North Central College - Naperville, IL

Scott Blaszak earns Outstanding Major in Biology Award

Scott Blaszak
Scott Blaszak was awarded the Outstanding Major in Biology Award during North Central College’s 2014 Honors Convocation.

Scott Blaszak, son of Wayne and Aida Blaszak of Naperville, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Biology Award during Honors Convocation May 13 at North Central College.

A senior, Scott is majoring in biology at North Central College. He is a graduate of Neuqua Valley High School.

Kelsey VandenBerg earns Outstanding Major in Biochemistry Award

Kelsey VandenBerg
Kelsey VandenBerg was awarded the Outstanding Major in Biochemistry Award during North Central College’s 2014 Honors Convocation.

Kelsey VandenBerg, daughter of Susan Murphy and the late Ronald VandenBerg of Davenport, Iowa, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Biochemistry Award during Honors Convocation May 13 at North Central College.

Kelsey, a senior, is majoring in biochemistry at North Central. She will be pursuing a master of science in global health at the University of Notre Dame in the fall. She is a graduate of Davenport Central High School.

Ruthig finds link between temperature and disease in animals

Gregory Ruthig, assistant professor of biology
Gregory Ruthig, North Central College assistant professor of biology, publishes paper suggesting temperature can influence effects of infectious diseases.

Gregory Ruthig, North Central College assistant professor of biology, this winter published a paper suggesting environmental temperature can influence effects of infectious diseases on wild animals.

The paper, titled “Temperature and Water Molds Influence Mortality of Lithobates catesbeianus Eggs,” was published in the journal Herpetological Conservation and Biology.

Registration is underway for summer school at North Central College

Undergraduate and graduate students attending any college or university can enroll in summer credit courses at North Central College.

Students attending any college or university can enroll in summer credit courses at North Central College.

Registration is underway for a variety of undergraduate and graduate-level courses that often can be applied toward graduation requirements at a student’s home institution. Class sessions are offered in four- and eight-week terms, starting June 16. The second four-week term starts July 14.

Students join efforts to revitalize communities in Detroit

Marissa Sylvester ’15, far left, gives her perspective
Of the many students who served nationwide during spring break, some traveled to Detroit to serve with a mission dedicated to economic disaster recovery work.

The sign beside the highway reads “Detroit: City Limits.” Well, it’s supposed to, but the graffiti makes it hard to see. Dilapidated houses and boarded strip malls pass the bus window. It’s spring break, and Marissa Sylvester ’15, biology major, traded sandy beaches for service.

“I could have gone home and relaxed,” says Sylvester. “But I wanted to do something significant and useful. Helping others means much more to me than sleeping late.”

North Central College math major earns Goldwater Scholar Honorable Mention

Rebecca Heinen ’15 is awarded Goldwater Scholar Honorable Mention, the highest national award for students pursuing careers in science, math research.

Rebecca Heinen ’15 of Sparta, Ill., a mathematics major, has been awarded a prestigious national honor as a 2014 Goldwater Scholar Honorable Mention. The Goldwater Scholar program is highly competitive and represents the highest national award given to undergraduates who plan to pursue careers in science and math research. 

North Central College becomes new home to Illinois Prairie Path archives

North Central College is now home to archive materials from the Illinois Prairie Path that includes legal documents, artwork and other historical pieces.

North Central College is the new home of stories, photographs, illustrations and other materials that chronicle the 50-year history of the Illinois Prairie Path.

The College in early February accepted delivery of the Prairie Path archives, which had previously been stored in an archive work space in downtown Wheaton. The Prairie Path’s board voted in early January to donate the collection of legal documents, artwork and other historical materials to the College, which plans to hold an open house on a future date to be announced.

North Central among top 4 percent in accepted proposals at NCUR

Seniors Aaron Langer and Gianna Medina, NCUR presenters
North Central College will send a record 44 students to present a record 40 projects at the prestigious National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

North Central College will send a record 44 students to the prestigious National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 3-5 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Forty proposals submitted by these students were accepted for presentation.

Sean Harrington '10

Sean Harrington, a Ph.D. student at San Diego State University/University of California Riverside, published his thesis transcript, titled “Ossification Sequence Heterochrony Among Amphibians,” in the September/October 2013 edition of Evolution and Development. Heterochrony is an important mechanism in the evolution of amphibians. Harrington earned a master of science degree in biology from John Carroll University, University Heights, OH, where he worked closely with Carl D. Anthony ’87, associate professor of biology.

Dan Thomas '73

Dan Thomas is president and owner of Dan Thomas Construction in Clarendon Hills, IL, specializing in new construction, additions and remodels along with insurance renovation work. Thomas may be contacted at daniel.p.thomas@comcast.net.

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