North Central College - Naperville, IL

Gregory Garofalo

While rehabilitating from a severe knee injury, Gregory found himself admiring those who brought him back to health.

“I finally figured out what I was meant to do with my life: become an athletic trainer,” he says. “So I ended the job I had and went back to school at age 30 to chase my goal.”

For such a hands-on job, Gregory knew he needed hands-on experience. He practiced classroom skills alongside certified staff for the College’s sports teams.

“The staff and professors consistently put the students in situations where they can learn,” he says. “These opportunities have made a huge difference in how my confidence has grown as an athletic training student.”

Gregory gained experience as a summer intern for a minor league baseball team and aspires to work with elite athletes at the collegiate level.

“The faculty ensures they are putting quality athletic trainers into the workforce. They want to see us succeed and they are dedicated to giving us all the necessary tools to do so.” 

Micaela Sanchez earns Outstanding Major in Athletic Training Award

Micaela Sanchez
Micaela Sanchez was awarded the Outstanding Major in Athletic Training Award during North Central College’s 2014 Honors Convocation.

Micaela Sanchez, daughter of Edward and Linda Sanchez of Chicago, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Athletic Training Award during Honors Convocation May 13 at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

A senior, Micaela is majoring in athletic training with a minor in psychology at North Central College. She is a graduate of Jones College Prep.

Head athletic trainer Sara Koski brings expertise, experience to North Central College

Head athletic trainer Sara Koski teaches students through experience, initiates unique injury-treatment protocol.

Sara Koski, North Central’s head athletic trainer, has only been on the job for about six months but her experience teaching and mentoring students and expertise in concussion treatment has brought fresh knowledge to the College’s athletic department.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

WONC student broadcasters claim eight trophies at state contest

Oliver Hall, home of WONC-FM 89.1
Several student broadcasters representing WONC-FM won eight student Silver Dome Awards—three are first-place—from Illinois Broadcasters Association.

Several student broadcasters representing WONC-FM 89.1, North Central College’s student-run station, attended the annual Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) 2013 Student Silver Dome Awards, held Sept. 13 at Illinois State University in Normal.

WONC had received eight nominations in the state contest and took home eight awards, claiming three first-place, three second-place and two third-place trophies. Illinois colleges and universities of all sizes with radio/TV programs are eligible to compete.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

Brandon Townsend '05

Brandon Townsend was hired as head coach for the Millikin Big Blue baseball program. “I’m thrilled about this opportunity and excited to get back to the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin,” he said. “My family is happy to be joining the Millikin family and I look forward to developing relationships with the Big Blue student-athletes, the Millikin campus community, alumni and the local baseball community.” He earned his master’s degree in athletic administration from California University in Pennsylvania and is a certified performance enhancement specialist.

Alumna's family scrapbook unveils ancestors’ deep connections to North Central College

Caitlin Schlorff recently discovered a scrapbook that revealed a fourth generation of her family’s connections to North Central College.

Caitlin “Cait” Neuman ’11 Schlorff recalls the moment when a simple request by her grandmother suddenly unearthed a treasure trove of her ancestors’ deep connections to North Central College.

They were at the family’s cabin near Eagle River, Wis., when Cait’s grandmother, Bonnie Erffmeyer ’54 McLaughlin, asked her to retrieve something from a closet. That’s where Cait discovered a scrapbook created by her maternal great-grandfather.

“My grandma had me looking for a hummingbird feeder and this scrapbook was on the top shelf,” she recalls.

A new look, a new atmosphere in Gregory Arena

For the 2013-2014 Cardinal athletics season, Gregory Arena in Merner Field House has new retractable bleachers, providing 600 additional seats.

Spectators at North Central College home basketball, volleyball and wrestling contests will be treated to a greatly improved atmosphere inside Gregory Arena at Merner Field House. A series of upgrades are in the works with the goal of creating an improved experience for teams and fans alike.

With the arena’s running track receiving far less use after the opening of the Residence Hall/Recreation Center, the College took advantage of the opportunity to install retractable spectator seating on the first floor of Gregory Arena.

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.

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