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Students, staff present at LEV-cosponsored conference on faith, justice and civic learning

Steve Oliveri
North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program recently co-sponsored the first National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference.

July 1, 2011—North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program recently cosponsored the first National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference with DePaul University, providing students and staff the opportunity to present three sessions on various topics.

Cancer researcher returns to North Central to guest lecture science courses

Zach Pratt, a 2005 alumnus who recently completed his doctorate in cancer biology, returned to North Central to guest lecture some biology courses.

Zach Pratt hopes to combine his passion for scientific research with his knack for teaching.

Since earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from North Central in 2005, Pratt has completed his doctorate in cancer biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He returned to North Central in February 2011 to guest lecture some biology courses, using bacteria to teach a lesson in evolution.

Student actors present poetic novel “October Mourning” Jan. 8-11

North Central College students stage Lesléa Newman’s “October Mourning” with original music, based on a novel-in-verse about Matthew Shepard’s 1998 murder.

North Central College presents “October Mourning,” a stage production based on Lesléa Newman’s book, “October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard,” Jan. 8-11.

Students explore cosmos, curiosities during D-Term

Physics major Juliano Lodi ’15
D-Term allows North Central students to relax, take courses for credit and explore new and exciting interests through Verandah Experiences.

Staying on campus during North Central College’s D-Term meant that Juliano Lodi ’15 (photo, right) could join his fellow classmates on a tour of the cosmos.

Tyler Ward ’15 talks faith, fellowship at national conference

Tyler Ward ’15, College Scholar and religious studies major
North Central College senior Tyler Ward presented his concept of fellowship bands to hundreds of United Methodist college students at national conference.

North Central College senior Tyler Ward presented his concept of “fellowship bands” to hundreds of United Methodist college students at the biannual Imagine What’s NEXT conference in Denver, Nov. 7-9. His idea of social faith is growing increasingly popular with North Central College students.

“I feel like I’m planting the seeds for something bigger,” says Ward, comparing the What’s NEXT event to a TED conference, where people of different cultures and disciplines come together to share novel ideas.

Gems contributes book chapters, book reviews, gives talks

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, contributed two book chapters, two book reviews, gave two presentations.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, contributed a chapter to the book, “Muscling in on New Worlds: Jews, Sport, and the Making of the Americas,” a collection of studies that approach sport as a window into Jewish identity formation in the Americas. Gems’ chapter, titled “Jews, Sports and the Construction of an American Identity,” dealt with the role of sport in assimilation efforts of Jews in the United States.

Sheridan publishes article in Journal of Macroeconomics

Brandon Sheridan, assistant professor of economics
Brandon Sheridan, North Central College assistant professor of economics, publishes article on manufacturing exports and growth in developing countries.

Brandon Sheridan, North Central College assistant professor of economics, published an article, titled “Manufacturing Exports and Growth: When Is a Developing Country Ready to Transition From Primary Exports to Manufacturing Exports,” in the December 2014 issue of Journal of Macroeconomics. The journal is a highly respected, peer-reviewed economics journal that focuses on the theoretical and empirical aspects of macroeconomics and monetary economics, including issues of economic growth and international trade.

Cornel West, provocative civil rights activist, keynotes North Central’s MLK Week

North Central College welcomes author, academic, civil rights activist Cornel West Jan. 23 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker.

North Central College welcomes author, academic and provocative civil rights activist Dr. Cornel West Jan. 23 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker.

Each year, North Central College honors and remembers King with a keynote presentation, musical tributes, a prayer breakfast and activities. This year’s theme is “A Journey Defined.” King spoke in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall in 1960.

Enactus students help local entrepreneur establish own business identity

Greta Karvelyte ’16, Katie Cotter ’17, Patrick Rourke ’15
North Central College business students were offered an opportunity of a lifetime—to help local business owner rebuild, restructure and launch small business.

Four North Central College business students were offered an opportunity of a lifetime—to make a difference in one man’s small, homegrown coffee shop, and help rebuild and restructure his business plan.

Greta Karvelyte ’16 especially felt her dreams of entrepreneurship coming true with this project. “My ambition has always been to own my own business,” she explains. “My parents and I moved here from Lithuania with the idea of the American dream. We’ve struggled through life, and from those struggles I’ve learned I want to be able to fulfill my own American dream.”

North Central College names Abiodun Goke-Pariola vice president for academic affairs, dean of faculty

Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola
North Central College has named Dr. Abiodun “GP” Goke-Pariola its next vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

North Central College has named Dr. Abiodun “GP” Goke-Pariola its next vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

Dr. Goke-Pariola will begin his new role at North Central College on July 1 after serving most recently as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

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