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Eric Knox '09

Eric Knox is a program director through AmeriCorps Volunteer In Service To America (VISTA) for Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation in Alaska where he assists with Fairbanks First Think Local. The buy local program is designed to advocate for a 10 percent shift in consumer expenditure from outside the Fairbanks North Star Borough to within the borough. He has worked to increase community knowledge of the importance of buying local by creating member booklets, community directories, newsletters, website development, special events and social media campaigns.

Matthew Kasper '98

Matthew Kasper is director of sales for U.S. Cellular in New England, leading all sales activities in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. He has been with the company for more than six years and has held various leadership positions, most recently as the director of sales in Indiana. He holds an M.B.A. from Valparaiso University. He and his wife Jorie and three sons will relocate to Portland, ME.

Zach DeWitz '05

Zach DeWitz was promoted from middays to mornings at WSSR-FM/Star 96.7 in Crest Hill, IL, where he broadcasts under the pseudonym Josh Cooper. His new morning program, titled “Cooper in the Morning Show,” continues to be a music-based morning program but is more interactive and locally focused. He has been with WSSR-FM since April 2006 working the midday shift and doing morning news and traffic reports. Joining Cooper is a new addition to the radio station, Bolingbrook native Anna Kopsky ’14. She is heard weekdays delivering news and traffic reports.

Kevin Manno '05

Kevin Manno is the host of a new reality show on the cable/satellite network Lifetime, “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition,” which premiered October 9. The show is a spin-off of the popular Lifetime reality series “Dance Moms.” The 10-week program showcases a dozen young dancers between ages 6 and 13, each competing for a $100,000 grand prize and scholarship to New York’s famed Joffrey Ballet School.  Judges of the competition include “Dance Moms’” Abby Lee Miller, Lady Gaga choreographer Richard Jackson and Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin.

North Central to honor student broadcasters at John Drury High School Radio Awards

North Central College will honor the nation’s top high school broadcasters Nov. 10 at the 10th annual John Drury High School Radio Awards.

North Central College will honor the nation’s top high school broadcasters Nov. 10 when it hosts the 10th annual John Drury High School Radio Awards.

Chicago ABC7 News anchor/reporter Ben Bradley will join John Madormo, general manager of North Central College’s acclaimed student-run radio station WONC-FM 89.1, to present the honors.

The by-invitation ceremony begins at noon Saturday, Nov. 10, in North Central College’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St.

Madormo was panelist at Young Adult Literature Conference

John Madormo, assistant professor of broadcast communications
John Madormo, North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communications, general manager of WONC, was panelist at conference of authors, educators.

John Madormo, North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communications and general manager of WONC-FM 89.1, was a panelist at the ninth annual Young Adult (YA) Literature Conference at the Hotel Arista in Naperville Sept. 29. Madormo was joined by young adult authors Paul Griffin, Jennifer Allison, Harlan Cohen and T. M. Goeglein as part of the Mystery panel.

Survey finds North Central College graduates among highest income-earners

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

North Central College ranks among the top 15 percent of private, nonprofit schools in the 2011-2012 survey by Payscale.com. The mid-career median salary for North Central College graduates is $81,300, ranking No. 39 out of 303 schools in the private, nonprofit category.

Dan Falconer

Dan knew he wanted to study broadcast communication at a school with a radio station. “I chose North Central because of WONC. It’s one of the only schools in the Chicago area to have a student-operated radio station.”

Like other new students, Dan found he could broadcast on WONC-FM 89.1 from his first days as a student. Many go on to win national awards for their newscasts, sports play-by-play and station promotions. “Studying broadcasting is half hands-on and half from a textbook and classroom. You have to immerse yourself in broadcasting, both on campus and through internships.”

He plans to work as a production director or technical producer. “Having a leadership role at North Central’s radio station taught me a lot about myself and how to work with others.”

North Central College student broadcasters earn three first-place IBA awards

Oliver Hall, home to WONC-FM 89.1
North Central College WONC student broadcasters win six Silver Dome Awards in state contest. Nine staffers earn nominations in national contest.

Student broadcasters representing WONC-FM 89.1, North Central College’s student-run radio station, earned six awards, including three first-place prizes, at the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s (IBA) 2012 student Silver Dome Awards on Sept. 21.

In this state contest, WONC first-place winners topped nominees from Eastern Illinois University, Loyola University, Illinois State University and the Illinois Center for Broadcasting.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2013.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2013.

North Central College is ranked No. 13 in the Midwest in the Regional Universities category—schools that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degrees. North Central College was ranked No. 23 among Midwest Regional Universities for 2012.

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