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Wade Balsamo ’17 wins scholarship in video contest for his inspiring story

North Central College freshman Wade Balsamo wins scholarship by media production firm in video contest that featured nonprofit organization.

Wade Balsamo, a freshman at North Central College, is the winner of a video scholarship contest sponsored by Cynthia Kay and Company (CK & CO).

Balsamo, of Barrington, is passionate about production and his efforts to promote Walk On, a philanthropic organization that provides equine-assisted activities to people with physical, cognitive, social and emotional disabilities. Walk On helps inspire people to advance to their highest potential.

Students showcase some 100 photographs from visit to Hopi reservation

North Central College student anthropology majors exhibit their work, titled “The Hopi Way: A Week on the Reservation,” through Oct. 27.

North Central College student anthropology majors Lindsey Pettit, Audrey Weaver, Jessica Pantel and Manuel Holston-Brown will exhibit their work at the College through Oct. 27.

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.

WONC student broadcasters claim eight trophies at state contest

Oliver Hall, home of WONC-FM 89.1
Several student broadcasters representing WONC-FM won eight student Silver Dome Awards—three are first-place—from Illinois Broadcasters Association.

Several student broadcasters representing WONC-FM 89.1, North Central College’s student-run station, attended the annual Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) 2013 Student Silver Dome Awards, held Sept. 13 at Illinois State University in Normal.

WONC had received eight nominations in the state contest and took home eight awards, claiming three first-place, three second-place and two third-place trophies. Illinois colleges and universities of all sizes with radio/TV programs are eligible to compete.

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.

RJ McNichols '11

RJ McNichols filmed a documentary series titled “1621 and Beyond: The Fall and Rise of North Central Men's Cross Country Team.” This eight-part web series incorporates video from the 2007 season and what it took to win a 13th team national title. The series began streaming August 22 at nccharrier.com.

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.

Jenae Harner

Finding out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities has been no problem for Jenae, even with her busy schedule as a member of the Cardinals volleyball team. Since arriving on campus, she’s interned for a local humane society, worked as the webmaster for the College’s Viewfinder and built a new website for another nearby nonprofit.

“And there are other opportunities I’ve had to turn down,” she says. “There are so many it can be hard to choose.”

Jenae decided to attend North Central after reviewing the IMS curriculum. She’s had a blast learning how to design, animate and program.

“You learn to use just about every program imaginable,” she says. “And you get to be creative in all aspects of design.”

Jenae wants to stay versatile as a designer. “I’d love to master print and web design and use those skills to help a large business with marketing.”

New North Central College students discover possibilities during Orientation

Hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College during Orientation.

During summer 2013 Orientation sessions, hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College.

From study abroad courses to athletic teams to clubs and organizations, Orientation serves to inform students about options so they can begin to plan their years of study and make the most of their experience at North Central College.

Summer research students to discuss scholarly work during Aug. 1 poster session

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

The SURC poster session takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in Smith Hall of Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. (The session previously was scheduled to take place in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center). Most of the 40 students who participated in the 2013 SURC will be present.

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