North Central College - Naperville, IL

LeRoy Roesti 1965

LeRoy Roesti shared his memories after learning about the passing of music professor Paul Warren Allen: “Who can forget where you were when Kennedy was shot on Nov. 22, 1963? We [North Central students] were in a bus outside a high school waiting to give a concert. Some of our girls cried. Dr. Allen calmly said we’d give the concert and dedicate it to Kennedy and we did. ... Professor Allen encouraged me most as a composer by conducting three of my choral pieces ...

Mary Perhay 1996

Mary Perhay of Financial Network was named to the list of FIVE STAR Wealth Managers for 2010 in the November 2010 issue of Chicago magazine. She is among the less than 2 percent of wealth managers in the Chicagoland area selected for the honor and has more than 13 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Marti Healy 1967

Marti Healy published her third novel titled “The Secret Child” in 2010. Set in the midlands of South Carolina in 1855, the story interweaves unexpected subjects and issues, such as slavery, human rights and other harsh realities of 19th century South Carolina. It has received high critical acclaim and special recognition from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and other literary groups. For more information visit www.martihealybooks.com. Healy lives in Aiken, SC, and may be reached at MartiHealy@MartiHealyBooks.com.

Michael Reedy 1996

Michael Reedy showed a collection of his artwork, titled “Recent Works,” at The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery in Malta, IL. Recognized with numerous awards, his work has been widely exhibited across the country in a variety of local, regional and international exhibitions and can be viewed in many notable private and institutional collections.

James E. Saloga 1968

James E. Saloga was appointed to the board of directors of Batavia Enterprises, Inc., a locally owned property management and development firm. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he graduated with honors from John Marshall Law School. He returned to North Central to teach business law as an adjunct professor, 1977-1985. During his legal career, he established the widely accepted arbitration programs used by both Northern Illinois Home Builders Association and Fox Valley Home Builders Association to resolve homebuilding disputes. In 2001, he co-founded Home Closing Services, Inc.

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.

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