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In the fall more than 50 alumni attended the NU Club of South Florida's faculty speaker event in North Miami.

Photo by Ivan Santiago

In January members of the Northwestern Alumni Association board of directors joined 53 alumni leaders representing five clubs at the NAA's regional leadership conference in Indianapolis. In addition to exchanging information about club operations and events, the group discussed team building, programming for diverse alumni groups and recruiting alumni volunteer leaders.

Locally, members of the NU Club of Chicago gathered at the Greater Chicago Food Depository in March to prepare food packages for the hungry in Cook County. Young alumni got together later in the month for "Networking: The Most Powerful Tool in Your Arsenal," featuring career expert Marilyn Moats Kennedy (J65, GJ66) at the Goose Island Brew Pub in Wrigleyville.

More than 40 members of the NU Club of Indianapolis attended the club's annual Night at the Symphony in February and enjoyed mingling with NAA regional director Fred Schlegel (WCAS63), chairman of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's board. Attendees heard a pre-concert commentary by ISO president and CEO Richard Hoffert. The following month, members showed their Northwestern pride by dressing in purple and displaying the Northwestern flag while working the phones at public television station WFYI-TV's recent pledge drive. In April the club joined alumni of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., to hear former Medill School of Journalism dean Ken Bode's views on this fall's national presidential election. Coming up, the club welcomes new students at its picnic Aug. 22 at the home of Ron Waicukauski (C70) and Karla Yale (McC70).

Last February the NU Club of Greater New York joined the Medill Club of New York in hosting the NU New York Celebration of Diversity at the Belt Theatre on West 37th Street. In addition to attending performances of Least Likely to Sing Gospel, a play about the lives of two African American suburban-born performers, and Cross That River, a series of songs on the American West, alumni took part in a panel discussion on "Stereotypes and the Media" and learned about the NAA's recently launched national clubs in New York City — NU-A5 (Northwestern University Asian and Asian American Alumni), NUBAA (Northwestern University Black Alumni Association) and NUGALA (Northwestern University Gay and Lesbian Alumni).

As part of its annual tradition, members of the NU Club of San Diego will be rising before dawn on June 6 to work a water station at the Suzuki Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. The club has also scheduled an August networking dinner for current students and alumni and a new student party to introduce local incoming undergraduates to alumni and fellow students.

Members of the NU Club of South Florida are marking their calendars for the group's Sept. 5 trip to the Cubs-Marlins baseball game at Pro Player Stadium in Miami. No doubt members will relive their memories of the Cubs-Marlins National League Championship Series over beer and bratwurst at the pregame tailgate. Last November the club hosted Larry Marshall (L85), law professor and director of Northwestern's Center for Wrongful Convictions, who spoke about "The Innocence Revolution."

In March members of the NU Club of Washington, D.C., visited the Italian Cultural Institute and learned from an Italian embassy representative about current events and the business climate in that country. Last winter Anjali Bidani (WCAS97), Nicole Grothues (C03), Jenny Powers (Mu03) and Richard Kind (C78), members of the cast of the Stephen Sondheim musical Bounce, which was staged recently at the Kennedy Center for the Arts, met with the club to share their insights on life in the theater.

Get active! Learn how to participate in NAA clubs by visiting www.alumni.northwestern.edu/clubs.



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