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Emily Katsaros Swayka '11

Emily Katsaros Swayka is enrolled in the pharmacy program at Roosevelt University. This year, she won a prestigious Leonard J. DeMino Pharmacy Student Scholarship based on her essay, “The Future of Pharmacy: Patient Care.”

Sarah Scanlin '11

Sarah Scanlin is a biology teacher at East Aurora High School in Aurora, IL.

Kevin Quirke '10

Kevin Quirke worked as a research assistant in a research laboratory at Loyola University Medical Center. He is now a medical student at Loyola.

Nick Pingel '10

Nick Pingel is teaching physics and chemistry at Addison Trail High School. He is also coaching golf, wrestling and baseball.

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.

Jordan Kremer

Of all the things Jordan loves about North Central College, nothing tops the feeling he gets after seeking the counsel of his professors.

“There are many days when I’ll go into their offices confused and in need of direction,” he says. “When I leave, it’s with a clear mind, ready to attack my next project. This is probably my favorite thing about North Central—my professors are always willing to aid me in my classes, job searches, grad school and career aspirations.”

Jordan is a member of the North Central cross country and track and field teams. Even with his busy training schedule, he found time to complete a summer internship that focused on ecological restoration. He also served on a search committee when the College needed to add a new professor, which gave him a unique look inside the interviewing and hiring processes.

Jordan plans to pursue a doctoral degree in ecology so he can teach at the college level.

“I have been set up perfectly to be successful in my future career,” he says. “I wouldn’t trade my education from North Central College for anything.”

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.”

National Science Foundation honors North Central College President Troy D. Hammond

North Central College President Troy D. Hammond is being honored by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

North Central College President Troy D. Hammond is one of some 63 outstanding alumni of the National Science Foundation’s highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) to be honored and profiled by the prestigious organization upon the occasion of its 60th anniversary.

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