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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.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2014 Great College To Work For

North Central College ranks among 92 of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

North Central College ranks among the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Colleges of Distinction says North Central excels at preparing graduates for success

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

Colleges of Distinction is a guide that considers the views of guidance counselors, educators and admission professionals to honor colleges that excel in four areas of undergraduate education: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

The 15th annual edition praises North Central College and its commitment to those four core values.

Magazine highlights artwork of North Central College alumna Monika Wulfers

The world-renowned artwork of North Central College alumna Monika Wulfers is showcased in an online magazine.

The world-renowned artwork of North Central College alumna Monika Wulfers is showcased in an online magazine.

Wulfers—a 1968 graduate of North Central College who was born in Berlin, Germany—is among the leading female minimalist and conceptual artists of her time, author Daniel Tiffany wrote in the July 13 edition of Hypoallergic magazine. The publication bears the motto “Sensitive To Art & Its Discontents.”

Psychology professor Karl Kelley featured in article about excellence in teaching

North Central College psychology professor Karl Kelley is featured in an article about excellence in teaching.

North Central College psychology professor Karl Kelley is featured in an article about excellence in teaching.

The article, “Class Acts: How Top Teachers Help Students Achieve Their Goals Both In and Out of the Classroom,” appears in the new issue of West Suburban Living Magazine.

North Central College Teach First program inspires future educators

Abel Sanchez and Guadalupe Gallardo Escobedo
A North Central College program that helps prepare future educators is a model for a new program to improve opportunities for all first-generation students.

A North Central College program that helps prepare future educators is serving as a model for a new program to improve opportunities for all the College’s first-generation students.

Teach First—which aims to recruit and retain first-generation college students who want to become teachers—was launched at North Central in 2008. Six years later it’s serving as a model for Cardinal First that launches in fall 2014.

Education alumna to administer principal-preparation grant for East Aurora schools

Mavis DeMar
North Central College education alumna Mavis DeMar ’79 has been named to a newly created administrative post in East Aurora School District 131.

North Central College education alumna Mavis DeMar ’79 has been named to a newly created administrative post in East Aurora School District 131.

DeMar was promoted from her position as principal of Hermes Elementary School in Aurora. In her new role she will oversee a collaborative program between East Aurora and North Central College to prepare future principals.

North Central College welcomes three new members to Board of Trustees

North Central College welcomes three new members to its Board of Trustees: Kathryn Birkett, Robin Boren and Thomas Harter Sr.

North Central College has welcomed three new members to its Board of Trustees: Kathryn Birkett of Geneva and Naperville residents Robin Boren and Thomas Harter Sr.

Birkett has served as superintendent of schools for Indian Prairie School District 204 since July 2009. She retires in June after dedicating more than three decades to the district, including serving as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and assistant deputy superintendent.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster to deliver Commencement address at North Central College

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, will be the speaker for North Central College’s 149th Commencement June 14.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, a scientist and businessman representing the 11th Congressional District of Illinois, will be the speaker for North Central College’s 149th Commencement on June 14 and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Authors featured at Feb. 25 North Central College Emerging Writers Reading Series

The public is invited to hear two authors featured Feb. 25 at North Central College’s Emerging Authors Reading Series.

The public is invited to hear two authors featured Feb. 25 at North Central College’s Emerging Authors Reading Series.

The event will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the College’s Koten Chapel at Kiekhofer Hall, 329 E. School St., Naperville. Featured authors are Eric Elshtain, a Chicago-based poet, publisher and educator; and Sandy Marchetti, a Naperville writer and 2007 alumna of North Central College.

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