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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.

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.

Murawska presented research to local, international groups

Jaclyn Murawska, adjunct assistant professor of mathematics
Jaclyn Murawska, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of mathematics, presented her research findings on conceptual understanding of place value.

Jaclyn Murawska, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of mathematics, presented her recent research findings locally and internationally.

In April, Murawska was an invited speaker for the Elmhurst College Department of Mathematics Seminar Series. There, she presented the lecture titled “Preservice Teachers’ Conceptual Understanding of Place Value: Developing Unitization, Flexibility, and Reversibility.”

Van Oyen and Wilders present workshop at teachers association meeting

Professors Richard Wilders and Lawrence Van Oyen
North Central professors Lawrence Van Oyen and Rich Wilders lecture on the formal systems in math and music at West Suburban Music Teachers Association meeting.

North Central College faculty Lawrence Van Oyen, professor of music and director of bands, and Richard Wilders, Marie and Bernice Gantzert Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of mathematics, together lectured on the formal systems in math, music and art at the West Suburban Music Teachers Association meeting in April.

Noted mathematician, alumnus is keynote speaker for Rall Symposium

Dr. Satyan Devadoss ’93, professor of mathematics, Williams College
Satyan Devadoss ’93 returns to North Central May 13 as keynote speaker for the College’s 17th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

North Central College welcomes Dr. Satyan Devadoss ’93 as the keynote speaker for the College’s 17th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research on May 13.

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