North Central College - Naperville, IL

Message from the President

We’re finally welcoming spring at North Central College. The flowers have bloomed and the campus has come to life with students pedaling their Cardinal red bikes. It was a rough winter in terms of cold and snow, but our faculty and staff, particularly our maintenance department, kept the campus productive and functioning.

New facility enables the sciences to collaborate, teach & research

Schematic designs are nearly complete for a premier science facility that will combine all the departments of the Science Division and transform the entire campus. The floor plans reflect the thoughtful input—and long-held dreams—of faculty who envision how they will teach in the future and address the need for graduates with STEM educations. 

Campus ministry: A celebration of the past, present and future

Twenty years ago an experienced and compassionate pastor with a special energy for social justice and evangelism came to North Central College to become campus chaplain.

Jeff Schaetzke '92

Jeff Schaetzke served as music director and conductor in Skylight Music Theatre’s production of “In The Heights” in Milwaukee, WI. Shaetzke is company manager at the theatre, where he acts, directs and teaches at its theatre academy. He has also worked at American Players Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and First Stage Children’s Theatre, where he now serves as the company manager. Tommy Rivera-Vega ’11 was the lead role in the production.

Eric Stuedemann M ’07

Eric Stuedemann M ’07 is the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Aurora University. He also has some Division I coaching experience with stints at the University of Tennessee Martin and Mississippi State University. As a student-athlete at North Central, Stuedemann was an All-American wide receiver, a two-time offensive MVP, a two-time team MVP, a team captain, a two-time all-conference selection, a two-time All-North Region selection and a Don Hansen Football Gazette All-American.

Jason Gerwig '96

Jason Gerwig is vice president of public affairs at FleishmanHillard in Chicago.

Tracy Dvorchak M ’08

Tracy Dvorchak was appointed principal of Prairie Elementary School in Naperville. Dvorchak was the assistant principal at both Kingsley and Meadow Glens, both in Naperville. She was also a second grade teacher for eight years.

Kristy Dallas '96

Kristy Dallas, soprano, gave her junior recital in Cisel Recital Hall, Montana State University Billings. While in Chicago, Dallas was a regular guest soloist for Robert Frazen’s One on One Television Show. She made her professional opera debut with Rimrock Opera (RO) in 2010, as Sylvaine in The Merry Widow and also had principal roles in RO's tours of American Opera Idol and The Night Harry Stopped Smoking, while serving as Education Coordinator for RO. Other roles include Lula in Venture Theatre’s Violet and as an actor in the 2010 Wet Ink Festival at Venture Theatre.

Brandon Cervantes ’09

Brandon Cervantes received the National Director of Law Enforcement and Investigations Award for 2012 Hero of the Year. While on duty in South Carolina Cervantes decisive heroic action resulted in a woman’s live being saved. He is a federal law enforcement officer for the U.S. Forest Service in Asheville, NC, and is a Coast Guard veteran.

Josh Shames '98

Josh Shames is managing partner at Hall & Partners in Chicago. Shames will be responsible for the overall business, management and day-to-day operations in the Chicago office. He has been with Hall & Partners for over seven years, most recently serving as partner. Previously, he was account group director for Millward Brown.

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