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Academic Conference Schedule

A Promising Start: Excellence in Scholarship Academic Conference

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Conference Welcome (10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.)
Smith Hall
R. Devadoss Pandian, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty; Professor of Mathematics
Introduction by David Gray, Associate Professor of Accounting

Concurrent Sessions I (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
Goldspohn Hall

Room: G11        Local Roots: Past and Present
Rising Up from Indian Country: The Battle of Fort Dearborn and the Birth of Chicago
Ann Durkin Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History

In August 1812, under threat from the Potawatomis, Captain Nathan Heald began the evacuation of 94 soldiers, women, and children from the isolated outpost of Fort Dearborn (at the mouth of the Chicago River) to Fort Wayne. Heald’s party was soon attacked by 500 warriors:  50 members were killed, the rest taken prisoner, and Fort Dearborn burned. This event is now seen as a foundational moment in Chicago’s history, and Keating argues that we should refer to it as the Battle of Fort Dearborn, rather than the commonly used “Fort Dearborn Massacre,” thus urging us to reconsider the place of this battle in the history of Chicago, the region and the United States.

Farm Kids: A Retrospective
Zachary Michael Jack, Associate Professor of English

“Farm Kids” tells the story of one Midwest family’s farm girls and boys, locating its farm daughters, especially, in the broader cultural and agricultural context of the 1970s and 1980s, before flashing forward to 2012, as blogs, lyrics, and literature reevaluate the mythos and ethos of growing up country. An interdisciplinary blend of history, popular culture, current events, and agricultural studies, “Farm Kids” examines all that agriculture’s sons and daughters have contributed to our national identity.

DuPage Children's Museum: Where Researchers Come Out to Play!
Nicole R. Rivera, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Patricia Schacht, Assistant Professor of Psychology

This presentation describes the growing community partnership between the DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) and North Central College, which is creating opportunities for faculty scholarship and student learning. Collaboration began when Rivera and Schacht, now members of the Early Learning Research in Action Council, volunteered at the museum and subsequently took students to observe children’s play behaviors. Rivera and Schacht focus specifically on the results of an interview study designed to explore patterns in both adult and child participants conducted at the DCM among frequent visitors.

Room: G37       Textual Scholarship and Translation: Getting the Works of Others into Print
New Directions in the Editing of Medieval Manuscripts
Norval Bard, Professor of French; Chairperson of Modern and Classical Languages; Director of the Roberta I. Myers Language Resource Center

Garin de Monglane is a medieval French epic poem from the early French 13th century.  This chanson de geste has never been fully edited and some recent efforts to complete an edition have produced conflicting perspectives on how one goes about bringing a critical edition of medieval texts to light.  The primary questions concern how we select the base manuscript used for the edition and then how to incorporate the other, varying sources. This presentation will examine some of the key positions in this debate.

'Who is John Galt?': Why We Need Textual Recovery Criticism
Martha Bohrer, Associate Professor of English; Chairperson of English

The opening sentence of Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged poses the question, "Who Is John Galt?" and this presentation answers that question. John Galt's 1821 novella, Annals of the Parish has been in and out of print for 191 years and is currently only available in unedited facsimile form.  Bohrer justifies the need for a contemporary scholarly edition of this once popular Scottish novella, and explains the process of textual editing and scholarship required to produce it. She also establishes the continued significance of the genre in which Galt wrote, which she calls “local tales.” 

Challenges in Translating Holocaust Memoir
Sophie Hand, Professor of French

When Hanna Lévy-Hass scribbled notes on scraps of paper while detained in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during World War II, her main objective was to document her thoughts in order to see clearly into herself, find solutions to her dilemmas, and weigh these dilemmas and solutions in the context of the political conflict facing the world. These notes, originally written in Serbo-Croatian, became her diary, which she later redacted in French.  As with all Holocaust memoirs, Hanna’s Diary of Bergen-Belsen offers up challenges to the translator, specifically, how do we strike a balance between voice and recounted events?

