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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.

A College on the Move

North Central gains momentum in growth, reputation, value.

Growth in new faculty, world-class facilities, outstanding academics and stellar athletic teams---these are the hallmarks of a campus community that is fiscally strong, excited about the future and focused on becoming one of America’s top colleges.

“Our students and their families become part of a dynamic campus environment, where they benefit from the value of small class sizes, faculty mentors and award-winning cocurricular activities,” said Martin Sauer, vice president for enrollment and athletics.

Campus, local, state, national guests celebrated the Science Center "topping out"

North Central College’s Science Center reached a construction milestone with the placement of a ceremonial final beam in Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

North Central College’s Science Center reached new heights during its construction when the campus community celebrated the hoisting and placement of a ceremonial final steel beam during a Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

Traditional among ironworkers, the ceremony is sometimes called Capping Off, or Topping Off, or Topping Out. Regardless, said President Troy D. Hammond during his remarks, “It’s a significant construction milestone that we’ve reached only because of the dedication and hard work of many, many people.”

Annual Report 2015

This 2015 Annual Report reflects the outstanding accomplishments of North Central College in the last fiscal year.

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/.

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