North Central College - Naperville, IL

On a Mission of Hope

Seven North Central students traveled to Haiti in December 2009 to work at an orphanage, school and medical center.

Little did they know that within a few weeks, they’d be raising several thousand dollars to support relief efforts after the January 12 earthquake.

Speakers Recount Memories, Passion for Civil Rights Era

Dr. Cornel West, a Princeton University professor, author and lifelong champion for racial justice, was the College’s keynote speaker for Martin Luther King Week. Speaking from the same stage and lectern in Pfeiffer Hall as King did some 50 years before, West challenged the capacity crowd to have the courage to evaluate themselves—their character, prejudices, concern for the poor—using King as their example.

President's Letter: There are lots of wonderful schools. There's only one North Central College

Recently, a faculty candidate with super credentials who lives in another (far warmer) part of the country, after slogging through a wet and snowy day of interviews across the campus, asked me a question that caught me by surprise: “You’ve been here about 20 years. How come you’re still here?”

Nurturing the Inquisitive Mind

Kate Smith ’05 Pereda loves to teach science to her fifth-grade pupils in Addison, IL. During the one semester each year that she can even fit the topic into the schedule, she’s armed and ready to engage her students—several of whom want to pursue science in their futures—with valuable lessons and methods learned at North Central College.

Smart Boards, Clickers, Wikis & Blogs

In a computer lab in Oesterle Library, elementary education major Kristen Robledo ’11 uses an interactive SMART Board to practice a lesson she’ll give to first graders the next morning.

3 Perspectives of Rwanda

 More than 15 years ago, the African nation of Rwanda experienced a devastating war caused by genocide, and as the country continues to heal, its past, present and future affect North Central College students, faculty and alumni. 

War zone gets jazzed

Thanksgiving 2009 was a memorable occasion for Mitch Paliga, jazz saxophone instructor and a member of the jazz studies faculty at North Central. A professional saxophonist in the Lt. Dan Band—founded by actor Gary Sinise and music director Kimo Williams to entertain military troops—Paliga spent his Thanksgiving vacation performing at three military bases in Afghanistan. Conditions were primitive and entering an active war zone was challenging for the 12-member band.

Broadcast Talent Lands On a Big-Time Stage


Lindsey Theis ’07 is settling in to her new role at CNN in Atlanta, using the tools she learned while majoring in broadcast communication at North Central.

Haiti Crisis puts alumna in the spotlight

During the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, Jaclyn Mitchell ’99 served as spokesperson for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago as part of her position as director of marketing and communications. Among her tasks was to handle a press conference at O’Hare International Airport upon the arrival of a United Airlines flight of evacuees. “It was totally amazing,” she said of a day that stretched until 4 a.m. Mitchell and her staff worked without a break for 10 days following the January 12 event.

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