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Cancer researcher returns to North Central to guest lecture science courses

Zach Pratt, a 2005 alumnus who recently completed his doctorate in cancer biology, returned to North Central to guest lecture some biology courses.

Zach Pratt hopes to combine his passion for scientific research with his knack for teaching.

Since earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from North Central in 2005, Pratt has completed his doctorate in cancer biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He returned to North Central in February 2011 to guest lecture some biology courses, using bacteria to teach a lesson in evolution.

State honors North Central College for its commitment to sustainable practices

North Central College is the first suburban Chicago school to achieve gold status through the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

North Central College’s commitment to environmentally friendly practices has earned gold-level recognition through the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

North Central College names Abiodun Goke-Pariola vice president for academic affairs, dean of faculty

Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola
North Central College has named Dr. Abiodun “GP” Goke-Pariola its next vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

North Central College has named Dr. Abiodun “GP” Goke-Pariola its next vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

Dr. Goke-Pariola will begin his new role at North Central College on July 1 after serving most recently as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

New North Central College residence hall to feature apartment-style suites

A new residence hall on North Central College’s 65-acre campus will offer desirable suite-style housing for upperclassmen.

A new residence hall on North Central College’s 65-acre campus will offer desirable suite-style housing for upperclassmen.

The 229-bed residence hall is being built directly south of Ward and Patterson halls and across from Merner Field House and Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium. The five-story residence hall—the College’s first since the Residence Hall/Recreation Center opened in 2009—is scheduled for completion by August 2015.

Jane McCullough

Jane found her passion while working as a pharmacy technician during her sophomore year.

“It allowed me to understand the role of a pharmacist. I enjoy helping the public and this is the professional health career I could really see myself doing.”

Jane began preparing for her career by working as a lab assistant and serving as president of the Pre-Health Organization and vice president of the biology honor society Beta Beta Beta. She gained additional experience by volunteering at a local hospital over the summer.

Jane is excited to step into the pharmaceutical field with a strong résumé. She plans to pursue a doctor of pharmacy degree and eventually become a clinical pharmacy specialist, but she recognizes that her options are wide open.

“It’s nice to know that there are a variety of roles in many different settings available to those with pharmacy degrees.”

Orusa Kalota

As a child, Orusa loved going to the orthodontist for her braces. With North Central’s pre-dentistry program, she’ll be the one making smiles.

“It’s a career that requires compassion and great interpersonal skills,” she says.

Orusa gathered vital knowledge through a summer internship at Access Dental Center in Naperville, where she shadowed professionals and gained hands-on experience. She enjoys the challenge of dentistry.

“I gained immense knowledge in just three months,” she says. “With a career like dentistry, I’ll be learning something new every day.”

One lesson Orusa learned through her internship is that networking is critical to success. So, she became secretary of the student-run Pre-Health Organization and built strong relationships with professors from various departments. With good communication habits, Orusa will be able to keep up with the nuances of the dental industry.

“Dentistry is a rapidly changing field. To be a successful dentist or orthodontist, I need to collaborate with other dentists on a daily basis to stay updated.”

G.I. Jobs magazine rates North Central College a Military Friendly School for 2015

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North Central College has been named a 2015 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

G.I. Jobs magazine rates North Central College a 2015 Military Friendly School.

The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. This is the third consecutive year North Central College has earned the recognition.

North Central College begins academic year with near-record number of students

North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.

North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.

Total enrollment is a near-record 2,800 undergraduates and 250 graduate students—3,050 total—eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the third straight year. The College welcomed 860 new full-time undergraduate students, up from 852 a year ago. That includes 580 first-year students, up from 529 a year ago. The 860 new undergraduates would be second only to the record-number 882 welcomed in fall 2010.

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 2015.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.

North Central College is ranked No. 14 in the Midwest in the Regional Universities category—schools that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degrees. This is the 21st consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has ranked North Central College among America’s Best Colleges.

Joel Di Bernardo

Joel plans to become a veterinary researcher and wanted his college experience to help him reach his goal.

“My high school was known for its large student population,” he says. “For college, I wanted to get a more personal experience with my professors and classmates. North Central was the perfect fit.”

Joel says he’s received this individual attention at North Central with professors helping him find connections between animal physiology, cell biology, biochemistry and other science courses. He participated in Beta Beta Beta biological honors society, where he bonded with others who shared his interest in biology.

“The camaraderie that exists among the staff and students at North Central College really sets it apart from other institutions and sets students up for academic success.”

Joel will pursue a doctor of veterinary medicine at the University of Illinois. He hopes to become a veterinary researcher who studies emerging infectious diseases in exotic animals.

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