North Central College - Naperville, IL

Rob Hamilton '04

Rob Hamilton was ordained in June and named associate pastor at Glenview United Methodist Church in Glenview, IL. He graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Seminary and as a North Central student was involved with service opportunities and New Beginnings VBS through campus ministry. He actively promotes New Beginnings to other Methodist churches.

North Central College offers five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree in leadership

North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Nov. 16, 2010)—North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

Students accepted into this program earn both a bachelor’s degree—in any discipline—and the master of leadership studies with the completion of 141 credit hours.

Record number of international students join College student body

Record number of international students join College student body

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The Office of International Programs welcomes 41 new students who are part of a record 54 nonimmigrant international students enrolled at North Central College this fall. They come from 28 countries and include new first year and transfer students, returning students, eight graduate students, 16 new exchange students and five who are sponsored by the Global UGRAD program.


North Central was well represented at this year’s National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

The most ever student-researchers from North Central College—32—were accepted to attend the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in April. "This is impressive because we’ve never had this many students apply and it really reflects a changing culture here, a true culture of inquiry,” says Perry Hamalis, director of the Office of Academic Opportunities and assistant professor of religious studies.

Wioleta Polinska attends institute on South Asian studies

Wioleta Polinska attends institute on South Asian studies

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Wioleta Polinska, associate professor of religious studies and chair of philosophy and religious studies, participated in the Institute on Infusing South Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum, July 12-30, at the East-West Center in Honolulu. The institute was directed by Arindam Chakrabarti, professor of philosophy at the University of Hawaii.


Majors Minors and Programs : Religious Studies

Hoffert gives presentations in China & Wheaton, pursues research on Japan

Hoffert gives presentations in China & Wheaton, pursues research on Japan

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Brian Hoffert, associate professor of religious studies and history and coordinator of East Asian studies, presented a paper titled “Beyond Life and Death: The Great Awakening” at the Conference on Daoist Ways of Thought in Zhengzhou, China, on March 25, 2010. He also gave a presentation on “The Daoist Roots of Zen Humor” at the DuPage Valley Social Studies Conference in Wheaton, Ill., on Feb. 26, 2010. Hoffert will be doing research on Japanese religious pilgrimages this fall and will host the Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought at DePaul University in Chicago April 2011.


Polinska, Lehe and student give talks at Asian studies conference

Polinska, Lehe and student give talks at Asian studies conference

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Wioleta Polinska, associate professor of religious studies and chair of philosophy and religious studies; Robert Lehe, professor of philosophy; and Matthew Rogers ’10, who majored in Japanese and philosophy, presented papers at the Asian Studies Development Program 16th Annual National Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, on July 2. Polinska’s paper was titled “Till Death Do Us Part?: Buddhist-Christian Discourse on Marriage”; Lehe’s paper was titled “The Problem of Evil in Christianity and Buddhism”; and Rogers’ paper was titled “Buddhist Interdependence as an Exp


Final Mindfulness Meditation experience Thursday

Final Mindfulness Meditation experience Thursday

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The religious studies department and Office of Ministry and Service invite the campus community to learn about the contemplative dimension of religious experience. The final event of the term will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 27, in the Community Gathering room at Kiekhofer Hall. There will be a short presentation by a religious practitioner and the option to participate in contemplative exercises.


Faculty tenure, promotions, emeritus announced

Faculty tenure, promotions, emeritus announced

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North Central’s Board of Trustees approved the following faculty for tenure, promotion and emeritus status at the Trustee meeting, May 21-22, 2010: For tenure and promotion to associate professor: Martha Bohrer, associate professor of English Perry Hamalis, associate professor of religious studies For promotion to professor: Stephen Maynard Caliendo, professor of political science Lisa Long, professor of English Heidi Matthews, professor of health and physical education Wioleta Polinska

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