North Central College - Naperville, IL

Charles Lee '57

Charles Lee is the author of “The Threat from Within.” The thriller tells how an Eastern European research institute, intent on eliminating America as a world superpower, developed the means to attack and destroy the mental capacity of American teenagers via cell phone radiation. He is also the author of the book “The Adventures of Ickle, Packy, Pickle and Gooch.” After graduating from North Central, Lee earned his master’s degree in mass communications from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He then served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Marlena Martinez ’15 is chosen for student affairs program

Marlena Martinez ’15, psychology major
North Central College junior Marlena Martinez is selected to the Undergraduate Fellows Program of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

North Central College’s Marlena Martinez, a junior psychology major from Plainfield, has been selected for a prestigious program that offers networking, mentoring and other opportunities for students who want to pursue careers as higher education administrators.

Martinez has been accepted into the 2013-2014 class of the Undergraduate Fellows Program of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, formerly known as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Update: Collection drive for supplies is over; donations and gift cards still welcome

Donated supplies are  loaded into cars, transported to central Illinois
Some North Central College students and their families were affected by the Nov. 17 storms. Thank you to all who gave donations.

11/22 update: Many donated items have been collected for those in central Illinois affected by the tornadoes. Thank you! No new items will be accepted at this time. However, donations of cash, checks or gift cards are still being accepted. Gifts cards to Walgreens, Target, Walmart, Ace Hardware, McDonalds and Meijer are requested. Donations of money and gift cards may be sent via campus to Patricia Schacht (CM 455) or contact her at 630-637-5331 or pmschacht@noctrl.edu.

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.”

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