A LU M N I ASS O C I AT I O N
IMPACT REPORT J U LY
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Reporting Period July 1, 2018—June 30, 2019
Welcome Huskies! Dear Huskie Alumni, Family and Friends,
When Reggie Bustinza came on board as the IUAA’s Executive Director three years ago, he N brought a number of new ideas with him. One of the big ones was the use of metrics to evaluate what we do and why we do it. As you flip through this report, you will see that the numbers, as well as the narrative, show us making progress and increasing our impact. We are working in multiple ways to engage with you and provide opportunities for you to meet fellow alumni and give back to NIU. Our Alumni Association Board is active and committed to the future of both the association and NIU. We are aligned with the University and the NIU Foundation, and our events and activities support common goals. We are moving forward together and leveraging our alumni to increase our impact. I’m confident that you will agree that we had quite an impressive year last year. All of us on the NIUAA Board, along with the association staff, are working hard to make this year even better. Hope to see you at an event or activity soon.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to be sharing this year’s Impact Report with you. It was such a stellar year all around. From robust event attendance growth to the return of Northern Now, we have so much to celebrate. This year’s report will highlight the successes of each of our programs. Of course, even a dedicated piece like this can’t capture everything. What is difficult to show is the continued impact the NIU Alumni Association has had on people’s lives. We engaged volunteers who offered their expertise and time to help NIU’s faculty and students with their educational journeys. We hosted trips to exotic and exciting places, immersing alumni travelers in other c ultures and ways of life. We continued to provide scholarships, with $25,000 being awarded to 10 students. We engaged with prospective and incoming Huskies to help grow the NIU family. We shared stories about many of the incredible things our alumni and faculty are doing, inspiring pride among those who heard them. Being involved with our alumni association brings tremendous satisfaction and fulfillment to all those involved—alumni members, faculty and both current and future students. I hope you find this year’s Impact Report inspiring and that one of our programs speaks to you in a way that encourages you to engage with your alma mater.
GO HUSKIES! PETE GARRITY ’71, M.B.A. ’76 Board President Northern Illinois University Alumni Association
REGGIE BUSTINZA Executive Director Northern Illinois University Alumni Association
Table of Contents
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MEMBERSHIP & NIU FOUNDATION
BY THE NUMBERS
NIUAA Mission It is the mission of the NIU Alumni ssociation to build lifelong relationships A with NIU alumni and friends by communicating the message of excellence and creating o pportunities to connect and interact with the University community. The Alumni Association is a supporting organization of Northern Illinois University focused on connecting with NIU alumni, prospective students, corporate partners and friends. The Alumni Association offers programs, hosts special events and partners with various departments/organizations in support of NIU. All graduates of Northern are “members” of the Alumni Association and are entitled to its benefits and programs.
Associate Director of Special Events & Building Manager
Senior Events Coordinator
Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center (BAVC) BAVC STATS:
30,000 visitors 186 events Approximately 30,000 people visit the BAVC for events and Admissions presentations. 186 events were held at the BAVC during FY19, with a total of 14,200 guests attending these events in FY19.
All Northern alumni should think of this as a s econd home.”
