North Central College - Naperville, IL

Faculty and staff recognized for outstanding service, teaching, scholarship

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North Central College recognized faculty and administrative staff members for their outstanding teaching, scholarship and service “above and beyond the call of duty” for the 2011-2012 academic year. Each was presented with endowed awards established in memory of two North Central College alumni—Clarence F. Dissinger, Class of 1921, and his sister Ruth C. Dissinger Althaus, Class of 1922. With the exception of the scholarship prize, awards were based on student, faculty and staff nominations and announced in May 2012.

The administrative staff award recipients are:
•    Kristi Bonn (left), enrollment information systems specialist, received the award for Outstanding Administrative Manager. She has served the College for 10 years and earned a master of leadership studies degree from North Central College.  
•    Bessma Shammas (right), secretary in the Office of International Programs, received the award for Outstanding Administrative Support Staff. She has worked at the College for four years and earned a master of health professions education degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The faculty award recipients are:
•    Norval Bard—professor of French, chair of modern and classical languages and director of the Roberta I. Myers Language Resource Center—received the award for Distinguished Teaching by Senior Faculty. A member of the faculty since 1997, he holds a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.
•    Carin Silkaitis, assistant professor of theatre, received the award for Distinguished Teaching by Junior Faculty. A faculty member since 2002, she holds an M.F.A. from The Theatre Conservatory, Roosevelt University.

•    Bruce Janacek, associate professor of history, received the award for Outstanding Faculty Scholarship for his published monograph, “Alchemical Belief: Occultism in the Religious Culture of Early Modern England.” A faculty member since 1999, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of California Davis.

In addition, President Harold R. Wilde received the Student Government Association 2012 Distinguished Service Award, which is presented during Honors Convocation to one person who has gone above and beyond to help students. Wilde has served North Central College as president for nearly 22 years and will retire from his role December 31, 2012.