North Central College - Naperville, IL

First-year seminar explores connection between exercise and the brain

First-year seminar explores connection between exercise and the brain

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All first-year students take an interdisciplinary gateway seminar (ENG125 or IDS125), in addition to participating in a First-Year Experience (FYE) course. The topic of the seminar is based on a contemporary issue, and students explore that topic from the perspective of more than one discipline.



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.



Employee news

Employee news

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Kristin Arredia, part-time graduate assistant in admission, was promoted to admission counselor.

Lydia Pond is the new coordinator of recreation programs, assistant athletic facilities and events manager.

Denise Somers joins Oesterle Library as secretary.



Bohrer gives presentation at British Studies conference

Bohrer gives presentation at British Studies conference

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Martha Bohrer, associate professor of English, was part of a three-person panel, Voices Beyond the Pale: Women’s Discursive Tactics in 19th-Century, at the 56th annual Midwest Conference on British Studies Oct. 9 at Baldwin Wallace College. Her panel presentation was titled “Nature, Natural History and Provincial Voices in ‘Mary Barton.’”



Caliendo gives radio interviews about Chicago mayoral race

Caliendo gives radio interviews about Chicago mayoral race

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Stephen Maynard Caliendo, professor of political science, can be heard on WDCB-FM 90.9 at 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 18-19, in a two-part interview with assistant news director Gary Zidek ’03 about the role of race in the Chicago mayoral election. Listen live at www.wdcb.org.



Gregory Wolf presents, organizes events at conference

Gregory Wolf presents, organizes events at conference

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Gregory H. Wolf, associate professor of German, was an active participant at the international conference of the German Studies Association in Oakland, Calif., in October. He organized a roundtable discussion on the topic “Advocating German in German Studies” and spoke about the role of language in cultural studies. He also presented the response paper “Writing Narratives: History, Identity and Voice in German Literature” in a session on 20th century German literature.



College receives Outstanding Employer Award from disability group

College receives Outstanding Employer Award from disability group

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North Central has been recognized with an Outstanding Employer Award by Parents Alliance Employment Project (PAEP) for hiring and supporting individuals with disabilities. The 2010 award honors the College’s efforts with Adam Swanson who has worked part time since fall 2009 as an office assistant in the Office of Community Development.

Swanson, age 23, works several hours each week and is supervised by Ken Hannah, senior program director in conference services.



Hanlon in the news & presents paper on entrepreneurship

Hanlon in the news & presents paper on entrepreneurship

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Brian Hanlon, assistant professor of marketing, presented a paper titled “Emerging Trends in Teaching Entrepreneurship” at the Marketing Management Association Conference in Indianapolis Oct. 1. The presentation focused on a series of best practices related to entrepreneurship course materials, teaching social entrepreneurship, and how to best implement aspects of leadership, ethics and values into entrepreneurship courses. Hanlon was also quoted extensively in an Oct.



Educators attend workshop on cultural diversity

Educators attend workshop on cultural diversity

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North Central’s education faculty organized a daylong workshop Oct. 8 on cultural diversity for public school administrators to learn how to enact strategies to better serve children from diverse populations. Officials from school districts serving Naperville, Aurora, Plainfield and other communities discussed cultural diversity in elementary, middle and high schools. Goals included increasing awareness about diversity and equality issues, and identifying ways for administrators and teachers to help children from diverse backgrounds.



Nicole Rivera gives presentations to educators

Nicole Rivera gives presentations to educators

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Nicole Rivera, adjunct instructor of psychology, presented two sessions at the Regional Office of Education #3 Professional Development Institute in Vandalia, Ill., on Oct. 8. The sessions focused on building successful collaborations to support inclusion and the inclusion of students with autism spectrum disorders in music education.



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