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North Central College shares science instruments with high school chemistry students

North Central College hosted chemistry students from Naperville North High School on a field trip to use the College’s spectroscopy equipment.

Chemistry students from Naperville North High School learned what it’s like to use sophisticated scientific instrumentation during a recent field trip to North Central College.

Sixteen Naperville North students worked with Jeff Bjorklund, North Central College professor of chemistry, during the Nov. 12 field trip. They learned how to use the College’s spectroscopy instruments to determine the chemical properties of samples they were provided.

PHO Speaker Series hosts 2010 alumna, dental school student

Anne Adamson ’10
North Central College’s student Pre-Health Organization welcomes alumna and current dental school student Anne Adamson ’10 as a guest speaker Nov. 1.

North Central College’s student-run Pre-Health Organization (PHO) welcomes alumna and current dental school student Anne Adamson ’10 as a guest speaker in November. Members of the campus community are invited to attend the free speaker event from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Smith Hall. Lunch will be served; RSVP by Oct. 29 to

“Sicko” gives view of health care in the United States

The campus community is invited to view documentary “Sicko” and hear faculty discussion as part of a North Central Global Human Rights event, Tuesday Oct. 16.

On Oct. 16, the campus community is invited to view the 2007 documentary “Sicko,” one of three North Central College Global Human Rights events on campus this fall. Sponsored by the Office of International Programs and Leadership, Ethics & Values program, the free event takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall. Filmmaker Michael Moore investigates and presents his perspective of health care, health insurance and the pharmaceutical industry in the United States.

Keeler Otero

Pre-physical therapy is a perfect fit for Keeler. It combines his interests in exercise, the human body, sports and people.

“The human body can do amazing things. My classes at North Central delve deeper into the wonders of the human body, which is so complex and can do so much we don't even realize.”

North Central is a perfect fit, too. “It wasn’t too close, but not too far from home. It offers small classes and accessible professors. And last, but definitely not least, North Central is a place I can continue playing the sport I’ve been part of for so long.”

Keeler has pitched for the Cardinals baseball team since his freshman year. He’s also a resident assistant, a leader at The Union—a student-run music venue—and is active with a program that connects alumni and current students.

Sadie Jacob

Early on, Sadie set her sights on a career in pharmacy and knew North Central College could help her reach her goal.

“I was immediately drawn to North Central when I got to know the biology and chemistry professors during my visit.”

Sadie secured a student-worker position in the chemistry lab and served as a lab assistant for genetics and organic chemistry classes. She majored in biochemistry and says a microbiology class taught by a biology professor directly related to her career plans in pharmacy. “Taking an in-depth look at how microbiologists are battling bacterial and viral infections through antibiotics and innovative antiviral drugs was fascinating.”

Sadie admits the science program wasn’t easy, but believes all the hard work is tremendous preparation for whatever path lies ahead.

Brianna Schardt

Brianna knew she wanted to pursue a career in optometry after working at an optometrist’s office in high school. She’s been tracking toward that goal with pre-optometry and health science opportunities at North Central.

Through the student-run Pre-Health Organization, Brianna shadowed an optometrist and North Central alumnus to observe firsthand the work of optometrists. She’s also worked with the College’s pre-professional health advisor to design her studies and prepare for optometry school.

“My advisor has been helpful every step of the way, telling me things I need to do and how to get there.”

The courses are tough, says Brianna, but they help prepare her for optometry school. “The science classes are more challenging than I imagined, but the professors here really want you to go the extra mile to get you where you need to be.”

Liz Rundell

Liz transferred to North Central College for many reasons. The trimester system would make transitioning to graduate school easier and “the advising program is superior to many other schools. Receiving advice and guidance is crucial for students. Advisors here work hard to help you find internships and prepare for grad school.”

Liz worked closely with the College’s pre-professional health program coordinator and plans to attend graduate school for occupational therapy—an area that’s interested her since high school.

“I started researching the field when I visited older family friends in rehabilitation centers and saw the work they’d been doing with occupational therapists. I was intrigued and still am.”

Liz says North Central’s faculty helped ease her adjustment to a new school and academic program.

Alexandra Cook

Alex had plans to become a lawyer to help underserved communities in developing countries. But a study abroad trip to Ecuador, where she observed the state of healthcare, changed her plans.

“I realized I wanted a career that gave me direct contact meeting the needs of the underserved. I switched to nursing to focus on patient care and form personal connections.”

When Alex returned to campus, she connected with the College’s pre-professional health program coordinator and learned about North Central’s affiliation with Rush University’s Generalist Entry Master’s program in nursing.

“I had to start from scratch midway through college to begin my required science classes. The professors were encouraging in helping me catch up, and they’re always available,” she says. “The sciences here are as challenging - if not more so - as they would be at professional schools. If you can succeed at North Central, you can do anything.”

Rebecca Tran

A biology major, Rebecca devoted part of her senior year to prepare for medical school; she was accepted to four schools and chose the Medical College of Wisconsin.

A standout student, Rebecca was a College Scholar, was named the Outstanding Major in Biology and studied abroad in England. She also received a scholarship for students interested in cancer research and conducted research in allergies and immunology at Northwestern University. 

Rebecca credits her professors for preparing her for a medical career. “The science professors are stellar. They teach us to be independent thinkers, resourceful learners and to analyze everything critically.”

She recalls spending hours in the science labs. “It was common to see students at night running lab experiments and working together. What I love about the sciences at North Central is the community. You’re part of a family.”

Matthew Abraham

For Matthew, a degree in biology was excellent preparation for dental school. In fact, it opened the way to acceptance at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

“The biology and chemistry courses at North Central were rigorous. They gave me a great science foundation and high confidence that I’ll excel in a graduate program. And the professors are great mentors. They have an open door policy with students. I had opportunities to develop strong relationships with them.”

Matthew chose North Central for its location and opportunity to pursue two personal interests: biology and baseball. He was the Cardinals’ starting right-fielder for three years, was named to the NCAA Division III All-Central Region Team and earned Academic All-CCIW honors.

His senior year, he served as a volunteer assistant coach for the team. “Being part of the team I developed lifelong friendships.”

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