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Below is a list of the scheduled of challenges and giveaways for #CATSGiveBack on Dec. 2, 2014.

 

For a full recap of the event, visit the #CATSGiveBack Recap and Thank You post.>>

 

Follow along on social media and the web to find out more about the various giveaways and incentives:

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For more information and to make a gift today, visit the #CATSGiveBack website.>>

 

Time (CST)                         Challenges and Giveaways
7 a.m.

Official Launch of #CATSGiveBack

Announcement of $50,000 Challenge

8 a.m.Class of 2013 $5,000 Challenge
9 a.m.

Announcement of $10,000 gift to library

Tell us why you love the library.

Reunion Weekend Tailgate Ticket Giveaway begins, runs until 9 p.m.*

*One pair of tickets awarded per Reunion class


Winner: Kerry Shannon '10

Winner: Britten LaRue '00

Winner: Helen Claire McMahon '55

10 a.m.

The Daily Hour: Videos from Mike Wilbon, Christine Brennan, J.A. Adande, and more!

Special Giveaway -- Two free tickets to view a live taping of ESPN's Emmy-award winning show, Pardon the Interruption (PTI)!


Winner: Sarah Legge '06

11 a.m.

Coach Fitz Happy Birthday Hour: Coach Fitz Signed Football Giveaway

Make a gift in honor of NU Athletics and Fitz.

Post a selfie wishing Fitz a happy birthday.

Tweet at Fitz.


Winner: Elizabeth Jimenez '00

12 p.m.

Music and Arts Hour: New Music and Communications Building Hard-Hat Tour Giveaway


Winner: Jade Lambert Routson '06 JD

1 p.m.

Class of 2013 $5,000 Challenge continues

Young Alumni Ski Trip Giveaway begins, runs until 9 p.m.

 

Winner: Catherine Merlo '13

2 p.m.

Coach Collins call to action video with special surprise!

Basketball Ticket Giveaway: Four Courtside Tickets to the NU/Western Michigan Game at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20.


Winner: Diane Hanlon '64, '99

4 p.m.

Mark Ratner Chemistry Lab Tour Giveaway


Winner: PJ Grealish '06

5 p.m.

Regional Campaign Committee Member Challenge

Special Giveaway -- Gator Bowl Football Signed by Coach Fitz and the Mississippi State Head Coach


Winner: Sarah Thomas Pagels '00, '06 JD

7 p.m.Waa-Mu Ticket Giveaway
8 p.m.Last Hour: Home stretch of #CATSGiveBack on #GivingTuesday
9 p.m.Announcement of the end of #CATSGiveBack

Wildcats are taking over the late night network television lineup. CBS announced that Northwestern University alumnus Stephen Colbert ’86 will succeed David Letterman as host of “The Late Show” when the veteran host steps down in 2015.

 

As Colbert enters the late night fray, he faces competition from other Northwestern alumni working on comedy talk shows on the other major networks. Fellow School of Communication alumnus Seth Meyers ’96 recently left his post as head writer of “Saturday Night Live” to get behind the desk of “Late Night” on NBC. Over at ABC, School of Communication alumna Jill Leiderman ’93 has served as executive producer of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” since 2006. Other Northwestern alumni have also served a variety of roles on many of these shows over the years, including Leiderman as a segment producer for "The Late Show" and Jena Friedman ’05 as a writer for "The Late Show” and now a producer for Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

 

The Northwestern infiltration of the competitive late night television landscape is a testament to the well-rounded education alumni receive from the School of Communication, said William Bleich, a senior lecturer in the school’s radio/television/film department who also wrote for David Letterman early in the comedian’s career.

 

Read the full story in Northwestern News.

An audience of nearly 400 alumni, faculty, administrators, family and friends gathered to celebrate Northwestern University’s 81st annual Alumni Awards April 12. The top award of the program, the Alumni Medal, was given to Dennis H. Chookaszian '65, a University Life Trustee and retired chairman and CEO of CNA Insurance Companies. Watch the tribute video to Chookaszian below.

 

 

The Alumni Medal is the mark of highest distinction granted to a Northwestern alumnus or alumna who has achieved eminence in his or her community and field of endeavor and who has rendered exceptional service to the University, bringing honor to Northwestern. This year’s winner, Chookaszian, credits his time at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science with launching a career that culminated in his becoming chairman and CEO of CNA Insurance Companies. “It gave me the confidence to know that there wasn’t anything that I couldn’t do,” he says. “No business problem seemed complicated to me after studying engineering.”

 

While his career did not follow a traditional engineering path, he says courses on creative thinking and entrepreneurship gave him the tools to succeed in business. He held several executive roles during his 26-year tenure at CNA, including serving as chief financial officer, chairman and CEO, and chairman of its executive committee, and was named the Financial Times’ Outstanding Director in 2010. Chookaszian also served for five years as chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council. Since retiring, he has served on the boards of 11 public companies and 50 private companies.

Chookaszian has given back to the University in many significant ways. He serves as a Life Trustee and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at the Kellogg School of Management, the McCormick Advisory Council and the Northwestern Memorial Foundation’s Board of Directors. He and his wife, Karen, have given to several areas of the University, including McCormick and the Kellogg School of Management.

 

Read more about the 2014 Northwestern Alumni Association Awards at alumni.northwestern.edu/alumniawards.

An audience of nearly 400 alumni, faculty, administrators, family and friends gathered to celebrate Northwestern University’s 81st annual Alumni Awards April 12. The top award of the program, the Alumni Medal, was given to Dennis H. Chookaszian, a University Life Trustee and retired chairman and CEO of CNA Insurance Companies.

 

Photos from the event are now available.

 

Visit the event website for more details.