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Entrepreneurship is part of North Central’s DNA

With the official launch of North Central’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, students get help with starting and growing their businesses.

North Central senior Phillip Norris admits that the life of an entrepreneur can be lonely.

“When you start out, it’s a one-person show,” said Norris (photo), who was quick to add that there’s also freedom in the life of an innovator that he finds helpful. “When something needs to get done, I’m the one to do it. It’s like being an artist working on my own painting.”

Honors Day 2016 celebrates student excellence

North Central College recognizes high-achieving students for academic and co-curricular excellence throughout their college careers on Honors Day.

Honors Day is an annual highlight at North Central College. The day publicly celebrates students and their excellence in the academic and cocurricular life of the College. Honors Day 2016 opened on May 17 with a keynote address by Dr. Julio J. Ramirez as part of North Central’s 19th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

North Central College faculty and alumnus coauthor published essay

Gregory Wolf, Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor in the Humanities and professor of German, and Kevin McMahon ’15 publish essay “Judith. An Epic Film Adaption.”

Gregory H. Wolf, North Central College Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor in the Humanities and professor of German, and alumnus Kevin McMahon ’15, international business major, coauthored an essay. Titled “Judith. An Epic Film Adaption,” the essay was published in “communications,” a scholarly journal by the International Brecht Society.

Azarbad and North Central alumna present at Society of Behavioral Medicine conference

Leila Azarbad, North Central College associate professor of psychology, and Jacey Keeney ’13 presented research at Society of Behavioral Medicine meeting.

Leila Azarbad, North Central College associate professor of psychology, and alumna Jacey Keeney ’13 co-presented their research at the 37th annual meeting and scientific sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), held in Washington, D.C. SBM is the largest national professional organization in health psychology/behavioral medicine.  

North Central’s forensics team places in state, national contests, brings home All-American

North Central College’s reputation as a top national competitor in forensics and debate continues to thrive with top placements at state and national tourneys.

North Central College’s reputation as a top national competitor in forensics and debate continues to thrive.

Gudauskas, Roberts present at national conference for social innovation educators

Jeremy Gudauskas and Whitney Roberts
Jeremy Gudauskas and Whitney Roberts of North Central College present at Ashoka U Exchange, a global network for social entrepreneurship in higher education.

Jeremy Gudauskas ’99, North Central College associate dean of students, and Whitney Roberts ’08/M ’13, assistant director for civic engagement, teamed up to give presentations at the Ashoka U Exchange at Tulane University in New Orleans and at the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.

North Central College continues to garner prestigious honors

Alicia Casacchia ’17
Students and alumna receive National Science Foundation Fellowship, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship and Goldwater Honorable Mention.

North Central College students’ scholarship continues to pay off with recognitions and awards. Kori Sye ’16 was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship, Hannah Kramer ’15 received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) and Alicia Casacchia ’17 was recognized by the Goldwater Scholarship program as a 2016 Honorable Mention.

North Central College students engage in research, presentations, writing contests

With topics spanning politics, business, shoulder injuries, coffee and rock stars, students take advantage of academic opportunities outside the classroom.

Several North Central College students have engaged in a variety of research, presentation and writing opportunities during the past few months. The topics have spanned business, politics, finance, trade, athletic training, rock stars and more. Here are reports about the accomplished North Central students.

Political conference

North Central students trace the steps of Freedom Riders during spring break trip

As part of the Sankofa Verandah Experience, North Central College students followed the path of Freedom Riders during the 1960s.

During spring break 2016, students had the opportunity to participate in the Sankofa Verandah Experience, titled Student Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Students traced the steps of the Freedom Riders during the 1960s and reflected on how the civil rights struggle connects to their own passions for social justice and leadership.

They traveled to Memphis, Tenn.; Little Rock, Ark.; the Mississippi Delta; and Jackson and Oxford, Miss. Through the course of the trip, students analyzed how the civil rights movement has shaped the world today.

North Central College supports first-generation students in transition to higher education

North Central’s Cardinal First program fosters community among first-generation students and faculty.

In any given classroom at North Central College, it’s likely that several students are the first in their immediate families to pursue higher education. About 35 to 40 percent of North Central students are first-generation college students—meaning, their parents do not have four-year degrees. And many of their professors were first-generation college students, too.  

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