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Parent Matters Dear Northeastern Parent, As the spring semester comes to a close, I hope it has been rewarding for your student. Congratulations to those of you who are parents of our graduating class of 2012! How proud you must be. Northeastern University’s 110th Commencement will take place on May 4, 2012. It will certainly be a busy day, as former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell will deliver the Commencement Address. The retired four-star general will receive an honorary doctorate during the morning ceremony, which will include 20,000 undergraduate students, family members, friends and university leaders. We look forward to seeing you on this special day. While your student is enrolled, or after they graduate, our University Career Services (www.northeastern.edu/ careerservices) will help students and alumni prepare for their futures. Services provided include access resources,

guidance and opportunities, helping students and alumni engage with employers in preparing and conducting successful job searches. In this issue, we feature a student’s experience at a nonprofit community center in Bolivia, report on another record-breaking year for Admissions applications, provide updates on Commencement and Parent and Family Weekend, and useful tips on off-campus housing. I want to congratulate all of our parents. I am sure your support is invaluable to your student. Thank you for being a part of the Northeastern community. Sincerely,

Susan Brown Associate Director of Parent Programs and Services

In this Issue: Northeastern in the News.......................2 Campus Updates....................................4 Mark Your Calendars!.............................6 Student Spotlight....................................6 Stay Connected......................................7


Northeastern in the News Awards were presented to undergraduate and graduate students in seven categories. Four of those awardees were further recognized with RISE (Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Entrepreneurship) Awards — a new honor this year recognizing outstanding research in four categories: research, innovation, scholarship and entrepreneurship. President Joseph E. Aoun presented the RISE Awards, which were accompanied with $1,000 grants. Aoun lauded the students’ efforts and recognized their faculty and industry mentors who have helped cultivate their innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. “What we are doing here is not only not divorced from reality. It’s going to change reality,” he said. Many students presenting research said they were inspired to meet emerging challenges of the 21st century, particularly in the university’s top research themes of health, security and sustainability.

Showcasing research, innovation and entrepreneurship A sustainable urban housing prototype, a sensor-laden shirt that tracks exercise effectiveness and an interactive computer game for people with physical disabilities were among the student and faculty research projects showcased Thursday at RISE:2012, the university’s research, innovation and scholarship expo. The event — sponsored by the Center for Research Innovation (CRI) and the Office of the Provost — highlighted the breadth and depth of innovative thinking at Northeastern across many disciplines. Held in the Cabot Physical Education Center, the event featured nearly 400 posters — the most ever for the annual showcase. At an awards ceremony following the

event, Provost Stephen Director called this year’s expo the most successful to date. “The quality of research has been terrific, and even more impressive is the presentations that you put together to get your ideas across,” Director told the students at the ceremony. “You could solve the world’s most important problem, but if you can’t communicate that to the outside world, it could have no impact.”

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Nicholas Trapani, a senior architecture major, designed a modern residential tower for Dudley Square in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood with space dedicated for year-round farming meant, as he put it, “to bring agriculture back to the urban environment.” (Full story available from news@ Northeastern)

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“The quality of research has been terrific, and even more impressive is the presentations that you put together to get your ideas across”

Budding filmmaker wins co-op competition As part of a co-op with Reebok last fall, Northeastern University student Scott Keenan produced promotional videos featuring athletes and celebrities, such as New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocino. One video was even played for more than 1,000 global sales managers at a Reebok marketing meeting. The third-year business major, with a dual concentration in marketing and

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has provided me with the techniques to approach them from a business perspective,” Keenan said. “It’s smart to have the business mindset going into these video projects.” Keenan’s thrilling experientiallearning opportunity at Reebok inspired him to enter Northeastern’s Coolest Co-op video competition. The contest — sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs — asked undergraduates to make a short video showcasing why their job was cooler than any other experiential learning

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“The Reebok experience was the one moment where I felt like I was going in the direction I want to go”

management, attributed his success on co-op to the lessons he learned in class at Northeastern. An organizational behavior course on how businesses function and how people act made a particularly strong impression. “There are many planning and logistical elements associated with video production and Northeastern

opportunity in Northeastern co-op history. Keenan won. Gwen Kidera took second place and Nicole Georgallas and Nicole St. Germain tied for third place. “This co-op was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had,” Keenan said.

