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Tom Johnson '68

Tom Johnson is retired after 40 years as a news editor at The Beacon-News in Aurora, IL. He was responsible for preparing copies and pages for publication and Internet postings. His wife Sally Strosahl ’73 works in private practice in individual, couples and family therapy as a licensed professional counselor. Tom and Sally are the parents of Andy, Kyle and Katharine and have one grandson. They live in Aurora and may be reached at

Leong Tan '54

Leong Tan was honored by the San Francisco Medical Society as a 50-year member at the annual dinner in January 2013. He was recognized for his commitment to provide high-quality health care for the underserved and has worked to improve health care delivery within the Chinese-American community. A retired urologist, Tan has mentored University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) urology residents, volunteered as a consultant to the North East Medical Services (NEMS) and cofounded a foundation to support impoverished students in China.

Musical theatre alumna and father team up to win adventure reality series

Musical theatre alumna Andrea Larson ’10 Musselman and her father teamed up to win the new adventure series "Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls.”

A new summer reality competition series called “Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls” provided some daunting physical and mental challenges for North Central College alumna Andrea Larson ’10 Musselman, a musical theatre major.

More comfortable as a performer on stage, Musselman found herself on camera in New Zealand with mountains as the backdrop for her latest role. She and her dad, Andrew, dubbed “Lucky,” emerged as the winners of the inaugural season of the survival reality show and received a $500,000 grand prize.

INROADS partnership earns high praise

North Central College was honored with a University Partner Award by INROADS, which selects students from underserved groups for prestigious internships.

INROADS—a  program that selects and places student interns representing underserved groups—has honored North Central College with a University Partner Award for the Great Lakes Region. There are 72 colleges and universities in the region, including most Big 10 universities, the University of Chicago, DePaul University and others.

Accepting on behalf of the College were Lisa Pettaway, director of the North Central College Fund and coordinator of the program for North Central, and Dorothy Pleas, director of multicultural affairs.

North Central College named among top Illinois schools for return on investment

North Central College alumni earn a high return on investment (ROI) in their education, a new study shows.

North Central College alumni earn a high return on investment (ROI) in their education, a new study shows.

North Central College is named a “High ROI College” by Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online), a key resource for college affordability and financial aid information. AC Online identified Illinois colleges and universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment and ranks North Central College No. 11 among 39 institutions in the state.

A new look, a new atmosphere in Gregory Arena

For the 2013-2014 Cardinal athletics season, Gregory Arena in Merner Field House has new retractable bleachers, providing 600 additional seats.

Spectators at North Central College home basketball, volleyball and wrestling contests will be treated to a greatly improved atmosphere inside Gregory Arena at Merner Field House. A series of upgrades are in the works with the goal of creating an improved experience for teams and fans alike.

With the arena’s running track receiving far less use after the opening of the Residence Hall/Recreation Center, the College took advantage of the opportunity to install retractable spectator seating on the first floor of Gregory Arena.

Bringing community resources to Junior/Senior Scholars

Alumnus Jon Howard ’12 recruited 14 Travelers Insurance employees as volunteers for Junior/Senior Scholars.

Jon Howard ’12 returned to campus in July to volunteer with Junior/Senior Scholars—and brought a whole team of volunteers with him. An associate account executive for Travelers Insurance in Naperville, Howard serves on the company’s community relations committee and recruited 14 volunteers to help out as judges for a science fair and forensics presentations by the scholars during the annual parents’ day program.

Student researchers test out newly renovated science research lab

A new research lab in North Central College’s Kroehler Science Center is designed to encourage greater collaboration among students and faculty.

A Kroehler Science Center lab that has been home to dozens of student and faculty research projects  now boasts a renovated interior that’s more conducive to collaboration and long-term projects. The lab was completely gutted to redesign the space and accommodate new flooring, updated furnishings and improved storage and shelving.

“It’s much easier to collaborate with people from different labs and overall, everything is much more organized,” says Scott Blaszak ’14, a biology major. “The redesigned space is better situated for conducting research.”

North Central College student receives campus ecology fellowship

North Central College Junior Heidi Goetsch was awarded a Campus Ecology Fellowship through the National Wildlife Federation.

Heidi Goetsch ’14 is just one of 10 students nationwide to receive a Campus Ecology Fellowship through the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). The grant will fund long-term improvements to campus, thanks to Goetsch’s leadership in establishing a new native plant garden at Oesterle Library—and gives Goetsch an experience that complements her environmental studies minor.

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