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Bethany Crystal ’09 (right) with husband Jason Crystal ’06 (left)

When the Wildcats take on the Pittsburgh Panthers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on December 28 in New York City, Bethany Crystal ’09 will be there to cheer them on.


Crystal, a flutist, has been an avid Northwestern football fan since the first time she stepped onto Ryan Field with the marching band as a freshman in September 2005. After her initial experience cheering on the Wildcats—as they defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies by a single point—she went on to have many other memorable football moments. One of her favorite memories was Northwestern’s narrow victory over Iowa in 2005. “After the game,” recalls Crystal, “quarterback Brett Basanez raced across the field in his bare feet, climbed into the drum major’s stand, and led the band in playing Go! U Northwestern one final time.”


A native of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, Crystal’s decision to attend Northwestern was based in part on the excellent reputation of its marching band—as well as its academic programs, proximity to Chicago, and fact that her mother is an alumna. Now a resident of New York City, Crystal works as a general manager at Union Square Ventures, where she acts as a “community builder” for the more than 60 companies in her investment portfolio—helping them learn from one another, share best practices, and ultimately build better businesses. A Medill graduate, Crystal never envisioned herself working in venture capital but says that her current position is the “perfect blend of what I loved the most about journalism—talking to people, writing, and traveling.”


Crystal is active in the Northwestern community, serving as president of the Medill Club of New York and a member of NUMBALUMS, the Northwestern University Marching and Band alumni group. She is proud to celebrate Purple Fridays—wearing purple during football season—and greets fellow alumni she meets around New York with “Go ’Cats!” Earlier this year, she married Jason Crystal ’06 and the couple had their wedding band play Go! U Northwestern at the reception. Says Crystal, “We never miss an opportunity to cheer on the Wildcats.”


Crystal is thrilled that the Wildcats are coming to New York for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, “just a subway ride away” from where she lives. The evening before the game, Crystal will host a NUMBALUMS bar night at Hurley’s Saloon in the theater district. On game day, she and her husband will head to Yankee Stadium, where they will participate in the N Zone tailgate before heading inside for the game. Crystal is confident that she will have more celebrating to do after the Bowl—following another Wildcat victory.

Registration is now open for Northwestern | Connects, an annual event that allows you to meet fellow Wildcats, expand your personal and professional network, and show your purple pride. The event will take place on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 (unless otherwise noted).

Open to all Northwestern alumni and their guests, Northwestern | Connects is held on the same night in dozens of cities across the globe. Last year, more than 1,300 alumni and friends gathered in 52 locations worldwide. Events will range from small intimate dinners to bowling, trivia, and larger happy hours.

The events are free, but registration is required. View 2017 locations and register today for Northwestern | Connects.

If you are interested in hosting or organizing a Northwestern | Connects event in your area, or you have questions about specific event locations, please email Sarah Wagoner, NAA’s senior associate director, global engagement.

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Wildcats around the world are getting ready to cheer for Northwestern as the team takes on the Pittsburgh Panthers in New York at the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on December 28 at 2 p.m. EST. Even if you’re not traveling to the game, you can still follow the action at a watch party hosted by an NAA club in your city. Go ’Cats!



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NU Club of the Twin Cities

Watch Party: Cooper Pub

1607 Park Pl. Boulevard

Louis Park, Minnesota

When: December 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. EST

Contact: Matthew Larson, 952-698-2000

Open invitation


NU Club of Dallas – Fort Worth

Watch Party: Mucky Duck

5064 Addison Circle

Addison, Texas

When: December 28, 2016 at 1 p.m. CST

Contact: Chirag Gupta, 972-233-9362

Open invitation


NU Club of Charlotte

Watch Party: Jackalobe Jacks

1936 East 7th Street

Charlotte, North Carolina

When: December 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. EST

Contact: Bill Farley, 414-350-8973

Register >>


NU Club of DC (Washington DC Area)

