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Jerry Gems gives talk at conference in France

Jerry Gems gives talk at conference in France

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Res/Rec Fitness Center is open, ready for action

Res/Rec Fitness Center is open, ready for action

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With all-new, professional equipment by Life Fitness, the Res/Rec Fitness Center opened Sept. 13 to students, faculty and staff. The new treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes and stair-stepper are ready for action. Free weights will be stocked and ready for use Tuesday, Sept. 14. The fitness room is comfortable and cool and features large windows with views to the recreation center and soccer and softball fields. Student workers are available if you have questions about how to use the equipment.



The Huddle brings together Cardinal student-athletes

The Huddle brings together Cardinal student-athletes

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Some 700 student-athletes, coaches and faculty mentors met in the Res/Center Center Sept. 12 for North Central’s annual celebration, The Huddle, to kick off the new year. President Hal Wilde and Director of Athletics Jim Miller were the first to speak and reflected on last year’s successes and how to balance athletic and academic success. After the traditional NC Influence T-shirts were distributed and coaches and faculty mentors were introduced, guest speaker Sue Enquist addressed the enthusiastic crowd.


Men’s cross country No. 2 in initial national rankings

Men’s cross country No. 2 in initial national rankings

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The defending national champion North Central College men’s cross country team heads into the 2010 season as the No. 2-ranked Division III team in the nation, according to the initial rankings released Sept. 1 by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). On Aug. 24, the USTFCCCA ranked the Cardinal team second in the Midwest Region in the preseason regional rankings.


Kyle Brady '10

Kyle Brady ’10 enjoyed a senior year that other student-athletes can only dream about.

Kyle Brady ’10 enjoyed a senior year that other student-athletes can only dream about. Brady achieved a rare triple crown in national collegiate distance running events, becoming the first Division III athlete and just the 12th in collegiate history to achieve All-America status on national championship teams in all three sports in the same academic year. He first contributed to a team championship with a 21st-place finish at the NCAA Division III National Championships in cross country.

Gems, students participate in summer graduate school in Denmark

Gems, students participate in summer graduate school in Denmark

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Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, and North Central students Stephanie Salerno, who’s pursuing a master’s in liberal studies, and senior Kelly Lofgren, physical education: K-12 major, traveled to Denmark and participated in the University of Copenhagen Summer School for graduate students. On Aug.


Gerald Gems contributes to book on gymnastics

Gerald Gems contributes to book on gymnastics

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Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, authored a chapter titled “The German Turners and the Taming of Radicalism in Chicago” in a new book by Gertrud Pfister, “Gymnastics, a Transatlantic Movement: From Europe to America.”


Majors Minors and Programs : Physical Education

Tennis courts ready for action this fall

Tennis courts ready for action this fall

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The College’s five new tennis courts are ready for action. Relocated from their former space where the Res/Rec Center now sits, the courts are adjacent to softball’s Shanower Family Field. The women’s tennis team kicks off its fall season Sept. 3 with its first home match set for Sept. 6 on the new courts.


Chris Ranallo

Chris had discovered a passion for working with children and a love for teaching before his arrival at North Central. He found the physical education department was the ideal environment to nurture his passion and develop his skills in preparation for a teaching career. “At a small school like North Central, you have the opportunity to really get to know the faculty and staff. They create a warm and welcoming environment and want to create those personal relationships with students.”

In addition to his academic work and internships with the boys’ and girls’ swimming programs at nearby Naperville North High School, Chris was also the College’s student body president as a senior. “There are so many activities that any student in any major can become involved with. I would recommend to anyone to get involved and stay involved throughout all four years.”

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