North Central College - Naperville, IL

Maureen Oskandy '79

Maureen Oskandy, M.D., is a board-certified family physician for the Campus Health Service at the University of Arizona. She has worked with the Indian Health Service (IHS), had a full-spectrum family practice for eight years at Thomas-Davis Clinic and taught medical students for 15 years. After graduating from North Central, Oskandy received her M.D. in 1982 from Loyola-Stritch Medical School in Chicago.

Kai Ruggeri '06

Kai Ruggeri holds several research and teaching positions within the University of Cambridge (Darwin College, Engineering Design Centre and Department of Psychology). He also holds a senior analyst position at RAND Europe, an independent not-for-profit research institute whose mission is to help improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. He is also director of the Junior Researcher Programme in psychology and continues with AMCS, a health finance company, as an economic and international development consultant.

Erin Minogue '12

Erin Minogue is an elementary music teacher and band director for the Churchill Elementary School in Schaumburg District 54. She teaches elementary music, including two classes of kindergarten pupils with autism, and beginning band. She says the most rewarding part of her job is seeing how her students’ daily lives are affected by music. Minogue resides in Gilberts, IL.

Lynn Getz Schopler '84

Lynn Getz Schopler launched Golden Elders Inc., an in-house adult care facility that provides an extended family setting for patients with Alzheimer’s. For four years, she took care of her parents, feeling the need to honor them and help other caregivers. In 2008, she opened an adult day care in her Naperville home to create a safe and warm environment for her guests and respite for their caregivers. Schopler also teaches psychology at the College of DuPage.

Timm Bellazzini '07

Timm Bellazzini is an audit supervisor at Sikich LLP in Naperville. After graduating from North Central, he went on to earn a master’s degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University, then worked as a staff accountant at Grant Thornton in Chicago. Bellazzini played football throughout his four years at North Central and earned All-American honors during his senior year. He and his wife Kyle are expecting their first child in May.

New study abroad program expands international horizons

A new study abroad program in Jordan allows students to learn Arabic and experience Middle Eastern culture.

A new study abroad program in Amman, Jordan, is appealing to students like Carly Johnston ’13, who wanted a life-changing academic experience that would set her apart. “I saw it as an opportunity to expand my resume, learn another language and make connections to make my goals a reality,” she says of her fall term there. “I’m hoping to join the Peace Corps and also connect with the NGO (non-governmental organization) Global Network.”

North Central College opens Sesquicentennial Walkway, new pedestrian thoroughfare

North Central College’s new Sesquicentennial Walkway is open to foot traffic and will serve as a new pedestrian thoroughfare through campus.

North Central College’s new Sesquicentennial Walkway is open to foot traffic and will serve as a new pedestrian thoroughfare through the heart of campus.

The Sesquicentennial Walkway is a 16-foot-wide path extending between Jefferson and Benton avenues and located in a former alleyway between Brainard and Loomis streets.

“The walkway was widened and rebuilt so it becomes the main north-south thoroughfare through campus,” says Mike Hudson, North Central College’s assistant vice president for business operations.

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