North Central College - Naperville, IL

Whitney Goodbred

Whitney was already collecting paychecks as a broadcaster when she graduated from North Central College. An internship at Naperville Community Television (NCTV17) turned into a paid reporting position at the start of her senior year, giving the broadcast communication major yet another highlight on her already impressive résumé. She also worked at WONC—the College’s student-run radio station—and Cardinal Video.

“We don’t realize how lucky we are,” Whitney says. “WONC and Cardinal Video are such great stepping stones to build a career in broadcasting. You learn all the aspects of radio from your courses and working at the station. You’re ready to fly as soon as you graduate.”

Whitney, who also majored in interactive media studies, won numerous Intercollegiate Broadcasting Awards for her work at WONC.

“I hope to work in television and communications the rest of my life,” she says. “North Central has allowed me to study different areas—I feel very prepared for whatever I choose to do.”

WONC station manager wins first-place trophy as Best Sportscaster

Kevin Jackman ’14
North Central College student broadcaster Kevin Jackman ’14 is named Best Sportscaster in the state at the 2013 Illinois Broadcasters Association.

North Central College student broadcaster Kevin Jackman ’14 was named Best Sportscaster in the state at the 2013 Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) Silver Dome Awards, held June 19 in Peoria. The Silver Domes are the most prestigious broadcast performance award in the state.

Jackman, a senior majoring in broadcast communication and interactive media studies/convergent media, competed with commercial broadcasters to win his first-place trophy in the Small Market Radio division.

Madormo’s mystery series for young readers gains wide appeal with educators

John Madormo, assistant professor of broadcast communication
John Madormo, North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communication, receives many opportunities to speak about his Charlie Collier book series.

John Madormo, North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communication and general manager of WONC-FM 89.1, continues to receive wide acclaim and various opportunities to speak about his “Charlie Collier, Snoop for Hire” series of three mystery books for middle-grade readers.

Whitney Goodbred earns Outstanding Major in Broadcast Communication Award

Whitney Goodbred received the Outstanding Major in Broadcast Communication Award at the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Whitney Goodbred, daughter of Carol and Randy Goodbred, of Earlville, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Broadcast Communication Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior, Whitney has a double major in broadcast communication and interactive media studies with a focus in convergent media at North Central College. She is a graduate of Earlville Junior-Senior High School.

North Central seniors accepted to Nashville internship

Elisabeth Volkamer ’13 and Jessica Martin ’13
North Central College seniors Elisabeth Volkamer and Jessica Martin are chosen for internship in Nashville that empowers women to promote social justice.

North Central College seniors Elisabeth Volkamer and Jessica Martin were accepted to a 10-month internship at Belle H. Bennett House, an intentional community for the empowerment of young women at Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, TN.

The program, beginning in August, consists of 40-hour work weeks that focus on female empowerment and the eradication of racism through volunteer work, community living and internships at various organizations in the area.

WONC-FM claims rare spot on iHeartRadio

Oliver Hall is home of WONC-FM 89.1
North Central College’s student-run radio station WONC-FM 89.1 is streaming live nationwide on iHeartRadio.com and through the iHeartRadio mobile app.

North Central College’s student-run radio station WONC-FM 89.1 began streaming live online via iHeartRadio.com and through the iHeartRadio mobile app on April 7. WONC is one of only eight college radio stations in the United States the company chose to be part of its streaming services.

April 16 screening of “Con los Brazos Abiertos” documentary

North Central students at ceramics shop in Totonicapn, Guatemala
North Central College faculty and students present free screening of collaborative documentary project about sustainable tourism in Guatemala.

North Central College faculty and students have collaborated to create a documentary, titled “Con los Brazos Abiertos,” about sustainable tourism in Guatemala. A free screening will be shown to the campus community at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center.

“The film project,” says Matthew Krystal, associate professor of political science, sociology and anthropology, “is primarily about professional development and faculty-student collaboration in the production of films on anthropological and economic topics.”

Geoffrey Clark '11

Geoffrey Clark is agate editor for the Chicago Tribune Media Group. He and his agate team were honored with the 2012 Chicago Tribune Jones-Beck Award for Outstanding Professional Performance.

Laura Botten '08

Laura Botten is a production assistant for US 99.5 WUSN-FM, Chicago. She is responsible for imaging on the station, creative services such as copywriting and commercial voiceovers and serves as a fill-in personality on air several times per month. She has been working at US 99.5 since April 2008 and was promoted to the station’s full-time production assistant in late 2012.

Aubrey Pauly Secrest '07

Aubrey Pauly Secrest is owner and founder of Bride Meets Wedding, Inc. which can be found at BrideMeetsWedding. com. She began the online bridal resource website in March 2012. The website is aimed at couples in the Galena/tri-state and Rockford areas looking to host destination weddings and have access to vendors and information when planning from afar. Secrest also recently launched an online bridal consignment site called BrideMeetsBride.com, which allows women from across the country to resell or purchase gently used gowns, décor, accessories and more.

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