The Palo Alto, Calif., native’s interest in filmmaking began at a young age. At 3, he was captivated by the movie “Star Wars.” Shorty thereafter, he began collecting books about movie moguls and film production. In his teens, he and his friends made short films about war. His co-op responsibilities — which also included handling the logistics for Reebok’s audio/visual needs throughout the company’s entire Canton, Mass., campus — gave Keenan a chance to revisit his passion and develop and fine tune his production skills. One more benefit to his co-op? He might apply to film school after graduation. “The Reebok experience was the one moment where I felt like I was going in the direction I want to go,” Keenan said. (news@Northeastern)


Northeastern in the News Awards were presented to undergraduate and graduate students in seven categories. Four of those awardees were further recognized with RISE (Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Entrepreneurship) Awards — a new honor this year recognizing outstanding research in four categories: research, innovation, scholarship and entrepreneurship. President Joseph E. Aoun presented the RISE Awards, which were accompanied with $1,000 grants. Aoun lauded the students’ efforts and recognized their faculty and industry mentors who have helped cultivate their innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. “What we are doing here is not only not divorced from reality. It’s going to change reality,” he said. Many students presenting research said they were inspired to meet emerging challenges of the 21st century, particularly in the university’s top research themes of health, security and sustainability.

Showcasing research, innovation and entrepreneurship A sustainable urban housing prototype, a sensor-laden shirt that tracks exercise effectiveness and an interactive computer game for people with physical disabilities were among the student and faculty research projects showcased Thursday at RISE:2012, the university’s research, innovation and scholarship expo. The event — sponsored by the Center for Research Innovation (CRI) and the Office of the Provost — highlighted the breadth and depth of innovative thinking at Northeastern across many disciplines. Held in the Cabot Physical Education Center, the event featured nearly 400 posters — the most ever for the annual showcase. At an awards ceremony following the

event, Provost Stephen Director called this year’s expo the most successful to date. “The quality of research has been terrific, and even more impressive is the presentations that you put together to get your ideas across,” Director told the students at the ceremony. “You could solve the world’s most important problem, but if you can’t communicate that to the outside world, it could have no impact.”

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Nicholas Trapani, a senior architecture major, designed a modern residential tower for Dudley Square in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood with space dedicated for year-round farming meant, as he put it, “to bring agriculture back to the urban environment.” (Full story available from news@ Northeastern)

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“The quality of research has been terrific, and even more impressive is the presentations that you put together to get your ideas across”

Budding filmmaker wins co-op competition As part of a co-op with Reebok last fall, Northeastern University student Scott Keenan produced promotional videos featuring athletes and celebrities, such as New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocino. One video was even played for more than 1,000 global sales managers at a Reebok marketing meeting. The third-year business major, with a dual concentration in marketing and

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has provided me with the techniques to approach them from a business perspective,” Keenan said. “It’s smart to have the business mindset going into these video projects.” Keenan’s thrilling experientiallearning opportunity at Reebok inspired him to enter Northeastern’s Coolest Co-op video competition. The contest — sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs — asked undergraduates to make a short video showcasing why their job was cooler than any other experiential learning

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“The Reebok experience was the one moment where I felt like I was going in the direction I want to go”

management, attributed his success on co-op to the lessons he learned in class at Northeastern. An organizational behavior course on how businesses function and how people act made a particularly strong impression. “There are many planning and logistical elements associated with video production and Northeastern

opportunity in Northeastern co-op history. Keenan won. Gwen Kidera took second place and Nicole Georgallas and Nicole St. Germain tied for third place. “This co-op was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had,” Keenan said.

