North Central College - Naperville, IL

FYE Workshop Series

Week 1: Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session
Thursday, September 15
Heininger Auditorium in the Larrance Academic Center (LAC)


Fall Term: Academic Advising Pre-registration Workshop
You are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop to learn how to navigate Merlin and select appropriate courses.
Heininger Auditorium in the Larrance Academic Center (LAC)
Date & Time of Workshop:

  • 09/14/2016 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Week One
  • 09/19/2016 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Week Two
  • 09/20/2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Week Two
  • 09/21/2016 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Week Two
  • 09/22/2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Week Two
  • 09/23/2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Week Two
  • 09/28/2016 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Week Three
  • 10/06/2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Week Four
  • 10/13/2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Week Five
  • 10/19/2016 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Week Six
  • 10/27/2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Week Seven
  • 11/03/2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Week Eight 



Fall Term: BURST Workshops: A BURST workshop is an hour-long, multimodal discussion and activity session of an academic strategy. These strategies are presented to increase student success at North Central College. Four workshops will be presented in the fall term, 2016.

1. Building Your Capacity for Rigorous Coursework 
Description: This workshop explores the differences between high school and college through different learning techniques. In high school, most students were engaged in surface learning whereas in college, students must engage in deep learning. By looking at these learning strategies and focusing on Bloom’s Taxonomy, students will engage in activities that teach them ways to go deeper in their studies.
Location: Larrance Academic Center 16
Dates and Times:

  • Sept 13 from 1:00-2:00
  • Sept 14 from 4:00-5:00
  • Sept 15 from 1:00-2:00
  • Sept 28 from 4:00-5:00
  • Oct 18 from 1:00-2:00

2. Reading Comprehension
Description: During this workshop, students will learn a reading method to help them begin integrating material into application and evaluation questions through five easy steps in order to gain more understanding of the content information. In addition, we will learn how to integrate study groups into completing assigned class readings.
Location: Larrance Academic Center 16
Dates and Times:

  • Sept 20 from 1:00-2:00
  • Sept 22 from 1:00-2:00
  • Oct 6 from 1:00-2:00
  • Oct 11 from 1:00-2:00
  • Oct 12 from 4:00-5:00
  • Oct 26 from 4:00-5:00

3. Time Management and Priorities
Description: The number one issue that students face is managing their time well. During this workshop students will learn to prioritize their objectives and structure their time to meet their long-term and short-term goals. Multiple time management strategies will be presented to help students find one that fits their needs.
Location: Larrance Academic Center 16
Dates and Times:

  • Sept 21 from 4:00-5:00
  • Sept 27 from 1:00-2:00
  • Sept 29 from 1:00-2:00
  • Oct 4 from 1:00-2:00
  • Oct 5 from 1:00-2:00
  • Oct 13 from 1:00-2:00


4. Problem Solving for Personality Types

Description: During this workshop students will use a problem-solving strategy in conjunction with their personality styles. By learning their personality strengths and areas of concern, they will learn to stretch themselves to solve problems they are currently facing.

Location: Larrance Academic Center 16

Dates and Times:

  • Oct 19 from 4:00-5:00
  • Oct 20 from 1:00-2:00
  • Oct 25 from 1:00-2:00
  • Oct 27 from 1:00-2:00


Week 2: 6th Annual Fall Festival of Independent Film

Our best crop of films ever. Over 35 of them, mostly shorts and animations, from the U.S. and 13 other countries. More information about the Naperville Independent Film Festival, check out the website here: 
Sunday, September 18 – Friday, September 23
Two sessions at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm (except Thursday and Friday)
Old Main, Smith Hall


Week 2: Student Activities Fair

 The Office of Student Involvement presents its annual Student Activities Fair. With over 70 student organizations on campus, come find the place you can plug in and be involved. Don't forget to check out the deals our vendors offer.
Tuesday, September 20, 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Jefferson Plaza


