June 28, 2011—North Central College recently recognized faculty and administrative staff members for their outstanding teaching, scholarship and service "above and beyond the call of duty." 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.
The administrative staff award recipients are:
• Kim Butler, a resident of Downers Grove and the College archivist, received the award for Outstanding Administrative Manager. She has served North Central for 12 years and received a master of arts degree in history from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
• Karen Jones, a Lisle resident and secretary for the psychology and mathematics departments and College Scholars Honors Program, received the award for Outstanding Administrative Support Staff. She has worked at the College for 16 years.
The faculty award recipients are:
• Lawrence Van Oyen, an Oswego resident and professor of music and director of bands, received the award for Distinguished Teaching by Senior Faculty. A member of the faculty since 1993, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.
• Matthew Pons, a Naperville resident and assistant professor of mathematics, received the award for Distinguished Teaching by Junior Faculty. A faculty member since 2007, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
• Stephen Maynard Caliendo, a Chicago resident and professor of political science, received the award for Outstanding Faculty Scholarship for his professional development in the past year, which included professional conference paper presentations, a book contract award and two published books. A faculty member since 2005, he holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University.
In addition, Sally Carpenter received the Student Government Association 2011 Distinguished Service Award, which is presented during Honors Convocation to one person who has gone above and beyond to help students. A Naperville resident, Carpenter is co-director of the Dyson Wellness Center and advanced practice nurse. She has worked at North Central since 2004 and holds a master of science degree in nursing from DePaul University.