North Central College - Naperville, IL

1960 Martin Luther King visit inspired students to activism

Throughout its 150-year history North Central College has demonstrated its commitment to the principles of equality and nonviolence.

During January, North Central College celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a week of events and activities. As part of a yearlong celebration of its Sesquicentennial, the College’s 2012 observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Week is particularly significant.

Mike O'Connor

Mike wants to work in law enforcement. As preparation, he majored in sociology with a criminal justice emphasis and took advantage of many experiences outside the classroom.

“From exploring various city neighborhoods during my Chicago term classes to my internship with the Illinois State Police Department to volunteering with an ex-con reentry program to challenging course work and projects, I feel I’m ready,” says Mike.

His course-work included research projects and presentations at North Central’s Rall Symposium for Undergradute Research and a Midwestern psychology conference. Mike even focused his College Scholars Honors thesis on a criminal justice issue.

“I feel I’ve had outlets to practice the lessons I’ve learned from my classes on race and ethnicity, criminal justice, juvenile delinquency and urban problems. I even found myself questioning some of the things I heard in class. But after time, I began to look at situations with an open mind and recognize sociology in new situations.”

Samantha Nutt to address 2012 Blue Key National Conference at North Central

Humanitarian Samantha Nutt will address honors students from across the nation Jan. 13 when North Central College hosts the 2012 Blue Key National Conference.

Humanitarian Samantha Nutt, an authority on how war impacts civilians, will address honors students from across the nation Jan. 13 when North Central College hosts the 2012 Blue Key National Conference.

The Blue Key Honor Society recognizes college students at senior institutions of higher education for balanced and all-around excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Nearly 120 students are expected to participate in the three-day national conference Jan. 13-15.

Human resource management major selected for NASPA mentoring program

Stephania Rodriguez
Stephania Rodriguez, a sophomore human resource management major from Aurora, has been selected for the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program.

Stephania Rodriguez, a sophomore human resource management major from Aurora, has been selected for a prestigious program that offers networking, mentoring and other opportunities for students interested in learning about careers as higher education administrators.

Rodriguez has been accepted into the 2011-2012 class of the Undergraduate Fellows Program of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, formerly known as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Tavis Smiley to speak at North Central College during Martin Luther King Jr. Week

Radio and television host Tavis Smiley will be keynote speaker Jan. 19 during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week observance at North Central College.

Dec. 5, 2011—Radio and television host Tavis Smiley will be keynote speaker during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week observance at North Central College.

The talk show host, political commentator and entrepreneur will deliver his presentation, “America I AM,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Dec. 7 for $10; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Senior psychology major has research paper accepted for publication

Rachel Garthe ’12, psychology major
Research paper by North Central College senior Rachel Garthe has been accepted for publication in the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Senior psychology major Rachel Garthe had her research paper accepted for publication in the academic publication “Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.” Titled “The Effects of Self-Esteem and Aggression in Scottish Young Adults on Depression,” her paper will be featured in a future issue. The journal is an international, fully reviewed, quarterly journal dedicated to the publication of undergraduate student research.

Students and faculty collaborate to identify ancient remains

Amanda Marolf ’13, anthropology major studying archaeological remains
North Central College students have been chipping away at archaeological remains from an ancient fortress in Jordan, in cooperation with the Field Museum.

During fall term, nine students have been chipping away at archaeological remains as part of their course work in Archaeology in Jordan SOA 390, a new class based on original research conducted by Edward Maher, lecturer in anthropology and the classics.

D-Term Verandah courses offer experiential learning

North Central College offers a record 17 Verandah experiences during D-Term, including four for first-year students only. Register on Merlin; space is limited.

During 2011 D-Term, North Central College is offering a record number of Verandah course offerings for students. These experiential learning opportunities connect faculty and students in informal environments outside the classroom around topics of interest.

Student Emily Rademaker named North Central College 2011 Lincoln Laureate

Emily Rademaker, 2011 Lincoln Laureate
North Central College faculty chose senior Emily Rademaker as this year’s Lincoln Laureate for her excellence in academics and co-curricular involvement.

Nov. 11, 2011—Emily Rademaker of Cary, Ill., has been named North Central College’s 2011 Lincoln Laureate, an annual award that honors outstanding seniors at four-year degree-granting institutions in Illinois. North Central College faculty selected Rademaker as the College’s top senior for her excellence in curricular and co-curricular activities.

Governor Pat Quinn presented Rademaker with a medallion, certificate of achievement and a check for $500 on Nov. 6 at the House of Representatives in Springfield.

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