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IN THIS ISSUE > Letter from the Parent/Family Office > New Athletic Director Announced > Student Profile > Faculty Profile > Winter Athletics Highlights > Housing & Residential Life Update > Off Campus Student Services > Commencement Speaker > Commencement Information > Important Dates & Staying Connected > Contact Us

Letter from the Parent/Family Office

Dear Parents and Families: It’s hard to believe, but we’re only a few weeks away from the end of the spring semester. We’re hoping this year was a successful one for your student; whether studying in classes, working co-op, or engaging in an international experience. And for those families of graduating seniors, congratulations! Enjoy celebrating this milestone through the May commencement festivities! Know that our Husky pride will continue as they embark on new endeavors and begin their new journey of becoming accomplished Northeastern alums. And to those students who are extending their Northeastern experience by earning their next credential from their alma mater, we’re looking forward to your continued contributions as a student. We hope you find the information in this issue of Parent Matters helpful. Please don’t hesitate to connect with us should you have questions or need assistance. Sincerely,

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



Jeffrey Konya Introduced as Next Director of Athletics and Recreation Northeastern introduced Jeffrey Konya as its next director of athletics and recreation on Wednesday, January 10, at a press conference in the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, where university leaders praised him as a “skilled leader” with a “clear vision for the future.” “Jeff is a person who is entrepreneurial, who is innovative, who wants to win, but who also wants to focus on academic excellence,” said Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun, who presented Konya with a Northeastern hockey sweater and basketball jersey. Konya began his tenure at Northeastern on Feb. 1. He succeeded Peter Roby, who retired following the 2017-18 season after more than 15 years at Northeastern, including 10 years as athletic director. Konya joined university leaders in thanking and praising Roby for his leadership. “He’s established a tremendous foundation for Northeastern athletics,” Konya said. Read the full story here. Original article posted on News @ Northeastern, January 11, 2018



New Athletic Director Announced

Trying to combat climate change is a great way to spend spring break.”

Students Tackle Public Health, Climate Change, LGBT Rights On Alternative Spring Break Johanna Loepke, CIS/S’20, has an affinity for the ocean. She’s a certified scuba diver. And she’s keenly aware of the impact of climate change on mangroves and coral reefs. “I know that our oceans need to be protected,” says Loepke, a third-year student studying computer science and cognitive psychology. “They’re really vulnerable right now.” It’s why she was in the Bahamas for the week, studying sea turtles as part of a citizen science project aimed at shaping future conservation practices. Working with scientists from Earthwatch, a nonprofit environmental organization, Loepke and 10 other Northeastern students are snorkeling out to the creatures, taking tissue samples, and tagging them with tracking devices. “By tracking this information we’re able to get a picture of what the human impact is on the ocean and its inhabitants,” Loepke explains. “If the evidence is compelling enough, it could lead to creating a marine protected area in the Bahamas.” Loepke is one of 165 students who participated in the Center of Community Service’s 2018 Alternative Spring Break program. The students volunteered in nine states and six countries, addressing critical social issues like public health, affordable housing, and sustainable food. Read the full story here. Original article posted on News @ Northeastern, March 6, 2018



Student Profile

Exercise Your Way to Better Memory, Focus, Sleep, and More You’ve heard it at least 100 times—regular physical activity does wonders for your health. It can help you maintain a healthy weight and dramatically reduce your risk for developing heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. But less well-known is the impact of physical activity on the mind. A new report released in early March by the Department of Health and Human Services presents the most up-to-date science linking exercise to improved cognition. Professor Charles Hillman, director of Northeastern’s Center for Cognitive and Brain Health, served on the advisory committee that produced the report, which will inform the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines, set to be released later this year. The report’s findings show that a number of executive cognitive functions are positively influenced by regular physical activity, which is defined as between 150 and 300 minutes of moderateintensity exercise per week. These functions include our ability to plan and schedule actions, ignore distraction, stay focused, and multitask. Memory, processing speed, attention, and academic performance are all shown to benefit from physical activity, as well. Read the full story here. Original article posted on News @ Northeastern, March 6, 2018



Faculty Profile


Two goals from senior McKenna Brand and a stifling 30 saves from freshman Aerin Frankel propelled the Northeastern women’s hockey team (19-16-3) to a 2-1 victory over Connecticut (16-14-9) and its first Hockey East championship in program history. Read the full story here. Original article posted on News @ Northeastern, March 4, 2018


For the second time in his Northeastern tenure, head coach Bill Coen has been honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) as the District 10 Coach of the Year. Earlier this season, Coen was honored as the CAA Coach of the Year for the first time in his tenure. Read the full story here. Original article posted on News @ Northeastern, March 21, 2018


For the first time since 1988, the Beanpot has returned back to Huntington Avenue as the No. 12/11 Northeastern men’s hockey team battled back from a goal down to defeat Boston University comfortably, 5-2. Read the full story here. Original article posted on News @ Northeastern, February 12, 2018



Winter Athletics Highlights

Office of Housing and Residential Life A MESSAGE FROM HOUSING AND RESIDENTIAL LIFE


At Northeastern, we are committed to providing the best housing and residential experience for you and your student. We want to take a moment to apologize for any inconvenience that a glitch in our system recently caused during the housing selection process for first-year students. We recognize that this can be a stressful time and thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked through these technical issues. After investigation, we found that the issue was due to excessive activity, which overloaded the system. Once isolated, we took immediate steps to rectify the issue. The rescheduled selection process was completed without incident.

