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Jessica Coffey

Jessica’s favorite aspect of North Central College’s sociology program is its flexibility.

“There’s so much more freedom than many larger schools would offer,” Jessica says. “Of the three tracks in the program—community studies, criminal justice and general studies—I chose the general track because it allowed me to incorporate much of my own research and personal interests to make the major my own.

“You can work with professors on their research projects and create your own through an independent study course or even a Richter grant.”

Jessica has worked extensively with a sociology professor on a Richter project specializing in the sociology of religion. She developed an interest in the subject during a trip to Liverpool, England, where she studied Christianity and young adults in the United Kingdom.

“My background in sociology has broadened my horizons and has made me aware of social and cultural issues,” she says. “I’ve conducted an ample amount of research as an undergrad, which will open up many career paths for me after I graduate.”

Jessica is minoring in English writing and interactive media studies and is active in music and theatre at North Central.

Corsino publishes article about the Chicago Outfit and organized crime

Lou Corsino, professor of sociology
Lou Corsino, North Central College professor of sociology, published an article in the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.

Lou Corsino, North Central College professor of sociology, authored the article, “They Can’t Shoot Everyone: Italians, Social Capital, and Organized Crime in the Chicago Outfit,” in the May issue of the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice (Vol. 29 No. 2, 256-275).

The quarterly journal focuses on a critical issue in contemporary criminal justice in order to provide a cogent, thorough and timely exploration of the topic. Those issues include organized crime, community policing, gangs, white-collar crime and excessive police force.

Jessica Pantel earns Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology Award

Jessica Pantel received the Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Jessica Pantel, daughter of James and Valerie Pantel of Beach Park, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Jessica is majoring in sociology and anthropology at North Central College. She is a graduate of Waukegan High School.

North Central seniors accepted to Nashville internship

Elisabeth Volkamer ’13 and Jessica Martin ’13
North Central College seniors Elisabeth Volkamer and Jessica Martin are chosen for internship in Nashville that empowers women to promote social justice.

North Central College seniors Elisabeth Volkamer and Jessica Martin were accepted to a 10-month internship at Belle H. Bennett House, an intentional community for the empowerment of young women at Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, TN.

The program, beginning in August, consists of 40-hour work weeks that focus on female empowerment and the eradication of racism through volunteer work, community living and internships at various organizations in the area.

Students learn how to advocate issues with legislators

North Central College students attend ecumenical advocacy conference, speak with congressional staff in nation’s capital about issues important to them.

Eight North Central College students traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) 2013 National Gathering.

More than 700 people from across the country attended the April 5-8 gathering. The schedule of events included workshops that informed attendees of key issues in the global food system and how to effectively communicate with legislators.

North Central's Leadership, Ethics & Values program focuses on moral courage

Journalist Eyal Press
North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values will host author Eyal Press May 1 as part of yearlong focus on moral courage.

North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program is exploring the topic of moral courage in a yearlong focus that includes a visit by a prominent author, discussions and multimedia presentations.

April 16 screening of “Con los Brazos Abiertos” documentary

North Central students at ceramics shop in Totonicapn, Guatemala
North Central College faculty and students present free screening of collaborative documentary project about sustainable tourism in Guatemala.

North Central College faculty and students have collaborated to create a documentary, titled “Con los Brazos Abiertos,” about sustainable tourism in Guatemala. A free screening will be shown to the campus community at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center.

“The film project,” says Matthew Krystal, associate professor of political science, sociology and anthropology, “is primarily about professional development and faculty-student collaboration in the production of films on anthropological and economic topics.”

Keys and Berkland give presentation based on their research

Asssociate Professors Jennifer Keys and Mara Berkland
North Central College Associate Professors Jennifer Keys and Mara Berkland give talk about college survival guides at community event for college-bound girls.

Jennifer Keys, North Central College associate professor of sociology and chair of sociology, anthropology and political science, and Mara Berkland, associate professor and chair of speech communication, gave a presentation based on their joint research at a community event on North Central’s campus March 16.

Faith Evans '08

Faith Evans was named a Hometown Hero. She is stationed as a chemical officer at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, MD. Evans joined the U.S. Army in 2011 and is currently a second lieutenant. After boot camp, she completed officer candidate school and chemical warfare training in Missouri. Evans holds a master’s degree from Illinois State University.

Jim Owczarski '02

Jim Owczarski was honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) for investigative journalism. His story, “Who is Montaous Walton?,” uncovered a Milwaukee man posing as a baseball prospect who was defrauding legitimate agents. Owczarski’s story also uncovered falsified documents, which led to an investigation by Major League Baseball and eventually an arrest. He was selected as one of 10 finalists along with writers from USA Today, the New York Times, Yahoo! Sports and Los Angeles Times.

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