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Co-founder of Keurig “K-Cup” Premium Coffee Systems to speak at University

Tuesday, October 22, 2013  
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For immediate release – 10/22/13
Contact: Rita Elliott, Director of Communications, 815-226-3374
Notre Dame Club of Rockford: Michael J. Delany, J.D., 815-222-8132

Rockford, Ill., – The Notre Dame Club of Rockford and the MBA Program at Rockford University welcome the 2013 Hesburgh Lecture:"Living the Dream in Rockford” featuring Chris Stevens, Co-Founder of Keurig "K-Cup” Premium Coffee Systems on Thursday, October 24, 2013, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments and pre-presentation, 7 p.m. presentation by Chris Stevens. The event takes place at Rockford University’s Fisher Chapel, 5050 East State Street, Rockford.

Serial Entrepreneur, former Notre Dame and pro basketball player, and faculty member at Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame Chris Stevens, is one of the original four team members to develop and launch the Keurig Premium Coffee System, the coffee phenomenon which is now the number one coffee brewer in America. Until his retirement earlier this year, Stevens was responsible for all aspects of Keurig’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives as part of the corporation’s commitment to donate at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to environmental and social causes.
In addition to his role as one of the moving forces behind Keurig, Stevens has served as a motivational speaker, angel investor, philanthropist, actor, broadcaster and even movie producer. He was also a member of the Notre Dame basketball team which in 1974 famously ended the UCLA men’s historic 88-game winning streak.

Stevens’ presentation will focus on energizing the community, with support and resources from businesses and the university, to foster business growth and viability in the region. He will discuss the important issues, motivations, and challenges associated with starting and investing in a new venture. His presentation will also touch upon the highlights of his collegiate- and professional sports career.

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Notre Dame Club of Rockford
is a non-profit service organization for friends and alumni of the University of Notre Dame who live in the greater Rockford metropolitan area. The Club’s members are active in volunteer activities in conjunction with organizations such as the Rock River Valley Food Bank and Carpenter’s Place. The Club also organizes various social- and educational functions throughout the year for its members. For more info, please visit us on the Web at

Rockford University‘s MBA Program seeks to develop general managerial and leadership effectiveness for the person in, or aspiring to, middle or upper management in a for-profit, not-for-profit, or government organization. The program emphasizes practical application and all faculty have years of real-world organizational experience. Classes are scheduled in the evening, early mornings and on weekends to meet the needs of working professionals. For more information, contact the Rockford University Graduate Office at 815.226.4040.

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