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IN THIS ISSUE > Welcome > University Updates > Faculty Spotlight > Student Spotlight > Campus Resources

• Career Design

• Commencement

• Housing and Residential Life

• Off Campus Student Services

• LGBTQA Resource Center

• Research and Innovation

> 2019 Dates for Planning > Stay Connected and Informed



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 on co-op, or engaging in an international experience. To those families with graduating seniors, congratulations! Enjoy celebrating this milestone through the May Commencement festivities. Know that our Husky pride in these graduates will continue as they embark on new endeavors as accomplished Northeastern alums. And to those with students continuing their Northeastern experience and earning another degree from their alma mater, we’ll look forward to their contributions as a graduate student. If you have any questions, or if I can be of any assistance, please contact me at parents@northeastern.edu or by calling 800.696.6516. Sincerely,

Susan Brown Associate Director Office of Student Orientation and Parent/Family Programs parents@northeastern.edu 800.696.6516



Northeastern alumnus and trustee Amin Khoury


In this new role, Chancellor Henderson will oversee undergraduate and experiential learning, student affairs, enrollment management, digital and mobile learning, lifelong learning—including our regional campuses—and the university’s PhD Network.

In honor of alumnus and trustee Amin Khoury, Northeastern University has named its fastest-growing college the Khoury College of Computer Sciences. Inspired by Northeastern’s leadership in digital innovation, Khoury endowed the college with $50 million to support all aspects of the college’s future focus.

Read the full story here.


“In the world of higher education, truly historic moments happen when a compelling vision is joined together with a powerful investment,” President Joseph Aoun wrote in a message to the Northeastern community.

Northeastern has appointed Deanna Raineri as vice president and vice provost for digital learning and mobility strategy. Raineri comes to Northeastern from Coursera, an online education company, where she most recently served as the chief academic strategist and interim chief content officer.

“Amin Khoury is a farsighted entrepreneur who built his career by anticipating trends and making transformative decisions. Amin understands the limitless promise of technology to shape our society, and his support will allow us to advance the frontiers of knowledge in the age of artificial intelligence. All of us in the Northeastern family are grateful for his wisdom and support.”

At Northeastern, Raineri will develop and execute strategies to grow the university’s lifelong learning and experiential programs throughout its global university system. She will focus on extending Northeastern’s educational offerings across the globe, using technology to increase access and give learners more flexibility, and increasing opportunities for students to take classes across Northeastern’s regional campuses.

Read the full story here.

MEET NORTHEASTERN’S CHANCELLOR This February, Ken Henderson took on a new role as Northeastern’s new chancellor, leading a broad portfolio of teaching and learning functions. Henderson, who had been serving as dean of the College of Science since July 2016, was previously a professor and chair of the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame. PARENT/FAMILY MATTERS

Read the full story here.


University Updates



The Northeastern men’s hockey team fell to Cornell University 5-1 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, concluding a memorable season for the Huskies that saw a second-straight Beanpot title and a Hockey East championship.

The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex has received the 2018 Harleston Parker Medal from the Boston Society of Architects, a nonprofit organization and chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The award, which is the organization’s highest honor, recognizes “the single most beautiful building or other structure” built in the metropolitan Boston area in the past 10 years.

Northeastern earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the third time in the past four seasons, and the team’s 27 wins were the most in a single season in its history.

Read the full story here.

Northeastern entered the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 5 in the nation, and the No. 2 seed in the East Regional. The Huskies had hoped to advance beyond the opening round for the first time since 1982 but couldn’t muster enough offense against the Big Red’s stout defense.

A NEW HOUSING ALTERNATIVE Northeastern is completing construction of the LightView residences, for a fall 2019 opening. These on-campus housing facilities are being built in collaboration with the City of Boston and American Campus Communities, allowing upperclassmen to sign yearlong leases for on-campus apartments. Since 1993, American Campus has been the nation’s leading provider of academically oriented student communities. In our unrelenting commitment to students, we give your student the college experience they want and the academic environment they need to succeed—not just in school, but also in life. (Note: LightView has reached capacity for fall 2019 and is only accepting waitlist applications.)

Jim Madigan, the Fernie Flaman Men’s Hockey Coach at Northeastern, said after the game that he was proud of his players and what they accomplished this year. “They were champions,” Madigan said. “They were Beanpot and Hockey East champions as a group, and then as a senior group, they leave with a lot of accomplishments. We’re all proud of them, and it’s just unfortunate that we didn’t have it today.” Read the full story here.

Read the full story here.



University Updates

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HOW TO BUILD A BOAT AND FIND YOURSELF “Boat-building,” says Will Johnson, “is mostly just fixing your mistakes.”

John Kwoka understood what was wrong with the American economy, and he was prepared to offer solutions. But knowing and persuading are two different things, especially when you are being called to testify before the U.S. Senate.

For example, there was the time a drill bit broke off and lodged itself into the bottom of the 16-foot long-point skiff he was building. His boat, “Persistence,” was upside-down in the workshop at Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury, Massachusetts, and Johnson, a Northeastern student and apprentice boatbuilder, had to decide if he could leave the drill bit buried in its sole, or if the metal would eventually rust and rot out the wood around it.

