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New partnerships expand North Central College tradition of teacher-preparation excellence

North Central College builds upon its tradition of excellence in preparing educators by forging new partnerships with two additional school districts.

North Central College is building upon its tradition of excellence in preparing future teachers and principals by forging new partnerships with two additional school districts.

Since its founding in 1861, North Central College has been a leader in preparing generations of future educators who are able to impact student learning. With continuing national attention on the quality of educator-preparation programs, North Central College remains at the forefront of excellence in teacher training by expanding its emphasis on teacher assessment and accountability.

Graduating student-veterans are standout students, leaders

North Central College’s graduating student-veterans James Davidson, Adam Doden and Wesley Sorrill are standout scholars, future leaders.

Three student-veterans—James Davidson, Adam Doden and Wesley Sorrill—are among some 730 students who will graduate from North Central College in 2013 and attend Commencement June 8.

Each veteran is a standout student. They are inductees to North Central’s SALUTE national honor society and were named the outstanding student in each of their academic majors at the College’s 2013 Honors Convocation.

Bryan Taylor earns award for outstanding service to residence life at Honors Convocation

Bryan Taylor received the Carleen Verstraete Outstanding Resident Student Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Bryan Taylor, son of Sheryl Taylor of Cary, Ill., was awarded the Carleen Verstraete Outstanding Resident Student Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College. The award recognizes a student for outstanding service to residence life and is named in honor of Verstraete, a former resident assistant who was killed by a drunk driver shortly after her graduation in June 1990.

A senior, Bryan is majoring in chemistry with a minor in secondary education at North Central College. He is a graduate of Prairie Ridge High School.

James Davidson earns Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award

James Davidson received the Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

James Davidson, son of Paul and Corinne of Lemont, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior and a student-veteran, James is majoring in chemistry at North Central College. He is a graduate of Lemont Township High School and a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps.

On campus, he has been involved in Student Members of the American Chemical Society. His name has regularly appeared on the Dean’s List.

North Central College’s science alumni, guest speaker share careers

Michael Chapman, Ph.D., professor in the school of physics, Georgia Institute of
Second annual Science Alumni Event hosts guest speaker Dr. Michael Chapman, Blake Young ’04 and Allison Beckham ’09 on their career experiences.

In what has become an annual tradition during Cornerstone Week, North Central hosted its second Science Alumni Event May 16. This year’s program featured guest speaker Michael Chapman, Ph.D., professor in the school of physics at Georgia Institute of Technology, and alumni Blake Young ’04 and Allison Beckham ’09. 

New Ruge Fellows “humbled” by honor

North Central College has named three Ruge Fellows, rewarding outstanding teaching of senior faculty.

North Central College has rewarded three faculty members for their outstanding teaching by naming them Ruge Fellows. Mara Berkland, associate professor of speech communication, Stephen Maynard Caliendo, professor of political science, and Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry, were recognized at the April 25 faculty meeting by R. Devadoss Pandian, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

“Teaching is an art and a science,” he said. “These professors have an enthusiasm for working with students and a passion for their discipline that’s unfathomable.”

David Smith '87

David Smith was appointed vice president of operations at HealthTell, a developer of early screening tests for cancer and other chronic diseases. He will oversee all of HealthTell’s diagnostic chip manufacturing and technical infrastructure development. Prior to this position, Smith served in senior leadership positions across multiple biotechnology companies, including Affymetrix, 454 Life Sciences and Codon Devices. Smith earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Arizona.

Gaylen R. Brubaker '72

Gaylen R. Brubaker is a senior environmental consultant, working with major utilities and energy, industrial and transportation clients across the country. He recently joined the Raleigh, NC, office of GEI Consultants, Inc., one of the nation’s leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources and ecological science and engineering firms. Brubaker is a member of the National Groundwater Association and the executive committee for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-funded Superfund Research Program.

Paul Puckorius '53

Paul Puckorius was presented with the Merit Award at the International Water Conference. As president of Puckorius & Associates Inc., he specializes in water and wastewater management for industrial plants, targeting problems with cooling water systems. Puckorius has published more than 150 articles, is past president of the Cooling Technology Institute and is affiliated with the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE). In his spare time he enjoys hiking and travel.

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.

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