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Tyler Ward

After majoring in religious studies and minoring in history of ideas, Tyler is much closer to realizing his goal of becoming an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church.

“The opportunity to study the phenomenon of religion from a global perspective will complement my focused graduate work in the Christian tradition.”

Tyler appreciated the relationships he formed as a result of his studies at North Central. He had ample opportunities to gain mentors and have individual conversations with professors.

“I was blessed with faculty who truly cared about me as a person.”

Tyler felt supported by his professors and peers in any challenges or opportunities he encountered as a student.

“North Central encouraged me to reach my goals by providing me with research and internship opportunities so I could explore innovative ecclesial models.”

“The opportunity to study the phenomenon of religion from a global perspective will compliment my focused graduate work in the Christian tradition.”

New faculty dean Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola has vision for building on success

Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola
No “status quo” with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola.

Talking with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola, there are a few words you won’t hear—like “status quo.” He pursued the position as leader of academic affairs knowing that his challenge will be to elevate the reputation of the faculty and academic programs, which in quality far exceeds similar and better-known institutions. It’s a goal that excites him.

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

First-years cheer at a pep rally Sept. 9
North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

“The Class of 2019 is truly an impressive result in a competitive recruiting marketplace,” says North Central College President Troy Hammond.

North Central College history professor discusses English kings on Milt Rosenberg radio show

Bruce Janacek, associate professor of history, discussed the kings of England with Milt Rosenberg and a Northwestern University professor on WCGO-AM 1590.

Bruce Janacek, North Central College associate professor of history, appeared on Milt Rosenberg’s radio show Sept. 18 on WCGO-AM 1590.

Janacek participated in a discussion about the kings of England. Also participating in the conversation was Scott Sowerby, associate professor of history at Northwestern University. A free podcast of the show is available at hark.io/podcast/the-kings-of-england/.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central among America’s Best Colleges for 22nd year

North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to U.S. News & World Report.

North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2015 Great College To Work For

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education  has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

North Central College is among just 86 institutions nationwide recognized in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace. The recognition is based on results of surveys of more than 44,000 employees at 281 colleges and universities.

United Methodist Church honors the Rev. Howard Mueller ’58 with Francis Asbury Award

The Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church has honored the Rev. Howard Mueller ’58 with the 2015 Francis Asbury Award.

The Rev. Howard Mueller ’58, Dr. C. Toenniges Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus, is recipient of the 2015 Francis Asbury Award, presented by the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The award acknowledges “individuals who have made a significant contribution to fostering the church’s ministries in higher education.”

The Francis Asbury Award has only been awarded once before in the Northern Illinois Conference, to North Central’s former college chaplain, The Rev. Lynn Pries ’67.

Dr. R. Devadoss Pandian honored at Commencement for 30 years of leadership in academics

Dr. R. Devadoss Pandian receives honorary degree and emeritus status prior to his leaving North Central College

The hundreds of faculty candidates who’ve visited campus the past 20 years typically ended their interviews in the office of R. Devadoss Pandian, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. In his fifth floor office of Old Main, they all learned about his passion for teaching—and the No. 1 qualification for working at North Central College.

“You have to teach to every student in the class and in a class of 30 or 35 students, that’s not a small thing,” says Pandian, describing the qualities of a great teacher.

Graduate student, alumnus selected for prestigious Prague Summer Program

Rebecca Samson ’12/M ’15 has been selected for a Prague Summer Program, a one-month creative-writing residency in the Czech Republic.

Rebecca Samson ’12/M ’15 has been selected for a prestigious Prague Summer Program, a one-month creative-writing residency in the Czech Republic.

Samson also was awarded one of a few competitive Vaclav Havel scholarships. Samson studied German as an undergraduate and is completing a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) in the Writing, Editing and Publishing track.

She grew up in a Czech household and her passion for Czech history and culture was strengthened after a family trip to Prague in 2011.

North Central College announces largest fundraising campaign in school’s 154-year history

Students demonstrate chemistry experiments at the kickoff celebration
North Central College has launched its Brilliant Future Campaign—a seven-year, $150 million fundraising effort, the largest in the College’s history.

North Central College has launched its Brilliant Future Campaign—a seven-year, $150 million drive that is the largest fundraising effort in the College’s 154-year history.

Nearly 1,000 students, alumni, trustees, faculty and staff gathered with local and regional elected officials, business leaders and other dignitaries May 15 at a kickoff celebration in the College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center.

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