North Central College - Naperville, IL

Joe Birkett '77

Joe Birkett ’77 in December was sworn in as a justice of the 2nd District Appellate Court in Elgin, IL. He was formerly DuPage County State’s Attorney and a prosecutor for nearly 30 years. Birkett’s wife Patty watched the oath, which was administered by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Bob Thomas. Daily Herald photo by Daniel White.

D-Term Trip to Berlin: Bad weather turns to opportunity

When Heathrow International Airport closed due to bad weather a week before Christmas, it posed quite a dilemma for 18 students, their professor and a staff member, Brian Rainville, who were stranded in Berlin at the conclusion of a D-Term course. The group was supposed to transfer flights in London.

A Thriving Global Community

On any given day at North Central College, students are sharing travel stories from D-Term, learning about new study abroad options to places like Jordan and Peru, practicing German at a language table, taking flamenco lessons and viewing a documentary film about India. They may encounter an English professor who grew up in Romania and a student organization comptroller from Haiti.

President's Message

One of my theories about great colleges is that they must include a few “magnificent crazy zealots.” Too many MCZs, and the institution could implode. Too few, and the school has a tendency to settle for good instead of great. The MCZs are the professors and coaches who refuse to accept constraints … whether they be resources, attitudes, “turf” or time … in their pursuit of excellence.

New American Colleges and Universities Fellow Adds to Science Lore

J. Burton Kirkwood, professor of history at the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN, used his sabbatical as a New American Colleges and Universities fellow at North Central during fall term 2010. While observing the College’s senior administrative leadership, he also researched North Central’s rich legacy in the sciences and its many distinguished alumni.

Dr. Carl C. Gamertsfelder '35: A Witness to the Launch of the Nuclear Age

"It seemed a little magical to me,” was how the late Dr. Carl C. Gamertsfelder ’35 described the nuclear reaction that took place at the University of Chicago on December 2, 1942.

Don Engelsman '73

Don Engelsman is executive director of the Life Care senior living community in Elmhurst, IL. With more than a decade of senior living experience, he’s responsible for managing the day-to-day operations at the facility, scheduled to open in 2011. Prior to joining the center, Engelsman spent more than 13 years with Providence Life Services where he held multiple positions, including vice president of marketing for new developments, vice president of risk management and general manager of the Victorian Village campus.

Lindsey Theis '07

Lindsey Theis joined WPDE NewsChannel 15 in Myrtle Beach, SC, as a reporter. She comes from CNN in Atlanta, where she was a video journalist for CNN, HLN and CNN International Networks. She’s also worked as a media producer at CNN Radio in Atlanta, a producer at WGN Radio in Chicago, and a reporter/producer at Naperville Community Television.

Robert “Bob” Leslie '75

Robert “Bob” Leslie was elected to a third term as District 3 magistrate in Oldham County, Kentucky. He’s president of Delta Mobile Testing Inc., serves as treasurer for the Tri-County Community Action Agency and is a member of the Oldham County Law Enforcement Council. He lives in La Grange, KY, and may be reached at rleslie@oldhamcounty.net.

O’Brien lands a role in Iraqi Law

Armed with his degree from The John Marshall Law School, Michael O’Brien ’05 is practicing law in a rather unique place: Iraq. He was deployed in November 2010 to Victory Base Complex north of Baghdad and is working as an advisor to an aspect of a Special Forces unit. O’Brien enlisted in the military after completing his law degree in 2008 and is a captain in the Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps. “The JAG Corps starts all of us as prosecutors for our first assignment,” he says.

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