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North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

New North Central College students discover possibilities during Orientation

Hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College during Orientation.

During summer 2013 Orientation sessions, hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College.

From study abroad courses to athletic teams to clubs and organizations, Orientation serves to inform students about options so they can begin to plan their years of study and make the most of their experience at North Central College.

Summer research students to discuss scholarly work during Aug. 1 poster session

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

The SURC poster session takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in Smith Hall of Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. (The session previously was scheduled to take place in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center). Most of the 40 students who participated in the 2013 SURC will be present.

Jordan Pilgrim

Jordan wants to work for an insurance company after he graduates from North Central College. The actuarial science major has had a great head start, thanks to a wide-ranging education and summer internship experience with Allstate.

“My goal is very reachable thanks to North Central’s education, career planning, personalized assistance and help in landing an internship,” Jordan says. “The faculty does a great job of helping students, with both schoolwork and career advice.”

In addition to actuarial science, Jordan is majoring in economics and finance and minoring in mathematics and computer science. He’s also a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honor society at North Central, and is a tutor at EDGE.

Jordan enjoys having teachers who are easily accessible.

“I love knocking on a professor’s door and being greeted by name and invited in,” he says. “They really care about your learning and success.”

Maria Gommel earns two awards at Honors Convocation

Maria Gommel received the Outstanding Major in Mathematics and Outstanding Student in the Science Division awards at North Central’s 2013 Honors Convocation.

Maria Gommel, daughter of Mark and Laurie Gommel of Malta, Ill., received two awards—the Outstanding Major in Mathematics and the Outstanding Student in the Division of Science awards—during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Maria is majoring in mathematics and actuarial science at North Central College. She is a graduate of DeKalb High School.

Jordan Pilgrim earns Outstanding Major in Actuarial Science Award

Jordan Pilgrim received the Outstanding Major in Actuarial Science Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Jordan Pilgrim, son of David and Naddene Pilgrim of Fairbury, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Actuarial Science Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A junior, Jordan has a triple major in actuarial science, economics and finance at North Central College. He is a graduate of Prairie Central High School.

McMahon presents to teachers in high-need schools

Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics
Mary McMahon, North Central College associate professor of mathematics, co-presented a talk on mathematical modeling at ACI’s Teacher Induction Academy.

Mary McMahon, North Central College associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, presented at the Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) Teacher Induction Academy at Dominican University April 19.

Kim publishes paper, co-authored with former student, in business journal

Doh-Khul Kim, associate professor of economics and finance
Doh-Khul Kim, North Central College associate professor of economics and finance, publishes paper, co-authored with recent graduate Eric McKee ’12.

Doh-Khul Kim, North Central College associate professor of economics and finance, co-authored a paper titled “The Effectiveness of Commodities in Hedging Inflation—Is It Still Valid During Low Inflationary Period?” which was published in the fall/winter edition of the Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives. His co-author is North Central graduate Eric McKee ’12, who triple-majored in actuarial science, finance and classical civilization.

North Central College to host Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering competition

North Central College will host sectional contest March 14 in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge.

North Central College on March 14 will host sectional competition in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge.

The Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests created and administered by WYSE and offered to high school students in Illinois and Missouri. This competition has been hosted by North Central College for more than 10 years and is designed to present a challenge to the brightest students.

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