CENTRE COLLEGE DIRECTORY
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The main telephone number for Centre College is 859.238.5200. Calls to this number will be routed to the appropriate extension. In an after-hours emergency, call 859.236.4357.
Bringing to Centre more than 23 years of campus dining experience, Nagorka has worked with a variety of colleges and universities, including Lipscomb University, University of North Carolina-Pembroke, and Bennett College. He has a B.A. in business administration and environmental science from North Carolina Wesleyan College.
“I’ve been here, off and on, over the past year as an interim general manager and have always been greeted warmly by the leadership and all of the faculty and staff at Centre,” Nagorka says. “We have a great dining service team here that wants to be very successful, and I look forward to leading that team.”
Nagorka will oversee the management of all the dining service options available at Centre, which include Cowan Dining Commons and The Everyday Café in the Campus Center and The Hall of Fame Café located on the second floor of the Sutcliffe Hall athletic and recreation facility.
Says Randy Hays, vice president and dean of student life: “We’re excited to have Mike join our team. His leadership here on an interim basis has been excellent, and I look forward to watching his plans become reality as he assumes the mantle of general manager. Mike’s enthusiasm and ideas for programming and involving our students will serve him well in this highly residential campus environment.”
In addition to being open to students, faculty and staff members, Centre’s dining options are enjoyed by many members of the larger Danville-Boyle County community, affording students the opportunity to mix and mingle with a variety of individuals and families.
Jason Neiser is an associate professor of physics, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2014. He joined the Centre faculty in 2006.
Neiser’s current research interests involve the design and construction of fiber lasers that are capable of producing pulses with a duration on the order of femtoseconds. Being built entirely from fiber, these lasers are typically more compact, more robust, and less expensive than alternative systems, while still delivering excellent beam quality and efficiency.
Neiser graduated summa cum laude from Centre College with degrees in physics and mathematics and earned a Ph.D. from The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.
To read about Neiser’s 2010 summer optics research in New York, click here.
File last updated: 5/2/13
Dotsie Nelms retired as professor of mathematics at Centre, where she taught since 1969. Her teaching responsibilities included calculus, problem solving and complex variables. Nelms’ skill and commitment as a teacher was honored with Centre’s David Hughes Award for excellence in teaching.
Nelms is a member of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America, and before coming to Centre, she taught mathematics at the high school level and worked as a systems service representative with IBM.
Nelms holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Randolph-Macon College, a master’s in teaching from Vanderbilt University and master’s and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of Alabama.
Ben joined the Centre Human Resources office as the human resources generalist and training coordinator in July of 2012. Ben works part-time to help the human resources department with staff professional leadership development and staff employee satisfaction.
Before coming to Centre Ben worked with leaders from many profit and not-for-profit organizations throughout North America. He personally instructed and coached over 2,600 individuals in 35 states in the USA and across Canada.
Ben provides organizational consulting services and tools that help leaders, cultures, and processes achieve results in for some of the best places to work. He is former corporate vice president of organizational development and training for Alliance Data in Texas and was responsible for the organization’s human capital strategy in the company’s corporate strategic planning group. He also led efforts that resulted in Alliance Data being recognized as a “Best Place to Work” across the nation. Ben’s work has garnered national awards and recognition while appearing in numerous publications and media. He is the newly elected secretary/treasurer of the Economic Development Partnership. He was the 2012 Outstanding Citizen for Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce and is a past Chair of the Chamber and CASA at Woodlawn.
Ben graduated from Transylvania University.
He and his wife Julie own Maple Tree Gallery in downtown Danville, Kentucky.
Mackenzie, a native of Lexington, Kentucky, graduated from Centre in 2017 with a B.A. in Art History. Although she joined Centre’s staff following graduation, she is no new face to the Alumni House. As a student, she was a member of Student Advancement Board and Phonathon for two years, on top of having a student internship with Alumni Development her senior year. In her spare time Mackenzie enjoys time with her puppy, cooking and doing yoga.
Gina Nicoletti joined the Centre athletic staff in 1993. She has been the senior woman administrator since 1999 and the assistant athletic director since 2003. Nicoletti is the liaison to the director of athletics for 23 varsity sports as well as the NCAA Compliance Officer, director of the Buck Fitness Center and awards coordinater.
Nicoletti coached women’s soccer for 11 years, in which she mentored numerous all-conference and all-region players, as well as two conference players of the year. She was the first coach of women’s soccer to break into the top 10 South Region Rankings.
Gracie is a 2017 Centre graduate from Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in English. As a student life coordinator, Gracie co-advises the Student Government Association, manages the Campus Center reservation system, assists in campus activities programming, and supervises the Campus Center student staff. While a student Centre, Gracie served as the Panhellenic Council President, was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France.
Noltemeyer appointed chief planning officer at Centre College (May 13, 2015). Full story.
Patrick Noltemeyer, who previously served as associate dean of students and director of community service and the Bonner Program at Centre, has been selected to serve as the new special assistant to the president for institutional research and College events. He begins his duties May 15.
