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IN THIS ISSUE > Plans for New Residence Hall > Save the Date: Parents and Family Weekend 2016 > Summer Send-Off Reception > Housing and Residential Life > Move-out Procedure > News from the Commencement Office > Cooperative Education and Career Development > The Global Experience Office > Student Spotlight > Stay Connected

Letter from the Parent Office

Dear Parents and Families: We are just a few weeks away from the end of the spring semester, and I hope it has been a successful one for your student! This past academic year has been exciting on campus with the creation and development of many new initiatives. Some highlights include: Transformation: Northeastern invested more than $26 million to transform the city-owned William E. Carter Playground on Columbus Avenue. The shared public park is the first in Boston to be named for an African-American and is a hub of community and youth sports activity in the city’s South End and Roxbury neighborhoods. Support for our Veterans: The university recently launched the Center for Advancement of Veterans and Service members. This first-of-its-kind center offers a range of resources and benefits, including mentorship opportunities, assistance with the transition to civilian life, and help securing meaningful careers following graduation. The center continues Northeastern’s long-standing commitment to our nation’s veterans. Investing in Families: President Aoun announced the Lifetime Learning Membership, a first-ofits-kind program enabling parents and siblings of undergraduate students to pursue part-time or full-time graduate degree programs with a 25 percent discount. Growth and Expansion: We will soon be opening a new regional campus in Toronto, Ontario. We are glad you are a part of our community during this exciting time of growth for Northeastern. Please reach out to the Office of Parent/Family Programs with any questions or concerns you have. Sincerely,

Susan Brown Associate Director Office of Student Orientation and Parent/Family Programs 800.696.6516


Northeastern Announces Plans for New Residence Hall Northeastern University is moving ahead with plans for a student residence hall on Burke Street that will provide approximately 800 beds for undergraduates, a multi-use project that involves partnering with a private developer and represents an innovative approach to housing more students in university-supervised buildings.

Because the building will be privately operated, the units will not be part of the housing lottery system. Instead, students will lease the units from the developer. Spiegelman said it’s expected that leases will be competitive with other apartment-style suites on campus, and ACC will work with students to accommodate their schedules while they are on co-op.

The plans call for a building with apartment-style suites for undergraduates that will reach 20 stories and 230 feet at its highest point, with lower wings at the street edges of the site. Northeastern is partnering with American Campus Communities, a Texas-based developer that specializes in building student-housing communities. ACC will construct and manage the building, which will feature a range of student services and amenities as well as ground-floor commercial space.

The project addresses both Northeastern’s commitment and the city of Boston’s desire to bring more students into campus housing. With the opening of East Village last year, Northeastern now provides more than 9,100 student beds and has more than doubled its number of beds since 1998, when it provided a total of 3,663 beds. Since then, Northeastern has opened West Village, International Village, Davenport Commons, and other housing that has increased that number by more than 4,800 beds.

Kathy Spiegelman, Vice President and Chief of Campus Planning and Development at Northeastern, said the residence hall will mirror Northeaster’s other residence halls and buildings in many important ways. Students will be held to the same code of conduct in place in other similar campus housing spaces, and resident assistants will live on site.


Meanwhile, Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Boston 2030 plan outlines a goal of creating 18,500 new undergraduate student beds, which would reduce the number of students living off-campus in Boston by 50 percent.


Residence Life

Northeastern Announces Plans for New Residence Hall (Continued) Northeastern’s partnership with ACC—which has developed similar projects elsewhere across the country but not yet in Boston—reflects an innovative approach in the city to achieving this shared goal through privately run housing for college students. The proposed Burke Street residence hall is the latest in the university’s series of investments and redevelopment projects that Northeastern has launched along and around Columbus Avenue. Northeastern will open the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex later this year, and last year it announced a unique public-private partnership to build a state-of-the-art athletic complex that will transform William E. Carter playground and expand recreation opportunities for both city residents and Northeastern students.



Information from Housing Services

Save the Date: Parent and Family Weekend 2016 The date for Parent and Family Weekend has been set! Mark your calendar for Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23, 2016. During Parent and Family Weekend, you will have the opportunity to learn more about campus resources available to you and your student and have the chance to explore campus and the city. A full schedule of events will be mailed in early September. Please remember: Hotels in Boston fill quickly, so be sure to make your reservations early. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Parents + Family



Would you be Interested in Hosting a Summer Send-Off Reception? Summer Send-Offs are receptions for new students entering Northeastern University in the fall. Each summer the Office of Parent/Family Programs hosts receptions to allow new students and their families the opportunity to meet other families from their area. These receptions are typically held during 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 Student Orientation and Parent/Family Programs to secure a date, location (hosts often provide their homes), and coordinate the food and beverages. You will be provided with a budget for food and beverages. We hope you will consider hosting a reception. If you have questions or would like to serve as a host, please email by April 15, 2016.

