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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.

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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.

Maureen Oskandy '79

Maureen Oskandy, M.D., is a board-certified family physician for the Campus Health Service at the University of Arizona. She has worked with the Indian Health Service (IHS), had a full-spectrum family practice for eight years at Thomas-Davis Clinic and taught medical students for 15 years. After graduating from North Central, Oskandy received her M.D. in 1982 from Loyola-Stritch Medical School in Chicago.

New study abroad program expands international horizons

A new study abroad program in Jordan allows students to learn Arabic and experience Middle Eastern culture.

A new study abroad program in Amman, Jordan, is appealing to students like Carly Johnston ’13, who wanted a life-changing academic experience that would set her apart. “I saw it as an opportunity to expand my resume, learn another language and make connections to make my goals a reality,” she says of her fall term there. “I’m hoping to join the Peace Corps and also connect with the NGO (non-governmental organization) Global Network.”

North Central student helps research, design exhibit for the holidays

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North Central College sophomore Tiffany Tindell helped research, design historical exhibit as part of this season’s Cup of Cheer Holiday event in Naperville.

North Central College sophomore Tiffany Tindell joined preparations for this season’s community Cup of Cheer Holiday House Walk and market—the Naperville Garden Club’s annual fundraiser.

Tindell helped research and design an exhibit—the Naper Settlement Cup of Cheer teacup and saucer collection—which is on display through January in the lobby of the Naperville Bank & Trust at 5 S. Washington St.

Students get involved in the community through DuPage United

North Central College students expand their civic engagement by participating with local residents and nonprofit DuPage United.

North Central College students expanded their civic engagement by participating with local residents in DuPage United, a local nonprofit organization that promotes democratic action.

Middle East trip immerses students in complex issues

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The historical, cultural and political significance of Israel and Palestine shaped the itinerary for a new student trip conducted by the Office of Ministry and Service in August. Immersion into both Israeli and Palestinian areas as well as tours of key biblical sites provided students and staff with life-changing experiences. The group used an independent tour company to access the different areas, many of which represented traditional pilgrimage sites.

Callie Clay

“My first class in anthropology was fascinating. The more I took, the more I fell in love with the subject,” says Callie.

Archaeology, she soon discovered, was her niche. “As an anthropology major, you choose from four areas of focus—archaeological, biological, linguistic and cultural. Archaeology is a perfect fit with my interest in science and geology.”

The coolest thing about anthropology, says Callie, is the internships that are open to North Central students at The Field Museum in Chicago. “My work there confirmed I want to pursue a master’s degree and my dream to go to a field school in Israel or Jordan and do research at an archaeological dig.”

During her internship, Callie helped catalog, pack and transport some 3,000 artifacts from an owner’s personal collection to the museum. She learned firsthand how a world-class museum works.

North Central’s academic departments, campus offices host documentary Oct. 4

Faculty/student panel discussion and screening of “Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture” is set for Oct. 4.

North Central College will present the documentary, “Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall. A faculty and student discussion, with audience participation, will follow the free event.

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