Room: G31        Politics, Culture, and the Public Good
The Politics of Film Censorship in Interwar Chicago
Steve Macek, Associate Professor of Speech Communication; Coordinator of Urban and Suburban Studies

In 1907, Chicago became the first city in the country to adopt a motion picture censorship ordinance, which required a screening permit issued by the chief of police and a board of censors comprised of the widows of Chicago police officers and career politicians. Permits were denied to movies that contained obscenity, endangered public order or disparaged particular ethnic, racial or religious groups. This presentation surveys the sorts of films banned by Chicago's censors during the interwar era (1920-1941) and examines the political struggles that developed around the board's attempt to suppress anti-Nazi and leftwing films in the late 1930s.

Pop Culture and Public Dialogue:  Exploring the Public Good through Superheroes and Monsters
Francine Navakas, Svend and Elizabeth Bramsen Professor in the Humanities; Professor of English; Director of Integrative Programs; Associate Academic Dean

This presentation explores how mythic characters arising out of fiction and media have become contemporary metaphors for discussing and experiencing pressing questions about human experience. Navakas draws upon text and images to reveal how cultures have purposed and re-purposed such icons as Dr. Frankenstein’s “creature,” Dracula, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Snow White, and the Monkey King to give wide access to important conversations about the promise and perils of the present and future.  She also touches on cosplay, Comic-Con, and other phenomena which blur the boundaries between viewer of and player in the imagined reality.

Rethinking the Roots of Political Engagement
Hillary Shulman, Assistant Professor of Speech Communication

This presentation will outline two projects which examine the development of political attitudes in college students. The first study presents data on political socialization in the family and highlights the independent role mothers and fathers play in the communication of political information. The second study, currently in development, seeks to address whether varying the way questions are asked when soliciting public opinion affects the quality of the opinions proffered.

Room: G14       Service Learning: A Common Thread Through Different Disciplines : A Panel Discussion
Jerry Thalmann, Associate Professor of Accounting, Chairperson of Accounting
Alli Hayes, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Amy Buxbaum,  Associate Professor of Speech Communication

Service learning provides opportunities to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to real world situations, while assisting beneficiaries.  On this panel, Hayes will feature students preparing income tax returns for low income individuals, the elderly, and others lacking financial means. Thalmann will discuss a target costing project where students determined the costs of direct trade coffee in a rapidly changing environment.  Buxbaum will describe students raising funds for a charity of their choice.  In completing these projects, students not only have to learn to work together, but they must also coordinate with campus groups, community organizations, and local businesses. 

Room: G33       Thinking Culturally, Economically and Globally
Motivation in Learning Chinese as a Second Language in American Colleges
Jinai Sun, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese

As China has become a global power, Chinese language skills have become urgently needed by more Americans and the number of American schools that offer Mandarin Chinese instruction is on the rise. However, American colleges and universities struggle to retain students in their Chinese programs. This presentation will report on a qualitative study that utilizes the theories of student motivation and the results of in-depth interviews to explore the individual motivations of students who currently study Chinese language at a four-year private liberal arts college in the Midwest.

The New Reality for Business Institutions: Societal Strategy
Robert C. Moussetis, Associate Professor of International Business; Chairperson of Management and Marketing/BUS; Graduate Business Coordinator

An increasingly complex non-business environment has created a greater need for businesses to expand their strategic thinking and integrate non-business strategies into their strategic planning.  Although social strategies are evident among a majority of firms, it is often a reactive posture versus a proactive and systematic strategy. This presentation suggests that the complexity of societal activity requires an aggregate approach where exploration of multiple variables cannot take place independently, but rather holistically. A conceptual map will provide the domain of the major variables and a contextual discussion will attempt to create the common denominator to facilitate empirical research.

Exploring Culture and Economics Through Film
Jean Clifton, Associate Professor of Management, and Matt Krystal, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Last year, Clifton and Krystal traveled to Mexico with three students to investigate the economic and cultural dimensions of textile production, tourism, and subsistence maize farming. Field work was conducted for a planned series of three documentary films about the economies of Maya communities. The first film, "What I Learned from my Grandfather," focuses on maize production in one community, where the team discovered its continued economic and cultural importance to one extended family, countering previous research that suggested maize production is economically unsustainable.  This family attributes its success to God as well as its use of sophisticated calculations of costs and benefits. 