DENNIS BARSEMA, ’77 — Chair, NIU Board of Trustees
NIUAA Staff Administrative Team
Pat Anderson ’00, M.S. ’04 Director of Alumni Relations
Dana King ’05
Director of Communications
Director of Events
Cody Carter ’09, M.A. ’15
Liz McKee M.S.Ed. ’14 Director of Volunteer Engagement
Jeanne Baxter ’96 Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
Stephanie Poulos ’08
Assistant Director of Events
Public Information Associate
Office and Events Student Worker
Volunteer Engagement Intern
Office and Events Student Worker
NIUAA Board Members 2019-20 Executive Board
Peter Garrity ’71, M.B.A. ’76 President
Joseph Sener ’93, M.S. ’10 Vice President
Richard Escalante ’74, M.A.P.A. ’78 Vice President
Michael Hughes ’92, M.A. ’93 Treasurer
Robert Gallagher ’91, M.B.A. ’92 Immediate Past President
Valerie Salmons ’74, M.S. ’77
Fred Vinciguerra ’88
Dr. Sherry Reynolds-Whitaker M.B.A. ’09, M.S.Ed. ’13, Ed.D. ’16
2019-20 New Board Members
Patricia Gregolunas ’77, M.S. ’11
Marty Johnstone ’09
2019-20 Board of Directors David Albright ’87 Louis Apostol M.B.A. ’74, J.D. ’78 Marlo Barnett M.S.Ed. ’12, Ph.D. ’17 Michael Cahill ’12, M.A.S. ’13 Thomas Cahill J.D. ’83 Lane Coleman ’86 Richard Escalante ’74, M.A.P.A. ’78 Carlos Fulcher ’90 Robert Gallagher ’91, M.B.A. ’92 Peter Garrity ’71, M.B.A. ’76 Patricia Gregolunas ’77, M.S. ’11 Jodie Hartman ’98, M.P.A. ’14 Donald Hubbartt ’96, M.B.A. ’01 Michael Hughes ’92, M.A. ’93
Ehren Jarrett M.S.Ed. ’04, Ed.S. ’06, Ed.D. ’09 Marty Johnstone ’09 Thomas Libert ’74 Jacqueline Marcus ’72, M.S. ’79 Kimberly Moore ’01, M.M. ’04 Vinay Mullick ’00 Sankat Patel ’00 Anthony Roberts ’16 Valerie Salmons ’74, M.S. ’77 Joseph Sener ’93, M.S. ’10 Joe Sosnowski ’99 Fred Vinciguerra ’88 Dr. Sherry Reynolds-Whitaker M.B.A. ’09, M.S.Ed. ’13, Ed.D. ’16
I believe a Huskie will meet every challenge with great fortitude and tenacity. I decided to be a part of the NIUAA Board, because I wanted to work alongside p eople who are not afraid to unleash their inner-Huskie.”
— MARLO BARNETT,
M.S.Ed. ’12, Ph.D. ’17 NIUAA Board of Directors
NIUAA Partners The possibilities for benefits to students and alumni are limitless with our 45 campus partnerships. When we all work together to bring students, colleges and other organizations together, we are able to connect people and resources, enrich learning environments and provide alumni with the rewarding volunteer pathways and exciting networks. The alumni association stepped up its partnership with both the Athletics and Admissions departments in FY19, bringing some exciting results. Our alumni volunteers supported Admissions in its drive to promote NIU to potential students. Athletics and the NIUAA engaged alumni through huge events, such as Homecoming and Oktoberfest, drawing sizable crowds.
ADM I SS I ONS PAR TNER S H IP
Midwest College Fairs In a pilot program, the NIUAA lent support at the Midwest College Fairs, which allowed NIU alumni to have interactions with more than 350 prospective students!
During the Admitted Huskies Receptions, alumni helped promote our University’s offerings to potential incoming students who had recently received NIU acceptance letters. In its first year, these receptions impacted 36 students, and the program is set to grow in FY20.
Campus Partners Colleges and Schools
College of Business: Accountancy Association of Latino Professionals For America BELIEF Business Administration Department Finance Management Marketing Operations Management and Information Systems Society for H uman Resource Management Student Accountancy Society College of Education: Education Kinesiology and Physical Education College of Engineering and Engineering Technology College of Health and Human Sciences: Didactic Program in Dietetics Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Counseling College of Law College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Anthropology Communications Computer Science Geography and Atmospheric Sciences History Nonprofit and NGO Studies Physics Political Science
College of Visual and Performing Arts: School of Theatre and Dance School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders School of Art and Design School of Health Studies School of Public Health
NIU Organizations Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Athletics Center for Black Studies Communicative Disorders First and Second Year Experience (FSYE) Fraternity and Sorority Life Graduate School Housing and Residential Services Institutional Communications Jobs Plus Latino Resource Center NIU Communications NIU Esports Arena NIU Foundation NIU Marching Band NIU Office of the President NIU Outreach NIU STEAM Student Involvement & Leadership Development Undergraduate Admissions University Honors University Libraries
AT H LE T I C S PA R T N E RSHIP
National Watch Party In November, NIU hosted 16 National Football Watch Parties for alumni across the country, from Oregon to Washington, D.C., and lots of cities in between.
Huskie flair buttons are at many alumni events and have become popular takeaways! We gave out more than 1,000 buttons in FY19.
