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Mike O'Connor named Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology

Mike O'Connor
Mike O’Connor was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Mike O’Connor was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

O’Connor is a graduating senior double-majoring in psychology and sociology with a focus on criminal justice. After graduation he plans to begin training as a police officer. He is a graduate of Bolingbrook High School.

Chicago-based artist Monika Wulfers ’68 showcases her light installations

North Central College presents the three-dimensional light artwork of 1968 North Central alumna in her exhibit “Monika Wulfers LINES” through March 27.

North Central College presents the three-dimensional light artwork of Chicago-based artist Monika Wulfers, a 1968 graduate of North Central, in her exhibit “Monika Wulfers LINES,” Feb. 5 through March 27.

The free exhibit will be displayed in North Central’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Wulfers will greet visitors at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5; complimentary refreshments will be served.

Matthew Wilke

Matthew knew that if he majored in sociology, he would gain practical tools to think critically about the world and make a difference. Once he discovered that many of his idols like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists studied sociology as well, he was sold.

As he prepared to attend Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., to pursue ministry in the United Methodist Church, Matthew took advantage of interdisciplinary opportunities at North Central.

He participated in service trips with the College’s Office of Ministry and Service to international and local destinations—Haiti, Honduras, the Middle East, Chicago, Washington, D.C.—and conducted original research for his senior honors thesis in Jerusalem for a term.

“Sociology majors who are preparing for a life of public service or academics have many opportunities to learn and challenge themselves at North Central.”

Matthew will carry his North Central experiences with him as he advocates for new youth Christian communities and lobbies for social justice issues.

“I was inspired to major in sociology at North Central because I wanted to gain practical tools to make the world a better place.”  

Tiffany Tindell earns two awards during the 2015 Honors Convocation

Tiffany Tindell ’15
Tiffany Tindell ’15 received the Outstanding Major in History and Outstanding Human Thought & Behavior Division awards at North Central College.

Tiffany Tindell ’15, daughter of Michael and Cara Tindell of Montgomery, was honored with two awards during Honors Day in May at North Central College. Those awards included the Outstanding Major in History and the Outstanding Student in the Human Thought and Behavior Division.  

Tiffany graduated in June from North Central, majoring in history and anthropology with a minor in German. She is a graduate of Oswego East High School.

New faculty dean Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola has vision for building on success

Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola
No “status quo” with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola.

Talking with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola, there are a few words you won’t hear—like “status quo.” He pursued the position as leader of academic affairs knowing that his challenge will be to elevate the reputation of the faculty and academic programs, which in quality far exceeds similar and better-known institutions. It’s a goal that excites him.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of first-year students

First-years cheer at a pep rally Sept. 9
North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

“The Class of 2019 is truly an impressive result in a competitive recruiting marketplace,” says North Central College President Troy Hammond.

North Central College history professor discusses English kings on Milt Rosenberg radio show

Bruce Janacek, associate professor of history, discussed the kings of England with Milt Rosenberg and a Northwestern University professor on WCGO-AM 1590.

Bruce Janacek, North Central College associate professor of history, appeared on Milt Rosenberg’s radio show Sept. 18 on WCGO-AM 1590.

Janacek participated in a discussion about the kings of England. Also participating in the conversation was Scott Sowerby, associate professor of history at Northwestern University. A free podcast of the show is available at hark.io/podcast/the-kings-of-england/.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central among America’s Best Colleges for 22nd year

North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to U.S. News & World Report.

North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2015 Great College To Work For

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education  has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

North Central College is among just 86 institutions nationwide recognized in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace. The recognition is based on results of surveys of more than 44,000 employees at 281 colleges and universities.

Dr. R. Devadoss Pandian honored at Commencement for 30 years of leadership in academics

Dr. R. Devadoss Pandian receives honorary degree and emeritus status prior to his leaving North Central College

The hundreds of faculty candidates who’ve visited campus the past 20 years typically ended their interviews in the office of R. Devadoss Pandian, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. In his fifth floor office of Old Main, they all learned about his passion for teaching—and the No. 1 qualification for working at North Central College.

“You have to teach to every student in the class and in a class of 30 or 35 students, that’s not a small thing,” says Pandian, describing the qualities of a great teacher.

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