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Honoring Veterans Day

Students, faculty, and special guest honor the service and memory of our veterans.

“My friend has been gone for 47 years. Those are 47 years that I have been given and he has not. That is a sobering thought,” began Interim President Carl Balsam during his opening remarks at yesterday’s Annual Veterans Day Commemoration Service, which took place in Anderson Chapel. “One comment left on my friend’s site caught my eye; it said: ‘Save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they no longer can go.’ In other words, remember them.”

This year’s Veterans Day Service was organized by student-veterans Nico Canete and Roberto Martinez in conjunction with Dr. John Laukaitis and Renee Martinez. The guest speaker for the service was a friend of Nico’s, Weston Polaski, who served in the United States Marine Corps from 2005-2009.

Polaski shared his story on his road to enlistment and proceeded to give an account of what life was like throughout boot camp and into his first deployment. Polaski described some of the desperate living conditions he encountered during his initial time of deployment. He also described an encounter on the phone with his father where Polaski asked him “what am I doing here?” to which Polaski’s father replied, “you probably should have gone to class, huh?” Polaski described how this one call spurred him on to the next adventure back home in America where he returned to school to finish his degree.

Since his arrival back home, Polaski has made efforts to connect with Veterans and create connections for returning Veterans. Polaski began as the President of the Student Veteran Club at his alma mater and has since moved on to aiding the transition of returning veterans by connecting them with local businesses and veterans. “Every year over the next 5 years, 250,000 service members will exit the military,” Polaski said—all of whom will need jobs, education, and communities.

After the service, Nico Canete commented on why events like these at North Park are important to him and other veterans on campus: “It demonstrates the University’s commitment to those who have served. It reaffirms that the University supports veterans, supports them in their transition from military to academic life, and that it is proud to have them on campus.” Roberto Martinez also added that “It shows me that I’m welcome here as a US Army veteran; it shows me that we honor the sacrifice of those who went before us, and shows me that veterans are welcome here. It also gives us a sense of brotherhood and a place to share our experiences whether in combat or not.”

Dr. John Laukaitis had this to say in his closing remarks to conclude the Annual Veterans Day Service, “Our country has depended on veterans to stand strong against the threats to our liberty and way of life. They serve without expectation of recognition; they are humble servants. We thank you, the men and women, who have courageously put their lives in harm’s way for the sake of our country; today we thank the veterans of our country.”

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Life Groups at North Park

Life Groups at North Park are sponsored by University Ministries and are a great way to learn about what it means to walk with Christ.

LifeGroups at North Park are sponsored and resourced by University Ministries. What are LifeGroups? They are groups of four to ten students who gather weekly to intentionally walk with or toward Christ together. LifeGroups are for anyone who has an interest in the Christian faith. This can include a spectrum of people from those who want to know more about faith and the Christian life, to those who are actively following Christ. LifeGroups are also a great way to explore what it means to follow Christ individually and in a group setting.

When Amber Jipp, CollegeLife and Spiritual Formation Coordinator for University Ministries, started at North Park in the fall of 2016, there were no current University Ministries (UMin) sponsored Small Groups. “I am very passionate about small groups and really empowering the visions that students have,” says Amber. Currently, there are around 14 LifeGroups resourced by University Ministries which are open to all students. Sponsored LifeGroups have access to resources such as printing flyers, creating events, spiritual guidance and coaching from UMin leaders, and use of UMin facilities.

LifeGroups take all different shapes and sizes as their student leader enters into the discernment process. Some are focused on discipleship, some are centered in one book of the bible, while others are for creative worship practices. LifeGroups are for those who know and desire to grow in Christ in an intentional community.

Jomarie Perlas, a previous student leader, found extreme joy in leading and walking alongside other women in her group while they “learn how to be young adults, daughters in Christ, and college students, while also navigating a broken world.” Her group times are spaces where she and others have been able to share personal stories, ask difficult questions about their frustrations and causes of anger, but also receive encouragement and hope. “We’re not meant to do this messy thing called life alone. This is the significance of being with our brothers and sister in a committed way,” said Jomarie.

LifeGroups are started by students who see a need for prayer groups, Bible studies, book studies, or other shared practices. LifeGroups are expressions and visions of communities working together, moving towards Christ or learning more about Christ at North Park. Starting a LifeGroup sponsored or resourced by North Park University Ministries is as easy as sending Amber an email and meeting with her about the LifeGroup’s vision. LifeGroup leaders can also choose how involved UMin is in their groups.

