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Pero Atanasov earns Outstanding Major in Computer Science Award

Pero Atanasov
Pero Atanasov was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Computer Science Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Pero Atanasov was honored with the Outstanding Major in Computer Science Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Atanasov is a graduating senior double-majoring in computer science and economics. After graduation he plans to begin a position as a software quality assurance (QA) engineer with Informatica, a leading provider of enterprise data integration software.

He is a recipient of the S.W. Kung Scholarship, which has financed his education after his family in his home of Macedonia could no longer assist him.

Biochemistry, computer science student earns Goldwater honorable mention

Grace Muganda '12, majoring in biochemistry and computer science, has earned an honorable mention in the Barry M. Goldwater National Scholarship program.

April 7, 2011—Grace Muganda says she has spent a lot of time in North Central College’s Science Center over the past four years, conducting independent research, working as a lab assistant and serving as a preceptor for various classes.

All those hours of hard work are paying dividends for Muganda, a senior double-majoring in biochemistry and computer science. She’s earned an honorable mention in the prestigious  Barry M. Goldwater National Scholarship program.

State honors North Central College for its commitment to sustainable practices

North Central College is the first suburban Chicago school to achieve gold status through the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

North Central College’s commitment to environmentally friendly practices has earned gold-level recognition through the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

North Central College names Abiodun Goke-Pariola vice president for academic affairs, dean of faculty

Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola
North Central College has named Dr. Abiodun “GP” Goke-Pariola its next vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

North Central College has named Dr. Abiodun “GP” Goke-Pariola its next vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

Dr. Goke-Pariola will begin his new role at North Central College on July 1 after serving most recently as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

New North Central College residence hall to feature apartment-style suites

A new residence hall on North Central College’s 65-acre campus will offer desirable suite-style housing for upperclassmen.

A new residence hall on North Central College’s 65-acre campus will offer desirable suite-style housing for upperclassmen.

The 229-bed residence hall is being built directly south of Ward and Patterson halls and across from Merner Field House and Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium. The five-story residence hall—the College’s first since the Residence Hall/Recreation Center opened in 2009—is scheduled for completion by August 2015.

G.I. Jobs magazine rates North Central College a Military Friendly School for 2015

Graduate and Student Veteran Lounge
North Central College has been named a 2015 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

G.I. Jobs magazine rates North Central College a 2015 Military Friendly School.

The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. This is the third consecutive year North Central College has earned the recognition.

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

North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.

North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.

Total enrollment is a near-record 2,800 undergraduates and 250 graduate students—3,050 total—eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the third straight year. The College welcomed 860 new full-time undergraduate students, up from 852 a year ago. That includes 580 first-year students, up from 529 a year ago. The 860 new undergraduates would be second only to the record-number 882 welcomed in fall 2010.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.

North Central College is ranked No. 14 in the Midwest in the Regional Universities category—schools that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degrees. This is the 21st consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has ranked North Central College among America’s Best Colleges.

Brett Bush

During his winter break, Brett created a Pokédex—an online database of information related to the popular Pokémon video games. His newfound tech skills allow him to explore his interests in exciting new ways.

“Technology is my calling,” he says. “North Central’s computer science program exposed me to many programming languages, allowing me to pursue personal projects and a future career.”

Brett participated in a summer internship with Thomson Reuters, a multinational media and information firm. Working with professional programmers, Brett explored the computer industry and built connections for his career.

Brett plans to pursue a master’s degree in computer science after graduation and hopes to teach programming to high school students. An artist too, he compares his computer knowledge to “a paintbrush.” With a vibrant palette of technological expertise, Brett says he has what he needs to paint a future in the computer industry.

“At North Central, you’ll be exposed to many programming languages and become a swift learner and confident programmer. Most importantly, you’ll learn to apply the skills you learn to real-life situations.”  

Princeton Review names North Central College among nation’s best colleges for 2015

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

North Central College is included in The Princeton Review’s college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges, 2015 Edition.” The guide surveys more than 130,000 college students nationwide to determine the top 15 percent of about 2,900 four-year institutions nationwide.

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