North Central College - Naperville, IL

Anna Wirtz '11

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

Ruth Kesselring Royal '61

Ruth Kesselring Royal published a compilation of letters she and fellow alumna Beryl A. Brinkman ’62, who passed away in 2007, exchanged while involved in the Peace Corps. Royal’s book, titled “Never Gonna Cease My Wanderin’: Letters Between Friends,” (Peace Corps Writers, 2012) gives insight into the Peace Corps when it first began, the Philippines in the 1960s and the developing friendship between the two women. The two met while attending North Central. They began exchanging letters while Royal was in the Philippines, continuing this tradition throughout the 1960s.

Lisa Shulman M ’07

Lisa Shulman M ’07 was named chair of the special education department for Oswego High School in 2011.

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.

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.”

The Year in Photos

The year in photos
Please enjoy select photos from another memorable year at North Central College.

Please enjoy select photos from another memorable year at North Central College.
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Will Allan '09

Will Allan was cast to play the role of Stevie in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s “Good People,” David Lindsay-Abaire’s class drama that premiered on Broadway in 2011. This was his third role at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Allan will also appear in spring 2013 in Victory Gardens’ production of “The Whale.”

Mark Myers '01

Mark Myers is the choir director at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, IL. Myers’ dedication to kids and his passion for teaching choral music has won him the respect of students, parents and professional peers. In spring 2012 he was honored with the National FAME Aspire Award, a vocal Vanguard Award based on nominations from fellow members of the Academy of Show Choir Professionals from around the country. Myers directs the school’s seven choral groups and has taken his students to competitions and festivals at the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, St.

Jon Davis '92

Jon Davis released his latest and third book, “Beneath the Northern Lights” (AuthorHouse, 2012). His previously published works include “Life, Inc.” (AuthorHouse, 2006) and “Stephen King’s America” (Bowling Green Popular Press, 1994), which was the result of research he performed with a North Central College Richter Independent Study Fellowship. Davis is also a songwriter, musician and award-winning business and marketing freelance writer.

Excellence in scholarship

Faculty

The scholarly work of North Central College’s faculty was the focus of an academic mini-conference that served as the final event to celebrate the Sesquicentennial. More than 55 presenters shared their academic research, which often involves their students and informs their classroom teaching. The event concluded with a keynote speech by President Harold Wilde titled “Confessions of a Non-Teacher/Scholar” about his own passion for learning, which was cultivated by inspired educators.