North Central College - Naperville, IL

First-year students experience life in New Orleans

First-year student Gail Oesterle reflects on her experiences learning and serving in New Orleans.

A group of North Central students spent a week in New Orleans this December as part of the First-Year Experience program. Over the summer, all incoming first-year students read the Dave Eggers book “Zeitoun” about a family’s struggles in the Crescent City following Hurricane Katrina’s devastation in 2005. The theme of “Building an Ideal City” was explored during the seven-week FYE 100 course in the fall.

Alternative gift fair, Guatemala trip teach students ethics of business practices

In the rugged highlands of Guatemala, 10 North Central College students are learning about fair and direct trade, the coffee business—and themselves.

In the rugged highlands of Guatemala this December, 10 North Central College students are learning about fair and direct trade, the coffee business—and themselves.

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.

Macek presents, chairs panel at communications conference

Macek presents, chairs panel at communications conference

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Steve Macek, associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, presented and chaired a five-person panel, “Moments of Danger: Media, Politics and Class in U.S. Communication History,” at the Union for Democratic Communications conference in State College, Pa., Oct. 14-16. Macek’s presentation was titled “The Citizen’s Committee on the Media and the Campaign for Media Democracy in Chicago.” The panel was hosted by Penn State University.



Ben Altensey

“Students can read about urban problems anywhere, but North Central puts you into the city to witness those issues first-hand,” says Ben. The sociology major participated in the Chicago Term, which involves commuting into the city for 10 weeks of study, research and touring. North Central’s faculty teach the Chicago Term courses and lead urban outings. “The experience furthered my interest in city planning and led me to obtain an internship with the City of Naperville Plan Commission,” Ben says. “I plan to go on to graduate school for urban planning. Whatever you study, North Central offers a variety of unique opportunities that many other schools do not.”

Majors Minors and Programs : Urban and Suburban Studies

Steve Macek's op-ed about proposed merger is published

Steve Macek's op-ed about proposed merger is published

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Steve Macek, associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, had his syndicated op-ed piece titled “A Merger That Isn’t Comcastic” published online in August. The co-authored article argues against the proposed $28 billion merger between Comcast and NBC/Universal.


College faculty, staff inducted to Naperville's Heritage Hall of Honor

Two North Central College employees will be inducted to the Naperville Heritage Society's Heritage Hall of Honor Sunday, Aug. 1, at Naper Settlement.

Two North Central College employees will be inducted to the Naperville Heritage Society's Heritage Hall of Honor Sunday, Aug. 1, at Naper Settlement. The yearly recognition honors people and organizations that have made significant contributions to preserving the history of Naperville.

Ann Durkin Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History, will be recognized for her historical and academic contributions. Mary Kay Hyett, office manager, Office of Community Development, will be honored for her volunteerism.

Steve Macek offers critique, testifies about media merger

Steve Macek offers critique, testifies about media merger

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Steve Macek, associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, was quoted July 7 and July 13 as an expert in online publications about the pending Comcast/NBC Universal merger, which, he says, would result in reduced local news coverage and job cuts for news employees at those stati


Stephen Caliendo gives talk on using new media

Stephen Caliendo gives talk on using new media

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Stephen Maynard Caliendo, associate professor of political science, was a co-presenter with co-author Charlton McIlwain of New York University at the Transforming Race Conference sponsored by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University on March 12. They were featured presenters on a panel, “New Media: Unexpected Pathways to Empowerment,” and discussed the ways they use Facebook, Twitter and blogging to encourage meaningful discussion of race and politics through their work at The Project on Race in Political Communication.


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