Students join an international movement for food recovery
Jake Jaskowiak ’19 (pictured above right) initiated a food pickup program that collects potential wasted food from Chartwells at Kaufman Dining Hall and Einstein Bros. Bagels in downtown Naperville. The food is distributed to Hesed House, a homeless shelter in Aurora, Ill. Jaskowiak, majoring in environmental studies and Chinese, learned about the Food Recovery Network as part of an internship. He recruited help from students such as Benjamin Ubert '19 (pictured above left) and student organizations such as Green Scene, Students for Social Innovation and Outreach. Their efforts have North Central’s Food Recovery Network chapter on pace to surpass their goal of 1,000 pounds of food donations in a year.
Sport management class boosts the fan experience
Students in the Sport Marketing class taught by Assistant Professor of Sport Management Jason Rice planned the in-game entertainment for a men’s volleyball match. “All the elements of your event—operations, in-venue experience staff and marketing team—have to work together under one umbrella,” Rice explained. Along with the Hawaiian night theme, fans enjoyed a live performance of the American national anthem by Sonata Problem, popular music played during breaks in the action, “fat head” posters in the audience and live public address announcements during the match.
TRAIL Outfitters invites students to explore beyond campus
A new program called TRAIL Outfitters expands the boundaries of the student experience through outdoor excursions, instructional programs, leadership development, team building, and equipment rental. “We want students’ first exposure to adventure activities to be in a safe environment,” said Lydia Pond, director of Campus Recreation. Training will include equipment orientation, instruction on proper technique and first aid. Pond wants to take advantage of nearby resources, like the DuPage River, which is suitable for canoeing and kayaking, and the Morton Arboretum, a great place for biking, running, hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. TRAIL Outfitters is a collaborative effort organized by Campus Recreation, the Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program, and the Center for Social Impact.
Ropes courses are among the many activities TRAIL Outfitters facilitates.
First-year student reinvigorates Voices of Praise choir
Voices of Praise, North Central’s student-run gospel choir group, is experiencing renewed energy thanks to Mikel Mays ’22 (pictured, far right), a music education major. The choir performed during the MLK Prayer Breakfast and hosted the 31st annual Gospel Extravaganza. “I grew up going to a Baptist church, so music has always been a part of my faith,” said Mays. “When I heard about Voices of Praise, I had to start it up again.” Many of the members have never sung in a gospel choir before. “This has given me the chance to learn about the business of leading a choir, and has been rewarding both professionally and personally,” added Mays.
Voices of Praise at the MLK Breakfast.
The Art Institute of Chicago hosts aspiring museum professionals
Two North Central students learned first-hand how their art history majors could lead to museum careers, thanks to a partnership between North Central College and the Art Institute of Chicago. Katherine Steffeter ‘20 (pictured left) and Alyssa Kinzel ’19 (pictured right) participated in the Jobs at Art Museums program at the Art Institute, where they acted as docents. Assistant Professor of Art History Lindsay Shannon (pictured center) nominated the students for the program. The College is a member of AIC’s University Partner Program, which provides all North Central undergraduates with free admission to the museum’s collections, archival materials, lectures and performances.
A spring break to remember
The North Central women’s chorale (pictured right), under the leadership of Ramona M. Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor of music, had the opportunity to travel to New York City, to perform at Carnegie Hall, tour Radio City Music Hall, visit Lincoln Center, and much more. The trip was generously funded by Dr. Myron Wentz ’63 (H) ’11 and Mrs. Prudence Wentz.
College welcomes new executive director
Karen Bartuch is the new executive director of the College’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Launched in 2016, the center seeks to support students, faculty, staff, alumni and community entrepreneurs to incubate and accelerate startups, while helping to create a campus-wide culture of innovation. Bartuch began her role in December 2018 and brings a range of experiences to the table, including administrative roles with PwC and Motorola, serving as associate editor for Law & Order magazine, and starting her own small business. She worked for over a decade as an officer and policy and communications advisor for the Chicago Police Department. Bartuch earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwestern University in 2000, a master’s degree in communications from DePaul University in 2010, and a doctorate of business administration from DePaul’s Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in 2018. She taught courses in management and entrepreneurship at DePaul.
College names new dean of the School of Education and Health Sciences
North Central has named Dr. Marci J. Swede as dean of the School of Education and Health Sciences. Her role will begin July 1, when she takes over for interim dean Heidi Matthews, professor of kinesiology emeritus, who announced her retirement after 25 years at the College. In her role, Swede will oversee all departments within the School of Education and Health Sciences, including kinesiology and education, as well as the Center for Success in High Needs Schools, Urban Education Lab and master’s programs in educational leadership. Swede comes to North Central from Long Island University where she served as associate professor and chair of the department of health sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in biology from Carnegie Mellon University and her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. Swede’s areas of research include biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics.