North Central College - Naperville, IL

Jena Morrow '99

Jena Morrow chronicles her lifelong battle with an eating disorder in her debut book, titled “Hollow: An Unpolished Tale,” released in May 2010 by Moody Publishers. She studied music education at North Central College. She lives with her son in Crest Hill, IL, and may be reached at jenamorrow.com.

Michelle Corless '10

Michelle Corless won the first-place award for Best Radio News Reporting—a prestigious 2010 National Student Production Award from Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc. She won the top award for her WONC-FM 89.1 coverage of Evan Lysacek Day in Naperville last March. Corless is working as a reporter/production associate for Naperville Community Television, NCTV 17.

Former career back on the 'front burner'

A life of academic curiosity that was nurtured at North Central College continues for Charlotte Roederer '65. A math and music major as an undergraduate, Roederer has shifted from a law career back to research she started more than 30 years ago after earning a doctorate in music history from Yale University. "I have the opportunity to 'front burner' the research I started as an academic and kept warm all these years," she says.

Kevin Stahr '99

Kevin Stahr is the public information coordinator for the City of Aurora, IL. He’s responsible for writing news releases, fielding media inquiries, coordinating special events and helping develop various media strategies. Stahr had spent the last 11 years with Suburban Life Newspapers as a reporter and news editor. He lives in Aurora with his wife Toni Drost ’99 Stahr.

Andrea Larson '10

Andrea Larson stars in “Departure Lounge” at the Royal George Cabaret Theatre in Chicago. The musical follows four, less-than-innocent 18-year old Brits caught between adolescence and adulthood, who are delayed at Malaga Airport after a week in the sun to celebrate graduation from school. As they reminisce about their time together, it becomes clear that their individual memories of the holiday are at odds. For more information visit bailiwickchicago.wordpress.com.

Alexis Ledbetter '12: Nurturing Diversity

Away from classroom lessons in English, biology and history, Alexis Ledbetter '12 sees the need to teach young women about some other topics that will serve them well over their lifetimes. Ledbetter focuses on helping them understand the importance of acceptance and encourages their respect for others' backgrounds and personal situations. As a second-year Resident Assistant (RA) in Peter and Paul Hall and one of 47 RAs on campus, Ledbetter exemplifies the role of residence life staff in the crucial adjustment of first-year students.

Charles F. Lee '57

Charles F. Lee wrote a book titled “The Adventures of ICKLE, PACKY, PICKLE and GOOCH,” about the mischievous and hilarious adventures of four grammar school–aged boys growing up in the late 1920s. Designed for young readers as well as adults, the book may also be a walk down memory lane for senior adults who grew up in the late 1920s and early Depression years in the 1930s. Lee received a master’s degree in mass communication from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Valla Coffman '02 Aguilar

Valla Coffman Aguilar is director of marketing for the Office of Marketing and Communications at North Central College where she also spent three years as assistant director of admission/marketing coordinator. She has served the last three years as senior marketing communications specialist with Dental Network of America in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

Sharon Arendsen McManus '63

Sharon Arendsen McManus served as a U.S. delegate to the 2010 International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) Council in Sligo, Ireland. More than 250 home economists from around the world attended. McManus is a member of the IFHE Development Fund Committee and director of the IFHE-U.S. Development Fund.

André Buchenot '02

André Buchenot earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His dissertation explored applications of literacy theory in an online writing course. This fall, he accepted a position as assistant professor of English with an emphasis on digital literacy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He is presenting again at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Atlanta in April 2011 and at other conferences in the coming months. He may be reached at buchenot@iupui.edu.

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