Room: G35       Pathogens, Yeast, and Catalytic Reactions: Making the World a Better Place
Multihost Pathogens Connect Amphibian Hosts to Their Communities
Gregory Ruthig, Assistant Professor of Biology

Most pathogens infect more than one host species. Water molds are pathogens of frogs, but they also infect many other species, including insects, crayfish, and plants. Ruthig’s research has uncovered many species of water molds in local wetlands. The water mold species that are most pathogenic to frogs also infect several other host species. These findings indicate that epidemiologists of both human and wildlife diseases should consider all of the potential hosts that pathogens might infect. Multihost pathogens can dramatically change infectious disease dynamics and can tightly link members of ecological communities.

Managing Information with Molecules: Progress Towards Understanding the Yak1 Signal Transduction Pathway
Stephen Johnston, Roger and Nadeane Hruby Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences; Professor of Biology

All cells have evolved molecular pathways to manage information and make decisions. Yak1 is a yeast protein that lies at the center of a signal transduction pathway that is not well understood.  The human homologs of Yak1 have been implicated in Down syndrome pathology, cell growth control, and the evolution of the human species. Undergraduate students in the Yeast Lab have been identifying proteins that pass information to Yak1 and those that receive information from Yak1. Collectively, this data is leading to a clearer understanding of how cells manage information and respond to environmental changes.

Development of New and Efficient Organic Reactions
Biswajit Saha, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Efficient and environmentally benign catalysts are still needed for the discovery of new synthetic methods and improvement of existing methodologies. Widely applicable catalysts provide solutions for the generation of new materials in a cost-effective manner, ultimately, opening new avenues for humankind.  Thus, the advancement of different environmentally-benign catalytic reactions has established solutions for generating important chemical intermediates. This presentation describes a few catalytic reactions that have been developed during different stages of Saha’s research career.

Poster Sessions (11:30-12:45)
Smith Hall

Helping First-Generation College Students Become Teachers
Julie Carballo, Adjunct Instructor of Education

Nationwide, first-generation college students (FGCS) are four times more likely to leave college after the first year. Teach First is North Central College’s program for FGCS who plan to pursue careers as teachers.  Initially launched in 2008 with a grant from the Walmart Foundation, Teach First recruits and retains FGCS and provides mentorship, experiences, and resources through an institutional network of peers, professors, staff, and alumni who were FGCS.  Teach First received a generous $100,000 grant from the Dunham Fund of Aurora for 2011-12 and another $100,000  for 2012-13.  This presentation will chart the program’s evolution over its initial four years.

Simulating Auditing Procedures in the Classroom
Sarah Lureau, Assistant Professor of Accounting

Miniature cases were developed to simulate various audit procedures.  The objective behind the simulated problems is to put the student into the role and responsibility of an auditor in a specific scenario.  The cases force the students to take ownership, apply professional skepticism and professional judgment, apply audit procedures, recognize the risks of their audit decisions, evaluate the consequences in order to make reasoned decisions and document their work in a professional manner.  Procedural-based cases are used to foster a wide range of skill set development while challenging students at multiple levels within Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Learning Organic Chemistry Through Undergraduate Research Projects
Jeff Bjorklund, Professor of Chemistry, and David Rausch, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

Science is best learned by doing rather than passively listening. This idea has guided the development of several research projects for students in organic chemistry which allows them to create new knowledge as they gain a better understanding of course concepts and problem-solving skills. The research projects emphasize cooperative learning and understanding scientific data, and integrate several course concepts into one experience which helps unify the laboratory and lecture portions of the course.  Results are disseminated with a poster session at the end of the term.

Moving Beyond ‘Flashcards’ – Using the Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL) to Increase Student Motivation and Success in the Language Classroom
Monica Vuksanovich, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish

Research suggests that language learners of all ages use a variety of strategies in their quests to master a new language. However, these same learners may not be aware of the strategies they are using, the additional strategies that are available to them, or the strategies that would be most helpful in their own learning.  Increasing awareness of language learning strategies may lead to improved motivation and performance in the language classroom. In this presentation, the “Strategy Inventory for Language Learning” (SILL) is described and evaluated as a tool for language learners and language instructors.

