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North Central College continues to garner prestigious honors

Alicia Casacchia ’17
Students and alumna receive National Science Foundation Fellowship, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship and Goldwater Honorable Mention.

North Central College students’ scholarship continues to pay off with recognitions and awards. Kori Sye ’16 was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship, Hannah Kramer ’15 received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) and Alicia Casacchia ’17 was recognized by the Goldwater Scholarship program as a 2016 Honorable Mention.

North Central College students engage in research, presentations, writing contests

With topics spanning politics, business, shoulder injuries, coffee and rock stars, students take advantage of academic opportunities outside the classroom.

Several North Central College students have engaged in a variety of research, presentation and writing opportunities during the past few months. The topics have spanned business, politics, finance, trade, athletic training, rock stars and more. Here are reports about the accomplished North Central students.

Political conference

North Central students trace the steps of Freedom Riders during spring break trip

As part of the Sankofa Verandah Experience, North Central College students followed the path of Freedom Riders during the 1960s.

During spring break 2016, students had the opportunity to participate in the Sankofa Verandah Experience, titled Student Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Students traced the steps of the Freedom Riders during the 1960s and reflected on how the civil rights struggle connects to their own passions for social justice and leadership.

They traveled to Memphis, Tenn.; Little Rock, Ark.; the Mississippi Delta; and Jackson and Oxford, Miss. Through the course of the trip, students analyzed how the civil rights movement has shaped the world today.

North Central College supports first-generation students in transition to higher education

North Central’s Cardinal First program fosters community among first-generation students and faculty.

In any given classroom at North Central College, it’s likely that several students are the first in their immediate families to pursue higher education. About 35 to 40 percent of North Central students are first-generation college students—meaning, their parents do not have four-year degrees. And many of their professors were first-generation college students, too.  

A College on the Move

North Central gains momentum in growth, reputation, value.

Growth in new faculty, world-class facilities, outstanding academics and stellar athletic teams---these are the hallmarks of a campus community that is fiscally strong, excited about the future and focused on becoming one of America’s top colleges.

“Our students and their families become part of a dynamic campus environment, where they benefit from the value of small class sizes, faculty mentors and award-winning cocurricular activities,” said Martin Sauer, vice president for enrollment and athletics.

Matthew McCary ’10 earns prestigious National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellowship

Matthew McCary ’10 has been awarded a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellowship for research in Iceland through the University of Wisconsin.

Biology alumnus Matthew McCary ’10 will continue his quest to become an expert researcher in environmental biology with the help of a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellowship. McCary is completing a doctorate at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) and will use the NSF support after he graduates for a research position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison starting in January 2017. The three-year fellowship is valued at more than $200,000.

Neuroscience presentations on drug addiction among 43 accepted for NCUR

Madison Cromwell ’17, Elaina Bartoli ’17
North Central College’s new neuroscience discipline will be represented with two projects at the 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research

A new academic minor and research discipline at North Central College will be represented for the first time at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Two of the 43 NCUR presentations will involve neuroscience research into drug usage and addiction that began in summer 2015.

Students win 14 awards for North Central in international broadcast competition

WONC-FM 89.1 takes home three first-place trophies for Best Station Promo, Best Station Contest/Promotional Event and Best Promotions Director.

Student broadcasters representing WONC-FM 89.1, North Central College’s student-run radio station, have added 14 new awards to the station’s trophy case. They earned three first-place awards and 11 other finalist titles at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) International Conference held March 5 in New York City.

North Central journalism students mentor middle school newspaper club

A. Vito Martinez Middle School students visit North Central College to experience journalism from a college perspective.

Students in North Central College’s journalism program teamed up with budding middle school journalists to show them the ins and outs of newspaper and online production.

Staff at A. Vito Martinez Middle School reached out to Kay O’Donnell, assistant professor of journalism at North Central, to arrange for students in their newspaper club to spend a day building their reporting and writing skills with North Central students.

North Central’s Mock Trial team advances to national tournament

For the second year in a row, the North Central College Mock Trial team advances to the American Mock Trial Association Opening Round Championship Series.

For the second year in a row, the North Central College Mock Trial team will advance to the American Mock Trial Association Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS).

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