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Hoffert gives presentations in China & Wheaton, pursues research on Japan

Hoffert gives presentations in China & Wheaton, pursues research on Japan

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Brian Hoffert, associate professor of religious studies and history and coordinator of East Asian studies, presented a paper titled “Beyond Life and Death: The Great Awakening” at the Conference on Daoist Ways of Thought in Zhengzhou, China, on March 25, 2010. He also gave a presentation on “The Daoist Roots of Zen Humor” at the DuPage Valley Social Studies Conference in Wheaton, Ill., on Feb. 26, 2010. Hoffert will be doing research on Japanese religious pilgrimages this fall and will host the Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought at DePaul University in Chicago April 2011.


Polinska, Lehe and student give talks at Asian studies conference

Polinska, Lehe and student give talks at Asian studies conference

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Wioleta Polinska, associate professor of religious studies and chair of philosophy and religious studies; Robert Lehe, professor of philosophy; and Matthew Rogers ’10, who majored in Japanese and philosophy, presented papers at the Asian Studies Development Program 16th Annual National Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, on July 2. Polinska’s paper was titled “Till Death Do Us Part?: Buddhist-Christian Discourse on Marriage”; Lehe’s paper was titled “The Problem of Evil in Christianity and Buddhism”; and Rogers’ paper was titled “Buddhist Interdependence as an Exp


Purdue names Caliendo recipient of Emerging Voice Award

Purdue names Caliendo recipient of Emerging Voice Award

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Stephen Maynard Caliendo, associate professor of political science, was named a recipient of the Emerging Voice Award from the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association. Each year, three alumni, ages 40 or younger, are honored with the award. It recognizes outstanding young alumni from the College of Liberal Arts who are rising stars in their industries or fields of study.


Gems gives talk at sport, race, ethnicity conference

Gems gives talk at sport, race, ethnicity conference

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Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, delivered a presentation titled “Immigration, Sport, and the Italian Quest for Identity” July 17 at the Sport, Race, and Ethnicity conference at the University of the West Indies in Bridgetown, Barbados.


Students present their summer research to the campus

Students present their summer research to the campus

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For the past six weeks, 37 students and 15 faculty have participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC) conducting research that spans many majors and topics. Students presented their research to the campus community July 21 in a poster format in Kroehler Science Center. Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry, noted research can be lonely and slow-going at times, so students and faculty involved in SURC meet weekly to collaborate and discuss their work.


John Stanley contributes to textbook on presentations

John Stanley contributes to textbook on presentations

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John Stanley—instructor of speech communication, assistant director of forensics and director of individual events—contributed to a textbook published in July by Kendall Hunt. Titled “THE Presentation Guide Book: From the Classroom to the Boardroom,” the book by Crystal Rae Coel Coleman is a how-to resource for giving presentations. Stanley’s contribution, titled “Enjoy Delivering Your Message,” begins on page 65.


Recent online videos about North Central College

Recent online videos about North Central College

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Jazz faculty member Frank Caruso leads student jazz ensemble in performance of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” NCTV17 reports on Los Lonely Boys performance in Wentz Concert Hall. The Cavaliers drum & bugle corps perform in Res/Rec Center July 11.


Steve Macek offers critique, testifies about media merger

Steve Macek offers critique, testifies about media merger

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Steve Macek, associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, was quoted July 7 and July 13 as an expert in online publications about the pending Comcast/NBC Universal merger, which, he says, would result in reduced local news coverage and job cuts for news employees at those stati


Biology major wraps up stellar academic, athletic career at North Central

Alex Knobloch becomes both the College's 2010 Outstanding Major in Biology and the 2010 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Man of the Year.

Alex Knobloch of East Moline made the most of his experience at North Central College, excelling in both academics and athletics.

Among other honors, the Alleman High School graduate and son of Craig and Barb Knobloch was named the College’s 2010 Outstanding Major in Biology and the 2010 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Man of the Year, an award that recognizes the conference’s top male student-athlete.

Junior/Senior Scholars on campus for academic day camp

Junior/Senior Scholars on campus for academic day camp

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This summer, North Central College is home to 180 students, elementary through high school grades, from the East Aurora and Chicago communities and 17 college interns.


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