North Central College - Naperville, IL

The Steadfast Commitment of Ruth K. Powers ’32

Teachers, librarians, farm owners, pastors—much of North Central’s success today rests on a foundation strengthened by the generosity of alumni and friends who loved their alma mater but not the spotlight. One such donor was Ruth Powers ’32, a librarian who was a faithful friend to the College until her death in 2004. Over the years, she donated tens of thousands of dollars to endow a fund at Oesterle Library—the Books for College Libraries Core Collection Endowment Fund—to build the collection. She remained an anonymous donor until her death.

Creating Connections, Leaving a Legacy

A group of North Central students would like to thank the alumni who donate to fine arts, athletics, the Annual Fund and campus facilities.

So they are. Using pens, thank you notes and their own creativity, the Student Legacy Ambassadors have written more than 200 personal notes to College donors. They tell them about the activities they’re involved with and how the donor helped their field of interest.

Marti Healy 1967

Marti Healy published her third novel titled “The Secret Child” in 2010. Set in the midlands of South Carolina in 1855, the story interweaves unexpected subjects and issues, such as slavery, human rights and other harsh realities of 19th century South Carolina. It has received high critical acclaim and special recognition from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and other literary groups. For more information visit www.martihealybooks.com. Healy lives in Aiken, SC, and may be reached at MartiHealy@MartiHealyBooks.com.

Bryant Cobarriubias 1999

Bryant Cobarrubias owns Atomic Games, a place for kids to hang out and play board games and card games—a resource to the community. The store has a large library of open board games for people to enjoy at no cost and he hosts events for popular card games every week. He’s working with local schools, churches and organizations to set up more game nights. The store also supports The Edge Youth Center, located across the street. In his other career, he’s a software developer specializing in document imaging solutions.

James E. Saloga 1968

James E. Saloga was appointed to the board of directors of Batavia Enterprises, Inc., a locally owned property management and development firm. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he graduated with honors from John Marshall Law School. He returned to North Central to teach business law as an adjunct professor, 1977-1985. During his legal career, he established the widely accepted arbitration programs used by both Northern Illinois Home Builders Association and Fox Valley Home Builders Association to resolve homebuilding disputes. In 2001, he co-founded Home Closing Services, Inc.

Jeremy Gudauskas 1999

Jeremy Gudauskas was promoted to assistant dean of students at North Central College. He previously served as director of ministry and service. He lives with his wife Michelle ’99 and three sons, Brady, Jesse and Judah, in Naperville and may be reached at jkgudauskas@noctrl.edu.

R. Jackson Ferch 1970

R. Jackson Ferch had his artwork represented and published by Alcove Books in Berkley, CA, and Kennedy Art Publishing in Williamsburg, VA. Plans to publish an exclusive book of his sculpture in 2011 are being made by Kennedy Art Publishing. He started ELEMENIUM Sculpture & Design 20 years ago. To view his work, visit jacksonferchsculpture.com. He lives in Denton, TX, and may be reached at jacksonferchsculpture@hotmail.com.

Jessica Holtz 1999

Jessica Holtz is a gymnastics coach at Phenom Gymnastics in Aurora, IL. In May 2009 at the USA Gymnastics Level 10 national competition, she coached a gymnast who became the first to win all four events—beam, bars, vault and floor, and the all-around competition—and made the 2009 USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Team.

Robert Tallitsch 1971

Robert Tallitsch collaborated on the seventh edition of the textbook “Human Anatomy” with co-authors Ric Martini and Mike Timmons. The book is published by Pearson Publishing and is the best-selling undergraduate anatomy textbook in the country.

Going Green Reaps Results

North Central College joins the ranks of outstanding universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the “green” movement through their own special programs and initiatives.

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