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Missed opportunity
If anyone else attended the 33rd Induction Ceremony to the NIU Hall of Fame, please confirm that those who did not attend missed a great evening and an opportunity.
It was a tremendous and entertaining evening that would have cost you nothing but showing up in the Duke Ellington Ballroom.
It included a surprising video message from Billy Crystal (ripping on Nebraska) to those in attendance, the NIU Silverettes, the Huskie Marching Band, the NIU Chamber Choir, gymnasts and women's golf team members dressed to the hilt, plus great Huskies or great Huskie memories every time you turned around.
Not only did the inductees -- Dee Abrahamson, Steve Azar, Mark Goodson, Ed Kostizki, Angela Lockett, and Garrett Wolfe -- give speeches combining heartfelt emotions with humor and pride, but the list of accomplishments for them and for all those in the Hall who returned, makes your Cardinal and Black blood stir.
What I don't understand is why the Huskie Athletic Administration couldn't have someone from Media Relations do a story on the evening itself. Quote some of the inductees from their speeches. Yes there's a photo of the new inductees joined on the stage by all the Hall of Famers who returned posted in a tweet, but it's not like you can see who's there. Joe Novak, Jane Albright, Kenny Battle, E.C. Hill, and LeShon Johnson were among those you could have shaken hands with, hugged, or simply said hello. Quite honestly, a video of the evening should be available on the website for people to watch.
Rick Cerrone deserves some major credit for staging the whole affair and lining up sponsors and donors.
You go to http://www.niuhuskies.com and click on the You Tube link off to the right and it brings up a two-year-old video on athletics supporting the "You Can Play" LGBT effort (including the infamous Doug Baker), a three-year-old video Huskies Go Hollywood, an eight-year-old video on redoing the turf at Brigham Field, plus another eight-year-old video on 2009 tailgating. No idea what the parameters are for You Tube length, but somehow and somewhere there should be a link to watch the entire banquet.
10-10-2017 09:22 AM
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RE: Missed opportunity
(10-10-2017 09:22 AM)uiniu57 Wrote:  If anyone else attended the 33rd Induction Ceremony to the NIU Hall of Fame, please confirm that those who did not attend missed a great evening and an opportunity.
It was a tremendous and entertaining evening that would have cost you nothing but showing up in the Duke Ellington Ballroom.
It included a surprising video message from Billy Crystal (ripping on Nebraska) to those in attendance, the NIU Silverettes, the Huskie Marching Band, the NIU Chamber Choir, gymnasts and women's golf team members dressed to the hilt, plus great Huskies or great Huskie memories every time you turned around.
Not only did the inductees -- Dee Abrahamson, Steve Azar, Mark Goodson, Ed Kostizki, Angela Lockett, and Garrett Wolfe -- give speeches combining heartfelt emotions with humor and pride, but the list of accomplishments for them and for all those in the Hall who returned, makes your Cardinal and Black blood stir.
What I don't understand is why the Huskie Athletic Administration couldn't have someone from Media Relations do a story on the evening itself. Quote some of the inductees from their speeches. Yes there's a photo of the new inductees joined on the stage by all the Hall of Famers who returned posted in a tweet, but it's not like you can see who's there. Joe Novak, Jane Albright, Kenny Battle, E.C. Hill, and LeShon Johnson were among those you could have shaken hands with, hugged, or simply said hello. Quite honestly, a video of the evening should be available on the website for people to watch.
Rick Cerrone deserves some major credit for staging the whole affair and lining up sponsors and donors.
You go to http://www.niuhuskies.com and click on the You Tube link off to the right and it brings up a two-year-old video on athletics supporting the "You Can Play" LGBT effort (including the infamous Doug Baker), a three-year-old video Huskies Go Hollywood, an eight-year-old video on redoing the turf at Brigham Field, plus another eight-year-old video on 2009 tailgating. No idea what the parameters are for You Tube length, but somehow and somewhere there should be a link to watch the entire banquet.

Well said, uiniu57. I've attended the last three NIU Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and have had a blast every time.

You're right, Rick Cerrone does a fantastic job putting this whole evening together, including the fundraising and the fun. Brad Hoey did a nice job with the narration and Bill Baker was a great emcee for anyone who loves the Huskies. I had a special surprise by chatting with Matt Hicks and reliving some of the highlights of John McDougal's first year as coach, including the win over Wisconsin and Hicks' signature slam dunk.

I am looking forward to the next one! I saw that single picture in the tweet and don't understand why there isn't more publicity by NIU. This event certainly deserves it. A video would be even better.

Go Huskies!
10-10-2017 08:10 PM
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Couldn't agree more. Last years event was great as well. Michael Turner was inducted and it was nice having a chance to have a conversation with him and Leshon Johnson as well as other greats.
10-11-2017 10:23 PM
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RE: Missed opportunity
(10-10-2017 09:22 AM)uiniu57 Wrote:  If anyone else attended the 33rd Induction Ceremony to the NIU Hall of Fame, please confirm that those who did not attend missed a great evening and an opportunity.
It was a tremendous and entertaining evening that would have cost you nothing but showing up in the Duke Ellington Ballroom.
It included a surprising video message from Billy Crystal (ripping on Nebraska) to those in attendance, the NIU Silverettes, the Huskie Marching Band, the NIU Chamber Choir, gymnasts and women's golf team members dressed to the hilt, plus great Huskies or great Huskie memories every time you turned around.
Not only did the inductees -- Dee Abrahamson, Steve Azar, Mark Goodson, Ed Kostizki, Angela Lockett, and Garrett Wolfe -- give speeches combining heartfelt emotions with humor and pride, but the list of accomplishments for them and for all those in the Hall who returned, makes your Cardinal and Black blood stir.
What I don't understand is why the Huskie Athletic Administration couldn't have someone from Media Relations do a story on the evening itself. Quote some of the inductees from their speeches. Yes there's a photo of the new inductees joined on the stage by all the Hall of Famers who returned posted in a tweet, but it's not like you can see who's there. Joe Novak, Jane Albright, Kenny Battle, E.C. Hill, and LeShon Johnson were among those you could have shaken hands with, hugged, or simply said hello. Quite honestly, a video of the evening should be available on the website for people to watch.
Rick Cerrone deserves some major credit for staging the whole affair and lining up sponsors and donors.
You go to http://www.niuhuskies.com and click on the You Tube link off to the right and it brings up a two-year-old video on athletics supporting the "You Can Play" LGBT effort (including the infamous Doug Baker), a three-year-old video Huskies Go Hollywood, an eight-year-old video on redoing the turf at Brigham Field, plus another eight-year-old video on 2009 tailgating. No idea what the parameters are for You Tube length, but somehow and somewhere there should be a link to watch the entire banquet.

Great post. Thank-you.
10-12-2017 09:48 AM
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