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North Central hosts 2012 Blue Key National Conference

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More than 100 students from across the country traveled to North Central College for the 2012 Blue Key National Conference, which took place Jan. 13-14.

The students represented 13 different colleges and universities, ranging from the University of Portland in Oregon to Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Over the course of the conference, students had the opportunity to participate in a vast array of activities.

Naomi Smith

Naomi added classical civilization to her English writing major to prepare for a career in the publishing industry.

She says her most memorable college experience, she says, was traveling to Rome for a D-Term study abroad course. “I was able to experience the places I had been learning about, and it made the Latin language and ancient Roman culture come alive.”

Naomi was attracted to North Central because of its financial aid and proximity to public transportation. “Availability of financial aid and on-campus jobs were overwhelmingly helpful. And I wanted a place with easy access to public transit for visits home and access to a range of internship opportunities. North Central had these with small-town charm and nearby downtown Naperville.”

Named the Outstanding Major in Classical Civilization, Naomi says, “Coming to North Central has been one of the best decisions of my life. The faculty, staff and student body create a great community that’s very welcoming and caring.

Samantha Nutt to address 2012 Blue Key National Conference at North Central

Humanitarian Samantha Nutt will address honors students from across the nation Jan. 13 when North Central College hosts the 2012 Blue Key National Conference.

Humanitarian Samantha Nutt, an authority on how war impacts civilians, will address honors students from across the nation Jan. 13 when North Central College hosts the 2012 Blue Key National Conference.

The Blue Key Honor Society recognizes college students at senior institutions of higher education for balanced and all-around excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Nearly 120 students are expected to participate in the three-day national conference Jan. 13-15.

Students and faculty collaborate to identify ancient remains

Amanda Marolf ’13, anthropology major studying archaeological remains
North Central College students have been chipping away at archaeological remains from an ancient fortress in Jordan, in cooperation with the Field Museum.

During fall term, nine students have been chipping away at archaeological remains as part of their course work in Archaeology in Jordan SOA 390, a new class based on original research conducted by Edward Maher, lecturer in anthropology and the classics.

Student Emily Rademaker named North Central College 2011 Lincoln Laureate

Emily Rademaker, 2011 Lincoln Laureate
North Central College faculty chose senior Emily Rademaker as this year’s Lincoln Laureate for her excellence in academics and co-curricular involvement.

Nov. 11, 2011—Emily Rademaker of Cary, Ill., has been named North Central College’s 2011 Lincoln Laureate, an annual award that honors outstanding seniors at four-year degree-granting institutions in Illinois. North Central College faculty selected Rademaker as the College’s top senior for her excellence in curricular and co-curricular activities.

Governor Pat Quinn presented Rademaker with a medallion, certificate of achievement and a check for $500 on Nov. 6 at the House of Representatives in Springfield.

Sesquicentennial exhibit highlights items from North Central College collections

The Sesquicentennial exhibit includes a letter written by Abraham Lincoln.
As part of its Sesquicentennial Celebration North Central College will host an exhibit to display prized artifacts from its Oesterle Library collections.

Oct. 11, 2011—As part of its Sesquicentennial Celebration North Central College will host an exhibit to display prized artifacts from its Oesterle Library collections, including items signed by U.S. presidents and other historical figures.

Japan disasters alter students’ plans

Life in Japan is gradually returning to normal for North Central student Ereka Funkhouser ’12.

Funkhouser, who’s majoring in Japanese and classical civilization, studies abroad at Iwate University in Morioka, a town of about 300,000 located in the Iwate Prefecture. She was shaken by the March 11 earthquake, but her school, 40 miles from the coast, was not directly impacted by the devastating tsunami. “The coastline was really decimated by the tsunami, but Morioka’s own earthquake damage was minimal,” she said in mid-April.

Student in Japan shares story with local media

Student in Japan shares story with local media

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With the six North Central students who were studying in Japan during the earthquake and tsunami safely accounted for, some are beginning to share their stories with media. Erica Funkhouser ’12 spoke via Skype to Chicago’s ABC7 TV on Tuesday, March 15. Funkhouser, a Japanese and classical civilization major, is studying at Iwate University in Morioka, Japan, in the Iwate Prefecture about an hour from the earthquake’s epicenter.



Hamalis contributes four articles to encyclopedia

Perry Hamalis, associate professor of religious studies, contributed four articles to the new reference, “The Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity.”

Perry Hamalis, associate professor of religious studies and director of Office of Academic Opportunities, contributed four, 1,000-word articles to the new work, “The Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity,” edited by John A.

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