The Palo Alto, Calif., native’s interest in filmmaking began at a young age. At 3, he was captivated by the movie “Star Wars.” Shorty thereafter, he began collecting books about movie moguls and film production. In his teens, he and his friends made short films about war. His co-op responsibilities — which also included handling the logistics for Reebok’s audio/visual needs throughout the company’s entire Canton, Mass., campus — gave Keenan a chance to revisit his passion and develop and fine tune his production skills. One more benefit to his co-op? He might apply to film school after graduation. “The Reebok experience was the one moment where I felt like I was going in the direction I want to go,” Keenan said. (news@Northeastern)


Campus Updates Off Campus Student Services Is your student planning to live offcampus next September? If they have started their apartment search or will be soon, Off Campus Student Services is available to help. In Boston, co-signers are typically required before students are offered a lease for an apartment. Since this is likely a family member, you will be required to sign the lease along with your student, to ensure financial backing for the landlord.

Northeastern receives record number of applications Northeastern University has received 44,189 applications for the Fall 2012 freshman class, a new record for the university. Students applying for the 2,800 seats in next year’s freshman class also exemplify unprecedented levels of academic achievement. The number of applicants with SAT scores above 1400 has doubled since five years ago. More than a quarter of the applicant pool has a high school GPA of 4.0 or higher. A recent Northeastern survey of college-bound high-school students underscored the desirability of Northeastern’s educational model. Students ranked “the combination of rigorous coursework with real-world research and work experience” as the most desired attribute of a college education. They also expressed a strong interest in global experiential learning and the opportunity to collaborate with faculty members on research. “Northeastern provides students

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The new applicant pool is more diverse than ever before. Nearly 14 percent of the 44,189 applicants are international students, representing 148 countries.

with a unique combination of global opportunities, access to worldclass research and an ecosystem of entrepreneurship — all anchored in our signature co-op program,” said President Joseph E. Aoun. “The combination gives our students what I call ‘The Northeastern Advantage.’ It is both a powerful way to learn and the best preparation for life.” The new applicant pool is more diverse than ever before. Nearly 14 percent of the 44,189 applicants are international students, representing 148 countries. Thirty percent of the applicants are students of color. They also represent a domestic geographic expansion from previous years, including a significant increase of applicants from outside New England and the Mid-Atlantic.

In addition to the outstanding quality and quantity of its applicants, Northeastern’s momentum is reflected by other key metrics. Over the past five years, external research awards have increased by 95 percent. Over the same period, philanthropic support has doubled, and the 2010–2011 academic year was the university’s best fundraising year to date. (news@Northeastern)

Make sure that you and your student read and understand the lease in its entirety. If there are problems down the road, all partners should be fluent with the terms of the lease. In the City of Boston, the landlord is responsible for complying with certain Rental Delivery Unit Standards which can be found here http://www.cityofboston. gov/isd/housing/pdfs/checklist. pdf. Watch out for fine print or addendums to the lease that might state otherwise. Students may be eager to move off-campus to enjoy a more “independent” college experience, without recognizing the additional responsibilities entailed. Student tenants must be prepared to pay the monthly rent on time, plus any utility bills such as cable/internet, heat or electricity. Equally important, the University expects all students to be respectful of our city neighbors. As the “new kids on the block”- students should be committed to residing peacefully in the local neighborhoods surrounding campus.

Students should also develop a good relationship with their landlord from the beginning; if problems arise during the tenancy, it’s always helpful to be in good standing with the property owner. If one of your student’s roommates expects to sublet at some point, written permission must first be obtained from the landlord. After a sub-lessee is found, the original tenants are still responsible for ensuring the rent is paid and all terms of the lease are upheld. To help off-campus students stay connected to campus, our Community Ambassador program provides a connection from campus to the community. For more information or questions, Off Campus Student Services is located in 226 Curry Student Center, and can be reached at 617-373-8480 or offcampus@neu.edu.

but it is important to remember that according to state law, a student who is not fully immunized is excluded from classes and/or campus. New students are sent an email from UHCS stating that their Health Report is complete or that some information is missing. Students who have not provided complete information receive multiple emails during the term indicating specifically what information is missing and warning them that non-compliance with immunization requirements can lead to a Health Center hold on their student account. • A student will have a Health Center hold if the student has failed to provide complete documentation of immunizations in accordance with Massachusetts state law. • Deadlines for providing proof of immunity are as follows:

Are Your Student’s Immunizations Up To Date?

