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Bruce Winograd '65, '66 MBA (seated at head of table) and his wife, Deety (standing), hosted a dinner at their home in suburban Chicago last month.

Dinner with 12 Strangers, an annual program in which Northwestern alumni host a dozen current students for dinner at their homes, continues to grow in popularity.


Last month, a record 105 people hosted 50 dinners for 375 students. Two dinners were held for the first time on Northwestern's campus in Qatar, while the rest were hosted by alumni in the Chicago area.


From Feb. 27 to March 1, alumni will be able to host dinners for students interested in careers in specific industries, marking the second consecutive year that industry-specific dinners have been held.


The program, which began in 2005, allows alumni to host a diverse group of about a dozen students, faculty and trustees for dinner at their home or a restaurant. In addition to getting a tasty meal, students get to mingle in an informal setting with professors and alumni while catching a glimpse of life after graduation.


Alumni interested in hosting an industry-specific dinner between Feb. 27 and March 1 can register at


Alumni interested in hosting a general dinner in October or November 2015 should send an email to


For more stories from this month's Alumni News, visit the NAA on Our Northwestern, the University's online community.