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Kayla Schmidt '13

Kayla Schmidt is working at a pet day care called Paws in Time located in West Chicago, IL.

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.

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.

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.

North Central College alumna Rachel Louise Snyder authors New Yorker article

North Central College alumna Rachel Louise Snyder ’92 authored a New Yorker magazine article about research into new methods of domestic violence intervention.

North Central College alumna Rachel Louise Snyder ’92 authored a New Yorker magazine article about research into new methods of domestic violence intervention.

Snyder’s piece, “A Raised Hand: Can a New Approach Curb Domestic Homicide,” is published in the July 22 issue of The New Yorker. The article may be found on The New Yorker’s website, but is available in its entirety only to subscribers.

Leaders share thoughts on racial profiling during forum at North Central College

Renard Jackson
Community members, ministers, law enforcement officers and others gathered at North Central College to discuss racial profiling and other topics.

Community members, ministers, law enforcement officers and others gathered at North Central College to discuss racial profiling and other topics.

“Where Do We Go From Here” was the topic of a July 23 forum sponsored by the DuPage County Branch of the NAACP and hosted by the College’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. Moderator Juan Thomas noted the title of the forum is the same as a 1967 speech and book by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jessica Coffey

Jessica’s favorite aspect of North Central College’s sociology program is its flexibility.

“There’s so much more freedom than many larger schools would offer,” Jessica says. “Of the three tracks in the program—community studies, criminal justice and general studies—I chose the general track because it allowed me to incorporate much of my own research and personal interests to make the major my own.

“You can work with professors on their research projects and create your own through an independent study course or even a Richter grant.”

Jessica has worked extensively with a sociology professor on a Richter project specializing in the sociology of religion. She developed an interest in the subject during a trip to Liverpool, England, where she studied Christianity and young adults in the United Kingdom.

“My background in sociology has broadened my horizons and has made me aware of social and cultural issues,” she says. “I’ve conducted an ample amount of research as an undergrad, which will open up many career paths for me after I graduate.”

Jessica is minoring in English writing and interactive media studies and is active in music and theatre at North Central.

Corsino publishes article about the Chicago Outfit and organized crime

Lou Corsino, professor of sociology
Lou Corsino, North Central College professor of sociology, published an article in the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.

Lou Corsino, North Central College professor of sociology, authored the article, “They Can’t Shoot Everyone: Italians, Social Capital, and Organized Crime in the Chicago Outfit,” in the May issue of the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice (Vol. 29 No. 2, 256-275).

The quarterly journal focuses on a critical issue in contemporary criminal justice in order to provide a cogent, thorough and timely exploration of the topic. Those issues include organized crime, community policing, gangs, white-collar crime and excessive police force.

Jessica Pantel earns Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology Award

Jessica Pantel received the Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Jessica Pantel, daughter of James and Valerie Pantel of Beach Park, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Sociology and Anthropology Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Jessica is majoring in sociology and anthropology at North Central College. She is a graduate of Waukegan High School.

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