North Central College - Naperville, IL

April Vrtis '12

April Vrtis earned a master's degree in leadership with a focus on higher education from North Central College and accepted a position with Aurora University as a residence hall director. Vrtis was a graduate assistant at North Central, acting as residence hall director for the Residence Hall/Recreation Center.

Aaron Buss '07


Eric Brechtel completed his first year at Montini Catholic High School as an admission representative. He is also the head coach of boys track and field and assistant cross country coach. He may be reached at

Aaron Buss earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Iowa and was hired as an assistant professor in the department of psychology at the University of Tennessee.

Alexa Darby '95

Alexa Darby received the Periclean Award for Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility from Elon University in Elon, NC. She is an associate professor of psychology and serves as the academic coordinator for the Civic Engagement Scholars Program. She was the 2006-2007 Service-Learning Faculty Scholar and the 2009-2010 Service-Learning Research Scholar.

Reverend Dr. James E. Will '49

Reverend Dr. James E. Will has published his fourth book through Palgrave-Macmillan, “A Contemporary Theology for Ecumenical Peace.” His book uses biblical theology to discuss God’s role in world conflicts. He taught theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and is now professor emeritus.

Psychology professor seeks to reduce the harmful effects of bullying

Michaela Vilim ’16 and Patricia Schacht, associate professor of psychology
Psychology research underway at North Central College is investigating how parents and youngsters can cope with bullying behaviors.

When Patricia Schacht, associate professor of psychology, offered a senior-level seminar at North Central College called “Bullying,” all 20 spots quickly filled. So she opened a second section, which filled just as fast. An expert in child development and parental behaviors, Schacht is finding an insatiable demand for information on the topic of bullying and its prevention, her topic of scholarly research.

John Giannini '84

John Giannini was inducted into the Philadelphia area Small College Coaches Association Hall of Fame for his contributions as the head men’s basketball coach at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. Giannini compiled a record of 168-38 for a winning percentage of .816 over his seven seasons as head coach and led the Rowan University Profs to five trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Russell Webster '03

Russell Webster is a visiting assistant professor of psychology at North Central. He has co-published a study titled “Angels and Demons Are Among Us: Assessing Individual Differences in Belief in Pure Evil and Belief in Pure Good” in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Webster received his master of psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, IN, and his Ph.D. from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.

Hannah Toriumi ’12

Hannah Toriumi played Amber Morris in the television series Chicago P.D. Previously, she starred as Lydia in the short Robot vs Verses in 2013.

Students and faculty instructor present at health and education conference

Alyssa Walters ’14, Carolyn Kerr ’15, Tammy Wynard
Alyssa Walters ’14, Carolyn Kerr ’15 and Tammy Wynard, North Central College visiting instructor of health and physical education, gave talk at conference.

Alyssa Walters ’14 and Carolyn Kerr ’15 joined Tammy Wynard, North Central College visiting instructor of health and physical education and coordinator of the health education and wellness programs, to present a session at the Illinois Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (IAHPERD) Conference held in St. Charles in November.

Marlena Martinez ’15 is chosen for student affairs program

Marlena Martinez ’15, psychology major
North Central College junior Marlena Martinez is selected to the Undergraduate Fellows Program of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

North Central College’s Marlena Martinez, a junior psychology major from Plainfield, has been selected for a prestigious program that offers networking, mentoring and other opportunities for students who want to pursue careers as higher education administrators.

Martinez has been accepted into the 2013-2014 class of the Undergraduate Fellows Program of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, formerly known as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

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