NIUAA Scholarship Award Winners For more than 50 years, the NIU Alumni Association has provided financial assistance to thousands of students, and we are proud to be able to help “unleash” Huskies through our scholarships each year. The NIU Alumni Association offers 10 $2,500 Merit Scholarships to continuing undergraduate students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors in the 2019-2020 school year and are enrolled full-time at NIU for both fall and spring semesters ($1,250 per semester). Each applicant is eligible to receive only one merit scholarship per academic year. Congratulations to our winners!
Cameron Clark College of Education Special Education 4.0 GPA Carol Stream, Illinois Class of ’21
Andrew Collier College of Liberal Arts and Sciences History 4.0 GPA Hanover Park, Illinois Class of ’23
Desirae Klimek College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Biological Sciences 3.9 GPA Oak Lawn, Illinois Class of ’20
Ian Pearson College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Community Leadership & Civic Engagement and Political Science 4.0 GPA Rockford, Illinois Class of ’20
Kyle Pittman College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Certificate of Undergrad Study 4.0 GPA DeKalb, Illinois Class of ’20
Isabela Samudio Reyes College of Business Management 3.9 GPA DeKalb, Illinois Class of ’20
Lucas Schiltz College of Business Marketing 4.0 GPA St. Charles, Illinois Class of ’21
David Skowronski College of Business Accountancy 4.0 GPA Algonquin, Illinois Class of ’22
Bianca Spalla College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics Education 3.9 GPA Lombard, Illinois Class of ’20
Chad Young College of Business Accountancy 4.0 GPA DeKalb, Illinois Class of ’20
By the Numbers
Who are our NIU Alumni? There are more than 244,000 living alumni who have graduated from NIU. These individuals have turned their hopes as students into realities, forging new paths and building successful careers, and they have also made an impact in our University community.
TOTAL NUMBER OF LIVING ALUMNI: 244,648 Living Alumni Top 20 Majors Education: Curriculum and Instruction - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -19,120
College of Health and Human Sciences 31,005
Business: Accountancy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11,830
College of Visual and Performing Arts 14,640
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 82,591
Business: Marketing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -11,445
College of Law 4,102
College of Engineering and Engineering Technology 11,361
College of Education 54,461
Living Alumni by Colleges College of Business 53,724
Visual and Performing Arts: Studio Art - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9,820 Health and Human Sciences: Nursing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9,336 Education: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies - - - - - - - - - 8,706 Liberal Arts and Sciences: Computer Science - - - - - - - - - - - - - -8,223 Business: Management - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8,195 Business: Finance - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7,900 Liberal Arts and Sciences: Communication Studies - - - - - - - - - - 7,266 Liberal Arts and Sciences: Psychology - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7,333 Education: Teaching and Learning - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7,226 Liberal Arts and Sciences: Political Science - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -7,136 Liberal Arts and Sciences: English - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -6,909 Liberal Arts and Sciences: Biological Sciences - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6,631 Health and Human Sciences: Allied Health Professions - - - - - - - - 6,495
Total Number of Living Alumni in Illinois: 159,066
Engineering and Engineering Technology: Technology - - - - - - - -6,101 Health and Human Sciences: Human and Family Resources- - - - - -5,993 Liberal Arts and Sciences: Sociology - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5,816 Education: Learning, Development and Special Education- - - - - - - 5,165
Living Alumni by Age
Top 5 Counties:
22-29 20,654 30-39 44,834 40-49 42,800
Cook: 44,264 DuPage: 27,024 Kane: 17,639 Lake: 12,858 McHenry: 10,653
50-59 46,785 60-69 46,681 70-79 33,132 80+ 9,762
Bachelor Degree 190,643
# of living alumni with TWO DEGREES
2 4, 7 4 1
# of living alumni with THREE DEGREES
1 , 6 5 7
# of living alumni with FOUR OR MORE DEGREES
1 1 7
Master Degree 67,455 Doctorate Degree 8,919 Law Degree 4,102
Degrees Earned by Living Alumni
Financial Overview From the NIUAA Board Treasurer
Operating Revenue Totals
