North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.

Rhea Reed '90

Rhea Reed is general manager of the Foot Locker flagship location on State Street in Chicago, where she oversees Foot Locker, House of Hoops, Kids Foot Locker and Lady Foot Locker.

Beth E. Hothan-Zielinski '77

Beth E. Hothan-Zielinski, M.D., is a general surgeon and owner and president of Surgical Services of Mount Pleasant. She graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1981 and from St. Francis Medical Center in general surgery in 1986. She resides in Mount Pleasant, IA, with her husband James and two children, Patrick and Riley.

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.

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.”

The Year in Photos

The year in photos
Please enjoy select photos from another memorable year at North Central College.

Please enjoy select photos from another memorable year at North Central College.
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Karen Brady Popovich '96

Karen Brady Popovich was named the 2012 Illinois Art Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) and received the award at the IAEA conference in November. The annual award recognizes the exemplary contributions, service and achievements of an outstanding IAEA member. Popovich has taught at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, IL, since 2009. After majoring in studio art, she began her career 17 years ago at the elementary school level and then moved to the middle school level.

President's message

The poet Robert Frost wrote: “Don’t join too many gangs. Join few if any. Join the United States and join the family. But not much in between unless a college.” I’ve always hated cliques and stereotypes. I am wary of people who substitute their gang affiliation—their fraternity, their country club membership, the cars they own, their economic status, the exclusive community in which they live—for their character and responsibility as individual, moral human beings.

Elizabeth “Jan” Edgar '70

Elizabeth “Jan” Edgar, certified fund-raising executive (CFRE), is the executive director of the Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center Foundation in Joliet, IL. Edgar previously served as the director of development at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) in Schaumburg, IL, where she created and led initiatives for annual major and planned gifts, corporate relations, cause and marketing, and awards and recognition programs. Before her work with the AAD, Edgar served as the first executive director of the Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, IL.

Anne Adamson '10

Anne Adamson was a guest speaker for North Central’s student-run Pre-Health Organization, which provides opportunities for its members to learn from and network with successful North Central alumni from a variety of health professions. Adamson shared her experiences as a second-year dental student at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. She is a recipient of the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program, which provides tuition assistance and a stipend for up to four years. She also is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy.