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Kenton Skarin ’04 has reached the upper echelon of the legal profession. He was appointed to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court law clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas for the 2012-2013 session and began his assignment in July after moving his family from Wheaton, IL, to Alexandria, VA, for the year.

“I really consider this as the opportunity of a lifetime—I’m one of the luckiest guys alive and North Central was the beginning point,” he says.

Theatre professor drawing rave reviews for role in Shakespeare's "Richard III"

A North Central professor performs in an outdoor production of Shakespeare's "Richard III" that's catching the attention of Chicago-area critics.

A North Central College theatre professor is performing in an outdoor production of Shakesepeare's "Richard III" that is catching the attention of numerous Chicago-area critics.

Carin Silkaitis, assistant professor of theatre and chair of North Central College's art and theatre departments, appears as Margaret through Aug. 25 at the Oak Park Festival Theatre.

History professor on Monday morning broadcast about diversity in suburbs

Ann Durkin Keating, North Central College professor of history, to take part in panel discussion Monday morning July 30 about diversity in Chicago's suburbs.

A North Central College professor is scheduled to take part in a panel discussion Monday morning about diversity in Chicago's suburbs.

Chicago Public Radio station WBEZ-FM 91.5 is scheduled to air the discussion from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, July 30, during a live broadcast from Maxfield's Family Restaurant and Pancake House, 352 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard.

The panel will include Ann Durkin Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History at North Central College.

Junior/Senior Scholars summer camp celebrates 25 successful years

Elementary education major Erica Pang '12 teaching second grade
North Central College’s Junior/Senior Scholars summer camp has provided quality learning experiences for students in under-resourced neighborhoods for 25 years.

For 25 years, North Central College’s Junior/Senior Scholars Pipeline to College program has provided a summer camp experience with hours of high-quality learning experiences to help school-aged students in under-resourced neighborhoods advance in their achievement levels.

Alec Phillipp ’14, Kerby Kniss ’15 begin John Marshall Law School internships this fall

Alec Phillipp ’14 and Kerby Kniss ’15
North Central College prelaw students Kerby Kniss and Alec Phillipp are accepted to The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Undergraduate Internship Program.

North Central College prelaw students Kerby Kniss ’15 and Alec Phillipp ’14 will learn about fair housing law firsthand when they begin internships this fall in Chicago. Both have been accepted to The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Undergraduate Internship Program.

Kniss of Lanark, Ill., is majoring in political science with a minor in conflict resolution. Phillipp of Plainfield is majoring in sociology/criminal justice with a minor in political science.

Student interns gain experience at The Field Museum of Natural History

Alex Pirela '13 and Callie Clay '13
Two North Central College students are gaining valuable experience working as interns this summer at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Two North Central College students are gaining valuable experience working as interns this summer at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Caroline (Callie) Clay '13, an anthropology major from Dixon and Alex Pirela '13, a social science and history major from West Chicago, are working under the supervision of Gloria Levitt '03, associate registrar in The Field Museum’s Department of Anthropology.

North Central College hosts top artists in “Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites” concert series July 21-27

Janice Borla
Jazz vocalists and recording artists Janice Borla, Jay Clayton and Suzanne Pittson headline the annual Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites concert series.

Jazz vocalists and recording artists Janice Borla, Jay Clayton and Suzanne Pittson headline the annual Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites concert series July 21-27 at North Central College.

State approves North Central College graduate degree in education leadership

Kristine Servais, coordinator of the master of arts in education degree program
The State of Illinois has approved North Central College’s graduate program that prepares candidates to become school leaders.

The State of Illinois has approved North Central College’s graduate program that prepares candidates to become principals and other school leaders.

North Central College for many years has offered a master’s of education (MAEd) degree.

But the state has legislated new and more rigorous requirements for all principal-preparation programs, and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) must approve all newly designed programs by Sept. 1.

Golf pro, sport management alumna Mallory Carr '12 continues success

Mallory Carr, a 2012 graduate who majored in sport management, was profiled by The Herald News about her career as an assistant golf pro.

Mallory Carr, a 2012 North Central College graduate who majored in sport management, was profiled by The Herald News about her career as an assistant golf pro at White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville/Aurora.

North Central faculty sponsor workshops for teachers of Chinese

Teachers of Chinese who attended first workshop
North Central College’s Chinese program and Xilin Asian Community Center of Naperville cosponsored a series of workshops this summer for teachers of Chinese.

This summer, North Central College’s Chinese program and Xilin Asian Community Center of Naperville cosponsored a series of four workshops for teachers of Chinese. Some were held on the College’s campus. Titled “Chinese Teacher Workshops: Enhancing Effective Language and Culture Teaching,” the series seeks to develop a community of Chinese teachers and foster pedagogical growth and exploration.

Topics covered general technologies for language learning and teaching, methodologies for various contexts, approaches to teaching Chinese culture and general professional skills.