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Murawska elected to ICTM board of directors

Jaclyn Murawska, adjunct instructor of mathematics
Jaclyn Murawska, North Central College adjunct instructor of mathematics, was elected to board of directors of the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Jaclyn Murawska, North Central College adjunct instructor of mathematics, has been elected to the board of directors of the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM). She will serve a three-year term as a director-at-large beginning October 2013.

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.

Maria Gommel earns two awards at Honors Convocation

Maria Gommel received the Outstanding Major in Mathematics and Outstanding Student in the Science Division awards at North Central’s 2013 Honors Convocation.

Maria Gommel, daughter of Mark and Laurie Gommel of Malta, Ill., received two awards—the Outstanding Major in Mathematics and the Outstanding Student in the Division of Science awards—during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Maria is majoring in mathematics and actuarial science at North Central College. She is a graduate of DeKalb High School.

Google spotlights recent North Central College graduate in video about internships

Kitt Vanderwater, a Google employee and 2012 graduate of North Central College, is featured in a Google video about its internship opportunities.

Kitt Vanderwater, a Google employee and 2012 graduate of North Central College, is featured in a Google video about its internship opportunities.

North Central’s math program wins grant for high school enrichment program

North Central College’s mathematics department secured Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant to aid high-achieving high school math students.

North Central College’s department of mathematics recently secured a competitive Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant (DMEG) from the Mathematical Association of America. The grant will be used to develop E2 (Expository Engagement): North Central Math Circle, an after-school math enrichment program for area high school students.

“It’s really exciting to be able to engage young, math-minded students at North Central,” said Neil Nicholson, North Central College assistant professor of mathematics and project director of E2.

McMahon presents to teachers in high-need schools

Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics
Mary McMahon, North Central College associate professor of mathematics, co-presented a talk on mathematical modeling at ACI’s Teacher Induction Academy.

Mary McMahon, North Central College associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, presented at the Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) Teacher Induction Academy at Dominican University April 19.

Murawska receives mathematics education research award

Jaclyn Murawska, adjunct instructor of mathematics
Jaclyn Murawska, North Central College adjunct instructor of mathematics, received an award from Northern Illinois University for her recent research.

Jaclyn Murawska, North Central College adjunct instructor of mathematics, received the Merlyn J. Behr Award in Mathematics Education from Northern Illinois University and its Department of Mathematical Sciences. The award recognizes Murawska’s significant contribution to the field of mathematics education for her dissertation research, “Preservice Elementary School Teachers’ Conceptual Understanding of Place Value Within a Constructivist Framework.”

Kim publishes paper, co-authored with former student, in business journal

Doh-Khul Kim, associate professor of economics and finance
Doh-Khul Kim, North Central College associate professor of economics and finance, publishes paper, co-authored with recent graduate Eric McKee ’12.

Doh-Khul Kim, North Central College associate professor of economics and finance, co-authored a paper titled “The Effectiveness of Commodities in Hedging Inflation—Is It Still Valid During Low Inflationary Period?” which was published in the fall/winter edition of the Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives. His co-author is North Central graduate Eric McKee ’12, who triple-majored in actuarial science, finance and classical civilization.

Kevin Harrington '93 M '99

Kevin Harrington M ’99 is the new junior varsity boys water polo coach at St. Charles North High School. He elected to leave the boys track program after 12 years. He recently completed his 23rd season of coaching basketball and served as a Naperville Central High School assistant coach for three seasons while attending North Central. Several concepts from basketball and soccer, which Harrington coached as an assistant for a handful of seasons, also overlap with water polo. “All of my coaching jobs are so similar,” Harrington says.

David Smith '87

David Smith was appointed vice president of operations at HealthTell, a developer of early screening tests for cancer and other chronic diseases. He will oversee all of HealthTell’s diagnostic chip manufacturing and technical infrastructure development. Prior to this position, Smith served in senior leadership positions across multiple biotechnology companies, including Affymetrix, 454 Life Sciences and Codon Devices. Smith earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Arizona.

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