North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.

Troy D. Hammond to be inaugurated May 17 as 10th president of North Central College

The May 17 inauguration of Troy D. Hammond as 10th president of North Central College is part of a week that includes concerts and a fireworks display.

The May 17 inauguration of Troy D. Hammond as the 10th president of North Central College is part of a week that includes honors ceremonies, concerts and a fireworks display.

The inauguration occurs during Cornerstone Week, May 13-19, an annual celebration that commemorates the College’s 1870 move to Naperville from Plainfield and the laying of the cornerstone for Old Main. Some events will be webcast live. The week includes the following events:

New Ruge Fellows “humbled” by honor

North Central College has named three Ruge Fellows, rewarding outstanding teaching of senior faculty.

North Central College has rewarded three faculty members for their outstanding teaching by naming them Ruge Fellows. Mara Berkland, associate professor of speech communication, Stephen Maynard Caliendo, professor of political science, and Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry, were recognized at the April 25 faculty meeting by R. Devadoss Pandian, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

“Teaching is an art and a science,” he said. “These professors have an enthusiasm for working with students and a passion for their discipline that’s unfathomable.”

John Zenchak

2006 Ruge Fellow

John Zenchak joined North Central College in 1978 and received the College’s Clarence F. Dissinger Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty in 1984. Described as “a gifted professor, who has an uncanny ability to explain the most complex things so that all the students can understand.” While he specializes in teaching biology topics ranging from freshman level principles of biology to advanced microscopic anatomy, Zenchak’s research has also focused on teacher education in the sciences, improving teacher preparation and elementary science curriculum. He has been a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops sponsored by the Association of Teacher Educators, Associated Colleges of Illinois and National Science Teachers Association. Zenchak holds a B.A. (1966) in pre-med from Youngstown State University and both an M.S. (1970) in zoology and Ph.D. (1976) in reproductive physiology from West Virginia University. Zenchak is a member of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science and the National Science Teachers Association.


Richard E. Paine

2006 Ruge Fellow

Richard E. Paine joined the faculty at North Central College in 1983 and quickly advanced the forensics program after his arrival. Under his direction, the College has accumulated more than 2,700 individual awards — including a national champion in 1988 and All-American in 2006 — and has placed among the top 20 schools in the country in the National Forensics Association Championships nearly every year since 1988. Pandian described Paine as “a master teacher who wants to reach every single student.” Paine was awarded North Central’s Clarence F. Dissinger Award for Outstanding Senior Faculty in both 1992 and 2004. He recently served as national chair for the National Forensics Association (NFA) Lincoln-Douglas Debate Committee and is a member of the NFA National Council. He holds a B.A. in speech and theatre from Harding University (1976), an M.A. in interpersonal communication from Western Kentucky University (1979) and a Ph.D. in persuasion theory and intercultural communication from the University of Oklahoma (1989).


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