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Northwestern alumni around the world are taking to social media to show their Purple Pride and support We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern.


The map displayed above shows the dates and locations of several upcoming "We Will" Campaign events. If you live in one of the areas highlighted on the map, show your Purple Pride online as your city's event approaches. Tweet and share pictures of yourself in Wildcat gear, share your favorite Northwestern memories, or let us know where NU alumni get together in your city using the city-specific hashtags listed on the map. Your posts could be featured across the Northwestern Alumni Association's social media accounts.


Don't see your city highlighted on the map? Join the #NUPurpleFriday movement by wearing purple every Friday and sharing photos using #NUPurpleFriday.


Earlier this month, alumni and friends of the University celebrated #NUWeWill in New York City, where Stephen Colbert '86, '11 DA spoke about his time at Northwestern and encouraged alumni to give back to the University. Check out this Storify with a selection of #NYCPurplePride tweets and posts from the event, as well as our #NYCPurplePride Facebook photo album.


Stephen Colbert '86, '11 DA plays to the crowd at the June 5 "We Will" Campaign event in New York City. Photo by Bruce Gilbert

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti charmed the audience from the moment he stepped up to the podium Friday to deliver his address at Northwestern's 156th commencement ceremony at Ryan Field.


On a muggy, overcast day, Muti delivered a sometimes passionate and often humorous commencement address — colored with playful self-deprecation. But the thrust of his remarks was serious and heartfelt, heralding music as a unifying language and how “this mysterious and illusive art can make people better."

Reflecting the joy and purpose of the day, the graduates led the opening processional, lined up in purple robes, smiling widely, texting, tweeting, and waving to families and friends, who responded in kind.  


About 13,000 people packed the stadium for the 95-minute ceremony honoring approximately 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Expected rain never materialized, and the sun peeked out throughout the morning ceremony. 

Muti, one of the world’s preeminent conductors of our day, and four other distinguished individuals received honorary degrees from Northwestern.

The four are Sara Bloomfield, who led the United States Holocaust Museum for more than a decade; Richard Easterlin, a professor at the University of Southern California who is a pioneer in economic history, economic demography, and happiness economics; Northwestern alumna Cloris Leachman, a celebrated television, film, and stage performer who has won more Emmys (nine) than any other actor; and Stevie Wonder, an American singer, songwriter, musician, and producer who is one of the most celebrated and influential figures in popular music. 

Every year, in one of the highlights of Commencement, Northwestern President Morton Schapiro gives a series of shout-outs to varying groups of the graduates’ loved ones, until just about every family member and friend is standing to wild applause.


“Not a single graduate would be here today without the support and encouragement of you in the audience,” President Schapiro said.

For complete coverage of Northwestern's 156th Commencement, including a Facebook photo gallery from the event, visit the Northwestern News Center's special feature, "Commencement 2014."


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Great social change is reflected in the papers former Evanston Mayor Lorraine Morton recently donated to Northwestern. Morton earned a master's degree at Northwestern in 1942. Photo by Charles Osgood

One might call Lorraine Hairston Morton — Evanston’s first African-American mayor and a longtime Evanston public school educator — a reluctant icon. Born 95 years ago in the still very segregated South, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Morton has been a witness to and participant in enormous social change since making Evanston her permanent home in 1953.

Some of that change is reflected in papers that she recently donated to Northwestern, where Morton earned a master’s degree in education in 1942. Morton — who enrolled at Northwestern as Constance Lorraine Hairston — fondly recalls living with five black female students in a boarding house on Lake Street owned by one Mrs. Griffith. It was at a time when African-American students could not live on campus.

Evanston, Northwestern, and the world have changed, insists Morton, who says she chooses “not to wallow in the injustices and negatives of the past” but to stay focused on improving the present. She adds that she came to Evanston for an education, and that Northwestern provided her with a good one.

“I never had a bad experience at the University,” Morton said. “I always remembered why I was here. A university is more than just courses. It widens your mind. Northwestern opened another horizon for me. It opened doors.”

And, she adds with a smile, Northwestern is also where she met James T. Morton Jr., a bright young man completing his doctorate in psychology who soon became her husband. An African-American pioneer in clinical psychology, James Morton died in 1974.

Elizabeth K. Brasher says her grandmother’s motto is “never let anyone steal your joy!” And a single meeting with the ever-youthful former mayor is proof that she takes her own advice to heart. The Lorraine Morton Collection at Northwestern reflects the lifetime Morton spent creating partnerships, building bridges, and solving problems with respect and without rancor.

