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Jessica Pantel

Calling Jessica ambitious might be an understatement. She interned at Chicago’s Field Museum, studied an ancient burial site in Peru with funding from a North Central College Richter grant, rose to leadership positions in multiple student organizations and fine-tuned her research skills through a combination of coursework and independent studies.

“It sounds cliché,” she says, “but the opportunities at North Central College have really made all the difference. The opportunities are everywhere—even off campus. Students simply have to be willing to seek them out.”

Even though international travels have become a major part of her college experience, Jessica loves being on campus. She tries to see her professors every day­—even if she doesn’t have a class.

“The sociology and anthropology department has its own house, so my friends and I will go there to do homework. We always run into our professors. They’re always willing to talk to me about whatever concerns I may have, whether it’s related to classes, jobs or grad school,” she says. “In every case, they always seem to have time to listen.”

Jessica wants to find a career in the field of biological anthropology. Graduate school is next on her list of adventures.

“Everything I’ve been able to do here has set me up to achieve my goal,” she says.

Jessica Pantel earns Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology Award

Jessica Pantel received the Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Jessica Pantel, daughter of James and Valerie Pantel of Beach Park, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Jessica is majoring in sociology and anthropology at North Central College. She is a graduate of Waukegan High School.

April 16 screening of “Con los Brazos Abiertos” documentary

North Central students at ceramics shop in Totonicapn, Guatemala
North Central College faculty and students present free screening of collaborative documentary project about sustainable tourism in Guatemala.

North Central College faculty and students have collaborated to create a documentary, titled “Con los Brazos Abiertos,” about sustainable tourism in Guatemala. A free screening will be shown to the campus community at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center.

“The film project,” says Matthew Krystal, associate professor of political science, sociology and anthropology, “is primarily about professional development and faculty-student collaboration in the production of films on anthropological and economic topics.”

Keys and Berkland give presentation based on their research

Asssociate Professors Jennifer Keys and Mara Berkland
North Central College Associate Professors Jennifer Keys and Mara Berkland give talk about college survival guides at community event for college-bound girls.

Jennifer Keys, North Central College associate professor of sociology and chair of sociology, anthropology and political science, and Mara Berkland, associate professor and chair of speech communication, gave a presentation based on their joint research at a community event on North Central’s campus March 16.

Students are featured presenters in symposium

Five North Central College students give presentations based on international studies, coursework at College’s annual symposium on global human rights.

When North Central College recently hosted its second symposium on global human rights, the event included student presentations in addition to keynote addresses by experts in the field of global and environmental health.

North Central College event celebrates 1890 alumnus James Henry Breasted, Ph.D.

North Central College alumni can meet President Troy D. Hammond Feb. 22 during an event that celebrates the legacy of a prominent alumnus.

North Central College alumni can meet President Troy D. Hammond Feb. 22 during an event that celebrates the legacy of a prominent alumnus.

College hosts symposium on Global and Environmental Health

Augustine Afullo, Ph.D., and Christopher ‘Sola Olopade, M.D.
North Central College presents Feb. 19 symposium in Global Human Rights series, featuring two keynote speakers, sessions by faculty and students.

North Central College will host a symposium on Global and Environmental Health, featuring two keynote speakers with expertise on the subject—Augustine Afullo, Ph.D., and Christopher ‘Sola Olopade, M.D.—and sessions led by College faculty and students on Feb. 19.

Students may apply by Feb. 20 for Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research

Students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research May 14.

North Central College students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research, which will take place during Honors Day on Tuesday, May 14.

Information about the symposium and how to submit proposals may be found on the College’s website. A list of frequently asked questions also is available.

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Fontana presents original research at archaeology conference

Marisa Fontana, adjunct assistant professor of sociology
Marisa Fontana, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of sociology, presents research on using unique technology to identify pottery groupings.

Marisa Fontana, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of sociology, was invited to present her original research as an archaeologist at the Southeastern Archaeology Conference held Nov. 7-10 in Baton Rouge, La. Fontana’s talk was a preliminary report on the feasibility of using technology—called Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry or LA-ICP-MS, for short—to identify chemically distinct groupings of Native American pottery recovered from archaeological sites in Alabama.

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