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Mark Zajac ’12 will head to Germany with a Fulbright

North Central College alumnus Mark Zajac receives Fulbright Teaching Assistant post to teach English and engage in cultural programs in Germany.

Mark Zajac ’12 has been named as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) to Germany, continuing North Central’s history of placing graduates in this prestigious program.

He is currently serving as a Dunn Fellow in Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s Chicago Office. While a student, he was a College Scholar, had triple majors in global studies: international business, German and Spanish, and a minor in Chinese. He studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, and Seville, Spain, to refine his language skills in German and Spanish.

Student presents sculpture, video art, photography and more through May 4

Landmannalaugar frá Bláhnjúki-The People’s Pools from the Blue Peak
North Central College features the artwork of senior Ian Wright in “Kynjamyndir-Strange Pictures: Responding to Icelandic Landscape and Culture.”

North Central College presents the creative artwork of senior Ian Wright in a solo exhibit, April 8-May 4.

Titled “Kynjamyndir-Strange Pictures: Responding to Icelandic Landscape and Culture,” Wright’s exhibit will showcase charcoal on wood panel drawings, video art, sculpture and photography that capture the essence and beauty of Iceland’s volcanic environment.

Megan King

College Scholar

As a College Scholar, Megan majored in accounting and Spanish with a minor in international business. She tied it all together by intentionally selecting her activities and making each experience count toward a well-rounded education full of life-changing experiences.

For example, she worked in the College’s accounting department, interned for three summers, and volunteered to prepare taxes for citizens in need of assistance. Megan also participated in four study abroad programs that helped advance her Spanish-speaking skills, expand her world view, strengthen her sense of independence and further improve her job prospects.

While studying international business in Spain during fall term of her senior year, Megan conducted research, funded by a Richter Grant, for her honors thesis on changes to accounting education in Spain. She went on to present her research results at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, where North Central consistently ranks in the top 5 percent of all colleges and universities in the nation for the number of projects accepted.

Her knowledge of Spanish and honors research experience on her résumé caught the attention of her future employer, Corbett, Duncan & Hubly, and led to an interview and job offer as an auditor. 


North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

North Central College selected to take part in civic learning, engagement initiative

North Central College’s strong commitments to civic learning and democratic engagement are recognized by Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

North Central College’s strong commitments to civic learning and democratic engagement are being recognized by the group Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA).

New North Central College students discover possibilities during Orientation

Hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College during Orientation.

During summer 2013 Orientation sessions, hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College.

From study abroad courses to athletic teams to clubs and organizations, Orientation serves to inform students about options so they can begin to plan their years of study and make the most of their experience at North Central College.

Summer research students to discuss scholarly work during Aug. 1 poster session

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

The SURC poster session takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in Smith Hall of Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. (The session previously was scheduled to take place in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center). Most of the 40 students who participated in the 2013 SURC will be present.

Student researchers test out newly renovated science research lab

A new research lab in North Central College’s Kroehler Science Center is designed to encourage greater collaboration among students and faculty.

A Kroehler Science Center lab that has been home to dozens of student and faculty research projects  now boasts a renovated interior that’s more conducive to collaboration and long-term projects. The lab was completely gutted to redesign the space and accommodate new flooring, updated furnishings and improved storage and shelving.

“It’s much easier to collaborate with people from different labs and overall, everything is much more organized,” says Scott Blaszak ’14, a biology major. “The redesigned space is better situated for conducting research.”

Dr. David Fuentes delivers Rall Symposium keynote address about music as research

David Fuentes, Ph.D., delivered the keynote address for North Central College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

Every culture in human history has created music and experienced its power to shape thoughts and feelings, David Fuentes, Ph.D., said in his keynote address for North Central College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

Fuentes, professor of composition and theory at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., spoke about music’s inherent connection to the human experience in his address, “Do You Hear What I Hear? Listening as Research,” May 14 in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall.

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