North Central College - Naperville, IL

Alicia Hlavac

Alicia’s math skills have improved exponentially during her time at North Central College. Maybe it’s because the applied mathematics major involves learning both inside and outside the classroom.

“The department has an excellent rapport with Chicagoland businesses, and the College has opened many doors for me in terms of internships,” Alicia says. “It’s important to get experience outside the classroom, and North Central has helped me explore internship routes I wouldn’t necessarily have considered on my own.”

Alicia transferred to North Central after two years of college in New York. She’s also majoring in actuarial science.

“It was important for me to find a welcoming atmosphere without sacrificing educational and extracurricular opportunities,” she says. “North Central was the perfect fit. It has a reputation for producing educated, well-rounded individuals, and the faculty and staff help every step of the way.

“The curriculum ensures I’m not only strong in math, but that I’m also a strong leader, a strong communicator and a well-rounded person.”

Google spotlights recent North Central College graduate in video about internships

Kitt Vanderwater, a Google employee and 2012 graduate of North Central College, is featured in a Google video about its internship opportunities.

Kitt Vanderwater, a Google employee and 2012 graduate of North Central College, is featured in a Google video about its internship opportunities.

McMahon presents to teachers in high-need schools

Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics
Mary McMahon, North Central College associate professor of mathematics, co-presented a talk on mathematical modeling at ACI’s Teacher Induction Academy.

Mary McMahon, North Central College associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, presented at the Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) Teacher Induction Academy at Dominican University April 19.

North Central forensics places third in state, sets record for national qualifiers

North Central College students win 12 awards at state championship forensic tournament, set program record for national contest by qualifying in 29 events.

Eighteen North Central College students were among some 200 forensic competitors in speech and debate at the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament (IIFA), hosted by Northern Illinois University March 1-2.

North Central College brought home 12 awards. Among them were two Sweepstakes Awards: The College won Third Place Team award in the State of Illinois, and David DePino ’13, majoring in speech communication and history, claimed Third Place Overall Individual Student in Illinois award.

North Central College to host Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering competition

North Central College will host sectional contest March 14 in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge.

North Central College on March 14 will host sectional competition in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge.

The Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests created and administered by WYSE and offered to high school students in Illinois and Missouri. This competition has been hosted by North Central College for more than 10 years and is designed to present a challenge to the brightest students.

Students may apply by Feb. 20 for Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research

Students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research May 14.

North Central College students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research, which will take place during Honors Day on Tuesday, May 14.

Information about the symposium and how to submit proposals may be found on the College’s website. A list of frequently asked questions also is available.

Verandah courses

Verandah experiences are intellectually and personally stimulating for students and faculty.

North Central College student Maria Gommel honored as 2012 Lincoln Laureate

The Lincoln Academy of Illinois is honoring North Central College Goldwater Scholar Maria Gommel as a 2012 Lincoln Laureate.

Maria Gommel has been named North Central College’s 2012 Lincoln Laureate.

Gommel is a senior from Malta, Ill., who is double-majoring in actuarial science and mathematics and minoring in economics. She intends to pursue a doctorate in mathematics after graduation.

She is a participant in North Central’s College Scholars Honors Program for high-achieving undergraduates. She spent a year working with two other students and mathematics professor Linda Gao on mathematical modeling research in epidemiology.

Survey finds North Central College graduates among highest income-earners

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

North Central College ranks among the top 15 percent of private, nonprofit schools in the 2011-2012 survey by Payscale.com. The mid-career median salary for North Central College graduates is $81,300, ranking No. 39 out of 303 schools in the private, nonprofit category.

Thomas Olache

Thomas is interested in a wide range of disciplines, from physics to finance, but sees math as part of his career. He feels majoring in applied mathematics frees him to explore math in the context of his many interests.

“I’d like to go into engineering or finance. I think my majors in applied mathematics and physics will work well with engineering, and I like the idea of pairing finance with math.”

Outside his studies, Thomas helps lead an economics discussion group where students and faculty discuss current events in economics and finance. He also participates in the College Scholars Honors Program and enjoys classes outside his comfort zone, like philosophy and history of ideas.  

“I like that the College Scholars program exposes me to subjects, texts and ideas that are different than what I’m used to. That’s nice.”

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