North Central College - Naperville, IL

John Koranda '06

John Koranda was appointed a board member of the Naperville Heritage Society and works as a commercial banker with Naperville Bank & Trust. He was a founding member of the RAK Scholarship Foundation for Naperville North High School graduates. Koranda is also in the process of setting up a pass-through organization to support various memorial needs of military servicemen and their families and assist with disaster relief efforts in Thailand and New Orleans.

Anna Wirtz '11

Anna Wirtz is secretary for North Central’s academic support services and Office of Academic Opportunities.

Maureen Oskandy '79

Maureen Oskandy, M.D., is a board-certified family physician for the Campus Health Service at the University of Arizona. She has worked with the Indian Health Service (IHS), had a full-spectrum family practice for eight years at Thomas-Davis Clinic and taught medical students for 15 years. After graduating from North Central, Oskandy received her M.D. in 1982 from Loyola-Stritch Medical School in Chicago.

Kai Ruggeri '06

Kai Ruggeri holds several research and teaching positions within the University of Cambridge (Darwin College, Engineering Design Centre and Department of Psychology). He also holds a senior analyst position at RAND Europe, an independent not-for-profit research institute whose mission is to help improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. He is also director of the Junior Researcher Programme in psychology and continues with AMCS, a health finance company, as an economic and international development consultant.

Erin Minogue '12

Erin Minogue is an elementary music teacher and band director for the Churchill Elementary School in Schaumburg District 54. She teaches elementary music, including two classes of kindergarten pupils with autism, and beginning band. She says the most rewarding part of her job is seeing how her students’ daily lives are affected by music. Minogue resides in Gilberts, IL.

New study abroad program expands international horizons

A new study abroad program in Jordan allows students to learn Arabic and experience Middle Eastern culture.

A new study abroad program in Amman, Jordan, is appealing to students like Carly Johnston ’13, who wanted a life-changing academic experience that would set her apart. “I saw it as an opportunity to expand my resume, learn another language and make connections to make my goals a reality,” she says of her fall term there. “I’m hoping to join the Peace Corps and also connect with the NGO (non-governmental organization) Global Network.”

North Central College opens Sesquicentennial Walkway, new pedestrian thoroughfare

North Central College’s new Sesquicentennial Walkway is open to foot traffic and will serve as a new pedestrian thoroughfare through campus.

North Central College’s new Sesquicentennial Walkway is open to foot traffic and will serve as a new pedestrian thoroughfare through the heart of campus.

The Sesquicentennial Walkway is a 16-foot-wide path extending between Jefferson and Benton avenues and located in a former alleyway between Brainard and Loomis streets.

“The walkway was widened and rebuilt so it becomes the main north-south thoroughfare through campus,” says Mike Hudson, North Central College’s assistant vice president for business operations.

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