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Gems has chapter, book reviews published

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, publishes chapter in new book and two book reviews in “Journal of Sport History.”

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, had his chapter, titled “Baseball, Invented Tradition, and Nationalistic Spirit,” published in “Myths and Milestones in the History of Sport,” which is edited by Stephen Wagg and published by Palgrave Macmillan. The book goes beyond the newsy versions of apparent turning points in sport history and explores these moments in a series of detailed and insightful studies.

Servais publishes new book for education leaders

Kristine Servais, associate professor of education
Kristine Servais, North Central College associate professor of education, co-authored new book, “The Courage to Grow: Leading with Intentionality.”

Kristine Servais, North Central College associate professor of education and coordinator of master of arts program in education, has co-authored her second book, “The Courage to Grow: Leading with Intentionality.”

Registration open for Verandah walking tour during spring term

North Central College offers Verandah course, Chicago on the Ground: Walking Tour of America’s Architectural Capital, with Tribune critic and art faculty.

A spring Verandah course—Chicago on the Ground: Walking Tour of America’s Architectural Capital—is open for registration. Taught by Wendy Koenig, associate professor of art, and Blair Kamin, architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune and North Central adjunct professor of art, the course will be held on three Saturdays, April 21 and 28 and May 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The seventh offering of this popular student Verandah course has some new features, including exploring masterworks of Chicago architecture, from the birth of the skyscraper in the 1880s to the present.

Madormo publishes new novel for young readers

John Madormo, assistant professor of broadcast communication
John Madormo, North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communication, authors young-readers novel, his first in a series, for release this spring.

John Madormo, North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communication and general manager of WONC-FM 89.1, has authored a young-readers novel that will be released this spring, adding to a long list of writing accomplishments.

On May 10, Madormo’s book “The Homemade Stuffing Caper”—his first book in the “Charlie Collier, Snoop for Hire” series—will be released to bookstores nationwide through publisher Penguin Books for Young Readers. The book is available now for pre-order through vendors such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Penguin.

North Central connects with Chinese-speaking international students

In its efforts to attract students from around the globe, North Central College is reaching out to Chinese-speaking international students via new webpages.

In its efforts to attract students from around the globe to study on campus, North Central College is reaching out to Chinese-speaking international students via its website: northcentralcollege.edu/admission/Chinese.

The new site connects with potential international students in the Chinese language and includes information they want to know about the College, its location, campus life, how to apply and more.

North Central student journalists earn Illinois College Press Association awards

Student journalists from North Central College have earned three awards for excellence from the Illinois College Press Association (ICPA).

Feb. 29, 2012—Student journalists from North Central College have earned three awards for excellence from the Illinois College Press Association (ICPA).

The awards were announced at the ICPA’s annual conference Feb. 17-18 at the Double Tree Hotel in Chicago. College newspapers from throughout Illinois, ranging from those at small colleges to publications at large state universities, participated in the annual journalism contest. Entries are judged by professional editors who are members of the Illinois Press Association.

Award-winning author Isabel Wilkerson gives talk Feb. 29

Isabel Wilkerson
North Central College welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Isabel Wilkerson to discuss her epic book “The Warmth of Other Suns.”

Author and journalist Isabel Wilkerson will discuss her book “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” on Feb. 29 at North Central College. The New York Times and national bestseller follows the story of African-American families leaving the Jim Crow South during the Great Migration.

Wilkerson will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in North Central College’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. This event is free and open to the public.

Alumna wins Elementary School Principal of the Year award

Kimberly Lisanby-Barber
North Central College alumna Kimberly Lisanby-Barber is named the 2012-2013 Elementary School Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association.

Kimberly Lisanby-Barber, a 1977 graduate of North Central College and principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Spring Valley, has been named the 2012-2013 Elementary School Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association (IPA).

The award recognizes elementary school principals who have demonstrated a positive impact on their students and learning community. Horace Mann and the IPA announced the award in February.

North Central College students present new research at conference

Madison Henry ’13 and Michelle Branigan ’13
Juniors Michelle Branigan and Madison Henry—a biochemistry and biology major—conduct medical research overseas, present findings at national conference.

Two North Central College juniors—biochemistry major Michelle Branigan of Plainfield and biology major Madison Henry of Sterling, Ill.—share a common passion for medical research.

Krystal publishes book on dance in the Americas

Matthew Krystal, assistant professor of anthropology
Matthew Krystal, North Central College assistant professor of anthropology, publishes cross-cultural work on dance, “Indigenous Dance and Dancing Indian.”

Matthew Krystal, North Central College assistant professor of anthropology, had his book, titled “Indigenous Dance and Dancing Indian,” published by University Press of Colorado in September 2011. The 360-page work is a cross-cultural, cross-ethnic and cross-national comparison of indigenous dance practices.

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