North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.

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).

Annual Report 2015

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

Distinctive academic programs and small-college atmosphere attracts international scholars

international students
North Central’s distinctive academic programs paired with personal attention and Chicago suburban location attracts talented international students.

 

 

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.”

Wesley Ellis earns Clarence Juhnke Outstanding Music Major Award

Wesley Ellis ’17
Wesley Ellis received the Clarence Juhnke Outstanding Music Major Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Wesley Ellis ’17, son of Gary and Kamie Ellis of Normal, was awarded the Clarence Juhnke Outstanding Music Major Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

Wesley, who plans to graduate from North Central College in 2017, is majoring in jazz studies. He is a graduate of Normal Community West High School. He has consistently earned honors on the College’s Dean’s List.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of first-year students

First-years cheer at a pep rally Sept. 9
North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

“The Class of 2019 is truly an impressive result in a competitive recruiting marketplace,” says North Central College President Troy Hammond.

North Central College welcomes near record number of tenure-track faculty

Abiodun Goke-Pariola, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty
North Central’s hire of 14 tenure-track faculty for the 2015-2016 academic year is the highest in 27 years and rivals the largest class ever.

Fourteen new tenure-track faculty members—representing all academic divisions, including arts and letters, business and economics, human thought and behavior, and science—started the 2015-2016 academic year at North Central College.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central among America’s Best Colleges for 22nd year

North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to U.S. News & World Report.

North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

Student receives Richter Grant for researching German harmonica pedagogy

Jacob Prosek '15 travels to Germany to explore his belief that music education curriculum should include harmonica.

Jacob Prosek ’15 feels there could be an alternative teaching method for children first learning to play musical instruments. He foresees elementary schools using harmonicas, which are cheaper, more portable and more pleasing to the ear than a recorder. “Even a beginner can achieve immediate success,” he says.

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