Week 2: First Year Informational Session for Elementary and Secondary Education Majors
If you are interested in majoring in Elementary or Secondary Education, you are encouraged to attend one of these sessions where you will meet the Education faculty who will review the course you should take in winter and spring terms. The session will also provide important information about the requirements for the Education programs. You are also invited to attend one of the Academic Advising Pre-registration Workshops held throughout the term; see dates above. 
Sept. 22 12:00-1:00
Sept. 22 1:00-2:00
Goldspohn 20
Week Two or Week Three: Workshop for Athletic Training Students
This workshop is for any first-year student who plans to be an Athletic Training major or is considering Athletic Training as a possible major. AT students and faculty will talk about the admissions process, required observation hours, curriculum, courses you need this year, and other related topics.
Thursday, 9/15 from 12:15-1:30 in Res Rec Athletic Training Room
Tuesday, 9/20 from 1:15-1:45 in Res Rec Athletic Training Room

Week 3: Being a BIO Major

This workshop is for any first-year student who plans to be a BIO major or is considering BIO as a possible major. Biology students and faculty will talk about the curriculum, courses you need this year, research, opportunities in the department, how to succeed in biology and what you can do with a biology degree.
Monday, 9/26 from 5-6 p.m. in Science Center 204
Thursday, 9/29 from 1-2 p.m. in Goldsphon 20


Being a BIO Majhis workshop is for any first-year student who plans to be a BIO major 
or is considering BIO as a possible major. Biology students and faculty 
will talk about the curriculum, courses you need this year, research, 
opportunities in the department, how to succeed in biology and what you 
can do with a biology degree.
Monday, 9/26 from 5-6 p.m. in SC204
Thursday, 9/29 from 12-1 p.m. in G20

Week 3: Daughters of Ire

This one woman performance by Savanna Rae, NCC alumna, brings to life the stories of three strong Celtic women who were warriors and queens. Through their stories, Savanna powerfully shows how rape culture continues today, unchanged and passed down from ancient legends.

Monday, September 26th from 6-8pm
Meiley-Swallow Hall, Thrust Theater 


Week 3: Guante'- spoken word artist

Kyle Guante'€ Tran Myhre is a hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist, educator and writer. Whether deconstructing traditional notions of masculinity, challenging dominant narratives related to race and racism, or just telling stories about the different jobs he’s had, Guante strives to push boundaries in terms of both form and substance. We welcome him to North Central College for this powerful evening!

Thursday, September 29 from 5:30-7:00pm
Meiley-Swallow Hall, Thrust Theate


Week 4: OkSoberFest

Come to socialize, play games, and participate for a chance to win free giveaways all while becoming educated on alcohol use and effective bystander intervention. There are a variety of activities offered, including: beer goggle golf cart obstacle courses, dizzy bat relays, raffle prizes, free food, and more!

Thursday, October 6th,  5-7pm
Jefferson Lawn (rain location: ResRec)


Week 4: Islam: Beyond the Headlines 

Move past the fictional depictions and heated rhetoric surround Muslims to discover the reality of practicing Islam in America. Explore real issues including the status of women, the history of Islam in America, and the everyday challenges of Muslims in Illinois and at NCC. Led by Dr. Wioleta Polinska, Professor of Religious Studies and Chairperson of Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Rev. Eric Doolittle, College Chaplain.

Speakers also include Youssef Mekawy and Asma Al-Odanai, students at NCC. The program includes a video on gender roles in Islam.

October 3, 4:00pm

Location: Old Main, Smith Hall


Week 6: Trump Panel

We need to talk about Trump. Our backgrounds and identities affect our decision to vote, but our vote isn't who we are.
Sponsored by Black Student Association, NCC College Republicans and NCC College Democrats

October 18, 7-9pm
White Activites Center, 2nd Floor


Week 6: "Taverns, Mills and the Illinois and Michigan Canal"

Take a step back in time and learn about what this area was like in the 1830s in an illustrated mini-lecture by Professor Ann Keating of the History Department. Pizza will be served. Meet some current history majors and bring any questions you might have about programs, courses, and more.

Friday, October 21, 2016



Week 6: Study Abroad Fair and “Go Away!” Day

This session will provide an overview of international opportunities at NCC, both on our campus and around the world. We will highlight studying abroad at NCC – D-term, semester and year-long programs – and cover the usual hesitations that students have when deciding if they can study abroad, like funding/scholarships, fitting it into your schedule and still graduating on time, taking classes abroad, being an athlete, not knowing a second language, being homesick and considering your safety, etc. We will also discuss ways to internationalize your NCC experience right here on campus, through involvement in International Club, becoming an international roommate, applying for the Global Perspectives Program, and considering a global major/minor.
Sponsored by: International Programs

October 18, 11:00am-2:00pm

Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 2nd Floor 



Fall Term: Globalization: A Contested Concept

Year Three in a Three-Year Series

Globalization in Politics and Business: Talks and Responses

 This final year in our Globalization series opens with a reexamination of what the term means in the world of business and politics. North Central College Professors Muck and Moussetis will focus on how this contested concept affects our understanding of today’s global society.

