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Welcome Dear Parents and Families: I am pleased to share this edition of Parent Matters with you. Spring is upon us and the warm weather will be arriving soon. We hope your student is having a successful spring semester. It is hard to believe it’s almost over. This month’s newsletter contains important information regarding the semester’s end as well as information regarding Commencement. Congratulations to all of our families with graduating students! If your student is not graduating, please remember to encourage your student to explore the world. There are many opportunities for your student to take part in a study abroad program, a co-op in one of 92 countries or one of our fiveweek Dialogue of Civilization trips. I hope you and your family have a wonderful summer. Please remember to keep in touch if you have any questions. Sincerely,

Susan Brown Associate Director, Parent Programs and Services

In this Issue: Northeastern in the News.........................2 Northeastern POPS & Kelly Clarkson.......6 Summer Send-offs...................................6 Parent & Family Weekend.......................6 Move-out Information...............................6 2013 Commencement..............................7 Stay Connected.......................................8


Northeastern in the News

Co-op Inspires a Passion for National Service Ter­rell Hunt was born in Wash­ington, D.C., the epi­center of U.S. gov­ern­ ment, but his com­mit­ment to joining the United States For­eign Ser­vice was shaped by his experiential-​​learning oppor­tu­ni­ties at Northeastern. Fol­lowing his first co-​​op in finan­cial sys­tems at the U.S. Depart­ment of Defense and a study abroad at the

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Grenoble Grad­uate School of Busi­ness in France, the senior busi­ness major yearned for his chance to return to the nation’s capitol. He got his wish last spring, working on co-​​op in the State Department’s Office of Western Euro­pean Affairs. Hunt was one of eight stu­dents, chosen from thou­sand of appli­cants, whose co-​​op was spon­sored by Mary Thompson-​​Jones, the former U.S. Depart­ment of State Diplomat in

Res­i­dence for New Eng­land; Thompson-​​Jones now serves as an aca­d­emic spe­cialist and the director of Northeastern’s Master of Sci­ence in Global Stu­dents and Inter­na­tional Affairs program. “This unique expe­ri­ence gave me a com­plete look into the life and work of a career For­eign Ser­vice officer and allowed me to really explore my pas­ sions,” said Hunt.

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(Full story available from news@Northeastern)

“This unique expe­ri­ence gave me a com­plete look into the life and work of a career For­eign Ser­vice officer and allowed me to really explore my pas­sions.”


Northeastern Applicants Show Outstanding Academic Profile Appli­ca­tions for North­eastern University’s fall 2013 freshman class have exceeded all prior bench­marks in terms of quality, total appli­cants, and geo­graphic diver­sity. The 47,322 appli­ca­tions for approx­i­mately 2,800 freshman seats—17 appli­cants for each seat—demonstrate exem­plary aca­d­emic achieve­ments including high GPA and SAT scores. The average GPA in this year’s appli­ cant pool increased from 3.7 last year to 3.8. Nearly 50 per­cent of 2013 appli­cants had a two-​​part SAT score above 1300, com­pared to 20 per­cent of appli­cants in 2006. The number of stu­dents that applied for Early Action in 2013 grew 15 per­cent to 18,539.

The diver­sity of regions rep­re­sented in the appli­cant pool is also unprece­ dented. More than half of the North­ eastern hope­fuls are from out­side the New Eng­land area, including 31 per­cent from the Middle Atlantic and 20 per­cent from the Mid­west, South, West, and other U.S. ter­ri­to­ries. At 6,400, appli­ca­tions from inter­na­tional stu­dents are up six per­cent from last year and rep­re­sent 143 countries. The con­sis­tent increase in the quan­ tity and quality of appli­cants year over year reflects Northeastern’s

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ongoing momentum in edu­ca­tion and research, as well as its global lead­er­ ship in expe­ri­en­tial learning. “Stu­dents are attracted to Northeastern’s unique and renowned co-​​op pro­gram, which we have taken to 92 coun­tries around the world,” said Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun. “This model pro­vides oppor­tu­ni­ties to inte­ grate their studies with mean­ingful expe­ri­ences in busi­nesses, non­profit orga­ni­za­tions, and research settings.”

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(Full story available from news@Northeastern)

“Students are attracted to Northeastern’s unique and renowned co-op program, which we have taken to 92 countries around the world.”


