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North Central alumna Kristine Book teaching children in South Korea

Kristine Book
Kristine Book, a 2006 alumna of North Central College, is teaching communication skills to schoolchildren in South Korea.

Kristine Book, a 2006 alumna of North Central College, is teaching communication skills to schoolchildren in South Korea.

The Sauk Valley News in Book’s hometown of Dixon, Ill., recently published an article about her experiences. She’s teaching six classes a day, Monday through Friday, she told the newspaper.

Wolf publishes essay on all-star baseball player

Gregory Wolf, North Central College professor of German
Gregory Wolf, North Central College professor of German, publishes essay on all-star pitcher as part of work with Society of American Baseball Research.

Gregory H. Wolf, professor of German, is a member of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) and recently published a 5,000-word essay on Claude Osteen, an all-star pitcher in the 1960s and 1970s in conjunction with SABR’s Baseball Biography Project. The SABR was founded in 1971 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  

Senior attends student-led conference in Korea

Soch Mel ’11, with dual East Asian majors at North Central, is selected to American delegation at the Korea-America Student Conference in Korea July 7-31.

Aug. 25, 2011—Sochantra (Soch) Mel, a 2011 graduate, capped off his studies at North Central College by joining the American delegation at the Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) in South Korea July 7-31.

Student participates in President Clinton’s new initiative

Senior Liz Hasseld is chosen a volunteer in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America meeting in Chicago to address job creation and economic growth.

July 6, 2011—When the premier Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America conference came to Chicago June 29-30, Liz Hasseld ’12 was in the thick of things. On her own, she had applied and was chosen to work as a volunteer, which involved supporting CGI staff in coordinating logistics of the speakers and the more than 700 leaders from businesses, nonprofits and government during the two-day meeting.

College hosts Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought this weekend

College hosts Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought this weekend

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The College’s East Asian studies program will host the seventh annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought, May 6-7. The free, two-day conference seeks to foster dialogue and interaction among scholars and students and will feature Michael Puett, professor of Chinese history at Harvard University, in a keynote address at 4:30 Saturday, May 7. The title of his talk is “Ancestors, Fathers and Sons: Ritual Theory and Philosophy in Early China.”



Experience Japanese culture at annual spring festival

North Central’s Japanese program and Japan Club will host a Japanese Spring Festival May 3. The family-friendly event is free and celebrates Japanese culture.

April 29, 2011—North Central College’s Japanese program and Japan Club will host their annual Japanese Spring Festival May 3. The family-friendly festival is free and open to the public and celebrates Japanese culture at the start of a new school year in Japan.

The festival will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in North Central’s Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave.

Model UN students represent Equatorial Guinea at national conference

Students enrolled in winter term’s Model UN class attend National Model UN Conference in New York City, hold briefing with Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea.

Nine students enrolled in the winter term Model UN class attended the five-day National Model United Nations Conference in New York City in April and represented the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. They joined more than 2,500 students from five continents and interacted with delegations representing countries from all over the world in a simulation of what takes place at the United Nations.

North Central College students, alumni impacted by disaster in Japan

Student Ereka Funkhauser photographed this scene near her home in Japan.
Life in Japan is gradually returning to normal for North Central College student Ereka Funkhouser.

Life in Japan is gradually returning to normal for North Central College student Ereka Funkhouser.

Funkhouser—a junior majoring in Japanese and classical civilization—studies at Iwate University in Morioka, a town of about 300,000 located in the Iwate Prefecture. She was shaken by the March 11 earthquake, but her school 40 miles from the coast was not directly impacted by the devastating tsunami.

International programs hosts symposium with speakers, faculty panels

North Central presents “Contemporary India and the Environment” symposium on April 14 as part of yearlong international focus on India, the environment.

April 6, 2011—As part of its yearlong international focus, North Central College will present a symposium titled “Contemporary India and the Environment” on Thursday, April 14.

Guest speakers and North Central faculty and students will give presentations. An Indian dance performance and Indian supper are also part of the symposium, presented by the College’s Office of International Programs.

Hamalis is part of lecture series on global citizenship

Perry Hamalis, associate professor of religious studies and director of academic opportunities, gave lecture as part of Fairfield University lecture series.

Perry Hamalis, associate professor of religious studies and director of academic opportunities, was invited to give a lecture March 16 at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., as part of the school’s lecture series on Global Citizenship. Titled “The Politics of Personhood: An Orthodox Perspective on Global Citizenship,” his lecture “… described some of the ways in which an Eastern Orthodox understanding of human beings as ‘persons’ carries implications for notions of global citizenship and diversity within community.

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