Huskie Pride Reception honors former presidents of NIU Student Association, scholarship unveiled

Erik Calmeyer (left) and Don Gereau
Erik Calmeyer (left) and Don Gereau

NIU’s Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management celebrated former NIU Student Association (SA) presidents Saturday, Oct. 9, with the Huskie Pride Reception. 

President John G. Peters and Brian O. Hemphill, vice president for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, welcomed former SA presidents back to campus—a group that spanned four decades. 

The day’s events included a reception and formal program as well as a tailgate preceding the NIU vs. Temple football game. 

During the reception, a new scholarship award was unveiled: The Don Gereau SA President 1972–1974 Leadership Award was presented to current SA President Erik Calmeyer. This scholarship will be awarded to the SA president each year for a total of six years.

Gereau, who received his bachelor of science degree in management from NIU in 1975, said he understands and appreciates the commitment it takes to lead the Student Association. Upon receiving the award, Calmeyer said, “I understand the value of giving back and, Mr. Gereau, I am striving to follow in your footsteps and sincerely hope to be in a position to give back to NIU in the future.”

With the overwhelming success of the first Huskie Pride Reception, the division looks forward to bringing together former student leaders again in the future.

Brian O. Hemphill (center) and Student Association President Erik Calmeyer (green jacket, front row, near right) welcome former SA presidents back to campus Saturday, Oct. 9.
Brian O. Hemphill (center) and Student Association President Erik Calmeyer (green jacket, front row, near right) welcome former SA presidents back to campus Saturday, Oct. 9.
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