Watch Party: Blackfinn Ameripub DC

1620 Eye Street NW

Washington, District of Columbia

When: December 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. EST

Contact: Sharon Sullivan, 585-899-0312

Open invitation


Watch Party: Brickside

4866 Cordell Avenue

Bethesda, Maryland

When: December 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. EST

Contact: Bill Horin, 301-312-6160

Open invitation


Watch Party: Blackfinn Ameripub Merrifield

2750 Gallows Road

Vienna, Virginia

When: December 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. EST

Contact: Lee Stevens, 571-212-5203

Open invitation


NU Club of NYC/Medill Club of NYC

Watch Party: Blondies

212 West 79th Street

New York, New York

When: December 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. EST

Contact: Bethany Crystal

Open invitation


NU Club of the United Kingdom

Watch Party: Home of John Edwards

Location details will be sent following your RVSP

When: December 28, 2016 at 7 p.m. GMT

Contact: John Edwards

RSVP with number of guests via email


NU Club of Naples

Watch Party: Bokamper's

8990 Fontana Del Sol Way

Naples, Florida

When: December 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. EST

Contact: Jennifer Trammell, 440-655-1188

Register >>


NU Club of Cincinnati

Watch Party: The Pub in Rookwood (Rookwood Commons Shopping Center)

2692 Madison Road

Cincinnati, Ohio

When: December 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. EST

Register >>


NU Club of Phoenix

Watch Party: Half Moon Sports Grill

2121 E. Highland Avenue

Phoeniz, Arizona

When: December 28, 2016 at 12 p.m. MST

Contact: Sharon Brooks

Register >>


NU Club of Virginia

Watch Party: Wild Wings in Charlottesville

820 West Main Street

Charlottesville, Virginia

When: December 28, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. EST

Contact: Lori Schwanhausser, 847-809-5525

Open invitation


Watch Party: Humboldt Steel

150 Boush Street

Norfolk, Virginia

When: December 28, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. EST

Contact: Diana Schofield, 254-498-7794

Open invitation


NU Club of San Francisco

Watch Party: NU San Francisco Satellite Campus

44 Montgomery Street, Suite 1800

San Francisco, California

When: December 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. PST

Contacts: Daphne Wyse or Jack Stephen, 415-361-8136

Register >>


NU Club of San Antonio

Watch Party: The Lion & Rose British Restaurant & Pub at The Rim

17627 La Cantera Boulevard

San Antonio, Texas

When: December 28, 2016 at 12 noon CST

Contact: Sandy Gulledge, 210-410-8123

Open invitation


NU Club of Los Angeles/NUEA West

Watch Party: Rush Street

9546 Washington Boulevard

Culver City, California

When: December 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. PST

Contact: Dan Hess, 954-292-1092

Open invitation


NU Club of Seattle

Watch Party: Belltown Pub

2322 First Avenue

Seattle, Washington

When: December 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. PST

Open invitation


NU Spirit Club of Madison

Watch Party: Sky Club at Ovation 309

309 West Johnson Street

Madison, Wisconsin

When: December 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. EST

Contact: Dan Jagla, 414-745-7724

Open invitation


NU Club of Tampa Bay

Watch Party: Eats American Grill

4502 South Dale Mabry Highway

Tampa Bay, Florida

When: December 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. EST

Contact: Phillip Zee

Register >>


NU Club of Central Florida

Watch Party: The Harry Buffalo

129 West Church Street

Orlando, Florida

When: December 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. EST

Contact: Wes Meltzer, 224-420-0432

Register >>


NU Spirit Club of Sacramento

Watch Party: Clubhouse 56

723 56th Street (56th & H Streets)

Sacramento, California

When: December 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. PST

Contact: Lisa Hightower, 916-849-4834

Register >>


Eastern Iowa

Watch Party: Buffalo Wild Wings

2020 Edgewood Road, SW

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

When: December 28, 2016 at 1 p.m. CST

Contact: Liz Driskell, 319-431-1042

Open invitation


NU Club of Greater Sarasota

Watch Party: Gecko's

Corner of Fruitville and Cattlemen Roads

Sarasota, Florida

When: December 28, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. EST

Contact: NU Club of Greater Sarasota

Open invitation


NU Club of Atlanta

Jocks and Jills (Galleria Specialty Mall)

