North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central’s electric vehicle charging station is ready to use

North Central College introduces new sustainability effort, installs first electric vehicle charging station at Old Main parking lot for campus community use.

As part of an ongoing effort to support sustainability values and actions into all aspects of campus life, North Central College has installed its first electric vehicle charging station, making it easier for members of the campus community to own and use electric cars.

The electric vehicle charging station is ready to use and situated on the sidewalk in the Old Main parking lot off Loomis Street. The station can charge two vehicles simultaneously in two adjacent parking spaces and may be used free of charge by any North Central College student, faculty, staff or campus visitor.

Phillip Burke III ’85

While no one in the early 1980s could’ve predicted advanced technologies like Ethernet systems in engineering projects, Phillip Burke III ’85 has adapted to the pace of change in aerospace engineering. A physics major and 3-2 engineering graduate from Washington University, Burke over the past 26 years has helped design testing systems used by military aircraft and other planes for McDonnell Douglas and The Boeing Company (which bought McDonnell Douglas in 2000). Today he is an engineer in F-15 support systems focusing on automatic test systems for avionics.

Eric Friedle '04

Eric Friedle was named president of Publisher’s Diversified Mail Service, a family-owned marketing solutions company. He is a third-generation officer and has worked full time with the company since 2010. Friedle oversees all operations, including supervising staff, managing finances, developing marketing campaigns and working directly with customers. Prior to joining Publisher’s, he worked at ODW Logistics in Waukesha, WI, handling a wide variety of shipping and ordering duties.

Chris Vavra '10

Chris Vavra published “Sideswipe,” the third book in his Oak Villa series. The book is set in a fictional Chicago suburb and centered on the Mafia. The series is published under the pen name C.R. Jakes and is available at Amazon.com in the Kindle edition. He has published three novels and three novellas in the Oak Villa series and a fourth novel is in process. He also works full time as a content specialist editor for a manufacturing magazine and freelances in Oswego, IL.

Richard Schmack '77

Richard Schmack was elected DeKalb County state’s attorney. He has been a practicing attorney for 31 years; 27 years were spent in Sycamore, IL, at his law office. Prior to opening his own law office, Schmack served as an assistant state’s attorney under DeKalb County state’s attorney Philip L. DiMarzio. After graduating from North Central, he received a juris doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Law School. He resides in Sycamore with his wife Jackie.

Chris Hodge M ’10

Chris Hodge M ’10 is an art teacher at Naperville Central High School. His artwork was displayed in Marmion Academy’s Dr. Scholl’s Exhibit Mezzanine, November 4-18. He holds a bachelor’s degree in art education, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from North Central. With his pursuit of higher education behind him, Hodge looks forward to creating artwork in his new studio at Water Street Studios in Batavia, IL. To view his artwork or purchase prints visit chodgeart.carbonmade.com.

Kyle Andrews '11

Kyle Andrews is an analyst in the chemistry lab at CSL Behring, a company that develops, manufactures and markets biotherapies used to treat serious and rare conditions. He has been accepted to the College of Pharmacy at Roosevelt University.

Joe Swithin '77

Joe Swithin is a safety and compliance coordinator for Prairie Central Cooperative, Inc. After 37 years in the building material business, he took advantage of the opportunity for a second career. He received his master’s certification from Kansas State University through a program with the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS). Swithin is also a lay speaker in the United Methodist Church in Morris, IL, where he resides with his wife Vicki.

John Koranda '06

John Koranda was appointed a board member of the Naperville Heritage Society and works as a commercial banker with Naperville Bank & Trust. He was a founding member of the RAK Scholarship Foundation for Naperville North High School graduates. Koranda is also in the process of setting up a pass-through organization to support various memorial needs of military servicemen and their families and assist with disaster relief efforts in Thailand and New Orleans.

Anna Wirtz '11

Anna Wirtz is secretary for North Central’s academic support services and Office of Academic Opportunities.

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