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Wade Balsamo ’17 wins scholarship in video contest for his inspiring story

North Central College freshman Wade Balsamo wins scholarship by media production firm in video contest that featured nonprofit organization.

Wade Balsamo, a freshman at North Central College, is the winner of a video scholarship contest sponsored by Cynthia Kay and Company (CK & CO).

Balsamo, of Barrington, is passionate about production and his efforts to promote Walk On, a philanthropic organization that provides equine-assisted activities to people with physical, cognitive, social and emotional disabilities. Walk On helps inspire people to advance to their highest potential.

North Central College is among top colleges in shaping the next generation

Emily Padilla, a 2010 graduate in elementary education, minor in Spanish
North Central College is recognized as a top college for teacher education in Illinois by The College Database, a comprehensive source for U.S. college data.

North Central College has been recognized as a top college for teacher education in the state of Illinois by The College Database, a comprehensive source for U.S. college and university data.

The Online College Database’s new ranking, “Top Colleges in Illinois Shaping the Next Generation,” honors the post-secondary institutions in the state that graduated the most education and teaching professionals during the 2012 school year.

Exercise science graduate Steve Hlavac uses his business to help others

Steve Hlavac ’12, owner of Beyond Measure Training, with Kate Crawford ’12
Steve Hlavac ’12, founder of Beyond Measure Training in Naperville, combines his passion for fitness and training to launch business, help others.

“Helping people is my goal,” says Steve Hlavac ’12, founder and owner of Beyond Measure Training in Naperville. His business was founded on that principle and his life reflects it.

Steve Hlavac ’12 has always loved fitness and training. An exercise science graduate, he’s the all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards in Cardinal football and was an outfielder in baseball. That passion led to helping college friends with personal training and evolved into a career and the launch of Beyond Measure Training.

Wis is guest conductor at Illinois Music Educators Association festival

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor of music
Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, was Honors Chorus Guest Conductor for the IMEA District IX Festival.

Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and chair and professor of music, was Honors Chorus Guest Conductor for the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) District IX Festival held Nov. 23 at East Aurora High School. Wis rehearsed the 306-voice chorus, chosen by audition from among 50 high school choral programs in the western and northwestern Illinois area, and then conducted the ensemble in a culminating concert, which also featured the Honors Band and Honors Chorus of District IX.

Keys is interviewed by local media about timely issue

Jennifer Keys, associate professor of sociology
Jennifer Keys, North Central College associate professor of sociology, was interviewed and quoted in a Daily Herald article about Illinois’ gay marriage law.

Jennifer Keys, North Central College associate professor of sociology and chair of political science, sociology and anthropology, was interviewed by a Daily Herald reporter for the paper’s Nov. 21 article, titled “Experts: Gay marriage law will bring change—slowly.”

Bracarense presents twice at conference, awarded travel grant

Natália Bracarense, assistant professor of economics
Natália Bracarense, North Central College assistant professor of economics, presented at European Society of the History of Economic Thought conference.

Natália Bracarense, North Central College assistant professor of economics, presented two papers at the European Society of the History of Economic Thought conference held Nov. 20-22 in Medellin, Colombia. She was awarded a travel grant to present one of her papers, titled “Raúl Prebisch’s Core and Periphery Analysis: An Evolution Away from a Dichotomous View.”

Martinez presented his research about religious culture and immigration

Juan Martinez, visiting assistant professor of sociology
Juan Martinez, North Central College visiting assistant professor of sociology, presented at annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Juan Martinez, North Central College visiting assistant professor of sociology, presented a paper titled “Joseph and Mary Participated in The Census: Religion and Undocumented Immigrant Substantive Citizenship” as part of a panel, Progressive Religion in the United States: Remapping the Political Landscape, at the 2013 annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion held Nov. 8-10 in Boston.

Hamalis participates in World Council of Churches assembly in Republic of Korea

Perry Hamalis, Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion
Perry Hamalis, North Central College Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion, was a delegate, facilitator, panelist at World Council of Churches event.

Perry Hamalis—North Central College Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion, associate professor of religious studies and director of the College Honors Program—served as a delegate of the Eastern Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate for the 10th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC). He also served as a facilitator and panelist during the meetings.

Mueller publishes article in Teaching of Psychology journal

Jonathan Mueller, professor of psychology
Jonathan Mueller, North Central College professor of psychology, coauthored article on scientific thinking of first-year students in introductory psychology.

Jonathan Mueller, North Central College professor of psychology, coauthored an article, titled “Undergraduates’ ability to recognize correlational and causal language before and after explicit instruction,” that was published in the October 2013 journal Teaching of Psychology. The journal offers research-tested strategies to enhance student learning. His coauthor is Heather Coon, former North Central College professor of psychology.

Higher education group publishes article about North Central College global learning initiative

The group Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education has published an article highlighting a North Central College global learning initiative.

The group Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education has published an article highlighting a North Central College global learning initiative.

The article, “Civic Learning on a Global Scale: The Middle East as a Learning Lab,” is authored by Whitney Roberts ’08, M ’13, assistant director of ministry and service.

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