North Central College - Naperville, IL

Troy Kelleher

It didn’t take long for Troy to realize that a North Central education involves much more than simply attending class. The English studies major started writing for the College’s student newspaper during his freshman year, and additional opportunities poured in from his advisors and professors week after week.

“My email inbox is often crowded with notifications (about internships),” he says. “If you’re looking for opportunities to get real-world experience for a future career, you’ll find them here.”

Troy would like to write for a major newspaper, magazine or website after he graduates. North Central’s emphasis on out-of-the-classroom experiences will serve him well when it’s time to apply for jobs.

“We’re encouraged to participate in a wide variety of study abroad programs, and there are countless clubs and organizations available to students on campus,” he says.

Running on the Cardinals’ cross country and track teams hasn’t slowed Troy down at all when it comes to schoolwork or other activities.

“I never feel like athletics inhibit academics or vice versa,” he says.

New partnerships expand North Central College tradition of teacher-preparation excellence

North Central College builds upon its tradition of excellence in preparing educators by forging new partnerships with two additional school districts.

North Central College is building upon its tradition of excellence in preparing future teachers and principals by forging new partnerships with two additional school districts.

Since its founding in 1861, North Central College has been a leader in preparing generations of future educators who are able to impact student learning. With continuing national attention on the quality of educator-preparation programs, North Central College remains at the forefront of excellence in teacher training by expanding its emphasis on teacher assessment and accountability.

Jack reaches national audience with new book about shifting rural landscapes

Zachary Michael Jack, associate professor of English
Zachary Michael Jack, North Central College associate professor of English, authored the book, “The Midwest Farmer’s Daughter: In Search of an American Icon.”

Zachary Michael Jack, North Central College associate professor of English, authored “The Midwest Farmer’s Daughter: In Search of an American Icon,” a book about the shifting landscape of rural America.

Madormo’s mystery series for young readers gains wide appeal with educators

John Madormo, assistant professor of broadcast communication
John Madormo, North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communication, receives many opportunities to speak about his Charlie Collier book series.

John Madormo, North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communication and general manager of WONC-FM 89.1, continues to receive wide acclaim and various opportunities to speak about his “Charlie Collier, Snoop for Hire” series of three mystery books for middle-grade readers.

Callie Rezin earns Sophomore Scholar-Athlete Award

English major Callie Rezin received the Sophomore Scholar-Athlete Award for highest GPA during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Callie Rezin, daughter of Daniel and Tami Rezin of Rockford, Ill., was awarded the Sophomore Scholar-Athlete Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College. The award recognizes the student-athlete in each class with the highest grade-point average.

A sophomore, Callie competes on the women’s basketball team and is majoring in English literature at North Central College. Her name has regularly appeared on the Dean’s List. She is a graduate of Rockford Lutheran High School.

Kimberly Grazulis earns three awards at Honors Convocation

Kimberly Grazulis earns Outstanding Major in Writing, Outstanding Major in French and Outstanding Student in Arts & Letters Division awards at North Central.

Kimberly Grazulis, daughter of Ellen Akerman and John Grazulis, of Lockport, Ill., received three awards—the Outstanding Major in English writing Award, the Outstanding Major in French Award, and the Outstanding Student the Arts and Letters Division Award—during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Kimberly has a double major in English writing and in French at North Central College. She is a graduate of Lockport Township High School.

Michael Kornfeind earns Outstanding Major in Literature Award

Michael Kornfeind was awarded the Outstanding Major in Literature Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Michael Kornfeind, son of Marjorie and Michael Kornfeind of Aurora was awarded the Outstanding Major in Literature Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Michael is majoring in English literature at North Central College. He has served as a tutor for the Writing Center, as a preceptor for English courses and engaged in independent studies. His name regularly appears on the Dean’s List. He is a graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School.

Rachael Hilton earns Outstanding Major in Journalism Award

Rachael Hilton was awarded the Outstanding Major in Journalism Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Rachael Hilton, daughter of Bonne and Michael Hilton, of Naperville was awarded the Outstanding Major in Journalism Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Rachael is majoring in print journalism. She transferred to North Central as a junior and has been a reporter for The Chronicle, the College’s student-run newspaper. Her name has regularly appeared on the Dean’s List.

Andrew Smith earns Outstanding Major in English Award

Andrew Smith was awarded the Outstanding Major in English Award during 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Andrew Smith, son of Meri and David White, of Naperville was awarded the Outstanding Major in English Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Andrew is majoring in English writing at North Central College. He is a graduate of Naperville Central High School.

North Central seniors accepted to Nashville internship

Elisabeth Volkamer ’13 and Jessica Martin ’13
North Central College seniors Elisabeth Volkamer and Jessica Martin are chosen for internship in Nashville that empowers women to promote social justice.

North Central College seniors Elisabeth Volkamer and Jessica Martin were accepted to a 10-month internship at Belle H. Bennett House, an intentional community for the empowerment of young women at Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, TN.

The program, beginning in August, consists of 40-hour work weeks that focus on female empowerment and the eradication of racism through volunteer work, community living and internships at various organizations in the area.

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