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Caliendo gives radio interviews about Chicago mayoral race

Caliendo gives radio interviews about Chicago mayoral race

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Stephen Maynard Caliendo, professor of political science, can be heard on WDCB-FM 90.9 at 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 18-19, in a two-part interview with assistant news director Gary Zidek ’03 about the role of race in the Chicago mayoral election. Listen live at www.wdcb.org.



Speaker tells stories behind early Chicago machine politics

Speaker tells stories behind early Chicago machine politics

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“If you’re studying politics, you’re in the right place,” author Mark Quinn told students during his talk Sept. 29. He explained how Chicago’s political “Machine” outlasted other cities, but is no longer the force it once was.

Quinn regaled the audience with tales of Chicago’s “mythology” and told facts behind what happened, explaining how race, death and even weather crafted Chicago’s history. “What’s more entertaining? It’s great theatre. Where else can you find this cast of characters?”



Two award-winning films about social causes, Sept. 30 & Oct. 13

The award-winning Bollywood film "Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India" and local documentary "Workers' Republic" will be shown at North Central College.

Two award-winning films about social causes, Sept. 30 & Oct. 13

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of media relations, 630-637-5306

Sept. 24, 2010--Both classics in their own way, the award-winning Bollywood film "Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India" and local documentary "Workers' Republic" will be shown at North Central College.

Meet the College's nine new tenure-track faculty

Meet the College's nine new tenure-track faculty

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Among the many new faculty and coaches this academic year are nine full-time, tenure-track faculty. They are Leila Azarbad, assistant professor of psychology; Suzanne Chod, assistant professor of political science; Kristin Geraty-Bonacci, assistant professor of sociology; Andrei Guruianu, assistant professor of English; Katherine Heller, assistant professor of mathematics; Kelly Howe, assistant professor of theatre; Jonathon J.


Megan Smith

“When I took my first class in political science I fell in love with the field,” recalls Megan, who was named the College’s Outstanding Major in Political Science during her junior year. “I changed my original plans to include political science.”

Megan appreciates the way professors teach at North Central. “You learn both on a research level and a practical application level,” she says. For instance, in one course she and her classmates played the roles of House members and majority and minority leaders trying to pass legislation. And one summer, Megan helped a professor create a database of fundraising statistics for every congressional campaign since the 1960s. “That really broadened my horizons,” she says. “In fact, the experience may change my focus from political campaign management to research. But that’s what’s great about this major. As you define your interests and strengths, professors help you personalize and tailor your studies.”

Majors Minors and Programs : Political Science

Purdue names Caliendo recipient of Emerging Voice Award

Purdue names Caliendo recipient of Emerging Voice Award

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Stephen Maynard Caliendo, associate professor of political science, was named a recipient of the Emerging Voice Award from the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association. Each year, three alumni, ages 40 or younger, are honored with the award. It recognizes outstanding young alumni from the College of Liberal Arts who are rising stars in their industries or fields of study.


Political science major receives award at state conference

Joshua Bailey, a junior at North Central College, received an award for an academic paper he presented at a conference.

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

June 7, 2010--Joshua Bailey, a junior at North Central College, received an award for an academic paper he presented at the 18th Annual Conference for Students of Political Science, hosted by the Illinois State University (ISU) Department of Politics and Government on April 28.

Muck, Coon receive Junior and Senior Faculty awards

Muck, Coon receive Junior and Senior Faculty awards

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During the Service Awards event May 21, Bill Muck and Heather Coon were named recipients of the Clarence F. Dissinger Award for Junior Faculty and Senior Faculty, respectively. The awards recognize two faculty for their distinguished teaching, leadership and service to the College “above and beyond the call of duty.” Muck joined the faculty in 2008 and is assistant professor of political science.



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