North Central College - Naperville, IL

Kayla Schmidt '13

Kayla Schmidt is working at a pet day care called Paws in Time located in West Chicago, IL.

Emily Jewison '13

Emily Jewison landed a backstage role at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago with “The Jungle Book,” a world premier musical based on Disney’s animated movie. She started as a stage management intern and was hired as a young performer supervisor when the show began previews in June. Coincidentally, the other young performer supervisor was fellow alum Kate Cora Clark ’08. The pair helped Mowgli and Little Girl into their costumes, supervised them during the show and met their parents at the end of the evening.

Quinton Hoffert '13

Quinton Hoffert was awarded a U.S. State Department Critical Languages Scholarship, which funded a special intensive language program at Suzhou University in Jiangsu, China. He will continue a two-year study of Chinese at Beijing Foreign Studies University this fall and return to the United States to complete a master’s degree in a Chinese translation program.

Danielle Fiala '13

Danielle Fiala was named the inaugural head lacrosse coach at Wartburg College, which begins competition in women’s lacrosse in the spring 2015 season. “I immediately became interested due to the Division III atmosphere,” she said. “Being a student first and an athlete second is something I enjoyed and am very comfortable with due to my time at North Central.” Fiala led North Central in scoring during her last three lacrosse seasons and is the program’s all-time career leader in goals, assists, shot attempts and ground controls.

Hannah Brock '13

Hannah Brock and Kevin Murphy started hiking across the Appalachian Mountains from Maine on June 12. Brock is a Jackson, GA, native and Murphy lives in Glen Ellyn, IL. A daily journal of Brock’s excursion on the Appalachian Trail is posted at

Commencement 2013: Traditions continue for largest graduating class ever

President Troy D. Hammond in June presided over his first Commencement ceremony, the academic finale for the Class of 2013. The Residence Hall/Recreation Center accommodated an enthusiastic audience to witness the ceremony for the largest class of undergraduates ever: 628 students who completed requirements for bachelor’s degrees, in addition to the 104 receiving advanced degrees.

Alumni return to send off Martinez

The 2013 Concert Choir Graduation Concert on May 31 evolved into an alumni reunion event when dozens of choir and music alumni joined parents, faculty and staff for a final performance with conductor Jeordano “Pete” Martinez, now professor of music emeritus.

2013 Dissinger honorees

Five outstanding North Central College faculty and staff for the 2012-2013 academic year were recognized with Dissinger Awards.

Faculty award recipients:

Six faculty receive tenure, promotions

The Board of Trustees granted tenure and approved promotions to several faculty members effective with the start of the 2013-2014 academic year in September.

New locker decor builds on football traditions

As the sixth-ranked Cardinals football team prepares to pursue its eighth consecutive College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Championship, it will have some new assets to help in the quest.

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