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Brandi Balensiefen earns Outstanding Major in Psychology Award

Brandi Balensiefen
Brandi Balensiefen was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Psychology Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Brandi Balensiefen was honored with the Outstanding Major in Psychology Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Balensiefen is a graduating senior at North Central College and has been accepted to a graduate program in international relations and human resources at the University of Illinois.

G.I. Jobs magazine rates North Central College a Military Friendly School for 2015

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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.

New tenure-track faculty join North Central College fall 2014

North Central College welcomed nine full-time tenure-track faculty members, representing all four academic divisions, at the start of new academic year.

With the start of fall term classes on Sept. 15, 2014, North Central College welcomed nine full-time, tenure-track faculty members. They represent all four academic divisions and a range of academic disciplines: sociology, biology, philosophy, psychology, Chinese, music, education and management.

These new tenure-track faculty are:

Elise Percy joins North Central’s biology faculty in fall 2014

Assistant Professor of Psychology Elise Percy
North Central College welcomes Assistant Professor of Psychology Elise Percy as tenure-track faculty member for 2014-2015 academic year.

North Central College welcomed Assistant Professor of Psychology Elise Percy, a newly appointed full-time, tenure-track faculty member for the 2014-2015 academic year, which started Sept. 15.

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.

North Central College student inspires fresh confidence in young students

Danara Barlow ’15 (center) with students in Project Better
Recipient of North Central’s Mironda K. Heston Scholarship for Human Service, Danara Barlow ’15 created Project Better to inspire and prepare youth for college.

By giving hope to young residents of the Joliet neighborhood where she grew up, Danara Barlow ’15 has become a hometown hero.

As the recipient of North Central College’s 2014 Mironda K. Heston Scholarship for Human Service, Barlow was awarded a budget of $2,500 to fund work in human rights and service. With her funds, she created Project Better, a program that focuses on inspiring youth and preparing them for college.

Kirsten Bushman

For Kirsten Bushman, preparing for a career in psychology is all about collaboration. Since her sophomore year, she’s conducted research alongside professor of psychology Jonathon Mueller.

“North Central’s professors have their own research projects that are open to students,” she says. “My research with Dr. Mueller has led to other research opportunities and faculty connections.”

Kirsten used her contacts around campus to complete her thesis. As part of the College Scholars Honors Program, she dedicated a year to her own research.

“It’s been a point of interest in my interviews.”

Kirsten plans to pursue a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. She hopes to foster strong support systems within couples and families.

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.

Princeton Review names North Central College among nation’s best colleges for 2015

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

North Central College is included in The Princeton Review’s college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges, 2015 Edition.” The guide surveys more than 130,000 college students nationwide to determine the top 15 percent of about 2,900 four-year institutions nationwide.

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