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Rebecca Weiss

Rebecca’s passion for Japanese culture developed long before she arrived at North Central College.

“I grew up watching anime, reading manga and playing video games of Japanese origin,” she says. “These hobbies developed into a desire to discover Japan’s culture and society.”

Rebecca dipped her feet into the College’s cultural opportunities, joining the Japan Club during her first year. She loved the club’s Japanese movie nights and trips to Japanese markets, so much so that she dove into the College’s deep cultural pool, studying abroad her junior year at the Kanda University of International Studies in Japan.

“It was a wonderful, affirming experience for me, and I feel it would yield the same positive results for other students interested in becoming truly immersed in an East Asian culture,” she says.

Rebecca plans to return to Japan and become a translator.

“While I feel I have a close, personal connection with Japan, North Central’s unique academic environment—where I could gain a well-rounded idea about Japan—was more than I ever hoped.”

Rebecca Weiss earns Outstanding Major in East Asian Studies Award

Rebecca Weiss
was awarded the Outstanding Major in East Asian Studies Award during North Central College’s 2014 Honors Convocation.

Rebecca Weiss, daughter of Raymond and Debbie Weiss of Glenview, was awarded the Outstanding Major in East Asian Studies Award during Honors Convocation May 13 at North Central College in Naperville.

A senior, Rebecca is a double major in Japanese and East Asian studies with a focus on Japan at North Central College. She is a graduate of Glenbrook South High School.

Clara Hur earns Outstanding Major in Japanese Award

Clara Hur
Clara Hur was awarded the Outstanding Major in Japanese Award during North Central College’s 2014 Honors Convocation.

Clara Hur, daughter of Joe and Francesca Hur of Fox River Grove, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Japanese Award during Honors Day May 13 at North Central College in Naperville.

A senior, Clara is a double major in Japanese and East Asian studies at North Central College. She is a graduate of Palatine High School.

North Central students build mentoring relationships and friendships with area seniors

North Central College students are forming mentoring relationships with senior residents of Monarch Landing.

A group of North Central College students recently engaged in a round of “speed dating” conversations. They talked about their interests and majors while making new friends—not with potential suitors but with senior residents of Monarch Landing, a Naperville retirement community. Upwards of 20 students have been establishing relationships for sharing advice, gaining historical perspectives and building friendships.

North Central among top 4 percent in accepted proposals at NCUR

Seniors Aaron Langer and Gianna Medina, NCUR presenters
North Central College will send a record 44 students to present a record 40 projects at the prestigious National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

North Central College will send a record 44 students to the prestigious National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 3-5 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Forty proposals submitted by these students were accepted for presentation.

Study abroad, Verandah courses and service trips change lives during D-Term

D-Term study abroad course to Germany in 2012
Hundreds of North Central College students will study abroad and engage in other distinctive opportunities during D-Term.

Hundreds of North Central College students will study abroad, participate in service trips, enroll in Verandah courses and take advantage of other distinctive opportunities during D-Term.

D-Term is a three-week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas that offers students possibilities to engage in life-enriching experiences.

This year’s study abroad destinations include France, China, London, Argentina and Uruguay, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, Italy and Greece, Germany and Costa Rica.

Higher education group publishes article about North Central College global learning initiative

The group Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education has published an article highlighting a North Central College global learning initiative.

The group Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education has published an article highlighting a North Central College global learning initiative.

The article, “Civic Learning on a Global Scale: The Middle East as a Learning Lab,” is authored by Whitney Roberts ’08, M ’13, assistant director of ministry and service.

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.

North Central College hosts executive MBA students from China

North Central College strengthened its ties to Asia and the study of international business by hosting a delegation of executive MBA students from China.

North Central College strengthened its ties to Asia and the study of international business by hosting a delegation of executive MBA students from China.

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.

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