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Dr. Kathy Glatter and family: (from left) Her husband, Danny Maurantonio, sons Max and Jack, and Kathy Glatter

For Dr. Kathy Glatter ’88, the decision to attend Northwestern University was all about family.


Glatter’s mom, Mickey Murphy Glatter ’54 (pictured below), was the first person in her family to go to college and was able to choose Northwestern thanks to a generous tuition scholarship. Mickey remained a lifelong supporter of the University, serving as assistant head of the NU Club of Kansas City and conducting interviews of prospective students for many years. Glatter’s older sister, Susan Glatter Kamman ’85, also attended Northwestern.


When Glatter was 10 years old, her parents brought her to Evanston from their home in Rockford, Illinois to see a Northwestern football game. While her father and sister supported the opposing team—the University of Illinois—she and her mother cheered for the Wildcats. “After the excitement of that experience,” says Glatter, “I decided to go to Northwestern.”


Glatter thrived at the school. While a student, she joined the Delta Zeta sorority and did volunteer work in Chicago; Glatter credits these activities with helping her build confidence, develop leadership skills, and become a kinder person. During her junior year, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa—a prestigious national honor society—and named one of Time magazine’s 100 most outstanding college juniors in the country. Glatter graduated with a bachelor of arts in neurobiology.


But Glatter’s time at Northwestern was not without difficulty. During her freshman year, Mickey was diagnosed with lung cancer—she died three months later. Glatter says her sorority sisters, classmates, and professors helped her get through this challenging period in her life, which ultimately set her on a path to become a physician.


Now a board-certified electrophysiologist—an interventional cardiologist who specializes in electrical heart problems—in northern California, Glatter praises Northwestern for “opening so many doors that would have been otherwise closed to me in the medical community.” For example, she credits her alma mater with helping her win a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service, enabling her to study health-care policy at Bonn University after graduation.


Glatter went on to complete her medical training at Harvard, Stanford, and the University of California, San Francisco. She served on the medical faculty at the University of California, Davis, earning tenure, and publishing more than 100 medical articles and abstracts during her time there. Now in private practice, Glatter is one of a small number of female electrophysiologists in the country.


Like her mother, Glatter has become a dedicated Northwestern supporter. “I give to the Annual Fund and to the library, because, frankly, I spent so much time studying there,” she says. Over the past fifteen years, Glatter also has conducted dozens of undergraduate admissions interviews.


The proud alumna hopes to hand down her love of Northwestern to her two “little Wildcats,” Jack (14) and Max (11). This summer, she brought them to Evanston for a campus tour and to show them where she spent time as a student. Glatter relished this opportunity to share her Northwestern experiences with her children, as her own mother did nearly 40 years ago.

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Global Medical Missions Alliance

During a 24-hour blitz on November 29, 2016, Catalyzer joins forces with #CATSGiveBack, Northwestern’s fundraising campaign on #GivingTuesday. For one day only, 20 student organizations will go live on Catalyzer.


Take a look at the 20 student organizations raising money through Catalyzer during #CATSGiveBack and help them meet their funding goals.


  • Asian Pacific American Coalition is raising funds to bring prominent Asian or Asian American speakers to campus for its spring speaker event, which aims to raise awareness of Asian American issues, encourage discussion of identity, and help attendees advocate for social justice.


  • Chamber Opera Initiative is seeking support for its winter opera production. Funds raised will cover props, scenery, costumes, performance space, performance rights, orchestral parts, and other production expenses.


  • The Dolphin Show is fundraising to produce its 75th annual show, which celebrates the diverse talents of the Northwestern undergraduate community by providing opportunities to learn and excel in all artistic and administrative fields.


  • Global Medical Missions Alliance aims to bring together pre-health students and active health professionals in an instructional setting, with a focus on taking basic vitals and interacting with patients. Funds raised will cover materials and other event costs.


  • Junior Achievement NU Chapter is raising funds to support its mentorship development program, which trains Northwestern undergrads to be effective and attentive leaders and mentors to younger students.


  • Lipstick Theatre is raising money to cover the cost of offering select performances of its 2016–17 winter and spring productions free of charge to all students, in an effort to make them accessible to the entire Northwestern community.


