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Zachary Jack publishes book “Let There Be Pebble”

Zachary Jack, associate professor of English, writes “Let There Be Pebble: A Middle-Handicapper’s Year in America’s Garden of Golf” after yearlong research.

June 28, 2011—Associate Professor of English Zachary Michael Jack released his latest work, “Let There be Pebble: A Middle-Handicapper’s Year in America’s Garden of Golf,” in May 2011 by University of Nebraska Press. His yearlong research for the book about the famed oceanside Pebble Beach golf course culminated in on-site coverage of the U.S. Open on the 10th anniversary of Tiger Woods’s unprecedented win in 2000.
 

WONC competes among commercial stations for Silver Dome Awards

North Central’s WONC-FM received two nominations, two second-place wins for 2011 Silver Dome Awards from the Illinois Broadcasters Association.

June 28, 2011—North Central College’s radio station WONC-FM 89.1 received two nominations for Silver Dome Awards from the Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA). The Silver Domes are the most prestigious broadcast performance award in the state.

Over-the-air broadcast stations and on-air talent in small, medium and Chicago market commercial radio, as well as medium and Chicago market television, were included in the competition.

College announces three new faculty recipients of endowed chairs

Diane Anstine holds new endowed chair in economics, Perry Hamalis holds new chair in religion, and Brian Hanlon is second chair holder in entrepreneurship.

June 24, 2011—North Central College recently named three new faculty recipients of endowed chairs. They are

•    Diane Anstine, Mary Schneller Rosar Professor of Economics
•    Perry Hamalis, Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion
•    Brian Hanlon, Coleman Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurship

Spiritual growth important to college students, researchers tell NAC&U members

Helen and Alexander Astin
Alexander and Helen Astin delivered the keynote address for The New American Colleges and Universities’ 2011 Summer Institute at North Central College.

June 23, 2011—Colleges and universities can do a better job encouraging undergraduates to explore spirituality, preeminent higher education researchers Alexander and Helen Astin said during the keynote address for The New American Colleges and Universities’ 2011 Summer Institute at North Central College.

Internship provides opportunity for organizational communication student to help others

Michelle Flinn interning at Humanitarian Service Project
Michelle Flinn is spending the summer before her senior year at North Central College working as an intern at Carol Stream-based Humanitarian Service Project.

Michelle Flinn is spending the summer before her senior year at North Central College working as an intern at Carol Stream-based Humanitarian Service Project.

Michelle is majoring in organizational communication with a minor in broadcasting. After graduation she would like to work in public relations or media relations. During the first week of her internship she worked with the organization’s community outreach coordinator writing press releases.

NAC&U to honor education researchers during Summer Institute at North Central

Alexander Astin
The New American Colleges and Universities will honor education researchers Alexander and Helen Astin during the 2011 Summer Institute June 22-24.

The New American Colleges and Universities will honor education researchers Alexander and Helen Astin during the 2011 NAC&U Summer Institute June 22-24 at North Central College.

The Astins are the event’s keynote speakers and the first recipients of the NAC&U Ernest L. Boyer Award. The theme of the 15th annual Summer Institute is, “The New American Colleges and Universities: From Founding Conversations to 21st Century Best Practices.”  

Musical theatre major cast in production by renowned summer stock theater company

Daryn Harrell
Daryn Harrell, a musical theatre major at North Central College, has been cast in a production by Timber Lake Playhouse.

Daryn Harrell, a musical theatre major at North Central College, has been cast in a production by Timber Lake Playhouse, the oldest continuously operating professional summer theatre in Illinois.

Harrell, of Peoria, will star in “Children of Eden,” a musical by Stephen Schwartz, the Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer who has written the hit Broadway musicals “Godspell” and “Wicked” and music for the films “Pocahontas” and “Enchanted.” “Children of Eden” is based on the Book of Genesis and is one of five summer productions by Timber Lake Playhouse, based in Mount Carroll.

Inaugural Pi Mu Epsilon Prime Time Mathematics Colloquium held in May

Math department inaugurates Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society and first of many mathematics-related colloquia featuring talks by Google software engineer, students.

Nearly 90 students, faculty, staff and visitors enjoyed hearing two talks as part of North Central’s Inaugural Pi Mu Epsilon Prime Time Mathematics Colloquium on May 25. The first talk, titled “The Mathematics of Google,” was presented by Shaun Cox, software engineer with Google. Following his talk, students and faculty were initiated into the Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society.

Senior accounting majors sit for Ethics part of CPA Exam

For the third year, graduating accounting seniors take Ethics portion of CPA Exam and hear guest speaker discuss how to prepare for rest of exam.

On April 27, some 23 accounting graduating seniors took the Ethics portion of the five-part Uniform CPA Examination on campus. Typically, students don’t have an opportunity to take part of the CPA exam to become licensed as U.S. Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) before graduation. However, Assistant Professor of Accounting Sarah Lureau arranged the Ethics exam through her professional association with the Illinois CPA Society. Because North Central and the Illinois CPA Society co-sponsored the test, students received a discounted rate.

Skurkis decorates sculpture for garden exhibit

"Spring Ahead"
Barry Skurkis, associate professor of art, is one of many artists showcasing their artwork in an exhibit at the Oakbrook Center gardens this summer.

Barry Skurkis, associate professor of art, is one of three dozen artists showcasing their art in an exhibit titled “In Bloom” at the gardens and fountains at Oakbrook Center. Some 30 fiberglass sculptures and 11 fine art sculptures decorated by artists or artist groups will be on display through Sept. 20 as part of a good cause and fundraising effort.

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