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North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

Kristen Soforic

As a Lederman Scholar, Kristen started earning college credit at North Central during her junior year of high school. Choosing her “permanent” college was a no-brainer.

“I’d formed great relationships with the professors at North Central,” she says. “I had good friends, I was taking challenging classes and I was involved with the campus community—it’s everything I wanted for my college career.”

Research—both independent and with faculty—has been a huge part of Kristen’s North Central experience. She’s presented her work at numerous conferences and even spent five weeks overseas researching public policy at the University of Cambridge.

“I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology. I’m prepared because I’ve had thorough training in statistics and research methods,” she says. “If you think about what you want to do as a career, you’ll be able to tailor your activities and experience to match it.”

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

Travis Hartke '05

Travis Hartke is an associate cross country coach at Boise State University in Boise, ID. Hartke started his career as a graduate assistant at Iowa State in 2006 after earning a degree in psychology and physical education at North Central. At Iowa State, he earned a master's degree in kinesiology. He was promoted to a full-time assistant coach in 2008, a position he held until 2010 when he was named associate head coach.

Bruce Baum '81

Bruce Baum is executive director of the Medinah Park District in Medinah, IL. Baum has spent the past 30 years in the field of parks and recreation administration, serving in management roles for various park districts in the suburban Chicago area.  He is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, has spoken at numerous state and national parks conferences and is a board member of the Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association. He and his wife Diana reside in Aurora, IL.

Tom Johnson '68

Tom Johnson is retired after 40 years as a news editor at The Beacon-News in Aurora, IL. He was responsible for preparing copies and pages for publication and Internet postings. His wife Sally Strosahl ’73 works in private practice in individual, couples and family therapy as a licensed professional counselor. Tom and Sally are the parents of Andy, Kyle and Katharine and have one grandson. They live in Aurora and may be reached at strojon@sbcglobal.net.

Kelley contributes chapter in resource for career development professionals

Karl Kelley, professor of psychology
Karl Kelley, North Central College professor of psychology, has chapter published in 6th edition of “A Counselor’s Guide to Career Assessment Instruments.”

Karl Kelley, North Central College professor of psychology and director of FYE, wrote a chapter titled “Differential Aptitude Testing,” which has been published in the 6th edition of “A Counselor’s Guide to Career Assessment Instruments” (2013) by editors Chris Wood and Danica G. Hays. Kelley also was a contributor in the 5th edition.

INROADS partnership earns high praise

North Central College was honored with a University Partner Award by INROADS, which selects students from underserved groups for prestigious internships.

INROADS—a  program that selects and places student interns representing underserved groups—has honored North Central College with a University Partner Award for the Great Lakes Region. There are 72 colleges and universities in the region, including most Big 10 universities, the University of Chicago, DePaul University and others.

Accepting on behalf of the College were Lisa Pettaway, director of the North Central College Fund and coordinator of the program for North Central, and Dorothy Pleas, director of multicultural affairs.

New North Central College students discover possibilities during Orientation

Hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College during Orientation.

During summer 2013 Orientation sessions, hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College.

From study abroad courses to athletic teams to clubs and organizations, Orientation serves to inform students about options so they can begin to plan their years of study and make the most of their experience at North Central College.

Summer research students to discuss scholarly work during Aug. 1 poster session

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

The SURC poster session takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in Smith Hall of Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. (The session previously was scheduled to take place in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center). Most of the 40 students who participated in the 2013 SURC will be present.

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