1 Galleria Parkway

Atlanta, Georgia

When: December 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. EST

Contact: Toni Perling

Open invitation


NU Club of Orange County

Watch Party: BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, The Market Place

13130 Jamboree Road

Irvine, California

When: December 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. PST

Register >>


NU Spirit Club of Central Illinois

Watch Party: Buffalo Wild Wings

603 S. Main Street

Normal, Illinois

When: December 28, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. CST

Contact: Bryce Bowlin, 630-967-4894

Open invitation

NU Club of Chicago

Watch Party: Kincade’s

950 W. Armitage

Chicago, Illinois

When: December 28, 2016 at 1 p.m. CST

Open invitation

NU Club of Columbus

Watch Party: Roosters, OSU Area

3370 Olentangy River Road

Columbus, Ohio

When: December 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. EST

Contact: Piper Ryan, 949-922-9231

Open Invitation

NU Club of NC Triangle

Watch Party: Carolina Ale House, Brier Creek

7981 Skyland Ridge Parkway

Raleigh, North Carolina

When: December 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. EST

Contact: Leia Droll

Register >>

NU Club of Colorado

Watch Party: Blake Street Tavern

2301 Blake Street

Denver, Colorado

When: December 28, 2016 at 12 p.m. MST

Contact: Stacey Singer, 303-667-9200

Open invitation

NU Club of Houston

Watch Party: Doc's Motorworks Bar & Grill

1303 Westheimer Rd.

Houston, Texas

When: December 28, 2016 at 1 p.m. CST

Open invitation

Join the NAA for its New Year, New You webinar series this January. This series—which features five hour-long webinars hosted by career experts—is designed to help you set professional goals for the upcoming year and to make those goals a reality. 


Check out the lineup of free career webinars offered this January and register for one (or more) today.


Master Your Mindset: Strategies to Let Your Success Soar

Thursday, January 5, 2017, 12–1 p.m. CST

Speaker: Shweta Shyamani

Research shows that more than 70 percent of people who set goals for creating positive change in their lives fail to achieve them. This is not surprising given that your brain and body are hard-wired to avoid the very changes you seek. In this webinar, life mastery coach Shweta Shyamani explains why most people fail to create the life changes they desire and outlines steps you can take to let your success soar. Register >>




From Stuck to Done: Create a Fool-Proof Plan to Get Where You Want to Be

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 12–1 p.m. CST

Speaker: Apryl Schlueter

The new year is finally here! Are you ready to be among the eight percent of people who make their resolutions a reality this year? In this webinar, Apryl Schlueter, founder of the Cheerful Mind, shares her framework for making your goals a sustainable reality and avoiding getting stuck or giving up along the way. Register >>



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Thursday, January 19, 2017, 12–1 p.m. CST

Speakers: Carol Ross & Carol Fishman Cohen

Carol Fishman Cohen, CEO of iRelaunch, shares strategies to help you relaunch your career after an extended break from the workplace. She will discuss how she found her way back to meaningful work—and eventually to the national stage—after taking time off to raise a family, and how the right support and attitude can make big things possible for you as you reenter the workforce. Register >>


HeadshotDrDae.jpgDaily Habits: Simple Techniques for a Sweet Life

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 12–1 p.m. CST

Speaker: Dr. Daemon Jones

Are you searching for simple ways to improve your energy and vitality so you can achieve your goals this year? Simple habits like what you eat, how much you sleep, how you move, and how you incorporate play into your life can reinvigorate you. In this webinar, Dr. Daemon Jones, a naturopathic physician, outlines an energy-boosting plan you can start implementing right away—so you can start living your sweet life. Register >>


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 12–1 p.m. CST

Speaker: Darcy Eikenberg

You’ve defined your goals and committed to new disciplines to reach them—but you’re smart enough to know that life can get in the way. How can you really make change stick this time? In this fun and fast-paced webinar, executive coach and leadership speaker Darcy Eikenberg shares the surprising reality of how change happens, a process for identifying and eliminating roadblocks to change, and key strategies you can adopt to help you reach your goals. Register >>


The Northwestern Alumni Association believes in life-long career development to help you maintain your professional edge. For more information, or to register, visit our webinars page.

