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EVANSTON, Illinois -- Northwestern will host the Penn State Nittany Lions on Oct. 7, 2017, at Ryan Field, as part of the 2017 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend celebration, the University announced.


Additional information regarding events planned for that week, including reunions, will be unveiled at a later date.


The Wildcats host the Indiana Hoosiers this Saturday, October 22, at 11 a.m., in Evanston for Homecoming 2016. Single-game tickets are available online at or by calling 888-GO-PURPLE.

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Mentorship experience enhances Northwestern alumni network in Indonesia


Edward Lontoh '01 LLM (left) and Blaise Hope '12

Born in Tokyo, Medill graduate Blaise Hope ’12 wanted to eventually return to Asia to build on his international and business interests. But after taking Professor Jeffrey Winters’ course Southeast Asian Politics—where he became fascinated by Indonesia’s economic potential and broad demographics—Hope decided to move to Jakarta right after graduation to pursue his media career.

At the Jakarta Globe and BeritaSatu English, Hope gained print, digital, and television experience with a focus on business news. While his education had prepared him to effectively navigate a changing media landscape, he sought advice on how to live and work in the country. Through the Northwestern Alumni Association’s Northwestern Network Mentorship Program—which has more than 4,500 alumni and students from 58 countries and 89 industries—Hope connected with corporate lawyer Edward Lontoh ’01 LLM, an Indonesian native who has advised him on local business and cultural practices.

“As a Westerner working in the East and especially in a subtle business culture like Indonesia’s, you are always looking for signs to divine the best approach to a given situation,” Hope says. “Talking to Edward has helped clear the mist. On top of that, he has introduced me to investors who are in a position to work with me. It's invaluable.”

For Lontoh, serving as a mentor has given him an opportunity to help a recent graduate with the transition from college to work, which was a difficult experience for him, along with many other benefits. “My participation has deepened my connection to Northwestern and expanded my networking significantly,” he says.

Hope, who became editor-in-chief of the news website Brilio English in September, sees mentorship as an extension of his education and would like to mentor Northwestern graduates who move to Asia. “There are no familiar faces when you move to a very foreign country on your own,” he says. “Northwestern ties you to people in a way that cannot be replicated. I love Northwestern and I want to be part of the network.”

Northwestern has never produced a United States president, but the University has come close, says University archivist Kevin Leonard. Leonard, who will discuss Northwestern’s influence on the presidency during Red, Blue, and Purple: Wildcats in Politics as part of Reunion Weekend 2016, will share stories about some key players in American politics with ties to the University.



Since its establishment in 1851, Northwestern has left many marks on state and national politics. In addition to mobilizing students and Evanston residents to vote, Northwestern alumni, faculty, and administrators have always worked in and around presidential politics. President Barack Obama and US Senator John McCain both spoke at commencement ceremonies at Northwestern and received honorary doctorates.



Adlai Stevenson II ’26 stands at the commemoration of the new Lakefill on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

Going back in time, Adlai Stevenson II ’26 JD is one of a few presidential candidates who earned a Northwestern degree. Stevenson served as the 31st governor of Illinois from 1949 to 1953 and as US ambassador to the United Nations under President John F. Kennedy. Stevenson won the Democratic presidential nomination twice—in 1952 and 1956—but lost both times in the general election to Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower.



William Jennings Bryan 1883 JD addresses a crowd at a rally at Northwestern.

William Jennings Bryan 1883 JD graduated from what was then called the Union College of Law at Northwestern. He served two terms in the US House of Representatives for Nebraska before President Woodrow Wilson appointed him secretary of state at the start of World War I. Bryan ran three times for president as the Democratic nominee in 1896, 1900, and 1908.




George McGovern MA '49, PhD '53 stands on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

George McGovern ’49 MA, ’53 PhD ran as the Democratic presidential candidate in 1972 against Richard Nixon. McGovern served in the US House of Representatives from 1957 to 1961 and the US Senate from 1963 to 1981 for South Dakota. During his time at Northwestern, McGovern studied history—he was even an assistant professor in the history department. He would later say his training as a historian often shaped his outlook on domestic policy.




