North Central College - Naperville, IL

Eric Friedle '04

Eric Friedle was named president of Publisher’s Diversified Mail Service, a family-owned marketing solutions company. He is a third-generation officer and has worked full time with the company since 2010. Friedle oversees all operations, including supervising staff, managing finances, developing marketing campaigns and working directly with customers. Prior to joining Publisher’s, he worked at ODW Logistics in Waukesha, WI, handling a wide variety of shipping and ordering duties.

Chris Vavra '10

Chris Vavra published “Sideswipe,” the third book in his Oak Villa series. The book is set in a fictional Chicago suburb and centered on the Mafia. The series is published under the pen name C.R. Jakes and is available at Amazon.com in the Kindle edition. He has published three novels and three novellas in the Oak Villa series and a fourth novel is in process. He also works full time as a content specialist editor for a manufacturing magazine and freelances in Oswego, IL.

Richard Schmack '77

Richard Schmack was elected DeKalb County state’s attorney. He has been a practicing attorney for 31 years; 27 years were spent in Sycamore, IL, at his law office. Prior to opening his own law office, Schmack served as an assistant state’s attorney under DeKalb County state’s attorney Philip L. DiMarzio. After graduating from North Central, he received a juris doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Law School. He resides in Sycamore with his wife Jackie.

Chris Hodge M ’10

Chris Hodge M ’10 is an art teacher at Naperville Central High School. His artwork was displayed in Marmion Academy’s Dr. Scholl’s Exhibit Mezzanine, November 4-18. He holds a bachelor’s degree in art education, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from North Central. With his pursuit of higher education behind him, Hodge looks forward to creating artwork in his new studio at Water Street Studios in Batavia, IL. To view his artwork or purchase prints visit chodgeart.carbonmade.com.

Kyle Andrews '11

Kyle Andrews is an analyst in the chemistry lab at CSL Behring, a company that develops, manufactures and markets biotherapies used to treat serious and rare conditions. He has been accepted to the College of Pharmacy at Roosevelt University.

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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