“The collection of letters, newspaper clippings, speech texts, and campaign materials is particularly strong in documenting Mayor Morton’s years of service in Evanston,” says Kevin Leonard, director of University Archives, where the collection resides. “Among the key items are her speeches, particularly as they deal with issues of diversity and inclusion.”

“I can’t think of a better place for my papers to be than Northwestern,” says Morton, who to this day is an unabashed Northwestern supporter and, as mayor from 1993 to 2009, worked hard to improve town-gown relations and succeeded in doing so.

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Four out of five members of Northwestern’s Class of 2013 are either employed or continuing their education on a full-time basis six months after graduation. In addition, starting salaries for those employed full time averaged almost $50,000 per year.

This is according to a new study from University Career Services, part of Northwestern’s Division of Student Affairs. The study questioned more than 1,000 Class of 2013 alumni spanning all seven of the University’s colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees.

For more details, including information on alumni locations, career areas, and graduate and professional school selections, see the full study: “The Undergraduate Class of 2013 -- Beyond Northwestern. First Destination Study Highlights Six Months After Graduation.”

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An extensive study of the involvement of John Evans in the Sand Creek Massacre and in the history of Northwestern University was released last month. 

The massacre, in which U.S. Army cavalry soldiers slaughtered approximately 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho Native Americans, most of them women and children, occurred on November 29, 1864. Evans was the governor and superintendent of Indian Affairs of the Colorado Territory and was traveling in the East at the time of the massacre. He was forced to resign in its aftermath.

Evans was one of Northwestern’s leading founders, chair of its Board of Trustees for more than 40 years, and a major donor to the University. The city of Evanston is named for him.

The report, which is available online as a PDF, is the work of a committee of senior scholars from both Northwestern and outside the University. Carl Smith, Northwestern professor of English, American Studies, and History, chaired the group.

To read a detailed summary of the report's findings, visit the Northwestern News Center.

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Dean Penelope Peterson of the School of Education and Social Policy says students are surprised to learn of the many challenges of real-world philanthropy.

Some people think it's easy to give away money, says Penelope Peterson, dean of Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy. But their thinking usually changes after they take the course she co-teaches on philanthropy, which was featured last month in a story in The New York Times that highlighted the unexpected challenges in real-world charitable giving.

The course, endowed with a grant from the Once Upon a Time Foundation in Texas, requires students to find and investigate various organizations in need. If the groups stand up to scrutiny, students may choose to give them a portion of the $50,000 cash pot at the heart of the final class project.

Students say the class provides good training for future jobs in the nonprofit sector.

Read the complete article in The New York Times.

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The University launched its strategic plan, Northwestern Will, in 2011. The following memo was sent to the Northwestern community last month to provide a progress report on the plan’s implementation.


As we did last year, we are reporting to our faculty, staff, students, and alumni on ways the Northwestern Will strategic plan is being put into action across the University. We are inspired by the progress already made and the impact that the plan continues to have on Northwestern. The plan provides the overarching goals, but the impetus for transformation is arising from throughout this great institution.

The plan contains four “pillars,” or areas of focus, that build on Northwestern’s strengths and concentrate resources on the key issues for the University. This report highlights initiatives underway in each of those four pillars. Although not intended to be comprehensive, the list is wide ranging, demonstrating that significant efforts that already are transforming the University are occurring in many areas.

“We Will,” the $3.75 billion fundraising campaign publicly launched this spring, is intended to ensure the success of initiatives such as those reported here and others yet to come. We encourage you to take a few minutes to read the progress report, which is available online. Northwestern will continue to discover, integrate, connect, and engage, just as Northwestern Will envisions.


Morton Schapiro, President and professor

Daniel Linzer, Provost and professor 

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The Montgomery Ward building on Northwestern's Chicago campus.

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks has approved Northwestern’s proposal to create a historic district encompassing three of the University’s iconic buildings on its Chicago campus. The proposal now will go to the Chicago City Council for official designation.

The Northwestern University Chicago Campus District would include three historic buildings: the Montgomery Ward Building, Wieboldt Hall and Levy Mayer Hall/Gary Law Library.

Renowned architect James Gamble Rogers designed all three of the Gothic Revival-style buildings, located on Chicago Avenue between Lake Shore Drive and Fairbanks Court. The buildings — the first to be built on the Chicago campus — were constructed from 1925 to 1926, bringing the University’s professional schools together in one location after they had been housed in various locations in Chicago.