Richard Gephardt '62


Another Democratic presidential candidate, Richard Gephardt ’62, ’92 H, ran twice for the Democratic presidential nomination, losing to Michael Dukakis in 1988 and to John Kerry in 2004. Gephardt served 28 years in the US House of Representatives for Missouri, including as majority leader from 1989 to 1995 and minority leader from 1995 to 2003. During his time at Northwestern, Gephardt served as senate president in student government. Today, Gephardt chairs the National Endowment for Democracy, a nonprofit organization aimed at advancing democratic institutions. He is president and CEO of Gephardt Group, a private lobbying firm.



Quite a few Northwestern alumni have influenced the presidency and political scene in other ways. For example:



  • Lee Huebner ’62 served as special assistant to the president and deputy director of the White House writing and research staff under Richard Nixon. Later, Huebner became publisher of the International Herald Tribune in Paris—the world’s first international newspaper—and president of the American Chamber of Commerce in France. Huebner also taught classes as a professor in Northwestern’s School of Communication and the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communication for 12 years.


  • Arthur Goldberg ’30 JD, ’63 H served as US secretary of labor in 1961 and as a Supreme Court justice in 1962 under John F. Kennedy. During his time on the bench, Goldberg was known for his advocacy for repealing the death penalty and increasing the right to privacy. Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Goldberg as US ambassador to the United Nations in 1965 to succeed Adlai Stevenson II. 


  • Phyllis Elliott Oakley ’56 served as US assistant secretary of state and was the first female spokesperson under Secretary of State George Schultz. A senior foreign service officer, Oakley served in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and was married to US Ambassador Robert Oakley. Oakley has been a visiting professor in Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and will be speaking at “Who Are You Because of NU?” during Reunion Weekend on Friday, October 21.


  • Patti Solis Doyle ’99 MBA is a political strategist who worked on presidential campaigns for both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and on Hillary Clinton’s 2000 senatorial campaign. In 2008, Solis Doyle served as chief of staff for vice presidential operations under Vice President Joseph Biden. She is also a contributor to CNN on politics and a winter 2016 resident fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.


  • Northwestern alumni have made a considerable impact in state and local government as well. Harold Washington ’52 JD served in the US House of Representative for Illinois and as mayor of Chicago from 1983 to 1987. Washington was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1965 to 1976 and Illinois Senate from 1977 to 1980, where he worked to strengthen the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect black Illinoisans from housing discrimination.



For more ways Northwestern has influenced the American presidency, join Kevin Leonard at Red, Blue, and Purple during Reunion Weekend 2016. Can’t make it to the event? Follow along on our Twitter feed by checking #NUReunion.


Justin Barbin '11

Justin Barbin ’11 will not only attend his 5th Reunion this month—he’ll take over the Northwestern Alumni Association’s Instagram feed while he’s there.



A professional photographer, Barbin is well-suited to document Reunion Weekend through the photo sharing social network. He is a School of Communication graduate who regularly returns to campus as the official photographer for Northwestern marquee events such as Dance Marathon (he’s shooting his tenth Dance Marathon this spring!) and Dillo Day. For many students and alumni, getting a picture snapped by Barbin is an essential part of the Northwestern experience.


After graduating, Barbin stayed in Chicago and started his own photography business, travelling nationally and internationally to shoot major events and advertising campaigns. He has photographed for Hamilton on Broadway, the Globe Theater of London, Cirque du Soleil, Dwyane Wade, Nike, Gillette, and TJ Maxx. Barbin’s work has also been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, People magazine, and other notable publications, and he is currently publishing a photography book through Amherst Media.


Although his photography career has taken him all over the world, Barbin says that he is “always happy to return home to photograph at Northwestern.” Barbin credits the Northwestern community for inspiring him to turn his love for photography into a career. During his junior year, Barbin’s camera was stolen in a robbery. The Northwestern community rallied to help, replacing his camera through fundraisers and other events.


Says Barbin: “It was this experience that truly made me realize that what I was doing for my own enjoyment—photographing all the moments around me—was not only just for me. The Northwestern community shared in my joy and provided the encouragement and support for me to pursue my passion as a career.”


