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Brandi Balensiefen earns Outstanding Major in Psychology Award

Brandi Balensiefen
Brandi Balensiefen was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Psychology Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Brandi Balensiefen was honored with the Outstanding Major in Psychology Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Balensiefen is a graduating senior at North Central College and has been accepted to a graduate program in international relations and human resources at the University of Illinois.

Amy Krenn earns Outstanding Major in Biology Award

Amy Krenn was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Biology Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Amy Krenn was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Biology Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Krenn is a graduating senior majoring in biology with a minor in secondary education. At North Central in spring 2011, she participated in a Biology-Chemistry Interdisciplinary Seminar, presenting the paper, "The Effects of an Inquiry Based Saturday Science Program on the Interest Levels and Development of Science Processing Skills in Fourth and Fifth Grade Girls."

The following is the abstract from Krenn's research:

North Central College announces site selection for new science center

The North Central College Board of Trustees has selected a location for a new science center.

During its annual fall meeting the North Central College Board of Trustees selected a location for a new science center that will create exciting new educational opportunities for students and transform the campus.

After careful consideration the Board has determined that the new science center will be located south of Van Buren Avenue between Loomis and Brainard streets, within the boundaries of the College and University District designated by the City of Naperville.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

Margaret Gill joins North Central’s science faculty in fall 2013

Margaret Gill, assistant professor of neuroscience
North Central College welcomes Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Margaret Gill as new tenure-track faculty member for 2013-2014 academic year.

North Central College has appointed five new tenure-track faculty members for the 2013-2014 academic year, which begins Sept. 16. Among those new faculty are Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Margaret "Maggie" Gill.  

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

New North Central College students discover possibilities during Orientation

Hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College during Orientation.

During summer 2013 Orientation sessions, hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College.

From study abroad courses to athletic teams to clubs and organizations, Orientation serves to inform students about options so they can begin to plan their years of study and make the most of their experience at North Central College.

Summer research students to discuss scholarly work during Aug. 1 poster session

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

The SURC poster session takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in Smith Hall of Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. (The session previously was scheduled to take place in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center). Most of the 40 students who participated in the 2013 SURC will be present.

Nick Baumgartner

Nick wants to work for the FBI as a forensic psychologist. He’s also considering graduate school. Either way, he’s fully prepared for whatever his future holds after North Central.

“I feel ready to take on the world,” Nick says. “The College offers a challenging set of courses to help me get ready for the workload after graduation.”

Nick is majoring in psychology and added a minor in neuroscience to extend his understanding of human thought, emotion and behavior. The one-on-one instruction he receives from his professors has helped him stand out.

“Along with a group of my classmates, I had the opportunity to pursue a research project under the close guidance of our professor,” says Nick, who presented the group’s findings at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. “This was a major opportunity that I believe would have been lost at a larger school.”

The close interaction between students and teachers is one of many reasons Nick feels like he joined a family when he enrolled at North Central College.

“We’re a small school, which means you get to know everyone on a much more personal level. You’re never lost in the crowd.”

Student researchers test out newly renovated science research lab

A new research lab in North Central College’s Kroehler Science Center is designed to encourage greater collaboration among students and faculty.

A Kroehler Science Center lab that has been home to dozens of student and faculty research projects  now boasts a renovated interior that’s more conducive to collaboration and long-term projects. The lab was completely gutted to redesign the space and accommodate new flooring, updated furnishings and improved storage and shelving.

“It’s much easier to collaborate with people from different labs and overall, everything is much more organized,” says Scott Blaszak ’14, a biology major. “The redesigned space is better situated for conducting research.”

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