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Michael Schwartz earns Outstanding Major in Music Education Award

Michael Schwartz
Michael Schwartz was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Music Education Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Michael Schwartz was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Music Education Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Schwartz earned the award as a junior during the 2010-2011 academic year. He is majoring in music education with a focus on instrumental music. Schwartz plays saxophone and performs with the North Central College saxophone quartet.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2014 Great College To Work For

North Central College ranks among 92 of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

North Central College ranks among the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

North Central College Summer Music Theatre presents “Bye Bye Birdie” Aug. 1-3, 8-10

North Central College’s Summer Music Theatre presents the rock ‘n’ roll-era musical “Bye Bye Birdie” Aug. 1-3, 8-10 with actors from the community.

North Central College’s Summer Music Theatre presents the rock ‘n’ roll-era musical “Bye Bye Birdie” in August and features actors from the community.

Six performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1-2, 8-9 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 3 and 10 in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $18/adults and $12/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Colleges of Distinction says North Central excels at preparing graduates for success

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

Colleges of Distinction is a guide that considers the views of guidance counselors, educators and admission professionals to honor colleges that excel in four areas of undergraduate education: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

The 15th annual edition praises North Central College and its commitment to those four core values.

North Central College students benefit from gift of Shigeru Kawai piano

North Central College student vocalists and musicians are benefiting from the gift of a Shigeru Kawai piano.

North Central College student vocalists and musicians are benefitting from the gift of a Shigeru Kawai piano, one of the world’s most exquisite instruments.

The College acquired the SK-EX model concert grand piano in fall 2013 through the generosity of alumna Jane Koten ’55. Thirteen students performed at a dedication recital in Koten Chapel on June 7, including pianists who played the instrument and vocalists and other musicians who were accompanied by a faculty member performing on the piano.

North Central College Teach First program inspires future educators

Abel Sanchez and Guadalupe Gallardo Escobedo
A North Central College program that helps prepare future educators is a model for a new program to improve opportunities for all first-generation students.

A North Central College program that helps prepare future educators is serving as a model for a new program to improve opportunities for all the College’s first-generation students.

Teach First—which aims to recruit and retain first-generation college students who want to become teachers—was launched at North Central in 2008. Six years later it’s serving as a model for Cardinal First that launches in fall 2014.

North Central College announces star-studded 2014-2015 Fine and Performing Arts Season

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Natalie Cole and Jars of Clay are just three of many big-name artists who will perform at North Central College during 2014-2015.

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Natalie Cole and Jars of Clay are just three of the big-name artists performing at North Central College during its 2014-2015 Fine and Performing Arts Season.

Catherine Smith earns Outstanding Major in Music Education Award

Catherine Smith
Catherine Smith was awarded the Outstanding Major in Music Education Award during North Central College’s 2014 Honors Convocation.

Catherine Smith, of Oak Lawn, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Music Education Award during Honors Day May 13 at North Central College in Naperville.

A senior, Catherine is majoring in music education at North Central College and is a member of the Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Chamber Singers and education honor society Kappa Delta Pi. She served as a first-year mentor on the Orientation staff and her name has regularly appeared on the Dean’s List.

Music education program receives Collegiate Chapter Growth Award from NAfME

Concert Choir
North Central College’s music education program and its student chapter were recognized for membership growth by the National Association for Music Education.

North Central College’s music education program and its student chapter were recently recognized by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the professional organization for music educators.

The North Central College chapter was presented with a NAfME Collegiate Chapter Growth Award for 2013-2014. Awarded to chapters that increase their membership over the previous year, the distinction recognizes programs that have “demonstrated a high level of dedication and effort to the benefit of members’ professional development.”  

Educators are among first to complete College’s new principal-preparation program

Six candidates are the first to complete North Central College’s newly redesigned principal-preparation program.

Heather Schild learned a lot about leadership and the responsibilities of being a school principal while she studied for her master’s degree in education (MAEd) at North Central College.

For two years while enrolled in North Central’s principal-preparation program, Schild worked as an Instructional Coordinator in Naperville Community Unit School District 203 and reported directly to Naperville North High School Principal Kevin Pobst.

“I thought North Central’s program was rigorous and provided a lot of authentic experiences,” Schild says.

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