  • Making Mayhem is raising funds to support its Mayhem event, a showcase highlighting the artistic talents of its student performers. Money raised will cover the cost of moving the performance to a larger venue while keeping the ticket price free.


  • MEChA de Northwestern is fundraising to support its Semana de la Mujer event, which will convene the Northwestern community to discuss the role of women of color throughout history. This free event will take place during Women’s History Month in March 2017.


  • Minority Business Association is raising money to support its winter conference, which will address the challenges of starting out in the workplace after college, with a focus on mental health, networking, career change, and work culture. The conference is free and open to all Northwestern students.


  • Multicultural Filmmakers’ Collective would like to bring prominent professionals in the filmmaking industry to campus for its spring speaker series. The speakers will discuss how their identity has affected their work and offer advice for students entering the arts community.


  • National Association of Black Journalists, Northwestern University is seeking support to produce a spring edition of BlackBoard, the only black magazine on campus. BlackBoard was started in 1971 and revived last year, and its staff needs support to ensure that the magazine’s legacy continues.


  • Northwestern Flipside plans to invite the editor in chief of The Onion—a leading satirical newspaper—to campus for “An Evening with The Onion.” Funds raised will cover production costs and ensure that the event is available free of charge.



  • Peace Project is seeking funds to support a joint publication effort with Al Bayan magazine, a Northwestern publication that covers the American Muslim experience. Funds raised will help expand Al Bayan’s audience through additional print and online publishing efforts.


  • Quest Scholars Network plans to host an event that will increase awareness of the opportunities available to low-income Northwestern students, and will include input from the offices of Undergraduate Financial Aid and Undergraduate Research, Student Enrichment Services, and Career Advancement. Funds raised will cover event costs.


  • Spring Slam Streetball Classic is raising money to support its Spring Slam event, which pits teams from across Northwestern against each other in a bracket-style outdoor basketball tournament to raise money for cancer research.


  • Supplies for Dreams is raising funds to support a three-part speaker series, which will bring in individuals and organizations to discuss how the Northwestern community can work together to improve Chicago Public Schools.


  • Treblemakers is seeking support to host Quad-A Fest, an annual conference for the Asian American A Cappella Alliance, with groups from schools across the nation. As hosts of the event, the Treblemakers will offer a free concert to the entire Northwestern community on February 25, 2017.


  • UNITY Charity Fashion Show is an annual event that unites student groups from across campus to celebrate fashion while raising money for a different charity each year. Its organizers are seeking support for the fashion show and to educate the Northwestern community about the social and political issues aligned with their 2017 charity beneficiary.


  • The Waa-Mu Show is seeking funds to support its 86th annual production, Beyond Belief: A Superhero Story. The Waa-Mu Show strives to place itself at the forefront of new musical theater writing, continuing to push the limits of the “greatest college show in America.”


Check out the full listing of Catalyzer projects raising money on November 29 and show your support during #CATSGiveBack.


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.

This Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016, come together with thousands of other Northwestern alumni, parents, and friends to show real support for the causes that are most meaningful to you. No matter the amount, no matter the area to which you give, you can make an impact on the University that made an impact on you. This year, with your help, we’ll make a difference across our campuses, demonstrate our Purple Pride, and show the world how #CATSGiveBack.


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Dan Diem '87 MBA

In 1981 and fresh out of college, Dan Diem ’87 MBA left his home state of Michigan and accepted a job with Follett Corporation, which managed the bookstore in Northwestern’s Norris University Center. Dan’s time on campus showed him all that Northwestern had to offer, and when he began thinking about business school, the Kellogg School of Management quickly became his top choice.



Today Dan specializes in project management, serving as a consultant who helps companies in multiple industries complete projects more efficiently. Dan found mentors over the years—including many Northwestern alumni, business associates, and peers—and he credits them with helping him chart his career path and inspiring his commitment to give back, especially to the University. “I so appreciated their support,” he says, “and can’t imagine not continuing to ‘pay it forward.’”

