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Jeremy Gudauskas among North Central presenters at leadership summit

Jeremy Gudauskas ’99, associate dean of students
North Central College alumni and staff give presentations at local leadership summit about becoming effective leaders in today’s fast-paced world.

North Central College alumni and staff were guest speakers at the Echelon Leadership Summit, a one-day, community-driven leadership event held at the Northern Illinois University Naperville campus on Oct. 31. The leadership summit focused on six different tracks of interest—new leaders, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, organizations and more—with the goal of exploring new approaches to becoming effective leaders in today’s fast-paced world.

“Sicko” gives view of health care in the United States

The campus community is invited to view documentary “Sicko” and hear faculty discussion as part of a North Central Global Human Rights event, Tuesday Oct. 16.

On Oct. 16, the campus community is invited to view the 2007 documentary “Sicko,” one of three North Central College Global Human Rights events on campus this fall. Sponsored by the Office of International Programs and Leadership, Ethics & Values program, the free event takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall. Filmmaker Michael Moore investigates and presents his perspective of health care, health insurance and the pharmaceutical industry in the United States.
 

Service, study abroad inspire student’s research on immigration reform

Jenna Slack ’12, Spanish major, leadership and conflict resolution minors
North Central College senior Jenna Slack presents research at national conference that supports using mediation to resolve immigration conflict, direct policy.

Senior Jenna Slack from Carol Stream, Ill., is among 45 students from North Central College whose research project was accepted for presentation at a leading national conference on undergraduate research.

Her research topic—using mediation to examine and resolve illegal migration issues—evolved after a study abroad experience her sophomore year led to subsequent volunteer work.

Men vs. Wild: A Leadership Retreat

Leadership expedition
A D-Term adventure to Northern Wisconsin tested the mettle of 13 male students as part of a leadership retreat.

A D-Term adventure to Northern Wisconsin tested the mettle of 13 male students, who spent a night camping in the frigid wilderness as part of a leadership retreat. The three-night adventure, called “Men vs. Wild: A Men’s Leadership Expedition,” encouraged the participants to explore their life’s mission, spirituality and leadership capabilities while discussing themes like self-awareness and purpose and calling.

North Central College honors Ryan Dowd with Alumni Recognition Award

North Central College is honoring Ryan Dowd, executive director of Hesed House in Aurora, with its 2011 Alumni Recognition Award.

This is the fourth of five weekly installments profiling individuals who will receive Alumni Awards & Recognition on Nov. 11 during North Central College’s Sesquicentennial Homecoming Celebration.

Oct. 25, 2011—North Central College is honoring Ryan Dowd of Aurora with its 2011 Alumni Recognition Award.

Students hold events to raise awareness about human slavery

The Earth Program gives benefit concert May 6
Student members of Blue Key Honor Society will host May 6-7 events on campus to raise awareness about the realities of human slavery in the world.

April 29, 2011—North Central College students will host a series of events on May 6-7 to raise awareness about the realities of human slavery in the world. The campus community is invited to participate.

Throughout the school year, students involved in the Blue Key National Honor Society initiated a human rights project called Project Liberation, which focused on human slavery—especially sex trafficking, forced labor and child soldiers. The May 6-7 events, dubbed “One Peace, One Love,” will culminate this campuswide effort.

Challenging New Leaders

Graduate students enrolled in the new Administration of Higher Education class are learning their lessons from a real pro.

Graduate students enrolled in the new Administration of Higher Education class are learning their lessons from a real pro. Preparing these aspiring future leaders in higher education is Gary Ireland, now director of student development and assistant dean of students.

Formerly the College’s dean of students, Ireland is now sharing his 25 years of experience by teaching graduate-level classes and mentoring graduate assistants. Most of the students in his fall term class are specializing in the new higher education leadership track within the master of leadership studies program.

Danielle Cifonie '10

After a busy four years on campus, Danielle Cifonie ’10 obtained a teaching job in the very competitive Teach For America program.

After a busy four years on campus, Danielle Cifonie ’10 obtained a teaching job in the very competitive Teach For America program. She has been assigned to Kansas City, MO, for her position. With an organizational communication major and leadership minor, she was involved with residence life, College Union Activities Board, ministry and service, Blue Key Honor Society and admission student ambassadors and was honored with the Carleen Verstraete Resident Student Award for 2010.

Defining Leadership

 

One of the hallmarks of North Central College is an environment that nurtures leadership among today’s students—and recognizes its value as a quality that serves our alumni, staff, faculty and trustees over their lifetimes. The following profiles define leadership in the arts, academics, campus life, the community, the church and through philanthropy, and reveal how each has impacted the future of North Central College.

Leadership, Ethics & Values: An Enduring Mission

It has been 20 years since North Central College President Gael Swing announced a “distinctive new program,” designed to “help train not only tomorrow’s leaders, but to help present-day decision-makers as well.” He called it “Leadership, Ethics and Values” (LEV), noting that “the program may be new, but the concept is an outgrowth of our heritage and our mission—to provide a liberal arts education designed to prepare students to live free, ethically responsible and intellectually rewarding lives.”

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