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A harvest of plenty in campus garden

A harvest of plenty in campus garden

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With the first frost nearly upon us, the campus garden is closing. Its harvest this year included about 180 cups of green beans, 5,000 various heirloom variety tomatoes, nearly 150 cucumbers, more than 200 types of peppers, some 50 eggplants, 15 pounds of potatoes, 20 cups of salad greens and spinach, 50 squash and zucchini, more than 100 carrots, and a few cloves of garlic, onions, radishes and shallots.



History and education faculty work with area teachers

History and education faculty work with area teachers

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This past June, North Central faculty members Ann Durkin Keating, Will Barnett and Nancy Keiser served as resident scholars to some 42 teachers from five local school districts.



Green efforts defer 580 lbs. of food waste from landfill

Green efforts defer 580 lbs. of food waste from landfill

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North Central went green during opening week’s No Waste Picnic when it partnered with SCARCE and Compost Supply to create a picnic atmosphere, while reducing the picnic’s impact on the environment.



College launches outdoor recycling program: 10 locations

College launches outdoor recycling program: 10 locations

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North Central has started a new outdoor recycling program.


Andrea Hehn

During her paid summer internship, Andrea measured the water quality of aquatic systems at the Brookfield Zoo (Brookfield, IL). She enjoyed supplementing the first-hand experience she gained during her North Central course work and field trips. “Because environmental issues are becoming more and more pressing, this is a valuable degree both professionally and personally,” she says. “It's not an established major yet, so students who want to declare it as a major design it themselves. They can focus on science, literature, history, policy, global studies—almost any discipline. I'm focusing on social issues.” What are Andrea’s plans for the future? The possibilities are endless. “Environmental studies can lead to a wide variety of careers,” Andrea says. “I just hope I end up working outdoors.”

Majors Minors and Programs : Environmental Studies

Student Village has new look, new windows

Student Village has new look, new windows

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With the help of a $30,000 matching grant from the City of Naperville’s Greener Business Program, North Central installed new energy-efficient windows throughout the Student Village women’s residence hall this summer. The updated brown color was chosen to match the brown trim around the building. The grant also helped the College with its efforts this summer to install motion detectors in Old Main, Harold and Eva White Activities Center, Carnegie Hall, Kroehler Science Center and Goldspohn Hall.


Students present their summer research to the campus

Students present their summer research to the campus

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For the past six weeks, 37 students and 15 faculty have participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC) conducting research that spans many majors and topics. Students presented their research to the campus community July 21 in a poster format in Kroehler Science Center. Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry, noted research can be lonely and slow-going at times, so students and faculty involved in SURC meet weekly to collaborate and discuss their work.


Campus garden harvests first crops this week

Campus garden harvests first crops this week

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In case you haven’t seen the campus garden lately, it’s flourishing! The first round of produce was harvested early this week and included spring salad mix, spinach, cucumbers, squash, beans, peas and radishes. They will be featured in different menu items at Kaufman Dining Hall for the campus community and guests to enjoy.


Eco-friendly Commencement includes caps, gowns, bottles

Eco-friendly Commencement includes caps, gowns, bottles

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Although the graduates’ caps and gowns will look the same, they aren’t. This year, the College showed its commitment to sustainability by using a new line of eco-friendly graduation wear made from 100 percent, post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. With millions of plastic bottles ending up in landfills daily and remaining there for generations, the academic apparel manufacturer Oak Hall introduced its new GreenWeaver line, which uses 23 bottles per gown.


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