North Central College - Naperville, IL

Gems releases book, sees another title chosen for national book club, delivers presentations

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, released a new book and saw another title chosen for a national book club.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, this spring released a book titled “Boxing: A Concise History of the Sweet Science,” published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Educators are among first to complete College’s new principal-preparation program

Six candidates are the first to complete North Central College’s newly redesigned principal-preparation program.

Heather Schild learned a lot about leadership and the responsibilities of being a school principal while she studied for her master’s degree in education (MAEd) at North Central College.

For two years while enrolled in North Central’s principal-preparation program, Schild worked as an Instructional Coordinator in Naperville Community Unit School District 203 and reported directly to Naperville North High School Principal Kevin Pobst.

“I thought North Central’s program was rigorous and provided a lot of authentic experiences,” Schild says.

North Central College student Circle K club awarded national grant for service project

Circle K members during a recent fundraiser
North Central College’s Circle K service club has been awarded a national grant to fund a community service project that will benefit children with cancer.

North Central College’s student-run Circle K International service club has been awarded a grant by the global Circle K International organization to finance a community service project that will provide care packages to children with cancer.

North Central College expands services to address gender-based violence

Cindy Washburn
North Central College is expanding services available to students affected by gender-based violence.

Cindy Washburn wants North Central College students to know about supportive services and intervention options available to those affected by gender-based violence.

As the College’s coordinator of a U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Campus Grant Program, Washburn knows that sexual assaults on college campuses nationwide too often go unreported. Some estimate that only 25 percent of physical assaults, 20 percent of rapes and 50 percent of stalking cases are reported.

North Central College honors Nancy Majewski ’74 Range with Cleo Tanner Award

Nancy Majewski ’74 Range
Alumna Nancy Majewski ’74 Range, a three-sport athlete, was honored with the College’s Cleo Tanner Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Athletics.

Nancy Majewski ’74 Range, a three-sport athlete in tennis, basketball and volleyball, was honored with North Central College’s ninth Cleo Tanner Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Athletics.

Head athletic trainer Sara Koski brings expertise, experience to North Central College

Head athletic trainer Sara Koski teaches students through experience, initiates unique injury-treatment protocol.

Sara Koski, North Central’s head athletic trainer, has only been on the job for about six months but her experience teaching and mentoring students and expertise in concussion treatment has brought fresh knowledge to the College’s athletic department.

Sifri attends symposium for student affairs officers

Tatiana Sifri, director of the Dyson Wellness Center
Tatiana Sifri, North Central College director of the Dyson Wellness Center, was nominated and selected to participate in the Alice Manicur Symposium.

Tatiana Sifri, North Central College director of the Dyson Wellness Center, was nominated and selected to participate in the 2014 Alice Manicur Symposium, held Jan. 12-15 in Clearwater Beach, Fla. Only a limited number of women from hundreds of applicants were chosen to attend.

Students and faculty instructor present at health and education conference

Alyssa Walters ’14, Carolyn Kerr ’15, Tammy Wynard
Alyssa Walters ’14, Carolyn Kerr ’15 and Tammy Wynard, North Central College visiting instructor of health and physical education, gave talk at conference.

Alyssa Walters ’14 and Carolyn Kerr ’15 joined Tammy Wynard, North Central College visiting instructor of health and physical education and coordinator of the health education and wellness programs, to present a session at the Illinois Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (IAHPERD) Conference held in St. Charles in November.

Gems gives talks, publishes book and article about sports history, society and identity

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, publishes book, co-publishes article, co-presents at universities in Sweden.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, published an article, titled “Fairy Tales? Marion Jones, C.J. Hunter and the Framing of Doping in American Newspapers,” in Sport in Society, November 2013. The article was coauthored with Gertrud Pfister of the University of Copenhagen.

Sarah Shillington '87

Sarah Shillington is executive vice president of solutions at Leidos Health in Chicago, a new company that aims to solve some of the world’s most daunting challenges in national security, health and engineering. Shillington leads the commercial health management consulting division on the executive board. She lives with her two daughters and partner in Oak Park, IL. She may be reached at sshilli@yahoo.com.

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