The NIUAA had another sound financial year in FY19, which spanned from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019. Total revenues of $1.626 million and expenses of $1.6 million left us with an operating surplus of $25,936. This marks the second year in a row in which the association was at least revenue-neutral. Our revenues were driven by a mix of p rogrammatic i ncomes, membership dues, endowment returns, s ponsorships and royalties, and gifts. Overall, we saw an increase in our membership returns and a slight decrease in sponsorships and royalties from last fiscal year. We anticipate that next year’s sponsorship revenues will again increase, with some exciting potential partnerships in the mix. Our expenses were primarily spent on programming, with the rest going towards operational expenses, software and contracts, and scholarships. Events are our largest area of expense, followed by legal, IT and financial services, board and administrative o perations, and software and contracts. Remaining revenue-neutral is an important goal of the organization, although one that is challenging to achieve. The NIUAA receives important staffing support from the University but self-funds other business operations and programs, so it is necessary for us to continue to expand our revenue streams while remaining austere in our approach to expenditures. We are very proud of the fiscal year we had and are dedicated to maintaining a strong financial position going forward. Respectfully submitted,
Sponsorships and Royalties
Travel Program (Net)
Operating Expense Totals
Michael Hughes, ’92, M.A. ’93 Board Treasurer, NIUAA
Scholarship Endowments $1,859,451 NIUAA Growth Fund $200,760 Elzo T. Schutt & Helen R. Schutt Scholarship $155,733 Everett & Helen Marshall Scholarship
$23,235 Alumni Association
Software and Contracts
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Marketing Affinity Volunteer Promotions Advocacy and Groups and Engagement and Membership Chapters Giveaways
Legal, IT, and Board and Financial Administrative Services Operations
Software Scholarships and Contracts
Communications The NIU Alumni Association had an extremely productive year, and its communications team was there to report, design, write, capture, post, tweet, share and hashtag all the big news along the way.
Hot off the presses in January, after a three-year hiatus, Northern Now was one of the most important tools for communication in FY19. Communications representatives in our seven c olleges collaborated to find the most news-worthy content for our alumni. The 32-page magazine was mailed to 3,500 alumni and highlighted the inauguration of President Lisa Freeman, as well as interesting stories of alumni and University programs. The NIUAA’s first ever Impact Report—a comprehensive guide to what the NIUAA accomplished during the year—was also published in hard-copy and online formats in FY19, with reports ranging from communications, events, membership, travel and volunteerism. Alumni relied on this publication to see all of the benefits the NIUAA offered within the year. On the digital side FY19 marked the first full year that we used Alumni Magnet as our website provider, and it
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allowed us to provide seamless communication to alumni through emails, online newsletters, and through the NIU Alumni Association and NIU Foundation websites. A driving force for our news distribution is social media. In FY19, the communications team engaged more on Instagram, seeing a huge jump in followers on that p latform because of that push. We also implemented the use of S ocialToaster, a new platform meant to engage our constituents and share our social media messages. Alumni are able to become social media ambassadors within the “NIUniverse,” sharing our posts through various social media sites. Every time someone shares one of our posts on S ocialToaster, we add to our Earned Media Value (EMV), which refers to the exposure the NIUAA gains through w ord-of-mouth, recommendations and conversations about our organization. The NIUniverse totaled an EMV of more than $21,000—a significant gain over the tool’s initial start-up cost of $8,750. /niu_alumni
Alumni were thrilled to see Northern Now in their mailboxes last fall!
Thank you for continuing the traditions!”
— LOUISE SOBIESKI, ’70
SO CI ALTOASTER STATS :
105,000 reached NIUniverse totaled an Earned Media Value of more than $21,000. SocialToaster posts reached nearly 105,000 people in FY19.
E M A I L STATS :
461 emails sent 2M reached
In FY19, the NIUAA sent 451 emails that were opened at a rate of 18.7%. That means our emails were read nearly two million times!
Excited to have this magazine (Northern Now) return!”
— MARY NOE, ’71, M.S.Ed. ’74
S O C I A L M E D I A STATS :
I am very happy to hear you are r eturning to the printed copy of Northern Now, which we always have enjoyed reading in the past.”
— MARYANN FERRERI, ’67
1,221 posts 34.7%Instagram The communications team made a combined 1,221 posts on social media last year, with 563 on Facebook, 510 on Twitter and 148 on and I nstagram. The NIUAA saw a 34.7% jump in Instagram followers from 1,352 to 2,072 last fiscal year.
