North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central College's ninth president

From the day he arrived on campus—March 25, 1991—President Harold R. Wilde embraced the campus, the faculty, the staff, the students and the alumni with a loyalty, enthusiasm and optimistic outlook that impressed even those who hired him for the job. “From day one or maybe day 10, Hal had become 100 percent a North Central person,” says Steve Bergerson, who headed the Presidential Search Committee and eventually chaired the Board of Trustees. “He so embraced North Central and North Central embraced him.”

Christopher Carpenter '04

Christopher Carpenter has received worldwide news coverage for his study of the “dark side” of Facebook. Titled “Narcissism on Facebook: Self-promotional and Anti-social Behavior,” his study is published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, Vol. 52, issue 4 (March 2012). “In general, the ‘dark side’ of Facebook requires more research in order to better understand Facebook’s socially beneficial and harmful aspects in order to enhance the former and curtail the latter,” said Carpenter.

Josh Stumpenhorst '03

Josh Stumpenhorst earned another Teacher of the Year accolade, this time from the Illinois Education Association (IEA). As part of his recognition, he threw out the first pitch before a Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field on June 12. Stumpenhorst is a sixth-grade social science and language arts teacher at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville and was named the Illinois State Board of Education’s Teacher of the Year in fall 2011.

Jamie Weitzel Scripps '02

Jamie Weitzel M ’02 Scripps is a senior consultant with 5 Lakes Energy. Prior to joining 5 Lakes Energy, she served as assistant deputy director for the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, she has practiced with Sondee, Racine & Doren PLC in Traverse City, MI, and Venable LLP in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in environmental law.

Adam Carlson '02

Adam Carlson joined Lawrence Behr Associates, Inc., as a field engineer, assisting the director of site services. He’ll provide RF (radio frequency) compliance services like AM detuning and RF safety studies. During the last decade he has provided technical services for broadcast stations in Illinois, Iowa and Texas. He will be based in Minneapolis.

Mark Myers '01

Mark Myers, choral director at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, IL, has been honored with a Vocal Vanguard award, a 2012 Aspire Award sponsored by FAME, a national show choir competition. The award was based on the number of online nominations Myers received from fellow members of the Academy of Show Choir Professionals around the country.

Dean M. Frieders '01

Dean M. Frieders wrote “Foundations of Sustainable Development: Law, Regulation, and Planning,” published by the American Bar Association Publishing Division. Written for public officials, planning and development professionals, attorneys and concerned citizens, the book describes the techniques used to employ sustainable development within a community or project in an easy to understand way. He also identifies common pitfalls and methods of addressing those issues using readily available methods, such as laws and regulations, contracts and design requirements.

Robert Taylor M ’00

Robert Taylor M ’00 is one of 10 Chicago-area educators honored as recipients of a prestigious 2012 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Taylor is a second-grade teacher at Central Road School in Community Consolidated School District 15 in Palatine, IL, where he has taught since 1997. He was selected from a pool of 560 nominees teaching kindergarten through third grade in the Chicago area and was one of 32 finalists. Recipients of the 2012 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching will be honored at a black-tie event October 12 at WTTW/Channel 11 studios in Chicago.

Carol Cain Hughes '98

Carol Cain Hughes is coeditor and contributor of “Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012,” an Arizona centennial anthology. She’s a science writer and media relations officer at Arizona State University where she earned a master’s degree in liberal studies in 2010. She lives in Phoenix and may be reached at

Brad Hite '98

Brad Hite was named president of Stainless Sales Corporation. He was hired in 2009 as the national sales manager and his most recent role was general manager of the Chicago stainless steel strip service center. As president, Hite plans on continuing the company’s growth initiatives and its 66-year tradition of exceptional service.

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