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Viviana Kabbabe-Thompson gives poster at national conference

Viviana Kabbabe-Thompson gives poster at national conference

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Viviana Kabbabe-Thompson, director of multicultural affairs, gave a poster presentation titled “Sankofa Spring Break Trips” at the Students Affairs Administrators in High Education (NASPA) annual national conference in Chicago March 8. She instituted the concept of Sankofa trips at North Central College and has led trips each spring break for three years. Her presentation highlighted the fact that North Central is the only school program that has taken the Sankofa principle and applied it to various cultural groups.


Karl Kelley appointed to editorial board of PsycCRITIQUES

Karl Kelley appointed to editorial board of PsycCRITIQUES

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Karl Kelley, professor and chair of psychology, was recognized for his contribution of seven recent papers published in PsycCRITIQUES and named to its editorial board through 2013. PsycCRITIQUES is a database of full-text reviews of books, videos and popular films and replaced the American Psychological Association print journal Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books.


Spring Break Sankofa experience heads to San Antonio March 17-27

Spring Break Sankofa experience heads to San Antonio March 17-27

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This year’s Sankofa service trip, titled “Remember the Alamo,” will take seven students to San Antonio, Texas, where they'll explore a part of American history to better understand current day situations, various cultural groups that live there, and society's responsibilities to those groups. The Office of Multicultural Affairs, led by director Viviana Kabbabe-Thompson, is sponsoring this service trip March 17-27. Students will visit the sites of the Alamo (photo), the Mexican-American War, San Jose missions, museums and the original borders of Mexico.


Jaclyn Murawska presents workshop to K-12 teachers

Jaclyn Murawska presents workshop to K-12 teachers

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Jaclyn Murawska, adjunct instructor of mathematics, presented a workshop titled “Explorations in Tessellations” to K-12 teachers at the Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago's Annual Conference of Workshops Jan. 30 at York High School in Elmhurst.


WIN event features recreation news, networking opportunities

WIN event features recreation news, networking opportunities

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When the Women’s Interaction Network (WIN) held its winter gathering March 3, the agenda included lunch and hearing about recreational sports from Corey Bitzer (photo), coordinator of recreation and wellness programs, and comments from Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry and recipient of this year’s Cleo Tanner Award for outstanding contributions. Since assuming the new coordinator position in fall 2009, Bitzer has initiated myriad recreational sports for students, faculty and staff, utilizing all athletic facilities.


Ann Durkin Keating gives talk to historical society

Ann Durkin Keating gives talk to historical society

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Ann Durkin Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History, was a guest speaker Feb. 28 during the Niles Historical Society meeting at the Niles Historical Museum. She discussed Chicago area history, based on her book “Chicagoland: City and Suburbs of the Railroad Age.”


Mary McMahon addresses K-12 teachers

Mary McMahon addresses K-12 teachers

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Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics and education certification officer, spoke on the topic “Where’s Math” to K-12 teachers at the Teacher Induction Academy of the Associated Colleges Of Illinois Jan. 29 at Dominican University.


Ted Lehe publishes article in philosophical journal

Ted Lehe publishes article in philosophical journal

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Robert Tad Lehe, professor of philosophy, co-authored with Daniel Kolb an article titled “Nihilistic Consequences of the Argument from Evil” in the December 2009 issue of the International Philosophical Quarterly.


Carin Silkaitis' theatre company featured at Steppenwolf

Carin Silkaitis' theatre company featured at Steppenwolf

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Carin Silkaitis, assistant professor of theatre and theatre program coordinator, is board president of her own theatre company, XIII Pocket Productions. In its second season, XIII Pocket was chosen to participate in Steppenwolf’s Visiting Company Initiative, which invites young and innovative companies to produce a show in Steppenwolf’s spaces. XIII Pocket and two other theaters will present their own productions in a rotating repertory for a 10-week run, from Feb. 18 to April 25, in the Merle Reskin Garage in Chicago.


Paloma Martinez-Cruz presents paper at conference

Paloma Martinez-Cruz presents paper at conference

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Paloma Martinez-Cruz, assistant professor of Spanish, presented a paper titled “Contesting the Mother-as-Pathogen Myth: Counterstories in Chicana/o Literature” at the Mothering and Migration: (Trans)nationalisms, Globalization, and Displacement conference hosted by the Association for Research on Mothering and the University of Rio Piedras in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Feb. 19.



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