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North Central hosts 2012 Blue Key National Conference

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More than 100 students from across the country traveled to North Central College for the 2012 Blue Key National Conference, which took place Jan. 13-14.

The students represented 13 different colleges and universities, ranging from the University of Portland in Oregon to Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Over the course of the conference, students had the opportunity to participate in a vast array of activities.

Google internship leads to job offer for computer science, math major

North Central College student Jonathan Rascher’s experience as a summer intern with Google has led to an offer of a full-time job with the company.

Oct. 13, 2011—North Central College computer science and mathematics double major Jonathan Rascher’s experience as a summer intern with Google has led to an offer of a full-time job with the company.

3 sets of twins among record group of 98 Presidential Scholars

(From top and left) Max and Zach, Kayla and Marissa, Nicole and Natalie
North Central College’s record number of 98 Presidential Scholars this year includes three sets of twins.

If you think you’re seeing double in some of the classes this fall at North Central College, it’s not your imagination.

This year’s record crop of 98 Presidential Scholars includes three sets of twins. The Presidential Scholarship is North Central’s largest financial award based on academic merit.

How is it that three pairs of siblings who happen to be among the brightest scholars in their high school classes all ended up choosing to attend North Central together?

Students serve, teach at daycare in Mexico

Chris Lamarca ’14 serving at Casa de los Angeles
Students and faculty travel to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, during July to serve single moms and care for their children at Casa de los Angeles daycare.

The service trip to Mexico is becoming an annual tradition. For six years, North Central students and staff have traveled to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to serve at a daycare at Casa de los Angeles (home of the angels). For seven students and Professor of Computer Science Stephen Renk, the experience was hard but rewarding work.  

Manmohan “Mac” Duggal 1984

Manmohan “Mac” Duggal is a fashion designer who gave a free gown to a struggling Miss USA pageant contestant in March. He’s an internationally known designer who sponsors dozens of pageants, including the Miss Illinois and Miss USA pageants. Throughout his 25 years in the industry, Duggal has dressed celebrities such as Vanna White, Ivana Trump, Jennifer Beal, Tina Turner, Sybil Shepherd and more. His designs have been used in the films “Titanic,” “Oceans 11” and “Country Strong.”

Bryant Cobarriubias 1999

Bryant Cobarrubias owns Atomic Games, a place for kids to hang out and play board games and card games—a resource to the community. The store has a large library of open board games for people to enjoy at no cost and he hosts events for popular card games every week. He’s working with local schools, churches and organizations to set up more game nights. The store also supports The Edge Youth Center, located across the street. In his other career, he’s a software developer specializing in document imaging solutions.

Computer science students excel at regional competition

Advanced team members, from left: Pero Atanasov ’11, Jonathan Rascher ’12, Kelvi
Computer science students stand out at Associated Colleges of the Chicagoland Area computer programming competition in advanced and novice divisions.

March 4, 2011—Computer science students from North Central College were among the top performers at the 2011 Associated Colleges of the Chicagoland Area (ACCA) computer programming competition held Feb. 26 at Wheaton College in Wheaton.

The competition includes two divisions: a novice division for students with one year of programming or less and an advanced division for all other students. This year’s contest fielded eight teams at the novice level and 14 teams at the advanced level. North Central sent one novice team and two advanced teams.

Chris Foes

Chris Foes not only earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science at North Central College—he went on to earn a master’s degree in computer science at North Central as well. The day after presenting the oral defense of his thesis to professors, he boarded a plane for Los Angeles where he landed a job writing software for Opto-Knowledge Systems Inc. (OKSI), a research and development company that specializes in imaging technology. “The great thing about North Central is being able to have a personal relationship with your professors,” Chris says. “They get to know you—your strengths and weaknesses.” A transfer student from Annawan, Ill., Chris ran track at North Central, where he developed strong writing and communications skills. “The professors here emphasize the importance of communication,” he says. “You have to present a lot and be able to communicate your ideas to people. Employers are looking for people who can communicate well.”

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.

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