The Parents Leadership Council



Important Information from Housing and Residential Life We are committed to keeping both our students and their parents fully informed. With this goal in mind, we would like to share the following key housing information for Spring 2016: > Move-Out for Students in Classes: Within 24 hours after your student’s last final or by 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29 > Move-Out for Students on Co-op: By 9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29 > Move-Out for Graduating Seniors: By 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7

Move-out Procedure Prior to being checked out of their bed space, 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 a date previously coordinated with the Residence Director. We encourage you to visit the housing website for more information at



Residential Life

News from the Commencement Office Commencement will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the TD Garden. Students who have a graduation year of 2016 must complete their graduation application (available through their myNEU portal) by March 17, 2016 and note their attendance as “yes� in order to participate in the ceremony. Students must arrive by 8:00 a.m. (late arrival will impact their place in the student line-up); doors open at 8:00 a.m. for guests; and the student procession into the arena begins at 9:25 a.m. Construction at TD Garden may have further bearing on access and departure from the area; all should plan accordingly.

Please note that each ticket will be printed with a unique bar code which allows a single entry, general seating applies. Tickets must not be duplicated or copied as there is only one admittance per scanning of each individual bar code. The Commencement Office does not approve the selling of guest tickets and the purchase of such tickets is done so at the buyer’s risk. Students participating in the ceremony, excluding military personnel in uniform, are required to wear a cap and gown at the commencement ceremony. The cap and gown is provided by Northeastern at no cost, and may be kept as a memento of the occasion.

We understand that this is a momentous occasion that you may wish to share with many, but we must allocate tickets based on the number of candidates attending the ceremony and the number of seats available in the venue. Therefore, qualifying degree candidates will be given access at the beginning of April to 4 electronic guest tickets and each guest must have a valid ticket for entry to the ceremony. We invite those family members and friends who are unable to attend to join our graduates via the live webcast of the ceremony. Instructions on how to retrieve tickets will be emailed to eligible students.


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 guest.



News from the Commencement Office (Continued) 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 our website at Grad Images photographers will be available to take graduate portraits during the cap and gown distribution on campus and at the ceremony. Photo proofs and purchase information will be emailed to the graduate’s Husky account shortly following the ceremony. Please encourage your graduate to read all emails directed to their Northeastern account related to commencement. The 2016 Commencement Newsletter will be mailed to students’ home address within the next few weeks. The Commencement website provides complete details regarding deadlines, venue security policies, ticket and cap/gown distribution schedules, hotel booking, and other important details.



Off Campus Student Services

Cooperative Education and Career Development The Office of Cooperative Education and Career Development hosts an array of events and networking opportunities on campus, both for students and employers. They provide branding opportunities for current and new employer-partners, including Employer in Residence (EIR, one-on-one informational meetings with students to increase brand awareness of companies) Virtual EIR and Consultant in Residence programs. Find out more details and how to get involved here. The Office of Cooperative Education and Career Development is committed to connecting and building strong relationships with employers “Beyond Boston.” If you live outside Massachusetts and know of industries (maybe even your own company) that may be looking to get involved in a co-op program or hiring Northeastern graduates full-time, we’d like to hear from you. PLEASE CONTACT: Jim Boyle, Director, Employer Relations



Career Development

The Global Experience Office The Global Experience Office (GEO) is committed to providing Northeastern students with exciting high-quality academic and experiential learning opportunities around the world. These opportunities allow students to develop the knowledge, skills, and networks needed to become productive and successful participants in the global community. GEO offers exceptional traditional study abroad programs that allow students to study at Northeastern-approved institutions around the world during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. In 2015, 883 students participated in a traditional study abroad program, and were able to experience culture and education firsthand in a global setting. In the Summer of 2015, 1,141 students participated in our signature Dialogue of Civilizations programs. These programs run for 4-5 weeks and are led by Northeastern faculty members who are experts in both their field and program location. This summer, there will be over 50 program offerings in a wide range of subjects from foreign language to engineering. Our Global Co-op program allows students to complete their co-op in a global context, working at a variety of international organizations and corporations all around the world. These programs typically last for 4 to 6 months, and then students return to full-time study. In 2015, 627 students participated in a global co-op and students worked in 80 different countries. GEO’s Global Employer Relations team works to provide employment opportunities in a broad range of industries in order to provide students with increasingly valuable work experiences. If you are interested in hosting a student at your place of employment, and offering a chance for a student to experience firsthand the power of global business, please contact Alane De Luca, Associate Director of Global Co-op at For more information on the exciting once-in-a-lifetime global learning experiences that GEO offers please visit: For a complete list of eligible programs and to apply, visit:

Global Experience




Northeastern student named Rhodes Scholar. “I’M STILL GET­TING USED TO THE NEWS. I’M LOOKING FOR­WARD TO GOING TO ENG­L AND NEXT YEAR.” North­eastern Uni­ver­sity senior Logan Jackson has been named a Rhodes scholar, the first time in uni­ver­sity his­tory one of its stu­dents has received the pres­ti­gious scholarship. Jackson, a civil engi­neering major, is one of 32 Rhodes scholars for the Class of 2016. The win­ners, who were selected Sat­urday by the Rhodes Trust, were chosen from 869 appli­cants endorsed by 316 col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties. The schol­ar­ships cover all expenses for two or three years of post- graduate study at Oxford Uni­ver­sity in Eng­land, where the scholars will begin their studies next October.