Joining an existing LifeGroup is also easy. Sign-ups are available during the first few Chapel and CollegeLife services, as well as campus events such as the Ice-cream Social and Viking fair. Getting plugged in to a LifeGroup at any time in the semester can be easily done by emailing Amber Jipp.

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North Park Embraces Wearable Technology with Launch of Snapchat Tours

Learn about North Park’s new Snap Spectacles and where you might see them next!

Snapchat: North Park’s New Spectacle

North Park University is expanding its social media presence and capabilities with the use of Snapchat Spectacles. Since the launch of North Park’s Snapchat a little over a year ago, the platform has consistently gathered the University’s fastest-growing social media following. Excited to connect with current students and the students of tomorrow, North Park has recently added Snapchat Spectacles to its arsenal. These “snap specs” are sunglasses with cameras and sensors built directly into the frame.

NPUSocial Social Media Page

How it works

An LED light indicator prominently displays when the wearer is taking the 10-second videos which are recorded at the touch of a button. The Spectacles are connected via a smartphone, and the videos recorded are then uploaded to North Park’s Snapchat Story. Snapchat has over 173 million active global daily users, and the Spectacles will help North Park utilize Snapchat on the go. This wearable technology gives us an innovative way to reach hundreds of prospective and current students already using Snapchat on a daily basis.

What to Expect

The Spectacles have already been in use over Homecoming weekend where we captured footage of alumni and current students participating in the day’s events and on the field at North Park’s Holmgren Athletic Complex. Student ambassadors will also wear the Spectacles during select campus tours, an excellent way for prospective students to engage in tours that they might not be able to attend. The opportunities are endless, and soon you may see “spec snaps” showcasing students, University events, or new programs like Catalyst 606__.

Coming Soon . . .

Make sure to look for the first Snapchat tour, this Friday, September 22nd!

Plus . . . new filters will soon be available on campus featuring more graphics and Ragnar, our Mascot.

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Honoring the Service of WWII North Parkers

70 years ago, Rev. Eric Hawkinson and North Park College students, family, and friends stood over a bronze plaque on the back side of campus, inscribed: “Dedicated to the Memory of Alumni and Students of North Park College Who Gave Their Lives in the Service of Their Country During World War II.”

70 years ago, Rev. Eric Hawkinson and North Park College students, family, and friends stood over a bronze plaque on the back side of campus, inscribed: “Dedicated to the Memory of Alumni and Students of North Park College Who Gave Their Lives in the Service of Their Country During World War II.” After a number of years, the plaque was removed from its stand and placed into storage.

Names included on the plaque are: John Alfons, Quinton Almquist, Robert A. Anderson, Glenn Asp, Arthur F. Bailey, Louis Ballard, Bruce Birk, Harvey M. Brandriss, Bruce Brink, John Cadwallader, Irving Colburn, Bernard Corman, Thomas Couston, Roger Cross, David Duket, Paul Duncan, Philip A. Erby, Roy W. Erickson, Roger Fischer, William Gibhardt, Walter Goeske, Rolland Gustafson, Robert J. Hensel, Howard Hirsch, Robert Horn, James E. Ireland, James Johnson, Elmer Julius, Socrates Limber, Donald Lindquist, H. Burton Lovgren, Robert J. Margolis, Walter McGaw, Spero Melidones, Allan Peterson, Judson Richter, Glenn Rohden, Robert Schmidt, Roger Schoessling, William Schulze, Robert Stetson, Donald Sundstrom, William Swanson, Charles Taylor, and Robert Whiting.

During Dr. John Laukaitis’ research on North Park in the Second World War, he stumbled upon this artifact in the school’s archives. “I came across the World War II memorial plaque in the F.M. Johnson Archives and Special Collections last summer. Removed at some point and stored, the memorial plaque, heavily tarnished, showed its age,” said Dr. Laukaitis in an article he wrote to be published for the Covenant History Newsletter, used by his permission. This research and discovery of the plaque drove Dr. Laukaitis into writing a chapter in a book he is editing, Denominational Higher Education During World War II (Palgrave Macmillan).

