North Central College - Naperville, IL

Hailey Simmons

As a first-year student, Hailey helped North Central’s forensics team establish new school records. She credits her early success to her professors, who instilled confidence in her the moment she arrived on campus.

“I’ve met inspirational leaders who believe in my ability to achieve higher goals than I ever could’ve imagined for myself,” she says. “The speech program at North Central makes me feel capable of moving mountains with my voice, which is something I never thought I’d be capable of.”

Hailey enjoys having professors and teammates to turn to whenever a new challenge arises.

“There are highly respected figures in the speech program who will go out of their way to help you with literally anything you need. They genuinely want you to succeed,” she says. “These are the people you want to keep in your life as long as possible.”

Hailey plans to combine her speech communication degree with international business or global studies.

New North Central College students discover possibilities during Orientation

Hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College during Orientation.

During summer 2013 Orientation sessions, hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College.

From study abroad courses to athletic teams to clubs and organizations, Orientation serves to inform students about options so they can begin to plan their years of study and make the most of their experience at North Central College.

Summer research students to discuss scholarly work during Aug. 1 poster session

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

The SURC poster session takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in Smith Hall of Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. (The session previously was scheduled to take place in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center). Most of the 40 students who participated in the 2013 SURC will be present.

Macek presents papers at international conferences

Steve Macek, associate professor of speech communication
Steve Macek, North Central College associate professor of speech communication, presented papers at two international conferences in England.

Steve Macek, North Central College associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, presented papers at two conferences in England.

Big names coming to North Central College for 2013-2014 Fine and Performing Arts Season

Blood, Sweat & Tears
North Central College’s 2013-2014 Fine and Performing Arts Season offers chances to see many big-name entertainers in intimate settings.

North Central College’s 2013-2014 Fine and Performing Arts Season offers chances to see many big-name entertainers in intimate settings.

David DePino earns Outstanding Student in Forensics Award

David DePino received the Outstanding Student in Forensics Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

David DePino, son of Davida and Mark DePino, of Wheaton, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Student in Forensics Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

A graduating senior, David has a double major in speech communication and history at North Central College. He is a graduate of Wheaton North High School.

Macek’s op-ed receives wide syndication

Steve Macek, associate professor of speech communication
Steve Macek, North Central College associate professor of speech communication, authors syndicated op-ed about cyber-security bill in U.S. Congress.

Steve Macek, North Central College associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, authored an opinion piece, titled “Let’s not sacrifice our privacy on the altar of cyber security,” that has been picked up by various news outlets, from The Naperville Sun and Columbus Dispatch, to outlets in San Diego, Brooklyn, Texas, Kentucky and more. The piece was syndicated by the American Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that works to encourage more citizen debate on important societal issues.

Mark White earns Outstanding Major in Communication Award

Mark White received the Outstanding Major in Communication Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Mark White, son of Mary and Steven White, of North Aurora, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Communication Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Mark has a double major in speech communication and psychology at North Central College. He is a graduate of Aurora West High School.

Google spotlights recent North Central College graduate in video about internships

Kitt Vanderwater, a Google employee and 2012 graduate of North Central College, is featured in a Google video about its internship opportunities.

Kitt Vanderwater, a Google employee and 2012 graduate of North Central College, is featured in a Google video about its internship opportunities.

North Central College presents student-directed drama “A Story of Us” May 23-25

North Central College presents the student-written and -directed drama “A Story of Us,” a narrative about relationships.

North Central College presents the student-written and -directed drama “A Story of Us,” a narrative about relationships.

Three performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. May 23-25 in North Central College’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

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