North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central College selected to take part in civic learning, engagement initiative

North Central College’s strong commitments to civic learning and democratic engagement are recognized by Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

North Central College’s strong commitments to civic learning and democratic engagement are being recognized by the group Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA).

Hailey Simmons

As a first-year student, Hailey helped North Central’s forensics team establish new school records. She credits her early success to her professors, who instilled confidence in her the moment she arrived on campus.

“I’ve met inspirational leaders who believe in my ability to achieve higher goals than I ever could’ve imagined for myself,” she says. “The speech program at North Central makes me feel capable of moving mountains with my voice, which is something I never thought I’d be capable of.”

Hailey enjoys having professors and teammates to turn to whenever a new challenge arises.

“There are highly respected figures in the speech program who will go out of their way to help you with literally anything you need. They genuinely want you to succeed,” she says. “These are the people you want to keep in your life as long as possible.”

Hailey plans to combine her speech communication degree with international business or global studies.

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.

Summer research students to discuss scholarly work during Aug. 1 poster session

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

The SURC poster session takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in Smith Hall of Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. (The session previously was scheduled to take place in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center). Most of the 40 students who participated in the 2013 SURC will be present.

Jamie Solus

Jamie has simple advice for anyone who’s interested in organizational communication.
“Figure out what direction you want to go,” she says. “There are so many options within the field—internal or external communication, technical or creative, visual or verbal. When students have an idea of what their ideal career is, they can pursue appropriate minors, activities and internships.”

Jamie wants to work as a marketing coordinator for a Chicago-based firm. To prepare, she worked in North Central’s Office of Marketing and Communications, took on a prominent role in the College’s American Marketing Association chapter and completed and presented research about survey design for the College’s Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

Whenever she has a question about her options for making herself more marketable, she knows where to turn.

“The speech communication department is a great resource,” says Jamie, who started receiving job offers before she graduated. “I know even in the future I can come back and ask my professors for career advice. They’ve always been very friendly and helpful—just a great group of individuals.”

Whitney Goodbred

Whitney was already collecting paychecks as a broadcaster when she graduated from North Central College. An internship at Naperville Community Television (NCTV17) turned into a paid reporting position at the start of her senior year, giving the broadcast communication major yet another highlight on her already impressive résumé. She also worked at WONC—the College’s student-run radio station—and Cardinal Video.

“We don’t realize how lucky we are,” Whitney says. “WONC and Cardinal Video are such great stepping stones to build a career in broadcasting. You learn all the aspects of radio from your courses and working at the station. You’re ready to fly as soon as you graduate.”

Whitney, who also majored in interactive media studies, won numerous Intercollegiate Broadcasting Awards for her work at WONC.

“I hope to work in television and communications the rest of my life,” she says. “North Central has allowed me to study different areas—I feel very prepared for whatever I choose to do.”

Jamie Solus earns Outstanding Major in Organizational Communication Award

Jamie Solus received the Outstanding Major in Organizational Communication Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Jamie Solus, daughter of Julie and James Solus, of Crestwood, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Organizational Communication Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Jamie is majoring in organizational communication at North Central College. She is a graduate of Oak Forest High School.

Mark White earns Outstanding Major in Communication Award

Mark White received the Outstanding Major in Communication Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Mark White, son of Mary and Steven White, of North Aurora, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Communication Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Mark has a double major in speech communication and psychology at North Central College. He is a graduate of Aurora West High School.

North Central’s forensics program makes College history

North Central College’s forensics program made College history at two national tournaments, advancing further and placing higher than ever before as a team.

North Central College’s forensics program made College history in April 2013 at two national tournaments, advancing further and placing higher than ever before as a team.

At the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) held April 5-8 at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, North Central’s team placed the highest ever—13th of 78 teams, with individuals ranking in top positions. To date, the highest placement for the team at the AFA-NIET competition was 15th in 1999.

North Central College student wins technical theatre mentorship

Theatre major Katherine Fecht was selected for a mentoring opportunity with a United States Institute for Theatre Technology Fellow.

When North Central College sophomore Katherine Fecht signed up for a recent United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Conference in Milwaukee, she was expecting to take in professional workshops and exhibits to prepare for a career behind the scenes in theatre.

Those expectations were exceeded when she went home with a two-day, all-expenses-paid mentoring session with a USITT Fellow.

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