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    'BTN LiveBIG' Spotlights Northwestern's Global Outreach & Volunteerism

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Former NU national champion Katrina Adams will be among those featured in Wednesday's episode of 'BTN LiveBIG.'
    Former NU national champion Katrina Adams will be among those featured in Wednesday's episode of 'BTN LiveBIG.'

    Feb. 15, 2013

    CHICAGO -- BTN's newest series, BTN LiveBIG, continues Wednesday with stories from Northwestern University, including a look at the university's first international branch in Qatar, NU-Q.

    The program will air at 11 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

    The Northwestern-centric episode will discuss how the University is giving students in Doha, Qatar, the chance to earn degrees in journalism and communications through its first international branch, NU-Q. Northwestern partnered with the Qatar Foundation to open the campus in 2008. Its vision is that the journalists and media professionals who have studied at the University will help bring stories from the Middle East to the rest of the world. The Qatar Foundation offers branch campuses of eight international Universities, delivering world-class programs chosen to ensure Qatar is equipped with essential skills. There are more than 150 students currently studying at NU-Q.

    The episode also will study Northwestern's efforts to connect immigrants and refugees with others in their communities through Immigrant Connect, an online network where immigrants and refugees share their stories and connect with their local communities. Medill School of Journalism students are collecting stories reported by local Chicago-area ethnic media, translating them and disseminating them throughout other immigrant communities.

    In addition, viewers learn about two-time All-American and former pro tennis player Katrina Adams and how she combines her love of tennis, education and service with the Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program.

    Viewers also will become acquainted with NU's SCAPE (Serving Communities and Promoting Engagement), the largest service project in school history. It is a service day for all new students during Wildcat Welcome in the fall. More than 2,400 students utilize the day to volunteer in the local Evanston and Chicago-area communities.

    Information and clips of previously aired BTN LiveBIG episodes can be found at

    BTN LiveBIG is the second BTN collaborative campus program series produced in conjunction with the Big Ten Conference and its 12 universities. The first was 2012's Impact the World. Since the network launched in 2007, BTN has aired programs produced from each Big Ten university under the University Showcase heading. BTN is co-producing the series with Chicago-based TeamWorks Media, a creative content company that specializes in producing inspirational stories that also produced Impact.

    Release courtesy of the Big Ten Network.


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