North Central College - Naperville, IL

Cancer researcher returns to North Central to guest lecture science courses

Zach Pratt, a 2005 alumnus who recently completed his doctorate in cancer biology, returned to North Central to guest lecture some biology courses.

Zach Pratt hopes to combine his passion for scientific research with his knack for teaching.

Since earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from North Central in 2005, Pratt has completed his doctorate in cancer biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He returned to North Central in February 2011 to guest lecture some biology courses, using bacteria to teach a lesson in evolution.

Federal grant funds Chinese-language summer camp at North Central College

A National Security Language Initiative STARTALK grant made North Central College’s Chinese immersion program possible for 16 high school and college students.

Sixteen high school and college students learned Chinese language this summer during a two-week North Central College camp, thanks to a federal STARTALK grant through the National Security Language Initiative.

The selective and prestigious STARTALK program is a federal government initiative to increase the number of young Americans learning and speaking critical-need foreign languages by offering engaging summer experiences. North Central’s camp was held July 6-17.

Community members perform Summer Musical Theatre production of “The Music Man”

One of the most loved musicals in American musical theatre, “The Music Man” by Meredith Willson, will be performed by community actors July 31, Aug. 1-2, 7-9.

One of the most loved musicals in American musical theatre, “The Music Man” by Meredith Willson, will be performed by community actors and presented by North Central College’s Summer Musical Theatre.

Six performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 1, 7, 8 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 2 and 9 in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $18/adults and $12/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Work is underway on transformative North Central College Science Center

Construction work has begun for a new Science Center that will right-size campus facilities and transform the academic experience for students.

Construction work has begun for a new Science Center that will right-size campus facilities and transform the academic experience for students.

The 125,000-square-foot Science Center is being built on the west side of the 100 block of South Loomis Street, along the Sesquicentennial Walkway and south of Van Buren Avenue. The new facility was designed with additional classroom space to serve students of all academic disciplines.

Registration begins July 6 for noncredit programs at North Central College

Registration begins July 6 for North Central College’s 2015 fall community noncredit programs covering health and wellness, professional development and more.

Registration begins July 6 for North Central College’s 2015 fall community noncredit programs. The programs are offered from September to November and cover a range of topics, including health and wellness, professional development, computer training, language education and general interest.

Whether students are age 7 or 70, every community member can find courses to enjoy.

Seven faculty and administrative staff receive awards for outstanding work

North Central College recognizes faculty and staff for their outstanding teaching, leadership, scholarship, administrative service for 2014-2015 academic year.

Seven North Central College faculty and administrative staff were recognized this spring with awards for their outstanding teaching, leadership, scholarship and administrative service for the 2014-2015 academic year.  

Among those awards are two new faculty honors for distinguished teaching by part-time and adjunct half-time faculty. The two award recipients are:

North Central students achieve Dean’s List honors for spring term

North Central College has named its Dean’s List of scholars for the 2015 spring term.

North Central College has named its Dean’s List of scholars for the 2015 spring 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, be enrolled as full-time students and have no grades of incomplete (I) or in progress (PR).

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

Bethlehem Abdissa
Heather Accettura
Connor Adams
Madison Adamski
Bilal Adra
Maya Adra
Athina Ajazi
Asma Al-Odaini
Emily Alaimo
Julie Albright

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.

Illinois CPA Society honors associate professor David Gray with Outstanding Educator Award

The Illinois CPA Society honored North Central College associate professor of accounting David Gray with its 2015 Outstanding Educator Award.

The Illinois CPA Society has honored North Central College associate professor of accounting David Gray with its 2015 Outstanding Educator Award.

The award recognizes an Illinois educator at a community college, college or university who excels in leadership and teaching and who makes continuous and outstanding contributions to accounting education in the state. Gray accepted the award June 10.

Actors from the community perform six shows of “The Addams Family”

The odd, but lovable characters of the new musical “The Addams Family” take the Pfeiffer Hall stage in July in North Central’s Summer Musical Theatre.

Actors from the community will perform in North Central College’s Summer Musical Theatre, featuring the new musical comedy “The Addams Family,” with book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.

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