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Summer Events

July 15th, 2014

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This summer, the NIU Alumni Association will hold several events for NIU alumni and friends and their families. From a day at an amusement park to an afternoon at an arboretum, there is an activity for everyone to enjoy. Join us and reconnect with your fellow Huskies!

For more information or to register for an event, click on the link below.

July 23
Chicago Architecture Cruise
Learn how the city became the birthplace of the skyscraper.

August 5
Kahlo Exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art
See the exhibit showcasing Frida Kahlo, one of the most famous artists in the world, and other galleries at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

August 6
Alumni Night at The Arts Club
Network with alumni and enjoy artwork from modern masters, such as Henri Matisse, Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso, at The Arts Club of Chicago. Complimentary wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres and live music included.

August 7
Angels vs. Dodgers
Join us at Angel Stadium of Anaheim to see the Angels take on the Dodgers and enjoy a dinner buffet with unlimited beer, wine and soda.

August 10
NIU Family Day at Morton Arboretum
Explore 1,700 acres and more than 220,000 plants.

August 14
NIU Kane County Cougars Night
Bring the family to see the Kane County Cougars during a night of fireworks and specials.

Past Summer Events

ROTC and Mission at Sox Game2June 19
NIU Sox Night

Thousands of Huskie fans attended NIU Night at U.S. Cellular Field to watch the White Sox play the Houston Astros.

The night began with the “Pride of the Midwest” and the NIU Marching Band performed the national anthem. NIU ROTC cadet Madison Richmond threw out the first pitch, accompanied by our live mascot, Mission.

Also on hand, the world-famous NIU Steel Pan band played outside U.S. Cellular Field and Victor E. Huskie entertained the crowd. After the White Sox beat the Houston Astros 4-3, fans enjoyed a phenomenal fireworks show.

Cardinals Fans2June 18
Cards vs. Dodgers

Alumni and friends watched the Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Friday night and met top-notch NIU students participating in the McKearn Fellows Program, which is supported by donors John and Cassandra McKearn.

Our 38 guests enjoyed a private suite above the first-base line with dinner and unlimited drinks and shared stories about sightseeing in St. Louis, which offers the Saint Louis Science Center, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Butterfly House and Anheuser-Busch brewery tours – to name a few.

The night ended with fireworks and some guests heading to the adjacent Ballpark Village to socialize and enjoy live music.

Brick House_Beer3June 11
Young Alumni Dinner
About 30 young alumni (those who graduated in the last 10 years) got together with old friends and met new faces at the Brick House Tavern + Tap in Downers Grove and enjoyed dinner and beer tasting.

Many alumni talked about getting together during the football season, and some discussed the desire to create a place at Huskie Stadium for alumni to stand and cheer for the team.

A couple more young alumni events are planned this year. All alumni and their families are also invited to attend NIU Family Day on Sunday, Aug. 10, at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Visit to sign up.

June 20Seattle event
Seattle Dinner Cruise
Alumni enjoyed reconnecting with each other and the university as they cruised Puget Sound and Elliott Bay. The evening featured a gourmet dinner buffet prepared by executive chef Christine Keff, who was recognized by the James Beard Foundation as Best Chef of the Northwest.

Travelers on the Alumni Association’s Pacific Northwest travel program joined local alums for the evening. One traveler took the time to snap a pic with Victor E. Huskie! Learn more about travel programs.


Summer circuitJune 2, 3, 4
Huskie Summer Circuit
The NIU community came together at events in Chicago, Rockford and Aurora to show their support for the university and NIU Athletics. Huskie fans enjoyed hearing from NIU coaches and visiting with Victor E. Huskie and Mission.