North Central College - Naperville, IL

Steve Heye '96

Steve Heye is web project manager for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. He has more than 10 years experience working for nonprofit organizations. He writes a blog at steveheye.blogspot.com about how organizations can better leverage their use of technology.

Kristine Lipowski '08

Kristine Lipowski is project coordinator for Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She’s pursuing a master’s degree in liberal studies at Northwestern. She may be reached at kllipowski312@gmail.com.

Summer Grants Encourage Scholarship

Wendy Koenig, associate professor of art, has long been interested in Holocaust studies and found a new dimension to research as she visits museums: the atmosphere created by sound and sound design. "I realized I'd never read anything about sound in this field," she says. That inspired her to spend the past two summers experiencing and evaluating the use of sound in Holocaust museums in Skokie, IL, Washington, D.C., Augusta, ME, Detroit and at the Holocaust Tower at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany.

Brad Weiss '97

Brad Weiss writes a Radio, Media and Marketing Strategy Blog at bcarsonradio.wordpress.com. He’s also the midday host and content manager on WKQK-FM 94.1 in Memphis, TN, program director for WMFS AM/FM, executive producer for the Gary Parrish Show and a voice artist with Studio Center Memphis.

Amanda Williams '08

Amanda Williams was promoted to account executive in the corporate sales division of SmartEd Services in Cleveland. She began her career with SmartEd as a technology researcher, working to create technology solutions for corporate clients. SmartEd is the largest reseller of SMART Technologies in the Midwest, supplying K-12, corporate and higher education clients, including North Central College.

Manno '05 tapped for new MTV show

After years as a late night DJ, Kevin Manno '05 is finally working the day shift—and enjoying a promising promotion to television personality. He now co-hosts a daily live show for MTV called "The Seven" from a sunny studio overlooking Times Square in New York City. For years, Manno was a force on late night Chicago radio at WKQX-FM 101.1 (known as Q101) and before that, as co-host of "All Ages Radio" on WONC-FM 89.1. The highly respected show earned Manno and friend Gordon Mays '05 Silver Dome Awards from the Illinois Broadcaster's Association.

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.

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