North Central College - Naperville, IL

Jim Owczarski ’02

Jim Owczarski ’02 captured third place in the national Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) awards for feature writing. He’s a sports journalist at OnMilwaukee.com, a daily online magazine. He joined the staff in March after nearly nine years with the Chicago Sun-Times Media Network West Division and will cover the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks, Green Bay Packers and other sports teams in the Milwaukee area. His wife Michelle Rutkowski ’03 is music director and midday host at WLUM-FM 102.1 Milwaukee. He may be reached at jim834@gmail.com.

North Central NOW Spring 2012

Scott R. Daly '06

Scott R. Daly accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the department of chemistry at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and will begin in July. He was awarded a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2010 and received the Department of Chemistry’s Theron Standish Piper Award for outstanding thesis research. After graduating, he became a Seaborg Postdoctoral Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM, and performed research to develop new methods to improve the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel.

Wayne Randazzo '07

Wayne Randazzo is broadcaster for the Kane County Cougars. He spent the past four seasons in Mobile, AL, with the BayBears, the AA-affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. His broadcasting background includes doing play-by-play work for Big Ten Network productions, anchoring shows on WGN radio and doing updates on WSCR-AM 670 The Score. He becomes the eighth broadcaster in franchise history and joins a list of former Cougars broadcasters that includes current big league announcers Dave Wills (Tampa Bay Rays) and Scott Franzke (Philadelphia Phillies).

Ernie Brandon '62

Ernie Brandon founded a woodwind quintet called “Euterpe” Wind Quintet (Michigan) two years ago. The group is named for the Greek muse for music and lyric poetry. (He includes Michigan in the name because there is a “Euterpe” quintet based in the Netherlands.) The group’s repertoire ranges from classical to ragtime, including concert music written expressly for wind quintets, transcriptions of popular classical piano and orchestra pieces, and arrangements of folk and some pop music.

Gaylen Brubaker '72

Gaylen Brubaker is vice president, technical director-groundwater remediation for AECOM, based in Raleigh, NC. He has 28 years’ experience and has been the technical lead on remedy selection and associated regulatory negotiations for many high-profile sites, including those containing coal tar residuals, petroleum products, creosote, chlorinated solvents and petrochemical wastes. He also develops and interprets laboratory results and pilot design studies.

Susie Gawriluk '73

Susie Gawriluk is an account executive for Journal Community Publishing Group, selling advertising for three magazines and websites: Silent Sports, Wisconsin Trails and Wisconsin Journeys. She founded Denim and Dessert Theatre in Presque Isle, WI, in 2004 and continues to serve as its artistic director for three annual shows. She married for the first time in September 2011, to Tom Preston, “under a beautiful tent with lanterns and flowers, fresh from friends’ gardens, and a bonfire afterward.” She lives in Arbor Vitae, WI, and may be reached at sgawriluk1@gmail.com.

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