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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.

Alum talks to students about his work as senior advisor in EPA

Charlie Bartsch, class of 1973
North Central College alumnus Charlie Bartsch ’73 is senior program advisor for economic development at EPA, spends day talking with campus community.

Charlie Bartsch—a North Central College Class of 1973 alumnus and political science major—returned to campus Oct. 21 to give a lunchtime lecture to the campus community, speak to students in two classes, meet with sustainability team members and students in the Green Scene club.

Chemistry club holds demo day for National Chemistry Week

Chemistry major James Davidson ’13, far right
North Central College’s chapter of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society hosted a demo day Oct. 20 as part of National Chemistry Week activities.

North Central College’s chapter of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) hosted a demonstration day as part of its National Chemistry Week activities Thursday, Oct. 20.

Students in SMACS and faculty advisor Paul Brandt (photo, left), professor of chemistry and chair of chemistry and physics, performed 12 different experiments for the event in front of a handful of North Central College students.

North Central College biology alumna featured for work with Indiana DNR

Indiana lakeshore photo by Tom Gill
Biology alumna Jenny Orsburn works as a program specialist for the Lake Michigan Coastal Program of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Jenny (Kintzele) Orsburn, who earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from North Central College in 2001, works as a program specialist for the Lake Michigan Coastal Program of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Orsburn’s work recently was featured in the (Michigan City, Ind.) News-Dispatch.

North Central College biology alumna making career in avian research

Dana Ripper, a 1998 biology alumna of North Central College, is making a career of avian research, conservation and education.

Dana Ripper, a 1998 biology alumna of North Central College, is making a career of avian research, conservation and education.

The Naperville Sun recently featured Ripper and her work with the Missouri River Bird Observatory, an organization she co-founded.

North Central College’s Res/Rec Center achieves LEED Silver Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council awarded LEED Silver Certification to North Central’s innovative and environmentally friendly Residence Hall/Recreation Center.

Sept. 7, 2011—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded LEED Silver Certification to North Central College’s innovative and environmentally friendly Residence Hall/Recreation Center (Res/Rec).

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Stephanie Chennell

When Stephanie Chennell came to North Central, she found that learning does not stop in the classroom.

“You can pursue your interests through campus organizations such as Green Scene,” Stephanie says. “In class, you learn all about the environment and what you can do to better the future, but Green Scene gives you the opportunity to put those thoughts into action.”

As a sophomore, Stephanie studied environmental issues at the University of Dundee in Scotland.

“Studying abroad opens your eyes in a way that can’t happen in a classroom and provides you an opportunity to get to know yourself on a completely different level,” Stephanie says.

Stephanie graduated from North Central in June 2011 and is working toward a master’s degree in environmental policy at Bard College in upstate New York.

Throughout her four years at North Central, Stephanie enjoyed the advantages of small classes and personal contact with professors and peers. “When graduation rolls around you know the connections you have made at North Central will last a lifetime,” she says.

Students’ outdoor assignment for environmental studies class changes their view

Students in the Environmental Studies 120, People and Nature class, tend campus garden and landscaping as part of class work and learn more than gardening.

Two columns of rectangular black plots of dirt along the pedestrian spine produce a variety of vegetables the campus community can eat at Kaufman Dining Hall.

Several students have helped tend these plots as part of Environmental Studies 120, People and Nature, taught by Martha Bohrer (photo, below), associate professor of English.

Princeton Review names North Central College among ‘311 Green Colleges’

Community Garden
The Princeton Review has named North Central College as among the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America.

April 22, 2011—The Princeton Review has named North Central College among the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America.

The education services company in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) selected North Central College for inclusion in the second annual edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.”

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