Apps, Co-ops, Startups, and Global Solutions: It’s RISE: 2013 Ever walk by a con­struc­tion project in the city and wonder what the site will look like one day? Well, a team of seven seniors at North­eastern has cre­ated a new app for that. For their inter­ac­tive media cap­stone, the stu­dents devel­oped what they call arc— a mobile appli­ca­tion that bridges the gap between archi­tects and the public in regard to city plan­ning. Here’s how it would work: Archi­tects upload project specs, and com­mu­nity mem­bers walk to the con­struc­tion site and use an iPad’s camera-​​view fea­ture to see an aug­mented reality overlay of the pro­posed building over the cur­rent site. Users could view details like foot traffic, wind pat­terns, and the building’s shadows throughout the day, and then post feed­back directly to the architects. “You really get a feel for what the project will be like,” said team member Michael Godlewski, who noted that the app’s web ver­sion would include sev­eral addi­tional features.

The app was one of the many under­grad­ uate, grad­uate, and fac­ulty research projects on dis­play at RISE:2013, Northeastern’s inno­va­tion, schol­ar­ship, and research expo held in the Cabot Phys­ical Edu­ca­tion Center. The annual event, spon­sored by the Center for Research Inno­va­tion and the Office of the Provost, high­lights research across many dis­ci­plines and show­cases the breadth and depth of inno­v­a­tive thinking at Northeastern. Fol­lowing the poster demon­stra­tions at the expo, indi­vidual projects in seven cat­ e­gories at the under­grad­uate and grad­ uate level were rec­og­nized at an awards cer­e­mony. Of those win­ners, four stu­dent projects earned spe­cial RISE Awards that include grants to con­tinue the research. Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun and Steven W. Director, provost and senior vice pres­i­dent for aca­d­emic affairs, pre­sented the awards to the win­ners, who were deter­mined by an expert panel of judges from North­eastern and industry. (Full story and slideshow available from news@Northeastern)


Women’s Beanpot Champions The North­eastern Huskies defeated the Boston Col­lege Eagles 4–3 to take the Women’s Beanpot cham­pi­ onship at Matthews Arena. The No. 10 ranked North­eastern beat the No. 2 ranked BC for the program’s 16th tour­na­ment title.


Northeastern POPS and Kelly Clarkson The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Keith Lockhart, H’98, returns to Matthews Arena for Northeastern POPS on Thursday, May 2, 2013, and will share the stage with a very special guest: international pop icon and Grammy-Award winner Kelly Clarkson. Clarkson burst onto the scene in 2002 by winning the first season of “American Idol.” Since that life-changing competition, Clarkson has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, including 10 million in the U.S. She has notched seven Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and received two Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, two MTV Music Awards, and 11 Billboard Music Awards. On the heels of the release of her fifth studio album, “Stronger,” in October, she was nominated for four 2012 Grammys: Record of the Year; Song of the Year; Best Pop Solo Performance; and Best Pop Vocal Album, for which

SAVE THE DATE: Parent and Family Weekend 2013 The date for Parent Weekend has been set. Mark your calendar for October 18-20, 2013. The program will begin on Friday afternoon and typically ends Sunday at noon. During Parent and Family Weekend you will have the opportunity to learn more about campus resources available to both you and your student. You will also have a chance to explore campus and city life by attending a hockey game or taking part in some off campus activities. A full schedule of events will be mailed in early September. Please remember hotels in Boston fill quickly so make your reservations early. We look forward to seeing you in October.

she won the award at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards in February. Clarkson has released four other studio albums: 2003’s double-platinum No. 1 “Thankful,” 2004’s six-time platinum “Breakaway,” 2007’s platinum-selling “My December,” and 2009’s “All I Ever Wanted,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200. This unique concert will feature popular standards performed solely by the Boston Pops, along with several hits performed by Clarkson as she takes the stage with the orchestra as our special guest. “A Moment Like This” is not to be missed! Join us to hear one of the music industry’s most dynamic singers – in her first-ever orchestra performance – as well as the worldrenowned Boston Pops, conducted by Maestro Lockhart, in a fantastic event that brings Husky Nation together on campus. For ticket information please visit the Alumni website.

