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William Muck: Sharing His Enthusiasm

It took just two years for William Muck, assistant professor of political science, to endear himself as a favorite teacher among North Central College students. He was named the winner of the 2010 Dissinger Award for Junior Faculty with enthusiasm and endorsements.

Alex Pirela '13: Ready, Willing, and Able

It's easy for Alex Pirela '13 to articulate why he was motivated to become an RA. "I want to guide first-year students in their transition from high school," he says. "There are so many challenges that you can help them with: living conditions, class schedules and time management."

Pirela wants them to know that "college sets us up for the rest of our lives. How we treat another person, achieve a goal in class and form habits will make us or break us in real life."

Alternative gift fair, Guatemala trip teach students ethics of business practices

In the rugged highlands of Guatemala, 10 North Central College students are learning about fair and direct trade, the coffee business—and themselves.

In the rugged highlands of Guatemala this December, 10 North Central College students are learning about fair and direct trade, the coffee business—and themselves.

North Central College offers five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree in leadership

North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Nov. 16, 2010)—North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

Students accepted into this program earn both a bachelor’s degree—in any discipline—and the master of leadership studies with the completion of 141 credit hours.

Save the Coffee benefit concert at The Union Sept. 10

Save the Coffee benefit concert at The Union Sept. 10

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The Union and Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) join forces Friday, Sept. 10, to kick off another fall season at The Union and to help raise funds with a benefit concert for SIFE’s fair-trading coffee partners in Guatemala. The evening of great music, coffee and hearing about North Central’s connection with Guatemalan coffee suppliers begins at 7 p.m. at 129 W.


Record number of international students join College student body

Record number of international students join College student body

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The Office of International Programs welcomes 41 new students who are part of a record 54 nonimmigrant international students enrolled at North Central College this fall. They come from 28 countries and include new first year and transfer students, returning students, eight graduate students, 16 new exchange students and five who are sponsored by the Global UGRAD program.


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.

James Nebl

“North Central’s global studies major is eclectic,” says James, currently a graduate student focusing on international affairs and Chinese studies at the prestigious Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. “Other schools just look at political or cultural issues, but at North Central you take all types of classes from a variety of disciplines. It’s a very well-rounded major.”

As an undergrad, he studied in China and Japan for 15 weeks. Choosing the international relations track, he researched the reintegration of Hong Kong into mainland China and secured a Richter Independent Study Fellowship to fund his work. He presented his findings at four academic and honors conferences.

James's North Central experience profoundly influenced his career path. He wants to work in international relations, possibly with a U.S. consulate or embassy. “China is becoming an important country and a global economy, but East Asia still isn’t fully understood,” he says. “I’m eager to get involved in the field.”

Majors Minors and Programs : Global Studies

Students return to Kenya to build, serve and learn

Students return to Kenya to build, serve and learn

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North Central students are eager to return to Nairobi, Kenya, July 17-Aug. 2, for the fourth consecutive summer to serve with the nonprofit ministry Koinonia Community, which works with street children and women and youth from poor backgrounds.


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