North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.

Student receives Richter Grant for researching German harmonica pedagogy

Jacob Prosek '15 travels to Germany to explore his belief that music education curriculum should include harmonica.

Jacob Prosek ’15 feels there could be an alternative teaching method for children first learning to play musical instruments. He foresees elementary schools using harmonicas, which are cheaper, more portable and more pleasing to the ear than a recorder. “Even a beginner can achieve immediate success,” he says.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2015 Great College To Work For

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education  has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

North Central College is among just 86 institutions nationwide recognized in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace. The recognition is based on results of surveys of more than 44,000 employees at 281 colleges and universities.

North Central student first to earn nation’s only degree in chemical microscopy

Marissa Bartz '15
Marissa Bartz graduated this summer from North Central College as the first to complete the nation’s only program offering a degree in chemical microscopy.

When Marissa Bartz graduated from North Central College in June she became the first to complete the nation’s only program offering a bachelor’s degree in chemical microscopy.

Elaine Cannell ’15 earns Outstanding Major in English Studies Award

Elaine Cannell ’15
Elaine Cannell received the Outstanding Major in English Studies Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Elaine Cannell ’15, daughter of Robert and Laura Cannell of Kansas City, Mo., received the Outstanding Major in English Studies Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

A senior, Elaine majored in English literature and English writing at North Central College. She is a graduate of Kaneland High School in Maple Park, Ill.

Caitlin Skrbec ’15 earns Outstanding Major in Music Education Award

Caitlin Skrbec ’15
Caitlin Skrbec received the Outstanding Major in Music Education Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Caitlin Skrbec ’15, daughter of Bradford and Eileen Skrbec of Naperville, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Music Education Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.  

A graduating senior, Caitlin majored in choral and instrumental music education at North Central College. She is a graduate of Neuqua Valley High School.

Abigail Escatel '15 earns two Outstanding Major in Communication Awards

Abigail Escatel '15
Abigail Escatel was awarded the Outstanding Major in Communication Award in 2014 and in 2015 during North Central College’s annual Honors Convocation.

Abigail Escatel, daughter of Rafael and Maria Escatel, of Riverside, Ill., was awarded the 2014 and 2015 Outstanding Major in Communication Award during Honors Convocation events at North Central College.

A graduating senior, Abigail majored in speech communication. She is a graduate of Willowbrook High School.

Passionate about math, William Noland ’17 accepted by two prestigious programs

William Noland ’17
A triple major, William Noland ’17 chosen for summer Research Experience for Undergraduates and fall term Mathematics Advanced Study Semesters program.

From his first steps on campus, William Noland ’17 pursued his passion for mathematics and preparation for a Ph.D. and career goal in academics, either teaching or research. Now that focus has led to two selective research opportunities.

“Knowing I wanted to get into a good graduate school for math, I’ve looked for opportunities to prepare myself the best way possible,” said Noland. Majoring in applied mathematics, mathematics and economics, he was homeschooled prior to North Central.

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