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North Central College hosts AMC 8 math contest

Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave.
North Central College will host a testing site for the American Mathematics Contest 8 (AMC 8) for students in grades 8 and below Nov. 15.

Oct. 3, 2011—North Central College will host a testing site for the American Mathematics Contest 8 (AMC 8) for students in grades 8 and below. Students who are either home-schooled or enrolled in area junior high schools are invited to participate. The contest will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the College’s Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave., Naperville.

Wilders and Van Oyen publish article on symmetry of math and art

Professors Richard Wilders and Lawrence Van Oyen
North Central College Professor of Mathematics Richard Wilders and Professor of Music Larry Van Oyen publish article on art and transformations in math class.

Lawrence Van Oyen (photo, right), professor of music, and Richard Wilders (left), Marie and Bernice Gantzert Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of mathematics, had their co-authored article, “Turning Students into Symmetry Detectives,” published in the September issue of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The article discusses how the mathematical concept of symmetry can be used to analyze certain kinds of art.

Chinese CDC looks to Gao for answers

Linda Gao, professor of mathematics with Maria Gommel ’13 and Sam Jaros ’12
Research assistance from North Central College could help determine whether residents of China receive government-funded vaccinations for chicken pox.

Research assistance from North Central College could help determine whether residents of China receive government-funded vaccinations for chicken pox. This summer, Linda Gao, professor of mathematics, hosted a representative of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Dr. Dapeng Yin, M.D., an epidemiologist who works for the agency in Beijing, visited North Central for five weeks to consult with Gao. She has been using mathematical models to research trends of the spread of the disease and the cost-benefits of various vaccination strategies in China.

Eric McKee

At North Central College, Eric McKee found a rigorous academic and balanced liberal arts education.

“I’m getting a broad education,” he says. “I have better writing and communication skills than someone who just learned math and technical information. At North Central you learn the math but you also learn how to communicate.”

Actuaries in the United States and Canada achieve professional status by passing a set of three examinations and other requirements set by the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) or the Society of Actuaries (SOA). Eric says his professors are “really good at helping me learn the material.” North Central’s program prepares students for the first two exams, and then offers classes that meet the requirements for the third exam, called the Validation by Educational Experience. “My classes for the first two exams were really helpful, because I was struggling to learn the material on my own.” He hopes to take the third test before he graduates.

Eric wants to join an actuarial firm after he graduates. As a student he earned money working as a math tutor through North Central’s EDGE Structured Study program.

Record number of students to present at national research conference

A record 38 students from various academic areas will represent North Central at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research this spring.

 

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Jan. 31, 2011)—For the second year, a record number of North Central College students have been chosen to participate in the nation’s leading conference on undergraduate research.

D-Term courses take students around the globe

In December, students take advantage of life-changing study abroad opportunities.

Jan. 24, 2011—North Central College’s trimester format offers students a break from regular classes between Thanksgiving and the new year. During December—or D-Term—students can take advantage of North Central’s study abroad opportunities.

North Central College hosts national math contests for high school students

North Central College will host American Mathematics Contest 10 and 12, the premier high school examinations in mathematics.

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306, nadunker@noctrl.edu

Dec. 9, 2010—North Central College will host a testing site for the American Mathematics Contest 10 and 12 (AMC 10 and AMC 12) on Feb. 23. These contests are the premier high school examinations in mathematics.

Alternative gift fair, Guatemala trip teach students ethics of business practices

In the rugged highlands of Guatemala, 10 North Central College students are learning about fair and direct trade, the coffee business—and themselves.

In the rugged highlands of Guatemala this December, 10 North Central College students are learning about fair and direct trade, the coffee business—and themselves.

North Central College offers five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree in leadership

North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Nov. 16, 2010)—North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

Students accepted into this program earn both a bachelor’s degree—in any discipline—and the master of leadership studies with the completion of 141 credit hours.

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