Mae Seely Sylvester is education coordinator for the University of Minnesota’s Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine Department of Pediatrics. Earlier in her career she served as a secondary teacher, drama coach and counselor for seven years.
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.
Robert Miller is a history teacher at Plainfield South High School. After graduating from North Central, Miller attended Benedictine University to earn his master’s in education to become a teacher. Miller has taught AP U.S. history, AP European history, street law, world history and government at Plainfield South.
Emily Jane Kiekhofer Lockrem has served as a librarian at the Milpitas Christian School in San Jose, CA, for the past 12 years. Previously, she held a position as an assistant rare books librarian at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She received her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in comparative literature and library sciences in 1976. She and her husband Peter reside in San Jose.
Keith Matune M ’10 was named the State of Illinois Law and Government Teacher of the Year by the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago (CRFC). This is one of the most prestigious awards given to social studies teachers statewide. Matune has been a teacher at Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL, for the past nine years. He was proud to share this recognition with his father Walter, a retired social studies teacher from Downers Grove North High School, who won the award in 1997.
Peter Sipla played a lead role in “Company” with BrightSide Theatre. The play was staged November 29 through December 9, 2012, in North Central’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall. Since graduating, Sipla has worked with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Victory Gardens Theater-Biograph, Porchlight Music Theatre and First Folio Theatre. In his spare time, he is drummer for the local rock band Hyrax and coaches high school speech.
Dan Taylor is an attorney and head coach of the North Central College Mock Trial team. He’s assisted by fellow Mock Trial alumnus Josh Bailey ’11. The team took first place at Quincy University’s annual Riverside Classic Mock Trial Tournament on October 20, the first of seven contests during fall and winter terms. Taylor teaches political science at North Central as an adjunct faculty member and is also owner and partner at Hubel & Taylor Ltd.
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.
J. Charles Eldridge was inducted into the Ottawa Township High School Hall of Fame, which recognizes excellence in achievement while a high school student, after leaving the high school or a combination of both. Eldridge is professor of physiology and pharmacology at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. At Wake Forest he has served as the principal instructor of endocrine physiology and pharmacology for classes of medical and physician assistant students.