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The Alumnae of Northwestern University presented its 2004 Alumnae Award to Martha Lavey (C79, G86, GC94), artistic director of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, in July at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall (see "A Stage Presence"). Because of the overwhelming response (double the number originally anticipated), the club's fall continuing education series on 2004 election-year issues was moved from Norris University Center to Pick-Staiger. The course, taught by a variety of distinguished Northwestern professors, covered topics including the economy, health care, foreign policy and campaign communications. On Dec. 7 Kenneth Janda, political science professor emeritus, will conduct the final class of the series, analyzing election results and comparing predictions and outcomes. The club's winter 2005 courses begin Jan. 4.

Members of the Council of One Hundred returned to the Evanston campus for their annual fall meeting Oct. 13–14. Featured speakers Loraine Despres (C60), author and screenwriter, Marilyn Moats Kennedy (J65, GJ66), managing partner of Career Strategies, Sally Lannin (KSM84), president of MBA Strategies, and Blythe McGarvie (WCAS77, KSM78), president of Leadership for International Finance, offered tips on being selected for boards of directors, applying for graduate school and writing effective résumés. Another highlight was the club's annual Etiquette Banquet Oct. 13 at the Norris University Center. The club's spring meeting is set for April 13–14, 2005.

On the West Coast NUEA-West (Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance) held its annual "Surviving in L.A." event Aug. 23 at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, Calif. The gathering gave members the chance to speak with industry professionals about navigating careers in the entertainment business. The lineup of speakers included Laverne McKinnon (C87), CBS senior vice president for drama series development, and Temple Williams (C87), MTV vice president and head of production. In September members attended the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival to view the comedy film Reservations, which was co-written and directed by Northwestern School of Communication seniors Joey Elkins, of Boca Raton, Fla., and Blake Silver, of Delray Beach, Fla. Communication seniors Erik Neinstedt, of Kinnelon, N.J., and Arielle Singh, of Mobile, Ala., co-produced the film.


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