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Grace Hollister earns Outstanding Major in Organizational Communication Award

Grace Hollister
Grace Hollister was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Organizational Communication Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Grace Hollister was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Organizational Communication Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Hollister is a graduating senior majoring in organizational communication. She plans to attend graduate school.
    
At North Central, Hollister was a College Scholar and presented research at the College's Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research and at the 2011 National Conference for Undergraduate Research, which was held at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y.

North Central College names Abiodun Goke-Pariola vice president for academic affairs, dean of faculty

Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola
North Central College has named Dr. Abiodun “GP” Goke-Pariola its next vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

North Central College has named Dr. Abiodun “GP” Goke-Pariola its next vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

Dr. Goke-Pariola will begin his new role at North Central College on July 1 after serving most recently as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

North Central College to establish program in Middle Eastern and North African studies

John Shindler
North Central College is establishing an innovative academic program in Middle Eastern and North African studies that will include language courses in Arabic.

North Central College is establishing an innovative academic program in Middle Eastern and North African studies that will include language courses in Arabic. The new program is partially funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant.

Beginning in fall 2015 the College will offer a minor in Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) studies, significantly expand Oesterle Library’s holdings in MENA studies and introduce students to cultural experiences in the Chicago area and abroad.

North Central College welcomes Syrian writer/director Riad Ismat as visiting scholar-in-residence

Riad Ismat
North Central College welcomes Riad Ismat as scholar-in-residence for the 2014-2015 academic year as visiting professor of arts and letters.

North Central College welcomes Riad Ismat as scholar-in-residence for the 2014-2015 academic year. Ismat will serve as visiting professor of arts and letters. He will teach courses in playwriting, acting and directing, besides lecturing on Syria, Arabic literature and drama.

New North Central College residence hall to feature apartment-style suites

A new residence hall on North Central College’s 65-acre campus will offer desirable suite-style housing for upperclassmen.

A new residence hall on North Central College’s 65-acre campus will offer desirable suite-style housing for upperclassmen.

The 229-bed residence hall is being built directly south of Ward and Patterson halls and across from Merner Field House and Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium. The five-story residence hall—the College’s first since the Residence Hall/Recreation Center opened in 2009—is scheduled for completion by August 2015.

Katie McNeela

To Katie, organizational communication feels more like a community than a department. That’s just how she likes it.

“It’s a group of people who are dedicated to your growth and success—they aren’t just on the sideline cheering you on, hoping you succeed. They’re right there in the middle of it with you, providing any and all resources necessary to ensure your success.”

With the help of her advisor, Katie scored an internship in Chicago with Katz Media Group—the largest media representation company in the United States. It gave her an intimate look at a potential career path.

“Students don’t always get to ‘test-drive’ their careers,” she says. “The speech communication department professors are strong advocates for providing their students with opportunities to do exactly that.”

Katie plans to pursue a career in public relations and marketing communications.

“The skills I’ve gained at North Central permeate all facets of life and will extend wherever my career path may take me.”

North Central College alumnus Will Armistead producing video for Chicago Blackhawks

Will Armistead ’07/M ’09 has taken a producer position with Banner Collective, a company that creates video content for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Will Armistead ’07/M ’09 has taken a producer position with Banner Collective, a company that creates video content for the Chicago Blackhawks and other companies.

“There’s so much buzz surrounding the Blackhawks,” says Armistead. “I’m excited to provide video content for such a highly respected and recognizable organization.”

North Central College alumnus Josh Averbeck to deliver prestigious lecture at WIU

Josh Averbeck ’04 to deliver the 22nd annual Wayne N. Thompson Professor Lecture Oct. 22 at Western Illinois University.

North Central College alumnus Josh Averbeck ’04, Ph. D., will deliver the 22nd annual Wayne N. Thompson Professor Lecture Oct. 22 at Western Illinois University in Macomb.

G.I. Jobs magazine rates North Central College a Military Friendly School for 2015

Graduate and Student Veteran Lounge
North Central College has been named a 2015 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

G.I. Jobs magazine rates North Central College a 2015 Military Friendly School.

The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. This is the third consecutive year North Central College has earned the recognition.

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

North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.

North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.

Total enrollment is a near-record 2,800 undergraduates and 250 graduate students—3,050 total—eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the third straight year. The College welcomed 860 new full-time undergraduate students, up from 852 a year ago. That includes 580 first-year students, up from 529 a year ago. The 860 new undergraduates would be second only to the record-number 882 welcomed in fall 2010.

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