North Central College - Naperville, IL

Students partner with local school to create learning gardens for children

North Central College’s Enactus is partnering with Lowe’s Naperville home improvement retail store to create learning gardens for a community childhood center.

North Central College’s student organization Enactus is partnering with employee volunteers at Lowe’s Naperville home improvement retail store to create learning gardens for a community childhood center.

Early-bird holiday shopping at NCC’s Best store

Enactus (formerly SIFE) will hold its NCC’s Best Fair Trade Open House, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Nov. 15-16 and 23 at the 116 S. Brainard House.

NCC’s Best, the business arm of North Central College’s Enactus (formerly SIFE), will hold its Week 10 NCC’s Best Fair Trade Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15-16, inside the 116 S. Brainard House.

Both holiday and every-occasion shoppers are welcome to stop by, browse and purchase products from an inventory of organic, certified green, certified fair trade and direct-trade items, including coffee and various crafts produced in Central American and African countries.

Among the many items for purchase are:

North Central College students make big presentation to corporate executives

A group of North Central College students recently experienced what it’s like to make an important presentation in front of corporate executives.

A group of North Central College students recently experienced what it’s like to make an important presentation in front of corporate executives from all over the world.

SIFE named national finalist for work on garden project

Competing team members at SIFE National Exposition in Kansas City
North Central College’s SIFE is named a Top 5 National Finalist for its work in the SIFE Lowe’s Community Improvement Challenge and awarded monetary prize.

The North Central College Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was recognized as a Top 5 National Finalist for its work in the SIFE Lowe’s Community Improvement Challenge. The project partnership was open to all SIFE USA colleges and universities, or approximately 800 schools. North Central’s SIFE was one of 35 schools that received a grant to take part in the community improvement project. Five schools were selected as national finalists and each was awarded a $5,000 prize.

SIFE named regional champion, qualifies for nationals

SIFE faculty advisors Clifton, Nicholson, Krystal, Thalmann (not pictured)
North Central College’s SIFE team is named regional champion and qualifies to compete at nationals after presenting projects to business leaders.

After participating in the SIFE Regional Competition in Chicago on April 16, North Central College’s SIFE team was named a regional champion and qualified to compete in the SIFE USA National Exposition May 22-24 in Kansas City. Some 65 teams competed at the Chicago regional event.

North Central partners with Lowe’s to create garden for needy residents

Students work to clear the land before building garden beds
North Central College’s SIFE and employee volunteers at Lowe’s join forces to create a self-sustaining, organic community garden for immigrant residents.

North Central College’s Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) joined forces with employee volunteers at Lowe’s Naperville home improvement retail store to create a self-sustaining, organic garden for immigrant residents associated with the nonprofit Emmanuel House CDC.

D-Term offers special activities on campus, around the world

Students on 2010 study abroad course to France
North Central College’s D-Term offers students range of opportunities—from travel to service to academics and more—to enhance their educational experiences.

Nov. 29, 2011—During North Central College’s D-Term—a three-week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas—students have a wide range of opportunities to choose from to enhance and expand their educational experiences. Opportunities range from service to academic to travel and intramural sports, and locations span from across the country to overseas to the Chicago area and campus.  

SIFE holds gift fair on campus after Thanksgiving

SIFE Fair Trade Friday gift fair Nov. 25-26
Fair Trade Friday, SIFE’s annual alternative gift fair, will be open after Thanksgiving Nov. 25-26 and in time for the holiday shopping season.

Fair Trade Friday, the North Central College Students In Free Enterprise’s (SIFE) fourth annual alternative gift fair, will be open after Thanksgiving Nov. 25 and 26 and in time for the holiday shopping season.

Convenient shopping hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26, at the red brick house at 116 S. Brainard St.—home of North Central’s faculty offices for anthropology, sociology and the Division of Human Thought and Behavior. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.

Exploring cultures, sharing opportunities

Katlyn Garris works molten glass as Ramson Lomatewama provides feedback.
SIFE students gain an appreciation for Hopi art while exploring new products for campus sales.

Three students who are active in Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) recently visited the Hopi School near the Grand Canyon in Arizona to learn more about Hopi art and build relationships that could result in the sale of products on campus.  Arlinda Bajrami ’12, Katelyn Garris ’12, and Raine Tagare ’12, along with Matt Krystal, assistant professor of anthropology, and Gerald Thalman, associate professor of accounting, also helped dig a trench for electrical cable to power a new glassblowing studio.

Gary Ernst receives emeritus status after long career

Retiring after 25 years on North Central’s faculty, Gary Ernst is named Professor of International Business and Marketing Emeritus at Commencement.

July 8, 2011—Retiring after 25 years on North Central College’s faculty, Gary Ernst was named Professor of International Business and Marketing Emeritus during the College’s 2011 Commencement exercises on June 11.

In conferring Ernst’s emeritus status, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty R. Devadoss Pandian said, “(Gary Ernst) … has served this institution with honor and distinction for 25 years. In his retirement, the College will miss an outstanding teacher, committed citizen and a wonderful colleague.”

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