North Central College - Naperville, IL

Darrick Druce '10

Darrick Druce joins the Sauk Valley Predators minor league basketball team as its strength and conditioning coach. Druce completed an internship with the Chicago Bulls/White Sox Academy in 2008 and became the assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2009 for the Bulls where he trained players such as Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Ben Gordon. He implemented off-season and spring training strength programs for the White Sox in 2009.

Rozanne Ferington Redlinski '75

Rozanne Ferington Redlinski received the New York State Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in August 2011. The award is given to teachers by the State University of New York Chancellor for showing mastery of teaching, dedication to students, adherence to academic standards and continued professional achievements. She teaches various biology courses at Erie Community College in Orchard Park, NY.

Memories of North Central continue to shape First Lady’s university life

Jane Schade ’71 Kopp remembers visiting the home of College President Arlo Schilling when she was a freshman. Today, as First Lady of Marshall University, she extends the same hospitality to students. “I know students appreciate coming to our home for a reception or dinner, because I remember how special it was for me,” she says.

Phillip Burke '85

Phillip Burke was elected to a fifth term as chairman of the board of Sycamore Hills, MO. He also was reelected as secretary for the Mayors of Small Cities and serves on the nomination committee for the St. Louis County Municipal League. An occasional political science lecturer for a local college, he enjoys traveling in his free time and has visited 50 states, seven continents and more than 50 countries. He continues to play trumpet for the Ambassadors of Swing and the After Hours Community Band.

Volunteering with honor

Richard Yndestad ’90, a veteran and longtime musician, has found his passion as a volunteer bugler—a gesture of gratitude for military servicemen and women. He drives from his Naperville home weekly to the expansive fields of Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL, to play bugle at military funerals. He does so with a humble motivation: to ensure the deceased receive an honorable salute.

Leanne Fanning Pankuch '90

Leanne Fanning Pankuch wrote two stories, titled “What We’ll Do for Hockey” and “Fish ‘n Fries,” that were featured in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada.” For more information visit leannepankuch.com. She lives in Aurora, IL, and may be reached at leannepankuch@comcast.net.

North Central Now Winter 2012

Scott King '91

Scott King retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 18 years of service. He worked on the EA-6B Prowler, an electronic attack aircraft, as an electrician, quality assurance chief, maintenance control chief and avionics chief. He was deployed worldwide in support of combat operations, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Italy, Turkey, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and on the USS America. He and his wife Michelle Burnard ’91 King live in Newport, NC.

Liz Robinson-Chan '93

Liz Robinson-Chan was a finalist in the Our Towns, Our Heroes program sponsored by General Motors. The award recognizes firefighters, paramedics and police officers for exceptional service. An Aurora police officer since 1993, she earned her undergraduate degree in sociology/criminal justice from North Central where she competed as a member of the women’s track and field team and was recognized as an All-American. She also completed her M.B.A.

Stacey Schiel Garrity '95

Stacey Schiel Garrity is a senior manufacturing process development scientist for Epicentre, based in Madison, WI, which manufactures and sells kits for DNA sequencing, transcription and ribosomal RNA removal, among other products. Her role in the manufacturing group is to take incoming new products from the research and design group and “scale them up” to large-scale production, taking processes from a lab bench scale to a production scale.

Carley Wrobel Born '96

Carley Wrobel Born is an academic technologist at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where she supports curricular development in teaching foreign languages. She’s currently designing a custom open-source, Web-based program to facilitate oral exercises for foreign language classes. On the side, she provides technical consultation and English-Japanese translation for a small martial arts equipment vendor in Japan.

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