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Tyler Ward ’15 talks faith, fellowship at national conference

Tyler Ward ’15, College Scholar and religious studies major
North Central College senior Tyler Ward presented his concept of fellowship bands to hundreds of United Methodist college students at national conference.

North Central College senior Tyler Ward presented his concept of “fellowship bands” to hundreds of United Methodist college students at the biannual Imagine What’s NEXT conference in Denver, Nov. 7-9. His idea of social faith is growing increasingly popular with North Central College students. Click here to view his presentation.

Cornel West, provocative civil rights activist, keynotes North Central’s MLK Week

North Central College welcomes author, academic, civil rights activist Cornel West Jan. 23 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker.

North Central College welcomes author, academic and provocative civil rights activist Dr. Cornel West Jan. 23 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker.

Each year, North Central College honors and remembers King with a keynote presentation, musical tributes, a prayer breakfast and activities. This year’s theme is “A Journey Defined.” King spoke in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall in 1960.

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.

Coauthors from different backgrounds address the question, “does God exist?”

Thomas McFaul, Ph.D., and Al Brunsting, Ph.D.
Two PhDs, one a professor of ethics and religious studies and one a physicist, discuss their book Nov. 5 and its central topic: the existence of God.

North Central College welcomes coauthors Thomas McFaul ’98, Ph.D., professor of ethics and religion studies emeritus at North Central, and physicist Al Brunsting, Ph.D., to discuss their new book “God Is Here To Stay: Science, Evolution, and Belief in God” Nov. 5.

Sponsored by the College’s Cultural Events program, the free talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall. For more information contact Judy Brodhead at 630-637-5276.

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.

Nicole Novy

Nicole transferred to North Central because something was missing from her previous college experience.

“I took a tour here and fell in love,” she says. “It’s a wonderful place to learn about your passion.”

Nicole’s passion is religion. She’s enjoyed working closely with faculty members to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of her own faith tradition as well as others. The religious studies department hosts a “mindfulness meditation” series that gives students a taste of religions from all over the world.

“You get to look at faith from many different points of view. You grow intellectually, analytically and spiritually. There’s a wide variety of classes and each professor has a unique style of teaching.”

After graduation, Nicole plans to pursue a master of divinity at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and become a youth pastor.

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.

Fall term contemplative series begins September 24

North Central’s religious studies department invites the campus community to events that focus on the contemplative dimension of human experience.

North Central College’s department of religious studies invites students, faculty and staff to attend any or all of the series of events this fall focusing on the contemplative dimension of human experience.

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