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Education alumnus named to administrative position in Kaneland school district

Kaneland Community Unit School District 302 has appointed alumnus Michael Purcell director of educational services 6-12.

Maple Park-based Kaneland Community Unit School District 302 has appointed North Central College alumnus Michael Purcell director of educational services 6-12.

Kincaid weighs in on elementary education redesign

Maureen Kincaid, associate professor and chair of education
Maureen Kincaid, North Central College associate professor of education, served on a panel at ACI Center for Success in High Need Schools Partnership meeting.

Maureen Kincaid, North Central College associate professor and chair of education, recently served on a faculty panel during the ACI Center for Success in High Need Schools partnership meeting. She presented alongside Kenneth King of Roosevelt University and Vicki Trinder of the University of Illinois Chicago.

Educators are among first to complete College’s new principal-preparation program

Six candidates are the first to complete North Central College’s newly redesigned principal-preparation program.

Heather Schild learned a lot about leadership and the responsibilities of being a school principal while she studied for her master’s degree in education (MAEd) at North Central College.

For two years while enrolled in North Central’s principal-preparation program, Schild worked as an Instructional Coordinator in Naperville Community Unit School District 203 and reported directly to Naperville North High School Principal Kevin Pobst.

“I thought North Central’s program was rigorous and provided a lot of authentic experiences,” Schild says.

Nine faculty receive tenure, promotions

The North Central College Board of Trustees grants tenure, approves promotions to faculty members effective with the start of the 2014-2015 academic year.

At its May 2014 meeting, the North Central College Board of Trustees granted tenure and approved promotions to several faculty members effective with the start of the 2014-2015 academic year in September. These faculty are:

Diane Anstine, Ph.D., was promoted to professor of economics

Michael de Brauw, Ph.D., was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of classics

Shereen Ilahi, Ph.D., was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of history

Wendy Koenig, Ph.D., was granted tenure

Murawska presented research to local, international groups

Jaclyn Murawska, adjunct assistant professor of mathematics
Jaclyn Murawska, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of mathematics, presented her research findings on conceptual understanding of place value.

Jaclyn Murawska, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of mathematics, presented her recent research findings locally and internationally.

In April, Murawska was an invited speaker for the Elmhurst College Department of Mathematics Seminar Series. There, she presented the lecture titled “Preservice Teachers’ Conceptual Understanding of Place Value: Developing Unitization, Flexibility, and Reversibility.”

Chen coauthors article on family environment and early literacy

Xiaoning Chen, visiting associate professor of education
Xiaoning Chen, North Central College visiting associate professor of education, publishes article exploring family learning environment and early literacy.

Xiaoning Chen, North Central College visiting associate professor of education, recently coauthored an article titled “Family learning environment and early literacy: A comparison of bilingual and monolingual children” in Economics of Educational Review.

The article, a collaborative work between Chen, Li Feng of Texas State University and Yunwei Gai of Babson College, explores the relationship between family learning environments and activities of bilingual and monolingual children from 9 months of age to kindergarten entry.

Kristine Servais and William Muck to give Last Lecture

Kristine Servais and William Muck
North Central College students voted to invite faculty members Kristine Servais and William Muck to speak at the Last Lecture May 14.

North Central College students voted to invite two faculty members—Kristine Servais, associate professor of education, and William Muck, assistant professor of political science—to speak at the annual Last Lecture. The free event will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, in Smith Hall at Old Main. A dessert reception will follow the event.

Registration is underway for summer school at North Central College

Undergraduate and graduate students attending any college or university can enroll in summer credit courses at North Central College.

Students attending any college or university can enroll in summer credit courses at North Central College.

Registration is underway for a variety of undergraduate and graduate-level courses that often can be applied toward graduation requirements at a student’s home institution. Class sessions are offered in four- and eight-week terms, starting June 16. The second four-week term starts July 14.

Alumni filmmakers discuss “Breaking Into the Film Biz”

Emerging filmmakers, alumni Scott Drucker ’06 (left) and R.J. McNichols ’11
North Central alumni Scott Drucker ’06 and R.J. McNichols ’11 visit campus March 5 to discuss the business and art of making of their first films.

Emerging filmmakers and North Central alumni Scott Drucker ’06 and R.J. McNichols ’11 will visit campus March 5 to discuss the business and art of making of their first films.

Titled “Breaking Into the Film Biz,” their presentation is free and will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in the Harold and Eva White Activities Center. Their talk and Q&A are open to the campus community and will especially interest young filmmakers, students of interactive media, and fans and aficionados of contemporary documentary film with a community and social conscience.

North Central College Math Circle engages undergrads with gifted youngsters

A new program at North Central College is challenging young minds by giving youngsters their first exposure to advanced mathematical concepts.

A new program at North Central College is challenging young minds by giving youngsters their first exposure to advanced mathematical concepts.

The program is called the Expository Engagement (E2) Math Circle, and it’s modeled after similar successful programs held across the country. The American Mathematical Association provided a $6,000 grant to fund the program.

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