This week BTN hosted an event for representatives from the Chicago Big Ten alumni chapters at Farmhouse, one of my favorite restaurants in the city. I thought it would be a perfect spot for a Big Ten get together, not only because of the delicious food, but because everything served is from the states of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. You could say Farmhouse cooks up some major Big Ten flavor!
The event was held last night to discuss ways BTN and the alumni chapters can work together on this year’s BTN Big 10K. A few of BTN’s executives spoke, including Erin Harvego, vice president of marketing, and Elizabeth Conlisk, vice president of communications and university relations. BTN President Mark Silverman also addressed the group and talked about the importance of working together and how integral their support is to the success of the BTN Big 10K.
This year’s BTN Big 10K is set for Saturday, July 26 and all 14 Chicago alumni chapters, including Maryland and Rutgers, have already begun promoting the event to their members. Each alumni chapter works hard throughout the year to provide scholarships for students, create networking opportunities for post-graduates and promote school spirit by arranging events throughout the city.
With Maryland and Rutgers joining the conference this summer we thought this was also a great way to welcome their respective Chicago chapters into the Big Ten family. We were thrilled to have representatives from both schools in attendance.
To see alumni from Michigan talking cordially with alumni from Ohio State and Purdue grads chatting with IU alums was really wonderful to see. Don’t get me wrong, it is great to be proud of your alma mater, but to see Big Ten alums put their rivalries aside and come together to form one big family is pretty special. The combination of delicious food with fantastic company and conversation made for a wonderful night.
“Go Blue!” “Go State!” “Go Bucks!” “Go Hawks!” Regardless of your choice of chants, just remember to ultimately “Go B-1-G!”