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North Central honors William D. Soper '68 with Outstanding Alumni Award

William D. Soper '68 with Outstanding Alumni Award
North Central College to honor William D. Soper '68 with Outstanding Alumni Award, with a 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award.

North Central College is honoringWilliam D. Soper '68 with Outstanding Alumni Award with a 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award.

William D. Soper, M.D. ’68  is a board-certified general surgeon with more than twenty five years of experience in the practice of general surgery. He received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago and completed his surgical residency at the University of Illinois Medical Center. 

New faculty members begin academic year at North Central College

North Central College appoints several new faculty members and welcomes Visiting Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence for the 2012-2013 academic year.

North Central College has appointed several new faculty members for the 2012-2013 academic year, which begins Sept. 10.

Five new full-time, tenure-track faculty members are:

Bulandr and Caron named outstanding seniors during Honors Convocation

President Wilde with outstanding seniors Peter Bulandr Jr. and Mary Caron
North Central College selects Peter Bulandr Jr. as the Outstanding Senior Man and Mary Caron as the Outstanding Senior Woman for 2012.

North Central College recognized Peter Bulandr Jr. as the Outstanding Senior Man and Mary Caron as the Outstanding Senior Woman for 2012 during the College’s annual Honors Convocation on May 15.

The annual awards recognize one senior man and one senior woman for their successes in the classroom, their involvement and contributions to the campus community outside the classroom, and their future potential.

Ibero-American Film Festival features six films

Scene from "Chico & Rita"
Fusión Española, North Central College’s Spanish Club, will host the Ibero-American Film Festival, featuring cultural enrichment, May 2-3 and 7-10.

Fusión Española, North Central College’s Spanish Club, will host the Ibero-American Film Festival, featuring the screening of six films for cultural enrichment of Spanish studies. Admission is free to all six events, held in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall from May 2 through May 10.

An opening reception with complimentary refreshments and information about the films will take place at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, prior to the first film. The films are spoken in Spanish but have English subtitles. Following is the lineup for the festival:

Service, study abroad inspire student’s research on immigration reform

Jenna Slack ’12, Spanish major, leadership and conflict resolution minors
North Central College senior Jenna Slack presents research at national conference that supports using mediation to resolve immigration conflict, direct policy.

Senior Jenna Slack from Carol Stream, Ill., is among 45 students from North Central College whose research project was accepted for presentation at a leading national conference on undergraduate research.

Her research topic—using mediation to examine and resolve illegal migration issues—evolved after a study abroad experience her sophomore year led to subsequent volunteer work.

Experience Spanish culture during annual Flamenco Festival

Chiara Mangiameli, featured flamenco artist at festival
During February, North Central College hosts its annual Flamenco Festival, featuring rhythmic music, dance, films and photography from Spanish culture.

During the month of February, North Central College will host the fifth annual Flamenco Festival that showcases the emotive, rhythmic music and dance from Spanish culture. Several events are planned—including dance classes, films, a lecture and photography exhibit. All are open to the public and most are free.

The Flamenco Festival presents the following events:

Bayona is editor in new book on crosslinguistic influence

Patricia Bayona, adjunct assistant professor of Spanish
Patricia Bayona, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of Spanish, is editor in book about crosslinguistic influence and multilingualism research.

Patricia Bayona, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of Spanish, is editor of an article in the new book “New Trends in Crosslinguistic Influence and Multilingualism Research,” Ed. Gessica de Angelis and Jean-Marc Dewaele by Multilingual Matters.

North Central alumni, students hone skills as they lead and teach at summer camp

Eighth-grade scholars solve math problem during Math Olympics
For the first time, North Central alumnae co-direct the Junior/Senior Scholars summer camp, a college readiness program that partners with high-need schools.

July 21, 2011—For the first time, North Central alumnae served as co-directors of the Junior/Senior Scholars summer camp, a college readiness program that partners with high-need elementary and secondary schools in Aurora and Chicago. Program Coordinator Jan Fitzsimmons recruited Cherrelle Blevins ’09 and Jill Bushman ’10 to serve as co-directors, along with four North Central alumni as coaches and 17 students as interns for the 2011 five-week summer program.

Kevin Stahr '99

Kevin Stahr is the public information coordinator for the City of Aurora, IL. He’s responsible for writing news releases, fielding media inquiries, coordinating special events and helping develop various media strategies. Stahr had spent the last 11 years with Suburban Life Newspapers as a reporter and news editor. He lives in Aurora with his wife Toni Drost ’99 Stahr.

Valla Coffman '02 Aguilar

Valla Coffman Aguilar is director of marketing for the Office of Marketing and Communications at North Central College where she also spent three years as assistant director of admission/marketing coordinator. She has served the last three years as senior marketing communications specialist with Dental Network of America in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

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