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Building on Momentum: Science

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In the fast-paced world of researching and developing new pharmaceuticals, drug companies often don’t have the time to commit resources to creating new models and technologies. That’s where the research of an academic laboratory, like that of Heather Carlson ’91 at the University of Michigan, can play an important role in developing new therapeutic drugs.

Building on Momentum: Scholarships

Cody Follis ’13 is pursuing his dream of becoming a lawyer and politician, participating in forensics while studying political science. Merissa Burnett ’13 wants to go into law enforcement and works at Campus Safety. Alexandra Williams ’13 is furthering her passion for music by majoring in jazz studies and plans on graduate school to become a professor of music.

President's Message

One of the great joys of serving as North Central’s president for the past 21 years is watching young men and women I first knew as students build lives and careers in which their alma mater can take immense pride.

Stephania Rodriguez ’14

Stephania Rodriguez ’14 loves mentoring young people—that is, people just a year younger. She has found a calling to become a student affairs professional, thanks to her experiences as a mentor for the Premier Scholars Program and resident assistant. “I really have enjoyed working with first-year students,” she says. “I’ve always known I wanted to major in a business field like human resources but now I know I want to branch off into student affairs.”

Brian Failing ’14

While other students his age are hoping to find an internship, Brian Failing ’14 is hoping to find interns. As museum curator of the Museums at Lisle Station Park in Lisle, IL, Failing’s priorities involve scheduling tours, recruiting volunteers, planning programs and finding interns who could help with an inventory of artifacts and improving display cases and signage.

Class of 1951 commemorates classmate with scholarship

Classmates of Phyllis Ebinger ’51 were worried when she became very ill the winter of senior year. Within a week of being diagnosed with acute leukemia, the popular young woman died of the disease. “We’d prayed all that week that she would return to school,” says her brother Warren ’51 (who was two years older). She was Homecoming Queen that fall and the roommate of Mary Ritzman ’51 Ebinger, Warren’s future wife.

College builds on momentum

Hammersmith House
As the College celebrated 150 years, it was a moment to reflect upon and celebrate all that has been accomplished since 1861.

As the College celebrated 150 years, it was a moment to reflect upon and celebrate all that has been accomplished since 1861—during times of prosperity and challenge. During 2012, the momentum builds with new these additions to campus, which will help position the College for the next 50 years.

Hammersmith House

A stately Italianate-style home adjoining Jefferson Plaza has been the home of North Central alumni for decades. Known as the “Hammersmith House” and still home to Ruth Hammersmith ’38, the property has officially become part of the College.

North Central takes lead in national curriculum research

New national academic standards aim to raise the achievement of K-12 students in the United States to a world-class level. And North Central will play a lead role in helping teachers at high-need schools better prepare students for more rigorous standards in mathematics.

Recording showcases acoustics of College's Wentz Concert Hall

A new recording showcases the stunning acoustics of North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall, which is positioned to become a destination for recordings of classical, jazz and other musical styles.

North Central hosts 2012 Blue Key National Conference

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More than 100 students from across the country traveled to North Central College for the 2012 Blue Key National Conference, which took place Jan. 13-14.

The students represented 13 different colleges and universities, ranging from the University of Portland in Oregon to Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Over the course of the conference, students had the opportunity to participate in a vast array of activities.

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