North Central College - Naperville, IL

Head athletic trainer Sara Koski brings expertise, experience to North Central College

Head athletic trainer Sara Koski teaches students through experience, initiates unique injury-treatment protocol.

Sara Koski, North Central’s head athletic trainer, has only been on the job for about six months but her experience teaching and mentoring students and expertise in concussion treatment has brought fresh knowledge to the College’s athletic department.

Lowell “Bud” Berger '48

Lowell “Bud” Berger was honored in February as an inductee into Naperville Central High School’s (NCHS) first Hall of Fame class. Berger began his teaching career at NCHS in 1951 and retired in 1985. He taught physical education and coached the track and cross country teams, serving as head track coach for 15 years. Under his leadership as head coach, NCHS won 13 straight track and field conference championships. Berger introduced cross country to NCHS and under his leadership built a record of 140 wins, 17 losses and nine consecutive conference championships.

Brittany Rowe

“I knew North Central was research-heavy and had connections to other places and opportunities but didn’t know much more,” says Brittany, a transfer student.

She was quick to get involved, however, in research and student organizations. During summers and D-Term, Brittany conducted research with a biology professor and presented her work at a national conference. She also served as an officer in the student-run Pre-Health Organization and as historian for the biology honor society Beta Beta Beta. She mentored other biology students and worked as a lab assistant in science classes.

Her goal after North Central was to pursue a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree and she’s enrolled at Des Moines University, a medical school in Iowa.

“I definitely feel prepared. They say medical school is fast-paced, but the sciences at North Central are already fast-paced. I’m not worried.”

Brandon Wood

Brandon chose North Central because he felt a small-school atmosphere would set him up for the greatest amount of post-college success.

“It was clear there were endless opportunities here,” he says.

As an undergraduate student, Brandon has conducted and presented independent research, kept up with the latest trends in dentistry as a member of the student-run Pre-Health Organization and worked with professors as a lab assistant. He calls the relationship between North Central students and faculty the College’s “biggest asset.”

“We harbor a family-like atmosphere,” he says. “The professors are here to help you, and allowing them to get to know you as a person will really help in the long run.”

North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

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 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

Cendy Cruz

Small class sizes have always appealed to Cendy. It’s the reason she transferred to North Central College, where she is preparing for a career in occupational therapy.

“I communicate a lot with my professors, who are willing to help and listen. I’m always comfortable approaching them with questions when I’m stuck on something, because they’re all really friendly,” she says.

Cendy wanted to pursue a career that would allow her to help others. She decided on occupational therapy after watching a therapist work with her mother following a serious operation.

“It was really fun watching the therapist help her regain her momentum,” she says.

To make her dream a reality, Cendy is taking advantage of opportunities outside the classroom to gain more hands-on experience as a therapist.

“I’m very involved in North Central’s Pre-Health Organization, and the pre-health advisor has provided a lot of guidance. I’ve volunteered in schools where I work with kids and I’ll volunteer at a local hospital or clinic next summer,” she says.

Alina Perez

Alina, a biochemistry major, always knew she wanted to be a doctor. It didn’t take long to discover the many ways North Central College could help her achieve that goal.

“I love North Central because of the opportunities it provides,” Alina says. “Through the College Scholars program I studied abroad at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and was able to take a cadaver anatomy course designed for American students interested in healthcare. I became involved in the biology honors society TriBeta, the Senior Class Gift Committee, tutoring at EDGE, the orientation staff and even cheerleading. These experiences got me into medical school and helped mold my character.”

Alina will attend the University of Illinois College of Medicine after she graduates from North Central. She’s grateful the College’s faculty has always been willing to help her along her journey.

“I love that my professors know me by name. I'm not just a number here. I sit on committees with faculty, do research with faculty and have faculty members overseeing my honors thesis. They know me well. It makes for a great letter of recommendation when your professors are personally interested in your success.”

New North Central College students discover possibilities during Orientation

Hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College during Orientation.

During summer 2013 Orientation sessions, hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College.

From study abroad courses to athletic teams to clubs and organizations, Orientation serves to inform students about options so they can begin to plan their years of study and make the most of their experience at North Central College.

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.

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