For Barbin, sharing his Reunion Weekend experiences is a way to celebrate his love and gratitude for Northwestern. He is looking forward to reconnecting with old friends, enjoying the changes on campus, and “celebrating like we never left college!”


So, what can fellow alumni expect to see during Barbin’s Instagram takeover? According to Barbin, he’ll showcase his unique perspective, which he describes as “colorfully refined but a little bit silly.” But no selfies, says Barbin, except “maybe just one—for a special bow tie.”


Follow northwesternalumni on Instagram to see Barbin’s exciting photos this weekend!

Now’s your chance to join the Northwestern Network Mentorship Program, a new initiative meant to cultivate meaningful mentorship opportunities within the Northwestern community. Watch our intro video to learn more.


  • Who is eligible to join? The program is open to students and alumni from all class years, programs, and schools. Alumni have the option of participating as a mentor, mentee, or both at the same time. Students may participate as mentees.

  • What’s the time commitment? Completing a profile takes about 10-15 minutes. The program is designed to be flexible, so mentors and mentees can decide how often they want to meet and the duration of their relationship (typically 3-6 months).

  • How does it work? Student and alumni mentees will use the platform to search for a mentor who best matches their current and future professional goals and submit a request to work with a prospective mentor. Alumni mentors may either accept or decline a mentorship request. If the request is accepted, the mentor and mentee can connect via the platform.



Register now!

Can’t make it back to campus for #NUReunion 2016? Not a problem!


Check out all of the ways you can still be a part of the Reunion and Homecoming as a digital attendee:

  • Watch the livestream of "Who Are You Because of NU?", a panel featuring accomplished alumni and led by President Morton Schapiro. Tune in on Friday, Oct. 21 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. CDT to hear how Northwestern shaped their careers and experiences.
  • Follow along with the Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally on Friday, Oct. 21 at 6:00 p.m. by checking #NUHomecoming on social media.
  • Reconnect with fellow alumni of your class Facebook group! Organize watching parties in your area for the game or just chat with old friends. To find your class group, search on Facebook for “northwestern university class of _______.”
  • Stay up to date with all of the exciting action via our hashtag #NUReunion on social media! Be sure to also follow us on Twitter at @NUAlumni or on Instagram at northwesternalumni for live updates and pictures.
  • And of course, tune in to the Homecoming Game against Indiana on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11:00 a.m!

For more information about Reunion 2016, visit Be sure to also follow the Northwestern Alumni Association on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube, and connect with fellow alumni on Our Northwestern.

No matter where you are, we hope you’ll still be a part of Reunion and Homecoming weekend!


If you have any questions about joining us for Reunion weekend, feel free to contact us.


The NUsolar team


Catalyzer, Northwestern’s official crowdfunding platform, has helped student organizations successfully reach their fundraising goals for projects ranging from building an off-road car to improving access to drinking water in Kenya. This fall, eight student organizations bring their causes to Catalyzer and need your support.


Here’s a peek at the latest Catalyzer projects, which aim to meet their funding goals by November 1, 2016:


  • Applause for a Cause is a student-run philanthropic production organization that writes, produces, directs, edits, and premieres a feature-length film each year, and then donates the proceeds from the film’s screenings to a Chicago-based charity. Applause for a Cause needs to raise $4,000 to produce The Helsings, a film written by Northwestern student Taylor Beck.


  • Northwestern Mock Trial, an elite mock trial program, is seeking $5,000 to create a series of LSAT workshops for Northwestern students. The workshops, which will provide knowledgeable instructors, test prep materials, and study space, are aimed at making LSAT preparation accessible to students who otherwise could not afford it.


  • The Global Engagement Summit is a student-run social innovation conference that brings together young changemakers to develop and implement effective social ventures. The group is seeking $5,000 to secure an inspiring social change leader to speak at the upcoming Summit, which will be hosted at Northwestern in April 2016.


  • Northwestern Anubhav, Northwestern’s premier competitive Hindi film and fusion dance team, aims to raise $5,000 to choreograph and execute a new production showcasing South Asian American history, identity, and culture. Funds raised will cover costumes, makeup, a professional soundtrack, props, and other production costs.


