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North Central music major wins prestigious national jazz award

Alyssa Allgood '14
North Central College Alyssa Allgood '14 wins DownBeat Magazine’s national Student Music Award for best collegiate jazz vocal soloist.

North Central College senior Alyssa Allgood has won DownBeat Magazine’s national Student Music Award for best collegiate jazz vocal soloist.

Model UN practices politics, receives award at global conference

2014 Model UN team to New York City
North Central College’s Model UN program received an Honorable Mention delegation award for its performance at National Model United Nations conference.

North Central College’s Model United Nations (UN) program received an Honorable Mention delegation award for its performance at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York City April 13-17.
 
The conference featured more than 5,000 students from around the world, participating in a simulation of the real-life diplomacy of the United Nations. Each school’s delegation was assigned a country to represent during the simulation, where it collaborates with other delegations to pass United Nations resolutions.

Naperville among the top cities nationwide for recent college graduates

Naperville—home to North Central College—has been named among the “Top 10 Best Cities for New College Grads,” reports a study by Livability.com.

The City of Naperville—home to North Central College—has been named among the “Top 10 Best Cities for New College Grads,” reports a study by Livability.com, which ranks cities where jobs are available and recent college graduates want to live.
 
The study ranked Naperville No. 9 out of 10 cities nationwide, with Cambridge, Mass., taking the top spot in 2014. The list of the 10 cities ranked in the study is available at livability.com.
 

Students join efforts to revitalize communities in Detroit

Marissa Sylvester ’15, far left, gives her perspective
Of the many students who served nationwide during spring break, some traveled to Detroit to serve with a mission dedicated to economic disaster recovery work.

The sign beside the highway reads “Detroit: City Limits.” Well, it’s supposed to, but the graffiti makes it hard to see. Dilapidated houses and boarded strip malls pass the bus window. It’s spring break, and Marissa Sylvester ’15, biology major, traded sandy beaches for service.

“I could have gone home and relaxed,” says Sylvester. “But I wanted to do something significant and useful. Helping others means much more to me than sleeping late.”

First head coach of men’s volleyball program is Kyle Exline

Kyle Exline, new head coach of the Cardinals men’s volleyball program
North Central College Athletic Director Jim Miller has announced the hiring of Kyle Exline as the first head coach of the Cardinals men’s volleyball program.

North Central College Athletic Director Jim Miller has announced the hiring of Kyle Exline as the first head coach of the Cardinals men’s volleyball program. (Story first published at northcentralcardinals.com.)
 
A former NCAA Division I player with coaching experience at the NCAA Division III, high school and club levels, Exline will spend the 2014-2015 academic year recruiting the team, which will take the court for North Central’s inaugural season in 2016.

North Central students achieve Dean’s List honors for winter term

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North Central College has named its Dean’s List of scholars for the 2014 winter term.

North Central College has named its Dean’s List of scholars for the 2014 winter term. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, undergraduate students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.6 (4.0=A) for the term and be enrolled as full-time students.

The following students were named to the Dean’s List for winter term:

Alexandra A'Hearn
Bethlehem Abdissa
Heather Accettura
Kayla Acton
Jonathan Adkins
Ethan Adlfinger
Stefani Aguirre
Carolyn Aikens
Athina Ajazi
Joshua Albright
Julie Albright
Wali Ali

North Central College student Circle K club awarded national grant for service project

Circle K members during a recent fundraiser
North Central College’s Circle K service club has been awarded a national grant to fund a community service project that will benefit children with cancer.

North Central College’s student-run Circle K International service club has been awarded a grant by the global Circle K International organization to finance a community service project that will provide care packages to children with cancer.

Carmen Brodnax ’14 and Cera Rodriguez ’15 inspire others to explore cultural differences

Carmen Brodnax ’14 and Cera Rodriguez ’15, BSA copresidents
Students in North Central College’s Black Student Association look forward to Black History Month, engaging campus community in cultural discussions, BSA club.

As copresidents of the Black Student Association (BSA), North Central College Carmen Brodnax ’14 and Cera Rodriguez ’15 hope to engage the campus community in special activities during Black History Month and inspire students of all backgrounds to participate in BSA throughout the year.

North Central College names Marty Sauer and Kimberly Sluis to vice president positions

North Central College has named Marty Sauer and Kimberly Sluis as vice presidents, effective Feb. 1.

North Central College has named Marty Sauer as vice president for enrollment management and athletics and Kimberly Sluis ’99 as vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

Sauer is the College’s dean of admission and financial aid and Sluis is dean of students. The promotions are effective Feb. 1, the day Laurie Hamen, North Central College vice president for enrollment management, athletics and student affairs, begins serving as the ninth president of Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

North Central College education alumni named principals of high-achieving high schools

Brian Waterman, left, and Mark Kolkman
Alumni of North Central College’s master of arts in education program are named principals of suburban high schools with reputations for academic excellence.

Two alumni of North Central College’s master of arts in education (MAEd) program are assuming leadership positions at suburban Chicago high schools with reputations for academic excellence.

Brian Waterman is the new principal of Lyons Township High School in LaGrange while Mark Kolkman is becoming principal of Hinsdale Central High School. Both earned their master’s degrees in educational leadership at North Central College, Waterman in 2004 and Kolkman in 2002. Both positions are effective with the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

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