“I shared drafts of the chapter with colleagues and students, including student veteran Nico Canete,” said Dr. Laukaitis. Nicholas Canete, Class of 2018, is a student veteran, who served in the Navy, beginning his school career in 2015 after his enlistment contract expired. “Nine months before my arrival on campus, I was on an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf as we were launching air strikes against ISIS every day. Suddenly, I was sitting in the comfort of a college classroom where the conversation was mostly theoretical,” Canete wrote for the same article. When he heard of the plaque, Canete jumped on the opportunity and spoke to interim President Carl Balsam to have the plaque restored and reinstalled.

Canete also wrote about his transition from fighting ISIS on an aircraft carrier to sitting in a lecture hall, “what made that first year easier for me was the people at North Park. North Park’s community has welcomed me to the fullest extent of its hospitality. The reinstallation of the World War II memorial plaque is an example of this generosity. For my fellow student veteran friends and me on campus, some of whom have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, the plaque represents the University’s commitment to honoring and supporting those who have served.”

Dr. John Laukaitis and Nico Canete invite you to join with them and the North Park Community for a rededication on the 70th anniversary of the plaque’s initial instillation. The ceremony will be held at Isaacson Chapel at 6 pm on September 15 where each of the 45 fallen will be honored by name and any other information available.

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Gathering Day, Fall 2017: Coming Together, Looking Forward

Tuesday, August 22, was Gathering Day for North Park faculty and staff.

Tuesday, August 22, members of North Park University’s faculty and staff gathered in Anderson Chapel for a time of welcome and of looking forward to the year ahead. Interim President Carl Balsam encouraged faculty and staff to utilize this time of transition to come together in support of the priorities and mission of North Park. Members of the presidential search committee shared about the process and current status of the search for presidential candidates. New faculty and staff members were welcomed by name with warm applause.

All of this was followed by a worship service which both reflected on the challenges of this transitional time and gave uplifting direction for the journey ahead.

Welcome to Our New University Faculty

Keith Bakken, Associate Professor of Health Sciences
Melissa Pavlik, Assistant Professor of English & Director of the Writing Center
Carolyn Poterek, Assistant Professor of Education & Coordinator of Secondary and K-12 Programs
Gwendolyn Purifoye, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Daniel Walsh, Associate Professor/Coordinator of MA in Educational Leadership Program
Jessica Wardell, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Director of Design and Production

Welcome to Our New Seminary Faculty

Hauna Ondrey, Assistant Professor of Church History
Dwight Perry, Dean of Seminary Faculty and Professor of Homiletics and Leadership
Elizabeth Pierre, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care

Welcome to Our New Staff

Mike Gravier, Associate Head Football Coach
Libby Scarlatos, Rowing Coach

Enrollment Management
Matt Bond, Transfer Admission Counselor
Michelle Carillo, Admission Counselor
Rosemary Cha, Data Entry Specialist
Emma Lundeen, Transfer Admission Counselor
Jose-Jose Palma, Assistant Director of Admission, Graduate and Adult Programs
Kara Sexton, Admission Counselor

Information Technology
Greg Neumarke, Systems Analyst

Office of Advancement
Marissa Kunkel, Annual Fund Manager

Physical Plant
Flavia Gutierrez, Housekeeper
Matthew Novak, Groundskeeper

Provost Office
Marcus Hill, Director, CRUX School of Discipleship Learning Community
Andrew Larson, Program Assistant, Catalyst Hub

School of Business and Nonprofit Management
Roman Motley, Project Assistant for the Lilly Endowment Grant

School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Kristine Aronsson, Director, Advising for Advanced Education in the Health Professions
Alexandra Blanchard, Operations Coordinator

Student Administrative Services
Hannah McCree, Student Services Specialist
Michelle Schumacher, Student Services Specialist

Student Engagement
Rebecca De Rose, Director of Student Activities
Laura Ebner, Student Success Learning Specialist
Miranda Lonzo, Intercultural Program Coordinator
Rachel Marten, Coordinator of Academic Advising and Faculty Liaison
Raevhann Rush, Resident Director
Kimberly Schiller, Wellness Education and Title IX Coordinator

University Marketing and Communications
Machaela Irving, Marketing & Communications Manager
Rebekah Putera, Web Content Manager

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Kids College: Theory into Practice for North Park Students

Covenant Youth Collision partners with North Park for the second summer of Kids College, providing a safe and loving environment for neighborhood youth.

