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Meet the College's nine new tenure-track faculty

Meet the College's nine new tenure-track faculty

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Among the many new faculty and coaches this academic year are nine full-time, tenure-track faculty. They are Leila Azarbad, assistant professor of psychology; Suzanne Chod, assistant professor of political science; Kristin Geraty-Bonacci, assistant professor of sociology; Andrei Guruianu, assistant professor of English; Katherine Heller, assistant professor of mathematics; Kelly Howe, assistant professor of theatre; Jonathon J.


Faculty/staff fine arts discount! Purchase Sept. 14-24

Faculty/staff fine arts discount! Purchase Sept. 14-24

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When purchased during the first two weeks of fall term, tickets for College fine & performing arts events held during fall term and December will be discounted 50 percent for North Central College faculty and staff. A few exclusions include Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and North Central music and theatre productions, which are covered by faculty and staff activity passes. Faculty and staff can buy an unlimited number of tickets for self and family members when purchased in person with your employee ID at the Fine Arts Center box office.


North Central College maps potential sites for new Science Center

This summer, the Naperville City Council approved a 10-year update to the College’s Master Land Use Plan.

Topping the list of potential projects that city staff, council members and the public reviewed is a new $40 million to $50 million science center that would replace Kroehler Science Center. The structure would be designed to foster a more interdisciplinary approach to teaching sciences, and the teaching facilities would be built to integrate classroom lectures and lab activities in the same space.

New faculty member in the news

New faculty member in the news

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Quad-Cities Online: “Pendulum swings with duets for sax and laptop” features new faculty member Assistant Professor of Music Jonathon Kirk and his electronic musical expertise using his laptop. He’s part of the instrumental duo Pendulum.


Behind the scenes: Students key to staging events

Jared Grebner '11Jared Grebner ’11 (left) had been working with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra for weeks as the College’s advance contact for a performance in February. He had arranged for hotel rooms, a rehearsal schedule and catered meal. Everything was going smoothly until disaster struck: the orchestra ran out of spaghetti during the pre-show dinner. “I had to run over to Kaufman and find more pasta,” says Grebner.

Navakas attends Comic-Con, explores popular genres

Navakas attends Comic-Con, explores popular genres

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Fran Navakas—Svend and Elizabeth Bramsen Professor in the Humanities, professor of English and director of integrative programs—attended the 42nd annual Comic-Con International in San Diego July 22-25.


Alum Lands Fulbright

 

Parker Gadbois ’09 has earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English in Yilan, Taiwan, about an hour south of Taipei. He begins his assignment on August 1.

North Central was well represented at this year’s National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

The most ever student-researchers from North Central College—32—were accepted to attend the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in April. "This is impressive because we’ve never had this many students apply and it really reflects a changing culture here, a true culture of inquiry,” says Perry Hamalis, director of the Office of Academic Opportunities and assistant professor of religious studies.

Students Leverage Research for Grad School

Kyle Olson '10 knows exactly why he was accepted into a top-rated analytical chemistry doctorate program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. “The summer research I did was really key,” he says. “To get in to one of the best programs, you need those opportunities.”

Dr. Lora Tyson

An inspiration to hundreds of North Central College students and aspiring educators, Lora Tyson, associate professor of education, died September 1, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. It was the very same day that more than 100 family members, friends, colleagues and College alumni gathered for a Cubs game to raise funds to support the Dr. Lora Tyson Curriculum Resource Center in Oesterle Library, which has been renamed in her honor.

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