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North Central forensics places third in state, sets record for national qualifiers

North Central College students win 12 awards at state championship forensic tournament, set program record for national contest by qualifying in 29 events.

Eighteen North Central College students were among some 200 forensic competitors in speech and debate at the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament (IIFA), hosted by Northern Illinois University March 1-2.

North Central College brought home 12 awards. Among them were two Sweepstakes Awards: The College won Third Place Team award in the State of Illinois, and David DePino ’13, majoring in speech communication and history, claimed Third Place Overall Individual Student in Illinois award.

John Nosek '85

John Nosek was named president of Kao USA Inc. in January 2012. He oversees the Kao Corporation’s prestige, consumer products and professional salon businesses in the United States. Kao USA Inc. has worked with Jergens, Curel, Biore and John Frieda brands, as well as Goldwell, KMS California professional hair care and Molton Brown prestige products. Nosek joined Kao USA Inc. in 2006 after holding a variety of executive positions in the consumer products industry with L’Oreal USA and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He and his wife Leah reside in a suburb of Cincinnati with their three children.

Mark Schobel '83

Mark Schobel was reelected to the Wheaton Park District board of commissioners and has been on the board since 1989. He is regional vice president at Job Search Television Network (JSTN). He says the main reason he decided to run for reelection was to serve his community “and strive to make the district excel and better itself at every opportunity.” Schobel resides in Wheaton, IL, with his wife Rebecca and their two daughters.

Kirk Overstreet '00

Kirk Overstreet accepted a position as assistant dean of adjunct faculty support at the College of DuPage. He is the second of two new assistant deans hired to work with the College’s adjunct faculty members. In his new position, he and a fellow assistant dean will work on adjunct faculty recruitment, orientation, professional development and evaluation. Prior to working for the College of DuPage, he served as associate director of human resources in the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Koenig is editor, contributor of second work on the Holocaust

Wendy Koenig, associate professor of art
Wendy Koenig, North Central College associate professor of art, is co-editor of “The Holocaust and World War II: In History and In Memory,” December 2012.

Wendy Koenig, North Central College associate professor of art, is co-editor of “The Holocaust and World War II: In History and In Memory,” published December 2012 with Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was 2007 North Central College Commencement speaker

Newly appointed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was the 2007 Commencement speaker at North Central College.

Newly appointed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was the 2007 Commencement speaker at North Central College.

Hagel was sworn in on Feb. 27 as the nation’s 24th defense secretary, one day after the Senate voted 58-41 to approve his appointment by President Barack Obama.

Hagel spoke at North Central College’s 142nd Commencement ceremony on June 9, 2007, when he was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree. Hagel was a U.S. Senator representing Nebraska at the time. A North Central College alumnus, T.J. Birkel ’04, served as a senior staff member to Senator Hagel.

North Central College event celebrates 1890 alumnus James Henry Breasted, Ph.D.

North Central College alumni can meet President Troy D. Hammond Feb. 22 during an event that celebrates the legacy of a prominent alumnus.

North Central College alumni can meet President Troy D. Hammond Feb. 22 during an event that celebrates the legacy of a prominent alumnus.

North Central College students to present research at NCUR

Biology major Scott Blaszak ’14 and biochemistry major Samantha DeWerff ’13
National Conferences on Undergraduate Research accepts 32 proposals by 34 students, placing North Central in nation’s top 5 percent for most acceptances.

North Central College students will showcase their original research in biology, chemistry, psychology, literature, the arts and other fields at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in April.

NCUR has accepted 32 proposals by 34 North Central students for presentation at its annual conference. NCUR promotes research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study and accepts only top submissions by undergraduate students.

North Central College alumnus Dr. Karl Brooks speaks at MLK prayer breakfast

Alumnus Karl Brooks ’90, a Joliet Junior College administrator, was keynote speaker at the College’s MLK prayer breakfast.

North Central College alumnus Dr. Karl Brooks ’90 spoke to students, faculty, staff and guests about the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy during the College’s annual MLK prayer breakfast Jan. 21.

Dean of student success at Joliet Junior College, Brooks encouraged audience members to reflect on what inspires them—saying King’s legacy is a source of daily inspiration to him.

“We are all benefactors of Martin Luther King’s legacy,” Brooks said. “He calls us all to a higher moral and ethical ground.”

Students may apply by Feb. 20 for Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research

Students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research May 14.

North Central College students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research, which will take place during Honors Day on Tuesday, May 14.

Information about the symposium and how to submit proposals may be found on the College’s website. A list of frequently asked questions also is available.

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