Student Awards and Achievements
Student Journalists Earn Awards at ICPA Convention
North Central College student journalists earned three awards during the 30th annual Illinois College Press Association (ICPA) convention.
North Central’s student-run newspaper, The Chronicle, received three awards in a division for schools with enrollment of fewer than 4,000 students. Rachael Hilton '13 of Naperville, an English/journalism major, earned a third-place honor in the Feature Story category. Former Chronicle editor Rebecca Creamer, a 2012 graduate, received the third-place spot in the Non-Sports Column category. Staff writers and editors of The Chronicle earned an honorable mention in the General Excellence category.
North Central College Student Reads at Chicago's Citywide Poetry Festival
North Central College student Emily Schmidt participated in the 13th annual Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival in Chicago held April 5 at Columbia College Chicago. The festival featured the talents of 12 poets from Chicago-area colleges and universities who read their own original works. Participating institutions included DePaul University, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.
"Eventually, I want to be a college professor-- I have so much respect and admiration for the professors I've had at North Central, and I would love to be able to help students the way they've helped me,” said Schmidt.
Emily is a senior double majoring in English and theatre. At North Central she has served as a tutor in the EDGE structured study program and in 2009 was honored with the Mark A. Reid Freshman Leadership Award, which is awarded to the first-year student who exemplifies characteristics of leadership, cooperation and care for others. Emily plans to pursue writing studies in graduate school.
“Emily is a writer of Mark Twain-esque wit, warmth, wisdom and vision,” said Zachary Michael Jack, associate professor of English. “Experiencing her work, whether poetry, fiction or sketch comedy, is consistently a pleasure.”
“This festival is such an amazing opportunity because it is unlike any other. As the only intercollegiate poetry festival in the Midwest, it truly is one of a kind.” said Schmidt.
Martin Luther King Creative Writing Contest Winner 2011
Wendy Coleman's, Love is Power, poem took first prize in this year's Martin Luther King Writing Contest. The annual contest honors Reverend King by recognizing and rewarding creative essays, poems, rap, lyrics, written speeches, creative non-fiction or other written genres.
"When I was thinking about the theme 'Strength to Love' I was struck by the fact that, while love is astonishingly, transformatively powerful, it can also be very difficult to be a loving person. It's a contact struggle both in daily life and in extremem circumstances -- but I know it's worth it."
Wendy Coleman '12
25th National Conference for Undergraduate Research 2011
In 2011, 31 North Central proposals were accepted for presentation at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR). "This is an extraordinary and historic achievement for North Central's students and their faculty mentors--one that reflects a growing "culture of inquiry" and our strategic plan's commitment to expand faculty-student-staff collaboration, including undergraduate research," Dr. Perry Hamalis, Director of the Office of Academic Opportunities.
A Tense Situation: The Persuasiveness of Aristotle's Tenses in Rhetoric to Control an Argument - Erin Martin '12 Literature