Event Recap: Athletes Connect – A NUBAA Student Based Initiatives Program


The inaugural “Athletes Connect” NUBAA Student Based Initiatives was held at the Black House this past Wednesday (Oct. 12). Co-sponsored with the Department of Athletics, and hosted by NUBAA President Dr. Jeffrey Sterling, Attorney Derrick Thompson (Big Ten Conference Advisory Commission – NU Representative), and FMO Coordinator Cheron Mims, the event was joyous, boisterous and productive.

The Athletes Connect event featured a roster of prominent current and past male and female NU student athletes from football, basketball and soccer. Great comments were delivered from Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Jabbar Bennett, NUBAA Treasurer/Past Big Ten CAC Representative Daryl Newell, NUBAA Athletic SBI Coordinator Alex Moyer, and past NU soccer legend Oliver Kupe, among many others in the crowd.

Thank you to our host committee:

  • Christopher Rooney – Football (WCAS 92 / Kellogg 02)
  • Oliver Kupe – Soccer (WCAS 12)
  • Lauren Lowery (McC 89)
  • Rishal Dinkins – Women’s Basketball (WCAS 87/Kellogg 93 )
  • Daryl Newell – Football (WCAS 86)

The NUBAA SBIs are an effort to match current students with alumni in their fields of interest, providing mentorship, internships, externships and career opportunities. NUBAA current offers the following SBIs:

  • Arts
  • Athletics
  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Engineering
  • Journalism
  • Health/Medicine
  • Legal Careers

Hundreds of NUBAA members have signed up to participate in the 2016 SBIs! Our next event is the general SBI launch, to be held in concert with the Black House Homecoming Reception/Parade Viewing Event, Friday, October 21st (5 pm – 7 pm). See you there!


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