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Wade Balsamo ’17 wins scholarship in video contest for his inspiring story

North Central College freshman Wade Balsamo wins scholarship by media production firm in video contest that featured nonprofit organization.

Wade Balsamo, a freshman at North Central College, is the winner of a video scholarship contest sponsored by Cynthia Kay and Company (CK & CO).

Balsamo, of Barrington, is passionate about production and his efforts to promote Walk On, a philanthropic organization that provides equine-assisted activities to people with physical, cognitive, social and emotional disabilities. Walk On helps inspire people to advance to their highest potential.

Exercise science graduate Steve Hlavac uses his business to help others

Steve Hlavac ’12, owner of Beyond Measure Training, with Kate Crawford ’12
Steve Hlavac ’12, founder of Beyond Measure Training in Naperville, combines his passion for fitness and training to launch business, help others.

“Helping people is my goal,” says Steve Hlavac ’12, founder and owner of Beyond Measure Training in Naperville. His business was founded on that principle and his life reflects it.

Steve Hlavac ’12 has always loved fitness and training. An exercise science graduate, he’s the all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards in Cardinal football and was an outfielder in baseball. That passion led to helping college friends with personal training and evolved into a career and the launch of Beyond Measure Training.

Enactus holds its annual holiday shopping event after Thanksgiving

Enactus will feature many fair- and direct-trade products during its holiday shopping event, Nov. 29-30, at the 116 S. Brainard House.

Enactus will hold a holiday shopping event, featuring a variety of fair- and direct-trade products, after Thanksgiving on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30, at the 116 S. Brainard House. The store will be open noon to 4 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Among the items for purchase are:
•    Conscious Bean Coffee, whole bean and ground, from Guatemala
•    Coffee spoons and other related coffee-making materials from Guatemala
•    Handmade baskets from Kenya

Update: Collection drive for supplies is over; donations and gift cards still welcome

Donated supplies are  loaded into cars, transported to central Illinois
Some North Central College students and their families were affected by the Nov. 17 storms. Thank you to all who gave donations.

11/22 update: Many donated items have been collected for those in central Illinois affected by the tornadoes. Thank you! No new items will be accepted at this time. However, donations of cash, checks or gift cards are still being accepted. Gifts cards to Walgreens, Target, Walmart, Ace Hardware, McDonalds and Meijer are requested. Donations of money and gift cards may be sent via campus to Patricia Schacht (CM 455) or contact her at 630-637-5331 or

North Central College names Colin Loeffler its 2013 Lincoln Laureate

Colin Loeffler
Senior Colin Loeffler, a theatre and English literature double major and a leader in many campus programs, is North Central College’s Lincoln Laureate.

Colin Loeffler has been named North Central College’s 2013 Lincoln Laureate. A senior from Sun Prairie, Wis., Loeffler is double majoring in theatre and English literature and active in the music department and many campus programs.

“Colin is a formidable scholar, whose work in classes is often graduate level. He excels as an artist and student leader and is an extraordinary role model in all his endeavors,” says Lisa Long, professor of English at North Central College.

Focus group feedback about Premier Scholars program is featured in talk

Dorothy Pleas, Ana Rivera ’14, Nicole Rivera, Marlena Martinez ’15
Four North Central College students, faculty and administrative personnel gave joint presentation at the Diversity & Inclusivity Teaching & Research Symposium.

Four North Central College students, faculty and administrative personnel gave a joint presentation at the Diversity & Inclusivity Teaching & Research Symposium held Oct. 12 at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Ind.

North Central College student earns prestigious higher education fellowship

Femi Oyewole ’15 has been selected for a program that offers networking, mentoring and other opportunities for students pursuing careers in higher education.

North Central College student Femi Oyewole ’15 has been selected for a prestigious program that offers networking, mentoring and other opportunities for students who want to pursue careers as higher education administrators.

Oyewole has been accepted into the 2013-2014 class of the Undergraduate Fellows Program of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, formerly known as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Scholarship winner overcomes obstacles to plot out a course for success

Abigail Escatel ’15 is applying a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship to prepare for career in higher education.

Abigail Escatel ’15 started her college career with the goal of becoming a paralegal. She so enjoyed her studies that she’s decided to pursue a career in higher education with the dream of becoming a college president. “After I started taking classes I realized I liked learning and didn’t want to stop,” says Escatel about her studies at College of DuPage (COD) before transferring to North Central.

Artwork of four students featured in November exhibit at North Central College

Works of four North Central College students are featured in the monthlong “Autumn Student Art Exhibit.”

Works of four North Central College students are featured in the monthlong “Autumn Student Art Exhibit.”

The exhibit includes paintings, drawings and sculptures created by sophomore Lauren Denler of Homer Glen, junior Nicole “CoCo” Digweed of Plainfield and seniors Liz Halbmaier of Burlington and LeAnn Spitzer of Rockford. The exhibit runs Nov. 1 through Nov. 27 in the Meiley-Swallow Hall Gallery, 31 S. Ellsworth St. An artist reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10; complimentary refreshments will be served.

Anti-Hate Week features courtroom drama “Defamation” on Oct. 28

North Central College welcomes the touring production “Defamation,” where the audience becomes the jury, and other events as part of annual Anti-Hate Week.

Among several events during North Central College’s 2013 Anti-Hate Week, Oct. 28-Nov. 2, is the touring production of “Defamation,” written by Todd Logan and presented on Oct. 28.

A free event, “Defamation” begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in North Central’s Wentz Concert Hall. The play presents a dilemma that leads to a riveting courtroom encounter with audience members as jurors and challenges our preconceived notions about race, color, religion and even the law.

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