At "Leadership U," the Northwestern Alumni Association's annual Leadership Conference held Oct. 27–29 on the Evanston campus, alumni leaders from around the country reconnected and learned about successful alumni club management, volunteer recruitment and reunion planning. This year's NAA Club of the Year honor went to the NU Club of Indianapolis, and the NU Clubs of Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., and NUBAA (Northwestern University Black Alumni Association) received awards for their governance, programming efforts and membership, respectively.
Also in the fall President Henry S. Bienen joined members of the NU Club of Chicago for breakfast Oct. 14 at the University Club in downtown Chicago. It was the first event in the club's Back to School Fridays series.
In February 2006 members will be supporting their own when they attend the performance of Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Adapted and directed by Tony Award–winning director and Northwestern professor of performance studies Frank Galati (C65, GC67, 71), the show also features music director Thomas Murray (WCAS89, Mu89) and stars School of Communication associate professor Cindy Gold, Christine Mild (C03) and Travis Turner (C05). To learn more about alumni on the stages of Chicago, visit the Chicago Alumni Connection through the NU Club of Chicago web site, www.alumni.northwestern.edu/chicago/.
Thanks to the NU Club of Atlanta, Northwestern ruled at the 15th Annual Atlanta Big Ten Picnic Aug. 6 at Lake Allatoona. Rich Eubanks (WCAS85) and his family, who all appeared in full Northwestern apparel, stole the show for exhibiting the most school pride. Thirty club members and guests from across the decades represented Northwestern.
At a reception in late August hosted by Edie Bostic (SESP74), the club awarded its New Student Scholarship to vocal performance and Spanish major Kristine Webb, a School of Music and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences first-year student from Smyrna, Ga.
In June, members of the NU Club of Dallas/Fort Worth got a sneak peek at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport's new International Terminal D that opened in July. Hosted by Ken Capps (GJ83), the airport's vice president of public affairs, the tour included a look at the specially commissioned paintings and sculptures featured within the 2 million-square foot terminal.
Also in the summer the NU Club of the San Francisco Bay Area hosted its first Young Alumni and Current Students Day at SBC Park. The group of 40 alumni and students enjoyed a private pregame party before the San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals baseball game. The club's fall calendar included a Nov. 13 presentation by Professor William J. White (McC61) of the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science on successful career habits.
To register or learn more about NAA club events, please visit www.alumni.northwestern.edu/clubs.