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Summer research students to discuss scholarly work during Aug. 1 poster session

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

The SURC poster session takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in Smith Hall of Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. (The session previously was scheduled to take place in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center). Most of the 40 students who participated in the 2013 SURC will be present.

Justin Scherer

At first glance, Justin’s computer science major and his career ambition as a DJ may seem a bit disconnected.

That’s certainly not how he sees it.

“Most people think DJing is a very weird thing to go into (given my major),” he says. “But most computer science students have aspirations that aren’t directly related to computer science. We become some of the top programmers because of our hobbies.

“I love DJing and I love computer science, so I’ll eventually combine the two.”

Justin is happy to share his passion for programming with fellow students. He’s part of a new student group called No Ctrl, which—among other things—gives noncomputer science majors a chance to dabble in the field.

“They can see what it’s like to be a computer science major and realize how fun it is,” he says.

Justin picked North Central after having the chance to interact with the College’s computer science faculty. He was impressed by the professors’ supportive personalities.

“They’re always happy to help. They enjoy talking about various subjects inside and outside their field. They’ve helped me focus my interests and realize what I’m truly capable of,” he says.

Brian Zable earns Outstanding Major in Computer Science Award

Brian Zable received the Outstanding Major in Computer Science Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Brian Zable, son of David and Andrea Zable of Elmhurst, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Computer Science Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Brian is majoring in computer science at North Central College and enrolled in the College’s five-year bachelor’s/master’s program in Web and Internet applications. He is a graduate of York Community High School.

Brian has been active in the College’s computer science department, serving as a preceptor in classes and participating in the regional programming competition.

Google spotlights recent North Central College graduate in video about internships

Kitt Vanderwater, a Google employee and 2012 graduate of North Central College, is featured in a Google video about its internship opportunities.

Kitt Vanderwater, a Google employee and 2012 graduate of North Central College, is featured in a Google video about its internship opportunities.

North Central College to host Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering competition

North Central College will host sectional contest March 14 in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge.

North Central College on March 14 will host sectional competition in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge.

The Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests created and administered by WYSE and offered to high school students in Illinois and Missouri. This competition has been hosted by North Central College for more than 10 years and is designed to present a challenge to the brightest students.

Students may apply by Feb. 20 for Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research

Students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research May 14.

North Central College students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research, which will take place during Honors Day on Tuesday, May 14.

Information about the symposium and how to submit proposals may be found on the College’s website. A list of frequently asked questions also is available.

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Michael D. Oldenettel '88

Michael D. Oldenettel, a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Graduate, REALTOR Institute (GRI) professional, was installed as the 2013 president of the Illinois Association of Realtors (IAR). He will serve as the chair of the IAR Leadership and Executive Committees, National Association of Realtors Political Advisory Working Group and will lead the state association’s board of directors. As the managing broker-owner of RE/MAX Results Plus, Inc. in Jacksonville, IL, he has been active in real estate for 23 years.

Survey finds North Central College graduates among highest income-earners

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

North Central College ranks among the top 15 percent of private, nonprofit schools in the 2011-2012 survey by Payscale.com. The mid-career median salary for North Central College graduates is $81,300, ranking No. 39 out of 303 schools in the private, nonprofit category.

Kyle Thomas

Even before his freshman year, Kyle knew he wanted to study computer science. But once he arrived and took other science courses, he added a second major in physics.

Kyle has conducted research about knot theory with a math professor and presented his findings at the College’s Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

“There are a lot opportunities at North Central. My time here has been fantastic, and I’ve gotten to know a lot of great people.” A commuter student, Kyle says the commuter activities “are great. I still feel extremely involved and not detached from what’s going on.”

Joining several other students, Kyle is looking to start a computer science club on campus. “We want to create open source software,” he says, adding that the club has a long-range goal of developing and selling a game with proceeds going to charity.

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