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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.

Cancer researcher returns to North Central to guest lecture science courses

Zach Pratt, a 2005 alumnus who recently completed his doctorate in cancer biology, returned to North Central to guest lecture some biology courses.

Zach Pratt hopes to combine his passion for scientific research with his knack for teaching.

Since earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from North Central in 2005, Pratt has completed his doctorate in cancer biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He returned to North Central in February 2011 to guest lecture some biology courses, using bacteria to teach a lesson in evolution.

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.

North Central College launches new media studies department

Dr. Kay O’Donnell (center) mentors media students.
North Central College is launching a new media studies department that combines journalism, broadcast communication and interactive media studies.

North Central College is launching a new media studies department this fall to prepare students for the increasingly dynamic media field. The new department combines journalism, broadcast communication and interactive media studies (IMS). The popular IMS major blends art, computer science, English and communication.

“The goal is to combine these fields of study to mirror the changing digital media landscape,” says R. Devadoss Pandian, North Central’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

North Central launches new mobile app for students, campus community

North Central has launched its first mobile app, North Central College Mobile, giving users on-the-go access to campus information and resources.

North Central College has launched its first mobile app, North Central College Mobile. Available for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, the app places campus news, videos, maps and other resources at the fingertips of students and community members.

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:

Greg Lynch joins North Central’s philosophy faculty in fall 2014

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Greg Lynch
North Central College welcomes Assistant Professor of Philosophy Greg Lynch as a tenure-track faculty member for 2014-2015 academic year.

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

Previously, Lynch was a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Fordham University, where he also served as a teaching fellow while a graduate student. His areas of specialization include phenomenology, philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. At North Central, he will teach courses in ethics, aesthetics and the history of philosophy.

Veselina Vracheva joins North Central’s management faculty in fall 2014

Assistant Professor of Management Veselina Vracheva
North Central College welcomes Assistant Professor of Management Veselina Vracheva as a tenure-track faculty member for 2014-2015 academic year.

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

Her areas of expertise include strategic management and international business with current research interests in the area of sustainable development as it applies to organizations. Previously, Vracheva taught courses in introduction to business, international management, principles of management and strategic management at Old Dominion University.

Silvia Alvarez-Clare joins North Central’s biology faculty in fall 2014

Assistant Professor of Biology Silvia Alvarez-Clare
North Central College welcomes Assistant Professor of Biology Silvia Alvarez-Clare as tenure-track faculty member for 2014-2015 academic year.

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

Previously, she was an adjunct researcher at Argonne National Laboratory and postdoctoral research fellow in biology with the National Science Foundation. Her areas of expertise are botany and ecology and she studies relationships among primary productivity, nutrients and climate in the tropical rain forest.

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.

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