- the end of June for undergraduate students entering in the following Fall;

Massachusetts law requires all fulltime college students to show proof of required immunizations (TetanusDiphtheria, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella and Meningitis). All incoming students are sent a Health Report form to be completed by their primary care clinician providing proof of immunity. University Health and Counseling Services (UHCS) actively communicates with students regarding this requirement. Some students may even feel that UHCS is nagging them,

- the beginning of December for undergraduate students entering in the following Spring; - one month prior to the beginning of a Graduate student or Law student’s program. • Health Center holds will prevent students from registering for an upcoming semester. The Health Center hold also will prevent a student’s ability to complete “I Am Here”. For questions about Health Center holds or state mandated immunity requirements, please call 617-373-2772 or email UHCS general email box at UHCS@neu.edu


Campus Updates Off Campus Student Services Is your student planning to live offcampus next September? If they have started their apartment search or will be soon, Off Campus Student Services is available to help. In Boston, co-signers are typically required before students are offered a lease for an apartment. Since this is likely a family member, you will be required to sign the lease along with your student, to ensure financial backing for the landlord.

Northeastern receives record number of applications Northeastern University has received 44,189 applications for the Fall 2012 freshman class, a new record for the university. Students applying for the 2,800 seats in next year’s freshman class also exemplify unprecedented levels of academic achievement. The number of applicants with SAT scores above 1400 has doubled since five years ago. More than a quarter of the applicant pool has a high school GPA of 4.0 or higher. A recent Northeastern survey of college-bound high-school students underscored the desirability of Northeastern’s educational model. Students ranked “the combination of rigorous coursework with real-world research and work experience” as the most desired attribute of a college education. They also expressed a strong interest in global experiential learning and the opportunity to collaborate with faculty members on research. “Northeastern provides students

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The new applicant pool is more diverse than ever before. Nearly 14 percent of the 44,189 applicants are international students, representing 148 countries.

with a unique combination of global opportunities, access to worldclass research and an ecosystem of entrepreneurship — all anchored in our signature co-op program,” said President Joseph E. Aoun. “The combination gives our students what I call ‘The Northeastern Advantage.’ It is both a powerful way to learn and the best preparation for life.” The new applicant pool is more diverse than ever before. Nearly 14 percent of the 44,189 applicants are international students, representing 148 countries. Thirty percent of the applicants are students of color. They also represent a domestic geographic expansion from previous years, including a significant increase of applicants from outside New England and the Mid-Atlantic.

In addition to the outstanding quality and quantity of its applicants, Northeastern’s momentum is reflected by other key metrics. Over the past five years, external research awards have increased by 95 percent. Over the same period, philanthropic support has doubled, and the 2010–2011 academic year was the university’s best fundraising year to date. (news@Northeastern)

Make sure that you and your student read and understand the lease in its entirety. If there are problems down the road, all partners should be fluent with the terms of the lease. In the City of Boston, the landlord is responsible for complying with certain Rental Delivery Unit Standards which can be found here http://www.cityofboston. gov/isd/housing/pdfs/checklist. pdf. Watch out for fine print or addendums to the lease that might state otherwise. Students may be eager to move off-campus to enjoy a more “independent” college experience, without recognizing the additional responsibilities entailed. Student tenants must be prepared to pay the monthly rent on time, plus any utility bills such as cable/internet, heat or electricity. Equally important, the University expects all students to be respectful of our city neighbors. As the “new kids on the block”- students should be committed to residing peacefully in the local neighborhoods surrounding campus.

Students should also develop a good relationship with their landlord from the beginning; if problems arise during the tenancy, it’s always helpful to be in good standing with the property owner. If one of your student’s roommates expects to sublet at some point, written permission must first be obtained from the landlord. After a sub-lessee is found, the original tenants are still responsible for ensuring the rent is paid and all terms of the lease are upheld. To help off-campus students stay connected to campus, our Community Ambassador program provides a connection from campus to the community. For more information or questions, Off Campus Student Services is located in 226 Curry Student Center, and can be reached at 617-373-8480 or offcampus@neu.edu.

but it is important to remember that according to state law, a student who is not fully immunized is excluded from classes and/or campus. New students are sent an email from UHCS stating that their Health Report is complete or that some information is missing. Students who have not provided complete information receive multiple emails during the term indicating specifically what information is missing and warning them that non-compliance with immunization requirements can lead to a Health Center hold on their student account. • A student will have a Health Center hold if the student has failed to provide complete documentation of immunizations in accordance with Massachusetts state law. • Deadlines for providing proof of immunity are as follows:

Are Your Student’s Immunizations Up To Date?

