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Study abroad, Verandah courses and service trips change lives during D-Term

D-Term study abroad course to Germany in 2012
Hundreds of North Central College students will study abroad and engage in other distinctive opportunities during D-Term.

Hundreds of North Central College students will study abroad, participate in service trips, enroll in Verandah courses and take advantage of other distinctive opportunities during D-Term.

D-Term is a three-week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas that offers students possibilities to engage in life-enriching experiences.

This year’s study abroad destinations include France, China, London, Argentina and Uruguay, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, Italy and Greece, Germany and Costa Rica.

Higher education group publishes article about North Central College global learning initiative

The group Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education has published an article highlighting a North Central College global learning initiative.

The group Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education has published an article highlighting a North Central College global learning initiative.

The article, “Civic Learning on a Global Scale: The Middle East as a Learning Lab,” is authored by Whitney Roberts ’08, M ’13, assistant director of ministry and service.

Artwork of four students featured in November exhibit at North Central College

Works of four North Central College students are featured in the monthlong “Autumn Student Art Exhibit.”

Works of four North Central College students are featured in the monthlong “Autumn Student Art Exhibit.”

The exhibit includes paintings, drawings and sculptures created by sophomore Lauren Denler of Homer Glen, junior Nicole “CoCo” Digweed of Plainfield and seniors Liz Halbmaier of Burlington and LeAnn Spitzer of Rockford. The exhibit runs Nov. 1 through Nov. 27 in the Meiley-Swallow Hall Gallery, 31 S. Ellsworth St. An artist reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10; complimentary refreshments will be served.

North Central students host international careers event with guest experts

International affairs experts discussed global markets at an event hosted by the Chinese Club and Entrepreneurship and International Business Club.

North Central College students in the Chinese Club and Entrepreneurship and International Business Club (EIBO) cohosted an international careers event featuring four experts in the field of international affairs. The guests spoke to some 80 students on Oct. 1 about today’s international markets.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

Scholar explores Iceland for thesis research

Ian Wright ’14 visited Iceland to conduct research on local folklore for his College Scholar Honors Thesis.

As students return to classes and share stories of their summer adventures, Ian Wright ’14 is among those with the best tales to tell.

Wright spent three and a half weeks in Iceland conducting research for his College Scholar Honors Thesis. He explored areas of spectacular scenery while learning more about the connection between the harsh landscape of the country and the popular belief in the “hidden people” who dwell among rocks, cliffs and fields.

Hannah Brock '13

Hannah Brock and Kevin Murphy started hiking across the Appalachian Mountains from Maine on June 12. Brock is a Jackson, GA, native and Murphy lives in Glen Ellyn, IL. A daily journal of Brock’s excursion on the Appalachian Trail is posted at trailjournals.com/hannahbrock.

North Central College hosts executive MBA students from China

North Central College strengthened its ties to Asia and the study of international business by hosting a delegation of executive MBA students from China.

North Central College strengthened its ties to Asia and the study of international business by hosting a delegation of executive MBA students from China.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

Ian Wright

Ian has always been fascinated by other cultures. He spent a year travelling across Europe and Australia before enrolling at North Central, which helped him come to a simple conclusion.

“I knew I needed to incorporate my love for the world into my academic career,” he says.

That hasn’t been a problem at North Central. Funded by a Richter grant, Ian was able to perform independent research in Iceland, where he studied the relationship between landscape and folklore.

“It was a great opportunity to utilize the skills I’ve learned in the classroom as well as develop my academic portfolio,” he says.

He’s also studied abroad in Germany, where he lived with a host family and mastered a second language.

“If you’re a global studies major, you should be a sponge,” he says. “Soak up knowledge of the world and open your heart and mind to new cultures and experiences.”

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