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Jim VanHootegem '90

Jim VanHootegem was named the new head cross country/track and field coach at the University of Oklahoma.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of working in a program that possesses an extensive history of producing championship-caliber teams and student-athletes,” he said. Previously, he was assistant coach of track and field for Texas A&M University. He played a crucial role in the team’s seven NCAA championships, 14 conference championships and 22 individual NCAA champions.

Kevin Reed '88

Kevin Reed was promoted to state emergency teams coordinator for the State of Minnesota, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He coordinates activities of the state bomb squads, hazmat teams and Minnesota Task Force One in support of local officials. He works with local law enforcement, fire and emergency management during incidents in order to protect citizens of Minnesota.

Gems teaches, serves, presents in international positions

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, is named officer of international society, teaches and gives talks worldwide.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, was elected a vice president of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport; his four-year term began August 2013. His duties include setting the direction of the organization, organization of conferences, service on the scientific committee and more.

New North Central College students discover possibilities during Orientation

Hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College during Orientation.

During summer 2013 Orientation sessions, hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College.

From study abroad courses to athletic teams to clubs and organizations, Orientation serves to inform students about options so they can begin to plan their years of study and make the most of their experience at North Central College.

Summer research students to discuss scholarly work during Aug. 1 poster session

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

The SURC poster session takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in Smith Hall of Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. (The session previously was scheduled to take place in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center). Most of the 40 students who participated in the 2013 SURC will be present.

Brendan Ryan

The son of two educators, Brendan learned at an early age that teaching is more than a career. “It’s a lifestyle and a passion,” he says.

His professors at North Central College further cemented that belief. “They don’t see teaching as their job; they see it as their favorite thing to do every day. They love being at school and have a genuine passion for teaching.”

If someone possesses that passion, he says, “they will be very successful at North Central and in their future teaching career.”

Brendan is a physical education major and health education minor and hopes to teach both subjects in the future. He serves as an officer in Physical Education Council of Students—a club he helped create—and pitches for the Cardinals’ baseball team.

 “With all the things I’ve learned and experienced, I know I can take over my own classroom and teach like a seasoned teacher,” says Brendan. “North Central does an incredible job of teaching education as a passion and not just as a career.”

Student researchers test out newly renovated science research lab

A new research lab in North Central College’s Kroehler Science Center is designed to encourage greater collaboration among students and faculty.

A Kroehler Science Center lab that has been home to dozens of student and faculty research projects  now boasts a renovated interior that’s more conducive to collaboration and long-term projects. The lab was completely gutted to redesign the space and accommodate new flooring, updated furnishings and improved storage and shelving.

“It’s much easier to collaborate with people from different labs and overall, everything is much more organized,” says Scott Blaszak ’14, a biology major. “The redesigned space is better situated for conducting research.”

Gems publishes, presents, receives award

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, publishes chapter, article and book review; gives talks; receives service award.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, published a chapter, article and book review; delivered presentations; and received a service award from the North American Society for Sport History.

His chapter, titled “Sport in the United States,” was published in a book edited by Claude Sobry and titled “Sports Governance in the World: A Socio-Historic Approach.” (Paris: Editions Le Manuscrit Press)

New partnerships expand North Central College tradition of teacher-preparation excellence

North Central College builds upon its tradition of excellence in preparing educators by forging new partnerships with two additional school districts.

North Central College is building upon its tradition of excellence in preparing future teachers and principals by forging new partnerships with two additional school districts.

Since its founding in 1861, North Central College has been a leader in preparing generations of future educators who are able to impact student learning. With continuing national attention on the quality of educator-preparation programs, North Central College remains at the forefront of excellence in teacher training by expanding its emphasis on teacher assessment and accountability.

Students present team-building sessions to local educators

Andrea Kovalsky and Kristen Brandenburg facilitate lessons with educators
North Central College students studying physical and health education present to K-12 educators at DuPage Regional Office of Education County Institute Day.

Six North Central College students studying physical and health education were invited to present at the DuPage Regional Office of Education County Institute Day held at Naperville North High School on March 1. The students presented to K-12 educators as part of the Physical Education, Health Education and Driver Education DuPage County Institute sessions.

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