Clean and Simple Syntheses and Isolation Using Ionic Liquids
Paul Brandt, Professor of Chemistry; Chairperson of Chemistry and Physics

One of the most difficult aspects of the synthesis of compounds is isolating impurities. Traditional methods required that NEt3 would scavenge HCl to form [HNEt3]Cl which is a solid to 250 ºC and interferes with the oily compounds of interest.  This study of the reaction of P-Cl bonds with a number of E-H (E = N, S, P, C, O) compounds in the presence of N-methylimidizole (MeIm) yields a biphasic mixture.  The MeIm is the HCl scavenger and it forms [HMeIm]Cl which is a liquid at 75ºC.  It is also polar so it does not associate with the less dense compound (P-E) and is now easily syringed away from the ionic liquid.

Small Angle X-Ray Scattering on Mollusk Bivalve Mantle Epitheliums
Amanda Tallman, Lecturer in Physics

Various mollusk bivalve mantle epithelium lipids have been analyzed using SAXS (small angle x-ray scattering) to create a baseline growth environment. A 500 NMR is also used to find metabolites. They reveal exactly how the lipids excrete shell-making material and their ever-changing environments, including water salinity, pH, temperature, and oxygen level. Comparing the density profiles of the lipids will give a base for those mollusks found without any organic material. The shell’s ring spacing, thickness, slope, and occurrence frequency reveal the paleontology of that specimen, and potentially the path it took prior to its excavation.

Enriching Pre-Service Teachers’ Professional Experience Through a Partnership Program in Reading Assessment and Intervention
Shwuyi Leu,  Associate Professor of Education and Maureen Kincaid, Associate Professor of Education; Chairperson of Education

Teacher candidates who are literacy assessment literate can greatly impact student success.  The current study is a three-year project studying pre-service teacher candidates’ knowledge and skill development in the areas of literacy assessment and instruction.  Students enrolled in two literacy assessment and intervention courses completed a case study through a partnership program for tutoring. Survey results before and after the two courses as well as reflections throughout were gathered for analysis. Results indicated that candidates greatly benefited from the process of assessment and intervention in an authentic setting. Recommendations are made to improve both pre-service teacher and reading teacher education.

Using a Common Case Study Throughout the Accounting Curriculum to Encourage Student Understanding and Integration
David Gray, Associate Professor of Accounting

The Accounting faculty created a series of case studies based on events and information from a gourmet chocolate company. The cases develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills as students build assumption-driven models and analyses using less-than-perfect data. Cases have been developed for Intermediate Accounting, Cost Accounting, Auditing, and our capstone course – Seminar in Financial Accounting. Through the use of a common subject company, students see how accounting information and analyses are rarely confined to one subject matter. Exploring a range of financial and operational concerns helps students explore linkages between courses and course content using actual company information and circumstances.

Concurrent Sessions II (12:45-1:45 pm)
Goldspohn Hall

Room: G11       Encountering Violence, Death, and the Apocalypse

Violence and Power: British India and Ireland after the Great War
Shereen Ilahi, Assistant Professor of History

This presentation examines the strategies the British used to maintain their empire in Ireland and in India in a time of imperial crisis just after WWII. Ilahi’s work considers the relationship between violence and power as it relates to the daily functioning of the empire in Ireland and in India, two otherwise distinct parts of the globe that share an important imperial connection. Not only did the British make analogies between these two places, but so did Indian and Irish nationalists. This presentation will focus on these analogies and on the violence used in both places.

September 11th: Reconsidering Fears and Remembrances of Death
Perry Hamalis, Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion; Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Director of Academic Opportunities

Reconsidering 9/11 through a typology of various deaths and fears of death reveals characteristics of the event that might otherwise be overlooked and that provide a 'promising start' to building a normative religious response to it. I stipulate a typology that distinguishes between “physical” and “spiritual/eternal” death, between one’s own death and another’s death, and between forms of fears of death that follow from these distinctions. I then employ the stipulated typology to re-read reported facts related to 9/11, documents from the hijackers, and speeches delivered after the attacks before concluding with normative suggestions for assessing religiously-connected violence and terror.

