North Central College - Naperville, IL

Finding the Class of ’51: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Leota Buss Ester’s goal is to personally deliver 60th reunion invitations to 120 class members in 28 states. Marcia Meyer ‘51 Hawkins (right) of Arlington Heights, IL, already has it on her calendar. Ester asks every classmate to sign the North Central banner.

Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign: The Legacy Project-Riverwalk Gateway Connecting the Community

One of the first projects of the campaign will focus resources on the Riverwalk Gateway, a landscaped pathway along the east bank of the West Branch of the DuPage River. The College announced plans to partner with the Naperville Riverwalk Commission and Naperville Riverwalk Foundation on the project, which will include volunteer help from the community.

Construction is scheduled to begin during summer 2011 on seating areas, brick pathways and brick pillars that designate the area as an entrance to the College.

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.

Going Green Reaps Results

North Central College joins the ranks of outstanding universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the “green” movement through their own special programs and initiatives.

Charlie Bartsch 1973

Charlie Bartsch was named senior program advisor for economic development for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He’s responsible for promoting inter-agency and public-private partnerships to spur site cleanup and land revitalization. He’ll also work on the EPA’s green infrastructure and area-wide planning initiatives and provide support to the White House “cities in transition” effort. He may be reached at bartsch.charlie@epa.gov.

College hosts reunion of ETS alumni

Bill Naumann, professor of religious studies emeritus, was one of several speakers who presented sessions for the reunion of Evangelical Theological Seminary alumni held March 23-25 on campus. His address titled “Evangelical United Brethren Theological Affirmations” included a look back at the history and evolution of the denomination’s theology.

Susan Storcel 1977

Susan Storcel is director of the Cook County Child Protection Mediation and Facilitation Program in Chicago. Before being appointed, she worked for the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian for more than 13 years in the disabled adult and juvenile divisions. As a staff attorney in the juvenile division, she represented abused, neglected and dependent children. She serves on a variety of committees focused on child welfare and child protection issues, including the Illinois Child Death Review Team and the Court Culture Implementation Team.

Muganda honored with Goldwater recognition

Long hours conducting independent research, working as a lab assistant and serving as a preceptor for various classes have paid off for Grace Muganda ’12, who earned an honorable mention in the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater National Scholarship program.

Manmohan “Mac” Duggal 1984

Manmohan “Mac” Duggal is a fashion designer who gave a free gown to a struggling Miss USA pageant contestant in March. He’s an internationally known designer who sponsors dozens of pageants, including the Miss Illinois and Miss USA pageants. Throughout his 25 years in the industry, Duggal has dressed celebrities such as Vanna White, Ivana Trump, Jennifer Beal, Tina Turner, Sybil Shepherd and more. His designs have been used in the films “Titanic,” “Oceans 11” and “Country Strong.”

Autry named Forensics All-American

Nicole Autry ’11 was one of 14 students from across the country selected as part of the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) All-American Team. The All-Americans represent not only excellence in forensics, but also academics and community service, and are honored after a rigorous selection process. Previous North Central All-American Team members include Laura Fancher ’01 Bower, Lisa Barber ’03, Megan Orcholski ’05, Gillian Owens ’06 Gunnink and Sarah Brady ’08.

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