North Central College - Naperville, IL

Laura Olejniczak

Laura’s love of problem solving and her willingness to accept a challenge motivated her to find a major—applied mathematics—that combined these interests.

“I really enjoyed taking economics, accounting and computer science coursework and I wanted a major that would allow me to still incorporate the skills I gained in those classes.”

Laura’s dedication to refining these skills culminated in her honors thesis, titled “A New Metric for Credit Migration Matrices,” that she completed for the prestigious College Scholars Honors Program. She recognized the instrumental role her professor and thesis advisor played in her research, academics and career. Like many North Central professors, her advisor expressed genuine interest in Laura’s happiness with her chosen career.

She recommends that all students take applied mathematics classes early in their academic careers to expose themselves to this highly rewarding major. 

Laura Olejniczak earns Outstanding Major in Applied Mathematics Award

Laura Olejniczak ’15
Laura Olejniczak ’15 received the Outstanding Major in Applied Mathematics Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Laura Olejniczak ’15, of Lemont, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Applied Mathematics Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

Laura graduated in June from North Central College with a major in applied mathematics and minor in economics. She is a graduate of Lemont Township High School.

New faculty dean Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola has vision for building on success

Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola
No “status quo” with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola.

Talking with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola, there are a few words you won’t hear—like “status quo.” He pursued the position as leader of academic affairs knowing that his challenge will be to elevate the reputation of the faculty and academic programs, which in quality far exceeds similar and better-known institutions. It’s a goal that excites him.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of first-year students

First-years cheer at a pep rally Sept. 9
North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

“The Class of 2019 is truly an impressive result in a competitive recruiting marketplace,” says North Central College President Troy Hammond.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central among America’s Best Colleges for 22nd year

North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to U.S. News & World Report.

North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

Hawaii makes ideal setting for student mathematics research this summer

Two students traveled to the University of Hawai’i at Hilo for the competitive Pacific Undergraduate Research Experience in Mathematics program.

Dana Lacey ’16 and Taylor Spino ’17 computed, evaluated and formulated in paradise. During summer 2015, they participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. The Pacific Undergraduate Research Experience in Mathematics (PURE Math) program presented the unique opportunity to learn, research and be mentored with other students from many different universities.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2015 Great College To Work For

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education  has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

North Central College is among just 86 institutions nationwide recognized in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace. The recognition is based on results of surveys of more than 44,000 employees at 281 colleges and universities.

Work is underway on transformative North Central College Science Center

Construction work has begun for a new Science Center that will right-size campus facilities and transform the academic experience for students.

Construction work has begun for a new Science Center that will right-size campus facilities and transform the academic experience for students.

The 125,000-square-foot Science Center is being built on the west side of the 100 block of South Loomis Street, along the Sesquicentennial Walkway and south of Van Buren Avenue. The new facility was designed with additional classroom space to serve students of all academic disciplines.

Dr. R. Devadoss Pandian honored at Commencement for 30 years of leadership in academics

Dr. R. Devadoss Pandian receives honorary degree and emeritus status prior to his leaving North Central College

The hundreds of faculty candidates who’ve visited campus the past 20 years typically ended their interviews in the office of R. Devadoss Pandian, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. In his fifth floor office of Old Main, they all learned about his passion for teaching—and the No. 1 qualification for working at North Central College.

“You have to teach to every student in the class and in a class of 30 or 35 students, that’s not a small thing,” says Pandian, describing the qualities of a great teacher.

Passionate about math, William Noland ’17 accepted by two prestigious programs

William Noland ’17
A triple major, William Noland ’17 chosen for summer Research Experience for Undergraduates and fall term Mathematics Advanced Study Semesters program.

From his first steps on campus, William Noland ’17 pursued his passion for mathematics and preparation for a Ph.D. and career goal in academics, either teaching or research. Now that focus has led to two selective research opportunities.

“Knowing I wanted to get into a good graduate school for math, I’ve looked for opportunities to prepare myself the best way possible,” said Noland. Majoring in applied mathematics, mathematics and economics, he was homeschooled prior to North Central.

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