I followed Kids College and its staff throughout its six-week session at North Park this summer. I observed and interviewed North Park students on staff working with Kids College. These are my discoveries and the testimonies of North Park students who experienced working in their fields before they graduated.

By Stephen Nielsen

Kids College is a day camp for 3rd through 8th graders in the community. A program under the Covenant Youth Collision (CYC)—a non-profit organization of the Evangelical Covenant Church—Kids College is directed by CYC Program Director Jamie Sladkey. This is her second year holding a director’s role at Kids College, and it is Kids College’s second consecutive year running. Last year’s debut program visited North Park’s campus for one day of each week on a field trip. This year, CYC and Kids College came to a three-day-a-week agreement with North Park to use its facilities for the camp.

“It is our dream to have the camp on North Park’s campus for all five days,” said Sladkey in an interview, and recounted the inception of Kids College: “in 2016, I was the interim program director of CYC, and within that, the program director for Kids College. We decided this in the spring, and then a week later started marketing for Kids College. There was a month between my appointment and the first week of Kids College. Last year it was four weeks, out of Ravenswood Covenant church; we came to North Park one day a week, and it was for 50 kids.”

This year, numbers have increased to around 75 kids per week during the six-week program. Kids are eligible to participate in the program anywhere from one week to all six weeks, or any combination of weeks. Camp still takes place out of Ravenswood two days out of the week, the remainder out of North Park. “We knew that we couldn’t only provide a three-day-a-week camp for kids, because for some parents they don’t have anywhere else to put them in the summer,” said Sladkey. In some respects, Kids College is a substitute for day care for many families. The price of camp this year also reflects their demographics at camp. At only $99 per week—with breakfast and lunch included—and financial aid available, Kids College serves families in need in Albany Park and North Park communities.

The idea of a “kids college” stems from what the CYC has observed from kids all around the world:  spending their summers in front of the TV, not using nor reminding themselves of the knowledge between years in school. For Sladkey and the Kids College team, one of their goals is to “bridge the education gap that kids have over the summer, between years. Kids lose so much of their academic knowledge; they just aren’t on top of things after spending a whole summer doing nothing, so we are intentional about our education modules.”

How they accomplish this is by hiring North Park students with majors in key subject areas for their roles at camp. These students truly put their skills and knowledge to good use. Sid Smith IV, a music major and football player, was hired as the coach, teaching and entertaining the kids in a variety of sports during one of the three daily education modules. He had this to say at the beginning of camp, “I have the love and heart to serve where it is needed. This is a good opportunity for me to get into a coaching role, something I hope to pursue as I get older.”

Sid commented also on how his modules were a great time for the restless children; it was a time to release and focus their energy and have fun with their “classmates.”

Like the kids during Sid’s modules who jumped into their game without instruction, so were the staff working like clockwork from the beginning of the day. They accepted the kids from 8:30 to 9:00am, then transitioned from breakfast into a time of worship. They all sang, maybe danced a little, and then a short message or story was shared by one of the staff members. Their time of worship was a time that the staff witnessed the kids at their most calm throughout the day.

RJ Gonzales worked as a camp counselor and was also the designated nurse. Whether minor or major injury, RJ was able to use his knowledge from his classes as a nursing major at North Park to assist and heal the kids who misstepped or accidentally cut themselves. While RJ felt most fulfilled at camp serving in this role, this summer has also taken a toll on him. “This is the longest camp I have been a part of, and so as each day went on, it got more tiring and demanded a lot more from me physically, trying to keep up with the kids who only got more energized.”

The staff regularly met after their long days. On Wednesdays, Sladkey set up a staff worship, “a community dinner—to which people donated meals—and we spent time worshiping and talking together.” They also participated in team building activities during their staff training week.

Kids College 2017

Alexis Renko, elementary and special education major, and Amanda Huck, studying secondary education and English literature, were teachers for the duration of Kids College. They each had similar things to say about their experiences in the classroom. This being the first time that they had taken charge of their own classes, Alexis pointed out that they “spend so much time learning about teaching in class, in theory, but we don’t get to put that knowledge into practice until senior year, so it’s cool that we get to start it a little bit early with this.”