Teaching 'Reading and Writing the Apocalypse'
Jennifer Jackson, Associate Professor of English; Director of the Writing Center and First-Year Writing; and John Stanley, Assistant Professor of Speech Communication; Assistant Director of Forensics; Director of Individual Events

Jackson and Stanley will present recent research conducted for their Freshman Honors Composition Seminar “Reading and Writing Post-Apocalypse.” Drawing  on scholarship in cultural theory including Stephen D. O'Leary’s Arguing the Apocalypse, Kirsten Thompson’s Apocalyptic Dread: American Film, and Eugene Weber’s Apocalypses: Prophesies, Cults, and Millennial Beliefs, they describe how such rhetorics manipulate by way of fear, the desire for immortality, and a collective hope that humans can outwit doomsday scenarios. Jackson and Stanley discuss the critical essays, films, and assignments used to engage students, and explain how they prepared, taught, and assessed their work through interdisciplinary methods.

Room: G31        Representing Crime

Fax Northside 777
Judith A. Brodhead, Associate Professor of English; Administrative Coordinator of Cultural Events

Based on a real Chicago policeman's murder, "Call Northside 777" revealed a new, tougher side of Jimmy Stewart (playing a crime reporter) following the feel-good "It's a Wonderful Life." Producer Darryl Zanuck encouraged a documentary "you are there" style that called for location shooting in Chicago highrises and Back of the Yards. Zanuck and director Henry Hathaway delighted in highlighting new crime-fighting technologies, including a micro-camera and the remarkable new "lie detector." The film's climax depends on the speed of an early fax machine sending a photo from Chicago to Springfield to save an innocent man from life at Stateville Prison.

Staging a Steal: James Verone, Health Care Access, and Theft (?!) as Solo Performance
Kelly Howe, Assistant Professor of Theater

This presentation draws on approaches from the field of performance studies, an interdiscipline that applies many of the analytical questions posed by scholars of more traditional performances—plays in theatre spaces—to the performances of everyday life: political speeches, sports, kinship structures, manners, etc. Howe examines a 2011 North Carolina bank robbery as a form of health care performance, probing the implications of James Verone’s theatrical plan to hold up a bank for $1 in order to be arrested and procure prison health care.

Politics and Prisoners: A Case Study of the Reentry Environment for Former Prisoners in a Chicago Suburb
Carlene Sipma-Dysico, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology

In an era of mass incarceration, the reentry of former prisoners has garnered increased attention.  Most research has concentrated on the causes of recidivism and re-incarceration, employment and housing issues, or efficacy of reentry programs. Little has been done to illuminate the political aspects of reentry in non-metropolitan areas. Examining the political processes and power dynamics between disparate reentry stakeholders is integral to understanding how reentry is defined, constructed, and operationalized within the larger political and economic system.  Utilizing archival data analysis and interviews with formerly incarcerated persons, reentry service providers, and other stakeholders, this study examines reentry in a large suburb of Chicago.

Room: G33       Innovations in Teaching and Teacher-Researchers

Imagining Ideas
David Fisher, Professor of Philosophy

Use of visual images created by artists as a basis for discussion of classical texts is illustrated through Power Point presentations from North Central College’s History of Ideas program (HOI 102 and 103). Texts imagined are from Genesis 22 (Abraham and Isaac), Euripides' Medea, Plato's Symposium and Judith and Holofernes (Judith 13, 1-10).

Content Area Literacy Instruction
Mary Beth Ressler, Assistant Professor of Education

This presentation explores through qualitative measures how elementary and secondary teachers, now individually required by the State of Illinois to teach reading and writing as part of the new Common Core standards, perceive the effectiveness of reading strategies in their content area classrooms.  Drawing upon a pilot study conducted by teacher-researchers who are North Central College graduate students and current K-12 practitioners, Ressler describes the next phases of the research—an examination of case studies and a collective assessment of the  significance of reading strategies for a broad range of students. 

Research vs. Teaching: A False Dichotomy
Donald McVicker, Professor of Anthropology Emeritus

Is there a conflict between teaching and research?  McVicker argues “No,” and describes balancing both endeavors throughout his career. As a faculty member, he served as a model for junior faculty who wished to pursue scholarship beyond pedagogy and arranged internships for our students while serving as a research associate at the Field Museum. Post-retirement, McVicker discusses teaching non-credit adult seminars, receiving fellowships, and publishing books.  Although North Central is, and should remain, an institution dedicated to excellence in teaching, this presentation suggests that in no way should it, nor does it, put a damper on professional development or disciplinary productivity.

