The Alumnae of Northwestern University honored composer Augusta Read Thomas (Mu87) with its 25th annual Alumnae Award at a ceremony during last October's Sesquicentennial festivities. The award recognizes the accomplishments of women who have attended the University.
In May the group's board formally announced that Paul Arntson, professor of communication studies, is the first Alumnae of Northwestern University Teaching Professor. Arntson is founding director of the Undergraduate Leadership Program and the National High School Institute's Summer Leadership and Community Involvement Program.
Expanding its leadership initiative, the group also announced its new Alumnae Senior Award, a $2,000 gift to a graduating Northwestern woman for outstanding volunteer service.
From Africa to Iceland, many of the archaeologists and anthropologists who make up Friends of Anthropology at Northwestern will be out on exploratory digs this summer, and club members look forward to learning more about their findings when the FAN's programs resume in the fall.
In February anthropology professor Timothy Earle led club members on a tour of the Field Museum's South American ethnographic collection, which gave them a special look at life in the rain forests.
More than 80 members of the John Evans Club turned out to support the Wildcats at a January basketball game against Michigan. At the pregame dinner at the N Club in McGaw Hall, Shon Morris (SESP88), assistant athletic director of development, shared his insights on the team's building season under new coach Bill Carmody. (The Wildcats kept the game close but lost 72-65 to the Wolverines.)
Club members in Florida gathered at the Naples Yacht Club in February for a special visit by University President Henry Bienen.
Also in February, club member Alex Rorke (S74, G75) and his wife, Liz Sturgeon, hosted a wine-tasting party at their Evanston home. Lending his expertise was Robert Bansberg (WCAS75), sommelier at Chicago's Ambria restaurant.
Looking ahead to its June 2002 reunion, Men Off Campus, a club organized for commuting students during the 1940s and 1950s (Northwestern, spring 2001), continues to meet informally in and around Chicago. In January a small group gathered at Matty's Wayside Inn in Glenview, Ill., and shared memories of military service during the Korean War.
The Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance, which has chapters in New York City and Los Angeles, set up a branch in Chicago over the winter. The group held an Oscar Night party in March at the University's Law School Atrium.
Members of the Young Alumni Club of Chicago mingled in January at one of Chicago's hottest new wine bars, Randolph Wine Cellars. Both connoisseurs and novices sampled a variety of imported and domestic wines in the cozy atmosphere of the tasting room.
The following week, members reviewed the ins and outs of ordering and serving wine, among other matters of manners, at the third annual Etiquette Banquet at Evanston's Omni Orrington Hotel (see story here). In February the group combined fun and good deeds at the third annual Bonding over Basketball event. The Off the Street Club, which attracts youngsters from Chicago's West Side, joined group members for pizza and a basketball game that matched the Wildcats against Ohio State. And in March the Young Alumni Club held an enjoyable bowling night in Lincoln Park.
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