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David DePino earns Outstanding Student in Forensics Award

David DePino received the Outstanding Student in Forensics Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

David DePino, son of Davida and Mark DePino, of Wheaton, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Student in Forensics Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

A graduating senior, David has a double major in speech communication and history at North Central College. He is a graduate of Wheaton North High School.

Macek’s op-ed receives wide syndication

Steve Macek, associate professor of speech communication
Steve Macek, North Central College associate professor of speech communication, authors syndicated op-ed about cyber-security bill in U.S. Congress.

Steve Macek, North Central College associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, authored an opinion piece, titled “Let’s not sacrifice our privacy on the altar of cyber security,” that has been picked up by various news outlets, from The Naperville Sun and Columbus Dispatch, to outlets in San Diego, Brooklyn, Texas, Kentucky and more. The piece was syndicated by the American Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that works to encourage more citizen debate on important societal issues.

Mark White earns Outstanding Major in Communication Award

Mark White received the Outstanding Major in Communication Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Mark White, son of Mary and Steven White, of North Aurora, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Communication Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Mark has a double major in speech communication and psychology at North Central College. He is a graduate of Aurora West High School.

Google spotlights recent North Central College graduate in video about internships

Kitt Vanderwater, a Google employee and 2012 graduate of North Central College, is featured in a Google video about its internship opportunities.

Kitt Vanderwater, a Google employee and 2012 graduate of North Central College, is featured in a Google video about its internship opportunities.

North Central College presents student-directed drama “A Story of Us” May 23-25

North Central College presents the student-written and -directed drama “A Story of Us,” a narrative about relationships.

North Central College presents the student-written and -directed drama “A Story of Us,” a narrative about relationships.

Three performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. May 23-25 in North Central College’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

North Central’s forensics program makes College history

North Central College’s forensics program made College history at two national tournaments, advancing further and placing higher than ever before as a team.

North Central College’s forensics program made College history in April 2013 at two national tournaments, advancing further and placing higher than ever before as a team.

At the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) held April 5-8 at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, North Central’s team placed the highest ever—13th of 78 teams, with individuals ranking in top positions. To date, the highest placement for the team at the AFA-NIET competition was 15th in 1999.

New Ruge Fellows “humbled” by honor

North Central College has named three Ruge Fellows, rewarding outstanding teaching of senior faculty.

North Central College has rewarded three faculty members for their outstanding teaching by naming them Ruge Fellows. Mara Berkland, associate professor of speech communication, Stephen Maynard Caliendo, professor of political science, and Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry, were recognized at the April 25 faculty meeting by R. Devadoss Pandian, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

“Teaching is an art and a science,” he said. “These professors have an enthusiasm for working with students and a passion for their discipline that’s unfathomable.”

Keys and Berkland give presentation based on their research

Asssociate Professors Jennifer Keys and Mara Berkland
North Central College Associate Professors Jennifer Keys and Mara Berkland give talk about college survival guides at community event for college-bound girls.

Jennifer Keys, North Central College associate professor of sociology and chair of sociology, anthropology and political science, and Mara Berkland, associate professor and chair of speech communication, gave a presentation based on their joint research at a community event on North Central’s campus March 16.

North Central College student wins technical theatre mentorship

Theatre major Katherine Fecht was selected for a mentoring opportunity with a United States Institute for Theatre Technology Fellow.

When North Central College sophomore Katherine Fecht signed up for a recent United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Conference in Milwaukee, she was expecting to take in professional workshops and exhibits to prepare for a career behind the scenes in theatre.

Those expectations were exceeded when she went home with a two-day, all-expenses-paid mentoring session with a USITT Fellow.

Macek presents paper on politics of film censorship in mid-1900s Chicago

Steve Macek, associate professor of speech communication
Steve Macek, North Central College associate professor of speech communication, presents paper at Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference.

Steve Macek, North Central College associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, presented a paper at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference held March 6-10 in Chicago.

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