North Central College - Naperville, IL

Heller and McMahon lead math workshop for girls

Katherine Heller, assistant professor of mathematics
Katherine Heller, assistant professor of mathematics, and Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics, led math workshop for middle school girls.

Katherine Heller, assistant professor of mathematics, and Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, led a workshop in math activities on deciphering codes, Fibonacci numbers, golden rectangles and tessellations for middle school Junior Scholar girls during three afternoons in April and May. The workshop was funded by a Sonia Kovalevsky Grant from the Association of Women in Mathematics and National Science Foundation. The goal of the grant is to foster interest in girls to follow careers in mathematics.

Gems gives paper, contributes to documentary

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, presented a paper on “Interwar Black Basketball” and was interviewed for part of a documentary.

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, presented a paper titled “Interwar Black Basketball: Bridging, Race, Class, and Gender Gaps” at the North American Society for Sport History convention at the University of Texas in Austin on May 28. He was also interviewed for part of a documentary film, “Sanctioned Savagery: A History of American Football.”

A member of North Central’s faculty since 1988, Gems received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

David Gray selected to write for C.P.A. exam

David Gray, assistant professor of accounting, was chosen to write test items for the Business and Economics Concepts section of the Uniform C.P.A. Examination.

David Gray, assistant professor of accounting, was selected to write test items for the Uniform C.P.A. Examination. In this role, he participated in training sessions and developed a series of questions for the Business and Economics Concepts section of the examination. Gray was recently notified that 95 percent of the questions he submitted have been accepted for use on future examinations. The overall acceptance rate for authors submitting test items is approximately 65 percent.

Blanchet joins Chicago Sinfonietta in special concert

George Blanchet, percussionist and lecturer in music, played with the Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Center in a farewell concert for Maestro Freeman.

George Blanchet, percussionist and lecturer in music, played with the Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Center in Chicago in the “Maestro Freeman’s Farewell Concert: Women in Classical Music” performance on June 23. This event, which was broadcast live on the classical music station WFMT-FM 98.7, was the final concert for the Chicago Sinfonietta’s founding conductor Paul Freeman. Blanchet teaches percussion and directs the Percussion Ensemble at North Central.

Angie Snodgrass chosen Outstanding Senior Woman

Theatre major Angie Snodgrass is named the College’s Outstanding Senior Woman, the highest award presented to a female member of the Class of 2011.

June 3, 2011—Angie Snodgrass, a North Central College senior majoring in theatre, was named the College’s Outstanding Senior Woman, the highest award presented to a member of the Class of 2011.

A Naperville resident and formerly of Byron, Ill., she is the daughter of Jeffery and Cathy Huber of Naperville and a graduate of Byron High School.

The Outstanding Senior Woman award was presented in May at North Central’s Honors Convocation, an annual spring event that recognizes student excellence in academics and co-curricular activities.

Josh Bailey is the 2011 Outstanding Senior Man

Future law student Josh Bailey is named the College’s Outstanding Senior Man, the highest award presented to a male member of the Class of 2011.

June 3, 2011—Joshua Bailey, a North Central College senior majoring in English writing and political science, was named the College’s Outstanding Senior Man, the highest award presented to a member of the Class of 2011.

A Galesburg, Ill., resident, he is the son of Brian and Patty Bailey and a graduate of Galesburg High School.

The Outstanding Senior Man award was presented in May at North Central College’s Honors Convocation, an annual spring event that recognizes student excellence in academics and co-curricular activities.

Education class uses Skype to connect with noted speaker

Students in the Teaching Children with Special Needs in the General Education Classroom hear lecture, ask questions of guest speaker Brian King via Skype.

Some 24 students enrolled in North Central College’s EDN 330 course Teaching Children with Special Needs in the General Education Classroom, taught by Adjunct Instructor of Education Julie Carballo, heard from and exchanged questions with guest lecturer Brian King via the Internet using Skype on May 20.

Carballo says she met King in March when he gave a presentation on sensory processing disorders and was eager to have him speak to her students. King discussed “Five Things Every Teacher Should Know About Effectively Supporting Children on the Spectrum.”  

Poetry magazine editor to deliver Commencement address

Christian Wiman
Christian Wiman, editor of Poetry magazine, will deliver the Commencement address June 11 at North Central College’s 146th graduation ceremony.

Christian Wiman, editor of Poetry magazine, will deliver the address June 11 at the 146th Commencement ceremony of North Central College, which is celebrating the Sesquicentennial of its founding in 1861.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to Brenda Barnes, former chief executive of Sara Lee Corporation; Roger Hruby, a business leader and entrepreneur; and Myron Wentz, a scientist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and best-selling author. Hruby and Wentz are alumni of North Central College.

Hamalis presents research on war ethics at conference

Perry Hamalis, Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion, was invited to present his paper and research on war ethics, which will become part of a book.

Perry Hamalis—Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion, associate professor of religious studies and director of academic opportunities—was one of 10 invited speakers from around the country to present his research on war ethics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The conference, which took place March 25-26, was hosted by LMU and co-sponsored by the Huffington Ecumenical Institute and Fordham University.

Sawyer and students present posters at psychology conference

Thomas Sawyer, professor of psychology, collaborated with three students and an alumna to give presentations at Midwestern Psychological Association meeting.

Thomas Sawyer, professor of psychology, collaborated with three students and a recent alumna to deliver poster presentations during the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago, May 5-7. One presentation, titled “Facial Masculinity Effects on Personality Judgments,” included biochemistry major and psychology minor Monica Bienias '11 and psychology graduate Isabel Decian ’10, as co-authors. Collaboration with psychology majors

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