North Central College - Naperville, IL

Rogene A. Buchholz '59

Rogene A. Buchholz wrote a book titled “Reforming Capitalism: The Scientific Worldview and Business.” It examines the role that the traditional understanding of science plays in how we understand the capitalistic system and how it informs business and business school education. It’s a companion to “Rethinking Capitalism: Community and Responsibility in Business,” published in 2009. Both books are published by Routledge. Buchholz lives in Denver and may be reached at

The Reverend Barbara Carlson '56

The Reverend Barbara Carlson edited “Continuously Creating Spirit, A Clarke Wells Reader” by Clarke Dewey Wells. Carlson writes, “Witty, insightful, provocative, often profound, Dr. Wells’ work is a legacy to free religious thinkers from a man who loved life, loved the church, was devoted to the common good, and had great compassion for the human condition.” The book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Helen Baker '48

Helen Baker is the office manager/administrative assistant of a mental health counseling agency. She accepted a second three-year term as ruling elder at the Oswego Presbyterian Church in January where she serves as the parish nurse. Baker says “serving on several senior-related boards and committees keeps me busy and off the streets.” She lives in Montgomery, IL, and may be reached at

Ashley Popp '12

Ashley Popp coauthored a paper titled “The Global Transformation of Belly Dancing: A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Counter Hegemonic Responses,” which was accepted for publication in the 2012 No LIV issue of the journal “Physical Culture and Sport. Studies and Research.” Her contribution to the article evolved from a paper she researched with faculty advisor Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, for a project titled “The Transatlantic Transformation of Belly Dancing: A Hegemonic Response in the United States.”

Garrett Lutz '12

Garrett Lutz was cast in the ensemble of “Three Sisters” at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. The show ran through August 26.

Emily Steffen '10

Emily Steffen received the Outstanding First-Year Teacher Award from Naperville Unit School District 203 for her work at Naper and Ellsworth Elementary schools. Steffen serves as vocal teacher at Naper Elementary and music teacher at Ellsworth Elementary School. She continues work with North Central College’s music program as a backstage assistant for the College’s annual Explore the Sound concerts.

Lu Ann Schieferdecker M ’08

Lu Ann Schieferdecker M ’08 won the Henry and Stark Counties Fast Pitch Award for her unique packaging concept that markets local business in the Cambridge, IL, community. Her business is Lu Ann Specialties, based in Galva, IL. She sources locally produced foods and goods for corporate gifts. All products are handmade and nothing is imported. Gifts are available for purchase by individuals and corporations; visit

Lindsey Theis '07

Lindsey Theis was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the Best Feature Reporting category for her work on a two-part series titled, “If These Streets Could Talk.” Theis is a reporter with WPDE-TV, the local ABC affiliate in Myrtle Beach/Florence, S.C. The piece was selected from 36 entries and WPDE-TV is the smallest market station represented within the four nominees in the category.

Sandy Marchetti '07

Sandy Marchetti is a regional winner of a writing contest and author of her first book, “The Canopy,” a volume of poetry available at and the Midwest Writing Center. She has also been named a finalist in Gulf Coast’s 2011 Poetry Prize and Phoebe’s 2009 Greg Grummer Poetry Contest, and her poems have appeared in no less than a half dozen other publications.

Kam Kniss '07

Kam Kniss was promoted to assistant vice president of commercial banking at Wintrust Financial Corporation in Chicago. He may be reached at

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