N ORTHER N N OW M AGAZI NE COV E R S — OV E R T H E D E C A D E S . 1970 1980 1990
Travel Like a fine French wine or the best Irish whiskey, the NIU Alumni Association Travel Program only gets better with age. After more than 50 years of planning and coordinating educational and economical trips for our alumni and friends all over the world, it’s still the association’s most popular program.
With our mission to help NIU alumni and friends to build lifelong relationships and create opportunities to reconnect with the University, the Alumni Travel Program held eight i nternational travel programs this past fiscal year, with destinations including Iceland, Canada, Kenya, France, Germany, Panama and Italy. Travelers earned incredible memories from this year’s trips, including climbing to the top of the Duomo in Florence, Italy, attending mass at Notre Dame Cathedral a year before fire damaged its structure, and visiting a Panamanian native village with hosts dressed in traditional loincloths, to name a few. Travel with added benefits While many travelers have raved about the level of detail in itineraries and the masterful planning
that goes into each trip, there is also room for flexibility in most countries, with opportunities for travelers to spend time on their own. Many of our participants also mention the extraordinary high-quality hotels, meals, guides, activity options and transportation as a reason to travel with the NIU Alumni Association. And while the Travel Program benefits alumni and friends through once-in-a-lifetime trips, it also benefits the University. In fiscal year 2019, the program brought in $112,671 in gifts, and while a $100 donation is built into the cost of the trips, many travelers make it a point to donate additional funds to their alma mater. Learn more about our upcoming fun and exciting excursions by visiting myniu.com/travel, and consider joining our family of travelers.
July 2018 Trip: Icelandic Adventure
The best part of any NIU trip is to share experiences again with friends we have gotten to know on previous NIU trips.”
— GARY BELLERT, ’04, M.S. ’06 T RAVE L STATS :
September 2018 Trip: Discover French Canada
256 travelers 55 first-timers 24% out of state
256 alumni and friends participated in our excursions. Fifty-five first-time travelers joined our N IUAA sponsored trips. Our program keeps alumni together, with 24% living outside of the state of Illinois.
December 2018 Trip: Exploring Panama
It’s stress-free travel with fellow Huskies that are lifetime learners, and I always learn a lot about the part of the world I’m visiting.”
— KAREN MORGAN, ’80
When you take an NIU trip, you feel the individual attention.”
— ANNE BIRBERICK Retired NIU Faculty
May 2019 Trip: Berlin to Bavaria
Events The NIUAA planned fabulous and fun events in FY19. There was something for everyone, from black-tie galas and the president’s investiture dinner, to more whimsical events, such as a Chicago cocktail cruise, Game of Thrones Lunch and Learns, and football watch parties across the country! Our alumni remain plugged in and ready to reconnect at NIUAA events.
The NIUAA Events team has had an especially industrious year. A whopping 101 events were planned in FY19, including 24 NIU Foundation events, 69 Alumni Association events, and eight collaborative events with our campus partners. With more than double last year’s total attendees, and a 129 percent increase in individual attendees, the party never stopped! On top of that, 35.6 percent of those who attended events were donors to the NIU Foundation, showing that the NIUAA is keeping donors engaged and active. Celebrations that connect us Alumni and friends of the University participated in events from New York to San
Diego, and more than a dozen cities in between. From more casual sports events to formal dinners, NIU was the focus of many social, cultural and educational events this year. Alumni of all colleges were represented at events last year, with more than 20 percent coming from the College of Business, followed by the College of Education with more than 10 percent and the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology rounding out more than 7 percent of attendees. Our events drew in people of all ages, too, with the largest age group of attendees in the 20-29 age group (18 percent), followed by the 30-39 range (14 percent). Visit myniu.com/events to see what is planned in the coming months.
How We Gather our Alumni Alumni Association-Sponsored Events by Region:
Central Illinois—1; Chicagoland—41; DeKalb—19; Rockford—9
Midwest Locations Detroit—1; Iowa City—2; Milwaukee—1;
Activities to Engage Our Alumni
FUN FAC T:
Atlanta—1; Florida—7; New York—2; Pennsylvania—1; Washington, D.C.—3;
Denver—1; Los Angeles—4; Phoenix—4; Portland—1; Salt Lake City—2; San Diego—1
July 2018: Chicago Cocktail Cruise
129% attendees The NIUAA more than doubled last year’s attendees through unique and fun events, with 35.6% of those who attended events being NIU Foundation donors.
