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Brandi Balensiefen earns Outstanding Major in Psychology Award

Brandi Balensiefen
Brandi Balensiefen was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Psychology Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Brandi Balensiefen was honored with the Outstanding Major in Psychology Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Balensiefen is a graduating senior at North Central College and has been accepted to a graduate program in international relations and human resources at the University of Illinois.

Amy Krenn earns Outstanding Major in Biology Award

Amy Krenn was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Biology Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Amy Krenn was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Biology Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Krenn is a graduating senior majoring in biology with a minor in secondary education. At North Central in spring 2011, she participated in a Biology-Chemistry Interdisciplinary Seminar, presenting the paper, "The Effects of an Inquiry Based Saturday Science Program on the Interest Levels and Development of Science Processing Skills in Fourth and Fifth Grade Girls."

The following is the abstract from Krenn's research:

North Central College graduates pursue careers in cutting-edge nanotechnology field

Chris Boffa ’15 and Abby Hooper ’08
Three recent graduates are pursuing careers in the cutting-edge field of nanotechnology research, and one has secured three patents.

Landing a position in research in the cutting-edge field of nanotechnology may seem like an unattainable dream job for many graduates right out of college. But for North Central College alumni, it’s becoming a bit of business as usual.

Three Cardinal alumni—Abby Hooper ’08, Chris Boffa ’15 and Daisy Lauriano ’15—are working at Nanophase Technologies Corporation. The Romeoville, Ill.-based company grew out of Argonne National Laboratory in 1989, where some of the earliest research in the nanotech space was taking place.

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.

Adam Lundquist

A transfer student from Yale University, Adam found many opportunities at North Central to help him prepare for a Ph.D. in neuroscience.

Adam knew he wanted to pursue a neuroscience minor after completing his first of two summers researching Alzheimer’s disease at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease in San Francisco.

“The material is incredibly interesting; neuroscience is one of the last frontiers of biology. Every day neuroscientists discover new information on the function of the human brain.”

North Central recently founded a neuroscience club and opened a chapter of the neuroscience honor society. However, Adam is most excited about his independent senior research project that he developed with the help of North Central’s assistant professor of neuroscience.

“She is an approachable member of the faculty who is always willing to give advice, help students with class material and engage in discussions about the future.”

Adam is pursuing a future that holds a teaching and researching position at a major university.

“The material is incredibly interesting; neuroscience is one of the last frontiers of biology. Every day neuroscientists discover new information on the function of the human brain.”

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.

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.

Work is underway on transformative North Central College Science Center

Construction work has begun for a new Science Center that will right-size campus facilities and transform the academic experience for students.

Construction work has begun for a new Science Center that will right-size campus facilities and transform the academic experience for students.

The 125,000-square-foot Science Center is being built on the west side of the 100 block of South Loomis Street, along the Sesquicentennial Walkway and south of Van Buren Avenue. The new facility was designed with additional classroom space to serve students of all academic disciplines.

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.

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