Alexis and Amanda both expressed the long hours of teaching outside of the classroom, realizing that a teaching position is more than just the hours spent in class keeping the children engaged, but also in preparing the lessons and getting the materials ready. The reality of summer classes combined with camp made it hard to find structure in the midst of the organized chaos. “There is so much more flying by the seat of your pants and making things up on the spot and things not going according to plan,” commented Alexis. “You can only plan so much because something is always going to change, or you’ll realize that you forgot something, or it’s just not working, and in those cases, you have to think on the fly.”

Even though Amanda’s classroom appeared to be in chaos during my initial observation period, she was very much in command of the space and it didn’t take long before the kids were putting their heads together and planning the construction of their bridge. Amanda attributed this command over the classroom to her commitment to the kids and the lessons, “I have to be the most enthusiastic one in the room in order for the kids to like the lesson. If I don’t own my lesson, the kids aren’t going to buy into it at all.”

Kids College, is both a time for scholastic deliberation and camp fun, allowing the counselors and teachers the flexibility to keep the environment safe, fun, and loving, without the pressure of having to pass out grades or keep a rigorous schedule. The teachers shared their favorite moments from camp this summer:

Alexis: When kids really enjoy something that I worked really hard on. Sometimes the kids don’t want to do school because it’s summer, but when there’s something that they are actually learning and they’re having a ton of fun and I get that feedback from them saying “this is so fun” or “I really enjoyed that activity” makes me so happy.

Amanda: My greatest joy was my blueberries (the 3rd and 4th graders; the blue group). I want to be a high school teacher, but these kids have turned out to be the children I never knew I needed. To see them grow as mini people, make friends, and to just watch them change for the past six weeks has just been the cutest thing that I did not know I needed.

RJ: I have a love for kids, and this camp allotted for religious freedom, so that allowed me to love without boundaries and show the love of Christ; we were able to be the hands and feet of Christ. Whenever a kid would smile or give me a hug, that’s what brought me joy. Seeing them sing worship songs, that’s when they were most calm during the day.

Sid: Seeing the kids have fun, being able to see them laugh and smile; that’s pure joy.

Most of all, Kids College’s goal is to provide “a safe and loving environment for the kids in the summer, and that’s something we present to the kids at the beginning of the week, that all of our rules are to keep them safe, and to continually love them,” said Sladkey.

Stephen Nielsen, C’19 is an English with Creative Writing and Media Studies double major at North Park. He is also a news and copy writer for North Park at University Marketing and Communications.

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Summer Science Academy: Q&A with Dr. Yoojin Choi

This is the Academy’s third year running, and North Park caught up with Dr. Choi to discuss this year’s program.

North Park’s Summer Science Academy runs for four weeks and includes six courses for high school juniors and seniors. Dr. Yoojin Choi, associate professor of biology at North Park, is the program coordinator of Summer Science Academy and regularly teaches classes on anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, and cancer biology. This is the Academy’s third year running, and North Park caught up with Dr. Choi to discuss this year’s program.

NP: Why is it important that North Park offer the Summer Science Academy?

Dr. Choi: The first and foremost goal of the program is to serve the local community. North Park is situated in a very diverse neighborhood; diverse in all kinds of measures. A lot of the students don’t have this kind of high-quality STEM experience. In any public school setting, there is a limited amount of time and resources. Having previously taught at the high school level, I know that with a mandated curriculum, it is sometimes difficult to do “fun things.” So we want to give these students a high-quality experience in their local neighborhood; that’s our main goal.

Two students work together in the physics hub.

NP: How many students participated this year?

Dr. Choi: This year we had 36 students, filling 41 seats. This means that multiple students took more than one course. We attracted a few more students than last year, and we are drawing from more schools than last year as well. When I look at where the students live, they’re mostly from around the neighborhood, but they go to school all over Chicago.

One exciting and interesting case this year is that we had a student from Jamaica. She found us on the internet, and she came from Jamaica to attend a course.

NP: How is STEM at North Park related to the Summer Science Academy?

Dr. Choi: In the big scale, all of STEM fields need more diversity—gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic. North Park is contributing to increasing the diversity in STEM fields. Exposing our neighbors to STEM early on, they’ll be encouraged to pursue an education in STEM fields. The expectation is that when these students see our facilities and interact with our professors, that they will become excited about STEM.

