North Central College - Naperville, IL

Heather Zupancic

Heather came to North Central to compete on its renowned forensics team. “Being part of the forensics team, I’ve gained skills that will benefit me the rest of my life and have been able to work with some amazing people.”

One of the best experiences for Heather has been working one-on-one with professors. “They’ve all been extremely helpful with class assignments, decisions about graduate schools and pushing me to pursue academic interests outside the classroom. They help you discover which path to take in life and how to go about traveling that path.”

Heather says she’s not only gained a high quality education at North Central, but had ample opportunities to build a resumé with internships and collegiate organizations. She’s headed to graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study health communications, while working as a teaching assistant.

North Central College junior Storm Styles interns at Porsche

Storm Styles, human resource management and psychology major
North Central College’s Storm Styles, a human resource management and psychology major, lands internship in human resources with Porsche at Lisle office.

North Central College student Storm Styles is interning in human resources at the Lisle, Ill., office of Porsche Business Services, a division of the company that makes the legendary sports car.

Styles, of Lemont, is a junior double-majoring in human resource management and psychology. Working primarily with three other members of the HR staff, her duties have included assisting with an internal newsletter, working with international interns from Germany and organizing staff events.

Students participate in film festival Verandah course

North Central students, faculty enjoying film festival Verandah course
North Central College students joined Associate Professor of Speech Communication Steve Macek for a Verandah course at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Eight North Central College students joined Associate Professor of Speech Communication Steve Macek during the weekend of Oct. 7-9 for a Verandah course at the annual Chicago International Film Festival.

The festival features contemporary films from countries around the world that often don’t receive mainstream attention or distribution. Macek, who is also coordinator of Urban and Suburban Studies and an instructor for the Chicago Term, developed the film festival Verandah, which was offered for the first time this fall term.

North Central College alumna’s work at Naper Settlement featured

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Lauren Visher, a 2007 alumna of North Central College, is featured in The Naperville Sun for her work with Naper Settlement.

Oct. 10, 2011—Lauren Visher, a 2007 alumna of North Central College, is featured in The Naperville Sun for her work with Naper Settlement.

Visher spoke about her work as part of The Sun’s “Five Questions” feature. She said as a young girl, she enjoyed volunteering at the Settlement and giving tours. She graduated from Naperville Central High School and majored in musical theatre at North Central.

She enjoys her work as special events coordinator at Naperville’s “living history museum.”

North Central alumna Kristine Book teaching children in South Korea

Kristine Book
Kristine Book, a 2006 alumna of North Central College, is teaching communication skills to schoolchildren in South Korea.

Kristine Book, a 2006 alumna of North Central College, is teaching communication skills to schoolchildren in South Korea.

The Sauk Valley News in Book’s hometown of Dixon, Ill., recently published an article about her experiences. She’s teaching six classes a day, Monday through Friday, she told the newspaper.

WONC claims three student Silver Dome Awards

North Central College student broadcasters who run WONC-FM 89.1 earned three awards, including a first-place prize, at the IBA student Silver Dome Awards.

Sept. 20, 2011—North Central College student broadcasters who run WONC-FM 89.1 earned three awards, including a first-place prize, at the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s 2011 student Silver Dome Awards.

Macek has article published in new anthology

Steve Macek
Steve Macek, North Central College associate professor of speech communication, publishes article in an anthology about communication history.

Steve Macek, associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, had his article titled “The Reporter’s Rebellion: ‘The Chicago Journalism Review’ 1968-1975” published in a new anthology about communication history, “A Moment of Danger: Critical Studies in the History of U.S. Communication Since World War II.” The 2011 anthology is edited by Janice Peck & Inger L. Stole and published by the University of Marquette Press. Macek’s article is Chapter 11 in the book.

North Central graduate nominated for national broadcasting award

North Central College student broadcaster Lucas Mitzel of Aurora has been nominated for a national award.

Aug. 26, 2011—North Central College student broadcaster Lucas Mitzel of Aurora has been nominated for a national award.

Mitzel is nominated in the Best Radio Podcast category of the annual Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) National Student Production Awards.
 

Internship provides opportunity for organizational communication student to help others

Michelle Flinn interning at Humanitarian Service Project
Michelle Flinn is spending the summer before her senior year at North Central College working as an intern at Carol Stream-based Humanitarian Service Project.

Michelle Flinn is spending the summer before her senior year at North Central College working as an intern at Carol Stream-based Humanitarian Service Project.

Michelle is majoring in organizational communication with a minor in broadcasting. After graduation she would like to work in public relations or media relations. During the first week of her internship she worked with the organization’s community outreach coordinator writing press releases.

Three faculty give talks at communications conference

Mara Berkland, Amy Buxbaum and John Stanley give conference presentations about understanding the communication needs of undergraduate millennials.

Three members of North Central's speech communication department-Mara Berkland, associate professor and chair of speech communication; Amy Buxbaum, assistant professor of speech communication; and John Stanley, assistant professor of speech communication, assistant director of forensics and director of individual events-gave separate presentations as part of a session titled "Bringing the Alien Home: Understanding the Communication Needs of the Undergraduate Millennials" at the annual Central States Communication Association Conference in Milwaukee April 9.

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