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Northwestern Alumni Association

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The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine publication The Institutes at Northwestern Medicine was selected Jan. 10 as recipient of the Award for Excellence in Publications by the Association of American Medical Colleges.


The award, which will be presented in March at AAMC’s Group on Institutional Advancement National Professional Development Conference, recognizes exemplary work and contributions made in advancing medicine, research, and education in academic medical centers.


Visit the AAMC website for full details on the GIA Awards for Excellence.>>

Attending Northwestern was a childhood dream for Raheela Anwar (WCAS87), and today, her family proudly bleeds purple. In her ’Cat Tales podcast, she discusses her favorite memories and the lifelong bonds that revolve around her college experience.


In his ’Cat Tales podcast, Alan Wasserstrom (McC62) explains how coming from small-town Ohio to Northwestern changed his life: “When you hang in a pool of fish with bigger fish than yourself, you tend to grow, and Northwestern did that for me.”


As a student, Gabe Coleman (C92) wrote a piece for “The Daily Northwestern” on having a gay parent. More than 20 years later, and living in a state that just legalized gay marriage, he talks about the importance of being able to write such a cathartic piece in an environment like Northwestern.


Jeff Weinstock (C92), Andrew Barrett-Weiss (C92), and Peter Reynolds (SESP92). Three friends fondly reminisce about Jeff Weinstock’s previous secret identity: Willie the Wildcat.


From dry-house inspections to fire hose fights, Fred Brown (WCAS62) looks back on his four years on Northwestern’s Interfraternity Council.


Staci Vincent (J87) spent 14 years in the nation’s capital as a political journalist. “The day I left [Washington], I felt like a big fish in a big pond,” she said. “I was running a news bureau, I knew the players…I attribute that 100 percent to Medill and to Northwestern.” Hear about her path to success in her ’Cat Tales video


All alumni are members of the NAA, but signing up for membership in an alumni club brings you additional benefits: special events, networking, social outings, and more. Find an NAA Club in Our Northwestern.

It’s the University’s online social community for alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends. Joining is easy, free, and offers access to content and people that are uniquely Northwestern.


Once you sign in, you can:


  • Find friends and classmates with Our Northwestern’s dynamic search feature.

  • Create your profile — customize a social network that reflects your interests, and choose how you want to connect and share.

  • Join social groups and communities — connect with other users around schools, athletics, clubs, or other affinities.

  • Find career opportunities by networking, posting or searching job listings, or taking advantage of advice and resources.

  • Interact and share — join a discussion about the latest campus news; share photos from reunions, get-togethers, and trips; start your own blog, and much more.

  • Get involved by joining your reunion committee or local club, or by becoming a mentor.

Megan MacPherson (J92) recalls her time in ROTC, first hearing about the internet, and using manual typewriters as a right of passage at Medill in her 'Cat Tales podcast. Listen at



Northwestern Alumni Awards recognize achievement, service to the University

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EVANSTON, Ill. --- Together, Patrick G. Ryan, a Northwestern University Life Trustee, and Shirley Welsh Ryan were given the Alumni Medal, the top award bestowed by the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA), during its annual awards ceremony that brought together more than 300 alumni, faculty, administrators, family and friends.

Twenty-one others received Alumni Merit, Service, Emerging Leader and Achievement awards at the 80th annual Alumni Awards ceremony held March 2 at the Standard Club in Chicago.


Full article at: Honoring Distinguished Alumni: Northwestern University News

Laura-Wayland_0009.jpgAfter a comprehensive national search, Northwestern University has selected Laura Wayland to serve as the executive director for the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA). Laura will manage the day-to-day operations of the NAA and set the strategic direction for alumni programs reflecting the world-class stature of Northwestern. Her first day will be March 1.

Laura brings to the executive director position a breadth of experience, a penchant for relationship building, and a passion for higher education and strengthening community through alumni engagement. Since 2008, she has served as the senior director for Alumni Relations and Reunion Campaigns at Georgetown University. Prior to Georgetown, Laura was the director of Alumni Relations at Ohio Wesleyan University from 2002 to 2008 and associate director for Alumni Relations at the University of Dayton from 1995 to 2002.

Laura earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Illinois State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dayton, and she received academic certificates in Leadership from both Harvard and Georgetown.

Annual Report 2013

Posted by mkla.0000633311 Mar 6, 2013

In recent years, the Northwestern Alumni Association has made great progress in its mission to enable alumni-to-alumni connections and foster a meaningful, lasting relationship between alumni and the University. The Annual Report to Alumni provides a summary of recent initiatives, statistics, highlights, profiles, and much more relating to Northwestern’s global alumni community.

NAA Store & Benefits

Posted by mkla.0000633311 Mar 6, 2013

We are proud of our partnerships. The following companies offer special access to high-quality products and services for all Wildcats. When you shop with us, your purchases help to support our programs.

The Alumni Center

Posted by mkla.0000633311 Mar 6, 2013

The Alumni Center serves as the home for the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) and constituent organizations and alumni visiting Northwestern.