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Nathan Pierson earns Outstanding Major in Mathematics Award

Nathan Pierson was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Mathematics Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Nathan Pierson was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Mathematics Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Pierson is a graduating senior triple-majoring in mathematics, physics and computer science. He has been awarded the Arthur J. Schmitt Presidential Fellowship, which will enable him to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Notre Dame on a full, paid fellowship. He is a graduate of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora.
    

Jack Ryan ’16 exemplifies integrated learning as part of NAC&U panel in Washington

Jack Ryan ’16
College Scholar Jack Ryan ’16 presented his mathematics and theatre research at the National Press Club during a press briefing on interdisciplinary studies.

A rare but intriguing combination of mathematics and theatre research by Jack Ryan ’16 resulted in an invitation to speak this week at a Washington, D.C., press briefing at the National Press Club. Ryan was invited to present his research along with other undergraduate scholars as a way to support the mission of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U), which sponsored the event.

Mathematics major Jack Ryan ’16, 2015 Lincoln Laureate, will speak on national panel

Jack Ryan ’16
Jack Ryan ’16, North Central College’s 2015 Lincoln Laureate, was selected to speak on a national panel about integrated learning

Jack Ryan ’16, a College Scholar and Goldwater Honorable Mention, has been selected for two additional honors that recognize his multi-disciplinary academic work and service to the North Central College campus. In November, he was honored as the College’s 2015 Lincoln Laureate, which recognizes outstanding college seniors at four-year degree granting institutions in Illinois.

Record number of students pass actuarial science exams

Tyler Bixby ’16
North Central College faculty helped prepare a record 11 students who passed the industry’s tough actuarial science exams, giving them a professional edge.

North Central College faculty helped prepare a record 11 students who passed actuarial exams this summer: Shane Coate ’17, Nicholas Drendel ’16, Roman Gilbert ’16 (two exams), Kenneth Hoffman ’16, Phillip Klimaitis ’18, Connor Oats ’18, Miguel Purgimon Colell ’16, Melissa Reuter ’17, Daniel Rotolo ’17, Kevin Schroeder ’16 and Nathaniel Wuthrich ’16.

Rebecca Heinen

Soon after attending her first math class at North Central College, Rebecca switched her major from biology/pre-medicine to mathematics and hasn’t looked back.

Rebecca has travelled to different parts of the country for research and conference opportunities. “Thanks to North Central’s travel allowance, I was fortunate to attend several conferences to present my research,” she says.

Rebecca appreciates the guidance of her mathematics professors in seizing these opportunities. Their help in the application process and willingness to give recommendations provided welcome support. Rebecca’s academic commitment is clear: She was awarded a 2014 Goldwater Scholar Honorable Mention—a national award given to undergraduates intending to pursue careers in math or science. She also was inducted into the College’s mathematics and economics honors society chapters.

Rebecca has set her sights on using her mathematics research and knowledge to influence community policy and address social inequalities. As a result, she’s pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“I believe North Central College has prepared me for this potential career because I’ve learned critical thinking skills across a wide range of disciplines.” 

Rebecca Heinen earns two awards at the 2015 Honors Convocation

Rebecca Heinen ’15
Rebecca Heinen ’15 received the Outstanding Major in Mathematics and the Outstanding Student in Science awards at North Central College.

Rebecca Heinen ’15, daughter of Christine Heinen of Sparta, Ill., was honored with two awards during Honors Day in May at North Central College. They include the Outstanding Major in Mathematics and the Outstanding Student in the Division of Science awards.

Rebecca graduated in June from North Central College with majors in mathematics and economics. She is a graduate of Sparta High School.

At North Central, Rebecca was a member of the College Scholars Honors Program and conducted research for an honors thesis. Her name regularly appeared on the Dean’s List of scholars.

Daniella Martinez earns Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award

Daniella Martinez ’15
Daniella Martinez ’15 received the Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Daniella Martinez ’15, daughter of Jose and Juana Martinez of Aurora, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

Daniella graduated in June from North Central College with a major in chemistry and minor in mathematics. She is a graduate of Aurora East High School.

Bryan Cardwell earns Outstanding Major in Physics Award

Bryan Cardwell ’15
Bryan Cardwell ’15 received the Outstanding Major in Physics Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Bryan Cardwell ’15, son of Jeffrey and Katharine Cardwell of Naperville, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Physics Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

Bryan graduated in June from North Central College with a major in physics and minor in mathematics. His name regularly appeared on the Dean’s List of scholars.  

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.

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