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Language professors Bard and Wolf give presentations

Norval Bard, professor of French; Gregory Wolf, professor of German
North Central College Professor of French Norval Bard and Professor of German Gregory Wolf presented at a state conference about foreign language pedagogy.

Norval Bard, North Central College professor of French, and Gregory Wolf, professor of German, gave presentations at a conference focusing on pedagogy in the foreign language classroom. The conference was the annual meeting of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL), which took place in Tinley Park Oct. 17-19.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

Wolf publishes essays on German playwright, American baseball players

Gregory Wolf, Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor in the Humanities
Gregory Wolf, North Central College Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor in the Humanities and professor of German, publishes 10 essays in various publications.

Gregory Wolf, North Central College Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor in the Humanities and professor of German, authored a 26-page essay, titled “The Desire to Control Death: Heinrich von Kleist’s Epistolary Correspondence on Schicksal, Tod and Selbstmord,” which was published in the 2013 book “Wenn sie das Wort Ich gebraucht.” Festschrift für Barbara Becker- Cantarino von FreundInnen, SchülerInnen und KollegInnen,” with editors John Pustejovsky and Jacqueline Vansant.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

New North Central College students discover possibilities during Orientation

Hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College during Orientation.

During summer 2013 Orientation sessions, hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College.

From study abroad courses to athletic teams to clubs and organizations, Orientation serves to inform students about options so they can begin to plan their years of study and make the most of their experience at North Central College.

Summer research students to discuss scholarly work during Aug. 1 poster session

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

The SURC poster session takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in Smith Hall of Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. (The session previously was scheduled to take place in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center). Most of the 40 students who participated in the 2013 SURC will be present.

Louis Waldmeir

A degree in German from North Central College “is about so much more than learning grammar,” Louis says. “In my opinion, it’s one of the most complete and well-rounded majors an individual can undertake.”

He knows from experience.

Louis received a Richter grant and spent three weeks during the summer between his junior and senior years studying the complex beer culture in Heidelberg, Munich and Bamberg. He worked at a small brewery, where he spent time sanitizing equipment, adding hops and malt and delivering bottles and kegs to local grocers and bars. He’s given two presentations about his experiences at North Central and also presented his findings at a national conference.

Louis worked closely with a professor to receive funding for his research. The two also worked together on a pair of articles that appeared in the International Brecht Society Yearbook.

“Since North Central’s a small school, I’m able to meet with professors outside of class multiple times per week if needed,” he says.

Prior to his summer research trip, Louis studied abroad in Berlin for D-Term and in Heidelberg for a full semester.

“Those two experiences are irreplaceable,” Louis says.

New partnerships expand North Central College tradition of teacher-preparation excellence

North Central College builds upon its tradition of excellence in preparing educators by forging new partnerships with two additional school districts.

North Central College is building upon its tradition of excellence in preparing future teachers and principals by forging new partnerships with two additional school districts.

Since its founding in 1861, North Central College has been a leader in preparing generations of future educators who are able to impact student learning. With continuing national attention on the quality of educator-preparation programs, North Central College remains at the forefront of excellence in teacher training by expanding its emphasis on teacher assessment and accountability.

North Central graduate earns highly competitive Dunn Fellowship

Mark Zajac ’12, Dunn Fellow
North Central College graduate Mark Zajac has earned a spot as a policy fellow in Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s Chicago office through the Dunn Fellowship program.

Recent North Central College graduate Mark Zajac ’12 of Des Plaines, Ill., has earned a spot as a policy fellow in Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s Chicago office through the James H. Dunn Memorial Fellowship Program.

“I’ve always been interested in all things international, traveling to other countries and foreign affairs,” Zajac says. “This fellowship opens a lot of doors and will help me to better understand the world.”

Louis Waldmeir earns Outstanding Major in German Award

Louis Waldmeir received the Outstanding Major in German Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Louis Waldmeir, son of Mary and John Waldmeir, of Dubuque, Iowa, was awarded the Outstanding Major in German Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Louis is majoring in German and his name regularly appears on the College’s Dean’s List for high academic achievement. He is a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School.

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