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Gilberto Perez earns Outstanding Major in Physics Award

Gilberto Perez was honored with the Outstanding Major in Physics Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Gilberto Perez was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Physics Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Perez is majoring in physics. Enrolled in North Central’s 3-2 dual degree program in engineering, Perez will attend the University of Illinois to complete his electrical engineering degree from North Central and the University of Illinois.

Cancer researcher returns to North Central to guest lecture science courses

Zach Pratt, a 2005 alumnus who recently completed his doctorate in cancer biology, returned to North Central to guest lecture some biology courses.

Zach Pratt hopes to combine his passion for scientific research with his knack for teaching.

Since earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from North Central in 2005, Pratt has completed his doctorate in cancer biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He returned to North Central in February 2011 to guest lecture some biology courses, using bacteria to teach a lesson in evolution.

Coauthors from different backgrounds address the question, “does God exist?”

Thomas McFaul, Ph.D., and Al Brunsting, Ph.D.
Two PhDs, one a professor of ethics and religious studies and one a physicist, discuss their book Nov. 5 and its central topic: the existence of God.

North Central College welcomes coauthors Thomas McFaul ’98, Ph.D., professor of ethics and religion studies emeritus at North Central, and physicist Al Brunsting, Ph.D., to discuss their new book “God Is Here To Stay: Science, Evolution, and Belief in God” Nov. 5.

Sponsored by the College’s Cultural Events program, the free talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall. For more information contact Judy Brodhead at 630-637-5276.

Physics department hosts Oct. 23 viewing of partial solar eclipse at stadium press box

Faculty members from North Central’s physics department invite students, faculty and staff to join a viewing of Thursday’s Oct. 23 partial solar eclipse.

Faculty members from the physics department at North Central College invite students, faculty and staff to join a viewing of Thursday’s Oct. 23 partial solar eclipse, weather permitting.

The viewing will take place from 4 p.m. until sunset Thursday, Oct. 23, in the press box on the fourth floor of Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, 455 S. Brainard St., Naperville. The event will be canceled if it is overcast.

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.

Alyssa Pezan

With the help of her professors, Alyssa is ready for a career in physics.

“Like me, the professors here are dedicated and passionate about physics,” she says. “They want students to succeed, and I’ve gained the knowledge I need through their intriguing and stimulating courses.”

Alyssa’s education reached beyond the classroom. She participated in a summer research project with visiting assistant professor of physics Stuart Wick. Together, they conducted theoretical research about subatomic particles in space, which Alyssa will present during the annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

Alyssa plans to pursue a career in physics, either working in a laboratory or attending graduate school. Whichever path she takes, Alyssa says her summer research experience will be an important tool.

“I think any employer will be impressed to hear that I managed an eight-week project, wrote computer code and presented my findings.”

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.

Students present new and ongoing research during summer program

Alexis Gramera ’15 presents poster of her summer research
North Central College students gain independence, experience, know-how conducting research with faculty during the Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium.

Some 55 North Central College students with mentoring oversight by 23 faculty members met for eight weeks this summer on campus to conduct new and ongoing research and scholarship. Their work spanned all academic divisions, ranging from biology to history and Chinese to psychology and more. Summer undergraduate research grants by the College supported stipends for nearly half the students.

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