North Central College - Naperville, IL

Kathleen "Katie" Stratton

Before transferring from large universities, Katie focused on swimming alone and had no idea what she wanted to do. “But North Central balances academics and athletics so perfectly and helps you focus on what you will do for life,” she says.

Katie has discovered she wants to teach physical education. “I’ve always been active and had a passion for keeping kids healthy and fit.” She added minors in secondary education and wellness with a health endorsement.

A member of North Central’s swim team, she partnered with her coach to start a noncompetitive program that teaches swim techniques and conditioning. She also volunteers her time to coach swim teams at a Naperville high school and is head coach at a neighborhood swim club during summers.

“I struggled at my first two schools but I’m doing great here. It makes a difference being at a school where you’re supported and happy.”

Wynard presents at conference for health, physical education teachers

Tammy Wynard, North Central College visiting instructor of health and physical education and coordinator of health education, talks on skills-based health ed.

Tammy Wynard, North Central College visiting instructor of health and physical education and coordinator of health education, talks on skills-based health ed.

Veteran students share experiences during workshop

Jerry Gems, Michael Dooley, James Davidson, Chris LeClair
North Central College holds workshop featuring guest speakers and panel of veteran students to learn best practices to support its veterans on campus.

North Central College held a Veteran Students Workshop for faculty and staff on Dec. 2 to learn about the experiences of students with a military background and how the campus community can best support their adjustment back to academic and civilian life. The workshop featured guest speakers and a panel of North Central faculty and students who are veterans.  

Education students share experiences at education conference

Sarah Hall, Michael Swanson, Erica Pang, Anna Laky, Bryan Taylor
North Central College’s Jan Fitzsimmons, executive director of urban education laboratory, and five students present at Illinois Science Education Conference.

North Central College’s Jan Fitzsimmons, executive director of urban education laboratory, and five education students were selected to present at the statewide Illinois Science Education Conference Oct. 27-29 in Tinley Park, Ill.

Athletic training students among best in state in contest, one wins scholarship

One of many athletic training spaces at Athletic Complex
North Central College’s team of athletic training seniors takes second place at Illinois Athletic Trainers Association College Bowl.

Each year, students and staff members in North Central College’s athletic training education program attend the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association (IATA) Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium for education and to compete in the College Bowl.  

This year’s event was held Nov. 5-6 in Bloomington and the College Bowl competition, involving 11 participating teams, took place Nov. 6. The College Bowl is held annually at the state meeting and utilizes a “Jeopardy” format, with three rounds and a final question.

Selsky gives talk at NSCA personal trainer clinic

Kendall Selsky, visiting assistant professor of health and physical education
Kendall Selsky, North Central College visiting assistant professor of health and physical education, spoke at clinic about injury prevention techniques.

Kendall Selsky ’93, North Central College visiting assistant professor of health and physical education and exercise science program director, spoke at a continuing education session at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Illinois State Personal Trainer Clinic held in Chicago Nov. 5. The topic she presented was titled “ACL Injury Prevention Techniques/Programs for Strength & Conditioning Professionals.”

Alum earns state's highest education honor

Josh Stumpenhorst '03 Teacher of the Year
Josh Stumpenhorst ’03 wins Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Josh Stumpenhorst ’03 gets to go to NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. He’ll also get to meet President Obama and the first lady at a White House dinner in the spring. He may even be invited to throw out the first pitch at a Cubs game.

Those are some of the perks that come with being named the Illinois Teacher of the Year for 2011-2012. The Illinois State Board of Education announced the award Oct. 22 during the Those Who Excel banquet in Normal.

Jeff Thorne inducted to high school Athletic Hall of Fame

Jeff Thorne, assistant head football coach and offensive coordinator
Jeff Thorne, North Central College’s assistant head football coach, was inducted to Wheaton Warrenville South High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame Oct. 21.

Jeff Thorne, North Central College assistant head football coach and offensive coordinator, was inducted to the Wheaton Warrenville South High School Athletic Hall of Fame Oct. 21. Thorne graduated from then Wheaton Central High School in 1990.

North Central College alumnus Josh Stumpenhorst named Illinois Teacher of the Year

Josh Stumpenhorst '03 Teacher of the Year
The Illinois State Board of Education has named North Central alumnus Josh Stumpenhorst recipient of the 2011-2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year Award.

Oct. 24, 2011—North Central College alumnus Josh Stumpenhorst is the 2011-2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Stumpenhorst earned his undergraduate degree in social science and secondary education at North Central College. He teaches language arts and social science to sixth-graders at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville Community Unit School District 203. He credits his experience at North Central for helping him achieve success as an educator.

Gems is featured in documentary, gives online interview and talk at local museum

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, is featured in Oct. 20 documentary, gives interview and talk on history of sport.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, was interviewed and filmed for a documentary titled “Brotherhood of Bags” that will air Thursday, Oct. 20, at 8:30 p.m. on the Lakeshore Public Television (WYIN) station.

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