North Central College - Naperville, IL

Time to join RecSports fitness classes, intramurals

Time to join RecSports fitness classes, intramurals

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The fall lineup of RecSports fitness classes has started and intramural registration has begun. Check out for details. Current students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate in all RecSports activities.

Emily Steffen '10

Emily Steffen received the Outstanding First-Year Teacher Award from Naperville Unit School District 203 for her work at Naper and Ellsworth Elementary schools. Steffen serves as vocal teacher at Naper Elementary and music teacher at Ellsworth Elementary School. She continues work with North Central College’s music program as a backstage assistant for the College’s annual Explore the Sound concerts.

Kam Kniss '07

Kam Kniss was promoted to assistant vice president of commercial banking at Wintrust Financial Corporation in Chicago. He may be reached at

Garrett Lutz '12

Garrett Lutz was cast in the ensemble of “Three Sisters” at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. The show ran through August 26.

Sandy Marchetti '07

Sandy Marchetti is a regional winner of a writing contest and author of her first book, “The Canopy,” a volume of poetry available at and the Midwest Writing Center. She has also been named a finalist in Gulf Coast’s 2011 Poetry Prize and Phoebe’s 2009 Greg Grummer Poetry Contest, and her poems have appeared in no less than a half dozen other publications.

Ashley Popp '12

Ashley Popp coauthored a paper titled “The Global Transformation of Belly Dancing: A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Counter Hegemonic Responses,” which was accepted for publication in the 2012 No LIV issue of the journal “Physical Culture and Sport. Studies and Research.” Her contribution to the article evolved from a paper she researched with faculty advisor Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, for a project titled “The Transatlantic Transformation of Belly Dancing: A Hegemonic Response in the United States.”

Nicholas Janssen '05

Nicholas Janssen received Naperville Community Unit School District 203’s Outstanding Early Educator Award for his work as choral director at Naperville North High School. Janssen has taught music at all levels, from kindergarten through college. He has taught music at North Central College, and is artistic director of show choirs at Naperville’s School of Performing Arts, where he also serves as a musical theatre director and voice/piano instructor.

Lindsey Theis '07

Lindsey Theis was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the Best Feature Reporting category for her work on a two-part series titled, “If These Streets Could Talk.” Theis is a reporter with WPDE-TV, the local ABC affiliate in Myrtle Beach/Florence, S.C. The piece was selected from 36 entries and WPDE-TV is the smallest market station represented within the four nominees in the category.

Ross Przybylski '05

Ross Przybylski, an entrepreneur and video game developer, hosted a presentation on North Central’s campus called “How To Become Your Own Game Developer With Adobe Flash.” He told the audience of students and community members how he used Adobe Flash to develop the game Hero Mages, a cross-platform, multiplayer Web and mobile game. He demonstrated how his game works on any platform, including a desktop personal computer, Apple iPad and Android smart phone. Hero Mages has won multiple competitive awards and has amassed a community of more than 8,000 registered players.

Lu Ann Schieferdecker M ’08

Lu Ann Schieferdecker M ’08 won the Henry and Stark Counties Fast Pitch Award for her unique packaging concept that markets local business in the Cambridge, IL, community. Her business is Lu Ann Specialties, based in Galva, IL. She sources locally produced foods and goods for corporate gifts. All products are handmade and nothing is imported. Gifts are available for purchase by individuals and corporations; visit