Northwestern and the Chicago Department of Planning and Development collaborated on preparing the application for the proposed historic district, said Eugene S. Sunshine, senior vice president for business and finance at Northwestern.

“We’re very pleased that these buildings are now being considered for historic designation. Northwestern has thoughtfully maintained and restored all three buildings, which are important landmarks for the University and the Streeterville community,” Sunshine said. “We appreciate the guidance and assistance that we received from the City of Chicago in preparing this proposal, and we’re hopeful that the Campus District will be approved by the City Council.”

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Jill Feldon LaNouette (WCAS78, GJ81) talks about her experience with the Northwestern Dance Company and the unique opportunity to participate in a range of activities.


Northwestern’s Archery Club has boomed since launching last year. The club has two divisions, one for students interested in archery as recreation, and another for students who compete in the sport.

Equipment is provided for all participants, and training is available for students of all skill levels. Practices are held Saturday evenings in Northwestern’s Blomquist Recreation Center.

For a first-hand look at the club and the students who participate, check out this video, produced by Medill junior Orko Manna:

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A school-record 220 Northwestern student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors during the 2013-14 academic year, marking the fourth straight year that more than 200 Wildcats received the honor.

Sixty-five Northwestern student-athletes from six spring sports and two at-large sports earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in May, after 104 student-athletes were honored in the fall and 51 more were honored during winter.

The 220 Academic All-Big Ten awards earned by Wildcats this year represent 64 percent of Northwestern student-athletes who were eligible for the honor. In order to be eligible, student-athletes must be letter-winners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution. From that pool, those who carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher receive the award.

Northwestern-sponsored sports honored by the Big Ten and recognized during the spring season are: baseball, men's golf, women's golf, softball, men's tennis, and women's tennis. In addition, the Wildcats women's fencing team (which competes in the Midwest Conference) and women's lacrosse team (which competes in the American Lacrosse Conference) were also honored.

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Marisa Bast, an infielder on Northwestern’s softball team, and Raleigh Smith, a member of the men’s tennis team, each received the Big Ten Medal of Honor — the conference’s most prestigious award — earlier this month.

The medal is given each year to one male and one female student-athlete from the graduating class of each Big Ten school who excelled in athletics and academics throughout his or her college career. This year marked the medal’s 100th anniversary.

Bast, who majored in learning and organizational change, was named an All-American in 2012 after nearly winning the Big Ten's Triple Crown. A longtime starter at third base for the Wildcats, she concluded her softball career ranked among Northwestern's all-time leaders in nine different offensive categories.


In the classroom, Bast was a two-time Capital One Academic All-American, a three-time winner of the Academic All-Big Ten award, and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. She also helped create the Wildcats Stand Up and ROARR (Reach Out and Reinforce Respect) program, an anti-bullying initiative that has been presented in nearly a dozen Chicago-area schools.

Bast, who grew up in Orange, California, will soon begin working for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where she interned last summer after being selected from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants.

Like Bast, Smith also leaves a proud legacy at Northwestern. A Miami native, Smith was a mainstay in the men's tennis lineup throughout his time at Northwestern and was a key contributor to the program's rebirth.

Smith was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as both a junior and a senior, and he helped guide the Wildcats to three straight NCAA tournament berths. His outstanding play over the last two years helped Northwestern post its second- and third-best records in school history.

As a junior, Smith pulled off a rare sweep at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, claiming both the singles and doubles titles. This past season, he earned top-40 national rankings in both singles and doubles and competed in the NCAA Singles Championship in Athens, Georgia.

Smith, an Academic All-Big Ten honoree, majored in learning and organizational change. He has also been active in the community, playing a large role in Northwestern's participation in the NFL's Fuel Up To Play 60 initiative at local schools.

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A rendering of the new high-definiton videoboard that will be installed in the northeast corner of Ryan Field.


Wildcats fans will enjoy an enhanced gameday experience at Ryan Field and Welsh-Ryan Arena beginning this fall, when new high-definition videoboards will debut in both facilities.

At Ryan Field, the new videoboard will be nearly triple the size of the existing videoboard. New LED ribbon boards will also be installed behind both end zones.

The primary videoboard structure in the northeast corner of the stadium will receive the most substantial upgrade, increasing from its current 390 square feet of screen surface area to more than 1,100 square feet. The new board will be 44 feet long.

Behind the north end zone, a 138-foot LED ribbon board will be installed on the facade of Walker Terrace, offering additional opportunities to display game information, spirit messaging, and in-game promotions.