September 28 7:00pm-9:00pm

Old Main, Smith Hall


Oxfam Hunger Banquet: An Interactive Simulation

We open Anti-Hate Week by continuing our annual tradition of inviting participants to experience and learn from an evening meal that varies according to one’s social status: The very fortunate eat well, the middle classes not as well, the lower classes not well at all. Banquet attendees are assigned to one of these classes at the door, taking on roles of particular people from all over the world. Closing conversations will challenge us to reflect on waste, privilege, food distribution and ways to address these issues here on campus.

October 17, 6:00-8:00pm

Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 2nd Floor 

“They Call Me Q”

 Qurrat Ann Kadwani, the first South Asian woman to have a solo play produced Off-Broadway, presents her story in “They Call Me Q” of a girl from Bombay. She grows up in New York City, balancing her desires to remain Indian and to become accepted into American culture. Ms. Kadwani recreates 13 characters that influence her journey as she shapes her own identity as an immigrant.

October 19, 7:00-9:00pm

Madden Theatre

“Mosque Alert”

North Central College student actors present their own production of this acclaimed drama written by Jamil Khoury, cofounder of Chicago’s Silk Road Rising theater company, and directed by Carin Silkaitis associate professor of theatre. Set in a fictional Naperville, “Mosque Alert” was previewed in a dramatic reading on campus last fall. It chronicles the story of the town’s struggle with the request of its Muslim community to build a mosque in its downtown.

October 27, 28, 29, 7:30pm

October 30, 4:00pm

Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall (Adults $10, Students $8) 


International Roundtable Lunch

 We close this fall’s schedule of events with our annual tribute to the cultures of several of our international students, who will speak about the effects of globalization in their own country. This year they will focus on issues of waste and explain how their home countries encourage and monitor the use of natural resources like food and water. Students enjoy an international buffet without charge. Faculty, staff and community members pay a $5 admission charge. All proceeds go to international scholarship funds.

November 15, Noon-2:00pm

Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 2nd Floor


Department of Leadership, Ethics and Values
NSLS Workshops/Events

NSLS (the National Society of Leadership Success): a national organization whose motto is “Building leaders who make a better world.” This is NSLS’ second year on campus. Our goal is to help North Central students develop as citizens, community members and leaders. The line-up of featured speakers will be released soon, but past presenters include John Maxwell, Arianna Huffington, Deepak Chopra, Robert Gates and Arne Duncan.


October 4th 6-7:30pm NSLS Speaker Broadcast (Upper WAC- Fireside)
Dolvet Quince- Celebrity Trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser
Speaking Points: Overcoming childhood challenges & Power of positive thinking to improve overall wellness

October 14th 4:30-6pm NSLS Speaker Rebroadcast (Upper WAC- Fireside)
Dolvet Quince- Celebrity Trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser

October 18th 6-7:30pm NSLS Speaker Broadcast (LAC- Heininger Auditorium)
Leigh Anne Tuohy- Inspiration and story behind New York Times #1 best-seller and movie, The Blind Side.
Speaking Points: Recognizing the full potential of individuals in their community & Finding value in those who society has deemed “valueless”


November 9th 6-7:30pm NSLS Speaker Broadcast (Upper WAC- Fireside)
Andy Cohen- Emmy and Peabody Award Winner, New York Times best-selling author, Host and Executive Producer of “Watch What Happens: Live.”
Speaking Points: Landing your dream job & Following your passion and taking calculated risks

November  10th 12-2pm NSLS Speaker Rebroadcast (LAC- Classroom 5)
Leigh Anne Tuohy- Inspiration and story behind New York Times #1 best-seller and movie, “The Blind Side.”

November 17th 12-2pm NSLS Speaker Rebroadcast (LAC- Classroom 16)