North Central College - Naperville, IL

Mike Koon '93

Mike Koon served as lead clinician on behalf of the National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers at Bloomington High School. The clinic addresses the P.A. announcer’s role, the Do’s and Don’ts of announcing football, how to handle emergency situations, scriptwriting and working with a spotter. Koon is assistant sports information director and the voice of University of Illinois football.

Kevin Stahr '99

Kevin Stahr is the public information coordinator for the City of Aurora, IL. He’s responsible for writing news releases, fielding media inquiries, coordinating special events and helping develop various media strategies. Stahr had spent the last 11 years with Suburban Life Newspapers as a reporter and news editor. He lives in Aurora with his wife Toni Drost ’99 Stahr.

André Buchenot '02

André Buchenot earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His dissertation explored applications of literacy theory in an online writing course. This fall, he accepted a position as assistant professor of English with an emphasis on digital literacy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He is presenting again at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Atlanta in April 2011 and at other conferences in the coming months. He may be reached at buchenot@iupui.edu.

Alexis Ledbetter '12: Nurturing Diversity

Away from classroom lessons in English, biology and history, Alexis Ledbetter '12 sees the need to teach young women about some other topics that will serve them well over their lifetimes. Ledbetter focuses on helping them understand the importance of acceptance and encourages their respect for others' backgrounds and personal situations. As a second-year Resident Assistant (RA) in Peter and Paul Hall and one of 47 RAs on campus, Ledbetter exemplifies the role of residence life staff in the crucial adjustment of first-year students.

Mock Trial team members recognized

North Central's Mock Trial team of new members competes in Midwest tournament. Two students earn awards for Outstanding Attorney and Outstanding Witnesses.

Two members of North Central’s Mock Trial team were recognized at the University of St. Francis Mock Trial Midwest Challenge Part V Tournament Dec. 4-5. Joshua Bailey ’11, majoring in political science and English writing, earned awards for Outstanding Attorney and Outstanding Witness—a notable achievement because students are rarely recognized for exceptional performance in both roles.

Shindler and Larsson present at conference about education abroad

Jack Shindler and Kimberly Larsson in North Central’s international programs present and chair sessions at Association of International Educators Conference.

Jack Shindler, professor of English and director of international programs, and Kimberly Larsson, assistant to the director of international programs, gave presentations related to education abroad at the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) Conference in Detroit, Nov. 3-5.

Guzman helps nominate Chicago Literary Hall of Fame inductees

Richard Guzman, professor of English and coordinator of master in liberal studies program, served as a nominator for the new Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

Richard Guzman, professor of English and coordinator of master in liberal studies program, served on the Committee of Nominators and Selectors for the new Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, which held its first induction ceremony Nov. 20, hosted by the Chicago Writers Association at Northeastern University in Chicago. The ceremony drew together some of Chicago’s greatest writers to honor Saul Bellow, Lorraine Hansberry, Gwendolyn Brooks, Nelson Algren, Richard Wright and Studs Terkel.

North Central College offers five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree in leadership

North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Nov. 16, 2010)—North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

Students accepted into this program earn both a bachelor’s degree—in any discipline—and the master of leadership studies with the completion of 141 credit hours.

Guruianu publishes his memoir "Metal and Plum"

Andrei Guruianu, assistant professor of English, released his book “Metal and Plum: A Memoir” about the impact of immigration on his family.

Andrei Guruianu, assistant professor of English, released his memoir “Metal and Plum” by Mayapple Press in November 2010. It’s available at Amazon and www.mayapplepress.com. His book conveys the impact of immigration on his family, contrasting the hardships of Ceausescu’s Romania with the challenges of adaptation to the United States and how painful it is to go home and find the place you knew is no longer there.

Renard Jackson and Jack Shindler give talks at symposium

Renard Jackson, assistant professor of education, and Jack Shindler, professor of English, gave presentations at ACCA’s Scholarship of Pedagogy Symposium.

Renard Jackson (photo), assistant professor of education, and Jack Shindler, professor of English and director of international programs, participated in the Scholarship of Pedagogy Symposium sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA). Hosted by Dominican University on Oct. 30, the conference was titled Connecting the Dots: Helping Students Integrate Learning Across Contexts.

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