“It’s pretty sur­prising,” Jackson said by phone Sunday night from Mary­land, where she is cur­rently working on co-op. “I’m still get­ting used to the news. I’m looking for­ward to going to Eng­land next year.” The Rhodes schol­ar­ship is among the most pres­ti­gious awards an under­grad­uate stu­dent in the United States can receive. The stu­dents must demon­strate aca­d­emic excel­lence. Other impor­tant cri­teria include showing great promise of lead­er­ship, being com­mitted to make a strong dif­fer­ence PARENT MATTERS

for good in the world, and having great per­sonal energy, ambi­tion for impact, an ability to work with others and to achieve one’s goals. Jonna Iacono, director of Northeastern’s Scholars Pro­gram and Office of Under­grad­uate Research and Fel­low­ships, described Jackson as a nuanced and sophis­ti­cated thinker who has dis­played a great pas­sion for learning.

“She’s amazing,” Iacono said of Jackson. “She’s intel­lec­tu­ally vora­cious and aca­d­e­m­i­cally curious. She has a dis­tin­guished aca­d­emic record in a very rig­orous cur­riculum. Every part of her aca­d­emic expe­ri­ence, from her research to her co- op expe­ri­ences, has been chal­lenging at the highest levels.” At Oxford, one of two master’s degrees Jackson plans to pursue is in evidencebased social inter­ven­tion and policy eval­u­a­tion. Through this pro­gram, she hopes to gain skills she can com­bine with her engi­neering back­ground to work in policy. She’s par­tic­u­larly inter­ested in bringing greater diver­sity to the fields of sci­ence, tech­nology, engi­neering, and math, or STEM. Jackson has served in sev­eral roles with Northeastern’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engi­neers, including pres­id­ ent. She is also a vio­list in the North­eastern Sym­phony Orchestra, and helps lead com­mu­nity ser­vices in her home state 11

of Ken­tucky. During her time at North­ eastern, she’s also received the Robert J. Shillman Award for Engi­neering Excel­lence and was named to the Hunt­ington 100, an annual recog­ni­tion bestowed on a group of select stu­dents for their accom­plish­ments and impact on campus, in the com­mu­nity, and across the globe. At North­eastern, Jackson has focused her work on struc­tural engi­neering. She has worked as an under­grad­uate research assis­tant and helped develop a fiber-optic sensor to detect indi­ca­tors for a poten­tial building col­lapse. Prior to her cur­rent co-op at Hensel Phelps, she com­pleted co-ops at two other world- leading con­struc­tion firms: Suf­folk Con­struc­tion and Skanska USA Civil Inc. This summer, she also did an intern­ship at Intel in Oregon, working as part of a team trying to find ways to imple­ment lean man­u­fac­turing techniques.

”Co- op has been really useful,” Jackson said. “You learn so many skills you’d never think to learn or might not be exposed to in classroom.” She added: ”I feel like when I grad­uate, I’ll be get­ting two degrees—a civil engi­neering degree, and a work- experience degree.” —Written by Greg St. Martin and Joe O’Connell

Student Spotlight

She’s intel­lec­tu­ally vora­cious and aca­d­e­m­i­cally curious. She has a dis­tin­guished aca­d­emic record in a very rig­orous cur­riculum. Every part of her aca­d­emic expe­ri­ence, from her research to her co-op expe­ri­ences, has been chal­lenging at the highest levels.” —Jonna Iacono, director of Northeatern’s Scholars Program and Office of Under­grad­uate Research and Fel­low­ships

Logan Jackson, E’16, a senior and civil engineering major, is the first Northeastern student ever to receive the scholarship, which is among the most prestigious awards an undergraduate student in the United States can receive.



Student Spotlight

Stay Connected The Office of Student Orientation and Parent/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. PARENT CORNER MESSAGE BOARD Visit our Parent Message Board to post questions for other parents and join in the discussion. Get started here. 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 your student’s academic transcript and Husky Card balance is available through your portal. 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 here. PARENT/FAMILY WEBSITE Information on programs and events, communications, resources and, policies may be found here. VISIT US ON FACEBOOK




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