  • The National Society of Black Engineers plans to host a speaker series in winter 2017. The series, free to Northwestern students, will address diversity in the workplace and also provide students with valuable professional development opportunities. The $2,500 in requested funds will cover transportation and accommodations for speakers as well as equipment and materials for each event.


  • The Northwestern University Solar Car Team, launched in 1997, is an undergraduate student organization that designs, builds, and races solar-powered vehicles. NUsolar has built six cars and competed in more than 10 races, and hopes to raise $12,000 to build and race its seventh solar-powered vehicle. NUsolar provides hands-on project management, design, and manufacturing experience to Northwestern students while promoting sustainability and raising awareness of alternative energy sources.


  • Northwestern Panhellenic Association, which oversees Northwestern’s sororities and is also the largest women’s organization on campus, aims to raise $5,000 to facilitate a series of wellness workshops on campus. These workshops will cover a number of health-related topics including eating disorders, sexual assault, and stress management.


  • Northwestern University Sailing Team The team has launched a campaign for $15,000 to expand its fleet with four to six new or lightly used sail boats, with the goal of staying competitive in its conference.


All gifts made through Catalyzer are tax deductible and 100 percent of contributions directly benefit the student projects, regardless of whether they meet their fundraising goals. Gifts also count toward We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern.


Join the #NUCatalyzer conversation on Twitter.


The Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) invites all alumni and students to join the Northwestern Network Mentorship Program, which is designed to cultivate meaningful, professional relationships between Northwestern alumni and current students or fellow alumni.

More than 4,000 alumni and students from 58 countries and more than 85 industries have joined the mentorship program since January 2016. Through the program, alumni have the opportunity to share their talents and expertise, help students or fellow alumni realize their potential, and play an important role in shaping Northwestern’s next generation of leaders. Students receive valuable guidance on their careers, gain insights from industry leaders, and expand their professional networks.

“The mentorship program is making the power of the Northwestern alumni network more visible and easy to navigate for alumni and students,” says NAA Executive Director Laura Wayland.

The program is designed to be flexible and convenient. It is open to students and alumni from all class years, programs, and schools. Alumni can participate as a mentor, mentee, or both at the same time, and students may participate as mentees. Mentors may accept up to three mentees at the same time, while mentees are able to have up to two mentors at once.

Participants can sign up by logging onto the program’s easy-to-use online platform and completing a profile, which takes 10-15 minutes. Student and alumni mentees are then able to search for and request a mentor who best matches their career interests. Alumni mentors may either accept or decline a mentorship request. Mentors remain anonymous until the connection is accepted and then, together with the mentee, set the parameters of the relationship, including their objectives, how they will communicate, and how often to meet (typically over a period of 3-6 months).

The mentorship program is one of several career-oriented programs offered by the NAA. To learn more about career tools and resources, networking events, webinars, and more, visit the NAA website.

Sir Fraser Stoddart, Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, today (Oct. 5) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.



The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced it has awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 to Professor Stoddart as well as Jean-Pierre Sauvage,
University of Strasbourg, France, and Bernard L. Feringa
, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, "for the design and synthesis of molecular machines." The academy credited them with developing “molecules with controllable movements, which can perform a task when energy is added."



“The development of computing demonstrates how the miniaturization of technology can lead to a revolution. The 2016 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry have miniaturized machines and taken chemistry to a new dimension,” the academy said. Read the academy’s announcement.



For his part, Professor Stoddart was awarded the prize because, the academy said, in 1991 he developed “a rotaxane. He threaded a molecular ring onto a thin molecular axle and demonstrated that the ring was able to move along the axle. Among his developments based on rotaxanes are a molecular lift, a molecular muscle and a molecule-based computer chip.”

By introducing an additional type of bond (the mechanical bond) into chemical compounds, Stoddart became one of the few chemists to have opened up a new field of chemistry during the past 25 years. His work on molecular recognition and self-assembly and his subsequent introduction of template-directed routes to mechanically interlocked molecules has changed dramatically the way chemists go about making soft materials.



