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Leaders share thoughts on racial profiling during forum at North Central College

Renard Jackson
Community members, ministers, law enforcement officers and others gathered at North Central College to discuss racial profiling and other topics.

Community members, ministers, law enforcement officers and others gathered at North Central College to discuss racial profiling and other topics.

“Where Do We Go From Here” was the topic of a July 23 forum sponsored by the DuPage County Branch of the NAACP and hosted by the College’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. Moderator Juan Thomas noted the title of the forum is the same as a 1967 speech and book by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Kimberly Garner

Kimberly can barely use her fingers to keep track of the music groups she’s involved with at North Central. At last count, she was up to eight.

“It sounds like a lot to handle, but each and every one of these groups has taught me countless valuable lessons about being a performer and educator,” Kimberly says. “There are too many opportunities within the music and education departments to name, which is exactly why there’s never a dull moment!”

As a choral and instrumental music education major, Kimberly knows almost everyone in the department. That’s not uncommon, she says, even for students who are majoring in one area or the other.

“There’s no divide here between the ‘band kids’ and the ‘choir kids.’ We’re all very supportive of each other. It’s like one big happy musical family.”

Kimberly enjoys working with the music faculty, whom she often visits for “conversations about life.” She’s grateful for the many opportunities to perform as she fine-tunes her teaching skills.

“While it is—and should be—about the students we teach, musicians should also continue to perform and improve themselves. That’s exactly what we do here!”

New partnerships expand North Central College tradition of teacher-preparation excellence

North Central College builds upon its tradition of excellence in preparing educators by forging new partnerships with two additional school districts.

North Central College is building upon its tradition of excellence in preparing future teachers and principals by forging new partnerships with two additional school districts.

Since its founding in 1861, North Central College has been a leader in preparing generations of future educators who are able to impact student learning. With continuing national attention on the quality of educator-preparation programs, North Central College remains at the forefront of excellence in teacher training by expanding its emphasis on teacher assessment and accountability.

Madormo’s mystery series for young readers gains wide appeal with educators

John Madormo, assistant professor of broadcast communication
John Madormo, North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communication, receives many opportunities to speak about his Charlie Collier book series.

John Madormo, North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communication and general manager of WONC-FM 89.1, continues to receive wide acclaim and various opportunities to speak about his “Charlie Collier, Snoop for Hire” series of three mystery books for middle-grade readers.

Bradley Crackel earns Outstanding Major in Physical Education Award

Bradley Crackel received the Outstanding Major in Physical Education Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Bradley Crackel, son of Michael and Beth Crackel of Oswego, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Physical Education Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Bradley is majoring in physical education/K-12 at North Central College. He is a graduate of Oswego East High School.

Joy Hoffman earns Outstanding Major in Secondary Education Award

Joy Hoffman received the Outstanding Major in Secondary Education Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Joy Hoffman, daughter of Jack and Robbie Hoffman of Frankfort, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Secondary Education Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

A senior, Hoffman is majoring in English with a focus on writing at North Central College. She is a graduate of Lincoln-Way East High School.

Joy has served in a mentoring program at schools in the local area and in Chicago and contributes to the College’s NC Review, a literary magazine with national readership. Her name has regularly appeared on the Dean’s List.

Elizabeth Linning earns Outstanding Major in Elementary Education Award

Elizabeth Linning received the Outstanding Major in Elementary Education Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Elizabeth Linning, daughter of Robert and Catherine Linning of Crystal Lake, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Elementary Education Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Linning is majoring in elementary education at North Central College. Her name has regularly appeared on the Dean’s List.

North Central College juniors attend national, state leadership conferences

Elizabeth Novak ’14 and Monica Degenhardt ’14
Juniors Elizabeth Novak and Monica Degenhardt are chosen to represent North Central College in collegiate leadership conferences.

Two North Central College juniors were chosen to represent the College in collegiate leadership conferences.

Elizabeth Novak and Monica Degenhardt attended the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland in College Park, May 30-June 1. They were selected by the College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program to participate in the conference, which is organized in part by the American Association of University Women.

North Central’s math program wins grant for high school enrichment program

North Central College’s mathematics department secured Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant to aid high-achieving high school math students.

North Central College’s department of mathematics recently secured a competitive Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant (DMEG) from the Mathematical Association of America. The grant will be used to develop E2 (Expository Engagement): North Central Math Circle, an after-school math enrichment program for area high school students.

“It’s really exciting to be able to engage young, math-minded students at North Central,” said Neil Nicholson, North Central College assistant professor of mathematics and project director of E2.

North Central College alumna earns national award for teaching excellence

Stephanie Theis ’05 Hawkins, winner of 2012-2013 Milken Educator Award
North Central College alumna Stephanie Theis ’05 Hawkins was recognized for excellence in teaching with a 2012-2013 Milken Educator Award.

North Central College alumna Stephanie Theis ’05 Hawkins, a second-grade teacher at Lynne Thigpen Elementary School in Joliet, Ill., was recognized for her teaching with a 2012-2013 Milken Educator Award.

A school-wide assembly was called on April 12, and students and teachers were told it would feature a member of the Illinois State Board of Education. What Hawkins did not realize, however, was that she would be presented with the Milken Educator Award for excellence in the education profession.

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