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Oesterle Library showcases select publications, themes

Oesterle Library showcases select publications, themes

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During fall term, North Central’s Oesterle Library will feature publications by faculty members, books on global human rights, and news about Banned Books Week, Constitution Day, National Freedom of Speech Week and more. The displays are showcased in the library’s lobby.

Community Publications
Martha Bohrer, associate professor of English. “John Galt’s ‘Annals of the Parishi’ and the Narrative Strategies of Tales of Locale” in John Galt: Observations and Conjectures on Literature, History, and Society, 2012



Oesterle Library displays faculty publications, history of library

Oesterle Library displays faculty publications, history of library

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During winter term, North Central’s Oesterle Library will feature publications by 10 faculty members and the history of Oesterle Library. The displays are showcased in the library’s lobby.

Community Publications
•    Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education. “Polish Americans” and “Progressive Era, 1900-1920” in Sports in America: from Colonial Times to the Twenty-first Century: an Encyclopedia, 2011.



Trustees approve faculty tenure, promotions

Trustees approve faculty tenure, promotions

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The Board of Trustees of North Central College approved five faculty for tenure and nine faculty for promotion at the Trustee meeting, May 20-21, 2011. Congratulations to the following faculty:

For tenure
Dr. William Barnett, Department of History
Dr. Amy Buxbaum, Department of Speech Communication
Dr. David Janzen, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Dr. Donnavieve Smith, Department of Management and Marketing
Dr. Gregory Wolf, Department of Modern and Classical Languages

For promotion



Wolf organizes, presents two language workshops

Wolf organizes, presents two language workshops

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Gregory H. Wolf, associate professor of German, organized and hosted two language pedagogy events. On May 1, he was invited by the Nebraska state chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German to present a workshop concentrating on language pedagogy, advocacy and program building at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. German professors and teachers from around the state participated.


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.


Gregory Wolf publishes two reviews

Gregory Wolf publishes two reviews

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Gregory H. Wolf, associate professor of German, published a review essay of Thomas Bernhard’s novel Frost in Southern Humanities Review 44.1 (2010): 109-112. Bernhard, one of Austria’s most critically acclaimed and polemical writers, died in 1989. In Frost, he thematizes issues of violence and power while raising questions about how Austria has confronted its history with the Third Reich. Wolf also published a review of Gabi Baier’s text for learners of German, Verschollen in Berlin, at www.aatg.org. 


Gregory Wolf gives lecture in Germany

Gregory Wolf gives lecture in Germany

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Gregory H. Wolf, associate professor of German, was invited by the national German academic society Steuben-Schurz Gesellschaft to deliver the guest lecture titled “Deutsche Immigranten in den USA: Auf der Suche nach Freiheit, Unabhaengigkeit und Selbstbestimmung” [German Immigrants in the USA: In Search of Freedom, Independence, and Self-determination] in Potsdam, Germany, on Dec. 10, 2009.


Students, faculty blog about D-Term in Germany

Students, faculty blog about D-Term in Germany

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During D-Term, several students traveled to Germany as part of their course titled Exploring Berlin, Germany: A Cultural, Multicultural and Historical Treasure. Visit their blog to view photos and read about their adventures, along with posts by Gregory Wolf, associate professor of German, and Kevin McCarthy, area hall director and housing coordinator, Schneller Hall, who accompanied students.


Gregory Wolf organizes national workshop

Gregory Wolf organizes national workshop

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Gregory H. Wolf, associate professor of German, organized a national workshop titled “Sustaining the Momentum,” which 15 invited German instructors on secondary and post-secondary education at the Goethe Institut in Chicago on Sept. 11-13. Supported by a grant from the Federal Republic of Germany, the workshop concentrated on program building and strategies to model German programs that would attract and keep students in the language pipeline.


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