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Students, staff present at LEV-cosponsored conference on faith, justice and civic learning

Steve Oliveri
North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program recently co-sponsored the first National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference.

July 1, 2011—North Central College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program recently cosponsored the first National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference with DePaul University, providing students and staff the opportunity to present three sessions on various topics.

Cancer researcher returns to North Central to guest lecture science courses

Zach Pratt, a 2005 alumnus who recently completed his doctorate in cancer biology, returned to North Central to guest lecture some biology courses.

Zach Pratt hopes to combine his passion for scientific research with his knack for teaching.

Since earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from North Central in 2005, Pratt has completed his doctorate in cancer biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He returned to North Central in February 2011 to guest lecture some biology courses, using bacteria to teach a lesson in evolution.

Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) studies program expands campus-wide

North Central students are engaged in growing, new academic program that offers linguistic and cultural focus on the Middle East and North Africa.

Since its launch in fall 2014, North Central College’s Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) studies minor has added courses and faculty. Partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the MENA program has infused the campus with a multi-dimensional understanding of MENA cultures.

North Central College’s 2016 Commencement speaker

John W. Daniels Jr. '69, J.D.
John W. Daniels Jr. ‘69, J.D., will be the speaker for North Central College’s 151st Commencement June 11.

John W. Daniels Jr., LLP, partner and chair emeritus of the national law firm Quarles & Brady and one of the most distinguished real estate attorneys in the country, will be the speaker for North Central College’s 151st Commencement June 11 and receive an honorary doctor of humane letters.

Caliendo presented research and coauthored papers at two conferences

Stephen Maynard Caliendo, professor of political science
Stephen Maynard Caliendo, North Central College professor of political science, presented research findings in coauthored papers on race, politics, campaigns.

Stephen Maynard Caliendo, North Central College professor of political science and Ruge Fellow, coauthored and presented a paper titled “Effects of Intergroup Language on Eye-tracking and Moment-to-Moment Responses in Race-based Political Messages” at the National Conference of Black Political Scientists annual meeting in Jackson, Miss. He also presented a coauthored paper titled “Implicit Associations and In-group v.

Entrepreneurship is part of North Central’s DNA

With the official launch of North Central’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, students get help with starting and growing their businesses.

North Central senior Phillip Norris admits that the life of an entrepreneur can be lonely.

“When you start out, it’s a one-person show,” said Norris (photo), who was quick to add that there’s also freedom in the life of an innovator that he finds helpful. “When something needs to get done, I’m the one to do it. It’s like being an artist working on my own painting.”

Gems talks to NPR about public support of professional boxers

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, was a featured sports historian in an interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, was a featured sports historian in an interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered” program broadcasted May 5 on WBEZ-FM 91.5. The story, titled “In New York City, Former Boxers Find Ways To Support Each Other,” was produced by national reporter Hansi Lo Wang of NPR’s New York bureau.

Honors Day 2016 celebrates student excellence

North Central College recognizes high-achieving students for academic and co-curricular excellence throughout their college careers on Honors Day.

Honors Day is an annual highlight at North Central College. The day publicly celebrates students and their excellence in the academic and cocurricular life of the College. Honors Day 2016 opened on May 17 with a keynote address by Dr. Julio J. Ramirez as part of North Central’s 19th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

Stafford’s poetry is published in The New Yorker

Rebecca Hazelton Stafford
Rebecca Hazelton Stafford, North Central College assistant professor of English, has a published poem, titled “Letter to the Editor,” in The New Yorker.

The poem “Letter to the Editor” by Rebecca Hazelton Stafford, North Central College assistant professor of English, has been published in The New Yorker, issue dated May 16. Her poem is accessible online.
 

Chicago music publication profiles Coffman’s journey in music

Tim Coffman, North Central College lecturer in music and jazz trombonist, was featured in the Chicago Federation of Musicians publication “Intermezzo.”

Tim Coffman, North Central College lecturer in music and jazz trombonist, was featured in the March 2016 edition of Chicago Federation of Musicians (CFM) “Intermezzo.” Coffman’s story documents pinnacle moments in his life that led to his successful trombone career today.

CFM, an organization of some 3,000 professional musicians, works to achieve dignity and just wages for its members and their art. Members include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Orchestra, The Redwalls and the orchestras for Chicago’s Broadway shows.

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