North Central College - Naperville, IL

Students, staff present at LEV-cosponsored conference on faith, justice and civic learning

Steve Oliveri
North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program recently co-sponsored the first National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference.

July 1, 2011—North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program recently cosponsored the first National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference with DePaul University, providing students and staff the opportunity to present three sessions on various topics.

Mike O'Connor named Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology

Mike O'Connor
Mike O’Connor was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Mike O’Connor was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

O’Connor is a graduating senior double-majoring in psychology and sociology with a focus on criminal justice. After graduation he plans to begin training as a police officer. He is a graduate of Bolingbrook High School.

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

North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.

North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.

Total enrollment is a near-record 2,800 undergraduates and 250 graduate students—3,050 total—eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the third straight year. The College welcomed 860 new full-time undergraduate students, up from 852 a year ago. That includes 580 first-year students, up from 529 a year ago. The 860 new undergraduates would be second only to the record-number 882 welcomed in fall 2010.

New tenure-track faculty join North Central College fall 2014

North Central College welcomed nine full-time tenure-track faculty members, representing all four academic divisions, at the start of new academic year.

With the start of fall term classes on Sept. 15, 2014, North Central College welcomed nine full-time, tenure-track faculty members. They represent all four academic divisions and a range of academic disciplines: sociology, biology, philosophy, psychology, Chinese, music, education and management.

These new tenure-track faculty are:

Shawna Rohrman joins North Central’s sociology faculty in fall 2014

Assistant Professor of Sociology Shawna Rohrman
North Central College welcomes Assistant Professor of Sociology Shawna Rohrman as a tenure-track faculty member for 2014-2015 academic year.

North Central College welcomed Assistant Professor of Sociology Shawna Rohrman, a newly appointed full-time, tenure-track faculty member for the 2014-2015 academic year, which started Sept. 15.

Rohrman’s areas of research interest include mental health and illness, medical sociology, race and ethnicity (and more broadly, inequality), sociology of the life course, social psychology and quantitative research methods.

Ericka Adams joins North Central’s sociology faculty in fall 2014

Assistant Professor of Sociology Ericka Adams
North Central College welcomes Assistant Professor of Sociology Ericka Adams as a tenure-track faculty member for 2014-2015 academic year.

North Central College welcomed Assistant Professor of Sociology Ericka Adams, a newly appointed full-time, tenure-track faculty member for the 2014-2015 academic year, which started Sept. 15.

Before coming to North Central College, Adams served as visiting professor in the department of justice studies at San José State University. Her areas of expertise include crime and deviance in the Caribbean; outcome of policies regarding incarceration in the United States; and race, gender, inequality and the law.

Professor William Muck discusses Ukraine, ISIS on public affairs radio program

William Muck, North Central College associate professor of political science/sociology and anthropology, appeared Sept. 6 on a public affairs radio program.

William Muck, North Central College associate professor of political science/sociology and anthropology appeared Sept. 6 on a public affairs radio program.

Muck was a guest on “Week In Review” on WDCB-FM 90.9, the National Public Radio affiliate based at College of DuPage. The 30-minute program is hosted by Assistant News Director Gary Zidek, a 2003 graduate of North Central College.

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 2015.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.

North Central College is ranked No. 14 in the Midwest in the Regional Universities category—schools that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degrees. This is the 21st consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has ranked North Central College among America’s Best Colleges.

North Central College student earns Naperville Police Department internship

Sam Carius
Sociology: criminal justice major Samuel Carius ’15 has been selected for a five-month internship with the Naperville Police Department.

Samuel Carius ’15 is getting hands-on experience for a future career in law enforcement. A sociology: criminal justice major, Carius is participating in an internship with the Naperville Police Department (NPD) that began in August and will continue through December. He plans to pursue a career in law enforcement.

John Sienkiewicz

John wasn’t content to simply experience a sociology education—he created his own. Sociology majors at North Central College can create their own independent study, which can replace standard coursework.

“I completed a study on the lack of social and economic critiques in top 10 popular music during the 2000s,” he says. “I presented my findings at North Central College's Rall Symposium my junior year.”

Additionally, John traveled with a group of North Central College students and professors to Guatemala. They met with producers of fair-trade coffee—which the College imports—and learned about the coffee trade. John’s experience has inspired him to educate others about social change.

John has been accepted to Loyola University Chicago where he’ll pursue a master’s degree in sociology. He plans to eventually earn a Ph.D. and become a sociology professor.

“I believe professors—like other teachers—are essential to both maintaining and expanding an informed populace. The professors of North Central College represent an intersection of knowledge and accessibility.” 

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