North Central College - Naperville, IL

Students, staff present at LEV-cosponsored conference on faith, justice and civic learning

Steve Oliveri
North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program recently co-sponsored the first National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference.

July 1, 2011—North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program recently cosponsored the first National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference with DePaul University, providing students and staff the opportunity to present three sessions on various topics.

Cancer researcher returns to North Central to guest lecture science courses

Zach Pratt, a 2005 alumnus who recently completed his doctorate in cancer biology, returned to North Central to guest lecture some biology courses.

Zach Pratt hopes to combine his passion for scientific research with his knack for teaching.

Since earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from North Central in 2005, Pratt has completed his doctorate in cancer biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He returned to North Central in February 2011 to guest lecture some biology courses, using bacteria to teach a lesson in evolution.

State honors North Central College for its commitment to sustainable practices

North Central College is the first suburban Chicago school to achieve gold status through the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

North Central College’s commitment to environmentally friendly practices has earned gold-level recognition through the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

Cornel West, provocative civil rights activist, keynotes North Central’s MLK Week

North Central College welcomes author, academic, civil rights activist Cornel West Jan. 23 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker.

North Central College welcomes author, academic and provocative civil rights activist Dr. Cornel West Jan. 23 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker.

Each year, North Central College honors and remembers King with a keynote presentation, musical tributes, a prayer breakfast and activities. This year’s theme is “A Journey Defined.” King spoke in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall in 1960.

North Central College names Abiodun Goke-Pariola vice president for academic affairs, dean of faculty

Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola
North Central College has named Dr. Abiodun “GP” Goke-Pariola its next vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

North Central College has named Dr. Abiodun “GP” Goke-Pariola its next vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

Dr. Goke-Pariola will begin his new role at North Central College on July 1 after serving most recently as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

North Central stages range of holiday music, theatre shows in December

North Central College presents a celebrated and diverse lineup of holiday performances during the Christmas season in its Naperville venues.

North Central College presents a celebrated and diverse lineup of holiday performances during the Christmas season. Music ranges from swing and celtic to jazz and classical by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Celtic Woman, faculty artists and a full symphony orchestra. Theatre performances feature the infamous holiday characters Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley.

North Central presents Tony Award-winning musical “Parade”

Matt Boresi ’97 to direct award-winning Broadway musical “Parade,” a tragic, true story of a man wrongly accused of murder, Nov. 13-16.

North Central College presents the Broadway musical “Parade,” winner of two Tony Awards and six Drama Desk Awards, Nov. 13-16. The musical is based on the book by Alfred Uhry with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown.

North Central College to establish program in Middle Eastern and North African studies

John Shindler
North Central College is establishing an innovative academic program in Middle Eastern and North African studies that will include language courses in Arabic.

North Central College is establishing an innovative academic program in Middle Eastern and North African studies that will include language courses in Arabic. The new program is partially funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant.

Beginning in fall 2015 the College will offer a minor in Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) studies, significantly expand Oesterle Library’s holdings in MENA studies and introduce students to cultural experiences in the Chicago area and abroad.

Troy Kelleher ’15 writes feature on successful run by theatre alumnus

Will Allan ’09 in "Animal Farm"
Will Allan ’09, standout theatre major, receives rave reviews for his dual role performance in George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre.

Troy Kelleher ’16, copy editor for The Chronicle and student writer for the Office of Marketing and Communications, penned a story for NCCLinked.com about alumnus Will Allan ’09, who’s playing dual roles in Chicago-based Steppenwolf Theatre’s fall production “Animal Farm.” A standout theatre major while at North Central, Allan stars as a narrative, passive donkey and author George Orwell and is receiving rave reviews by some of Chicago’s biggest critics. The show runs through Nov. 16; visit Steppenwolf.org.  

Mock Trial team, individual students win awards in early contest

North Central College’s Mock Trial team wins third-place trophy at the annual Bradley University Mock Trial Invitational, three students win top awards.

North Central College’s Mock Trial team defeated 13 other teams to win a third-place trophy at the annual Bradley University Mock Trial Invitational, held Oct. 25-26.

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