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Faculty and staff recognized for outstanding service, teaching, scholarship

North Central College recognizes faculty and administrative staff members for outstanding teaching, scholarship and service “above and beyond the call of duty.”

North Central College recognized faculty and administrative staff members for their outstanding teaching, scholarship and service “above and beyond the call of duty” for the 2011-2012 academic year. Each was presented with endowed awards established in memory of two North Central College alumni—Clarence F. Dissinger, Class of 1921, and his sister Ruth C. Dissinger Althaus, Class of 1922. With the exception of the scholarship prize, awards were based on student, faculty and staff nominations and announced in May 2012.

The administrative staff award recipients are:

Keating authors new book “Rising up from Indian Country”

Ann Durkin Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History
Ann Durkin Keating, North Central College Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History, recounts battle of Fort Dearborn and birth of Chicago in new book.

Ann Durkin Keating, North Central College Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History, has authored a new book, titled “Rising up from Indian Country: The Battle of Fort Dearborn and the Birth of Chicago,” published by the University of Chicago Press. The book’s release coincides with the Aug. 15, 2012, bicentennial of the Battle of Fort Dearborn.

Alumnus lands supreme opportunity

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Kenton Skarin ’04 has reached the upper echelon of the legal profession. He was appointed to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court law clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas for the 2012-2013 session and began his assignment in July after moving his family from Wheaton, IL, to Alexandria, VA, for the year.

“I really consider this as the opportunity of a lifetime—I’m one of the luckiest guys alive and North Central was the beginning point,” he says.

History professor on Monday morning broadcast about diversity in suburbs

Ann Durkin Keating, North Central College professor of history, to take part in panel discussion Monday morning July 30 about diversity in Chicago's suburbs.

A North Central College professor is scheduled to take part in a panel discussion Monday morning about diversity in Chicago's suburbs.

Chicago Public Radio station WBEZ-FM 91.5 is scheduled to air the discussion from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, July 30, during a live broadcast from Maxfield's Family Restaurant and Pancake House, 352 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard.

The panel will include Ann Durkin Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History at North Central College.

Student interns gain experience at The Field Museum of Natural History

Alex Pirela '13 and Callie Clay '13
Two North Central College students are gaining valuable experience working as interns this summer at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Two North Central College students are gaining valuable experience working as interns this summer at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Caroline (Callie) Clay '13, an anthropology major from Dixon and Alex Pirela '13, a social science and history major from West Chicago, are working under the supervision of Gloria Levitt '03, associate registrar in The Field Museum’s Department of Anthropology.

Gems is recognized for professional work

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, gives talk, is chosen for project, recognized for his work in history of sport.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, gave a presentation titled “The Globalization of Boxing” at the 40th conference of the North American Society for Sport History in Berkeley, Calif., on May 21. An editor from Scarecrow Press, who attended the session, offered Gems a book contract on the subject.

Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams to address North Central College Commencement

Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps
Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will deliver the address June 9 at the 147th Commencement ceremony of North Central College.

Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will deliver the address June 9 at the 147th Commencement ceremony of North Central College.

David DePino earns 2012 Outstanding Student in Forensics Award

David DePino
David DePino of Wheaton was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Student in Forensics Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

David DePino of Wheaton was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Student in Forensics Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

DePino is a senior with majors in history and political science at North Central College. He is the son of Mark and Davida DePino and is a 2009 graduate of Wheaton North High School.

Emily Rademaker receives academic and service awards

Em Rademaker '12
Emily Rademaker of Cary was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in German and Outstanding Service to Student Life awards at North Central College.

Emily “Em” Rademaker of Cary, Ill., was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in German Award and Outstanding Service to Student Life Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

Rademaker is a senior majoring in German, classical civilization and sociology with minors in history and anthropology at North Central College. After graduation, she will serve in the Republic of South Africa for a 27-month assignment with the Peace Corps. She is the daughter of Dana and Linnea Rademaker and is a 2008 graduate of Cary-Grove Community High School.

Alexis Smith earns James Henry Breasted 1890 Outstanding Major in History Award

Alexis Smith of Oak Lawn was awarded the James Henry Breasted 1890 Outstanding Major in History Award for 2012 during Honors Day May 15.

May 17, 2012—Alexis Smith of Oak Lawn was awarded the James Henry Breasted 1890 Outstanding Major in History Award for 2012 during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

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