North Central College - Naperville, IL

Colleges of Distinction says North Central excels at preparing graduates for success

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

Colleges of Distinction is a guide that considers the views of guidance counselors, educators and admission professionals to honor colleges that excel in four areas of undergraduate education: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

The 15th annual edition praises North Central College and its commitment to those four core values.

North Central College alumnus receives medical college chapter’s highest honor

Kevin M. Klauer '87 has received the 2014 Bill Hall Award for Service from the Ohio chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

North Central College alumnus Kevin M. Klauer has received the 2014 Bill Hall Award for Service from the Ohio chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Klauer is chief medical officer at Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP) in Canton, Ohio, where he has worked since 1999. He is also director of the Center for Emergency Medicine Education, ACEP council vice speaker and serves as medical editor-in-chief of the ACEP Now magazine, the college’s official publication.

Valerie Gravelle

Growing up in the Rocky Mountains, Valerie has always been fascinated with exploring ecosystems. North Central College allowed her love for nature to blossom.

As a first-year student, Valerie was awarded a summer internship to work on an ecology research project. She has been a lab assistant and became president of the biology honor society, Beta Beta Beta. She also interned in the water quality lab at the Springbrook Water Reclamation Center in Naperville.

Valerie credits her success to her strong ties with North Central College professors.

“You develop a bond with them,” she says. “Having such open and available communication with professors has helped me tremendously with my studies and has opened many doors for me.”

Valerie plans to attend graduate school after working in the field of biology. 

North Central hosts ACI’s Summer Institute for Educators

Jan Fitzsimmons
Several North Central College faculty presented and coordinated the Associated Colleges of Illinois Summer Institute for Educators June 27.

North Central College hosted the Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) Summer Institute for Educators held June 27. North Central’s Jan Fitzsimmons, executive director of Urban Education Laboratory, coordinated the event and several of the College’s faculty presented sessions on various topics.   

Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, copresented a session titled “Lesson Study: A Mathematics Tool for Teacher Collaboration in the Midst of the Common Core Standards.”

Biology, environmental studies student earns Conservation Foundation scholarship

North Central College student Melissa Nelson is one of three DuPage County-area students to receive awards from The Conservation Foundation of Naperville.

North Central College student Melissa Nelson is one of three DuPage County-area students to receive awards from The Conservation Foundation of Naperville as part of its Paul D. Pierotti Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Scott Blaszak earns Outstanding Major in Biology Award

Scott Blaszak
Scott Blaszak was awarded the Outstanding Major in Biology Award during North Central College’s 2014 Honors Convocation.

Scott Blaszak, son of Wayne and Aida Blaszak of Naperville, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Biology Award during Honors Convocation May 13 at North Central College.

A senior, Scott is majoring in biology at North Central College. He is a graduate of Neuqua Valley High School.

Kelsey VandenBerg earns Outstanding Major in Biochemistry Award

Kelsey VandenBerg
Kelsey VandenBerg was awarded the Outstanding Major in Biochemistry Award during North Central College’s 2014 Honors Convocation.

Kelsey VandenBerg, daughter of Susan Murphy and the late Ronald VandenBerg of Davenport, Iowa, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Biochemistry Award during Honors Convocation May 13 at North Central College.

Kelsey, a senior, is majoring in biochemistry at North Central. She will be pursuing a master of science in global health at the University of Notre Dame in the fall. She is a graduate of Davenport Central High School.

Ruthig finds link between temperature and disease in animals

Gregory Ruthig, assistant professor of biology
Gregory Ruthig, North Central College assistant professor of biology, publishes paper suggesting temperature can influence effects of infectious diseases.

Gregory Ruthig, North Central College assistant professor of biology, this winter published a paper suggesting environmental temperature can influence effects of infectious diseases on wild animals.

The paper, titled “Temperature and Water Molds Influence Mortality of Lithobates catesbeianus Eggs,” was published in the journal Herpetological Conservation and Biology.

Registration is underway for summer school at North Central College

Undergraduate and graduate students attending any college or university can enroll in summer credit courses at North Central College.

Students attending any college or university can enroll in summer credit courses at North Central College.

Registration is underway for a variety of undergraduate and graduate-level courses that often can be applied toward graduation requirements at a student’s home institution. Class sessions are offered in four- and eight-week terms, starting June 16. The second four-week term starts July 14.

Students join efforts to revitalize communities in Detroit

Marissa Sylvester ’15, far left, gives her perspective
Of the many students who served nationwide during spring break, some traveled to Detroit to serve with a mission dedicated to economic disaster recovery work.

The sign beside the highway reads “Detroit: City Limits.” Well, it’s supposed to, but the graffiti makes it hard to see. Dilapidated houses and boarded strip malls pass the bus window. It’s spring break, and Marissa Sylvester ’15, biology major, traded sandy beaches for service.

“I could have gone home and relaxed,” says Sylvester. “But I wanted to do something significant and useful. Helping others means much more to me than sleeping late.”

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