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Computer science students excel at regional competition

Advanced team members, from left: Pero Atanasov ’11, Jonathan Rascher ’12, Kelvi
Computer science students stand out at Associated Colleges of the Chicagoland Area computer programming competition in advanced and novice divisions.

March 4, 2011—Computer science students from North Central College were among the top performers at the 2011 Associated Colleges of the Chicagoland Area (ACCA) computer programming competition held Feb. 26 at Wheaton College in Wheaton.

The competition includes two divisions: a novice division for students with one year of programming or less and an advanced division for all other students. This year’s contest fielded eight teams at the novice level and 14 teams at the advanced level. North Central sent one novice team and two advanced teams.

Three faculty and student publish book reviews

Faculty Sheryl Finkle, Jerry Gems, Zachary Jack and graduate student Stephanie Salerno have book reviews published in “Journal of Sport History.”

Three North Central faculty and one graduate student had book reviews published in the fall 2010 issue of the “Journal of Sport History,” 37:3. Sheryl Finkle, professor of education, reviewed “The Ohio State University at the Olympics: A Biographical Dictionary of Athletes, Alternates, Administrators, Coaches and Trainers” by Rusty Wilson; Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, reviewed “The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S.

Junior places among elite performers in singing contest

Junior places among elite performers in singing contest

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March 4, 2011—Tanner Smale ’12, majoring in musical theatre with a dance minor, placed second in the Musical Theatre Competition of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing held Feb. 19 at Northeastern Illinois University. With piano accompaniment, he sang these musical theatre selections: “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “She’s Got A Way.” Smale competed among 130 Chicago area college juniors and seniors.



March 1 roundtable on gender differences

March 1 roundtable on gender differences

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In honor of National Women’s History Month in March, the Gender and Women’s Studies program will hold a roundtable discussion from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, in room 6 at the Larrance Academic Center.



Student journalists earn Illinois College Press Association awards

Students journalists from North Central College have earned eight awards from the Illinois College Press Association.

Contact: Ted Slowik [tjslowik@noctrl.edu], director of PR and media relations, 630-637-5307

Feb. 28, 2011—Student journalists from North Central College have earned eight awards for excellence from the Illinois College Press Association (IPCA).

Students present at leadership conference

Two North Central College students presented at the National Collegiate Leadership Conference Feb. 18-20 at the University of Arizona.

Feb. 21, 2011—Two North Central College students presented at the National Collegiate Leadership Conference Feb. 18-20 at the University of Arizona.

“The 6 E’s to Successful Leadership Development” was presented by Jennifer Baron, a senior Spanish major from Justice, and Megan Holland a senior mathematics/psychology double major from Midlothian.

Master pianist Andreas Klein shares pizza, advice with music students

Music students at North Central enjoyed a master class and informal conversation over pizza with classical pianist Andreas Klein.

Feb. 21, 2011—Music students at North Central receive individualized instruction from world-renowned faculty, experience opportunities to perform in world-class venues, and sometimes are able to work with musical masters.

When acclaimed classical pianist Andreas Klein booked a performance in North Central’s acoustically stunning Wentz Concert Hall during winter term 2011, he agreed to arrive a day early and conduct a master class with a small group of music students. He even joined them for a pizza dinner in the concert hall lobby.

Ressler gives talks at national conferences

Mary Beth Ressler
Mary Beth Ressler, assistant professor of education, gave three presentations based on her research to national education and reading conferences.

Mary Beth Ressler, assistant professor of education, gave a presentation at the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR) Feb. 19 in Madison, Wis. Her presentation was based on her research on adolescents’ identity performances during literacy practices and surrounds the importance of attending to complex identity work and its inherent relation to literacy work. She also presented at the National Reading Convention in December 2010 on similar research and at the National Council of Teachers of English in November on using dramatic inquiry in K-12 classrooms.

Students accompany Rivera, who gives talk on music therapy

Nicole Rivera, adjunct assistant professor of psychology, presented a session on challenging behaviors in the classroom at faculty meeting in Chicago.

Nicole Rivera, adjunct assistant professor of psychology, presented a session titled “When Classes Get ‘Out of Tune’: Dealing with Challenging Behaviors” at the Old Town School of Music in Chicago on Feb. 13. The session was part of a combined meeting of faculty for the Old Town School of Music and the Illinois Association for Music Therapy.

Moussetis presents paper in Malaysia

Robert Moussetis, associate professor of international business, gave a paper at the Exploring Leadership and Learning Theories in Asia conference in Malaysia.

Robert Moussetis, associate professor of international business, presented a paper titled “Strategic Leadership of the Political Environment of the Business Firm: The Relationship of Environment-Organization and Performance” on Feb. 16 at an international conference, Exploring Leadership and Learning Theories in Asia (ELLTA), held Feb. 15-17 and hosted by the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia. The core emphasis of the conference was on understanding Asian perspectives on leadership and learning.

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