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2014 Honors Convocation award winners

North Central recognizes high-achieving students for academic and co-curricular excellence at the College’s 38th annual Honors Convocation.

On May 13, North Central College held its 38th annual Honors Convocation, an annual spring event that publicly celebrates student excellence in the academic and co-curricular life of the College.

Chen coauthors article on family environment and early literacy

Xiaoning Chen, visiting associate professor of education
Xiaoning Chen, North Central College visiting associate professor of education, publishes article exploring family learning environment and early literacy.

Xiaoning Chen, North Central College visiting associate professor of education, recently coauthored an article titled “Family learning environment and early literacy: A comparison of bilingual and monolingual children” in Economics of Educational Review.

The article, a collaborative work between Chen, Li Feng of Texas State University and Yunwei Gai of Babson College, explores the relationship between family learning environments and activities of bilingual and monolingual children from 9 months of age to kindergarten entry.

New campus chaplain Rev. Eric Doolittle begins serving at North Central in July

North Central College names a new campus chaplain, the Rev. Eric Doolittle, who previously served as a university chaplain and United Methodist Church pastor.

North Central College has named a new campus chaplain, the Rev. Eric Doolittle. He will assume the role from the Rev. Dr. Lynn Pries ’67, who retires in June after 20 years of service as campus chaplain at North Central College.

An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church (UMC), Doolittle has served as a pastor in three UMC congregations in Tennessee and as chaplain at Hiwasee College in Madisonville, Tenn. Most recently, he was interim Protestant chaplain at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Ruthig finds link between temperature and disease in animals

Gregory Ruthig, assistant professor of biology
Gregory Ruthig, North Central College assistant professor of biology, publishes paper suggesting temperature can influence effects of infectious diseases.

Gregory Ruthig, North Central College assistant professor of biology, this winter published a paper suggesting environmental temperature can influence effects of infectious diseases on wild animals.

The paper, titled “Temperature and Water Molds Influence Mortality of Lithobates catesbeianus Eggs,” was published in the journal Herpetological Conservation and Biology.

Lehe publishes article in the Cambridge journal, Religious Studies

Tad Lehe, professor of philosophy
Tad Lehe, North Central College professor of philosophy, published article in the scholarly philosophy of religion journal Religious Studies.

Robert “Tad” Lehe, North Central College professor of philosophy and coordinator of history of ideas, recently published an article, titled “A Critique of Peter Byrne’s Religious Pluralism,” in the scholarly philosophy of religion journal Religious Studies, published by Cambridge University Press.

Koenig published in new collection of essays

Wendy Koenig, associate professor of art
Wendy Koenig, North Central College associate professor of art history, was published in the recent collection of essays, “The Transcultural Turn.”

Wendy Koenig, North Central College associate professor of art history, recently had an article published in a book titled “The Transcultural Turn.”

Koenig’s article, titled “Motion and Sound: Investigating the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center,” evolved out of her 2010 presentation at an international conference on Transcultural Memory at the University of London.

Peace Corps regional director will address opportunities for all disciplines

North Central’s Cost Accounting class invites the campus community to hear Brad Merryman, regional director of Peace Corps, Wednesday, May 14.

North Central’s Cost Accounting class has invited Brad Merryman, regional director of Peace Corps, to speak at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, in the Harold and Eva White Activities Center. The campus community is invited to attend the free event; refreshments will be served.

North Central’s Student Director Series presents “Erlkönig”

Tina Naponelli ’15, Mark Yacullo ’16, Alex Moerer ’17
North Central College senior Cullen Rogers stages “Erlkönig,” a play that transforms popular German myth into a modern, moving story May 22-24.

North Central College’s Student Director Series features an original play titled “Erlkönig” by senior Cullen Rogers on May 22-24.

Radio interview to preview opening at museum of student-faculty film exhibit

Brian Failing ’14 and Steve Macek, associate professor of speech communication, discuss their “Banned in Chicago” film censorship exhibit on radio May 18.

Brian Failing ’14 and Steve Macek, North Central College associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, will be featured on Rick Kogan’s WGN live radio show Sunday, May 18. “After Hours with Rick Kogan” runs 9-11 p.m. on 720 AM; Failing and Macek will be on air 10-10:30 p.m. This program had originally been scheduled for May 11, but was preempted.

Kristine Servais and William Muck to give Last Lecture

Kristine Servais and William Muck
North Central College students voted to invite faculty members Kristine Servais and William Muck to speak at the Last Lecture May 14.

North Central College students voted to invite two faculty members—Kristine Servais, associate professor of education, and William Muck, assistant professor of political science—to speak at the annual Last Lecture. The free event will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, in Smith Hall at Old Main. A dessert reception will follow the event.

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