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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.

Photographer, woodworker, musician, educator uses ordinary materials for exhibit

North Central College presents “Ordinary,” an exhibit of new mixed media by artist Michael Barton, June 3 through July 24.

North Central College presents “Ordinary,” an exhibit of new mixed media by artist Michael Barton, June 3 through July 24.

A photographer, woodworker, musician and educator, Barton is dedicated to revealing the natural beauty in the ordinary around us. Pieces in this exhibit are a collision of photography and woodworking, utilizing ordinary materials and subject matter.

Senior Art Show “FOUNDations” showcases diverse body of student work

Two gallery locations will feature artwork by 11 North Central College art students in the annual Senior Art Show through June 11.

An array of artwork by 11 North Central College art students will be showcased in the 2016 Senior Art Show through June 11. Titled “FOUNDations,” the show features paintings, drawings, ceramics, digital work and more.

Free and open to the public, the exhibit will be on display in two gallery locations: the College’s Meiley-Swallow Hall Gallery and Oesterle Library Gallery. Visitors are invited to browse the exhibit, enjoy refreshments and greet the artists during a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in both galleries.

North Central’s forensics team places in state, national contests, brings home All-American

North Central College’s reputation as a top national competitor in forensics and debate continues to thrive with top placements at state and national tourneys.

North Central College’s reputation as a top national competitor in forensics and debate continues to thrive.

North Central College students engage in research, presentations, writing contests

With topics spanning politics, business, shoulder injuries, coffee and rock stars, students take advantage of academic opportunities outside the classroom.

Several North Central College students have engaged in a variety of research, presentation and writing opportunities during the past few months. The topics have spanned business, politics, finance, trade, athletic training, rock stars and more. Here are reports about the accomplished North Central students.

Political conference

Strong communities are safer communities

Kimberly Sluis, vice president for student affairs and dea
North Central College works to foster a campus culture where people look out for one another and take action when someone’s safety is jeopardized.

Strong communities are safer communities. This principle guides North Central College in its efforts to foster a campus culture where people look out for one another and take action when they notice something that jeopardizes the safety of the community or any member of it.

North Central College supports first-generation students in transition to higher education

North Central’s Cardinal First program fosters community among first-generation students and faculty.

In any given classroom at North Central College, it’s likely that several students are the first in their immediate families to pursue higher education. About 35 to 40 percent of North Central students are first-generation college students—meaning, their parents do not have four-year degrees. And many of their professors were first-generation college students, too.  

North Central's art faculty exhibit their recent work through May 29

North Central College presents its “Faculty Exhibition,” featuring a collection of recent artwork by 11 members of the College’s acclaimed art faculty.

North Central College presents its “Faculty Exhibition,” featuring a wide variety of recent artwork by 11 members of the College art faculty, through May 29.

The exhibit is free and open to the public in the College’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The faculty will greet visitors at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 8; complimentary refreshments will be served. Call 630-637-5375 for gallery hours or visit northcentralcollege.edu/show for details.

North Central students achieve Dean’s List honors for winter term

North Central College has named its Dean’s List of scholars for the 2016 winter term.

North Central College has named its Dean’s List of scholars for the 2016 winter term. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, undergraduate students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.6 (4.0=A) for the term, be enrolled as full-time students and have no grades of incomplete (I) or in progress (PR).

The following students were named to the Dean’s List for winter term:

Matthew McCary ’10 earns prestigious National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellowship

Matthew McCary ’10 has been awarded a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellowship for research in Iceland through the University of Wisconsin.

Biology alumnus Matthew McCary ’10 will continue his quest to become an expert researcher in environmental biology with the help of a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellowship. McCary is completing a doctorate at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) and will use the NSF support after he graduates for a research position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison starting in January 2017. The three-year fellowship is valued at more than $200,000.

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