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 2018: Move-Out for Students in Classes: > Within 24 hours after your student’s last final or by 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27 Move-Out for Students on Co-op: > By 9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27 Move-Out for Graduating Seniors: > By 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5

We also wanted to take a moment to address the PAWS placement process and the number of students who have been referred to this. We want you to be aware that our process is designed to be flexible so that students have the ability move in and out of housing in order to more easily participate in experiential learning opportunities.

Find out more about Summer Storage Service! Housing and Residential Life 617.373.2814

Students are encouraged to discuss their situation with staff; we have walk-in hours available most afternoons 1:00pm-4:00pm, and Mondays and Thursdays until 7:00pm.



Office of Housing and Residential Life

Off Campus Student Services Is your student living off campus this year or planning on living off campus in the future? Off Campus Student Services is available to help students have a successful off campus experience. Students and parents may not know how to start the process of finding off campus housing, or how to make it better than a previous experience. Students who are excited to live off campus to enjoy a more “independent� college experience may not recognize their additional responsibilities, such as paying monthly rent on time, and factoring in utilities, cable/internet costs and food. We encourage parents and families to watch this webinar to help educate and support their student through this process. You can find out more about living off campus and Off Campus Student Services by checking out our recent Tuesday Talk here.



Off Campus Student Services

Aimée Mullins to Deliver 2018 Commencement Address An actor in the Emmy-nominated TV show Stranger Things will deliver Northeastern University’s 2018 Commencement address on May 4 at TD Garden in Boston. A world record-setting sprinter will also deliver the address. So will a double below-the-knee amputee who pioneered the woven carbon-fiber prostheses that are now the international standard for amputee runners. So will an iconic Alexander McQueen muse and runway model. And a National Women’s Hall of Fame inductee. As well as an advocate for reforming the societal mindset around “disability” whose TED Talks have been viewed more than 7 million times. It’s not that this year’s Commencement address will be delivered by six people, but rather one incredible person. Aimée Mullins is all of these things—actor, Paralympian, trailblazing athlete, model, advocate —and more. To each of these roles she brings a vibrant energy, and a story to tell. Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun announced the news of Mullins’ address on Twitter. “Aimée Mullins is a true renaissance woman,” Aoun said. “Her achievements across multiple disciplines and platforms—including the arts, athletics, and public diplomacy—perfectly represent the interdisciplinary ethos we encourage our students today. As a leading voice on empowerment, self-image, and innovation, Aimée’s insights and counsel will resonate with our students as they embark on the next stage of their lives.” Read the full story here.



Commencement Speaker

Important Information for Families with Graduating Seniors This is a momentous occasion that you may wish to share with many, but unfortunately tickets are allocated based on the number of candidates attending the ceremony and the number of seats available in the venue. Qualifying degree candidates will be given access in April to 4 electronic guest tickets; each guest must have a valid ticket for entry to the ceremony. Instructions on how to retrieve the tickets will be emailed to all eligible students.

by Northeastern at no cost, and may be kept as a memento of the occasion. > Parking availability in the TD Garden area will be very limited due to the ceremony being held on a Friday and regular workday 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. Additional seating in that area may not allow for seating for your entire party.

We invite those family members and friends who are unable to attend, to join our graduates via the live webcast of the ceremony, which will be available on the Northeastern homepage. Each ticket will be printed with a unique bar code, which allows a single entry, and seating is general admission. 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. Ceremony Details:

> Grad Images photography 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.

> Commencement will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the TD Garden. Students must arrive by 7:30 a.m. (late arrival will impact their place in the student line-up); doors open at 7:30 a.m. for guests; and the student procession into the arena begins at 9:15 a.m.

Please encourage your graduate to read all emails directed to their Husky email account related to commencement. The Commencement website provides complete details regarding deadlines, venue security policies, ticket and cap/gown distribution schedules, hotel booking, and other important information.

> 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

Commencement Office 617.373.4098 |



Commencement Information

Important Dates

Stay Connected and Informed

April 18 Last Day of Classes April 19 Reading Day April 20-27 Final Exams May 4 Commencement May 7 First Day of Summer I, NUterm, and Full Summer Classes June 25-26 Summer I Final Exams July 2 First Day of Summer II Classes August 9 Full Summer Classes End August 13-16 Final Exams for Full Summer Classes August 20-21 Summer II Final Exams

The Office of Student Orientation and Parent/Family Programs believes that an informed family plays an instrumental role in a student’s educational success. Our office understands the need for connection and communication with campus resources and services, offering several ways for parents and guardians to stay in touch. Join us for our monthly webinar series, TUESDAY TALKS, geared towards keeping families abreast of current student and university happenings! Check-out our past recordings as well as what’s to come! Parents’ Corner Message Board

Save the Date

Stay in touch with other parents and families, ask questions, and get advice through our interactive message board. Get started here.

Family & Friends Weekend 2018! Mark your calendar - Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28, 2018!

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Take part in a variety of campus events including college gatherings, a family and friends festival, men’s ice hockey, and plenty of Boston excursions to choose from!

Parent/Family Portal

Parents and guardians of current Northeastern students may create an online Parent Portal account where they may be granted access to certain content and services related to their student’s experience at the university. For example, parents and guardians can review bills and transcripts online and access the latest campus news and information. Create your account today!

We encourage you to view our list of nearby hotels and make reservations early!

Parent/Family Calendar View our 2017-2018 Parent & Family Calendar for important university dates, on-campus happenings, and holidays. PARENT MATTERS


Important Dates

Contact Us For Parent/Family assistance, please contact the Office of Student Orientation and Parent/Family Programs at 800.696.6516 or email If calling, please note that our office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST. Hours can vary at times of holidays and inclement weather. If you have additional questions for other University offices, please reference this listing.

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