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Psychology professor seeks to reduce the harmful effects of bullying

Michaela Vilim ’16 and Patricia Schacht, associate professor of psychology
Psychology research underway at North Central College is investigating how parents and youngsters can cope with bullying behaviors.

When Patricia Schacht, associate professor of psychology, offered a senior-level seminar at North Central College called “Bullying,” all 20 spots quickly filled. So she opened a second section, which filled just as fast. An expert in child development and parental behaviors, Schacht is finding an insatiable demand for information on the topic of bullying and its prevention, her topic of scholarly research.

John Giannini '84

John Giannini was inducted into the Philadelphia area Small College Coaches Association Hall of Fame for his contributions as the head men’s basketball coach at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. Giannini compiled a record of 168-38 for a winning percentage of .816 over his seven seasons as head coach and led the Rowan University Profs to five trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Russell Webster '03

Russell Webster is a visiting assistant professor of psychology at North Central. He has co-published a study titled “Angels and Demons Are Among Us: Assessing Individual Differences in Belief in Pure Evil and Belief in Pure Good” in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Webster received his master of psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, IN, and his Ph.D. from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.

Hannah Toriumi ’12

Hannah Toriumi played Amber Morris in the television series Chicago P.D. Previously, she starred as Lydia in the short Robot vs Verses in 2013.

Students and faculty instructor present at health and education conference

Alyssa Walters ’14, Carolyn Kerr ’15, Tammy Wynard
Alyssa Walters ’14, Carolyn Kerr ’15 and Tammy Wynard, North Central College visiting instructor of health and physical education, gave talk at conference.

Alyssa Walters ’14 and Carolyn Kerr ’15 joined Tammy Wynard, North Central College visiting instructor of health and physical education and coordinator of the health education and wellness programs, to present a session at the Illinois Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (IAHPERD) Conference held in St. Charles in November.

Marlena Martinez ’15 is chosen for student affairs program

Marlena Martinez ’15, psychology major
North Central College junior Marlena Martinez is selected to the Undergraduate Fellows Program of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

North Central College’s Marlena Martinez, a junior psychology major from Plainfield, has been selected for a prestigious program that offers networking, mentoring and other opportunities for students who want to pursue careers as higher education administrators.

Martinez has been accepted into the 2013-2014 class of the Undergraduate Fellows Program of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, formerly known as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Mueller publishes article in Teaching of Psychology journal

Jonathan Mueller, professor of psychology
Jonathan Mueller, North Central College professor of psychology, coauthored article on scientific thinking of first-year students in introductory psychology.

Jonathan Mueller, North Central College professor of psychology, coauthored an article, titled “Undergraduates’ ability to recognize correlational and causal language before and after explicit instruction,” that was published in the October 2013 journal Teaching of Psychology. The journal offers research-tested strategies to enhance student learning. His coauthor is Heather Coon, former North Central College professor of psychology.

Webster investigates, publishes findings about belief in evil, in good

Russell Webster ’03, visiting assistant professor of psychology
Russell Webster ’03, North Central College visiting assistant professor of psychology, published comprehensive study about pure evil and good in journal.

Russell Webster ’03, North Central College visiting assistant professor of psychology, has copublished a study, titled “Angels and Demons Are Among Us: Assessing Individual Differences in Belief in Pure Evil and Belief in Pure Good,” in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. His coauthor is Donald Saucier, a faculty member in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kansas State University.

Focus group feedback about Premier Scholars program is featured in talk

Dorothy Pleas, Ana Rivera ’14, Nicole Rivera, Marlena Martinez ’15
Four North Central College students, faculty and administrative personnel gave joint presentation at the Diversity & Inclusivity Teaching & Research Symposium.

Four North Central College students, faculty and administrative personnel gave a joint presentation at the Diversity & Inclusivity Teaching & Research Symposium held Oct. 12 at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Ind.

Outstanding faculty and staff are recognized at Service Awards

North Central College recognized faculty and administrative staff for their outstanding teaching, scholarship and service in 2013 with endowed Dissinger awards.

Five outstanding North Central College faculty and staff for the 2012-2013 academic year were recognized May 29 at the annual Service Awards presentation.

Each year the College recognizes faculty and administrative staff members for their outstanding teaching, scholarship and service “above and beyond the call of duty.” Award recipients are presented with endowed awards established in memory of two North Central College alumni—Clarence F. Dissinger, Class of 1921, and his sister Ruth C. Dissinger Althaus, Class of 1922.

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