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Students, staff present at LEV-cosponsored conference on faith, justice and civic learning

Steve Oliveri
North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program recently co-sponsored the first National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference.

July 1, 2011—North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program recently cosponsored the first National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference with DePaul University, providing students and staff the opportunity to present three sessions on various topics.

A College on the Move

North Central gains momentum in growth, reputation, value.

Growth in new faculty, world-class facilities, outstanding academics and stellar athletic teams---these are the hallmarks of a campus community that is fiscally strong, excited about the future and focused on becoming one of America’s top colleges.

“Our students and their families become part of a dynamic campus environment, where they benefit from the value of small class sizes, faculty mentors and award-winning cocurricular activities,” said Martin Sauer, vice president for enrollment and athletics.

Campus, local, state, national guests celebrated the Science Center "topping out"

North Central College’s Science Center reached a construction milestone with the placement of a ceremonial final beam in Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

North Central College’s Science Center reached new heights during its construction when the campus community celebrated the hoisting and placement of a ceremonial final steel beam during a Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

Traditional among ironworkers, the ceremony is sometimes called Capping Off, or Topping Off, or Topping Out. Regardless, said President Troy D. Hammond during his remarks, “It’s a significant construction milestone that we’ve reached only because of the dedication and hard work of many, many people.”

Wis gives keynote conference address on “The Conductor as Servant-Leader”

Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts & professor of music, was keynote at American Choral Directors Association conference.

Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor of music, was the keynote speaker Feb. 18 at the regional conference of the American Choral Directors Association. She also presented two sessions on the same subject at the event held in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The theme for the music conference was The Conductor as Servant-Leader, which is the subject of her book, “The Conductor as Leader: Principles of Leadership Applied to Life on the Podium” (GIA Publications, Inc., 2007).

North Central College senior wins national leadership award at Blue Key Honor Society conference

Lexy Schwarzwalder ’16/M ’17
A five-year master leadership studies student, Lexy Schwarzwalder ’16 was awarded the Gregory Lee Smith Exemplary Blue Key Member Award and scholarship.

Alyxandria “Lexy” Schwarzwalder ’16/M ’17 recently received a national award and scholarship at the National Blue Key Honor Society conference. On the academic fast track to pursuing leadership roles in the nonprofit sector, Schwarzwalder is pursuing North Central College’s five-year master leadership studies degree as part of the College's Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program. After she completes her B.A.

Annual Report 2015

This 2015 Annual Report reflects the outstanding accomplishments of North Central College in the last fiscal year.

Wesley Ellis

After attending the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp at North Central, Wesley knew that jazz was the major for him. The College’s liberal arts curriculum allows him to refine his musical expertise while exploring other areas.

“If you’d like a comprehensive education in the jazz genre while also pursuing other interests, North Central is the place to be!”

Though he focuses on jazz, Wesley also is involved in classical voice exercises to become a versatile musician. Every week, he takes private classical voice, jazz voice and jazz piano lessons with musical professionals. He also stays involved with North Central’s Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the top Jazz Combo.

 The talented instructors and musicians at North Central have become mentors he relies on for inspiration or motivation.

“The knowledge and experience I’m gaining under the instruction of the prestigious North Central faculty is making me very competitive in the jazz industry.”

Meghan Pickett earns Outstanding Major in Psychology Award

Meghan Pickett ’15
Meghan Pickett ’15 received the Outstanding Major in Psychology Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Meghan Pickett ’15, daughter of Lawrence and Julie Pickett of Macomb, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Psychology Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

Meghan graduated in June from North Central College with a major in psychology and minor in leadership. She is a graduate of Macomb High School.

Matthew Wilke earns two awards at the College’s 2015 Honors Convocation

Matthew Wilke ’15
Matthew Wilke ’15 received the Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology and Outstanding Service to Student Life awards at North Central College.

Matthew Wilke ’15, son of Paul and Janelle Wilke of Derby, Kan., was honored with the Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology and the Outstanding Service to Student Life awards during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

Matthew graduated from North Central in June and majored in sociology with minors in music and leadership. He is a graduate of Derby High School.

New faculty dean Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola has vision for building on success

Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola
No “status quo” with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola.

Talking with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola, there are a few words you won’t hear—like “status quo.” He pursued the position as leader of academic affairs knowing that his challenge will be to elevate the reputation of the faculty and academic programs, which in quality far exceeds similar and better-known institutions. It’s a goal that excites him.

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