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King named contest finalist, awarded fellowship for novella

King named contest finalist, awarded fellowship for novella

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Patricia King, adjunct assistant professor English, was a Finalist in the Fiction Category of the 2010 Summer Literary Seminars Unified Literary Contest for her novella, “Angels Unawares.” Her work was one of 1,200 submissions from around the world. As a result, she was awarded a Summer Literary Seminars fellowship to attend one of their writing workshops this year.


Wolf and Bianca Gavin ’11 co-present at German association meeting

Wolf and Bianca Gavin ’11 co-present at German association meeting

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Gregory Wolf, associate professor of German, and Bianca Gavin ’11, who is majoring in German with minors in secondary education and psychology, co-presented “Teaching German History and Geography Through Wikis” at the annual state meeting of the American Association of Teachers of German, Illinois chapter, in Glen Ellyn April 10. The presentation explored how Wikis, as learning communities, can offer teachers pedagogically exciting and informative approaches to teach while providing students a more nuanced and contextualized learning experience.


Gems gives presentation in nation's capital

Gems gives presentation in nation's capital

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Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, gave a presentation titled “Sport, Democracy, and the Americanization of Italian Americans” as part of a panel on The Promises of Sport and Democracy in American Culture at the Organization of American Historians Conference in Washington, D.C., on April 7.


Steve Macek moderates forum, presents paper

Steve Macek moderates forum, presents paper

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Steve Macek, associate professor of speech communication, moderated a League of Women Voters forum on “Journalism in the 21st Century” March 20. He also presented a paper on the history of the underground press in Chicago, titled “The Establishment Strikes Back: Harassment of the Underground Press in Chicago (1968-1973),” at the Popular Culture Association conference in St. Louis, March 31-April 3.


College welcomes new employees

College welcomes new employees

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Pippen and College tutoring programs earn national certification

Pippen and College tutoring programs earn national certification

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Jenny Pippen, assistant director of academic support, has become a Certified Learning Center Professional, Level One, and received tutor certification for North Central College tutors through the College Reading and Learning Center. This certification implements a uniform training and evaluation program on campus that has been peer-reviewed. It gives the College national recognition as a school that has obtained certification for the tutoring program and recognizes Pippen as the person who created and implemented the program.


Patricia King receives grant from Illinois Arts Council

Patricia King receives grant from Illinois Arts Council

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Patricia King, adjunct assistant professor English, was awarded an Individual Artist Professional Development grant from the Illinois Arts Council for support of “opportunities and projects related to an individual artist’s career.” She will use the grant to attend a master’s class in fiction this summer in New York City with Viking/Penguin Senior Editor Joshua Kendall.


Student is finalist in singing, acting contest

Student is finalist in singing, acting contest

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Tanner Smale ’12 was a finalist in the first-ever Chicago NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Musical Theater Contest. Held March 13 in Evanston, the contest included more than 40 musical theatre students from the Chicago area who competed in song and dance. Smale is majoring in musical theatre with a minor in dance and is a student of Paul Grizzell, lecturer of music.


Accounting faculty give presentation at international conference

Accounting faculty give presentation at international conference

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Sarah McKinney, assistant professor of accounting, David Gray (photo, right), assistant professor of accounting, and Gerald Hamsmith, professor of accounting emeritus, presented “Teaching Auditing Using Case Studies” at the MBAA International Conference in Chicago on March 25. MBAA (Midwest Business Administration Association) International includes academics and practitioners who are dedicated to the pursuit of business knowledge.


North Central welcomes new employees

North Central welcomes new employees

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