North Central College - Naperville, IL

Brendan Ryan

The son of two educators, Brendan learned at an early age that teaching is more than a career. “It’s a lifestyle and a passion,” he says.

His professors at North Central College further cemented that belief. “They don’t see teaching as their job; they see it as their favorite thing to do every day. They love being at school and have a genuine passion for teaching.”

If someone possesses that passion, he says, “they will be very successful at North Central and in their future teaching career.”

Brendan is a physical education major and health education minor and hopes to teach both subjects in the future. He serves as an officer in Physical Education Council of Students—a club he helped create—and pitches for the Cardinals’ baseball team.

 “With all the things I’ve learned and experienced, I know I can take over my own classroom and teach like a seasoned teacher,” says Brendan. “North Central does an incredible job of teaching education as a passion and not just as a career.”

Student researchers test out newly renovated science research lab

A new research lab in North Central College’s Kroehler Science Center is designed to encourage greater collaboration among students and faculty.

A Kroehler Science Center lab that has been home to dozens of student and faculty research projects  now boasts a renovated interior that’s more conducive to collaboration and long-term projects. The lab was completely gutted to redesign the space and accommodate new flooring, updated furnishings and improved storage and shelving.

“It’s much easier to collaborate with people from different labs and overall, everything is much more organized,” says Scott Blaszak ’14, a biology major. “The redesigned space is better situated for conducting research.”

Gems publishes, presents, receives award

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, publishes chapter, article and book review; gives talks; receives service award.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, published a chapter, article and book review; delivered presentations; and received a service award from the North American Society for Sport History.

His chapter, titled “Sport in the United States,” was published in a book edited by Claude Sobry and titled “Sports Governance in the World: A Socio-Historic Approach.” (Paris: Editions Le Manuscrit Press)

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.

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.

North Central College earns White House recognition for community service

North Central College has earned a spot on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Volunteer efforts by North Central College students, faculty and staff have earned the College a spot on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve significant outcomes. North Central College was honored for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

College hosts symposium on Global and Environmental Health

Augustine Afullo, Ph.D., and Christopher ‘Sola Olopade, M.D.
North Central College presents Feb. 19 symposium in Global Human Rights series, featuring two keynote speakers, sessions by faculty and students.

North Central College will host a symposium on Global and Environmental Health, featuring two keynote speakers with expertise on the subject—Augustine Afullo, Ph.D., and Christopher ‘Sola Olopade, M.D.—and sessions led by College faculty and students on Feb. 19.

North Central College, Chicago Blackhawks, LifeSource cosponsor blood drive March 23

North Central College, the Chicago Blackhawks and LifeSource are teaming up to cosponsor a blood drive March 23 at the College.

North Central College, the Chicago Blackhawks and LifeSource are teaming up to cosponsor a blood drive March 23 at the College.

Chicago Blackhawks players to be announced later and Tommy Hawk, the Blackhawks’ mascot, are scheduled to be on hand when the College’s Pre-Health Organization (PHO) hosts the event as part of the LifeSource Spring Blood Drive and Marrow Registry from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in the College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St.

North Central College education students, alumni invited to Feb. 1 Snow Bowl benefit

2012 Snow Bowl
Community members are invited to join North Central College education students and alumni for the Snow Bowl, an evening of bowling, networking.

Community members are invited to join North Central College education students and alumni for an evening of bowling and networking to support a valuable resource for future educators.

North Central College to host Women’s Leadership Retreat for students Feb. 15-17

The Leadership, Ethics and Values and Student Life programs are planning North Central’s first Women’s Leadership Retreat for students on Feb. 15-17.

North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values and Student Life programs are planning the College’s first Women’s Leadership Retreat for students on Feb. 15-17.

The three-day workshop will allow 20 female students the opportunity to become stronger, more daring and more thoughtful leaders, says Renee Kosiarek, assistant to the director of the Leadership, Ethics and Values program.

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