North Central College - Naperville, IL

Nora Wessels

The opportunity to study German and play soccer attracted Nora to North Central. “I wanted to be involved with the sport and I liked the idea of classes with as few as 10 students. I love the environment a small school offers.”

Her German classes were engaging and she got to know her classmates and professors on a personal level. She also enjoyed visiting Berlin, Potsdam, Wittenberg and Dresden as part of a D-Term course. “I had a great time immersing myself in the language and culture of Germany and noticed a difference in my ability to write and orally produce the German language.”

Participating in athletics taught Nora many life lessons, which she hopes to incorporate as a future coach. “I’m grateful both the German and education departments have done such a great job preparing me for the real world.”

Nora landed a full-time position teaching German at a suburban high school, where she also hopes to coach soccer.

D-Term offers special activities on campus, around the world

Students on 2010 study abroad course to France
North Central College’s D-Term offers students range of opportunities—from travel to service to academics and more—to enhance their educational experiences.

Nov. 29, 2011—During North Central College’s D-Term—a three-week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas—students have a wide range of opportunities to choose from to enhance and expand their educational experiences. Opportunities range from service to academic to travel and intramural sports, and locations span from across the country to overseas to the Chicago area and campus.  

Student Emily Rademaker named North Central College 2011 Lincoln Laureate

Emily Rademaker, 2011 Lincoln Laureate
North Central College faculty chose senior Emily Rademaker as this year’s Lincoln Laureate for her excellence in academics and co-curricular involvement.

Nov. 11, 2011—Emily Rademaker of Cary, Ill., has been named North Central College’s 2011 Lincoln Laureate, an annual award that honors outstanding seniors at four-year degree-granting institutions in Illinois. North Central College faculty selected Rademaker as the College’s top senior for her excellence in curricular and co-curricular activities.

Governor Pat Quinn presented Rademaker with a medallion, certificate of achievement and a check for $500 on Nov. 6 at the House of Representatives in Springfield.

German, education student interns at school in Germany

Molly Gstalter, a junior studying abroad and teaching in Germany
North Central College junior Molly Gstalter studies full time in Heidelberg, Germany, while interning as English teacher to students in local secondary school.

Molly Gstalter, a North Central College junior, has expanded her studying abroad experience during fall term in Heidelberg, Germany, by pursuing an internship. Gstalter is taking classes in German full time at the Heidelberg Universität through the American Junior Year Program, while also interning as an assistant English teacher at Hölderlin Gymnasium, a secondary school in Heidelberg.

Gstalter carries a major in German and minors in secondary education and English language learning at North Central College and is a resident of Skokie, Ill.

Wolf conducts oral history interviews, publishes essay

Gregory Wolf, professor of German
Gregory Wolf, North Central College professor of German, publishes essay on all-star pitcher as part of Society of American Baseball Research Biography Project.

Gregory H. Wolf, North Central College professor of German, is a member of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) founded in 1971 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He published a 5,000-word essay on Steve Hargan, an All-Star pitcher in the 1960s and 1970s, most notably with the Cleveland Indians, in conjunction with SABR’s Biography Project.

North Central College student studies in Germany, interns at brewery

Louis Waldmeir, a junior majoring in German, history of ideas
Louis Waldmeir, a North Central College junior, is studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, and working at an organic German brewery at an old monastery.

Louis Waldmeir, a North Central College junior, is living, studying and working in Heidelberg, Germany, through mid-December. He’s taking classes in German at the Universitat Heidelberg—one of the 50-plus study abroad programs North Central offers its students—and working at an organic German brewery as part of an internship.

Waldmeir is majoring in German and minoring in history of ideas at North Central and is a resident of Dubuque, Iowa.

Wolf conducts workshop, presents paper, leads panel

Gregory Wolf, professor of German
Gregory Wolf, North Central College professor of German, presents paper and moderates panel at conference; conducts daylong workshop for language teachers.

Gregory H. Wolf, professor of German, presented a paper, titled “Articulation, Advocacy, Outreach, and Program Building: German Studies at a Small Liberal Arts College”; and organized and moderated a panel discussion, “German and German Studies: Reelections on the Past and Visions for the Future,” at the 35th annual conference of the German Studies Association. The meeting was held Sept. 22-25 in Louisville, Ky.

Wolf publishes essay on all-star baseball player

Gregory Wolf, North Central College professor of German
Gregory Wolf, North Central College professor of German, publishes essay on all-star pitcher as part of work with Society of American Baseball Research.

Gregory H. Wolf, professor of German, is a member of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) and recently published a 5,000-word essay on Claude Osteen, an all-star pitcher in the 1960s and 1970s in conjunction with SABR’s Baseball Biography Project. The SABR was founded in 1971 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  

Wolf leads workshop for teachers of German

Gregory Wolf, associate professor in German, conducted a statewide workshop, “Strategies for Successful German Programs: Advocacy, Articulation, and Outreach.”

Gregory H. Wolf, associate professor in German, conducted a statewide workshop and seminar titled “Strategies for Successful German Programs: Advocacy, Articulation, and Outreach” for the Michigan chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German, hosted by Wayne State University in Detroit on April 16.

Wolf moderates session at international conference

Gregory H. Wolf, associate professor of German, was moderator and commentator at international conference—Migration, Religion and Germany—at Ohio State.

Gregory H. Wolf, associate professor of German, served as moderator and commentator for the session “Transnational, Transcultural Migrations” at the international conference Migration, Religion, and Germany held at The Ohio State University April 8-10. Generously supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, this conference addressed migration to and from Germany from the 18th century to the present with specific focal points of religious migration and the domestic dialogues focusing on it.

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