North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.

Joe Swithin '77

Joe Swithin is a safety and compliance coordinator for Prairie Central Cooperative, Inc. After 37 years in the building material business, he took advantage of the opportunity for a second career. He received his master’s certification from Kansas State University through a program with the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS). Swithin is also a lay speaker in the United Methodist Church in Morris, IL, where he resides with his wife Vicki.

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.

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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