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Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams to address North Central College Commencement

Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps
Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will deliver the address June 9 at the 147th Commencement ceremony of North Central College.

Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will deliver the address June 9 at the 147th Commencement ceremony of North Central College.

Mike Giaquinto earns 2012 Outstanding Major in Physical Education Award

Mike Giaquinto
Mike Giaquinto of Hackettstown, N.J. was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in Physical Education Award during Honors Day May 15.

May 21, 2012—Mike Giaquinto of Hackettstown, N.J. was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in Physical Education Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

Giaquinto is a senior majoring in physical education with a minor in secondary education. He is the son of Lisa and Frank Giaquinto and a graduate of Warren Hills Regional High School.

Veronica Blue earns 2012 Outstanding Major in Elementary Education Award

Veronica Blue
Veronica Blue of Utica received two academic awards during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

May 21, 2012—Veronica Blue of Utica received two academic awards during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

Blue was recognized with the College’s 2012 Outstanding Major in Elementary Education and 2012 Outstanding Student in the Human Thought and Behavior Division awards.

Blue is a senior majoring in elementary education with minors in reading and Chinese. She is the daughter of Fred and Monica Blue and a graduate of Ottawa Township High School.

Alicia Zimmerman earns College's 2012 Outstanding Student in Secondary Education Award

Alicia Zimmerman
Alicia Zimmerman of Wheaton was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Student in Secondary Education Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

May 16, 2012—Alicia Zimmerman of Wheaton was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Student in Secondary Education Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

Zimmerman is a senior majoring in physical education K-12, with minors in secondary education, health education and wellness. She is the daughter of Todd and Susan Zimmerman and a graduate of Wheaton-Warrenville South High School.

Zimmerman plans to student-teach in the fall, graduate from North Central in December and pursue a full-time teaching position.

North Central College alumnus earns Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching

Robert Taylor, Golden Apple Awardee
North Central College alumnus Robert Taylor is one of 10 Chicago-area educators being honored with 2012 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

May 16, 2012—North Central College alumnus Robert Taylor is one of 10 Chicago-area educators being honored as recipients of a prestigious 2012 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Taylor, who earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from North Central College in 2000, is a second-grade teacher at Central Road School in Community Consolidated School District 15 in Palatine.

District 15 announced Taylor was presented with the award May 9.

North Central College alumni honored for teaching excellence in Naperville schools

Two alumni of North Central College’s music education program are being recognized by Naperville Community Unit School District 203 for excellence in teaching.

May 15, 2012—Two alumni of North Central College’s music education program are being recognized by Naperville Community Unit School District 203 for excellence in teaching.

Nicholas Janssen, a 2005 graduate of North Central College, received District 203’s Outstanding Early Educator Award for his work as choral director at Naperville North High School. Emily Steffen, a 2010 graduate, received the district’s Outstanding First-Year Teacher Award  for her work at Naper and Ellsworth elementary schools.

Carballo promotes Teach First program at school, conference

Julie Carballo, adjunct instructor of education
Julie Carballo, North Central College adjunct instructor of education, gives talks to local high school groups and presentation at national conference.

Julie Carballo, North Central College adjunct instructor of education and director of Teach First, gave a talk about the Teach First program to the Future Educators Association at West Aurora High School on April 17. She has also given presentations to the National Honor Society and Future Educators of America groups at East Aurora High School.

SIFE named regional champion, qualifies for nationals

SIFE faculty advisors Clifton, Nicholson, Krystal, Thalmann (not pictured)
North Central College’s SIFE team is named regional champion and qualifies to compete at nationals after presenting projects to business leaders.

After participating in the SIFE Regional Competition in Chicago on April 16, North Central College’s SIFE team was named a regional champion and qualified to compete in the SIFE USA National Exposition May 22-24 in Kansas City. Some 65 teams competed at the Chicago regional event.

Walk, remember, raise funds at Relay for Life

North Central College invites members of the community to join Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society fundraising event hosted by the College April 27-28.

For the ninth year, North Central will host Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society event that gives people in communities a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and raise funds to fight the disease.

Ernie Brandon '62

Ernie Brandon founded a woodwind quintet called “Euterpe” Wind Quintet (Michigan) two years ago. The group is named for the Greek muse for music and lyric poetry. (He includes Michigan in the name because there is a “Euterpe” quintet based in the Netherlands.) The group’s repertoire ranges from classical to ragtime, including concert music written expressly for wind quintets, transcriptions of popular classical piano and orchestra pieces, and arrangements of folk and some pop music.

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