North Central College - Naperville, IL

Tracie Morris '02

Tracie Morris, vice president of human resources for ComEd, was named a 2012 Company and Executive Woman Worth Watching by Diversity Journal. Morris was nominated by colleagues, peers and mentors for her initiative and achievements as a woman of diversity within her sphere of influence.

Keith Matune M ’10

Keith Matune M ’10 was named the State of Illinois Law and Government Teacher of the Year by the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago (CRFC). This is one of the most prestigious awards given to social studies teachers statewide. Matune has been a teacher at Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL, for the past nine years. He was proud to share this recognition with his father Walter, a retired social studies teacher from Downers Grove North High School, who won the award in 1997.

Phillip Burke III ’85

While no one in the early 1980s could’ve predicted advanced technologies like Ethernet systems in engineering projects, Phillip Burke III ’85 has adapted to the pace of change in aerospace engineering. A physics major and 3-2 engineering graduate from Washington University, Burke over the past 26 years has helped design testing systems used by military aircraft and other planes for McDonnell Douglas and The Boeing Company (which bought McDonnell Douglas in 2000). Today he is an engineer in F-15 support systems focusing on automatic test systems for avionics.

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.

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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