North Central College - Naperville, IL

Keith Carlson '95

Keith Carlson is a journalism teacher at Naperville Central High School. The Journalism Education Association (JEA) awarded him its Rising Star Award, given annually to five high school journalism advisers from around the United States. The award came only a few months after the publication he advises, Central Times, won a record 11th Pacemaker Award. This was the third Pacemaker Award won by his students since he took over as adviser. He may be contacted at or via Facebook. His wife, Robyn Bendeich ’95 Carlson, is senior accountant for Edward Hospital.

Michael Patierno '76

Michael Patierno is athletic director and transportation director for Colonel Beach Public Schools in Colonel Beach, VA. Patierno served for 20 years as a U.S. Army Military Police officer. He then worked as athletic director of Skyline High School in Front Royal, VA, and was assistant principal of Warren High School.

Brenda Miller Hungerford '73

Brenda Miller Hungerford is the special education consultant for Area Education Agency 267 in Cedar Falls, IA. She may be reached at

North Central College is among top colleges in shaping the next generation

Emily Padilla, a 2010 graduate in elementary education, minor in Spanish
North Central College is recognized as a top college for teacher education in Illinois by The College Database, a comprehensive source for U.S. college data.

North Central College has been recognized as a top college for teacher education in the state of Illinois by The College Database, a comprehensive source for U.S. college and university data.

The Online College Database’s new ranking, “Top Colleges in Illinois Shaping the Next Generation,” honors the post-secondary institutions in the state that graduated the most education and teaching professionals during the 2012 school year.

Study abroad, Verandah courses and service trips change lives during D-Term

D-Term study abroad course to Germany in 2012
Hundreds of North Central College students will study abroad and engage in other distinctive opportunities during D-Term.

Hundreds of North Central College students will study abroad, participate in service trips, enroll in Verandah courses and take advantage of other distinctive opportunities during D-Term.

D-Term is a three-week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas that offers students possibilities to engage in life-enriching experiences.

This year’s study abroad destinations include France, China, London, Argentina and Uruguay, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, Italy and Greece, Germany and Costa Rica.

Sigma Tau Delta students, faculty host Victorian Feast

English majors, minors and faculty gathered in the A.A. Smith House for their annual Victorian Feast, hosted by the Sigma Tau Delta English honor society.

English majors, minors and faculty gathered Nov. 8 in the A.A. Smith House for a Victorian Feast, sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society. This annual tradition offers those in the department a chance to gather and celebrate Thanksgiving and the holiday season while dressed as their favorite literary character (photo, left). It is an opportunity for the department to form a community outside the classroom and enjoy a delicious meal.

North Central College names Colin Loeffler its 2013 Lincoln Laureate

Colin Loeffler
Senior Colin Loeffler, a theatre and English literature double major and a leader in many campus programs, is North Central College’s Lincoln Laureate.

Colin Loeffler has been named North Central College’s 2013 Lincoln Laureate. A senior from Sun Prairie, Wis., Loeffler is double majoring in theatre and English literature and active in the music department and many campus programs.

“Colin is a formidable scholar, whose work in classes is often graduate level. He excels as an artist and student leader and is an extraordinary role model in all his endeavors,” says Lisa Long, professor of English at North Central College.

Language professors Bard and Wolf give presentations

Norval Bard, professor of French; Gregory Wolf, professor of German
North Central College Professor of French Norval Bard and Professor of German Gregory Wolf presented at a state conference about foreign language pedagogy.

Norval Bard, North Central College professor of French, and Gregory Wolf, professor of German, gave presentations at a conference focusing on pedagogy in the foreign language classroom. The conference was the annual meeting of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL), which took place in Tinley Park Oct. 17-19.

Alumna gives talk about social service, guest musician shares Peruvian music

North Central’s Nicole Coate ’01 and Alvaro Salazar give talk, musical presentation Nov. 7 about their nonprofit work and how they’re inspiring change in Peru.

North Central welcomes alumna Nicole Coate ’01 and Alvaro Salazar to present their lecture and musical presentation, titled “Inspiring Change in Peru: An Evening of Music and Creative Thoughts on Social Service.”

The free presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Koten Chapel.

Anti-Hate Week features courtroom drama “Defamation” on Oct. 28

North Central College welcomes the touring production “Defamation,” where the audience becomes the jury, and other events as part of annual Anti-Hate Week.

Among several events during North Central College’s 2013 Anti-Hate Week, Oct. 28-Nov. 2, is the touring production of “Defamation,” written by Todd Logan and presented on Oct. 28.

A free event, “Defamation” begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in North Central’s Wentz Concert Hall. The play presents a dilemma that leads to a riveting courtroom encounter with audience members as jurors and challenges our preconceived notions about race, color, religion and even the law.

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