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North Central College President Troy D. Hammond meeting alumni during Inaugural Tour

North Central College President Dr. Troy D. Hammond aims to meet at least 1,000 alumni during his first weeks on the job.

North Central College’s 10th president, Troy D. Hammond, is hitting the road on a yearlong inaugural tour to meet with alumni and talk about the importance of alumni engagement in his vision for a brilliant future.

Hammond has set a personal goal to meet 1,000 alumni by the end of February and is eager to continue meeting alumni throughout his first year.

Flamenco Festival showcases Spanish culture during February

Free flamenco dance lessons, Mondays, Jan. 28 through March 4
North Central College hosts its annual Flamenco Festival, featuring rhythmic music, lectures, dance and film from Spanish culture.

North Central College will host its sixth annual Flamenco Festival during the month of February, showcasing the emotive, rhythmic music and dance from Spanish culture. Several events are planned—including dance classes, lectures, a performance and film. All are free and open to the public.

The Flamenco Festival presents the following events:

North Central College to host March 9 Chords for Kids event for children with autism

North Central College on March 9 will host Chords for Kids, the seventh annual free concert for children with autism and their families.

North Central College on March 9 will host Chords for Kids, the seventh annual free concert for children with autism and their families.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Wheelchair seating is available. Admission is free, though tickets are required; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Hill Harper delivers Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote address at North Central College

Actor/author Hill Harper delivered an impassioned Martin Luther King Week keynote address in Wentz Concert Hall.

Actor/author Hill Harper delivered an impassioned Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote address Jan. 21 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall.

Harper spoke about “Being an Active Architect of Your Own Life” and used the analogy of an architect who designs a building to talk about how people could do more to plan their own lives.

College, city partner to transform downtown Naperville eyesore into park

North Central College is moving ahead with plans to create a park on land that for years was home to a downtown Naperville eyesore.

North Central College is moving ahead with plans to create a park on land that for years was home to a downtown Naperville eyesore.

Demolition work of the structure at 420 S. Washington St. began on Jan. 19. A backhoe tore down the building that sat vacant for the past decade at the prominent location along Washington Street. Debris was carted away over the following few days.

North Central College alumnus Dr. Karl Brooks speaks at MLK prayer breakfast

Alumnus Karl Brooks ’90, a Joliet Junior College administrator, was keynote speaker at the College’s MLK prayer breakfast.

North Central College alumnus Dr. Karl Brooks ’90 spoke to students, faculty, staff and guests about the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy during the College’s annual MLK prayer breakfast Jan. 21.

Dean of student success at Joliet Junior College, Brooks encouraged audience members to reflect on what inspires them—saying King’s legacy is a source of daily inspiration to him.

“We are all benefactors of Martin Luther King’s legacy,” Brooks said. “He calls us all to a higher moral and ethical ground.”

North Central’s 17th annual International Festival is Jan. 27

College's German Club hosts booth about German culture
North Central College welcomes members of the community to its annual International Festival Jan. 27 to experience different cultures from around the world.

For 17 years, North Central College has welcomed members of the community to its annual International Festival to experience different cultures from around the world and around the corner. This year’s International Festival takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in the College’s Merner Field House, 450 S. Brainard St., Naperville.

North Central College forges innovative partnerships with local school districts

North Central College’s partnerships with local schools are creating more collaborative opportunities for future educators.

North Central College’s innovative partnerships with local public schools are creating more opportunities for future educators and collaborative solutions to education challenges.

Hill Harper MLK Week keynote address at North Central changed to 5 p.m. Jan. 21

Hill Harper
Keynote talk by Hill Harper on Jan. 21 has been changed to 5 p.m. as College celebrates the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with week of activities.

The time of the North Central College Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote address by author and actor Hill Harper has been changed to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21.

Harper’s talk was scheduled for 7 p.m., but President Barack Obama has asked him to attend a post-inauguration event that evening in Washington, D.C. In August, Obama appointed Harper to a key administration post on the president’s three-member Cancer Panel, which is responsible for monitoring the development and execution of the activities of the National Cancer Program.

North Central’s electric vehicle charging station is ready to use

North Central College introduces new sustainability effort, installs first electric vehicle charging station at Old Main parking lot for campus community use.

As part of an ongoing effort to support sustainability values and actions into all aspects of campus life, North Central College has installed its first electric vehicle charging station, making it easier for members of the campus community to own and use electric cars.

The electric vehicle charging station is ready to use and situated on the sidewalk in the Old Main parking lot off Loomis Street. The station can charge two vehicles simultaneously in two adjacent parking spaces and may be used free of charge by any North Central College student, faculty, staff or campus visitor.

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