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Students, staff present at LEV-cosponsored conference on faith, justice and civic learning

Steve Oliveri
North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program recently co-sponsored the first National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference.

July 1, 2011—North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program recently cosponsored the first National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference with DePaul University, providing students and staff the opportunity to present three sessions on various topics.

Cancer researcher returns to North Central to guest lecture science courses

Zach Pratt, a 2005 alumnus who recently completed his doctorate in cancer biology, returned to North Central to guest lecture some biology courses.

Zach Pratt hopes to combine his passion for scientific research with his knack for teaching.

Since earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from North Central in 2005, Pratt has completed his doctorate in cancer biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He returned to North Central in February 2011 to guest lecture some biology courses, using bacteria to teach a lesson in evolution.

Dr. Bruce Janacek receives prestigious national funding for scholarly research In England

History professor Bruce Janacek selected for National Endowment for the Humanities grant program to fund historical research and writing

The scholarly research of a North Central College history professor was selected to receive funding from a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant program.

North Central College presents globalization colloquium, hosts conference on Chinese thought

North Central campus community invited to “Globalization: A Colloquium” on April 30 and to keynote talk at Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought May 1.

North Central College presents “Globalization: A Colloquium” with a keynote talk by Dr. Riad Ismat on April 30 and hosts the Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought on May 1-2 with a keynote talk by Dr. Donald Harper on May 1.

Students present the faculty-directed drama “Hedda Gabler” May 7-9

Colleen DeRosa '16 as Hedda
North Central College features student actors and crew in the faculty-directed “Hedda Gabler,” a tense drama and late 19th century classic play by Henrik Ibsen.

North Central College features student actors in the faculty-directed drama “Hedda Gabler” May 7-9.

Four performances of “Hedda Gabler” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. May 7-9 and at 2 p.m. May 9 in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $10/adults and $8/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Wis is guest conductor and clinician with area high school ensembles

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts
Ramona Wis—North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, professor of music & director of choral activities—was guest conductor and clinician.

Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, professor of music and director of choral activities, was guest conductor for the District 211 Honors Choir Festival held April 9 and 11 in Palatine. She also was guest clinician for two Windy City Classic Music festivals.

Wis rehearsed the 85-member honors choir, comprised of selected singers from Conant, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Schaumburg and Fremd high schools, for two days and conducted the final evening performance on April 11 at Palatine High School.

A prolific writer, Mary Ann Meussling ’15 represents North Central College at poetry festival

Mary Ann Meussling ’15
North Central faculty choose Mary Ann Meussling ’15 to read her original poetry at prestigious Columbia College Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival.

An English writing major, Mary Ann Meussling ’15 read at the 16th annual Columbia College Chicago Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival on April 2. She was among 12 poets to read, who represented 11 Chicago-area colleges and universities, including Loyola, DePaul, Chicago State, Northwestern and Roosevelt universities, School of the Art Institute, University of Chicago and University of Illinois-Chicago.

Two North Central College students earn Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships

Kristin Rose '15, left, and Heidi Nelson '15
Two students who will graduate from North Central College this year have been awarded prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA).

Two students who will graduate from North Central College this year have been awarded prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA).

The latest Fulbright honors for Heidi Nelson ’15 of Carol Stream and Kristin Rose ’15 of Joliet are the 10th and 11th Fulbright awards earned by North Central College students and alumni. North Central College has been recognized as among the U.S. colleges and universities that produce the highest number of Fulbright recipients for 2014-2015 international exchanges.

North Central College biology alumni share career advice with science students

Matt McCary '10 and Shelly Feaver '98 Shaw
Alumni pursuing careers in the sciences spoke with undergraduates about graduate school, networking and careers.

Matt McCary ’10 has some advice for current North Central College students: make the most of your time as an undergraduate.

“When I was an undergraduate I couldn’t wait to get through those four years,” McCary says. “North Central prepared me very well for graduate school, but I wish I had challenged myself even more as an undergrad.”

Celebrate Japanese culture at the April 20 Japanese Spring Festival

North Central’s Japanese program and Japan Club invite campus community to celebrate Japanese culture, crafts, food, performances at its spring festival.

North Central College’s Japanese language program and Japan Club are hosting a Japanese Spring Festival from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, in the Harold and Eva White Activities Center.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to this free event, which celebrates Japanese culture at the start of a new school year in Japan. It’s also a time for appreciating the arrival of spring in Japan and enjoying nature’s beauty, particularly through cherry blossoms.

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