The position was created to fill responsibilities previously assumed by Nancy Lackey, special assistant to the president and event planner, and Steve Winrich, director of institutional research, both of whom recently announced that they were stepping back from these roles. Lackey has recently taken an extended leave of absence and Winrich will return to full-time teaching in the economics program.
“Patrick was an obvious choice to fill this role, because he has a wide range of skills and experience,” said John A. Roush, president of Centre College. “His more than 10 years of service to the College since graduating in 2001 have been stellar, and he has excelled at handling whatever challenge has been handed his way. I am confident his considerable talents will be of real benefit not just to my office but to the College as a whole.”
A native of Louisville, Ky., Noltemeyer earned a B.S. degree at Centre with a major in psychology. As is typical of Centre graduates, he studied abroad, traveling to Barbados as part of a CentreTerm trip led by psychology professor Brent White. In 2004, Noltemeyer earned an M.A. degree in education at the University of Kentucky, and he is now at work completing his Ph.D. degree in education at the University of Louisville. His graduate work has focused on higher education administration and student personnel, and his dissertation is titled “Employee Engagement and Motivation to Work, Organizational Change, and Leadership.” Noltemeyer plans to complete his doctoral degree work by May 2014.
“I look forward to continuing my service to the College in this position, and I’m especially grateful for the opportunity to analyze our success and support our decision-making through institutional research, and to partner with colleagues in the President’s Office and around campus to facilitate some of the major events in the life of the College,” said Noltemeyer.
“I have been fortunate to work in the Student Life Office for the last 10 years with colleagues who have inspired, educated, and challenged my development,” Noltemeyer added, “and I look forward to continuing my work with them, albeit in a different capacity. My work with students, specifically those in the Bonner Scholars Program and CARE, has instilled in me a deep understanding of the transformational power of the Centre educational experience.”
After graduating from Centre, Noltemeyer began his career at the University of Kentucky, serving for one year as a residence hall director, followed by a similar role at Georgetown College, where he was resident director for Pi Kappa Alpha. He returned to Centre in 2003, first as director of Greek life, and then director of volunteer service and coordinator of the Bonner Program. He was promoted to associate dean of students and director of community service and the Bonner Program in 2008. In this role, Noltemeyer has provided oversight for the $3.55 million Bonner Scholars endowment and the $1 million Bonner Leaders endowment. For his efforts, he received the Bonner Administrator Award in 2010 from the National Bonner Foundation.
A great deal of Noltemeyer’s energy has been devoted to providing leadership for service at Centre, which is an essential part of the Centre educational experience. This past year alone, students in the Bonner Scholars Program and Centre Action Reaches Everyone (CARE) donated 7,000 hours of service to the downtown Danville area.
Noltemeyer’s other leadership roles include supervisory responsibility for the staff and operations of the Parsons Student Health Center, as well as planning and coordination of the annual Alternative Spring Break program.
As a student and a staff member, Noltemeyer was also involved in the two vice presidential debates hosted by Centre. In 2000, he spent hours putting up chain link fence as part of the fencing crew. In 2012, as a member of the Vice Presidential Debate Steering Committee, Noltemeyer worked as director of educational and community outreach. Among many successes, he worked with local schools on debate-related programming and partnered with Connected Nation on creation of a virtual town hall forum called “Our Voice, Our Future” that involved 3,000 students from 150 high schools in 48 states and 14 countries.
Noltemeyer takes service and community involvement personally, and he currently serves in volunteer roles for Centro Latino, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, and Clark’s Run Environmental and Educational Cooperative. He has also been active with the Heart of Kentucky United Way.
Noltemeyer and his wife, Megan, who serves as the academic affairs fellow in the office of the dean, make their home in Danville with their son, Jackson.
Marie Nydam joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as an assistant professor of biology. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2016.
Nydam has a B.S. in evolution and ecology from the University of California, Davis. She earned a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Cornell University and completed a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Nydam studies phylogenetic relationships, speciation, and self/non-self recognition. She studies marine invertebrates in the English Channel and the Mediterranean Sea. She enjoys mentoring research students who are interested in evolutionary biology, genetics, and molecular biology techniques.
Nydam teaches Evolution, Biodiversity, Ecology (BIO 110), Introduction to Genetics (BIO210), Evolutionary Biology (BIO305), and Invertebrate Biology (BIO310).
File last updated: 5/2/13
Endre Nyerges joined the Centre College faculty in 1997 as a visiting professor, having previously taught at the University of Kentucky. He was named associate professor of anthropology the following year and became professor of anthropology in 2007. He has chaired Anthropology/Sociology and Environmental Studies and is an active member of both major programs.
A veteran of ethnological and ecological field research in Iran and Sierra Leone, Nyerges has edited two volumes of scholarly work in anthropology and has published extensively in scholarly books and journals. His current research concerns the remote sensing of environmental change in West African Guinea savanna.
Nyerges holds a B.A. from Earlham College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
File last updated: 10/20/14
Cultural anthropology — Food production in Africa
Editor of The Ecology of Practice: Studies of Food Crop Production in Sub-Saharan West Africa (Gordon and Breach, 1998), part of a series. Research on ethnography and ecology in Africa and the Middle East.