The most popular program run by the NIU Alumni Association is its travel program, which offers a variety of trips across the globe. Because of the popularity of the program, the association increased the number of annual trips from six to eight this year.
“There are so many reasons I book a trip with Northern, including the destination, the cost, the value for price, accommodations, safety and security concerns, companions and, most of all, the way Pat Anderson manages the group and her day-to-day coordination of all the details of our journey,” says Chris Kenar, ’74. “I have met some of the nicest people on these trips, and we have now become old friends and enjoy booking trips together, as well as visiting each other after NIU travel events.”
The best marketing tool for the program has been word of mouth. After hearing about trips, family and friends have signed up through the years, and most of the travelers come back for another trip. During the last seven trips, the association saw 174 unique travelers (those who took at least one trip this year), the majority were alumni and 83 percent were repeat travelers.
The program helps support other alumni programs, such as the Merit Scholarship for continuing students and our student career success initiatives. Last year, the program brought in $133,726 in gifts. A gift of $100 is part of the total trip cost, but many of the travelers make additional donations.
If you haven’t traveled with the NIU Alumni Association yet, consider joining! The trips are fun, educational and turnkey, so let NIU help you go on your next adventure.
For a list of upcoming trips, please visit: myniu.com/travel
NIU Alumni Association Listing of Countries Traveled to
(DOMESTIC IN BOLD)
British Columbia, Canada
Nova Scotia, Canada
Ontario Province, Canada
Quebec Province, Canada