We do rely on donations year by year to allow the program to financially support those in need. Last year the Provost stepped up, and this year a retired professor funded scholarships. Last year we supported four students, this year five, and they are need-based.

NP: What kind of student would benefit from the Academy?

Dr. Choi: Our acceptance rate has been high because many of the students are so well qualified. The application website states that students who will do well and take the most advantage of the program have received A’s and B’s in their science courses. So far, with a couple exceptions, all have been A and B students.

We want to keep our class sizes small. The point of the program is to give students very hands-on, interactive experiences, and we can’t do that in a class size of 30-40 students. We cap the classes at 16 students; that is our maximum.

NP: The Academy takes place in the Johnson Center; what’s the utility of this building?

Dr. Choi: Another goal of ours is to use the state-of-the-art facilities North Park has to serve our community. You know, we built this fabulous new building, and it was underutilized during the summer months, so this gets students into and using the resources here. Utilizing the building during the summer when there aren’t many classes. It would be a waste not to use these great facilities.

Each course is not intended to be an extensive, in-depth kind of thing. We have a morning and an afternoon course, and each is only two and a half hours each day. We have two different types of courses, one that runs for four days, and one that runs for eight days. The schedule was constructed in such a way that if a given student wants to take every course, they can. This way, we also keep the Johnson Center facilities in use all day during the summer time.

NP: Do you incorporate faith into the Summer Science Academy?

Dr. Choi: In a direct way, we do not. However, during our first class this year, taught by Dr. Linda Vick, the first words to come out of her mouth was about God. All of our full-time faculty are Christians, and we are active in our faith lives, and I think that just rubs off. Faith is not a primary component of Summer Science Academy, but we rely on these personal interactions anyway.

NP: What is the benefit for North Park student teachers?

Dr. Choi: We have TAs for the programs. We have full-time professors teaching the courses with some help from North Park students working as TAs. It is a goal of mine to get more students involved for each course. The struggle we run into is that it is hard to get students to stay over the summer for just one week to be a TA while receiving minimal compensation. I am hoping to attract more funds so that we can train and mentor our North Park students and they, in turn, can mentor the high school students.

A synergy between this program and secondary education majors who are interested in science would be most ideal. Last year we had one Secondary Education and Biology student who did her NPRESS research on Summer Science Academy students; this is the synergy I want to see more. My hope is that we can groom the program so that it is a learning experience for our North Park students as well. The TAs will gain experience in mentoring, teaching some of the material, preparing and gaining knowledge on how labs and experiments are taught.

NP: What is your favorite Summer Science course?

Dr. Choi: That’s like asking to pick your favorite child! What our students like the best are the hands-on and inquiry-based classes. Then again, all of our courses are hands-on in one way or another. The biology, chemistry, and physics/engineering classes are by default hands-on. Our psychology and mathematics courses are hands-on in a different way, with lots of discussion and problem-solving. Students love courses in which they can take ownership of the lab, and not scripted activities. The complaint that I received last year was that the students wanted more time in the lab. This is an opportunity for the students to do their own experiments, with the time they need, something that they are unable to do in school.

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Music Facility, Hanson Hall, to Undergo Comprehensive Renovation

Completely updated interior, with re-configurations of practice rooms and faculty studios, as well as an impressive vaulted concept in Hanson Hall 23.

In May through December of 2017, North Park University’s beloved music facility, Hanson Hall, will undergo a comprehensive renovation, and re-open for the spring semester 2018.

In addition to a completely updated interior, with re-configurations of practice rooms and faculty studios, as well as an impressive vaulted concept in Hanson Hall 23 (soon to be Hanson Hall 202), the project will include three key features:

  • climate control,
  • acoustical treatment of all rooms,
  • and an elevator, creating 100% accessibility for our students, faculty, staff, and guests.

The lead architect, Bill Ketchum of Stantec, also led the design efforts for North Park’s Johnson Center for Science and Community Life, as well as for the new building project at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. He and his colleagues are bringing a breadth of expertise and creativity to the project. Carl Balsam, North Park’s Executive Vice President, is leading the project for the institution.

Craig Johnson, Dean of the School of Music, Art, and Theatre, states that the project will be a “huge boost for the music program, as well as recognition of the historical importance of music and the arts in the North Park community.”

In early spring 2018, a special event will take place to celebrate the Hanson re-opening.

Images by Stantec Architecture Inc.

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