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North Central College showcases young talent Oct. 13 at Choral Invitational Festival

Vocal talents of local students are showcased at the annual Choral Invitational Festival at North Central College Oct. 13.

Vocal talents of local junior high and high school students, as well as North Central College’s choral ensembles, will be showcased Oct. 13 during the annual Choral Invitational Festival at North Central College.

Student groups performing during this year’s festival are Naperville’s Lincoln Junior High School Eighth Grade Chorus—under the direction of Ross Berkley—and the Rockford Christian Concert Choir. This is the first time a junior high ensemble has been invited to participate in the festival.

North Central College theatre students present original drama ‘House of Cards’

North Central College presents the student-written and –directed drama “House of Cards,” a play about relationships that unites multiple forms of theatre.

North Central College presents the student-written and –directed drama “House of Cards,” an innovative play about relationships that unites multiple forms of theatre.

Three performances of “House of Cards” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 7 and 8 in North Central College’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Princeton Review rates North Central among Best Midwestern Colleges

The Princeton Review has named North Central College among “The Best Midwestern Colleges.”

Aug. 19, 2011—The Princeton Review has named North Central College among “The Best Midwestern Colleges.”

The recognition is included in The Princeton Review’s 2012 edition of “The Best 376 Colleges.” Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which also includes ranking lists of the top 20 schools in 62 categories based on the Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending the colleges.

Joliet newspaper profiles student-athlete James Hoffman

Student-athlete James Hoffman talks about the upcoming track and field season and his interest in interactive media studies in a profile by his hometown paper.

Student-athlete James Hoffman of Minooka is profiled in a Joliet Herald News article in which he talks about the upcoming 2012 track and field season and his interest in interactive media studies.

Hoffman will be begin his senior year as a Cardinal this fall and told his hometown paper he has a specific athletic goal in mind for his final year at North Central.

“I’d really, really like to qualify for nationals in the 400 hurdles,” he said.

Students serve, teach at daycare in Mexico

Chris Lamarca ’14 serving at Casa de los Angeles
Students and faculty travel to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, during July to serve single moms and care for their children at Casa de los Angeles daycare.

The service trip to Mexico is becoming an annual tradition. For six years, North Central students and staff have traveled to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to serve at a daycare at Casa de los Angeles (home of the angels). For seven students and Professor of Computer Science Stephen Renk, the experience was hard but rewarding work.  

MAEd alumna Regina Leeberg named to administrative post

MAEd alumna Regina Leeberg is director of Pre K-5 Literacy and Social Studies at Valley View School District 365U.

Regina Leeberg, who earned her master’s of education (MAEd) degree in leadership  and administration at North Central College, is director of Pre K-5 Literacy and Social Studies at Valley View School District (VVSD) 365U, which serves Bolingbrook and Romeoville.

Her newly created position with VVSD will place Leeberg in direct contact with teachers and building principals as she serves as a resource to help them help students achieve.

Alumnus named Udall Scholar for study in engineering

Paul Roots ’07
North Central alumnus Paul Roots ’07, a civil engineering student at UIC, was named a 2011 Udall Scholar for his commitment to the environment.

North Central College alumnus Paul Roots ’07, a civil engineering student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), was named a 2011 Udall Scholar for his commitment to the environment, leadership potential and academic achievement. Roots majored in music and jazz studies at North Central.

Polinska gives talk at international humanities conference

Wioleta Polinska, professor of religious studies
Wioleta Polinska, professor of religious studies, gave a presentation, “Engaging Religious Diversity: Towards a Pedagogy of Mindful Contemplation,” in Spain.

Wioleta Polinska, professor of religious studies and chair of philosophy and religious studies, gave a presentation titled “Engaging Religious Diversity: Towards a Pedagogy of Mindful Contemplation” at the Ninth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities at the Universidad de Granada in Granada, Spain. Held June 8-11, the annual conference explores key issues in the humanities and welcomes scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines and professional areas who recognize the essential role the humanities must play in today's society.

Tribune critic names alumnus a rising star in Chicago theater

Will Allan, 2009 graduate in theatre
Chicago Tribune’s theater critic Chris Jones includes 2009 theater graduate Will Allan in his 2011 list of “The Hot New Faces of Chicago Theater.”

July 25, 2011—Chicago Tribune’s theater critic Chris Jones unveiled his 2011 list of “The Hot New Faces of Chicago Theater” and featured 2009 alumnus and theatre major Will Allan among his seven top picks of the year.

Exploring cultures, sharing opportunities

Katlyn Garris works molten glass as Ramson Lomatewama provides feedback.
SIFE students gain an appreciation for Hopi art while exploring new products for campus sales.

Three students who are active in Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) recently visited the Hopi School near the Grand Canyon in Arizona to learn more about Hopi art and build relationships that could result in the sale of products on campus.  Arlinda Bajrami ’12, Katelyn Garris ’12, and Raine Tagare ’12, along with Matt Krystal, assistant professor of anthropology, and Gerald Thalman, associate professor of accounting, also helped dig a trench for electrical cable to power a new glassblowing studio.

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