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North Central College celebrates 150 years at Homecoming

Community members are invited to join the celebration of North Central College’s Sesquicentennial and 2011 Homecoming Nov. 9-13.

North Central College invites community members to join in the celebration of the College’s Sesquicentennial and 2011 Homecoming Nov. 9-13. Public events include performances by North Central’s own theatre and musical groups, a concert by popular singer-songwriter Colbie Callait, a reunion party with dancing and entertainment, parade, football game and more.

Forensics team is off to great start

After a successful finish in national competition last academic year, North Central College’s new forensics team is already off and competing.

North Central College’s forensics team is building on last year’s successful finish in national competition with a strong start this year.

“We’re entering a new season with brand new events, and already the forensic team is continuing to demonstrate a strong record of competitive success,” says John Stanley, assistant professor of speech communication, assistant director of forensics and director of individual events.

Wilders and Van Oyen publish article on symmetry of math and art

Professors Richard Wilders and Lawrence Van Oyen
North Central College Professor of Mathematics Richard Wilders and Professor of Music Larry Van Oyen publish article on art and transformations in math class.

Lawrence Van Oyen (photo, right), professor of music, and Richard Wilders (left), Marie and Bernice Gantzert Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of mathematics, had their co-authored article, “Turning Students into Symmetry Detectives,” published in the September issue of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The article discusses how the mathematical concept of symmetry can be used to analyze certain kinds of art.

WONC claims three student Silver Dome Awards

North Central College student broadcasters who run WONC-FM 89.1 earned three awards, including a first-place prize, at the IBA student Silver Dome Awards.

Sept. 20, 2011—North Central College student broadcasters who run WONC-FM 89.1 earned three awards, including a first-place prize, at the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s 2011 student Silver Dome Awards.

Oct. 21 music faculty performance to include piece written by local resident

Victoria VerHoven
An Oct. 21 performance by members of North Central College’s music faculty will include a piece written by a local resident.

Oct. 11, 2011—An Oct. 21 performance by members of North Central College’s music faculty will include a piece written by a local resident.

The free performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in North Central College’s Koten Chapel at Kiekhofer Hall, 329 E. School St. No tickets are required.

Macek has article published in new anthology

Steve Macek
Steve Macek, North Central College associate professor of speech communication, publishes article in an anthology about communication history.

Steve Macek, associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies, had his article titled “The Reporter’s Rebellion: ‘The Chicago Journalism Review’ 1968-1975” published in a new anthology about communication history, “A Moment of Danger: Critical Studies in the History of U.S. Communication Since World War II.” The 2011 anthology is edited by Janice Peck & Inger L. Stole and published by the University of Marquette Press. Macek’s article is Chapter 11 in the book.

McMahon leads workshop at school in Chicago

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon, North Central College associate professor of mathematics, co-leads session on teaching math to staff at Chicago elementary school.

Mary McMahon—associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator—co-facilitated a workshop titled “Teaching Mathematics Using the Common Core Standards: What’s Really Changed?” to the staff at Goldblatt Elementary School in Chicago on Sept. 2.  

Darrin Vogt, education certification student who completed his certification at North Central College in 2010, was a participant and is in his second year of teaching physical education at Goldblatt.

North Central College awarded McCormick Foundation grant for principal preparation

North Central alumna Mavis DeMar, principal of Hermes Elementary School, Aurora.
North Central College is participating in a McCormick Foundation-funded study to help the state determine new requirements for principal preparation programs.

Sept. 15, 2011—North Central College is participating in a McCormick Foundation-funded study to help the state determine new requirements for principal preparation programs at Illinois colleges and universities.

North Central’s inclusion as a recipient of grant funds from the McCormick Foundation is the latest example of how North Central College’s undergraduate and graduate degrees in education are among the most rigorous in the State of Illinois, says Kristine Servais, associate professor of education and coordinator of master of education programs at North Central.

U.S. News & World Report names North Central among America’s Best Colleges

For the 18th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report names North Central College among “America’s Best Colleges.”

Sept. 15, 2011—For the 18th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report names North Central College among “America’s Best Colleges.”

North Central is ranked No. 23 in the Midwest in the Regional Universities category—schools that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degrees.

3 sets of twins among record group of 98 Presidential Scholars

(From top and left) Max and Zach, Kayla and Marissa, Nicole and Natalie
North Central College’s record number of 98 Presidential Scholars this year includes three sets of twins.

If you think you’re seeing double in some of the classes this fall at North Central College, it’s not your imagination.

This year’s record crop of 98 Presidential Scholars includes three sets of twins. The Presidential Scholarship is North Central’s largest financial award based on academic merit.

How is it that three pairs of siblings who happen to be among the brightest scholars in their high school classes all ended up choosing to attend North Central together?

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