- the end of June for undergraduate students entering in the following Fall;

Massachusetts law requires all fulltime college students to show proof of required immunizations (TetanusDiphtheria, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella and Meningitis). All incoming students are sent a Health Report form to be completed by their primary care clinician providing proof of immunity. University Health and Counseling Services (UHCS) actively communicates with students regarding this requirement. Some students may even feel that UHCS is nagging them,

- the beginning of December for undergraduate students entering in the following Spring; - one month prior to the beginning of a Graduate student or Law student’s program. • Health Center holds will prevent students from registering for an upcoming semester. The Health Center hold also will prevent a student’s ability to complete “I Am Here”. For questions about Health Center holds or state mandated immunity requirements, please call 617-373-2772 or email UHCS general email box at UHCS@neu.edu


Student Spotlight “It was cool to see the kids get excited when they figured out what the songs they have been listening to actually meant,” Voet said. “Learning English,” she added, “is important for many students who hope to compete in a more global market.” From September to December, Voet — a fourth-year Northeastern student with a dual major in human services and international affairs — volunteered for Centro Integral Warmi, a nonprofit community center for working women and their children. She connected with the organization through the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD), a San Francisco-based nonprofit focused on capacity building in the international community.

Junior Lindsey Voet helped more than a dozen young Spanishspeaking students learn English as part of a co-op for a nonprofit community center in Bolivia.

On co-op last fall in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Lindsey Voet helped more than a dozen young Spanish-speaking students learn English by translating Justin Bieber pop songs.

Voet took responsibility for several initiatives. For instance, she taught an oral hygiene class for more than two dozen preschool-age children. “When I first got there, children weren’t able to eat snacks because of the gaping holes in their mouths,”

Voet explained. “There was a lack of awareness for how much of an impact oral hygiene could have on overall health.” She also designed both a business plan and an informational brochure

“I got really connected to the idea of empowering these women,” Voet said. “The problem is that they are competing with massive corporations that can produce the soap for cheap with better packaging.”

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“I am now more confident than ever in addressing issues in this country,” Voet said. “People here need us too.”

to boost revenues and raise awareness of the organization’s soap-making factory, for which she received a $200 grant from FSD to create the marketing materials. Warmi opened the factory in 1984 in order to raise money and create jobs for local women, who use llama fat to make the soap.

Information for Commencement

Parent and Family Weekend 2012

Students in class: Friday, April 27, 2012 by 7:00PM

The University Commencement for full-time undergraduate 2012 candidates will be held on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 10:30AM at the TD Garden. Students must arrive by 8:00AM (late arrival will impact their place in the student line-up). Doors open at 8:00AM for guests and the student procession into the arena begins at 9:35AM, so please plan accordingly.

Graduating Seniors: Saturday, May 5, 2012 by 11:00AM

(news@Northeastern)

Voet said the experiential-learning opportunity reinforced her understanding of the complexity of

Important Housing Move-Out Information for Spring 2012

Students on co-op: Friday, April 27, 2012 by 9:00PM

The Sacramento, Calif., native expressed interest in applying her newfound knowledge to address problems in her own community. “I am now more confident than ever in addressing issues in this country,” Voet said. “People here need us too.”

She spoke Spanish on a daily basis, immersing herself in a new language for four months. As Voet put it, “I was forced to get past my fear of making mistakes.”

Mark Your Calendar! The date for Parent and Famliy Weekend has been set. Mark your calendar for October 26 - October 28, 2012. The program will begin on Friday afternoon and typically ends of 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 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.

global issues, including health, poverty and the power of microfinance.

