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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.

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.”  

PHO Speaker Series hosts 2010 alumna, dental school student

Anne Adamson ’10
North Central College’s student Pre-Health Organization welcomes alumna and current dental school student Anne Adamson ’10 as a guest speaker Nov. 1.

North Central College’s student-run Pre-Health Organization (PHO) welcomes alumna and current dental school student Anne Adamson ’10 as a guest speaker in November. Members of the campus community are invited to attend the free speaker event from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Smith Hall. Lunch will be served; RSVP by Oct. 29 to doodle.com/bzcpehwp6ck24z4d.

Pleas and Rivera give talk at Midwest First-Year Conference

North Central College Premier Scholars, summer 2012
Dorothy Pleas, North Central director of multicultural affairs, and Nicole Rivera, visiting assistant professor of psychology, give talk about Premier Scholars.

Dorothy Pleas, North Central College director of multicultural affairs, and Nicole Rivera, visiting assistant professor of psychology, presented a session titled, “Strengthening the First-Year Experience Through a Summer Bridge Program for At-Risk Students,” at the Midwest First-Year Conference at Northern Illinois University on Sept. 28.

North Central honors Eric McLaren ’86 with Outstanding Alumni Award

Eric McLaren ’86, Outstanding Alumni Award
North Central College to honor Eric McLaren, vice president for academic programs at Illinois Math and Science Academy, with a 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award.

North Central College is honoring Eric McLaren, Ph.D., of Sugar Grove with a 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award.

McLaren and five others will be honored during the College’s Homecoming Convocation at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville.

Wayne Duehn ’61 named to North Central’s Wall of Witness

Wayne Duehn ’61, Ph.D., Wall of Witness
North Central College honors professor, family advocate Wayne Duehn by adding his name to the College’s Wall of Witness during Homecoming Convocation Oct. 26.

North Central College is honoring Wayne Duehn ’61, Ph.D., of Arlington, Texas, by adding his name to the College’s Wall of Witness.

Duehn and five others will be honored during the College’s Homecoming Convocation at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville.

Rivera presented talk to instructors at music school

Nicole Rivera, adjunct assistant professor of psychology
Nicole Rivera, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of psychology, gave presentation on learning disabilities to instructors at Chicago school.

Nicole Rivera, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of psychology, presented a session titled “Learning Disabilities: Implications for Learning, Self and Behavior” for instructors at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago on March 25. The session was part of a joint meeting between the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Illinois Association for Music Therapy.

Student who aspires to become a mission doctor recounts visit to Haiti

Sophomore psychology major Joshua Male was featured in the SouthtownStar newspaper, which recounted his recent experience in Haiti.

Sophomore psychology major Joshua Male was featured in the SouthtownStar newspaper, which recounted his recent experience in Haiti.

In December, Male spent eight days in Haiti with Mission of Hope, where he gained experience painting houses, clearing trash from streets and comforting patients in a prosthetic lab.

Senior psychology major has research paper accepted for publication

Rachel Garthe ’12, psychology major
Research paper by North Central College senior Rachel Garthe has been accepted for publication in the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Senior psychology major Rachel Garthe had her research paper accepted for publication in the academic publication “Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.” Titled “The Effects of Self-Esteem and Aggression in Scottish Young Adults on Depression,” her paper will be featured in a future issue. The journal is an international, fully reviewed, quarterly journal dedicated to the publication of undergraduate student research.

Rivera presents her research on the first-year college experience

Nicole Rivera, adjunct assistant professor of psychology
Nicole Rivera, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of psychology, presented “Exploring Diversity in the First-Year College Experience” at meeting.

Nicole Rivera, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of psychology, presented a session titled “Exploring Diversity in the First-Year College Experience” at the Diversity Research Symposium at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., Oct. 29. The conference was sponsored by Ball State’s Office of Institutional Diversity and the Department of Psychological Science.

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