North Central College - Naperville, IL

Mueller publishes article in Teaching of Psychology journal

Jonathan Mueller, professor of psychology
Jonathan Mueller, North Central College professor of psychology, coauthored article on scientific thinking of first-year students in introductory psychology.

Jonathan Mueller, North Central College professor of psychology, coauthored an article, titled “Undergraduates’ ability to recognize correlational and causal language before and after explicit instruction,” that was published in the October 2013 journal Teaching of Psychology. The journal offers research-tested strategies to enhance student learning. His coauthor is Heather Coon, former North Central College professor of psychology.

Webster investigates, publishes findings about belief in evil, in good

Russell Webster ’03, visiting assistant professor of psychology
Russell Webster ’03, North Central College visiting assistant professor of psychology, published comprehensive study about pure evil and good in journal.

Russell Webster ’03, North Central College visiting assistant professor of psychology, has copublished a study, titled “Angels and Demons Are Among Us: Assessing Individual Differences in Belief in Pure Evil and Belief in Pure Good,” in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. His coauthor is Donald Saucier, a faculty member in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kansas State University.

Focus group feedback about Premier Scholars program is featured in talk

Dorothy Pleas, Ana Rivera ’14, Nicole Rivera, Marlena Martinez ’15
Four North Central College students, faculty and administrative personnel gave joint presentation at the Diversity & Inclusivity Teaching & Research Symposium.

Four North Central College students, faculty and administrative personnel gave a joint presentation at the Diversity & Inclusivity Teaching & Research Symposium held Oct. 12 at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Ind.

North Central College students perform “Macbeth” Oct. 24-27

North Central College students stage four performances of Shakespeare's “Macbeth” Oct. 24-27.

North Central College students stage four performances of Shakespeare's “Macbeth” Oct. 24-27.

The performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday Oct. 24 and 26, 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 in the College’s Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $10/adults and $8/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

North Central College students perform “Speech and Debate” Oct. 10-12

From left, Rae Lindenberg, Brian Warren and Mark Yacullo
North Central College students stage three performances of the dark and biting contemporary comedy “Speech and Debate” Oct. 10-12.

North Central College students stage three performances of the dark and biting contemporary comedy “Speech and Debate” Oct. 10-12.

The performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday Oct. 10-12 in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. The play contains strong language and mature content.

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.

Kristen Soforic

As a Lederman Scholar, Kristen started earning college credit at North Central during her junior year of high school. Choosing her “permanent” college was a no-brainer.

“I’d formed great relationships with the professors at North Central,” she says. “I had good friends, I was taking challenging classes and I was involved with the campus community—it’s everything I wanted for my college career.”

Research—both independent and with faculty—has been a huge part of Kristen’s North Central experience. She’s presented her work at numerous conferences and even spent five weeks overseas researching public policy at the University of Cambridge.

“I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology. I’m prepared because I’ve had thorough training in statistics and research methods,” she says. “If you think about what you want to do as a career, you’ll be able to tailor your activities and experience to match it.”

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.

Travis Hartke '05

Travis Hartke is an associate cross country coach at Boise State University in Boise, ID. Hartke started his career as a graduate assistant at Iowa State in 2006 after earning a degree in psychology and physical education at North Central. At Iowa State, he earned a master's degree in kinesiology. He was promoted to a full-time assistant coach in 2008, a position he held until 2010 when he was named associate head coach.

Bruce Baum '81

Bruce Baum is executive director of the Medinah Park District in Medinah, IL. Baum has spent the past 30 years in the field of parks and recreation administration, serving in management roles for various park districts in the suburban Chicago area.  He is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, has spoken at numerous state and national parks conferences and is a board member of the Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association. He and his wife Diana reside in Aurora, IL.

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