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Students, staff present at LEV-cosponsored conference on faith, justice and civic learning

Steve Oliveri
North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program recently co-sponsored the first National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference.

July 1, 2011—North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program recently cosponsored the first National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference with DePaul University, providing students and staff the opportunity to present three sessions on various topics.

Cancer researcher returns to North Central to guest lecture science courses

Zach Pratt, a 2005 alumnus who recently completed his doctorate in cancer biology, returned to North Central to guest lecture some biology courses.

Zach Pratt hopes to combine his passion for scientific research with his knack for teaching.

Since earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from North Central in 2005, Pratt has completed his doctorate in cancer biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He returned to North Central in February 2011 to guest lecture some biology courses, using bacteria to teach a lesson in evolution.

Sheridan coauthors journal article about engaging students using social media

Brandon Sheridan, assistant professor of economics
Brandon Sheridan, North Central College assistant professor of economics, published an article in the International Review of Economics Education.

Brandon Sheridan, North Central College assistant professor of economics, published an article in the May 2015 issue of International Review of Economics Education, which is “an international peer-reviewed journal that promotes research into effective learning and teaching in economics in higher education.” His coauthors are Dr. Abdullah Al-Bahrani and Dr. Darshak Patel.

WONC station managers rapidly advance in broadcast careers

Kevin Jackman ’14, Russell Tanzillo ’15
Two former WONC radio station managers land positions at popular Chicago outlets, and current station manager earns reputable broadcast award.

Former and current station managers of North Central College’s student-led radio station WONC-FM 89.1 are quickly rising to the top. Kevin Jackman ’14 and Russell Tanzillo ’15 have landed coveted broadcast positions at leading Chicago radio stations, and Samuel Reiman ’16 was awarded a prestigious broadcast award.

Hawaii makes ideal setting for student mathematics research this summer

Two students traveled to the University of Hawai’i at Hilo for the competitive Pacific Undergraduate Research Experience in Mathematics program.

Dana Lacey ’16 and Taylor Spino ’17 computed, evaluated and formulated in paradise. During summer 2015, they participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. The Pacific Undergraduate Research Experience in Mathematics (PURE Math) program presented the unique opportunity to learn, research and be mentored with other students from many different universities.

Summer researchers build comprehensive tree database that will serve multiple purposes

A joint student-faculty-sustainability research project seeks to catalog and manage the trees on the College’s 65-acre campus.

A research team of “tree geeks” spent the summer getting to know all the trees that adorn the North Central College campus. It took four weeks for them to identify all the species, measure each circumference, tag each with a number for future reference and assign GPS coordinates to the location.

Biochemistry researcher Lindsay Hill ’05 Batorski, Ph.D., contributes to important vaccine findings

Lindsay Hill ’05 Batorski, Ph.D., is part of a research team devoted to discovering a vaccine to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

Lindsay Hill ’05 Batorski is part of a research team devoted to discovering a vaccine to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the team recently published promising findings in the journal Science about successfully immunizing macaque monkeys with an effective but safe vaccine.

Princeton Review survey says: Our students love us!

Dr. Mara Berkland, professor of communication and Ruge Fellow
Based on student surveys, The Princeton Review has again named North Central College as a Best Midwestern College and top Green College for 2016.

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College and Green College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

North Central College is included in The Princeton Review’s college guide, “The Best 380 Colleges, 2016 Edition.” The guide surveys some 136,000 college students at 380 top colleges to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences.

New graduate helps create sustainable change in Uganda

Deana Guarino '15
North Central College history major Deana Guarino ’15 volunteers in Uganda for two weeks with a nonprofit to support sustainable education.

Empowering. In one word, Deana Guarino ’15 describes her volunteer experience in Uganda with Pangea Educational Development (PED)—a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainable education.

After graduating from North Central College in June, Guarino hopped on a plane to Entebbe, Uganda, to volunteer with PED for two weeks. PED works with communities in Uganda to improve schools, stimulate the local economy and empower leaders.

North Central ranked among America’s Top Colleges by Forbes

North Central College alumni land good jobs after graduation, experience high return on their education investment noted in 2015 Forbes college ranking.

North Central College alumni land good jobs after graduation and experience a high return on their education investment, Forbes says in its 2015 America’s Top Colleges rankings.

For the fifth straight year Forbes includes North Central College among the top 20 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities. The magazine profiles the top 650 of the nearly 2,500 four-year institutions of higher learning in the United States. For 2015 Forbes ranks North Central College No. 482 overall, No. 324 among private colleges and No. 113 in the Midwest.

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