North Central College - Naperville, IL

Gems teaches, serves, presents in international positions

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, is named officer of international society, teaches and gives talks worldwide.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, was elected a vice president of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport; his four-year term began August 2013. His duties include setting the direction of the organization, organization of conferences, service on the scientific committee and more.

New North Central College students discover possibilities during Orientation

Hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College during Orientation.

During summer 2013 Orientation sessions, hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College.

From study abroad courses to athletic teams to clubs and organizations, Orientation serves to inform students about options so they can begin to plan their years of study and make the most of their experience at North Central College.

Summer research students to discuss scholarly work during Aug. 1 poster session

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

The SURC poster session takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in Smith Hall of Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. (The session previously was scheduled to take place in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center). Most of the 40 students who participated in the 2013 SURC will be present.

Lindsay Owens

Lindsay wanted a career she was more passionate about, so after a few years in sales, she enrolled at North Central College to earn a degree in physical education.

“My career aspirations were to become certified and prepared to teach physical education at the K-12 level,” says Lindsay, who’d previously earned a bachelor’s degree at a different school. “The combination of traditional classroom teaching along with practical experiences has allowed me to apply all that I’ve learned. I not only feel ready to teach physical education, but I feel confident that North Central has done everything in its power to prepare me.”

Lindsay discovered how much she enjoyed working with young athletes during a previous coaching opportunity. After an extensive college search, she landed in Naperville.

“If you’re looking for a school where you will get the best of everything from athletics to education, and where faculty and peers care about you, come to North Central College,” she says. “I wanted challenging coursework, along with the support of faculty and peers. I found that here.”

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.

Bradley Crackel earns Outstanding Major in Physical Education Award

Bradley Crackel received the Outstanding Major in Physical Education Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Bradley Crackel, son of Michael and Beth Crackel of Oswego, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Physical Education Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Bradley is majoring in physical education/K-12 at North Central College. He is a graduate of Oswego East High School.

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.

Jacob Austin '10

Jacob Austin played a role in “Romantic Fools,” a comedic vaudeville show that ran February 14-16 at the River’s Edge Theatre in Yorkville, IL. Austin played the male counterpart in multiple two-character sketches examining love, lust, dating and romance. With influences of “Monty Python,” “Saturday Night Live,” Jules Feiffer and the Marx Brothers, the sketches varied in style but all celebrated the inherent comedy of male-female relationships.

Robert Pomazak '01

Robert Pomazak was hired in the St. Charles North High School physical education department and will coach football beginning August 2013. He previously served as a physical education teacher, sophomore baseball coach and football defensive coordinator at Elk Grove High School. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science and health from California University of Pennsylvania. During his time at North Central, Pomazak played baseball for the Cardinals.

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