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Maher presents at annual conference, publishes papers, conducts field research in Israel

Ed Maher, visiting lecturer in sociology
Ed Maher, North Central College visiting lecturer in sociology, caps off academic year conducting field research at two sites in Israel this summer.

Ed Maher, visiting lecturer in sociology at North Central College, co-presented a conference paper, titled “Iron Age Village Economy and Possible Literacy: Preliminary Remarks on the Faunal Data from Khirbet Summeily,” at the annual conference for the American Schools of Oriental Research in November 2013.

North Central’s Student Director Series presents “Erlkönig”

Tina Naponelli ’15, Mark Yacullo ’16, Alex Moerer ’17
North Central College senior Cullen Rogers stages “Erlkönig,” a play that transforms popular German myth into a modern, moving story May 22-24.

North Central College’s Student Director Series features an original play titled “Erlkönig” by senior Cullen Rogers on May 22-24.

Students present their research, travel experiences to retirement community residents

Emily Labedz ’15, Hannah Kramer ’14
North Central College German majors Emily Labedz ’15 and Hannah Kramer ’14 are invited to speak to local residents about German culture.

North Central College German majors Hannah Kramer ’14 and Emily Labedz ’15 gave formal presentations to senior residents of Monarch Landing, a Naperville retirement community, on March 12. Their presentations focused on their research and travels in Germany.

Kramer, who’s pursuing state certification to teach German in high schools, studied in Heidelberg, Germany, in fall 2013 and participated in a D-Term study trip to Germany in 2012 led by Gregory Wolf, Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor in the Humanities and professor of German.

Office of International Programs announces winners of annual study abroad photo contest

Kimberly Larsson, director of study abroad
Office of International Programs announces winners of annual study abroad photo contest.

For the 85 students who studied abroad for 2013-2014, their experiences will live on in their photos, blogs and emails to family. Fortunately, many were willing to share their best photos during the annual photo contest organized by the Office of International Programs. The award winners in the two categories—People and Places—are included below. An album of all the submissions is available to view at the Office of International Programs, located in the Abe House, and the winning photos will also soon be displayed in the Boilerhouse Café on campus.

Carmen Brodnax ’14 and Cera Rodriguez ’15 inspire others to explore cultural differences

Carmen Brodnax ’14 and Cera Rodriguez ’15, BSA copresidents
Students in North Central College’s Black Student Association look forward to Black History Month, engaging campus community in cultural discussions, BSA club.

As copresidents of the Black Student Association (BSA), North Central College Carmen Brodnax ’14 and Cera Rodriguez ’15 hope to engage the campus community in special activities during Black History Month and inspire students of all backgrounds to participate in BSA throughout the year.

North Central College expands services to address gender-based violence

Cindy Washburn
North Central College is expanding services available to students affected by gender-based violence.

Cindy Washburn wants North Central College students to know about supportive services and intervention options available to those affected by gender-based violence.

As the College’s coordinator of a U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Campus Grant Program, Washburn knows that sexual assaults on college campuses nationwide too often go unreported. Some estimate that only 25 percent of physical assaults, 20 percent of rapes and 50 percent of stalking cases are reported.

North Central College names Marty Sauer and Kimberly Sluis to vice president positions

North Central College has named Marty Sauer and Kimberly Sluis as vice presidents, effective Feb. 1.

North Central College has named Marty Sauer as vice president for enrollment management and athletics and Kimberly Sluis ’99 as vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

Sauer is the College’s dean of admission and financial aid and Sluis is dean of students. The promotions are effective Feb. 1, the day Laurie Hamen, North Central College vice president for enrollment management, athletics and student affairs, begins serving as the ninth president of Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

North Central College alumna NeAngela Marshall delivers MLK prayer breakfast address

Marshall with President Troy Hammond
NeAngela Marshall '04 with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office was keynote speaker at the College’s MLK prayer breakfast.

North Central College alumna NeAngela Marshall delivered an inspiring address about the power of words to students, faculty, staff and guests at the College’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast Jan. 20.

Marshall graduated from North Central in 2004 with a major in organizational communication and went on to earn a law degree. She is an assistant state’s attorney in the Domestic Violence Division of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, where she handles prosecutions related to crimes of sexual violence and child abuse.

Rena Schergen '07

Rena Schergen is an archivist at the Archdiocese of St. Louis. She earned her master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Shawn Campbell '93

Shawn Campbell is founder and manager of CHIRP Radio in Chicago. CHIRP is a volunteer-driven, online community radio station that focuses on music, arts and culture. Campbell may be reached at

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