Northwestern University and the Northwestern Alumni Association invite you to reflect on our community’s many exciting accomplishments in 2016. Watch this video for a small sample of the ways we reimagined campus spaces, charted new paths, connected our community, and celebrated excellence this year.


Watch the video here.


Josh Cohen ’02, ’07 MD and Seth Cohen ’02, ’07 MD

For Josh and Seth Cohen, noticing gaps in the health care system was part of life from an early age. Growing up in Southern California, Josh recalls watching their grandfather face health problems on a regular basis: “I felt there had to be a better way to do this—to deliver health care, to care for people.”


Once the identical twin brothers began to explore college options, Northwestern’s Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) rose to the top of their list. It remains one of the oldest and most respected integrated medical programs in the country, admitting incoming freshmen to one of Northwestern’s undergraduate colleges and Feinberg School of Medicine simultaneously and allowing them to pursue a broader course of undergraduate study before matriculating into medical school. Seth recalls that when they toured the Evanston campus and interviewed with faculty and staff, “it just felt right.” Upon admission, the pair packed up and left Southern California for seven years in the Midwest.


Attending Northwestern together fortified the brothers’ already strong relationship. They lived together freshman year, introducing one another to more friends than either of them would have met alone. “It was like having a partner in crime,” Seth says.

HPME gave Josh and Seth the flexibility to spend part of their undergraduate years exploring their interests in the social sciences—including their shared major, political science. “I loved interacting with people who focused on things other than basic science,” Josh recalls. “I was lucky enough to make friends from all walks of life and with all different interests.”


Now both successful physicians who returned to their West Coast roots, the brothers have maintained these meaningful friendships while meeting other Northwestern graduates along the way. Josh is a gynecologic oncologist and assistant professor at UCLA Medical Center and Seth is a urologist and assistant clinical professor at City of Hope. “On any given day,” Josh says, “I interact with a Northwestern alumnus. The strength of the network and program continues to impress me.” Seth agrees, saying, “When you say you went to Northwestern, it’s a calling card. People can be confident that you’re knowledgeable, dependable, and good at what you do.”


The twins keep up with Northwestern in a number of ways, including meeting up to watch football games. Seth believes their shared alma mater “has made the alumni experience better for both of us,” adding with a laugh, “We can be our own mini alumni association.”


Because they engaged in similar activities at Northwestern, Josh and Seth now support similar areas of the University. Josh especially likes supporting Feinberg’s White Coat Ceremony, which celebrates the induction of new students into the medical community by robing each of them in a white physician’s coat. Both brothers also support Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences in appreciation of the liberal arts education they received there, and Fiedler Hillel, which Seth praises as “a second home.”


Both Josh and Seth are members of NU Loyal, the giving society for donors who support Northwestern in three or more consecutive years. They say that their annual gifts are a way to support future generations. “I feel I was given a gift with the opportunity to attend Northwestern,” says Seth. “I want for the opportunities Josh and I had to expand, not contract.” Josh notes that he and his wife, Medill alumna Jaclyn Cohen ’06, give for similar reasons: “Every year we try to pay it forward,” he explains. “Northwestern gave me long-lasting relationships that define who I am as a person—as a human. And on top of that, it gave me my livelihood.”


View the NAA Annual Report

What an exciting year it’s been for your Northwestern Alumni Association! We reached nearly 90,000 alumni and students, helping them build connections, advance their careers, and celebrate Purple Pride around the world. Through our new Northwestern Network Mentorship Program, we connected thousands of alumni and students to cultivate meaningful mentoring relationships. Further, we brought together our global alumni community during Northwestern | Connects, a single night of worldwide celebrations each January. Find out more in the NAA’s 2015-16 Annual Report.



It's official: The Wildcats will take on Pitt in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28 in New York, NY!


The Northwestern Alumni Association has partnered with Sports & Entertainment Travel, the University’s official bowl travel partner, to offer travel and game-day packages that will make it easy for you to cheer on the ’Cats in person. Packages include travel accommodations, game tickets, and additional opportunities to celebrate with your fellow Wildcats fans.


To learn more about the NAA’s bowl packages and purchase your package today, visit