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Bradley Crackel earns Outstanding Major in Physical Education Award

Bradley Crackel received the Outstanding Major in Physical Education Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Bradley Crackel, son of Michael and Beth Crackel of Oswego, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Physical Education Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Bradley is majoring in physical education/K-12 at North Central College. He is a graduate of Oswego East High School.

Joy Hoffman earns Outstanding Major in Secondary Education Award

Joy Hoffman received the Outstanding Major in Secondary Education Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Joy Hoffman, daughter of Jack and Robbie Hoffman of Frankfort, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Secondary Education Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

A senior, Hoffman is majoring in English with a focus on writing at North Central College. She is a graduate of Lincoln-Way East High School.

Joy has served in a mentoring program at schools in the local area and in Chicago and contributes to the College’s NC Review, a literary magazine with national readership. Her name has regularly appeared on the Dean’s List.

Elizabeth Linning earns Outstanding Major in Elementary Education Award

Elizabeth Linning received the Outstanding Major in Elementary Education Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Elizabeth Linning, daughter of Robert and Catherine Linning of Crystal Lake, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Elementary Education Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Linning is majoring in elementary education at North Central College. Her name has regularly appeared on the Dean’s List.

North Central College juniors attend national, state leadership conferences

Elizabeth Novak ’14 and Monica Degenhardt ’14
Juniors Elizabeth Novak and Monica Degenhardt are chosen to represent North Central College in collegiate leadership conferences.

Two North Central College juniors were chosen to represent the College in collegiate leadership conferences.

Elizabeth Novak and Monica Degenhardt attended the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland in College Park, May 30-June 1. They were selected by the College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program to participate in the conference, which is organized in part by the American Association of University Women.

North Central’s math program wins grant for high school enrichment program

North Central College’s mathematics department secured Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant to aid high-achieving high school math students.

North Central College’s department of mathematics recently secured a competitive Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant (DMEG) from the Mathematical Association of America. The grant will be used to develop E2 (Expository Engagement): North Central Math Circle, an after-school math enrichment program for area high school students.

“It’s really exciting to be able to engage young, math-minded students at North Central,” said Neil Nicholson, North Central College assistant professor of mathematics and project director of E2.

North Central College alumna earns national award for teaching excellence

Stephanie Theis ’05 Hawkins, winner of 2012-2013 Milken Educator Award
North Central College alumna Stephanie Theis ’05 Hawkins was recognized for excellence in teaching with a 2012-2013 Milken Educator Award.

North Central College alumna Stephanie Theis ’05 Hawkins, a second-grade teacher at Lynne Thigpen Elementary School in Joliet, Ill., was recognized for her teaching with a 2012-2013 Milken Educator Award.

A school-wide assembly was called on April 12, and students and teachers were told it would feature a member of the Illinois State Board of Education. What Hawkins did not realize, however, was that she would be presented with the Milken Educator Award for excellence in the education profession.

North Central’s Tyson Education Center to benefit from local 5K

North Central College’s Tyson Education Curriculum Resource Center to benefit from funds raised at Metea Valley High School 5K run/walk on June 1.

North Central College’s Dr. Lora L. Tyson Education Curriculum Resource Center will benefit from proceeds of a local 5K run/walk this June. The 5K event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 1, and feature professional distance runner Adam Goucher, along with students, staff and families of Metea Valley High School in Aurora, Ill.

McMahon presents to teachers in high-need schools

Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics
Mary McMahon, North Central College associate professor of mathematics, co-presented a talk on mathematical modeling at ACI’s Teacher Induction Academy.

Mary McMahon, North Central College associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, presented at the Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) Teacher Induction Academy at Dominican University April 19.

Murawska receives mathematics education research award

Jaclyn Murawska, adjunct instructor of mathematics
Jaclyn Murawska, North Central College adjunct instructor of mathematics, received an award from Northern Illinois University for her recent research.

Jaclyn Murawska, North Central College adjunct instructor of mathematics, received the Merlyn J. Behr Award in Mathematics Education from Northern Illinois University and its Department of Mathematical Sciences. The award recognizes Murawska’s significant contribution to the field of mathematics education for her dissertation research, “Preservice Elementary School Teachers’ Conceptual Understanding of Place Value Within a Constructivist Framework.”

Students present team-building sessions to local educators

Andrea Kovalsky and Kristen Brandenburg facilitate lessons with educators
North Central College students studying physical and health education present to K-12 educators at DuPage Regional Office of Education County Institute Day.

Six North Central College students studying physical and health education were invited to present at the DuPage Regional Office of Education County Institute Day held at Naperville North High School on March 1. The students presented to K-12 educators as part of the Physical Education, Health Education and Driver Education DuPage County Institute sessions.

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