At the south end of the stadium, the ribbon board currently above the end zone seats will be replaced by two LED ribbon boards positioned on either side of a fixed-digit scoreboard. The new ribbon boards will total a combined 90 feet in length.


A rendering of the new videoboard and LED ribbon board that will be installed behind the north end zone at Ryan Field. A similar ribbon board will also be installed behind the south end zone.

Meanwhile, Welsh-Ryan Arena will sport four new videoboards next season.

A two-sided display hung over the center of the basketball court will face both sidelines, with each of the boards measuring 23 feet wide and covering 280 square feet. Two other boards will be mounted above the seats behind each basket. Those displays are 25 feet wide and cover 238 square feet.


A rendering of the new high-definition videoboards that will be installed in Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Ryan Field’s new videoboards are expected to be ready for Northwestern’s home opener against California on August 30. The new videoboards at Welsh-Ryan Arena are expected to be ready for the volleyball team’s first home game, against Youngstown State on September 12. The videoboards in both facilities will be managed from a new control room inside McGaw Hall.

The boards were designed by Anthony James Partners (AJP) of Richmond, Virginia. AJP has previously designed displays for several other collegiate and professional sports facilities, including Ohio State’s football stadium and Lambeau Field.

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Researchers from Northwestern and the University of New Mexico report evidence for potentially oceans worth of water deep beneath the United States. Though not in the familiar liquid form — the ingredients for water are bound up in rock deep in the Earth’s mantle — the discovery may represent the planet’s largest water reservoir.

The presence of liquid water on the surface is what makes our “blue planet” habitable, and scientists have long been trying to figure out just how much water may be cycling between Earth’s surface and interior reservoirs through plate tectonics.

Northwestern geophysicist Steve Jacobsen and University of New Mexico seismologist Brandon Schmandt have found deep pockets of magma located about 400 miles beneath North America, a likely signature of the presence of water at these depths. The discovery suggests water from the Earth’s surface can be driven to such great depths by plate tectonics, eventually causing partial melting of the rocks found deep in the mantle.

The findings, published June 13 in the journal Science, will aid scientists in understanding how the Earth formed, what its current composition and inner workings are, and how much water is trapped in mantle rock.

“Geological processes on the Earth’s surface, such as earthquakes or erupting volcanoes, are an expression of what is going on inside the Earth, out of our sight,” said Jacobsen, a co-author of the paper. “I think we are finally seeing evidence for a whole-Earth water cycle, which may help explain the vast amount of liquid water on the surface of our habitable planet. Scientists have been looking for this missing deep water for decades.”

Scientists have long speculated that water is trapped in a rocky layer of the Earth’s mantle located between the lower mantle and upper mantle, at depths between 250 miles and 410 miles. Jacobsen and Schmandt are the first to provide direct evidence that there may be water in this area of the mantle, known as the “transition zone,” on a regional scale. The region extends across most of the interior of the United States.

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Gathered in the Art Institute of Chicago’s conservation examination room, art history graduate students from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University watch closely as the Art Institute’s Assistant Paintings Conservator Kelly Keegan (second from right) and Andrew W. Mellon Senior Conservation Scientist Francesca Casadio (far right) reveal fascinating details from Francescuccio Ghissi’s “The Crucifixion” (c. 1370) tempera on panel. (Photo courtesy of Art Institute of Chicago)

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded three grants totaling nearly $1.3 million to three of the Chicago area’s premier institutions — Northwestern, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Chicago — to enhance the study of art history through a focus on working with art objects.

This unprecedented, four-year, inter-institutional pilot effort, known as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chicago Objects Study Initiative (COSI), will provide doctoral students in art history from both universities with new or significantly enhanced coursework and training in objects-based art history research. It will also increase their access to works of art drawn from the Art Institute’s renowned permanent holdings — works both on view and in storage — as well as fully leverage the expertise of the museum’s curatorial and professional staff.

“We are very grateful to the Mellon Foundation for encouraging us to think creatively,” said Jesús Escobar, chairperson and associate professor in the department of art history at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. “Our three institutions work collaboratively in a number of ways, but the planning of the Chicago Objects Study Initiative alone has sparked so many new ideas. I look forward to seeing how the program will enhance the graduate student experience of studying art history at the doctoral level in Chicago.”

Thanks to this new initiative, emerging art historians will receive rigorous training in the techniques, materials, and physical properties of works of art as part of their curriculum, as well as develop related research skills. By emphasizing curatorial practice and providing in-depth exposure to conservation and conservation science approaches to objects and materials, the program addresses a professional need for broadening instruction in the discipline of art history.

