The NU Club of Chicago's fall calendar offered a variety of social and cultural events. In September members joined NU-A5 (Northwestern University Asian and Asian American Alumni) to view the Field Museum's Splendors of China's Forbidden City exhibit. In addition to a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the museum, members also visited with John Dalton (C91) and Robert Weiglein, members of the exhibit's design team. Another club event, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, featured career coach and author Rob Sullivan (GJ90), who discussed career marketing strategies and workplace trends. In January 2005 members will start the New Year on a humorous note by attending the pre-Broadway musical comedy Monty Python's Spamalot at the Shubert Theatre.
Members of the NU Club of Coachella Valley are marking their calendars for a series of 2005 club events including the January performance Broadway — The Big Band Years at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, Calif., and a February golf event and gala dinner featuring Northwestern Director of Athletics and Recreation Mark Murphy and men's golf coach Pat Goss (WCAS93) at Desert Falls Country Club in Palm Desert. Members of the NU Club of Los Angeles and NU Club of San Diego are also invited to the tournament.
In July the NU Club of Houston introduced local first-year students to Chicago culture by hosting a Chicago-style 16-inch softball game and deep-dish pizza lunch at Memorial Park softball field. In September members gathered for career networking and wine tasting at Watermark Fine Art Photographs & Books.
The NU Club of Indianapolis greeted the newest members of the Northwestern family at its annual new student party in August at the home of Ron Waicukauski (C70) and Karla Yale (McC70, KSM74). In October the club hosted Northwestern Explores: Small Is Big: Science That's Changing the Quality of Your Life at the Indiana University–Purdue University at Indianapolis University Library with Rex Chisholm, Adam and Richard T. Lind Professor of Medical Genetics, professor of cell and molecular biology and director of the Center for Genetic Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine; Mark Ratner (G69), Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry; and John A. Kessler, Benjamin and Virginia T. Boshes Chair of Neurology and director of the Evelyn Frances Feinberg Clinical Neuroscience Research Institute.
As part of the NU Club of Los Angeles' annual community service effort, 20 members rolled up their sleeves in July to install insulation as part of a Habitat for Humanity home construction project in Lynwood, Calif. In August more than 50 members enjoyed a Sunset Salsa party in Redondo Beach, complete with authentic Cuban food, live music and dance instruction by club board member Teresa Gordon (KSM95).
The NU Club of the North Carolina Triangle (Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh) welcomed six members of the Class of 2008 and their parents to the Northwestern community at a barbecue picnic at the Fearrington Swim and Croquet Club in Fearrington Village in August. The event gave the students and their parents a chance to meet each other and learn about campus life from local alumni. Earlier in the summer nearly 50 club members joined members of the Central Carolina Cornell Club for a picnic dinner and a Durham Bulls minor league baseball game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.