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Regional Clubs

The Northwestern Alumni Association welcomed the NU Club of Southeast Florida, a combined club formed from the NU Clubs of Palm Beach and South Florida. The joint club held its first event in February, hosting the Northwestern women's lacrosse team in Boca Raton, Fla., for a pregame reception followed by a scrimmage against alumni club members. On March 29 Southeast Florida members sponsored a concert by the Northwestern student a cappella group The Undertones on Fort Lauderdale's Las Olas Riverwalk. Alumni, parents and current students enjoyed the public concert.

NU Club of Coachella Valley President John Witous (WCAS51) hosted a dinner party and book signing April 13 in California. Sixty alumni gathered to hear Bill Marx, son of Harpo Marx, discuss his new book Son of Harpo Speaks.

On March 15 the NU Club of North Carolina Triangle sponsored its first community service project, a shoreline cleanup of Lake Jordan. The effort successfully removed 250 bags of garbage and 110 tires from the shoreline. The club also held a potluck supper featuring alumni speaker Cori E. Dauber (C82, GC90) in May. Dauber, associate professor of rhetorical studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discussed the use of modern methods of media and video by terrorist organizations for propaganda purposes.

The NU Club of Dallas–Fort Worth attracted more than 50 alumni to an interactive cooking demonstration at the Viking Cooking School in Dallas in April. In addition to viewing a demonstration, attendees also sampled the kitchen's signature Italian dishes. The NU Club of Washington, D.C. watched the Chicago Cubs defeat the Washington Nationals at a "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" evening at Nationals Park on April 26. More than 150 Northwestern fans attended, including Washington, D.C., club members, their families and guests; members of the NU Club of Virginia; and members of the Illinois State Society, a social and fraternal organization for Illinoisans who live in the nation's capital.

Randy Bates, linebackers coach for the Northwestern football team, keynoted the NU Club of Houston's annual dinner May 1. Bates provided updates on Houston-area recruiting and on preparations for the 2008 season. Later that month Houston club members attended Mercury Baroque's performance of Henry Purcell's opera Dido & Aeneas on May 17 at Wortham Theater Center. Lindsay Kayser (C00), marketing director for Mercury Baroque, helped facilitate the event.

The NU Club of the West Valley, formerly the NU Club of Sun Cities in Arizona, hosted the 23rd Big Ten Golf Tournament on May 5 in Phoenix. The eight-member Northwestern alumni team tied for fourth place at the Cimmaron Golf Course at Sun City Grand in Surprise. Ted Wanberg (EB60) served as captain.

The NU Club of Greater Sarasota announced the induction of its new president, John Lucas (WCAS53). At Northwestern, Lucas, a member of Beta Theta Pi, served as production manager for the Waa-Mu Show and executive officer of the Northwestern Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps battalion. He served three years in the U.S. Navy, earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and led six startup and turnaround biomedical companies as CEO.

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Members of the student a cappella group The Undertones gather around Toni Kissel (C82), center, president of the newly established NU Club of Southeast Florida. The Undertones include, back row from left to right, Ben Lieberman, Saul Frankford, Will Skrip, Nate Lewellyn, Jason Catanese, Matt Edmonds, and, front row from left, Jodi Savitz, Joyee Lin (C08), Jessica Fain and Kathleen Arcovio (C08).Photo by Gary Tuchler
North Carolina Triangle
The NU Club of North Carolina Triangle goes green by cleaning up the shores of Lake Jordan. The alumni and friends who turned out for the community service project included, from left, Kevin Klug (McC02), Billy Liggett, Jennifer St. Clair, Steve Rembrandt (WCAS62), Eric Manzon (WCAS82), Kelly Hazen Klug (C95) and Dick Oline (EB52).Courtesy of Kelly Hazen Klug (C95)