Stoddart’s introduction of the mechanical bond, which has led to the fabrication of artificial molecular switches and motors, has been responsible for putting chemists at the forefront of the burgeoning field of molecular nanotechnology, with implications ranging all the way from information technology to health care.



“This is a tremendous honor for Professor Stoddart and Northwestern University,” Northwestern President Morton Schapiro said. “Fraser is a pioneer in the fields of chemistry and integrated nanosystems and a member of an outstanding chemistry department. The University is proud of his many accomplishments.”



Stoddart’s achievements include raising the bar for molecular electronics (using molecules on the nanoscale as the tiniest of switches, which have been incorporated into the densest of memory chips in a device that can hold the Declaration of Independence but is only the size of a white blood cell) and giving practical expression to artificial molecular switches (using nanovalves planted on the surfaces of mesoporous glass nanoparticles to create controllable and targeted drug delivery systems for the treatment of cancer and other degenerative diseases).



In 2007, The Sunday Times in the U.K. wrote that Stoddart “is to nanotechnology what J.K. Rowling is to children’s literature.”

A common theme of Stoddart’s research is the quest for a better fundamental understanding of self-assembly and molecular recognition processes in chemical systems. He has been working for more than three decades on using this growing understanding to develop template-directed protocols that rely upon such processes to create artificial molecular machines. Underlying his bottom-up approach to the construction of integrated nanosystems is Stoddart’s philosophy of transferring concepts from biology into chemistry.



“My research on mechanically interlocked molecules, which has taken the field of supramolecular chemistry, i.e., chemistry beyond the molecule, back into the molecular domain, heralds a game-changer for molecular nanotechnology,” Stoddart said.

The exquisite interplay between the classical (covalent and noncovalent) chemical bonds and the contemporary mechanical bond provides chemists with a blueprint and platform to start designing and making artificial molecular motors that operate far away from equilibrium in much the same way as do the motor-proteins that drive living systems to perform work in a multitude of different settings.



A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Stoddart received the Royal Medal in 2010 from His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh at the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland’s national academy of arts and sciences. He was appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a Knight Bachelor in her 2007 New Year’s Honours List for his services to chemistry and molecular nanotechnology. He was elected to the fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012 and membership of the National Academy of Sciences in 2014.



During his career, Stoddart has received many other prestigious national and international awards and honors. They include being elected an honorary fellow of both the RSE and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and receiving the Davy Medal from the Royal Society, the national academy of science of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, of which he is also a Fellow. Other awards include the Nagoya Gold Medal in Organic Chemistry, the American Chemical Society’s Arthur C. Cope Award, the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, the King Faisal International Prize in Science, the Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry, the Albert Einstein World Award of Science and the RSC’s Centenary Prize.



Stoddart serves on the international advisory boards of numerous journals, including Chemistry World, Organic Letters and ChemPlusChem. He has published 1,080 scientific papers and trained more than 500 graduate and postdoctoral students.

Before joining the Northwestern faculty in January 2008, Stoddart was Fred Kavli Chair in Nanosystems Sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles and director of the California NanoSystems Institute. He came to UCLA in 1997 from England’s University of Birmingham, where he had been a professor of organic chemistry since 1990 and had headed the university’s School of Chemistry since 1993.



Born in Edinburgh in 1942, Stoddart received his bachelor of science (1964), Ph.D. (1966) and D.Sc. (1980) degrees from the University of Edinburgh.



In 1967, he moved to Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, where he was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow and then, in 1970, to England’s University of Sheffield, where he was first an Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) research fellow before becoming a faculty lecturer (assistant professor) in chemistry. After spending a three-year “secondment” (1978 to 1981) at the ICI Corporate Laboratory in Runcorn, England, he returned full time to the University of Sheffield, where he was promoted to a readership (associate professorship). He moved to the University of Birmingham in 1990 to take up the Chair of Organic Chemistry in 1990.



This is the second Nobel Prize winner from Northwestern’s department of chemistry. The late John A. Pople received the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.



A video of Stoddart speaking at a nanotechnology town hall meeting about his background, his research and his “15 seconds worth of contact” with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II can be viewed on Northwestern’s YouTube channel at


Read more about the award here.