North Central College - Naperville, IL

Ryan Freed '10

Ryan Freed is vice president at Suburban Real Estate. He works for Bryan Barus ’90, CEO of Suburban Real Estate and a member of North Central’s Board of Trustee Associates. Freed and his wife Molly Link ’10 Freed reside in Batavia, IL.

Kevin Kittilsen

Kevin has used many of the concepts he’s learning as an entrepreneur and small business management major to create an online company with one of his classmates. As a student, he’s already well on his way to fulfilling a career goal.

“I want to run businesses that I start from the ground up,” he says. “If you want to be your own boss and like the idea of ‘the sky is the limit,’ entrepreneurship is a great major for you.”

Kevin and his business partner Mat Borej were in many of the same classes when they created their company, Flip Your iPhone. Their solid foundations in several business-related areas made the start-up process manageable.

“The major incorporates finance, accounting, marketing and so much more. I have background in all these areas,” Kevin says. “North Central has taught me so many of the things I’ll need to know in order to run my own business.”

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.

Katherine Hoekstra earns Outstanding Major in Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management Award

Katherine Hoekstra named Outstanding Major in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Katherine Hoekstra, daughter of Steve and Junell Hoekstra, of St. Anne, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Katherine is majoring in management and entrepreneurship and small business management at North Central College. She is a graduate of Bishop McNamara High School.

Amanda Marek is the 2013 Outstanding Senior Woman

Amanda Marek ’13
Amanda Marek is chosen North Central College’s 2013 Outstanding Senior Woman, the highest award presented to a member of the Class of 2013.

Amanda Marek, a North Central College senior and resident of Bridgeview, was named the College’s Outstanding Senior Woman, the highest award presented to a member of the Class of 2013.

North Central College recognized Marek during its annual Honors Convocation on May 14 for her success in the classroom, her involvement and contributions to the campus community outside the classroom, and her future potential.

Students partner with local school to create learning gardens for children

North Central College’s Enactus is partnering with Lowe’s Naperville home improvement retail store to create learning gardens for a community childhood center.

North Central College’s student organization Enactus is partnering with employee volunteers at Lowe’s Naperville home improvement retail store to create learning gardens for a community childhood center.

Students majoring in business present at international conference

Six North Central College students author presentations about international relations and globalization at annual international conference.

North Central College students gave presentations at the 49th annual MBAA International Conference held Feb. 27-March 1 in Chicago.

Drawing some 800 participants from the United States and around the world, the conference and its presenters focused on different business disciplines, including marketing, finance, international business, legal studies, ethics, entrepreneurship and health management.

North Central forensics places third in state, sets record for national qualifiers

North Central College students win 12 awards at state championship forensic tournament, set program record for national contest by qualifying in 29 events.

Eighteen North Central College students were among some 200 forensic competitors in speech and debate at the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament (IIFA), hosted by Northern Illinois University March 1-2.

North Central College brought home 12 awards. Among them were two Sweepstakes Awards: The College won Third Place Team award in the State of Illinois, and David DePino ’13, majoring in speech communication and history, claimed Third Place Overall Individual Student in Illinois award.

North Central College student entrepreneurs develop mobile app for foodies

Two North Central College students have developed a mobile app for friends to share pictures of food they like.

Two North Central College students have developed a mobile app for friends to share pictures of food they like.

Entrepreneurs Jeremy Markham ’15 and Kyler Juckins ’15 are the creators of DinnDinn, a smart phone app for food lovers. DinnDinn works like a virtual refrigerator. Users upload photos of food, drinks and other items to their page and rate them. Their friends and followers, known as “taste buds,” can comment on the posts.

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