North Central College - Naperville, IL

Pam Salik Pepper '91

Pam Salik Pepper was appointed to the City Council for Indianola, IA, filling a vacated position until the general election in November. She’s served on the city’s planning and zoning commission for 12 years. She’s director of development operations and director of Annual Fund programs at Drake University in Des Moines and wrote a case study for the textbook “Human Relations in Action.” She may be reached at pam.pepper@drake.edu.

Test Subjects Enjoy the Experiment

Nine professors and their students are test subjects in a Learning Studio Research classroom that incorporates the latest thinking in teaching spaces and furniture design.

The project is a collaboration with Herman Miller and Widmer Interiors and allows the College to collect needed information.

Becca Paigen '95 Tointon

Becca Paigen Tointon founded a dress-sharing program called “Share the Memories” in the Midland, MI, area. “It started because I had four beautiful bridesmaid dresses in my closet and I wanted to do more than donate them,” she says. She teamed up with North Midland Family Center and held her first event in 2009. In 2010, the program distributed 250 formal gowns to area girls from 42 high schools for their proms. She may be reached at teachyouone@charter.net.

Strengthening church partnerships: Albright-Wesley Society

In an effort to strengthen the bonds between North Central College and United Methodist churches and advance a shared goal of developing new leaders in the Wesleyan tradition, the College has reestablished the Albright-Wesley Society.

Brian Lee ’01

Brian Lee ’01 was the keynote speaker at North Central’s 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast and told the gathering how King’s words helped him overcome adversity when he sustained a season-ending injury during his football-playing days at North Central.“Dr. King said, ‘If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward,’” Lee said, citing a 1963 speech King made in Birmingham, AL.

Prestigious scholarship rewards special motivation

Peggy Moran knows the exact moment that altered her life. In 2008, her college-aged daughter was hospitalized with a pulmonary embolism. Her daughter pulled through but Moran’s life was forever changed. A business owner and author, she decided to resume her education. A little more than two years later, Moran was awarded a highly competitive Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

Keith D. Stephenson '01

Keith D. Stephenson was named chief operating officer of Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc., located at the company’s world headquarters in Novi, MI. He previously served as president of Cooper Standard’s International Division at the company’s European headquarters in Mannheim, Germany. Stephenson was chief development officer at Boler Company, 2004 to 2006.

Rosie outlook for soccer and lacrosse

The women’s soccer and lacrosse teams are receiving inspiration and motivation from an unlikely source: 6-year-old Rosie Colucci. Spirited and vivacious, Rosie has been attending soccer and lacrosse games for nearly two years while coping with treatments for brain cancer and neurofibromatosis, a serious disorder which initiates tumor growth anywhere in or on the nerves of the body.

Jacqueline Milbratz '03 Aldrich

Jacqueline Milbratz Aldrich argued before the Illinois Supreme Court on November 10, 2010, in People vs. Skryd, a case that challenged a judge’s exercise of jurisdiction and compliance with two competing Illinois Supreme Court rules. She’s an attorney at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd. in Woodridge, IL. She lives with her husband, Adrian Aldrich ’02, director of alumni relations at North Central College, and their children Caden, 4, and Addison, 2, and may be reached at jacqueline_aldrich@hotmail.com.

Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky composer-in-residence

Faculty and students are enjoying the rare chance to collaborate with a composer of international fame. Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, North Central's composer-in-residence, is sharing his vast experience that includes commissions for renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, countless movie scores and other international projects. A native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, he most recently has been a composer-in-residence at Harvard University and Dartmouth College.

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