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State approves North Central College graduate degree in education leadership

Kristine Servais, coordinator of the master of arts in education degree program
The State of Illinois has approved North Central College’s graduate program that prepares candidates to become school leaders.

The State of Illinois has approved North Central College’s graduate program that prepares candidates to become principals and other school leaders.

North Central College for many years has offered a master’s of education (MAEd) degree.

But the state has legislated new and more rigorous requirements for all principal-preparation programs, and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) must approve all newly designed programs by Sept. 1.

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.

North Central College physical education student secures coaching job

Mike Mathieu
North Central College senior Mike Mathieu has been named defensive line coach of Neuqua Valley High School’s varsity football team.

North Central College senior Mike Mathieu has been named defensive line coach of Neuqua Valley High School’s varsity football team.

Mathieu, who is majoring in physical education with a minor in coaching, begins his new job this fall for the Naperville high school in Indian Prairie School District 204.

He’s played football at North Central College for four years, as the Cardinals earned four straight College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) football championships and appeared twice in the NCAA Division III playoffs.

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.

Mike Giaquinto earns 2012 Outstanding Major in Physical Education Award

Mike Giaquinto
Mike Giaquinto of Hackettstown, N.J. was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in Physical Education Award during Honors Day May 15.

May 21, 2012—Mike Giaquinto of Hackettstown, N.J. was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in Physical Education Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

Giaquinto is a senior majoring in physical education with a minor in secondary education. He is the son of Lisa and Frank Giaquinto and a graduate of Warren Hills Regional High School.

Alicia Zimmerman earns College's 2012 Outstanding Student in Secondary Education Award

Alicia Zimmerman
Alicia Zimmerman of Wheaton was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Student in Secondary Education Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

May 16, 2012—Alicia Zimmerman of Wheaton was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Student in Secondary Education Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

Zimmerman is a senior majoring in physical education K-12, with minors in secondary education, health education and wellness. She is the daughter of Todd and Susan Zimmerman and a graduate of Wheaton-Warrenville South High School.

Zimmerman plans to student-teach in the fall, graduate from North Central in December and pursue a full-time teaching position.

North Central College alumnus earns Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching

Robert Taylor, Golden Apple Awardee
North Central College alumnus Robert Taylor is one of 10 Chicago-area educators being honored with 2012 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

May 16, 2012—North Central College alumnus Robert Taylor is one of 10 Chicago-area educators being honored as recipients of a prestigious 2012 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Taylor, who earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from North Central College in 2000, is a second-grade teacher at Central Road School in Community Consolidated School District 15 in Palatine.

District 15 announced Taylor was presented with the award May 9.

2011 alumna co-authors paper in journal

Ashley Popp '11
Ashley Popp, North Central College 2011 alumna, publishes paper based on her college research in “Physical Culture and Sport. Studies and Research” journal.

North Central College alumna Ashley Popp, class of 2011, co-authored a paper, titled “The Global Transformation of Belly Dancing: A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Counter Hegemonic Responses,” which was accepted for publication in the 2012 No LIV issue of the journal “Physical Culture and Sport. Studies and Research.”

Gems presents at conference, publishes chapter

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, presented paper at conference, published chapter in book.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, presented a paper, titled “Downfall of the Turner Movement in the United States,” at the German American Studies Conference at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., on April 13.

Gems completes Fulbright assignments of teaching, advising, giving lectures

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, lectured and consulted as Fulbright Senior Specialist in Sweden and Denmark.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, completed his Fulbright responsibilities from March 10 to 23 in Sweden and Denmark. At Sweden’s Malmö University, he presented a lecture on “Sport, Colonialism, and Politics in the U.S.A.” and held a seminar for Ph.D. graduate students. At the University of Copenhagen, he presented a public lecture on “Sport, Ethnicity, and the Formation of a National Identity” and taught a class on sport concussions to a sport psychology class.

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