This past summer, we welcomed Douglas D. Baker as NIU’s 12th president. The NIU community has enjoyed getting to know President Baker and First Lady Dana Stover over the past few months.
This spring and summer, it’s your chance to meet President Baker as he hits the road to get acquainted with NIU alumni and friends. He will share his strategic vision for the university, including the important role alumni play in ensuring student career success. Click here to learn more about his vision and the pillars of his administration.
Recap of Recent Events
Take Me Out to the Ball Game in Mesa
About 100 alumni and friends watched the Cubs take on the Dodgers March 14 at the new Cubs Park in Mesa, Ariz., and talked one on one with NIU President Doug Baker and his wife, Dr. Dana Stover.
NIU sophomore John Zubek, a Huskie baseball player, attended as President Baker’s guest and considered the experience a bonus during his spring break travel games.
“This was an invaluable experience. All of the alumni here are so supportive and encouraging,” he said during the game.
Guests got an additional bonus of great weather – 75 degrees and blue skies. For alumni who couldn’t make it, plan on next year when NIU returns to this annual event.
Tampa Bay Alums Reunite Aboard World War II Ship
On Feb. 21, NIU alums from the Tampa Bay area reunited aboard the SS American Victory. As part of the event, they enjoyed dinner and toured the American Victory, a World War II ship that retells the story of crew life. The ship is the main feature of the American Victory Mariners Memorial & Museum Ship in Tampa.
Lessons in Leading Today
At the NIU Executive Leadership Forum conference on Feb. 21, business executives met in Chicago to share leadership strategies and talk about the large alumni resource in the area.
Dennis Chookaszian, who headed CNA Insurance Companies, spoke about the management process, communication and style and joined NIU alumna Rita Athas, former president of World Business Chicago, in a panel discussion on economic development in Chicago. They talked about the diverse and talented workforce in the Chicago area and how companies can benefit from planting roots here.
The moderator, NIU alumnus Tom Mazur, gave Chookaszian an NIU Huskie shovel as a parting gift. While the two were preparing for the conference, Mazur broke Chookaszian’s snow shovel. Next time Chookaszian is digging his way out, he will be thinking about NIU.
Philanthropist Jeff Yordon, founder of Sagent Pharmaceuticals, spoke about leading several companies through restructuring and sale. His company was No. 1 on Crain’s 2013 Fast Fifty list of Chicago’s fastest growing companies. Yordon shared exit strategies and stories about doing business in China during the last 40 years. He also talked about how leaders can directly impact the hiring of NIU alumni.
President Doug Baker spoke at the end and asked for ideas to leverage the power of the more than 230,000 NIU alumni.
Ten students from the College of Business and the Northern Star editor also attended to learn about leadership and talk with alumni.
San Francisco and San Diego Events Inspire Alumni
More than 100 alumni in California enjoyed an elegant evening at San Francisco’s famous Ghirardelli Square on Jan. 31 and aboard San Diego’s historic Berkeley ferryboat on Feb. 1. Alumni met NIU President Doug Baker and learned about his vision of mentoring and internship opportunities for students. They also met NIU students, who shared their goals.
The event proved that when it comes to providing student opportunities, California alumni are not only up to the task, but also don’t waste any time. One of our inspiring student presenters had already received a voice mail with a job offer by the time he got off the plane!