North Central College - Naperville, IL

Mimi Cowan 1997

Mimi Cowan was selected to receive a 2011 OAH and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society (IEHS) John Higham Travel Grant by the Organization of American Historians (OAH). The annual grant is given to graduate students toward costs of attending the OAH/IEHS Annual Meeting. Cowan’s area of scholarly research involves German and Irish immigrants versus nativists in 19th century Chicago. She’s published articles on Irish nationalists as well as book reviews and 10 papers on the Irish and Chicago.

R. Jackson Ferch 1970

R. Jackson Ferch had his artwork represented and published by Alcove Books in Berkley, CA, and Kennedy Art Publishing in Williamsburg, VA. Plans to publish an exclusive book of his sculpture in 2011 are being made by Kennedy Art Publishing. He started ELEMENIUM Sculpture & Design 20 years ago. To view his work, visit jacksonferchsculpture.com. He lives in Denton, TX, and may be reached at jacksonferchsculpture@hotmail.com.

Michelle Phillip Junkin 1997

Michelle Phillip Junkin is a co-op member of the “In Your Eye Gallery” in the Paseo Arts District and is a member of the Oklahoma Artist Guild and the Paseo Arts Association. She works in a variety of media, including acrylic, mixed media, clay monoprinting and ceramics, and her artwork has been accepted into juried national shows and displayed locally and in regional competitions.

Robert Tallitsch 1971

Robert Tallitsch collaborated on the seventh edition of the textbook “Human Anatomy” with co-authors Ric Martini and Mike Timmons. The book is published by Pearson Publishing and is the best-selling undergraduate anatomy textbook in the country.

Kathy Johnsen Schrenk 1997

Kathy Johnsen Schrenk is secretary for the board of directors of Restore Hetch Hetchy, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco that’s working to drain the reservoir from Yosemite National Park and restore the valley to its natural wilderness. The glacial valley was initially protected by the establishment of Yosemite National Park, but the city of San Francisco won congressional approval in 1913 to build O’Shaughnessy Dam on the Tuolumne River, which flooded the valley under 300 feet of water. She lives in Menlo Park, CA, and may be reached at kathys@gmail.com.

Charlie Bartsch 1973

Charlie Bartsch was named senior program advisor for economic development for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He’s responsible for promoting inter-agency and public-private partnerships to spur site cleanup and land revitalization. He’ll also work on the EPA’s green infrastructure and area-wide planning initiatives and provide support to the White House “cities in transition” effort. He may be reached at bartsch.charlie@epa.gov.

Bryant Cobarriubias 1999

Bryant Cobarrubias owns Atomic Games, a place for kids to hang out and play board games and card games—a resource to the community. The store has a large library of open board games for people to enjoy at no cost and he hosts events for popular card games every week. He’s working with local schools, churches and organizations to set up more game nights. The store also supports The Edge Youth Center, located across the street. In his other career, he’s a software developer specializing in document imaging solutions.

Susan Storcel 1977

Susan Storcel is director of the Cook County Child Protection Mediation and Facilitation Program in Chicago. Before being appointed, she worked for the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian for more than 13 years in the disabled adult and juvenile divisions. As a staff attorney in the juvenile division, she represented abused, neglected and dependent children. She serves on a variety of committees focused on child welfare and child protection issues, including the Illinois Child Death Review Team and the Court Culture Implementation Team.

Jeremy Gudauskas 1999

Jeremy Gudauskas was promoted to assistant dean of students at North Central College. He previously served as director of ministry and service. He lives with his wife Michelle ’99 and three sons, Brady, Jesse and Judah, in Naperville and may be reached at jkgudauskas@noctrl.edu.

Jim Caliendo 1979

Jim Caliendo was inducted into the Illinois High School Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in March after being involved in high school swimming and diving for 40 years. He started the sport as a freshman at Thornwood High School in 1971. Caliendo said, “I had great coaches like Kimo Miles who instilled a love for the sport in all who swam for them.”

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