Important Spring 2013 Move-out Information from Housing & Residential Life In our commitment to providing important information to both students and parents, we are sharing these details with you about the upcoming semester’s end. Please take a moment to review the following information. Spring 2013 move-out for students in classes: 24 hours after your student’s last final or by 7:00 p.m. on April 26. Spring 2013 move-out for students on coop: by 9:00 p.m. on April 26. Spring 2013 graduating senior moveout: by 11:00 a.m. on May 4.

Interested in Hosting a Summer Send-off Reception? Summer Send-offs are receptions for new students who will be entering Northeastern University in the fall. Each summer the Office of Parent Programs and Services hosts these receptions to allow new students and their families the opportunity to meet other families from their area. Typically these receptions are held during the months of July and August. We would like to invite you to serve as a host for this program. As a host you will work with the Office of Parent Programs to secure a date, location (hosts often do provide their home) and coordinate the food and beverages. You will be provided with a budget for food and beverages. I hope you will consider hosting a reception. If you would like to serve as a host, please email me at s.brown@neu.edu by May 15, 2013.

Move-Out Procedure Students must: • Remove all belongings • Throw away all trash/food • Clean their bed space Once everything has been removed from the room, the students must check out of the space with a member of Housing & Residential Life on the date previously coordinated with the Residence Director.


2013 Commencement The University Commencement for full-time undergraduate 2013 candidates will be held on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the TD Garden. Students must arrive by 8:00 a.m. (late arrival will impact their place in the student line-up). Doors will also open at 8:00 a.m. for guest arrival. Please note that the student procession begins promptly at 9:25 a.m., so plan accordingly. Qualifying candidates will be allowed 4 guest tickets each and distribution will begin Monday, April 1 through April 11, 2013. Hours and location of distribution are noted on the commencement website. Admission

(general seating) is by ticket only and additional tickets are not available at this time due to the expected attendance and venue capacity. Should they become available, details will be noted on our web site after April 12 and email communication will be forwarded to eligible candidates. Please remind your son/daughter to be sure to read all emails directed to their Northeastern account related to Commencement. Parking availability in the TD Garden area will be very limited due to the ceremony being held on a Friday and regular work day for the city. We highly recommend that if possible, you use public transportation for travel to the TD Garden. Should you

choose to drive, take into consideration the traffic patterns typically experienced in the morning. If you, or another guest, have mobility issues, it is advisable that you provide a wheelchair and/or drop off your guest with an escort prior to parking. TD Garden has specific seating locations that are designated for wheelchair access; they will allow one escort to accompany the wheelchair bound guest. Additional seating in that area may not allow for seating for your entire party. For additional guest information, we ask that you refer to www.northeastern.edu/commencement.


Office of Parent Programs and Services 101 Ell Hall Northeastern University 360 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115

Stay Connected The Office of Parent and Family Programs has a number of ways for you to stay connected to the University, in addition to contacting us with any questions or issues your student may be having. We encourage parents and family members to take an informed, supportive role in their student’s educational success.

Parents’ Corner Message Board Visit our Parent Message board to post questions for other parents and join in the discussion. Get started at northeasternparents.proboards.com/.

Parent Portal Stay up-to-date on University news and announcements, important upcoming events, and happenings specific to your student’s college. Access to student account information such as

their academic transcript and Husky Card balance is also available. You may also review and pay tuition bills through the Parent Portal. If you have not yet created a Parent Portal, we encourage you to do so. Learn how to create your account by visiting www.northeastern.edu/ parents/pdfs/login.pdf.

Blogs There are a number of blogs that are updated regularly which are great resources for you to stay connected. You can stay up to date by following the blogs of The Office for Student Affairs, and numerous students, including many who are blogging while on co-op. Explore these blogs by visiting www.northeastern.edu/ admissions.

Contact Us The Office of Parent Programs and Services is committed to helping you participate in your student’s experience at Northeastern. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. You may reach us in any of the following ways: Office of Parent Programs and Services 101 Ell Hall Northeastern University 360 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115 617.373.3868 (voice) 800.696.6516 (voice) 617.373.8899 (fax) parents@neu.edu (email)

Parent Matters Newsletter - April 2013  

Northeastern University Parent Matters Newsletter, April 2013

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