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Szymon Kesek earns three awards at Honors Convocation

Szymon Kesek earned the outstanding major awards in political science, philosophy, and Human Thought & Behavior Division at North Central’s Honors Convocation.

Szymon Kesek, son of Jan Kesek and Barbara Szczepanik-Kesek of Schiller Park, Ill., received three awards during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College. Those awards are the Outstanding Major in Political Science, the Outstanding Major in Philosophy, and the Outstanding Student in the Human Thought and Behavior Division.

A junior, Szymon has a double major in political science and philosophy with a minor in history of ideas at North Central College. He is a graduate of East Leyden High School.

Gregory Wolf, Louis Waldmeir ’13 publish two essays in German journal

Louis Waldmeir ’13 and Gregory Wolf, professor of German
Gregory Wolf, North Central College professor of German, and Louis Waldmeir ’13, majoring in German, co-published essays about German playwright in journal.

Gregory H. Wolf, North Central College professor of German and Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor of the Humanities, and German major Louis Waldmeir ’13 co-published two essays in the journal “Communications from the International Brecht Society.”

North Central College alumnus Dr. Karl Brooks speaks at MLK prayer breakfast

Alumnus Karl Brooks ’90, a Joliet Junior College administrator, was keynote speaker at the College’s MLK prayer breakfast.

North Central College alumnus Dr. Karl Brooks ’90 spoke to students, faculty, staff and guests about the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy during the College’s annual MLK prayer breakfast Jan. 21.

Dean of student success at Joliet Junior College, Brooks encouraged audience members to reflect on what inspires them—saying King’s legacy is a source of daily inspiration to him.

“We are all benefactors of Martin Luther King’s legacy,” Brooks said. “He calls us all to a higher moral and ethical ground.”

Students may apply by Feb. 20 for Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research

Students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research May 14.

North Central College students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research, which will take place during Honors Day on Tuesday, May 14.

Information about the symposium and how to submit proposals may be found on the College’s website. A list of frequently asked questions also is available.

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Louis Waldmeir ’13 interns at Brauerei zum Klosterhof in Germany
North Central College German major Louis Waldmeir ’13 presents research at university based on honors thesis about German history, culture, beer.

North Central College Scholar Louis Waldmeir ’13, majoring in German and minoring in history of ideas, presented research from his senior honors thesis at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, on Oct. 27. The presentation, titled “National Tradition and Local Meaning: The Relevance of German Beer Culture,” was given to an audience of students and faculty as a part of Heidelberg University’s series of German Club-sponsored events.

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Middle East trip immerses students in complex issues

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The historical, cultural and political significance of Israel and Palestine shaped the itinerary for a new student trip conducted by the Office of Ministry and Service in August. Immersion into both Israeli and Palestinian areas as well as tours of key biblical sites provided students and staff with life-changing experiences. The group used an independent tour company to access the different areas, many of which represented traditional pilgrimage sites.

Survey finds North Central College graduates among highest income-earners

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

North Central College ranks among the top 15 percent of private, nonprofit schools in the 2011-2012 survey by Payscale.com. The mid-career median salary for North Central College graduates is $81,300, ranking No. 39 out of 303 schools in the private, nonprofit category.

Caitlyn Butler

“I think every new student should take a history of ideas course. You get a great picture of how all education ties together, learn to think critically and how to study.”

Caitlyn added the history of ideas minor because, “I loved the course material and mix of students in my classes. They’re from all majors and had different approaches to the same things. I learned so much that way.”

Caitlyn wasn’t all study. She traveled to Greece and Germany for two D-Terms, joined many service projects, worked for Campus Safety, and was a resident assistant and co-director of United Methodist Student Organization and New Visions summer camp.

“A lot of socializing happens naturally at college, but faculty say the friendships you remember most are those that challenge you to grow. The peers in my history of ideas classes certainly did that.”

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