Alumni hosts literally make this event possible. It is one of the few times where the word "literally" is not misused or hyperbole.
How does Dinner with Twelve work? Hosts open their home or host alumni and students at a restaurant where all arrive as strangers and leave as friends. Hosts cover the costs of the dinner and for those interested, a gift-in-kind form is completed by the Northwestern Alumni Association for tax purposes. Registration for hosts opens on August 22 and closes on October 9.
- Alcohol is neither a necessity, nor expected. If there are any attendees under 21 at the event there should not be alcohol at this dinner at all.
- Dinners should be 2 hours in length. Our hope is that hosts are courteous of guests’ time and that guests do not overstay their welcome.
- Dinner with Twelve – Regional is honored to welcome students and alumni with a variety of life experiences and backgrounds. We believe this to be one of the many reasons why the program is such a tremendous success. Please be mindful of the diversity of guests attending your dinner.
- If space allows, consider seating all guests at one table. If guests will be sitting at multiple tables, encourage everyone to change tables between courses (or have alumni stay and ask students to move). This way all attendees can get to know one another.
- A great way to start the evening is by having everyone introduce themselves and share a bit of information, such as major, activities in which they are involved, and what they have enjoyed most about Northwestern. We encourage you to share your memories as well!
- If needed, icebreakers can be a good way to spark conversation. Included are sample questions:
- Who was your favorite Northwestern professor and why?
- If you had to give up a favorite food, which would be the most difficult to give up?
- If you won a lottery ticket and had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
- If you could transport yourself anywhere instantly, where would you go and why?
- If you could be any superhero who would you be and why?
- What award would you love to win and for what achievement?
- What is one item that you really should throw away, but probably never will?
Feedback from past hosts:
- It was a really great experience. The students could not have been nicer or more engaging. Very cool program. Keep it up!
- I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the students. The dinner was very productive, the students asked lots of questions, and made a very intelligent contribution to our discussion. I was very impressed with the quality of the undergraduates at Northwestern. As far as recommending it to a friend it would depend on what my friend wanted to do and what questions he had. It is a very personal decision as to whether one wants to host a group of college students, but I thought that for me the experience was very beneficial.
- I am so glad and grateful to have had the opportunity to share dinner with such a brilliant and motivated group of students. I look forward to hosting again in the future.