North Central College - Naperville, IL

Winter term contemplative series begins Jan. 12

The department of religious studies invites the campus community to join its contemplative events, including Catholic, Jewish and mindfulness meditations.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to join the department of religious studies for its winter series of events that focus on the contemplative dimension of human experience.

The mindfulness meditations take place Thursdays, Jan. 12, 26 and Feb. 9. The Catholic meditation is set for Tuesday, Jan. 31, and the Jewish meditation will meet Thursday, Feb. 23. All events take place from 4 to 5 p.m. in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center. Short presentations by practitioners from diverse traditions will be following by optional contemplative exercises.

Lauren Wallem

As a religious studies major, “You think deeply about some really big issues of life, faith and worldview. I can think of no better place to do that than at North Central College,” says Lauren. “Even if you don’t have a religious tradition, the knowledge gained in this field is so diverse that the possibilities for its application are endless.”

A standout in academics and service, Lauren was chosen as Outstanding Major in Religious Studies, conducted research about the Native American nations and presented her findings at Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research. She was involved with a music worship group performing at the College’s weekly Focus services, served as co-president of the United Methodist Student Organization and repaired homes for Habitat for Humanity.

Her studies exposed her to various theological perspectives, she says. “I can step into graduate school with confidence that I got a well-rounded education beyond my own faith tradition.”

Lauren was accepted to the master of divinity program at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

1960 Martin Luther King visit inspired students to activism

Throughout its 150-year history North Central College has demonstrated its commitment to the principles of equality and nonviolence.

During January, North Central College celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a week of events and activities. As part of a yearlong celebration of its Sesquicentennial, the College’s 2012 observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Week is particularly significant.

Men vs. Wild: A Leadership Retreat

Leadership expedition
A D-Term adventure to Northern Wisconsin tested the mettle of 13 male students as part of a leadership retreat.

A D-Term adventure to Northern Wisconsin tested the mettle of 13 male students, who spent a night camping in the frigid wilderness as part of a leadership retreat. The three-night adventure, called “Men vs. Wild: A Men’s Leadership Expedition,” encouraged the participants to explore their life’s mission, spirituality and leadership capabilities while discussing themes like self-awareness and purpose and calling.

Samantha Nutt to address 2012 Blue Key National Conference at North Central

Humanitarian Samantha Nutt will address honors students from across the nation Jan. 13 when North Central College hosts the 2012 Blue Key National Conference.

Humanitarian Samantha Nutt, an authority on how war impacts civilians, will address honors students from across the nation Jan. 13 when North Central College hosts the 2012 Blue Key National Conference.

The Blue Key Honor Society recognizes college students at senior institutions of higher education for balanced and all-around excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Nearly 120 students are expected to participate in the three-day national conference Jan. 13-15.

James Will named to North Central College’s Wall of Witness

North Central College is honoring James Will of Arlington Heights by adding his name to the College’s Wall of Witness.

This is the fifth of five weekly installments profiling individuals who will receive Alumni Awards & Recognition on Nov. 11 during North Central College’s Sesquicentennial Homecoming Celebration.

Nov. 1, 2011—North Central College is honoring James Will of Arlington Heights by adding his name to the College’s Wall of Witness.

North Central College honors Ryan Dowd with Alumni Recognition Award

North Central College is honoring Ryan Dowd, executive director of Hesed House in Aurora, with its 2011 Alumni Recognition Award.

This is the fourth of five weekly installments profiling individuals who will receive Alumni Awards & Recognition on Nov. 11 during North Central College’s Sesquicentennial Homecoming Celebration.

Oct. 25, 2011—North Central College is honoring Ryan Dowd of Aurora with its 2011 Alumni Recognition Award.

Human rights expert-advocate to give talk Oct. 13 at North Central College

Alexander Wilde
North Central College kicks off yearlong focus on human rights with lecture by Woodrow Wilson Scholar and human rights advocate Alexander Wilde Oct. 13.

North Central College welcomes human rights advocate Alexander Wilde, a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., to its campus Oct. 13 for a free lecture on human rights.

Wilde will present “Religious Wellsprings of Human Rights: Latin America” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the College’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville.

Polinska gives talk at international humanities conference

Wioleta Polinska, professor of religious studies
Wioleta Polinska, professor of religious studies, gave a presentation, “Engaging Religious Diversity: Towards a Pedagogy of Mindful Contemplation,” in Spain.

Wioleta Polinska, professor of religious studies and chair of philosophy and religious studies, gave a presentation titled “Engaging Religious Diversity: Towards a Pedagogy of Mindful Contemplation” at the Ninth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities at the Universidad de Granada in Granada, Spain. Held June 8-11, the annual conference explores key issues in the humanities and welcomes scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines and professional areas who recognize the essential role the humanities must play in today's society.

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