North Central College - Naperville, IL

Student receives Richter Grant for researching German harmonica pedagogy

Jacob Prosek '15 travels to Germany to explore his belief that music education curriculum should include harmonica.

Jacob Prosek ’15 feels there could be an alternative teaching method for children first learning to play musical instruments. He foresees elementary schools using harmonicas, which are cheaper, more portable and more pleasing to the ear than a recorder. “Even a beginner can achieve immediate success,” he says.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2015 Great College To Work For

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education  has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

North Central College is among just 86 institutions nationwide recognized in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace. The recognition is based on results of surveys of more than 44,000 employees at 281 colleges and universities.

Caitlin Skrbec ’15 earns Outstanding Major in Music Education Award

Caitlin Skrbec ’15
Caitlin Skrbec received the Outstanding Major in Music Education Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Caitlin Skrbec ’15, daughter of Bradford and Eileen Skrbec of Naperville, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Music Education Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.  

A graduating senior, Caitlin majored in choral and instrumental music education at North Central College. She is a graduate of Neuqua Valley High School.

Passionate about math, William Noland ’17 accepted by two prestigious programs

William Noland ’17
A triple major, William Noland ’17 chosen for summer Research Experience for Undergraduates and fall term Mathematics Advanced Study Semesters program.

From his first steps on campus, William Noland ’17 pursued his passion for mathematics and preparation for a Ph.D. and career goal in academics, either teaching or research. Now that focus has led to two selective research opportunities.

“Knowing I wanted to get into a good graduate school for math, I’ve looked for opportunities to prepare myself the best way possible,” said Noland. Majoring in applied mathematics, mathematics and economics, he was homeschooled prior to North Central.

Alvarez-Clare publishes paper in open access research journal

Silvia Alvarez-Clare, assistant professor of biology
Silvia Alvarez-Clare, North Central College assistant professor of biology, coauthors and publishes paper on fertilization experiment in Costa Rican rainforest.

Silvia Alvarez-Clare, North Central College assistant professor of biology, coauthored a paper, titled “Do Foliar, Litter, and Root Nitrogen and Phosphorus Concentrations Reflect Nutrient Limitation in a Lowland Tropical Wet Forest?” It was published in April in PLOS ONE, a multidisciplinary open access journal that features reports of original research from all disciplines within science and medicine.

Jon Kingzette is Outstanding Senior Man, Heidi Nelson is Outstanding Senior Woman

Jonathon Kingzette and Heidi Nelson
North Central College named Jonathon Kingzette as Outstanding Senior Man and Heidi Nelson as Outstanding Senior Woman at the 2015 Honors Convocation.

North Central College has recognized Jonathon Kingzette as the 2015 Outstanding Senior Man and Heidi Nelson as Outstanding Senior Woman.  

The annual awards recognize one senior man and one senior woman for their successes in the classroom, their involvement and contributions to the campus community outside the classroom, and their future potential.

Graduate student, alumnus selected for prestigious Prague Summer Program

Rebecca Samson ’12/M ’15 has been selected for a Prague Summer Program, a one-month creative-writing residency in the Czech Republic.

Rebecca Samson ’12/M ’15 has been selected for a prestigious Prague Summer Program, a one-month creative-writing residency in the Czech Republic.

Samson also was awarded one of a few competitive Vaclav Havel scholarships. Samson studied German as an undergraduate and is completing a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) in the Writing, Editing and Publishing track.

She grew up in a Czech household and her passion for Czech history and culture was strengthened after a family trip to Prague in 2011.

North Central College announces largest fundraising campaign in school’s 154-year history

Students demonstrate chemistry experiments at the kickoff celebration
North Central College has launched its Brilliant Future Campaign—a seven-year, $150 million fundraising effort, the largest in the College’s history.

North Central College has launched its Brilliant Future Campaign—a seven-year, $150 million drive that is the largest fundraising effort in the College’s 154-year history.

Nearly 1,000 students, alumni, trustees, faculty and staff gathered with local and regional elected officials, business leaders and other dignitaries May 15 at a kickoff celebration in the College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center.

North Central College breaks ground on “transformative” new Science Center

North Central College held a groundbreaking for a new Science Center that ranks among the most transformative facility upgrades in the College’s history.

North Central College on Friday held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new Science Center that ranks among the most transformative facility upgrades in the College’s 154-year history.

2015 Honors Convocation award winners

North Central recognizes high-achieving students for academic and co-curricular excellence at the College’s 39th annual Honors Convocation.

On May 12, North Central College held its 39th annual Honors Convocation, an annual spring event that publicly celebrates student excellence in the academic and co-curricular life of the College. Some 55 students were introduced by faculty members, who recognized them for their academic achievements. In addition, a record 41 College Scholars, eight Richter Grant recipients and some 30 Scholar All-Americans were recognized for their successes.

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