Qualifying candidates will be allowed 4 guest tickets each, and distribution will begin Monday, April 2 - April 12, 2012. 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 website 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 and from 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 more guest information, our current newsletter, and other important information we ask that you refer to the Commencement website at www. northeastern.edu/commencement.


Student Spotlight “It was cool to see the kids get excited when they figured out what the songs they have been listening to actually meant,” Voet said. “Learning English,” she added, “is important for many students who hope to compete in a more global market.” From September to December, Voet — a fourth-year Northeastern student with a dual major in human services and international affairs — volunteered for Centro Integral Warmi, a nonprofit community center for working women and their children. She connected with the organization through the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD), a San Francisco-based nonprofit focused on capacity building in the international community.

Junior Lindsey Voet helped more than a dozen young Spanishspeaking students learn English as part of a co-op for a nonprofit community center in Bolivia.

On co-op last fall in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Lindsey Voet helped more than a dozen young Spanish-speaking students learn English by translating Justin Bieber pop songs.

Voet took responsibility for several initiatives. For instance, she taught an oral hygiene class for more than two dozen preschool-age children. “When I first got there, children weren’t able to eat snacks because of the gaping holes in their mouths,”

Voet explained. “There was a lack of awareness for how much of an impact oral hygiene could have on overall health.” She also designed both a business plan and an informational brochure

“I got really connected to the idea of empowering these women,” Voet said. “The problem is that they are competing with massive corporations that can produce the soap for cheap with better packaging.”

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“I am now more confident than ever in addressing issues in this country,” Voet said. “People here need us too.”

to boost revenues and raise awareness of the organization’s soap-making factory, for which she received a $200 grant from FSD to create the marketing materials. Warmi opened the factory in 1984 in order to raise money and create jobs for local women, who use llama fat to make the soap.

Information for Commencement

Parent and Family Weekend 2012

Students in class: Friday, April 27, 2012 by 7:00PM

The University Commencement for full-time undergraduate 2012 candidates will be held on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 10:30AM at the TD Garden. Students must arrive by 8:00AM (late arrival will impact their place in the student line-up). Doors open at 8:00AM for guests and the student procession into the arena begins at 9:35AM, so please plan accordingly.

Graduating Seniors: Saturday, May 5, 2012 by 11:00AM

(news@Northeastern)

Voet said the experiential-learning opportunity reinforced her understanding of the complexity of

Important Housing Move-Out Information for Spring 2012

Students on co-op: Friday, April 27, 2012 by 9:00PM

The Sacramento, Calif., native expressed interest in applying her newfound knowledge to address problems in her own community. “I am now more confident than ever in addressing issues in this country,” Voet said. “People here need us too.”

She spoke Spanish on a daily basis, immersing herself in a new language for four months. As Voet put it, “I was forced to get past my fear of making mistakes.”

Mark Your Calendar! The date for Parent and Famliy Weekend has been set. Mark your calendar for October 26 - October 28, 2012. The program will begin on Friday afternoon and typically ends of 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 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.

global issues, including health, poverty and the power of microfinance.

Qualifying candidates will be allowed 4 guest tickets each, and distribution will begin Monday, April 2 - April 12, 2012. 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 website 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, a regular work day for the city. We highly recommend that if possible, you use public transportation for travel to and from 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 more guest information, our current newsletter, and other important information we ask that you refer to the Commencement website at 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.

their academic transcript and Husky Card balance is also available. You may also review and pay tuition bills through the Parent Portal.

Parents’ Corner Message Board

Blogs

Visit our Parent Message board to post questions for other parents and join in the discussion. Visit northeasternparents.proboards.com

There are a number of blogs that are updated on a regular basis, which are great resources for you to stay connected. You can keep up to date by following the blogs of Ronne P. Turner, Associate Vice president of Enrollment & Dean of Admissions and Marketing, Student Affairs, and numerous students, including many who are blogging while on co-op. Explore these blogs by visiting www. northeastern.edu/admissions.

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

If you have not yet created a Parent Portal, we encourage you to do so by visiting www.northeastern.edu/ parents/pdfs/login.pdf.

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) 617.373.8899 (fax) 800.696.6516 (voice) parents@neu.edu (email)

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