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Nine faculty receive tenure, promotions

The North Central College Board of Trustees grants tenure, approves promotions to faculty members effective with the start of the 2014-2015 academic year.

At its May 2014 meeting, the North Central College Board of Trustees granted tenure and approved promotions to several faculty members effective with the start of the 2014-2015 academic year in September. These faculty are:

Diane Anstine, Ph.D., was promoted to professor of economics

Michael de Brauw, Ph.D., was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of classics

Shereen Ilahi, Ph.D., was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of history

Wendy Koenig, Ph.D., was granted tenure

Ian Wright and Christina Richardson: 2014 Outstanding Seniors

Ian Wright and Christina Richardson
North Central College selects Ian Wright as the Outstanding Senior Man and Christina Richardson as the Outstanding Senior Woman for 2014.

North Central College recognized Ian Wright as the Outstanding Senior Man and Christina Richardson as the Outstanding Senior Woman for 2014 during the College’s annual Honors Convocation on May 13.

The annual awards recognize one senior man and one senior woman for their successes in the classroom, their involvement and contributions to the campus community outside the classroom, and their future potential.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin discusses student loan legislation with students, alumni

President Troy Hammond and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
North Central College welcomed U. S. Senator Dick Durbin to campus for roundtable discussionS with students and alumni about student loan debt and legislation.

North Central College welcomed U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) to campus Friday, May 16, for a roundtable discussion with students and alumni about student loan debt. The Senator has proposed new legislation, the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, to reduce interest rates on existing student loans and to lower their monthly payments.

Regan publishes poetry book “Gapers Delay”

Matthias Regan, visiting assistant professor of English
Matthias Regan, North Central College visiting assistant professor of English, publishes poetry book titled “Gapers Delay.”

Matthias Regan, North Central College visiting assistant professor of English, published a poetry book titled “Gapers Delay.”

Murawska presented research to local, international groups

Jaclyn Murawska, adjunct assistant professor of mathematics
Jaclyn Murawska, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of mathematics, presented her research findings on conceptual understanding of place value.

Jaclyn Murawska, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of mathematics, presented her recent research findings locally and internationally.

In April, Murawska was an invited speaker for the Elmhurst College Department of Mathematics Seminar Series. There, she presented the lecture titled “Preservice Teachers’ Conceptual Understanding of Place Value: Developing Unitization, Flexibility, and Reversibility.”

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.

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