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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.

A College on the Move

North Central gains momentum in growth, reputation, value.

Growth in new faculty, world-class facilities, outstanding academics and stellar athletic teams---these are the hallmarks of a campus community that is fiscally strong, excited about the future and focused on becoming one of America’s top colleges.

“Our students and their families become part of a dynamic campus environment, where they benefit from the value of small class sizes, faculty mentors and award-winning cocurricular activities,” said Martin Sauer, vice president for enrollment and athletics.

Campus, local, state, national guests celebrated the Science Center "topping out"

North Central College’s Science Center reached a construction milestone with the placement of a ceremonial final beam in Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

North Central College’s Science Center reached new heights during its construction when the campus community celebrated the hoisting and placement of a ceremonial final steel beam during a Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

Traditional among ironworkers, the ceremony is sometimes called Capping Off, or Topping Off, or Topping Out. Regardless, said President Troy D. Hammond during his remarks, “It’s a significant construction milestone that we’ve reached only because of the dedication and hard work of many, many people.”

Neuroscience presentations on drug addiction among 43 accepted for NCUR

Madison Cromwell ’17, Elaina Bartoli ’17
North Central College’s new neuroscience discipline will be represented with two projects at the 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research

A new academic minor and research discipline at North Central College will be represented for the first time at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Two of the 43 NCUR presentations will involve neuroscience research into drug usage and addiction that began in summer 2015.

North Central’s Mock Trial team advances to national tournament

For the second year in a row, the North Central College Mock Trial team advances to the American Mock Trial Association Opening Round Championship Series.

For the second year in a row, the North Central College Mock Trial team will advance to the American Mock Trial Association Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS).

Annual Report 2015

This 2015 Annual Report reflects the outstanding accomplishments of North Central College in the last fiscal year.

Students display 29 pieces of art at professional exhibit

Fifteen art students were chosen to showcase their artwork at the Paramount Theatre Art Gallery through March.

The artwork of 15 students at North Central College will be showcased at the Paramount Theatre Art Gallery in Aurora as part of the 2016 Paramount Grand Gallery. The free exhibit will be on display through March 28.

Students and pieces of artwork were selected by North Central College Associate Professor of Art Barry Skurkis, who works with the curator of the gallery. The diverse collection includes 29 pieces of art created with mixed media, oils, acrylic on canvas, wood, tar, watercolor and more.

Faculty adapt Shakespeare’s comedy set in the 1590s to American culture in the 1950s

North Central College students to stage William Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” a renaissance romp with a 1950’s twist Jan. 7-10.

North Central College students will stage William Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” a renaissance romp with a 1950’s twist Jan. 7-10.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7-10 in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $10/adults and $8/students and seniors; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

North Central College senior directs “Wasteland” set during the Vietnam War

Brody Long '19 and director Sean Michael Mohler '16
Sean Michael Mohler ’16 directs his rendition of “Wasteland,” a suspenseful drama about two U.S. soldiers held captive underground during the Vietnam War.

North Central College features the direction of senior Sean Michael Mohler Oct. 21, 22 and 24 in his rendition of “Wasteland,” a play by Susan Felder about two U.S. prisoners during the Vietnam War.

Three performances of “Wasteland” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21, 22 and 24 in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Meghan Pickett

For Meghan, the choice to pursue psychology was simple.

“I’ve always been intrigued by people—their histories, motivations, ambitions and ability to make or break relationships.”

Meghan is taking her fascination to the next level by pursuing a Ph.D. in industrial organizational psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She hopes to use her psychology training to research and advocate for organizational satisfaction within large companies or the government.

By taking advantage of different opportunities, Meghan discovered where she fit in psychology. On campus, she worked as a peer health educator at Dyson Wellness Center—the College’s clinic providing counseling and medical services—and completed a Richter Grant, which funded her research in Scotland.

Meghan credits much of her success to the guidance and support of the College faculty.

“My professors were more than willing to throw challenges my way, present opportunities and open my eyes to potential career paths. The faculty was by far the most memorable aspect of my education.”

“Along with hard work and drive, there are mentors to rely on and countless opportunities to take advantage of at North Central.” 

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