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Students encouraged to apply early for Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP)

Students are encouraged to file Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms early to qualify for Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) funds.

Funding for the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) has shrunk in recent years, while the number of applicants has grown, making it necessary for students to file Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms earlier than ever.

“Because we don’t have enough money to fund everyone who’s eligible for MAP, students will have the best chance of getting aid if they file their FAFSA as soon after Jan. 1 as they’re able,” says Katharine Gricevich, a spokesman for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).

Kirk creates string quartet music for ringtone project

Jonathon Kirk, assistant professor of music
Jonathon Kirk, North Central College assistant professor of music, is one of 40 classical composers commissioned to write pieces for mobile ringtone project.

Jonathon Kirk, North Central College assistant professor of music, is among 40 classical composers from around the country who were commissioned to write pieces for the Mobile Miniatures ringtone project.

North Central College students achieve Dean’s List honors for fall term

North Central College has named its Dean’s List of scholars for the 2013 fall term.

North Central College has named its Dean’s List of scholars for the 2013 fall term. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, undergraduate students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.6 (4.0=A) for the term and be enrolled as full-time students.

The following students were named to the Dean’s List for fall term:

Alexandra A'Hearn
Bethlehem Abdissa
Kayla Acton
Ethan Adlfinger
Carolyn Aikens
Joshua Albright
Julie Albright
Monica Alexander
Wali Ali
Alyssa Allgood
Lina Alvino
Jeffrey Andersen

Marlena Martinez ’15 is chosen for student affairs program

Marlena Martinez ’15, psychology major
North Central College junior Marlena Martinez is selected to the Undergraduate Fellows Program of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

North Central College’s Marlena Martinez, a junior psychology major from Plainfield, has been selected for a prestigious program that offers networking, mentoring and other opportunities for students who want to pursue careers as higher education administrators.

Martinez has been accepted into the 2013-2014 class of the Undergraduate Fellows Program of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, formerly known as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Wade Balsamo ’17 wins scholarship in video contest for his inspiring story

North Central College freshman Wade Balsamo wins scholarship by media production firm in video contest that featured nonprofit organization.

Wade Balsamo, a freshman at North Central College, is the winner of a video scholarship contest sponsored by Cynthia Kay and Company (CK & CO).

Balsamo, of Barrington, is passionate about production and his efforts to promote Walk On, a philanthropic organization that provides equine-assisted activities to people with physical, cognitive, social and emotional disabilities. Walk On helps inspire people to advance to their highest potential.

North Central College is among top colleges in shaping the next generation

Emily Padilla, a 2010 graduate in elementary education, minor in Spanish
North Central College is recognized as a top college for teacher education in Illinois by The College Database, a comprehensive source for U.S. college data.

North Central College has been recognized as a top college for teacher education in the state of Illinois by The College Database, a comprehensive source for U.S. college and university data.

The Online College Database’s new ranking, “Top Colleges in Illinois Shaping the Next Generation,” honors the post-secondary institutions in the state that graduated the most education and teaching professionals during the 2012 school year.

Exercise science graduate Steve Hlavac uses his business to help others

Steve Hlavac ’12, owner of Beyond Measure Training, with Kate Crawford ’12
Steve Hlavac ’12, founder of Beyond Measure Training in Naperville, combines his passion for fitness and training to launch business, help others.

“Helping people is my goal,” says Steve Hlavac ’12, founder and owner of Beyond Measure Training in Naperville. His business was founded on that principle and his life reflects it.

Steve Hlavac ’12 has always loved fitness and training. An exercise science graduate, he’s the all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards in Cardinal football and was an outfielder in baseball. That passion led to helping college friends with personal training and evolved into a career and the launch of Beyond Measure Training.

Wis is guest conductor at Illinois Music Educators Association festival

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor of music
Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, was Honors Chorus Guest Conductor for the IMEA District IX Festival.

Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and chair and professor of music, was Honors Chorus Guest Conductor for the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) District IX Festival held Nov. 23 at East Aurora High School. Wis rehearsed the 306-voice chorus, chosen by audition from among 50 high school choral programs in the western and northwestern Illinois area, and then conducted the ensemble in a culminating concert, which also featured the Honors Band and Honors Chorus of District IX.

Keys is interviewed by local media about timely issue

Jennifer Keys, associate professor of sociology
Jennifer Keys, North Central College associate professor of sociology, was interviewed and quoted in a Daily Herald article about Illinois’ gay marriage law.

Jennifer Keys, North Central College associate professor of sociology and chair of political science, sociology and anthropology, was interviewed by a Daily Herald reporter for the paper’s Nov. 21 article, titled “Experts: Gay marriage law will bring change—slowly.”

Bracarense presents twice at conference, awarded travel grant

Natália Bracarense, assistant professor of economics
Natália Bracarense, North Central College assistant professor of economics, presented at European Society of the History of Economic Thought conference.

Natália Bracarense, North Central College assistant professor of economics, presented two papers at the European Society of the History of Economic Thought conference held Nov. 20-22 in Medellin, Colombia. She was awarded a travel grant to present one of her papers, titled “Raúl Prebisch’s Core and Periphery Analysis: An Evolution Away from a Dichotomous View.”

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