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IU Northwest to celebrate Homecoming Week Jan. 21-23

Festivities include alumni reception, men’s and women’s basketball games, guest speaker and more

Friday Dec 13, 2013


The Indiana University Northwest Alumni Association and the Offices of Alumni Relations and Student Activities are proud to announce the campus’s Homecoming celebration January 21 to 23, 2014.

Now in its fifth year, Homecoming is a tradition that grows in popularity each year, with more festivities added for alumni to ‘come home’ and reconnect with former professors, classmates and colleagues. The events are also open to current students providing them with an opportunity to become engaged in their campus, and for the greater community to join in the excitement that is IU Northwest.

Events planned for Homecoming Week 2014 include:

Tuesday, Jan. 21
Free Lecture:

“Leadership Lessons: Become the CEO of Your Own Career”

Presented by Caroline Dowd-Higgins

5:30 p.m., Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium

(Reception to follow)

Dowd-Higgins is the Director of Professional Enrichment for the IU Alumni Association and a nationally-known career expert.. She has authored the book and maintains the blog: This Is Not the Career I Ordered® which showcases her savvy professional development advice. Dowd-Higgins has a social media reach of 81 million and writes for the Huffington Post, America Online (AOL), CNN Money, More Magazine, and for The Chronicle, a newspaper in Indiana. She maintains a career and executive coaching practice and speaks nationally on professional development topics.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

“Incognito”

One-man play and discussion by Michael Sidney Fosberg

6 p.m., Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium

Raised in a working-class Caucasian family in a Chicago suburb, Fosberg discovered at the age of 34 that his biological father is African American. “Incognito” is Fosberg’s journey to uncover and discover himself, his roots, his family, and the difficult history behind the American complexity of "race".

Since 2001, Fosberg has performed “Incognito” throughout the country, inviting audiences to question and discuss their thoughts on race and identity. This special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance is sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs.

Thursday, Jan. 23

Alumni Reception

4 p.m., Moraine Student Center

All IU Northwest alumni are invited to network with former classmates, professors and colleagues at this hors d’oeuvres reception. Alumni who attend will receive a free ticket to the Homecoming basketball games, which follows the reception.

RVSP is required by Friday, Jan. 17 to the Office of Alumni Relations at (219) 980-6769.

Women’s and men’s basketball Homecoming games

5 and 7 p.m., respectively

Savannah Center Gymnasium

Come see the men’s and women’s basketball teams take on Moody Bible Institute.

There will be food served at halftime of the women’s game, and halftime challenges between current students and alumni during the men’s game. Tickets are $5 for IU Northwest students and $10 for all others. Tickets may be purchased at the game or in advance from the Offices of Alumni Relations or Student Activities.

The Lady RedHawks boast two Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference Championships and two National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Tournament qualifying titles. The team is led by two-time A.I.I. Coach of the Year Ryan Shelton, recently honored for his 100th career win.

The Men’s Basketball program is led by Head Coach and Gary native Jason Hawkins. Currently in his second year at IU Northwest, Coach Hawkins brings National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) D-I and D-III experiences as well as NAIA head coaching experience.

The Savannah Center is located on the northeast corner of campus at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary.

For more information about the Homecoming events, contact the Office of Student Activities at (219) 980-6746 or the Office of Alumni Relations at (219) 980-6769.

About Indiana University Northwest

As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IU Northwest leads the region as the premier, urban campus dedicated to serving the needs of more than 6,000 students from the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Committed to helping its local Northwest Indiana communities thrive, IU Northwest is best-known for providing a personal, quality and affordable education close to home.  IU Northwest positions its students to be leaders with more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. For more information, please visit www.iun.edu.

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