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Manmohan “Mac” Duggal 1984

Manmohan “Mac” Duggal is a fashion designer who gave a free gown to a struggling Miss USA pageant contestant in March. He’s an internationally known designer who sponsors dozens of pageants, including the Miss Illinois and Miss USA pageants. Throughout his 25 years in the industry, Duggal has dressed celebrities such as Vanna White, Ivana Trump, Jennifer Beal, Tina Turner, Sybil Shepherd and more. His designs have been used in the films “Titanic,” “Oceans 11” and “Country Strong.”

Autry named Forensics All-American

Nicole Autry ’11 was one of 14 students from across the country selected as part of the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) All-American Team. The All-Americans represent not only excellence in forensics, but also academics and community service, and are honored after a rigorous selection process. Previous North Central All-American Team members include Laura Fancher ’01 Bower, Lisa Barber ’03, Megan Orcholski ’05, Gillian Owens ’06 Gunnink and Sarah Brady ’08.

Tracy Smith Malone 1990

The Reverend Tracy Smith Malone was appointed Chicago southern district superintendent to the Northern Illinois Cabinet of the United Methodist Church. She became a probationary member of the conference in 1993 and has served in associate, pastor and senior pastor positions. She is serving her second term on the General Board of Church and Society. She lives in Aurora, IL, with her husband Derrick Malone ’93 and two daughters.

Sightseeing via the Rome Marathon

“When I realized that the marathon was on a travel day for the choir, I decided I could run it and take a train to catch up.”

Along with travel and performance schedules during the Concert Choir tour, professor David Schmitz found the energy to run the Rome Marathon. As the North Central contingent left for Florence, Schmitz headed for the marathon’s starting line at the Coliseum. “When I realized that the marathon was on a travel day for the choir, I decided I could run it and take a train to catch up,” he says.

Jane Anderson Clark 1992

Jane Anderson Clark was named vice president, member services, for NationaLease, one of the largest full-service truck leasing organizations in North America. In her new position, she’ll manage the entire member services operation, as well as work to strengthen member relationships, reduce member costs and improve collaboration within the NationaLease supporting groups. Before joining NationaLease, she served as area vice president for Randstad, one of the nation’s largest recruitment agencies.

Updated book gives an expanded view of campus

A new edition of “North Central College: A College in its Community” features additional photographs of campus by renowned photographer Chuck Savage.

The enlarged edition became available for sale during Cornerstone Week May 16-21, which marked North Central’s official kickoff to the celebration of its Sesquicentennial during 2011-2012.

Robert Ropars 1992

Robert Ropars published an e-book titled “Dark Bites,” a four-part horror series with new twists on classic horror stories. He also published “Carriage Returns” and “Romantic Confessions.” Ropars may be reached at robropars@gmail.com.

New offerings for science majors

Recent developments signal the College’s ongoing commitment to its science curriculum and career preparation with an eye toward construction of a new science center on campus.

Students will be able to pursue degrees in additional areas of study beginning fall 2011. They can complete a new major in the field of chemical microscopy, which involves the use of microscopes to solve chemical problems. Minors will be offered in bioinformatics—the application of statistics and computer sciences to the field of molecular biology—and neuroscience, the study of the nervous system.

Ryan Gatenby 1993

Ryan Gatenby and Andy Miles released their debut album “Unimpressive” as members of Chicago’s The Band Split. Gatenby, vocalist and guitarist, produced the album at home and mastered it on his MacBook in order to release this melodic rock gem on Transistor Sound, a label started by drummer Miles. The group also created a YouTube video for its song “Cheater.”

Japan disasters alter students’ plans

Life in Japan is gradually returning to normal for North Central student Ereka Funkhouser ’12.

Funkhouser, who’s majoring in Japanese and classical civilization, studies abroad at Iwate University in Morioka, a town of about 300,000 located in the Iwate Prefecture. She was shaken by the March 11 earthquake, but her school, 40 miles from the coast, was not directly impacted by the devastating tsunami. “The coastline was really decimated by the tsunami, but Morioka’s own earthquake damage was minimal,” she said in mid-April.

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