Room: G37       Bodies and the Other: Physicality and Identity

Sport and the Construction of an Italian American Identity
Jerry Gems, Professor of Health and Physical Education

Italians came to the United States with no sense of a national identity. Initially perceived as non-white, and unacceptable in mainstream society, they relied on their physicality to gain employment and sustenance. Sport provided a greater measure of recognition, acceptance, social mobility, and even celebrity. Participation in baseball and especially on American Olympic teams promoted a transition in identity; but the third generation would experience a resurgence in ethnicity resulting in a segmented (less than full) assimilation as Italians continue to combat stereotypes.

Unrealistic weight loss expectations lead to decreased weight loss one year after weight loss surgery
Leila Azarbad, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Weight loss surgery has emerged as an increasingly utilized treatment of severe obesity.  Unfortunately, many individuals pursuing weight loss surgery maintain unrealistic expectations about the amount of weight that they will lose following surgery.  This study examines the influence of unrealistic weight loss expectations on the achieved weight loss of 154 adults one year after weight loss surgery.  Results and implications will be discussed.

A Philosophical Portrait of Human Thoughtfulness
Michael Paradiso-Michau, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy

This project offers a philosophical examination of the human experience of thoughtfulness. Here I pose the question: What does or could it mean to be thoughtful? I suggest that an act of thoughtfulness occurs within an ethical relationship, as a response to the explicit or implicit vocation of the Other person. I contend that the content of interhuman responsibility includes an existential-ethical mode of thoughtfulness.

Room: G14       Transforming Teacher Education: A Panel Discussion

Maureen Kincaid, Associate Professor of Education; Chairperson of Education
Jan Fitzsimmons, Executive Director of Urban Education Laboratory
Nancy Keiser, Professor of Education; Coordinator of Teacher Education
Kristine Servais, Associate Professor of Education; Coordinator of Master of Arts Program in Education

Transforming Teacher Education Through Clinical Practice:  A National Strategy to Prepare Effective Teachers (2010), commissioned by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), calls for a complete overhaul of teacher education programs. Equating the preparation of teachers to the medical model of preparing physicians, the report makes clinical practice a top priority, promoting a rigorous selection process, programmatic integration, and the development of strategic partnerships, among other initiatives. This presentation will propose a new model for teacher preparation that addresses the rigors of the state and national agenda, including principles for a more effective clinical and teacher preparation program.

 Room: G35       The Intricacies of Science, Math, and Music

What’s In a Name?  Elias Ashmole and a Seventeenth-Century Pursuit of Knowledge
Bruce Janacek, Associate Professor of History

Elias Ashmole (1617-1692) was an acknowledged expert in antiquities, botany, heraldry, numismatics and occult studies, particularly alchemy and astrology and could even hold his own in a theological discussion—all this in addition to being trained as a barrister and a successful courtier under Charles II.  His broad and deep expertise earned him the appellation, “virtuoso.”  How and why Ashmole pursued these numerous lines of inquiry that led him to be called a virtuoso helps us to understand not only how knowledge was pursued but also how early moderns perceived their society and culture. 

Mathematical Knots: An Overview
Neil R. Nicholson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Everyone knows what a knot is, but not everyone knows that knots are a hot topic in mathematics. In the past twenty years, knot theory has become a thriving area of mathematical research. This presentation will focus on the foundations of knot theory: its history, basic definitions, and properties. Attendees won’t walk away empty-handed either. By the time this talk is over, audience members will have enough information to understand open research questions in this field, and may be able to start unknotting some of the questions in knot theory.  

New Directions in Chamber Music
Mara Gallagher, Claire Langenberg, Nichole Luchs

North Central Consort members Mara Gallagher (violin), Claire Langenberg (cello), and Nichole Luchs (harp) will premier a trio composed by Dr. Jonathon Kirk, NCC Assistant Professor of Music.  This work will feature new ideas and instrumental techniques in chamber music.  A brief discussion of these ideas and techniques will be part of the performance.

Art Exhibit (1:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
Meiley-Swallow Gallery

Hale Ekinci, Assistant Professor of Art
Christine Rabenold, Assistant Professor of Art; Student Art Gallery Director
Barry Skurkis, Associate Professor of Art

Keynote Address  (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Meiley-Swallow Theatre

Confessions of a Non Teacher/Scholar

Harold R. Wilde, President of the College and Professor of Political Science
Introduction by Lisa Long, Professor of English