Monday, October 24, 2016

NIU Homecoming 2016-- Part 1: Meetin' and Greetin'

OCTOBER 22, SATURDAY

We took the usual way to DeKalb: Il-120, Il-47, Il-176 and Il-23.  There was a huge Fall Farm on 176 and we also saw two huge pumpkin fields along 176.  It's that time of the year, you know.

Stopped to have our slider crave at White Castle in DeKalb and then parked by the Barsema Center.  We had game tickets and parking at the Barsema Center (Alumni) because of our involvement in the NIU Foundation.

Checked out the gift shop in the Center then came across Terri, out NIU contact for the Foundation at the Alumni Tent area.    She took us over to meet the new Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Laurie Elish-Piper, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Christopher McCord and the President and CEO of the NIU Foundation, Catherine Squires.  All of them have been connected with Northern for a long time.

They had a band playing inside the tent and all alumni could pick buttons telling which decade they graduated in which helped with introductions.

The NIU Huskie Marching Band then came by for several songs, including out NIU Fight Song.  We talked with the President of NIU, Douglas Baker.

--RoadDog

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