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It’s interesting how your network continues to grow when you come to alumni events. A lot of the people I meet I didn’t know when I went to school at NIU. I consider these events as part of my support system through NIU.”
October 2018: Oktoberfest Pregame
— MATTHEW ANGELA, ’84
Volunteer Engagement Winston Churchill famously said “You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” NIU alumni are generously giving back to our University community daily.
Alumni benefit students, the University, the c ommunity, and themselves by volunteering for NIU. In FY19, over 1,036 alumni were reported v olunteering for their alma mater. Volunteers make an impact in many different ways, from advocating for NIU through the inaugural Day of Advocacy in Springfield, to supporting the community through NIU Cares Day, to filling significant leadership roles on campus. Not only are our alumni generous in the giving of their time, but they also graciously s upport NIU financially. More than 30 percent of our volunteers donated to NIU with over $2 million in total gifts in FY19. Huskie volunteers never quit There is a lot to be proud of! Keep reading about some of our highlights this year! And remember, you can join our volunteer community, NIU Nexus, too—myniu.com/NIUnexus.
While volunteering, I interacted with a senior OMIS major, like I was. We discussed his Capstone Project, and I gave him some pointers, and we’ve actually met up a few times since then. It’s been awesome to help him.” — MARTY JOHNSTONE, ’09
NIUAA Board Member President of Huskie Alumni Marching Band
October 2018 : STEM Fest
By volunteering, I have developed enjoyable relationships with a number of students, alumni, faculty and others affiliated with the University. (It’s) been a wonderful part of my journey to make a life for myself that is meaningful and fulfilling.” — KEN GREISMAN, ’82
VO LUN TE E R STATS :
50% volunteers 1: 5 live out of state 6,500 letters written Our amazing volunteers keep giving, and it shows by a 50% increase in participation, with one in five of these volunteers living outside of Illinois. Reaching out to potential students has been a priority for our group. In response to this, our alumni helped compose 6,500 letters to prospective NIU students.
April 2019: NIU Cares Day
March 2019 : Spring Alumni Coaching
I left (the First Impressions Count Career Prep workshop) walking on air! I met some of the most wonderful NIU students. I gave them some leads on jobs, and I hope they followed up.”
— MARY KOWING, M.S.Ed. ’10
About our Alumni Volunteers Alumni are enriching campus activities by
By the numbers
CoB College of Business
CoE College of Education
CHHS College of Health and
-69 6 0
59 50 -
Approximate # of prospective students CONNECTED WITH VOLUNTEERS
1 2, 0 0 0
Approximate # of alumni in LEADERSHIP ROLES
CVPA College of Visual and
Volunteer participation is
CoL College of Law CLAS College of Liberal Arts
Live in Illinois
and Engineering Technology
CEET College of Engineering
2 5 0
Show your pride and volunteer. Learn more at myniu.com/niunexus
Volunteering in the NIU community can be a rewarding experience–98 percent of those surveyed say they would volunteer again. Our volunteers participated in more than 210 activities this fiscal year. Volunteer Categories and Participation Rates
Affinity Groups It is the mission of the NIU Alumni Association to build lifelong relationships with NIU a lumni and friends by communicating the message of excellence and creating o pportunities to connect and interact with the University community. Our volunteer leadership groups are one way we do that, by bringing together alumni with similar b ackgrounds and passions. Each group offers unique o pportunities for its members to network and promote their own special interests. BLACK ALUMNI COUNCIL Founded in 1976, this council’s mission is to connect with alumni and support the recruitment, retention and graduation of black students by providing r esources for their academic support, financial assistance and career development. The council has given out 12 “Outstanding Black Alumni Awards” and has exposed over 10,000 African-American high school students to NIU through the “The Talented Tenth Program.”
GREEK ALUMNI COUNCIL The Greek Alumni Council (GAC) represents graduates and friends of the NIU Greek system. It is their goal to serve as a vehicle to create and reinforce strong relationships among Greek alumni, the NIU Alumni Association and the University; to foster the growth of current Greek students; and to advocate for the quality of the Greek program at NIU. The GAC supports the annual golf outing and the boat cruise.
