North Central College - Naperville, IL

Jack reaches national audience with new book about shifting rural landscapes

Zachary Michael Jack, associate professor of English
Zachary Michael Jack, North Central College associate professor of English, authored the book, “The Midwest Farmer’s Daughter: In Search of an American Icon.”

Zachary Michael Jack, North Central College associate professor of English, authored “The Midwest Farmer’s Daughter: In Search of an American Icon,” a book about the shifting landscape of rural America.

Callie Rezin earns Sophomore Scholar-Athlete Award

English major Callie Rezin received the Sophomore Scholar-Athlete Award for highest GPA during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Callie Rezin, daughter of Daniel and Tami Rezin of Rockford, Ill., was awarded the Sophomore Scholar-Athlete Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College. The award recognizes the student-athlete in each class with the highest grade-point average.

A sophomore, Callie competes on the women’s basketball team and is majoring in English literature at North Central College. Her name has regularly appeared on the Dean’s List. She is a graduate of Rockford Lutheran High School.

Kimberly Grazulis earns three awards at Honors Convocation

Kimberly Grazulis earns Outstanding Major in Writing, Outstanding Major in French and Outstanding Student in Arts & Letters Division awards at North Central.

Kimberly Grazulis, daughter of Ellen Akerman and John Grazulis, of Lockport, Ill., received three awards—the Outstanding Major in English writing Award, the Outstanding Major in French Award, and the Outstanding Student the Arts and Letters Division Award—during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Kimberly has a double major in English writing and in French at North Central College. She is a graduate of Lockport Township High School.

Michael Kornfeind earns Outstanding Major in Literature Award

Michael Kornfeind was awarded the Outstanding Major in Literature Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Michael Kornfeind, son of Marjorie and Michael Kornfeind of Aurora was awarded the Outstanding Major in Literature Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Michael is majoring in English literature at North Central College. He has served as a tutor for the Writing Center, as a preceptor for English courses and engaged in independent studies. His name regularly appears on the Dean’s List. He is a graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School.

North Central alumna, English graduate is guest lecturer May 6

Rachel Louise Snyder ’92
North Central College alumna and author Rachel Louise Snyder ’92 will give a talk May 6 on ethical issues in the “post-sweatshop” world.

North Central College alumna Rachel Louise Snyder ’92 will give a talk on ethical issues in the “post-sweatshop” world at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, in Meiley-Swallow Hall. The free event is part of the College’s yearlong focus on global human rights.

North Central College students stage Holocaust-themed play “Way to Heaven” May 9-12

Students rehearse a scene. From left: Warren Dailey and Evan Michalic
North Central College students will perform on May 9-12 “Way to Heaven,” a play inspired by actual events that occurred during the Holocaust.

North Central College students will perform on May 9-12 “Way to Heaven,” a play inspired by actual events that occurred during the Holocaust.

Four performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. May 9-11 and at 2 p.m. May 12 in North Central College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $10/adults and $8/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Students learn how to advocate issues with legislators

North Central College students attend ecumenical advocacy conference, speak with congressional staff in nation’s capital about issues important to them.

Eight North Central College students traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) 2013 National Gathering.

More than 700 people from across the country attended the April 5-8 gathering. The schedule of events included workshops that informed attendees of key issues in the global food system and how to effectively communicate with legislators.

Caroline Kennedy returns to campus to discuss new book of poems

Caroline Kennedy returns to North Central College April 4 for an author talk about her newest children’s poetry collection, “Poems to Learn by Heart.”

Caroline Kennedy returns to North Central College April 4 for an author talk and book signing for her newest children’s poetry collection, “Poems to Learn by Heart,” a companion to her 2005 New York Times No. 1 bestseller “A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children.”

King publishes article about American poet’s Spanish Civil War experiences

Patricia King, adjunct assistant professor of English
Patricia King, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of English, has article about poet Muriel Rukeyser published in international literary journal.

Patricia King, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of English, had her article, titled “‘The World is a Field of the Spanish War’: Traumatic Memory in Muriel Rukeyser’s Spanish Civil War Poetry,” published in “TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics” (Vol. No. 3, 2013).

Debra Behrens '97

Debra Behrens was named development director of College Possible Twin Cities. She will oversee strategic fundraising and communication plans to build community support for the mission and programs of College Possible. Behrens also serves on the board of the Stevens Square Community Organization. She previously held positions as the director of development for the Animal Humane Society and associate development officer with the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.

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