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Graduating student-veterans are standout students, leaders

North Central College’s graduating student-veterans James Davidson, Adam Doden and Wesley Sorrill are standout scholars, future leaders.

Three student-veterans—James Davidson, Adam Doden and Wesley Sorrill—are among some 730 students who will graduate from North Central College in 2013 and attend Commencement June 8.

Each veteran is a standout student. They are inductees to North Central’s SALUTE national honor society and were named the outstanding student in each of their academic majors at the College’s 2013 Honors Convocation.

Bryan Taylor earns award for outstanding service to residence life at Honors Convocation

Bryan Taylor received the Carleen Verstraete Outstanding Resident Student Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Bryan Taylor, son of Sheryl Taylor of Cary, Ill., was awarded the Carleen Verstraete Outstanding Resident Student Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College. The award recognizes a student for outstanding service to residence life and is named in honor of Verstraete, a former resident assistant who was killed by a drunk driver shortly after her graduation in June 1990.

A senior, Bryan is majoring in chemistry with a minor in secondary education at North Central College. He is a graduate of Prairie Ridge High School.

Devan Conness earns freshman leadership award at Honors Convocation

Human resource major Devan Conness received the Mark A. Reid Freshman Leadership Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Devan Conness, daughter of Wanda and Mark Conness, of Ottawa, Ill., was awarded the Mark A. Reid Freshman Leadership Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A freshman, Devan is majoring in human resource management at North Central College. She is a graduate of Ottawa Township High School.

President’s Invitation to Serve is part of Inauguration weekend

President Hammond, his family and some 75 faculty members and their families, staff and students joined forces to serve at Emmanuel House.

The President’s Invitation to Serve on May 19 was a fitting way to conclude the Cornerstone Inauguration weekend. President Troy Hammond and his family and some 75 faculty members and their families, staff and students joined forces to serve at one of the duplex homes with Emmanuel House, a nonprofit effort based in Aurora. Initiated by Rick Guzman ’99, Emmanuel House provides housing and help for refugee and working-class families.

Alexander Pirela earns two awards at Honors Convocation

Alexander Pirela receives Outstanding Major in Social Science/History and Outstanding Service to Student Life awards at North Central’s 2013 Honors Convocation.

Alexander Pirela, son of Pablo and Barbara Pirela of West Chicago, Ill., received two awards—the Outstanding Major in Social Science/History Award and the Outstanding Service to Student Life Award—during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

A senior, Alexander is majoring in global studies/developing states and in social science/history at North Central College. He is a graduate of Community High School District 94.

North Central College juniors attend national, state leadership conferences

Elizabeth Novak ’14 and Monica Degenhardt ’14
Juniors Elizabeth Novak and Monica Degenhardt are chosen to represent North Central College in collegiate leadership conferences.

Two North Central College juniors were chosen to represent the College in collegiate leadership conferences.

Elizabeth Novak and Monica Degenhardt attended the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland in College Park, May 30-June 1. They were selected by the College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program to participate in the conference, which is organized in part by the American Association of University Women.

Kaitlyn Rossi earns awards for accounting and service to student life

Kaitlyn Rossi received the Outstanding Major in Accounting and Outstanding Service to Student Life awards during North Central’s 2013 Honors Convocation.

Kaitlyn Rossi, daughter of Debbi and John Rossi of New Lenox, Ill., received two awards—the Outstanding Major in Accounting Award and the Outstanding Service to Student Life Award—during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Kaitlyn is majoring in accounting at North Central College. She is a graduate of Lincoln-Way Central High School.

Etienne Mashuli and Amanda Marek: 2013 Outstanding Seniors

North Central College selects Etienne Mashuli as the Outstanding Senior Man and Amanda Marek as the Outstanding Senior Woman for 2013.

North Central College recognized Etienne Mashuli as the Outstanding Senior Man and Amanda Marek as the Outstanding Senior Woman for 2013 during the College’s annual Honors Convocation on May 14.

The annual awards recognize one senior man and one senior woman for their successes in the classroom, their involvement and contributions to the campus community outside the classroom, and their future potential.

North Central graduate earns highly competitive Dunn Fellowship

Mark Zajac ’12, Dunn Fellow
North Central College graduate Mark Zajac has earned a spot as a policy fellow in Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s Chicago office through the Dunn Fellowship program.

Recent North Central College graduate Mark Zajac ’12 of Des Plaines, Ill., has earned a spot as a policy fellow in Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s Chicago office through the James H. Dunn Memorial Fellowship Program.

“I’ve always been interested in all things international, traveling to other countries and foreign affairs,” Zajac says. “This fellowship opens a lot of doors and will help me to better understand the world.”

Google spotlights recent North Central College graduate in video about internships

Kitt Vanderwater, a Google employee and 2012 graduate of North Central College, is featured in a Google video about its internship opportunities.

Kitt Vanderwater, a Google employee and 2012 graduate of North Central College, is featured in a Google video about its internship opportunities.

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