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Senior, alumna, faculty present art in juried exhibition

North Central College senior Giuseppe Pellicano, alumna Ali Urasky and faculty Christine Rabenold present artwork at Prak-sis Gallery in Chicago.

North Central College artists Giuseppe Pellicano ’12, alumna Ali Urasky ’11 and Christine Rabenold, assistant professor of art and student art gallery director, are among 17 artists displaying artwork at the Prak-sis Gallery in an exhibition titled “Knockout.” The exhibit runs Nov. 4-18 in the gallery located at 1917 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago.

Top high school students can earn college credit

Richard Wilders, Ph.D., director of Lederman Scholars Program
Gifted high school-aged students can earn up to two years of college credit while still in high school. Learn more at Lederman Scholars open house Nov. 3.

Oct. 14, 2011—Gifted high school-aged students can earn up to two years of college credit while still in high school through North Central College’s Lederman Scholars Program. Prospective students and their parents are invited to learn more at an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the College’s Smith Hall at Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St., Naperville.

Students participate in film festival Verandah course

North Central students, faculty enjoying film festival Verandah course
North Central College students joined Associate Professor of Speech Communication Steve Macek for a Verandah course at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Eight North Central College students joined Associate Professor of Speech Communication Steve Macek during the weekend of Oct. 7-9 for a Verandah course at the annual Chicago International Film Festival.

The festival features contemporary films from countries around the world that often don’t receive mainstream attention or distribution. Macek, who is also coordinator of Urban and Suburban Studies and an instructor for the Chicago Term, developed the film festival Verandah, which was offered for the first time this fall term.

Glende presents research from dissertation at national meetings

Philip Glende, visiting assistant professor of English
Philip Glende, North Central College visiting assistant professor of English, presents research from his dissertation at three national conferences.

Philip Glende, visiting assistant professor of English and advisor to The Chronicle student newspaper, spoke at the annual convention of the American Journalism Historians Association in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 7. He was part of a panel that discussed his 2010 dissertation, which received honorable mention in the 2011 Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Award competition. The title of his dissertation and talk was “Labor Makes the News: Newspapers, Journalism, and Organized Labor, 1933-1955.”

Human rights expert-advocate to give talk Oct. 13 at North Central College

Alexander Wilde
North Central College kicks off yearlong focus on human rights with lecture by Woodrow Wilson Scholar and human rights advocate Alexander Wilde Oct. 13.

North Central College welcomes human rights advocate Alexander Wilde, a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., to its campus Oct. 13 for a free lecture on human rights.

Wilde will present “Religious Wellsprings of Human Rights: Latin America” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the College’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville.

North Central College alums, siblings enjoy teaching in East Aurora schools

Siblings and alumni Ruth Ramos and Eliseo Martinez were featured for their work as teachers at elementary schools in East Aurora School District 131.

Oct. 12, 2011—Siblings Ruth Ramos, a 2004 alumna of North Central College, and Eliseo Martinez, a 2010 alumnus of the College, were featured in the Aurora Beacon-News for their work as teachers at elementary schools in East Aurora School District 131.

Wolf conducts workshop, presents paper, leads panel

Gregory Wolf, professor of German
Gregory Wolf, North Central College professor of German, presents paper and moderates panel at conference; conducts daylong workshop for language teachers.

Gregory H. Wolf, professor of German, presented a paper, titled “Articulation, Advocacy, Outreach, and Program Building: German Studies at a Small Liberal Arts College”; and organized and moderated a panel discussion, “German and German Studies: Reelections on the Past and Visions for the Future,” at the 35th annual conference of the German Studies Association. The meeting was held Sept. 22-25 in Louisville, Ky.

North Central College alumna’s work at Naper Settlement featured

Naperville Sun photo
Lauren Visher, a 2007 alumna of North Central College, is featured in The Naperville Sun for her work with Naper Settlement.

Oct. 10, 2011—Lauren Visher, a 2007 alumna of North Central College, is featured in The Naperville Sun for her work with Naper Settlement.

Visher spoke about her work as part of The Sun’s “Five Questions” feature. She said as a young girl, she enjoyed volunteering at the Settlement and giving tours. She graduated from Naperville Central High School and majored in musical theatre at North Central.

She enjoys her work as special events coordinator at Naperville’s “living history museum.”

North Central College honors Peace Corps administrator with Outstanding Alumni Award

North Central College is honoring Esther Benjamin, associate director for global operations for the Peace Corps, with a 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award.

This is the second of five weekly installments profiling individuals who will receive Alumni Awards & Recognition on Nov. 11 during North Central College’s Sesquicentennial Homecoming Celebration.

Oct. 10, 2011—North Central College is honoring Esther Benjamin of Mitchellville, Md., with a 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award.

North Central College biology alumna featured for work with Indiana DNR

Indiana lakeshore photo by Tom Gill
Biology alumna Jenny Orsburn works as a program specialist for the Lake Michigan Coastal Program of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Jenny (Kintzele) Orsburn, who earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from North Central College in 2001, works as a program specialist for the Lake Michigan Coastal Program of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Orsburn’s work recently was featured in the (Michigan City, Ind.) News-Dispatch.

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