholars
North Central College has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

North Central College has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve significant outcomes. North Central College was honored for engaging students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

Presenters to share ideas about social impact Feb. 13 at TEDxNorthCentralCollege

Presenters will share ideas about sustainable social impact Feb. 13 at the first TEDxNorthCentralCollege Conference.

Experts will engage audience members with presentations about sustainable social impact Feb. 13 when North Central College hosts its first TEDx Conference.

Student ensembles to perform with DuPage Symphony Feb. 6-7 at North Central College

The North Central College Concert Choir
The North Central College Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale will present Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra Feb. 6-7.

The North Central College Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale will present Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra Feb. 6-7.

The "Gallic Glory" concerts begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $35/adults, $31/senior citizens and $17/students; call the North Central College Box Office 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Jan. 30 Snow Bowl fundraiser to benefit Tyson Education Curriculum Resource Center

The fifth annual Snow Bowl Jan. 30 at Brunswick Zone XL in Naperville will benefit the Dr. Lora L. Tyson Education Curriculum Resource Center.

The fifth annual Snow Bowl to benefit North Central College's Dr. Lora L. Tyson Education Curriculum Resource Center will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Brunswick Zone XL, 1515 W. Aurora Ave., Naperville.

Academics without borders

Heidi Brick
North Central's commitment to interdisciplinary studies has served alumni and students, who combine their interests for professional, personal fulfillment.

Unique combinations of majors, minors, research and travel are among the hallmarks of a North Central College education. A commitment to the philosophy of interdisciplinary studies that began in the 1970s continues to serve our alumni and students, who’ve combined their unique interests and studies for professional and personal fulfillment.

State honors North Central College for its commitment to sustainable practices

North Central College is the first suburban Chicago school to achieve gold status through the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

North Central College’s commitment to environmentally friendly practices has earned gold-level recognition through the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

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