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Scholar explores Iceland for thesis research

Ian Wright ’14 visited Iceland to conduct research on local folklore for his College Scholar Honors Thesis.

As students return to classes and share stories of their summer adventures, Ian Wright ’14 is among those with the best tales to tell.

Wright spent three and a half weeks in Iceland conducting research for his College Scholar Honors Thesis. He explored areas of spectacular scenery while learning more about the connection between the harsh landscape of the country and the popular belief in the “hidden people” who dwell among rocks, cliffs and fields.

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.

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.

‘Star Trek’ writer shares tweets with student about North Central College Verandah course

North Central College sophomore Chris Pascoe exchanged tweets with Roberto Orci, screenwriter of the summer blockbuster “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”

North Central College sophomore Chris Pascoe exchanged tweets with Roberto Orci, the screenwriter and coproducer of the summer blockbuster “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”

Pascoe heard about a Verandah course offered by Jennifer Fredette, assistant professor of political science. The two-session noncredit course involved going to see the film as a group, then discussing how topics in the film related to the real-life War on Terror.

North Central graduate earns highly competitive Dunn Fellowship

Mark Zajac ’12, Dunn Fellow
North Central College graduate Mark Zajac has earned a spot as a policy fellow in Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s Chicago office through the Dunn Fellowship program.

Recent North Central College graduate Mark Zajac ’12 of Des Plaines, Ill., has earned a spot as a policy fellow in Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s Chicago office through the James H. Dunn Memorial Fellowship Program.

“I’ve always been interested in all things international, traveling to other countries and foreign affairs,” Zajac says. “This fellowship opens a lot of doors and will help me to better understand the world.”

Schacht gives poster presentation at national psychology conference

Patricia Schacht, assistant professor of psychology
Patricia Schacht, North Central College assistant professor of psychology, co-presents with former student a poster about research on bullying.

Patricia Schacht, North Central College assistant professor of psychology, gave a poster presentation about her research on bullying at a national psychology conference, the Society for Research in Child Development, held in Seattle April 18-20. The poster was titled “The Effects of Marital Conflict and Parenting on Children’s Bullying, Victimization, and Coping Behaviors.”

Schacht co-presented with recent graduate Rachel Garthe ’12, who majored in psychology and was a College Scholar. Garthe is a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University.
 

North Central’s forensics program makes College history

North Central College’s forensics program made College history at two national tournaments, advancing further and placing higher than ever before as a team.

North Central College’s forensics program made College history in April 2013 at two national tournaments, advancing further and placing higher than ever before as a team.

At the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) held April 5-8 at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, North Central’s team placed the highest ever—13th of 78 teams, with individuals ranking in top positions. To date, the highest placement for the team at the AFA-NIET competition was 15th in 1999.

Students learn how to advocate issues with legislators

North Central College students attend ecumenical advocacy conference, speak with congressional staff in nation’s capital about issues important to them.

Eight North Central College students traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) 2013 National Gathering.

More than 700 people from across the country attended the April 5-8 gathering. The schedule of events included workshops that informed attendees of key issues in the global food system and how to effectively communicate with legislators.

Kim publishes paper, co-authored with former student, in business journal

Doh-Khul Kim, associate professor of economics and finance
Doh-Khul Kim, North Central College associate professor of economics and finance, publishes paper, co-authored with recent graduate Eric McKee ’12.

Doh-Khul Kim, North Central College associate professor of economics and finance, co-authored a paper titled “The Effectiveness of Commodities in Hedging Inflation—Is It Still Valid During Low Inflationary Period?” which was published in the fall/winter edition of the Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives. His co-author is North Central graduate Eric McKee ’12, who triple-majored in actuarial science, finance and classical civilization.

North Central College exhibits artwork of four students April 6 through May 3

Artwork of four North Central College students is featured in the monthlong exhibit “Digital Design.”

Artwork of four North Central College students is featured in the monthlong exhibit “Digital Design.”

All pieces displayed in “Digital Design” are computer-generated and include print posters, motion graphics and animation created by seniors Amber Dvorak of Schiller Park; Tanya Fetzer of Richmond, Ill.; Samantha Suarez of Romeoville; and Sarah Wilm of Westmont. The exhibit runs April 6 through May 3 in the Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St., Naperville. An artist reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9; complimentary refreshments will be served.

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