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North Central was well represented at this year’s National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

The most ever student-researchers from North Central College—32—were accepted to attend the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in April. "This is impressive because we’ve never had this many students apply and it really reflects a changing culture here, a true culture of inquiry,” says Perry Hamalis, director of the Office of Academic Opportunities and assistant professor of religious studies.

Richter grants help students pursue summer research

Richter grants help students pursue summer research

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Six students traveled around the world this summer to research various topics. Each student applied for and received a Richter Independent Study Fellowship grant to support costs associated with their research. The students and their summer projects included:
  • Mallory Blanchard ’10, international business major. Traveled to Peru, project title: “Understanding Peruvian Work-Related Values.”
  • Laura Constantine ’11, biology major.


Melissa Proulx

When she arrived at North Central, Melissa was interested in too many subjects to count – which may explain why she completed German and Spanish majors along with minors in English and The History of Ideas. "One of the most important things about North Central is students' freedom to study different disciplines," she says. The academic and travel opportunities of the German major intrigued Melissa. "During our Berlin trip it was interesting to learn about the Cold War era without relying on a textbook," she says.

As a College Scholar, Melissa wrote a thesis that integrated her interests in German and Shakespeare. She analyzed texts at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.–an unusual opportunity for an undergraduate. What's next for Melissa? After spending some time in Spain, she plans to apply for a Fulbright grant to continue her studies.

Majors Minors and Programs : German

Smart Boards, Clickers, Wikis & Blogs

In a computer lab in Oesterle Library, elementary education major Kristen Robledo ’11 uses an interactive SMART Board to practice a lesson she’ll give to first graders the next morning.

Visitors invited to annual International Festival Feb. 14

North Central College invites people of all ages to the College's 14th Annual International Festival on Feb. 14.

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

Jan. 18, 2010--North Central College invites people of all ages to experience the many cultures from around the world and in the community at the College's 14th Annual International Festival on Feb. 14. Visitors can sample authentic international cuisine, enjoy ethnic dancing to live music and join in on games and crafts from around the world.

Gregory Wolf organizes national workshop

Gregory Wolf organizes national workshop

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Gregory H. Wolf, associate professor of German, organized a national workshop titled “Sustaining the Momentum,” which 15 invited German instructors on secondary and post-secondary education at the Goethe Institut in Chicago on Sept. 11-13. Supported by a grant from the Federal Republic of Germany, the workshop concentrated on program building and strategies to model German programs that would attract and keep students in the language pipeline.


A Culture of Inquiry

One of the key goals of North Central College’s 2007-2012 Strategic Plan is to foster “a culture of inquiry” in which intellectually ambitious students can advance as far as their motivation and curiosity will take them.

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