North Central College - Naperville, IL

Building Communities Near and Far

Preparing involved, principled students remains at the foundation of academics and student life at North Central College. Dozens of organizations and programs engage students on campus and complement their academic journeys—with everything from pottery and square dance clubs to a roller hockey team to long established activities like student government and the North Central Chronicle.

Updated Cage Welcomes Students

A major renovation to the Harold and Eva White Activities Center (WAC) greeted students at the start of fall term. The Cage gained a fresh new look with new seating, lighting, flooring and new serving lines, along with two flat-screen televisions. The food stations can be closed off while the seating area remains open.

Celebrating MLK Day

As visiting speaker for the College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, Dawn Turner Trice, columnist for the Chicago Tribune, offered her views on race at the crossroads of the Obama presidency. During a dialogue with students in Koten Chapel, she explained that President Barack Obama’s win in the Iowa caucuses moved her to write about racial progress, a topic she typically avoided in her columns. “Young people in Iowa came out in droves to vote—this blindsided me,” she admitted. “It was time to look
at what was going on with race in this country.”

On a Mission of Hope

Seven North Central students traveled to Haiti in December 2009 to work at an orphanage, school and medical center.

Little did they know that within a few weeks, they’d be raising several thousand dollars to support relief efforts after the January 12 earthquake.

Speakers Recount Memories, Passion for Civil Rights Era

Dr. Cornel West, a Princeton University professor, author and lifelong champion for racial justice, was the College’s keynote speaker for Martin Luther King Week. Speaking from the same stage and lectern in Pfeiffer Hall as King did some 50 years before, West challenged the capacity crowd to have the courage to evaluate themselves—their character, prejudices, concern for the poor—using King as their example.

Alumnus in the news, named NCTV sports director

Alumnus in the news, named NCTV sports director

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Sports director Will Armistead ’07/M ’09 is part of the Naperville Community Television (NCTV) sports production team, which kicks off its fourth season of “Naperville Sports Weekly” Aug. 29.


Sean Payton visit to North Central featured in Kenny Chesney video

Scenes of North Central College’s Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium are included in a new video for country star Kenny Chesney’s song “The Boys of Fall."

Scenes of North Central College’s Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium are included in a new video for country star Kenny Chesney’s song “The Boys of Fall” about high school football.

In the eight-minute, extended version of the video Naperville native Sean Payton—head coach of the Super Bowl XLV champion New Orleans Saints—gives a pep talk to Naperville Central High School players before their Sept. 4, 2009, game versus Neuqua Valley High School at North Central.

College hosts program about world marketplaces and freedom

Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) and Jumping Off the Page will host programs, designed to inform of marketplaces in the world and stories of freedom.

North Central College's Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) and Jumping Off the Page, a newly formed not-for-profit for Naperville Reads, will host a series of programs, titled "To Market, To Market: Global Stories of Freedom," on Aug. 28. Open to the public, the family-friendly programs are designed to promote awareness of marketplaces in the world and stories of freedom.

College launches outdoor recycling program: 10 locations

College launches outdoor recycling program: 10 locations

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North Central has started a new outdoor recycling program.


Education majors create, teach summer school program

When a Chicago area elementary school canceled its summer school for low-achieving students, North Central education majors provided an alternative program.

When a Chicago area elementary school canceled its summer school for low-achieving students, North Central College education majors stepped in to provide an alternative program.

Fifth-grade teacher Kate Smith Pereda at Lincoln Elementary School in Addison, Ill., was concerned for her students who would be impacted by the summer school's cancellation. A 2005 graduate of North Central College, Pereda contacted her former education professor Maureen Kincaid at North Central asking for help.

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