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Taking their bows at the New York benefit in December are, from left, Jim Weitzer (S96), Tony Roberts, Kate Shindle and Delphi Harrington (S59). Cheryl Stern (S78) is in the background.

photo by Beth Krieger (WCAS74)

One of 2001’s hottest tickets on the Chicago art scene was "Van Gogh and Gaugin: The Studio of the South" at the Art Institute of Chicago. Nearly 400 members of the NU Club of Chicago attended a private showing of the exhibit, which was preceded by a reception at the Chicago Athletic Association. Art History Department chair Hollis Clayson joined the group at the October event to provide additional insight.

In the spirit of Halloween, members volunteered at the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Spooky Zoo Spectacular. They supervised treat stations and haunted house attractions at the annual public service event.

At the end of October the club also co-sponsored an open forum on capital punishment with the University of Chicago Alumni Association, Phi Beta Kappa Association of Chicago and the Chicago League of Women Voters. A panel, including Rob Warden, executive director of Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, discussed Illinois’ current death penalty moratorium and other related death penalty issues.

The NU Club of Greater New York continues to reach out to alumni and the New York community as a whole after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Coincidentally, that was the original date for the club’s annual sendoff party for new Northwestern students. The day after the attacks, the club added pages to its Web site so that its 300-plus members could log on to show they were safe.

Club president Robin Agranoff (S94) reported that Blondie’s, the gathering spot for Wildcat football fans on game day, was packed with 150 local alumni on Sept. 29, which was the club’s first chance to get together following the tragedy. In October members supported New York’s ailing restaurant industry by attending the club’s Chef’s Night Out at Artisinal in Midtown Manhattan. Karen Page (WCAS83) and her husband, Andrew Dornenburg, award-winning authors and experts on America’s restaurant culture, spoke at the event. The following month the club joined alumni groups from the Universities of Chicago, Wisconsin and Michigan and Ohio State University for a job networking get-together at Manhattan’s Club El Flamingo.

The club is also in the process of creating need-based Northwestern scholarships for incoming students who lost parents in the New York attack. Toward that end, the club joined the Medill Club of Greater New York and NUEA/East in December in staging a review, "Give Our Regards to Broadway — The Songs of New York," at the Promenade Theatre. Among the headliners were Patricia Neal (S47, H94), Tony Roberts (S61) and Kate Shindle (S99).

On March 9 the NU Club of Houston welcomes Wildcat coach Randy Walker to the Houston Racquet Club. Walker will discuss recruiting prospects and strategies for the 2002 football season.

The NU Club of Sarasota/Manatee (Fla.) has established the Otto (SESP44) and Beverly (SESP46) Graham National High School Institute Scholarship Fund to help local high school students participate in Northwestern’s "Cherub" program. In addition to recruiting prospective cherubs from Sarasota-area schools, members are seeking contributions from corporations, foundations and individual donors to endow the fund.