The program will prepare Northwestern and UChicago graduate students to consider works of art as primary sources for original research; it also will give students the tools, skills and experiences needed to prepare them for positions in museums, libraries, or other research settings involving collections.

Students will be given direct access to works of art through visits to the Art Institute’s art storage areas, to be overseen by a newly created position — the Mellon Academic Curator — and supported by a dedicated art-handling technician. The two universities also will have expanded access to classroom space at the Art Institute where faculty can hold on-site sessions for graduate-level classes in addition to an objects and materials seminar.

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Earlier this month, Northwestern launched its first massive open online course, or MOOC, tailored for Northwestern alumni and their guests.

The course covers content strategy and is designed to help alumni and their guests enhance the for-profit, non-profit, volunteer, and government organizations they work for or care about. Ten Northwestern faculty experts with decades of international experience offer actionable insights and best practices to more effectively create and manage engaging content that will be valued by the people you want to reach. 

Some of the benefits of taking the course include:

  • The opportunity to join a global learning community designed for professionals.
  • The opportunity to invite people from your professional network to take the course. It’s open to all Northwestern alumni and anyone you choose to invite, from friends and family to colleagues and clients. 
  • It's free. However, registration is required. (See below for registration instructions.)
  • It’s tailored for Northwestern alumni. You’ll learn about best practice examples from Northwestern University in Qatar; the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science; the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications; the Feinberg School of Medicine; the Kellogg School of Management; and the School of Continuing Studies, among others. 
  • A message from Northwestern Provost Daniel Linzer, who will address the University’s plan for distance education and what Northwestern hopes to gain from initiatives such as MOOCs, as well as his own process for creating content for varied audiences. 

The MOOC began June 9 and runs through July 20. But don’t worry if you haven’t joined yet — the MOOC’s six modules are all available at any time after you enroll, with each broken into a number of succinct, easy-to-complete sessions that will easily fit into your schedule.


The MOOC is a rigorous program, but because it’s for professionals, there are no exams or term papers. However, a case study weaves through the course, allowing alumni and their invited guests to build their content strategy skills while receiving feedback from faculty.

Registration is a simple, two-step process. First, sign up for a free Coursera account. You are only required to provide your name and email address.

Then, once you have a Coursera account, send an email to from the email address you used to create your account and let us know that you want to enroll. We will admit you to the course and send you an email confirming your enrollment and explaining how to access the site.

Enrollment for the MOOC closes July 6. Don’t delay — enroll today!

If you have questions about the MOOC, please contact Northwestern’s Media Management Center at or 847-491-4900.

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Richard Silverman (center) receives the first Northwestern University Trustee Medal for Faculty Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Peter Barris '73 (left), chair of the innovation and entrepreneurship committee, and William Osborn ’69, ’73 MBA, chair of the Board of Trustees. Photo by Steven Gross

Chemistry Professor Richard B. Silverman received Northwestern’s Trustee Medal for Faculty Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the June 16 meeting of the University’s Board of Trustees. Silverman is the first person to be honored with the new Trustee Medal, which recognizes the achievements of those who have made vital contributions to society through technological or social innovation.

“Rick Silverman exemplifies the characteristics that the trustees seek to encourage through the establishment of this new award,” said William A. Osborn ’69, ’73 MBA, chair of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees. “By highlighting the importance of innovation at Northwestern and by promoting the Trustee Medal Laureates as role models, the Medal is meant to inspire faculty and students to act on their dreams with an open mind, intellectual might and ingenuity.”

The new Trustee Medal for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will also be awarded in the future to a distinguished business or industry leader for his or her achievements in the areas of science and technology.

Silverman is the John Evans Professor of Chemistry and professor of molecular biosciences. He is a bioorganic chemist with a special interest in the mechanisms of drug actions and the design of medicinal agents. His interdisciplinary group is studying drugs that function as specific inhibitors of particular enzymes, especially those involved in neurodegenerative diseases, epilepsy, and cancer.

Silverman first synthesized a small organic molecule called pregabalin in 1989, which is now marketed by Pfizer Inc. under the name Lyrica. The drug, which is used for nerve pain associated with diabetes and shingles and for epileptic seizures, became available in the United States in 2005.

Silverman, who received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University, joined Northwestern in 1976. He is a member of Northwestern's Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, the Northwestern University Institute for Neuroscience, and the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute.

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