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North Park Staff Accolades and Achievements

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Several North Park University staff members recently earned victories and received accolades.

Dan Gooris, the retired chief of police and head of North Park University security, won the 2009 Men’s Senior Baseball League (MSBL) World Series in Arizona, with his National Pastime team. Just weeks later, he and another amateur team for which he plays won a second championship at the Roy Hobbs World Series in Fort Myers, Fl. After falling short of a win in the 2008 MSBL championship, Gooris says of the 2009 win, “We were elated. I basically went from a heartbreaking loss to winning two rings within two weeks of each other.”

Gooris has been the head coach of North Park’s women’s softball team for 14 years, and he played baseball for the Vikings as a student, leading the conference in hitting and serving as team captain in 1972.  Today he is in the University’s athletic Hall of Fame.

Andrea Nevels, Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students, was recently named a “2010 Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Illinois” by the National Diversity Council, an organization that works to create local dialogue on the value of diversity and inclusion as a business imperative. Nevels spoke at the Council’s Illinois Women’s Conference in March on the subject of “Networking: Making Relationships Click”.

Nevels oversees the well-being of the entire undergraduate student population. She is the creator and director of the COMPASS 10-day summer bridge program, where she teaches classes to incoming first-year students. Previous to North Park University, Andrea served as the Director of Alumni Affairs and Director of the Urban Health Program in the School of Applied Health Sciences at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for eleven years.

Robert Stanley, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research, recently placed second in the 60m high hurdles event at the USA Track & Field (USATF) Indoor Nationals. Prior to this meet, Stanley won the hurdles at the USATF Indiana Association Masters & Open Indoor’s Regional Championships. Stanley is a former NCAA All American Hurdler and has won numerous indoor and outdoor titles in this event, as well as two world championship titles in the 110m hurdles.

Stanley performs research and evaluation activities of the university’s academic and administrative programs. He also provides leadership in developing an institutional assessment and accreditation protocol, serving as liaison with accrediting bodies, conducting research to support decision-making and strategic planning, establishing and maintaining data sets involving faculty, students, and staff, and creating systems for organizing and communicating data.

Anthony (Tony) Zamblé received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Chicago Police Department at a CAPS 17th District Town Hall Meeting on March 24, 2010. Zamblé was recognized for his work with the Albany Park CAPS (Community Alternative Policing Strategies) group, where for several years he has been working with them to host meetings on the North Park campus, and address youth violence and other pressing issues. Several hundred community members attended the Town Hall meeting, where Zamblé was one of seven community leaders to receive a certificate. 

Zamblé grew up in Kumasi, Ghana, and is the University Ministries Outreach Ministries Coordinator. He holds an M.A. in counseling psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the SBNM. He commented, “I am grateful for this award and feel humbled by the acknowledgement. While on one level this recognition is personal, on another level it is broader because it cannot be divorced from the commitment of North Park University as an institution to this community. I consider myself privileged to be part of what this school stands for as we continue to lean ever so powerfully into our identity as Christian, urban, and multicultural.”