North Central College - Naperville, IL

Hemlata Mistry ’05 passion for Korea earns a Fulbright

Hemlata Mistry ’05 watches news reports about North Korea with a special fascination. She developed an academic passion for the Korean culture and language while at North Central, and now her hard work and advanced studies have resulted in a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA). She will begin the orientation process in July and then receive an assignment to teach English in South Korea while engaging in cultural exchange programs and furthering her own Korean language studies.

David Thompson '99

David Thompson began his first season as the head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs at Oswego State University of New York in January. He joins Oswego from the University of Dubuque. During his three years as head coach, he coached 18 NCAA indoor and outdoor national qualifiers, including the 2011 NCAA Division III men’s indoor national champion in the 55-meter dash. At North Central, he received NCAA Division III All-America recognition 11 times and was a three-time National Champion (long jump, member of a 4x100 meter relay, and 200-meter dash).

Tracie Morris '02

Tracie Morris was named vice president, human resources at ComEd. She returns to the company after holding the position of vice president of human resources for DeVry Inc. for the past year. Before joining DeVry, she served as director of human resources operations for ComEd and earlier served as director of human resources for Exelon Generation, a unit of Exelon Corp. Morris started with Exelon in 2002 as a manager of human resources at LaSalle Nuclear Power Station. She began her career at the U.S. Department of Labor and Department of Justice.

Jim Owczarski ’02

Jim Owczarski ’02 captured third place in the national Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) awards for feature writing. He’s a sports journalist at OnMilwaukee.com, a daily online magazine. He joined the staff in March after nearly nine years with the Chicago Sun-Times Media Network West Division and will cover the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks, Green Bay Packers and other sports teams in the Milwaukee area. His wife Michelle Rutkowski ’03 is music director and midday host at WLUM-FM 102.1 Milwaukee. He may be reached at jim834@gmail.com.

North Central NOW Spring 2012

Scott R. Daly '06

Scott R. Daly accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the department of chemistry at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and will begin in July. He was awarded a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2010 and received the Department of Chemistry’s Theron Standish Piper Award for outstanding thesis research. After graduating, he became a Seaborg Postdoctoral Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM, and performed research to develop new methods to improve the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel.

Wayne Randazzo '07

Wayne Randazzo is broadcaster for the Kane County Cougars. He spent the past four seasons in Mobile, AL, with the BayBears, the AA-affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. His broadcasting background includes doing play-by-play work for Big Ten Network productions, anchoring shows on WGN radio and doing updates on WSCR-AM 670 The Score. He becomes the eighth broadcaster in franchise history and joins a list of former Cougars broadcasters that includes current big league announcers Dave Wills (Tampa Bay Rays) and Scott Franzke (Philadelphia Phillies).

Ernie Brandon '62

Ernie Brandon founded a woodwind quintet called “Euterpe” Wind Quintet (Michigan) two years ago. The group is named for the Greek muse for music and lyric poetry. (He includes Michigan in the name because there is a “Euterpe” quintet based in the Netherlands.) The group’s repertoire ranges from classical to ragtime, including concert music written expressly for wind quintets, transcriptions of popular classical piano and orchestra pieces, and arrangements of folk and some pop music.

Gaylen Brubaker '72

Gaylen Brubaker is vice president, technical director-groundwater remediation for AECOM, based in Raleigh, NC. He has 28 years’ experience and has been the technical lead on remedy selection and associated regulatory negotiations for many high-profile sites, including those containing coal tar residuals, petroleum products, creosote, chlorinated solvents and petrochemical wastes. He also develops and interprets laboratory results and pilot design studies.

Susie Gawriluk '73

Susie Gawriluk is an account executive for Journal Community Publishing Group, selling advertising for three magazines and websites: Silent Sports, Wisconsin Trails and Wisconsin Journeys. She founded Denim and Dessert Theatre in Presque Isle, WI, in 2004 and continues to serve as its artistic director for three annual shows. She married for the first time in September 2011, to Tom Preston, “under a beautiful tent with lanterns and flowers, fresh from friends’ gardens, and a bonfire afterward.” She lives in Arbor Vitae, WI, and may be reached at sgawriluk1@gmail.com.

Bob Pickett '73

Bob Pickett is in his 16th season as the producer/director of the St. Louis Concert Choir, a community Christian choral organization representing nearly 30 churches in the greater St. Louis metro area. This summer he and legendary music producer Thurlow Spurr are bringing together 200 singers from across America to perform in concert with three of Christian music’s greatest artists: winners of multiple Grammy and Dove Awards, singers Sandi Patty and Larnelle Harris, and pianist Dino in two “Festival of Praise” performances. The concerts are scheduled for Sunday, July 1, at Grace Church–St.

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