North Central College - Naperville, IL

Esther Benjamin '90

Esther Benjamin was a member of President Obama’s administration and served as the head of global operations for the Peace Corps from 2009 through March 2013. She is now CEO for Africa Operations with Laureate Education, a global leader in providing access to innovative institutions of higher education. She is responsible for developing and launching the company’s strategy for the Africa region. She will initially work from corporate headquarters in Maryland, but will relocate to Johannesburg, South Africa, this summer. Benjamin is a Trustee of North Central College.

Jack Johnson '82

Jack Johnson is senior vice president for public policy at Choose Chicago. He may be reached at jjohnson@choosechicago.com.

North Central College earns White House recognition for community service

North Central College has earned a spot on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Volunteer efforts by North Central College students, faculty and staff have earned the College a spot on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve significant outcomes. North Central College was honored for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was 2007 North Central College Commencement speaker

Newly appointed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was the 2007 Commencement speaker at North Central College.

Newly appointed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was the 2007 Commencement speaker at North Central College.

Hagel was sworn in on Feb. 27 as the nation’s 24th defense secretary, one day after the Senate voted 58-41 to approve his appointment by President Barack Obama.

Hagel spoke at North Central College’s 142nd Commencement ceremony on June 9, 2007, when he was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree. Hagel was a U.S. Senator representing Nebraska at the time. A North Central College alumnus, T.J. Birkel ’04, served as a senior staff member to Senator Hagel.

College hosts symposium on Global and Environmental Health

Augustine Afullo, Ph.D., and Christopher ‘Sola Olopade, M.D.
North Central College presents Feb. 19 symposium in Global Human Rights series, featuring two keynote speakers, sessions by faculty and students.

North Central College will host a symposium on Global and Environmental Health, featuring two keynote speakers with expertise on the subject—Augustine Afullo, Ph.D., and Christopher ‘Sola Olopade, M.D.—and sessions led by College faculty and students on Feb. 19.

Morris discusses issues related to new reproductive technologies

Timothy Morris, professor of philosophy
Tim Morris, North Central College professor of philosophy, presented the topic “The Ethics and Politics of New Reproductive Technologies” to community group.

Timothy Morris, North Central College professor of philosophy, gave a presentation, titled “The Ethics and Politics of New Reproductive Technologies,” at the monthly meeting of the Humanists of West Suburban Chicagoland held at Naperville’s DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church on Feb. 13. He discussed issues related to in vitro fertilization, surrogate pregnancies, cloning and various attempts at trying to create “the perfect baby.”

North Central College to host Women’s Leadership Retreat for students Feb. 15-17

The Leadership, Ethics and Values and Student Life programs are planning North Central’s first Women’s Leadership Retreat for students on Feb. 15-17.

North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values and Student Life programs are planning the College’s first Women’s Leadership Retreat for students on Feb. 15-17.

The three-day workshop will allow 20 female students the opportunity to become stronger, more daring and more thoughtful leaders, says Renee Kosiarek, assistant to the director of the Leadership, Ethics and Values program.

Students may apply by Feb. 20 for Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research

Students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research May 14.

North Central College students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research, which will take place during Honors Day on Tuesday, May 14.

Information about the symposium and how to submit proposals may be found on the College’s website. A list of frequently asked questions also is available.

Verandah courses

Verandah experiences are intellectually and personally stimulating for students and faculty.

Kimberly Anderle-Abma '87

Kimberly Anderle-Abma is a sole practitioner of law, certified mediator and Guardian Ad Litem (GAL). After receiving her juris doctorate from the John Marshall Law School in 1991, she began her practice, which focuses on domestic relations. She has practiced law for 21 years and recently relocated to new offices in Joliet, IL.

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