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Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams to address North Central College Commencement

Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps
Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will deliver the address June 9 at the 147th Commencement ceremony of North Central College.

Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will deliver the address June 9 at the 147th Commencement ceremony of North Central College.

Emily Rademaker receives academic and service awards

Em Rademaker '12
Emily Rademaker of Cary was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in German and Outstanding Service to Student Life awards at North Central College.

Emily “Em” Rademaker of Cary, Ill., was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in German Award and Outstanding Service to Student Life Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

Rademaker is a senior majoring in German, classical civilization and sociology with minors in history and anthropology at North Central College. After graduation, she will serve in the Republic of South Africa for a 27-month assignment with the Peace Corps. She is the daughter of Dana and Linnea Rademaker and is a 2008 graduate of Cary-Grove Community High School.

Wolf publishes article, teaches online and at workshop

Gregory Wolf, professor of German
Gregory Wolf, North Central College professor of German, has feature article on baseball published and presents webinar and workshop on teaching German.

Gregory H. Wolf, North Central College professor of German, and a member of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) published the feature and lead article, “A Friend of Pirates History. From 42-112 to a World Series Championship,” on April 6 in The Hardball Times, an Internet site focusing on the history of Major League Baseball and advanced sabermetric analysis.

Gems presents at conference, publishes chapter

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, presented paper at conference, published chapter in book.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, presented a paper, titled “Downfall of the Turner Movement in the United States,” at the German American Studies Conference at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., on April 13.

German leader who lived in divided Germany gives two lectures

Michael Lunberg, Consistorial Councillor in Berlin and Brandenburg, Germany
North Central College hosts lectures April 2-3 by Michael Lunberg, who grew up in East Germany under communist state, was involved in peaceful opposition.

North Central College will host two lectures April 2-3 by Michael Lunberg, Consistorial Councillor in Berlin and Brandenburg, Germany, about the power of political opposition.

Lunberg grew up in East Germany under a repressive communist state and political party and was active in the opposition movement in the late 1980s leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Experience world cultures at North Central College's International Festival Feb. 12

North Central's German Club exhibit
The 16th Annual International Festival on Feb. 12 offers the campus community an opportunity to become immersed in a variety of cultures from across the globe.

North Central College will host its 16th Annual International Festival on Feb. 12, featuring new performance groups and participating community organizations, authentic international cuisine, ethnic dancing, live music and more.

Record 45 North Central students to present at NCUR

Student presenters at previous NCUR
For third straight year, a record number of students will represent North Central College at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

For the third consecutive year, a record number of students from North Central College will participate in the nation’s leading conference on undergraduate research.

Forty-five students will represent North Central at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) March 29-31 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. No other college or university in Illinois will send more students to this prestigious conference.

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Wolf gives talks, organizes sessions as chair of undergraduate German program

Gregory Wolf, professor of German
Gregory Wolf, North Central College professor of German, gave presentations, organized sessions at American Association for Teachers of German annual meeting.

Gregory H. Wolf, North Central College professor of German, is chair of the Small Undergraduate German Programs special interest group of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). He organized a breakfast and presented “Keeping German Programs Visible” and co-organized two sessions with six presentations addressing language pedagogy, instructional technology and curricular development at the national meeting of the American Association for Teachers of German in Denver, Colo.

Nora Wessels

The opportunity to study German and play soccer attracted Nora to North Central. “I wanted to be involved with the sport and I liked the idea of classes with as few as 10 students. I love the environment a small school offers.”

Her German classes were engaging and she got to know her classmates and professors on a personal level. She also enjoyed visiting Berlin, Potsdam, Wittenberg and Dresden as part of a D-Term course. “I had a great time immersing myself in the language and culture of Germany and noticed a difference in my ability to write and orally produce the German language.”

Participating in athletics taught Nora many life lessons, which she hopes to incorporate as a future coach. “I’m grateful both the German and education departments have done such a great job preparing me for the real world.”

Nora landed a full-time position teaching German at a suburban high school, where she also hopes to coach soccer.

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