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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.

John Malone '93

John Malone was promoted to associate professor at Lincoln College in Lincoln, IL. He has been at Lincoln College since 2004 and teaches radio broadcasting, mass communication and speech.

North Central forensics places third in state, sets record for national qualifiers

North Central College students win 12 awards at state championship forensic tournament, set program record for national contest by qualifying in 29 events.

Eighteen North Central College students were among some 200 forensic competitors in speech and debate at the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament (IIFA), hosted by Northern Illinois University March 1-2.

North Central College brought home 12 awards. Among them were two Sweepstakes Awards: The College won Third Place Team award in the State of Illinois, and David DePino ’13, majoring in speech communication and history, claimed Third Place Overall Individual Student in Illinois award.

Jeff Seaberg '80

Jeff Seaberg is a successful children’s playwright in the greater San Francisco area. He won a Tri Valley Hero Award for his work as a children’s theater teacher. When the town of Danville, CA, was looking for someone to create a children’s theater program 10 years ago, he jumped at the chance. Kids Acting On Stage summer drama camp ends with a production and mini-movie. His after-school program, Theatre Performance Workshop, is also in its 10th year. The group presented a holiday production, “A Very Jingle Town Christmas,” written by Seaberg. He recalls a crossroads in his life in 2003.

Marcos Mateo Ochoa '02

Marcos Mateo Ochoa has guest starred in several television shows, including Spike TV’s “The Joe Schmo Show,” Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show” and “Nathan For You.” In late 2012, he and his partner Frank Cermak Jr. costarred opposite each other in a feature film with Academy Award nominee Karen Black (“Easy Rider”), Steve Railsback (“Helter Skelter”) and Daveigh Chase (“The Ring”). In 2010 he was invited to become a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Ochoa resides in Hollywood, CA. For more information visit marcosmateoochoa.com.

North Central College student broadcasters earn national honors at competition

Whitney Goodbred, WONC station manager, displays IBS trophies
North Central College students earn five national awards, more than two dozen honors during Intercollegiate Broadcasting System contest.

North Central College students earned five national awards and more than two dozen total honors during the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) competition March 2 in New York City.

The students are all broadcasters for WONC-FM 89.1, North Central’s student-run radio station.

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