For years, Dan has been an active part of Northwestern’s volunteer and donor community. A current regional director on the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) Board, he serves on the NAA Ad Hoc Mentorship Committee, helping to strengthen and support Northwestern’s alumni and student community. The committee has been instrumental in this year’s launch of the Northwestern Network Mentorship Program, designed to cultivate meaningful, professional mentor and mentee relationships between accomplished alumni and current students or fellow alumni. The program now engages a community of more than 4,700 people. Dan is also a regular participant in the Northwestern Mock Interview program, which helps prepare Northwestern students for the job market.

Dan also supports the University through gifts to the NUGALA Scholarship, theater, and athletics—areas where he can have a direct impact on Northwestern students and their experiences. On November 29, Dan will participate in #CATSGiveBack, Northwestern’s campaign to engage in #GivingTuesday, a global day of philanthropy. By spreading the word about Northwestern’s positive impact and his own reasons for giving, he hopes to expand that impact on students, future leaders, the arts, and more.


It was good to see you, Wildcats! Homecoming and Reunion Weekend was truly unforgettable this year. Below are just a few posts to capture how memorable a time it was.


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Danny Callison '16

Danny Callison ’16 knows firsthand how important financial aid is to many Northwestern students, which is why he is passionate about giving back to the University.



Originally from Seattle, Danny admits that Northwestern wasn’t on his radar, but his mother encouraged him to learn more about the University. With the support of financial aid, Danny headed to Evanston in fall 2012 and was immediately impressed by the scope of Northwestern’s academic programs and its diverse student population. “Having world-class journalism, music, theatre, and engineering programs all in the same university offered me the opportunity to be surrounded by talented and interesting people from all backgrounds,” Callison says.



Callison also immersed himself in student life. As an avid music fan, Callison cites Dillo Day and the A&O concerts—where he enjoyed musicians such as Danny Brown and Chance the Rapper—as two of his favorite memories from Northwestern. Callison also participated in Northwestern’s study abroad program, traveling to Argentina during his junior year.



Callison didn’t wait until graduation to start giving back to Northwestern. He served as co-chair for his Senior Class Gift, a program about which he continues to feel passionate. The Class Gift program lets students “show the University administration what programs they care about and devote their financial resources toward them,” says Callison.



After graduating this past spring, Callison stayed in Chicago to work as a business process analyst at Aon, where he specializes in project management, training, and change management. He is inspired to continue giving back to Northwestern and plans to give to the programs that had the greatest impact on him as a student, including financial aid, Counseling and Psychological Services, Alternative Student Break, and WNUR, Northwestern’s student-run radio station.



On November 29, Northwestern will participate in #CATSGiveBack, the University’s one-day fundraising drive on Giving Tuesday, a global day of philanthropy. Callison says he’ll be supporting Northwestern on this day and hopes that other alumni will too. “Northwestern’s greatest strength is its people,” he says. “Financial aid is what allows so many interesting and talented people to come together to create this vibrant community.”


Landon Hegedus '17


Since 2007, Northwestern’s Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP) has provided grants to 942 students participating in unpaid summer experiences. Over the last two years, donors have contributed nearly $520,000 to the program. Landon Hegedus ’17, who received SIGP support in both 2015 and 2016, shared his thoughts about how the grants supported his learning and career exploration and made a difference in his life.


Landon is a jazz studies major and arts administration minor from Austin, Texas. To explore his interests in performance and public relations, Landon studied saxophone with top musicians in New York and interned at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He says both opportunities helped him gain “the kind of experience I believe I need to be a functioning freelance musician in the 21st century.”




His internships: “In 2015, I went to New York City and took private music lessons with teachers who are professionals at the top of their fields. My idea was, if jazz is a language, what better way to immerse myself than to be where it is predominant? In my effort to be a well-rounded musician, I declared a minor in arts administration and decided to pursue that further by working as a public relations intern at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where I handled press materials, wrote press releases, and compiled media lists and clippings.”




The impact: “As a high schooler, I had friends in music who went to art camps, but I never had the opportunity to do that because of my family’s financial status. Since coming to Northwestern and receiving SIGP support, I’ve been able to pursue all the different aspects of being a professional musician.”



To learn more about internships and other learning opportunities for students, visit or contact Jamie Strait, senior director of development for parent giving and student affairs, at 847-467-6912.