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North Central College introduces new academic program in film and screen studies

 Judy Brodhead, associate professor of English, coordinator of cultural events
North Central College’s new minor in film and screen studies is designed to complement numerous majors and prepare students for a variety of careers.

North Central College’s new minor in film and screen studies is designed to complement numerous majors and prepare students for a variety of careers.

“Film and screen studies will help students build transferable critical-thinking skills,” says Lisa Long, professor of English and chair of the College’s Division of Arts and Letters. “It will draw upon traditional theory but help students develop the visual literacy needed in today’s world.”

Wis is guest conductor and clinician with area high school ensembles

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts
Ramona Wis—North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, professor of music & director of choral activities—was guest conductor and clinician.

Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, professor of music and director of choral activities, was guest conductor for the District 211 Honors Choir Festival held April 9 and 11 in Palatine. She also was guest clinician for two Windy City Classic Music festivals.

Wis rehearsed the 85-member honors choir, comprised of selected singers from Conant, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Schaumburg and Fremd high schools, for two days and conducted the final evening performance on April 11 at Palatine High School.

Two North Central College students earn Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships

Kristin Rose '15, left, and Heidi Nelson '15
Two students who will graduate from North Central College this year have been awarded prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA).

Two students who will graduate from North Central College this year have been awarded prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA).

The latest Fulbright honors for Heidi Nelson ’15 of Carol Stream and Kristin Rose ’15 of Joliet are the 10th and 11th Fulbright awards earned by North Central College students and alumni. North Central College has been recognized as among the U.S. colleges and universities that produce the highest number of Fulbright recipients for 2014-2015 international exchanges.

Princeton Review rates North Central College among nation’s “greenest” colleges

Baily Gorey '15
North Central College is included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition.”

North Central College’s commitment to sustainability is being recognized with inclusion in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition.”

Registration is underway for summer credit courses at North Central College

Registration is underway for summer courses at North Central, offering students from any college or university the opportunity to earn transferable credits.

Registration is underway for summer courses at North Central College, offering students from any college or university the opportunity to earn transferable credits.

A variety of undergraduate and graduate-level courses may be applied toward graduation requirements at a student’s home institution. Classes begin June 15 and continue through Aug. 7.

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 sets record in number of students, proposals at national conference

Abigail Van Hook '15
With a record number of students and accepted presentations to NCUR, North Central College has the most accepted proposals of any college in Illinois.

North Central College will send a record 59 students to the 29th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) to be held April 16-18 at the Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.

NCUR is an interdisciplinary conference where students representing universities and colleges from around the world share their research and creative works in oral, poster and performance/visual arts presentations. Some 391 academic institutions will participate in this year’s NCUR gathering of young scholars.

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