LATINO ALUMNI COUNCIL The Latino Alumni Council (LAC) builds purposeful opportunities for Latinx students and alumni to connect and network, s upport student development, and advocate for the Latinx community. At NIU the LAC members are active in fundraising and were instrumental in the d evelopment of the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies Immediate Assistance Fund for undocumented students. They also provide support in student recruitment and retention through collaborating with campus partners. The LAC hosts events such as the Chicago Fire Tailgate and the Pilsen Neighborhood Walking Tours.
COMPUTER SCIENCE ALUMNI COUNCIL Founded in 2006, the NIU Computer Science Alumni Council supports graduates, faculty and friends of the NIU Department of Computer Science and NIU alumni in the information technology field. The council co-sponsors a variety of events, such as IT-related networking, job seeker workshops, professional lectures and student mentoring.
HUSKIE MARCHING BAND ALUMNI COUNCIL Each year the former members of the “Pride of the Midwest” return to campus to perform during homecoming. This dedicated group of NIU Color Guards, Huskie Marching Band, Silverettes and Twirlers collaborate to entertain, support and educate while reuniting with alumni. It is rebuilding the alumni database, organizing activities and helping o rganize and define Marching Band Alumni p articipation at Homecoming festivities. This group also supports scholarships for student m embers of the marching band and the Silverettes.
ROCKFORD ALUMNI CLUB Established for the College of Business in 1998 and reorganized under the NIU Alumni Association in 2017, the Rockford Alumni Club (RAC) serves the University’s a lumni population in the Rockford, Illinois, area. The club’s purpose is to assist alumni and Rockford-area community members in staying connected and engaged with the Huskie community through various events, such as the S tudent Send-Off, NIU Football Watch Party and other University and Alumni Association sponsored networking events.
Advocacy Day If you want to deliver a message, it’s best to deliver it yourself. In that forthright spirit, advocates of the University turned up in Springfield on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, for our first-ever Day of Advocacy in Springfield. The group met with Illinois legislators to bring awareness to NIU and its contributions to Illinois as well as the financial needs of the University. The Advocacy program was established at the tail-end of a statewide budget impasse that lasted more than 700 days. The NIUAA Board of Directors rallied to inspire alumni and friends of NIU to use their voices to elevate NIU at the legislative level. In addition to the event in April, the committee piloted advocacy-themed Lunch and Learns in Chicago and Rockford leading up to the day of advocacy. Alumni also made a digital impact and sent emails to legislators through our o nline advocacy platform.
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5% NIU allocation At the end of the spring session in Springfield, NIU received a 5 percent increase in its budget allocation, which was due, in part, to the individual and collaborative advocacy efforts of University officials, alumni and friends.
It was fun to see the collaboration of the NIU alumni groups, engaging with legislators in the right way. We had conversations in their offices, in the hallways and as they were going into committee meetings.” — SANKAT PATEL, ’00 NIUAA Board Member and Advocacy Chair FI R ST- E V E R DAY O F A DVO CACY
38 NIU advocates
The NIUAA Board of Directors Advocacy Committee brought together alumni, students, faculty and staff, connecting them with close to 40 legislators.
It was inspiring to see such avid supporters of NIU mobilizing in support of the University.”
— MATT STREB NIU Chief of Staff
NIUAA Award Winners The NIUAA is proud to celebrate alumni who achieve extraordinary success in their fields. Every year, the NIU Alumni Association recognizes the achievements of outstanding alumni. Recipients are s elected based on outstanding professional and personal successes, as well as involvement in civic, cultural or charitable activities. To read about their inspiring accomplishments, visit myniu.com/awards.
B.A. Journalism, ’76
M.S. Biological Sciences, ’79
B.S. Accountancy, ’87
ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT IN THE SCIENCES AWARD
ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT IN BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY AWARD
DENISE BUNNING M.S.Ed. Educational Psychology ’89 ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT IN PUBLIC SERVICE
MICHAEL PATTRICK B.A., Communication Studies, ’90 M.S.Ed. Adult Continuing Education, ’94 F.R. GEIGLE SERVICE AWARD
CARMEN ROSSI J.D., College of Law, ’12 OUTSTANDING YOUNG ALUMNUS
ARLENE TURNERCRAWFORD B.S.Ed. Art Education, ’71 ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT IN THE ARTS AWARD
Membership & NIU Foundation
Alumni Association Membership Membership had a strong year, with paid emberships growing from 910 to 1,257. This was m achieved by a combined focus on m arketing, event presence and a new mixture of new offered b enefits. We also provide our members with special pre-sale access to some events. A dditionally, the NIUAA Board of Directors voted to increase membership dues by $10, from $40 for the Cardinal & Black level to $50. The extra $10 per membership goes directly to supporting NIUAA scholarships and is a tax-deductible gift to the NIU Alumni Association.
