North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.

Stephen Fleagle M ’12

Stephen Fleagle M ’12 is assistant coach for the University of Chicago track and field team. He helps with jumps, pole vault, sprints and hurdles and serves as associate recruiting coordinator.

Callie Byers Celichowski '02

Callie Byers Celichowski was promoted to account executive for Covance Pharmaceutical in Madison, WI, a comprehensive drug development service company that conducts in vivo services, product discovery and translation services.

Lynn Getz Schopler '84

Lynn Getz Schopler launched Golden Elders Inc., an in-house adult care facility that provides an extended family setting for patients with Alzheimer’s. For four years, she took care of her parents, feeling the need to honor them and help other caregivers. In 2008, she opened an adult day care in her Naperville home to create a safe and warm environment for her guests and respite for their caregivers. Schopler also teaches psychology at the College of DuPage.

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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David Thompson '99

David Thompson is the head men’s and women’s track and field coach at State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego, a Division II school. Thompson specializes in sprints and jumps and has had success nationally both as a coach and athlete. At North Central, Thompson was an 11-time All-American and three-time national champion in the long jump, 400-meter relay and 200-meter dash. North Central won the men’s National Championship in 1998, when Thompson ran on the 400-meter relay and won the 200-meter dash.

Michael D. Oldenettel '88

Michael D. Oldenettel, a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Graduate, REALTOR Institute (GRI) professional, was installed as the 2013 president of the Illinois Association of Realtors (IAR). He will serve as the chair of the IAR Leadership and Executive Committees, National Association of Realtors Political Advisory Working Group and will lead the state association’s board of directors. As the managing broker-owner of RE/MAX Results Plus, Inc. in Jacksonville, IL, he has been active in real estate for 23 years.

Mallory Carr '12

Mallory Carr is an assistant golf pro at the White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville and recently won the Inwood Golf Course Long Drive Competition in Joliet, IL. She also competed in the Illinois Women’s Open at the Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, IL. She was among 429 nominees for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. “I am really proud of this nomination,” she says. “North Central College really helped shape me into the woman I am today. I wouldn’t have accomplished anything without my North Central family.”

Michelle LeDonne '09

Michelle LeDonne is the communications officer for the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation in Montreal where she works in media and donor relations and is involved in fundraising and grant writing. LeDonne graduated from McGill University in February 2011 with a master of arts degree in English.