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Mathematics of square dancing

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Nathan Pierson earns Outstanding Major in Mathematics Award

Nathan Pierson was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Mathematics Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Nathan Pierson was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Mathematics Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Pierson is a graduating senior triple-majoring in mathematics, physics and computer science. He has been awarded the Arthur J. Schmitt Presidential Fellowship, which will enable him to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Notre Dame on a full, paid fellowship. He is a graduate of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora.
    

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2014 Great College To Work For

North Central College ranks among 92 of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

North Central College ranks among the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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 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.”

Outstanding faculty and staff are recognized for efforts during 2013-2014

North Central College recognized faculty and administrative staff for outstanding teaching, scholarship and service with Dissinger and Ruge Fellow awards.

In May, six outstanding North Central College faculty and staff for the 2013-2014 academic year received endowed Dissinger awards. Two further faculty members were honored as Ruge Fellows for their inspired teaching and dedication to students.  

Margaret Wieczorek earns two awards at 2014 Honors Convocation

Margaret Wieczorek
Margaret Wieczorek won two North Central College awards, Outstanding Major in Mathematics and the Outstanding Student in the Division of Science.

Margaret Wieczorek, daughter of Daniel and Patricia Wieczorek of Peru, received two awards—the Outstanding Major in Mathematics and the Outstanding Student in the Division of Science—during Honors Convocation May 13 at North Central College in Naperville.

A senior, Margaret is majoring in mathematics and in French. She will be pursuing her Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Tennessee in the fall. She is a graduate of LaSalle-Peru Township High School.

Rebecca Rachan ’16 attends prestigious math workshop

Rebecca Rachan ’16
North Central College mathematics major Rebecca Rachan ’16 participated in the Undergraduate Modeling Workshop at North Carolina State University.

Rebecca Rachan ‘16, a mathematics major at North Central College, participated in the Undergraduate Modeling Workshop May 18-23 at North Carolina State University. Rachan was one of 29 students from across the nation—from schools like Virginia Tech, Brown and Penn State—accepted into the prestigious workshop.

“When I got in, I was shocked and incredibly excited,” says Rachan, who completed her rigorous application with help from Marco Martinez, North Central College assistant professor of mathematics.

North Central College alumnus discusses the value of liberal arts disciplines

Dr. Satyan Devadoss hearing student's poster presentation at the Rall Symposium
Satyan Devadoss ’93 uses keynote address, “The Shape of Nature: Bees, Trees, Origami,” to inspire the Rall Symposium audience.

A lively discussion of the intersections of art, mathematics and nature led by Dr. Satyan Devadoss ’93 set the stage for College’s 17th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research on May 13. Devadoss’ keynote address, “The Shape of Nature: Bees, Trees, Origami,” encouraged the audience to think about how art and nature reflect mathematical precision and, more importantly, how scholars should use this inspiration to cross disciplines to collaborate.

North Central College students score well in math competitions

Goldspohn Hall
Results are in from two math contests, one regional and one international. North Central students earned high marks overall.

North Central College students recently participated in two mathematics competitions: a regional competition called the ACCA Calculus Competition, and an international competition called the William Lowell Putnam Competition. Results show the North Central teams earned high marks in both contests.

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