North Central College - Naperville, IL

Senior’s research chosen for conference presentation, wins award

Kristen Soforic ’13 in London during a North Central 2012 D-Term trip
Project by North Central College psychology major Kristen Soforic ’13 is accepted for presentation at regional conference, wins research award.

Kristen Soforic ’13, a psychology major at North Central College, was recently recognized for her academic work. Her research project, titled “The Effect of Induced Hypocrisy on Texting While Driving,” was accepted for presentation at the 2013 Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) conference in May in Chicago. She co-authored the project with North Central 2012 graduate Nicholas Petkunas, also a psychology major.

Students connect with professionals through HR group

North Central College’s Student Human Resources Group gains charter status with HR organization, opportunities to network and learn from HR professionals.

North Central College students involved in the Student Human Resources Group have been working during the past year to see their organization officially named a chartered student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a leading organization for human resource (HR) professionals.

Their efforts have paid off. On Jan. 17 the student group became an official chapter, opening new opportunities and benefits to students interested in the HR field.

North Central College students to present research at NCUR

Biology major Scott Blaszak ’14 and biochemistry major Samantha DeWerff ’13
National Conferences on Undergraduate Research accepts 32 proposals by 34 students, placing North Central in nation’s top 5 percent for most acceptances.

North Central College students will showcase their original research in biology, chemistry, psychology, literature, the arts and other fields at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in April.

NCUR has accepted 32 proposals by 34 North Central students for presentation at its annual conference. NCUR promotes research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study and accepts only top submissions by undergraduate students.

North Central College alumnus Dr. Karl Brooks speaks at MLK prayer breakfast

Alumnus Karl Brooks ’90, a Joliet Junior College administrator, was keynote speaker at the College’s MLK prayer breakfast.

North Central College alumnus Dr. Karl Brooks ’90 spoke to students, faculty, staff and guests about the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy during the College’s annual MLK prayer breakfast Jan. 21.

Dean of student success at Joliet Junior College, Brooks encouraged audience members to reflect on what inspires them—saying King’s legacy is a source of daily inspiration to him.

“We are all benefactors of Martin Luther King’s legacy,” Brooks said. “He calls us all to a higher moral and ethical ground.”

Students may apply by Feb. 20 for Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research

Students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research May 14.

North Central College students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research, which will take place during Honors Day on Tuesday, May 14.

Information about the symposium and how to submit proposals may be found on the College’s website. A list of frequently asked questions also is available.

Mueller and VanHorn receive award from prestigious teaching institute

Jonathan Mueller (left) and Daniel VanHorn, psychology faculty
North Central College’s Jon Mueller, professor of psychology, and Daniel VanHorn, assistant professor of psychology, receive award for poster presentation.

North Central College’s Jonathan Mueller, professor of psychology, and Daniel VanHorn, assistant professor of psychology, are recipients of the 2013 Doug Bernstein Award from the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) for their poster presentation titled “Fantasy Researcher League: Engaging Students in Psychological Research.”  

Verandah courses

Verandah experiences are intellectually and personally stimulating for students and faculty.

Undergraduate research

Students gain valuable skills conducting research on the effects of caffeine.

Lynn Getz Schopler '84

Lynn Getz Schopler launched Golden Elders Inc., an in-house adult care facility that provides an extended family setting for patients with Alzheimer’s. For four years, she took care of her parents, feeling the need to honor them and help other caregivers. In 2008, she opened an adult day care in her Naperville home to create a safe and warm environment for her guests and respite for their caregivers. Schopler also teaches psychology at the College of DuPage.

Kai Ruggeri '06

Kai Ruggeri holds several research and teaching positions within the University of Cambridge (Darwin College, Engineering Design Centre and Department of Psychology). He also holds a senior analyst position at RAND Europe, an independent not-for-profit research institute whose mission is to help improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. He is also director of the Junior Researcher Programme in psychology and continues with AMCS, a health finance company, as an economic and international development consultant.

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