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692 students receive degrees at North Central’s 2012 Commencement

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North Central College celebrated its 147th Commencement on June 9 by conferring bachelor and master degrees on 692 students.

North Central College celebrated its 147th Commencement on June 9 by conferring degrees on 692 students. The following list of students completed requirements for their bachelor or master degrees during the academic year that includes the December 2011, April 2012, June 2012 and September 2012 terms.

Gems is recognized for professional work

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, gives talk, is chosen for project, recognized for his work in history of sport.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, gave a presentation titled “The Globalization of Boxing” at the 40th conference of the North American Society for Sport History in Berkeley, Calif., on May 21. An editor from Scarecrow Press, who attended the session, offered Gems a book contract on the subject.

Teachers hear literacy education experts present at North Central College symposium

Katie Wood Ray
More than 200 Naperville-area teachers gathered at North Central College June 18-22 to learn from some of the nation’s leading experts on literacy education.

More than 200 Naperville-area teachers gathered at North Central College June 18-22 to learn from some of the nation’s leading experts on literacy education.

The College partnered with Naperville Community Unit School District 203 to present the weeklong symposium, which provided teachers the opportunity to learn about the latest trends and best practices for teaching reading and writing to children in grades kindergarten through high school.

North Central appoints new Director of Pep Bands

Langston Hemenway
North Central College has announced the hiring of new Director of Pep Bands Langston Hemenway, who will teach and conduct the Red Noise pep band.

Biology student Kate Lueders conducts field work in Oregon as a Sea Grant Scholar

Kate Lueders, a North Central College senior majoring in biology, is conducting research and performing field work in Oregon this summer as a Sea Grant Scholar.

June 26, 2012—Kate Lueders, a North Central College senior majoring in biology, is conducting research and performing field work in Oregon this summer as a Sea Grant Scholar.

Lueders is keeping a blog about her experience and writes that she arrived in the Pacific Northwest in mid-June to undergo orientation and safety training. Her work this summer involves the study of nutrient uptake in tidal wetlands.

North Central College presents “The Wizard of Oz”

Alex Oechsel, center, as Dorothy
North Central’s Summer Musical Theatre features community actors in the fanciful family favorite “The Wizard of Oz,” June 29-30 and July 1, 6-8.

North Central College’s Summer Musical Theatre presents one of the greatest family musicals of all time, “The Wizard of Oz,” June 29-30 and July 1, 6-8, featuring some 120 actors from the community.

Special awards presented during 2012 Commencement

North Central College recognized several members of the College community with awards, emerita status during its 147th Commencement exercises June 9.

North Central College recognized several members of the College community with awards and emerita status during its 147th Commencement exercises on June 9.

Two women chosen to attend national conference for student leaders

Nora Beswick ’13 and Emily Goodfellow ’14
North Central College students Nora Beswick ’13 and Emily Goodfellow ’14 were selected to attend National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.

Two North Central College students—Nora Beswick ’13 (photo, left) and Emily Goodfellow ’14 (right)—were selected to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., May 31-June 2.

Women’s Chorale tours, sings in Ireland

Some members of the group at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
The North Central College Women’s Chorale travels to Ireland June 12-19 on second tour abroad, along with music faculty and Chorale alumnae.

Some 36 members of the North Central College Women’s Chorale embarked on the ensemble’s second trip abroad, to Ireland, June 12-19. The women traveled to Dublin, Galway, Killarney and Bray and gave performances in historic cathedrals like St. Patrick’s in Dublin and enjoyed seeing the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and the Ring of Kerry.

Follow the adventures of the Women’s Chorale members and view photos at nccwomenschorale.blogspot.com.

Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams addresses North Central College Commencement

Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams delivered the address Saturday, June 9, at the 147th Commencement of North Central College.

June 9, 2012—Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams delivered the address Saturday, June 9, at the 147th Commencement of North Central College.

Williams noted it was the final Commencement for North Central College President Harold R. Wilde, who is retiring at the end of 2012 after 22 years as president.

“North Central College is fortunate to have had a President with such a long and exceptional tenure,” Williams told the audience. “While I’m sure everyone is sad to see you go, we know that you are leaving behind an incredible legacy.”

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