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Students present at leadership conference

Two North Central College students presented at the National Collegiate Leadership Conference Feb. 18-20 at the University of Arizona.

Feb. 21, 2011—Two North Central College students presented at the National Collegiate Leadership Conference Feb. 18-20 at the University of Arizona.

“The 6 E’s to Successful Leadership Development” was presented by Jennifer Baron, a senior Spanish major from Justice, and Megan Holland a senior mathematics/psychology double major from Midlothian.

Master pianist Andreas Klein shares pizza, advice with music students

Music students at North Central enjoyed a master class and informal conversation over pizza with classical pianist Andreas Klein.

Feb. 21, 2011—Music students at North Central receive individualized instruction from world-renowned faculty, experience opportunities to perform in world-class venues, and sometimes are able to work with musical masters.

When acclaimed classical pianist Andreas Klein booked a performance in North Central’s acoustically stunning Wentz Concert Hall during winter term 2011, he agreed to arrive a day early and conduct a master class with a small group of music students. He even joined them for a pizza dinner in the concert hall lobby.

Ressler gives talks at national conferences

Mary Beth Ressler
Mary Beth Ressler, assistant professor of education, gave three presentations based on her research to national education and reading conferences.

Mary Beth Ressler, assistant professor of education, gave a presentation at the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR) Feb. 19 in Madison, Wis. Her presentation was based on her research on adolescents’ identity performances during literacy practices and surrounds the importance of attending to complex identity work and its inherent relation to literacy work. She also presented at the National Reading Convention in December 2010 on similar research and at the National Council of Teachers of English in November on using dramatic inquiry in K-12 classrooms.

Students accompany Rivera, who gives talk on music therapy

Nicole Rivera, adjunct assistant professor of psychology, presented a session on challenging behaviors in the classroom at faculty meeting in Chicago.

Nicole Rivera, adjunct assistant professor of psychology, presented a session titled “When Classes Get ‘Out of Tune’: Dealing with Challenging Behaviors” at the Old Town School of Music in Chicago on Feb. 13. The session was part of a combined meeting of faculty for the Old Town School of Music and the Illinois Association for Music Therapy.

Moussetis presents paper in Malaysia

Robert Moussetis, associate professor of international business, gave a paper at the Exploring Leadership and Learning Theories in Asia conference in Malaysia.

Robert Moussetis, associate professor of international business, presented a paper titled “Strategic Leadership of the Political Environment of the Business Firm: The Relationship of Environment-Organization and Performance” on Feb. 16 at an international conference, Exploring Leadership and Learning Theories in Asia (ELLTA), held Feb. 15-17 and hosted by the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia. The core emphasis of the conference was on understanding Asian perspectives on leadership and learning.

Neuroscientist discusses gender and the brain Feb. 22

Lise Eliot discusses gender and the brain.
Author of “Pink Brain, Blue Brain” and neuroscientist Lise Eliot will give a talk about gender differences and the brain on Feb. 22.

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

Feb. 8, 2011—North Central College welcomes neuroscientist Lise Eliot, author of “Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow into Troublesome Gaps and What We Can Do About It,” to speak about gender and the brain.

Eliot will give a free talk at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in North Central’s Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville.

Students from other colleges may enroll in summer courses at North Central

Summer research student
Enrollment is underway for summer school at North Central College. Courses are open to students from other colleges.

Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307

Feb. 19, 2011—Enrollment is underway for summer school at North Central College. Courses are open to students from other colleges and to all North Central undergraduate and graduate students.

College appoints coordinator of undergraduate research

Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry, was recently appointed the College’s first coordinator of undergraduate research.

Feb. 18, 2011—Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry, was recently appointed the College’s first coordinator of undergraduate research. In making the announcement during a faculty meeting fall term 2010, R. Devadoss Pandian, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, noted that one of the objectives of the 2007-2012 Strategic Plan is to expand faculty-student collaboration, including undergraduate research.

Blanchet performs live on radio program

George Blanchet, percussionist and lecturer in music, performed a new composition live on the classical music station WFMT-FM 98.7 on Jan. 24.

Feb. 18, 2011—George Blanchet, percussionist and lecturer in music, performed live on the classical music station WFMT-FM 98.7 during an 8 p.m. show on Jan. 24 with Alicia Cordoba Tait on oboe. They performed a piece titled “Conversations for Oboe and Percussion” by Patricia Moorehead. The piece was inspired by and composed for Blanchet and Cordoba Tait who are engaged to be married. Blanchet teaches percussion and directs the Percussion Ensemble at North Central.

Murawska leads workshop

Jackie Murawska, adjunct instructor of mathematics, led a workshop at the Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago Conference.

Feb. 18, 2011—Jackie Murawska, adjunct instructor of mathematics, led a workshop titled “Investigations Using Inductive Reasoning: Adding Excitement to the Standard Curriculum” for middle school teachers at the Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago (MMC) Conference of Workshops on Feb. 5 in Lincolnshire, Ill. This is Murawska’s third year as half-time faculty in the mathematics department.

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