North Central College - Naperville, IL

Alicia Zimmerman

Alicia minored in health education, in part because she wanted additional classroom training. As a sophomore, she interned at a local middle school where she created lesson plans, ran review sessions, observed classrooms, and graded tests daily. A member of North Central’s cross country and track and field teams, as well as the Concert Winds music ensemble, Alicia credits the personal attention of her professors with keeping her on task while accommodating her intense schedule. “They understand my schedule because they know who I am, my habits in class, and what I am involved with,” she says.

Res/Rec Fitness Center is open, ready for action

Res/Rec Fitness Center is open, ready for action

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With all-new, professional equipment by Life Fitness, the Res/Rec Fitness Center opened Sept. 13 to students, faculty and staff. The new treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes and stair-stepper are ready for action. Free weights will be stocked and ready for use Tuesday, Sept. 14. The fitness room is comfortable and cool and features large windows with views to the recreation center and soccer and softball fields. Student workers are available if you have questions about how to use the equipment.



Gems, students participate in summer graduate school in Denmark

Gems, students participate in summer graduate school in Denmark

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Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, and North Central students Stephanie Salerno, who’s pursuing a master’s in liberal studies, and senior Kelly Lofgren, physical education: K-12 major, traveled to Denmark and participated in the University of Copenhagen Summer School for graduate students. On Aug.


Majors Minors and Programs : Health Education

Students serve summer long, around the world

From San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to Nairobi, Kenya, to San Pablo City in the Philippines, North Central students wiill travel to do service projects.

Each summer, students at North Central College head to places around the world to serve alongside nonprofit organizations and people in disadvantaged communities. This summer, they'll work in three communities in Mexico, Kenya and the Philippines.

Gems gives presentations in Orlando and Israel

Gems gives presentations in Orlando and Israel

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Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, gave a presentation titled “Running with the Bulls: An Autoethnographic Account of Reliving the Past” at the North American Society for Sport History Convention in Orlando, Fla., on May 29. He also gave a presentation titled “Sport, Education, and American Manifest Destiny” at the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport in Netanya, Israel, on June 4.


"Blue Gold" addresses worldwide shortage of fresh water

"Blue Gold" addresses worldwide shortage of fresh water

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The College’s Cultural Events and Office of International Programs will co-host the free screening of the documentary Blue Gold: World Water Wars at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in Meiley-Swallow Hall. Some business circles have referred to fresh water as “blue gold” just as oil is called “black gold.” This film features interviews with 13 specialists who address the worldwide shortage of fresh water.


Gerald Gems speaks on radio, in Copenhagen and Taiwan

Gerald Gems speaks on radio, in Copenhagen and Taiwan

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Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, gave a radio interview for WDCB Du Page Public Radio on “Chicago's Failed Olympic Bid,” broadcast Oct. 2, 5 and 9. In addition, he gave a presentation titled “Sport, Politics and American Globalization” at the University of Copenhagen Summer School for graduate students on Aug. 21. He also delivered a keynote address titled “Past, Present, Future: The Cultural Power of Sport” at the first annual International Sociology of Sport Conference hosted by the National Sport University in Taipei, Taiwan, on Sept. 25.


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