North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central offers international students chance to study English during summer

The College’s Summer Language Institute provides an opportunity for students from other countries to learn English in America.

Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307

March 16, 2011—North Central College’s Summer Language Institute offers international students the opportunity to study English during intensive multi-week programs set in both classroom and informal environments.

College hosts three speakers during April

Diane Grams
Guest speakers give talks in April on comparisons between New Orleans and Chicago, adventures along the Appalachian Trail, and bicycling advocacy.

Contact:  Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

March 15, 2011—North Central College has invited three speakers to campus in April to give talks on various topics. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Concert Choir takes first-ever European tour

The Concert Choir will embark on its first tour in Italy March 16-24 and sing at concerts in Florence, Venice and Siena and masses at the Vatican in Rome.

March 4, 2011—North Central College’s Concert Choir will embark on its first-ever European concert tour March 16-24. Some 36 students of the nearly 60-voice mixed choir have raised their own financial support and will participate in the American Celebration of Music tour to various sites in Italy.

Directed by Professor of Music Jeordano Martínez, the Concert Choir will sing during Catholic masses at St. Peter’s Basilica at Vatican City in Rome and at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, and at concerts in Florence, Venice and Siena.

Forensics team excels at state championships

Team members and faculty coaches, from left: David DePino ’13, John Stanley, Nic
North Central’s forensics team won three first-place titles and a team sweepstakes award at Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Championships.

March 10, 2011—North Central College’s forensics team excelled in this year’s State Championship Tournament, hosted by the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association (IIFA) March 4-5 at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb. North Central won three first-place titles and garnered a top prize, IIFA’s George Armstrong Cumulative Team Sweepstakes award.

Nearly 200 students, representing 19 Illinois colleges and universities, attended the tournament. Competition was held in both debate and 12 individual events in order to determine this year’s State Champions.

Navakas gives presentation at academic conference

Francine Navakas gave a presentation at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Network for Academic Renewal Conference in Chicago.

Francine Navakas—Svend and Elizabeth Bramsen Professor in the Humanities, professor of English, director of integrative programs and associate academic dean—presented at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Network for Academic Renewal Conference in Chicago March 4.  The conference theme, General Education and Assessment, attracted 800 attendees.

Student volunteers serve local refugee community

From left, elementary education and Spanish majors Sarah Hall ’12 and Liz Linnin
North Central College’s service learning program was featured in an online story.

March 9, 2011—In early 2011, the Aurora office of World Relief published a story on its website about North Central College student volunteers who tutor and serve refugee children on a weekly basis as part of the College’s service learning program. Here’s that story, written by World Relief intern Glenn Oviatt.

Alumna Cynthia Jele wins Commonwealth Writers’ Prize

Alumna and author Cynthia Jele has won the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best First Book in the African region.

Alumna Cynthia Jele wins Commonwealth Writers’ Prize

March 7, 2011—North Central graduate and author Cynthia Jele has won the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best First Book in the African region for her novel “Happiness is a Four-letter Word.”

Jele earns a trip to the Sydney Writers Festival in May, when her book will compete against finalists from other Commonwealth regions for two overall best first book awards.

Hamalis participates in World Council of Churches conference

Perry Hamalis, associate professor of religious studies, participated in a World Council of Churches conference at The University of Erfurt in Germany.

Hamalis participates in World Conference of Churches conference

March 7, 2011—Perry Hamalis, associate professor of religious studies and director of the Office of Academic Opportunities, participated in a World Council of Churches (WCC) conference, Feb. 25 through March 1, at The University of Erfurt in Erfurt, Germany.

Students volunteer during spring break

Football players with Habitat for Humanity in S.C.
More than 60 students traveled across the country to work as volunteers on six different service projects during spring break, March 17-26.

March 8, 2011—During North Central College’s spring break, March 17-26, more than 60 students will travel across the country to work as volunteers on six different service projects.

Education alumni share advice with current students

Shane Gillespie, Class of 2004, English teacher
Four alumni of North Central College's undergraduate and graduate education programs share their expertise and advice with students.

March 7, 2011—Students majoring in education at North Central College get to learn from excellent faculty members on a daily basis and from highly respected teachers in the field. Recently, four alumni of North Central’s undergraduate and graduate education programs returned to campus to share their expertise and advice with students in the 242 Classroom Management Techniques in Secondary Education class taught by Kristine Servais, associate professor of education.

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