North Central College - Naperville, IL

Kathleen Lichay '02

Kathleen Lichay is a criminal intelligence analyst assigned to the Investigations Unit with the Naperville Police Department. Her duties include assisting detectives and patrol officers on a multitude of cases, from narcotics and gangs to child pornography and bank fraud. In 2009, she won first place in the International Association of Crime Analysts annual bulletin contest. Her entry about an online phenomenon called “Second Life” beat other crime analysts across the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

Jessica Reynolds

Jessica Reynolds had an incredibly busy 12 months leading up to her final term at North Central.

“I have worked on research with faculty in psychology and I presented research at NCUR (the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research),” Jessica who combined her major in psychology with a second major in marketing. “In marketing, I was involved in the International Case Competition with AMA (American Marketing Association), and we placed in the top 24 in an international competition.”

Jessica originally planned to go straight to graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in psychology, but her experiences at North Central have provided her with a multitude of other post-graduate options.

“With all the opportunities I’ve had with marketing, I want to work in market research or an advertising firm while I work up to my Ph.D., and then start my own practice,” Jessica says.

Sawyer and students present posters at psychology conference

Thomas Sawyer, professor of psychology, collaborated with three students and an alumna to give presentations at Midwestern Psychological Association meeting.

Thomas Sawyer, professor of psychology, collaborated with three students and a recent alumna to deliver poster presentations during the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago, May 5-7. One presentation, titled “Facial Masculinity Effects on Personality Judgments,” included biochemistry major and psychology minor Monica Bienias '11 and psychology graduate Isabel Decian ’10, as co-authors. Collaboration with psychology majors

Brooke Simon 1994

Brooke Simon joined Rezin Orthopedics and Sports Medicine as a certified nurse practitioner for orthopedic surgeon Dr. Eric Ortinau. She assists in surgery and provides services, including diagnosis and treatment of patients. As a registered nurse in Loyola University Medical Center’s operating room, she worked as a research study nurse on National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute breast cancer research. Simon also worked as a family nurse practitioner for Take Care Health Systems, a division of Walgreens Pharmacy.

Mary Perhay 1996

Mary Perhay of Financial Network was named to the list of FIVE STAR Wealth Managers for 2010 in the November 2010 issue of Chicago magazine. She is among the less than 2 percent of wealth managers in the Chicagoland area selected for the honor and has more than 13 years of experience in the financial services industry.

North Central College students, professor to present paper at psychology conference

Karl Kelley
Two North Central College students and a professor will present a paper at the Fifth Annual International Conference on Psychology.

May 2, 2011—A paper authored by two North Central College students and a professor has been selected for presentation at the Fifth Annual International Conference on Psychology.

The paper, “Short Term Positive Emotions: Building Resources and Unravelling Negativity” is authored by psychology professor Karl Kelley and students Brandi Balensiefen and Jessica VandenBerg. The conference will be held May 30 through June 2 in Athens, Greece.

Students present at leadership conference

Two North Central College students presented at the National Collegiate Leadership Conference Feb. 18-20 at the University of Arizona.

Feb. 21, 2011—Two North Central College students presented at the National Collegiate Leadership Conference Feb. 18-20 at the University of Arizona.

“The 6 E’s to Successful Leadership Development” was presented by Jennifer Baron, a senior Spanish major from Justice, and Megan Holland a senior mathematics/psychology double major from Midlothian.

Students accompany Rivera, who gives talk on music therapy

Nicole Rivera, adjunct assistant professor of psychology, presented a session on challenging behaviors in the classroom at faculty meeting in Chicago.

Nicole Rivera, adjunct assistant professor of psychology, presented a session titled “When Classes Get ‘Out of Tune’: Dealing with Challenging Behaviors” at the Old Town School of Music in Chicago on Feb. 13. The session was part of a combined meeting of faculty for the Old Town School of Music and the Illinois Association for Music Therapy.

Neuroscientist discusses gender and the brain Feb. 22

Lise Eliot discusses gender and the brain.
Author of “Pink Brain, Blue Brain” and neuroscientist Lise Eliot will give a talk about gender differences and the brain on Feb. 22.

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

Feb. 8, 2011—North Central College welcomes neuroscientist Lise Eliot, author of “Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow into Troublesome Gaps and What We Can Do About It,” to speak about gender and the brain.

Eliot will give a free talk at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in North Central’s Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville.

Students display art at professional exhibit

Twenty-one art students were chosen to showcase their work at the Paramount Theatre Art Gallery as part of gallery’s “Aspiring Artists” series through March.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Feb. 11, 2011)—Twenty-one art students at North Central College have been chosen to showcase their work at the Paramount Theatre Art Gallery in Aurora, Ill., as part of Paramount’s “Aspiring Artists” series. The free exhibit will be on display in the Grand Gallery until March 31.

The public is invited to meet the student artists during an artists’ reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora.

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