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Forensics team is on a roll!

Forensics team is on a roll!

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During the last weekend in October, the forensics team traveled to Lee’s Summit, Mo., near Kansas City, to compete at the Central States Swing Forensics Tournament, which included two different tournaments on Oct. 30-31. North Central’s team took first place both days and six students placed in the finals—“an incredible feat,” says John Stanley, assistant professor of speech communication, assistant director of forensics and director of individual events.



North Central’s television students go LIVE

TV broadcast students are getting a taste of reality this term as they present “NCC Weekly” live Thursdays at 3 p.m. on Naperville Community Television.

Macek presents, chairs panel at communications conference

Macek presents, chairs panel at communications conference

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Steve Macek, associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, presented and chaired a five-person panel, “Moments of Danger: Media, Politics and Class in U.S. Communication History,” at the Union for Democratic Communications conference in State College, Pa., Oct. 14-16. Macek’s presentation was titled “The Citizen’s Committee on the Media and the Campaign for Media Democracy in Chicago.” The panel was hosted by Penn State University.



Noreen Mysyk organizes and presents at symposium

Noreen Mysyk organizes and presents at symposium

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Noreen Mysyk, adjunct assistant professor of speech communication, gave a presentation titled “The Place of Relationships in Career Development” at a special symposium at Lewis University Oct. 2. Mysyk was the organizer and presenter of the event titled, Today’s Human Resources Professional as Communicator, which included speakers on communication in labor relations and how to conduct an investigation.



North Central participates in NAC&U’s 2010 Summer Institute

North Central participates in NAC&U’s 2010 Summer Institute

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In June 2010, a team of North Central College faculty and administrators joined colleagues from 20 colleges and universities at the 14th annual Summer Institute of the New American Colleges & Universities (NAC&U), the consortium of independent and small to mid-sized institutions, of which North Central is a founding member.


Kacy Abeln

Kacy found her life’s work through her passion for speech and forensics. She joined the forensics team, competing in both individual events and debate team. A State of Illinois finalist in impromptu speaking, she qualified to compete at the National Individual Events Championship Tournament in all of her events.

While at North Central, Kacy also found time to research school bullying and the rhetoric of wedding photography. “Academically, North Central offers opportunities to try just about everything,” she says. “The academic challenges, mixed with the vast number of extra-curricular activities, create very well-rounded students.”

Kacy is now working on a master’s in communication at Northern Illinois University. As the recipient of an assistantship, she teaches in the classroom and coaches the university's competitive forensics and debate team. “I hope to become a speech coach and professor one day,” she says.

Majors Minors and Programs : Speech Communication

Steve Macek's op-ed about proposed merger is published

Steve Macek's op-ed about proposed merger is published

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Steve Macek, associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, had his syndicated op-ed piece titled “A Merger That Isn’t Comcastic” published online in August. The co-authored article argues against the proposed $28 billion merger between Comcast and NBC/Universal.


John Stanley contributes to textbook on presentations

John Stanley contributes to textbook on presentations

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John Stanley—instructor of speech communication, assistant director of forensics and director of individual events—contributed to a textbook published in July by Kendall Hunt. Titled “THE Presentation Guide Book: From the Classroom to the Boardroom,” the book by Crystal Rae Coel Coleman is a how-to resource for giving presentations. Stanley’s contribution, titled “Enjoy Delivering Your Message,” begins on page 65.


Steve Macek offers critique, testifies about media merger

Steve Macek offers critique, testifies about media merger

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Steve Macek, associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, was quoted July 7 and July 13 as an expert in online publications about the pending Comcast/NBC Universal merger, which, he says, would result in reduced local news coverage and job cuts for news employees at those stati


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