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North Central College alumnus earns Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching

Robert Taylor, Golden Apple Awardee
North Central College alumnus Robert Taylor is one of 10 Chicago-area educators being honored with 2012 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

May 16, 2012—North Central College alumnus Robert Taylor is one of 10 Chicago-area educators being honored as recipients of a prestigious 2012 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Taylor, who earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from North Central College in 2000, is a second-grade teacher at Central Road School in Community Consolidated School District 15 in Palatine.

District 15 announced Taylor was presented with the award May 9.

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.

Three-part Human Rights Symposium kicks off April 9

Senior laboratory analyst for Clinton Health Access Initiative in Kenya to give talk on “Fighting HIV/AIDS by Bringing New Technologies Closer to Patients.”

North Central’s Office of International Programs and Leadership, Ethics and Values program kicks off the College’s third annual Spring Symposium on global human rights at noon Monday, April 9, with a guest presentation titled “Fighting HIV/AIDS by Bringing New Technologies Closer to Patients.”

Jonathan Lehe, senior laboratory analyst for the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Nairobi, Kenya, will discuss new point-of-care testing that provides diagnosis and therapy for AIDS patients in resource-limited settings.

Gems completes Fulbright assignments of teaching, advising, giving lectures

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, lectured and consulted as Fulbright Senior Specialist in Sweden and Denmark.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, completed his Fulbright responsibilities from March 10 to 23 in Sweden and Denmark. At Sweden’s Malmö University, he presented a lecture on “Sport, Colonialism, and Politics in the U.S.A.” and held a seminar for Ph.D. graduate students. At the University of Copenhagen, he presented a public lecture on “Sport, Ethnicity, and the Formation of a National Identity” and taught a class on sport concussions to a sport psychology class.

Carius inducted to Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame

Al Carius, head men’s cross country & associate head men’s track and field coach
Al Carius, North Central College head men’s cross country and associate head men’s track and field coach, was inducted to Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.

Al Carius, North Central College head men’s cross country and associate head men’s track and field coach, was inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame on April 1, according to the Peoria Journal Star.  

A Morton, Ill., native, Carius has coached North Central College to 14 Division III national cross country titles, including the most recent in 2011, and six outdoor and three indoor national track and field titles in his 46 years at the College.

Gems has chapter, book reviews published

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, publishes chapter in new book and two book reviews in “Journal of Sport History.”

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, had his chapter, titled “Baseball, Invented Tradition, and Nationalistic Spirit,” published in “Myths and Milestones in the History of Sport,” which is edited by Stephen Wagg and published by Palgrave Macmillan. The book goes beyond the newsy versions of apparent turning points in sport history and explores these moments in a series of detailed and insightful studies.

Eric Ilich ’04 named football coach at Hoffman Estates High School

Eric Ilich
North Central College alumnus Eric Ilich ’04 has been named football coach at Hoffman Estates High School, the Daily Herald reports.

North Central College alumnus Eric Ilich ’04 has been named football coach at Hoffman Estates High School, the Daily Herald reports.

Ilich, who majored in physical education K-12 at North Central, has been an assistant football coach at Bartlett High School. Prior to being the North Central Cardinals' quarterback in 2004, he was quarterback for the first two years of Naperville’s Neuqua Valley High School in 1998-1999.

North Central College’s Jan Fitzsimmons honored by education professionals

Educator Janis Fitzsimmons is being honored by peers for helping prepare young teachers to pursue careers serving children in high-need schools.

Feb. 21, 2012—North Central College educator Janis Fitzsimmons is being honored by peers for her achievements in helping prepare young teachers to pursue careers serving children in high-need schools.

Fitzsimmons will receive recognition April 16 during the annual Honoring the Profession gala hosted by School of Education at Dominican University. The gala recognizes a select group of educators who continue to serve students and young people in the United States through the education profession.

North Central takes lead in national curriculum research

New national academic standards aim to raise the achievement of K-12 students in the United States to a world-class level. And North Central will play a lead role in helping teachers at high-need schools better prepare students for more rigorous standards in mathematics.

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