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North Central College students benefit from gift of Shigeru Kawai piano

North Central College student vocalists and musicians are benefiting from the gift of a Shigeru Kawai piano.

North Central College student vocalists and musicians are benefitting from the gift of a Shigeru Kawai piano, one of the world’s most exquisite instruments.

The College acquired the SK-EX model concert grand piano in fall 2013 through the generosity of alumna Jane Koten ’55. Thirteen students performed at a dedication recital in Koten Chapel on June 7, including pianists who played the instrument and vocalists and other musicians who were accompanied by a faculty member performing on the piano.

Distinguished members of the North Central community are honored at Commencement

In addition to the 815 North Central College students who received their degrees at Commencement, a highlight was the presentation of four special awards.

In addition to some 815 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees, a highlight of North Central College’s 149th Commencement was the presentation of special awards.

Sarah Kott earns Mark A. Reid Freshman Leadership Award

Sarah Kott
Sarah Kott was awarded the Mark A. Reid Freshman Leadership Award during North Central College’s 2014 Honors Convocation.

Sarah Kott, daughter of Dan and Vicki Kott, of Elgin, Ill., was awarded the Mark A. Reid Freshman Leadership Award during Honors Day, May 13, at North Central College.

Results of Project Move Out: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Relocate

As residence halls emptied after spring term, unwanted furniture, carpet, dishes and pounds of electronics, food and clothing were collected, recycled, reused.

Results are in—and they’re good! Project Move Out 2014 helped reduce overall waste as members of the North Central College campus community moved out of residence hall rooms, offices and more at the end of 2013-2014 academic year.

Here’s the good news:
•    1,000-plus lbs. of electronics, from TVs to lamps, were recycled.
•    721 square feet of carpet were set aside for recycling.
•    600 lbs. of food were collected and donated to Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry.

2014 graduates of North Central College receive degrees

North Central College conferred degrees on 815 students—a record 704 earned bachelor’s and 111 earned master’s degrees—at its 149th Commencement June 14.

North Central College celebrated its 149th Commencement on June 14 by conferring degrees on 815 students. Of those students, a record 704 received bachelor’s degrees and 111 earned master’s degrees. Some 108 students graduated cum laude, 62 earned magna cum laude, 21 achieved summa cum laude, and 36 students completed the College Scholars Honors Program with honors theses.

The following Class of 2014 bachelor and master degree recipients completed their programs during December 2013, March 2014 or June 2014 or will finish August 2014.

Local media features North Central’s food composting program

The Daily Herald published front-page feature and online video, photos and article about North Central College’s successful food composting program.

North Central College’s food composting program in Kaufman Dining Hall and The Cage was featured on the front page of the June 11 Daily Herald and online with video, photos and article. The video features North Central’s program, exclusively, and emphasizes its success because of the involvement and enthusiastic support by North Central College students.

North Central stages “Evita,” the political, rocking musical about Argentine’s Eva Perón

Andrea Larson-Musselman as Evita
North Central College’s Summer Musical Theatre presents the Webber and Rice musical “Evita” June 20-22, 27-29 with actors from the community.

Actors from the community will perform in North Central College’s Summer Musical Theatre, featuring the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical “Evita” in June and features actors from the community.

Six performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. June 20-21 and 27-28 and at 2 p.m. June 22 and 29 in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $18/adults and $12/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Wynard and Walters ’14 give lecture on new state education mandates

Tammy Wynard, Alyssa Walters ’14
Tammy Wynard, North Central College visiting instructor of health and physical education, and Alyssa Walters ’14 spoke at annual health education conference.

Tammy Wynard, North Central College visiting instructor of health and physical education and coordinator of the health education and wellness programs, was invited by the Illinois School Health Association Board to present at the April 2014 annual conference held in Lombard. She, along with Alyssa Walters ’14, health and physical education major, spoke with more than 50 health education teachers and administrators about the new Illinois mandates in sexual health education.

2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Tawakkol Karman to speak tonight in Wentz Concert Hall

Tawakkol Karman, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient
North Central College welcomes Yemen’s Tawakkol Karman, the first Arab and second Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, to give a talk June 3.

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Tawakkol Karman of Yemen will give a talk about her experiences as a journalist, politician and human rights activist June 3 at North Central College.

Ian Wright and Christina Richardson: 2014 Outstanding Seniors

Ian Wright and Christina Richardson
North Central College selects Ian Wright as the Outstanding Senior Man and Christina Richardson as the Outstanding Senior Woman for 2014.

North Central College recognized Ian Wright as the Outstanding Senior Man and Christina Richardson as the Outstanding Senior Woman for 2014 during the College’s annual Honors Convocation on May 13.

The annual awards recognize one senior man and one senior woman for their successes in the classroom, their involvement and contributions to the campus community outside the classroom, and their future potential.

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