For Legacy membership benefits, visit myniu.com/membership.
Travel & Leisure Discounts
Founders Memorial Library NIU Apparel NIU Rec Center Day Pass NIU Sporting Events
CityPASS Hotels & Car Rentals Orlando Vacation Topgolf Membership
Other Discounts & Benefits
Total Members: 1,257
— DAVE LACERRA, ’86
Cardinal and Black
I consider NIU my institution, and because of that, I like being well-connected with alumni and NIU administration through the NIUAA.”
C A R D I N A L & BLAC K BE N EFITS
MEMBERSHIP TOTAL S
Cardinal and Black
BE N E FI TS O F J O I N I N G O U R PACK
Alumni Directory Access Alumni Rewards Program Crain’s Chicago Business Dell Products NIU Forwarding Email Northern Now
From the NIU Foundation President and CEO What a year! The NIU Foundation saw growth across all sectors in FY19. Total funds raised increased from $17M to $22M, which is a testament to the d edication and care of our alumni and donors. From planned giving, to major gifts, to a high-performing annual fund, we exceeded our goal, and it’s all b ecause of your ongoing support. For example, our inaugural NIU Day of G iving (DoG) was hugely successful, largely due to the increase in alumni donor participation. The NIUAA was key to these efforts, collaborating on communications and securing social media volunteers to help rally our alumni. We are all here for the same reason—to support the future and growth of NIU. The NIU Foundation is committed to continuing our deep collaboration with the NIUAA, and seeking meaningful partnerships to advance our joint efforts. GO, HUSKIES!
Catherine B. Squires, CFRE, NIU ’80 President & CEO, NIU Foundation Vice President of University Advancement, Northern Illinois University
A Mascot on a Mission Hello, fellow Huskies! I am Mission, NIU’s Siberian Huskie mascot, and I’m kind of a big deal. All over campus, all year long, I can be spotted bringing smiles and sharing Huskie spirit with students and friends. Being famous has its perks—everywhere I go, I have an entourage. The Alumni Association staff books my events and finds the perfect wardrobe selections, and the Huskie ROTC Battalion Mission Support cadets work as my handlers at events. My schedule is so full, there’s often someplace new to go every day! For instance, last year, I travelled in support of Huskie sports teams, like our football team, which went to the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl. I created original
doggie artwork to support NIU’s Day of Giving in April, celebrated with new NIU graduates, sported dragon wings to our NIU Alumni Game of Thrones Lunch and Learn, and met hundreds of new friends on campus during “ Mission Mondays,” among many other appearances. But being a celebrity dog isn’t all fun and games. It took a lot of work for me to go pro. As a m ascot, I practice “rally obedience,” which is a dog sport based on obedience with a variety of interesting warm-up and freestyle exercises. In May, I competed in AKC Rally Obedience and earned two qualifying scores. This allowed me to acquire my Rally Novice title! Then, in June, I was shown at the UKC P remier Dog Show in Kalamazoo, Michigan. All this training has prepared me for the most important title—The Official Live Mascot of NIU. I hope to see you all cheering on the Huskies. Remember... Huskies. Never. Quit.
Dog with a Blog Did you know that I tweet about many of my fun NIU adventures in real time? Follow me on Twitter, and you can know where I’ve been and where I’m headed next.
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BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS. CHANGING LIVES. 2018-19 GRADUATING STATS:
Top 10 degrees
Management Accountancy Communication Computer Science Mechanical Engineering Interdisciplinary Health Professions Health Studies Family and Consumer Sciences Operations Management & Information Systems Psychology
351 295 223 223 210 182 182 177 110 110
92% of undergraduate, graduate and law students who graduated in FY19 live in Illinois.
Class makeup 1,083 College of Business 85 College of Law 690 College of Education 1,626 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 500 College of Engineering and Engineering Tech. 210 College of Visual & Performing Arts 807 College of Health and Human Sciences