Could he tell his story in a way that might break through the partisanship and polarization of Washington? Kwoka, the Neal F. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Economics at Northeastern, has pieced together a compelling story of a depressing trend. Over the last two decades, the number of major airlines has shrunk from seven to four. In that same time, the eight big accounting firms have been consolidated down to four. Where there used to be eight or nine rivals in the car-rental business, there are now only three. There are two surviving pharmacy chains, two dominant mattress manufacturers, two colossal brewers.

Mostly, Johnson needed to know if a tiny piece of metal wedged into his boat would cause it to break open and sink someday. Whether, at some point, one step onto invisibly rotten wood would put his boot through the boat. Johnson looked up which company manufactured the drill bit to determine what kind of metal the bit was, and whether that metal was susceptible to rust. It was.

Competition has been declining throughout the country as conglomerates have grown more powerful. Administrations from both parties have fed the snowballing trend of higher prices for lesser goods and services. Kwoka testified that a variety of studies affirm what Americans already know: They have fewer options when it comes to airlines, pet food.

He consulted with Graham McKay, the master boatbuilder at Lowell’s Boat Shop, to figure out the best way to deal with the mistake. Read the full story here.

Read the full story here.



Faculty and Student Spotlight

Campus Resources Careers by Design: Meaningful Work that Makes an Impact Employer Engagement and Career Design offers a range of programs and services to students and alumni that help them learn about their values, interests, personality, and skills (also referred to as VIPS) to find the career that is right for them. The Career Design team can assist your student with choosing or changing a major, exploring career paths, finding internships, conducting a successful job search, applying to graduate school, and preparing for their first professional job. Staff members are passionate about helping your student find work that is meaningful to them, and that will allow them to contribute their talents, skills, and experience to make a difference in the world. These services are available to your student for free throughout their lifetime and at any point in their Northeastern experience. > Learn about majors and careers > Write resumés and cover letters > Learn interview tips to land your co-op, internship, or full-time job > Conduct a successful job search > Learn how to network and negotiate salary > Apply for internships > Apply to graduate schools (law school included) and fellowships > Connect with employers through career fairs, on-campus recruiting, and employer engagement

Find out more about Employer Engagement and Career Design here.



Campus Resources

Campus Resources Commencement: Relevant 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 four electronic guest tickets; each guest must have a valid ticket for entry to the ceremony. All eligible students will receive an email with instructions on how to retrieve the tickets.

a cap and gown. Northeastern provides the cap and gown at no cost. Students may keep them as a memento of the occasion. > Parking in the TD Garden area will be minimal because the ceremony occurs on a regular city workday. We highly recommend using 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 bring a wheelchair and/or drop off your guest with an escort before parking. TD Garden has specific seating locations 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 has a unique bar code printed on it, 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 bar code. The Commencement Office does not approve of the selling of guest tickets, and the purchase of such tickets is done so at the buyer’s risk.

> 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. 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 and gown distribution schedules, hotel booking, and other valuable information. If you have specific questions about Commencement, you can email commencement@northeastern.edu. You can also view our TUESDAY TALK webinar about Commencement here.

CEREMONY DETAILS: > Commencement will take place Friday, May 3, 2019, 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 lineup); doors open at 7:30 a.m. for guests; and the student procession into the arena begins at 9:15 a.m. These times are subject to change; please visit the Commencement website for all up-to-date information. > If a student is participating in the ceremony, excluding military personnel in uniform, they are required to wear



Campus Resources

Campus Resources Housing and Residential Life Below find important upcoming dates related to Housing and Residential Life. You can find out more about the dates, housing, and residential life on campus here. If you have questions or concerns, you can contact housing and residential life at housing@northeastern.edu or 617.373.2814. MOVE-OUT FOR STUDENTS IN CLASSES: > Within 24 hours after your student’s last final or by 7 p.m. Friday, April 26*

MOVE-OUT FOR STUDENTS ON CO-OP: > By 9 p.m. Friday, April 26* *For students not in university housing during Summer I Find out more about Summer Storage Service here.



Campus Resources

Campus Resources 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 can reside together. Read more about tenant rights and responsibilities here. If your student or one of their roommates plans to sublet during the year, written permission from the landlord is mandatory. Students may post their sublet, search for roommates, and find available apartments on the Northeastern Apartment Database.

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 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 and food.

When planning your student’s move, remember we have information on temporary housing, moving and storage companies, and day-of assistance on September 1 in Fenway and Mission Hill neighborhoods.

Visiting our Get Started page helps break down the steps to finding an apartment in Boston and what additional information you need to know. Parents and families are encouraged to review these Top 10 Tips to help support their students living off campus.

For detailed information on these topics, watch the informative videos on our website. Additional support is also provided by our student Community Ambassadors who help students stay connected to campus, provide valuable advocacy and advising, and run neighborhood cleanups.

Equally important, the university expects all students to be respectful of our city neighbors by themselves being good neighbors. Students should develop a good relationship with their landlord from the beginning. If problems arise during their tenancy, Off Campus Student Services can assist students and parents in navigating issues and provide support.

In addition to on-campus resources, Boston’s city services assist renters in navigating conversations with landlords and property managers. The City of Boston has a nonemergency phone number and app, BOS:311, so students may readily communicate with city services. If you have questions or concerns, you can contact Off Campus Student Services at offcampus@northeastern.edu.

In the City of Boston, the landlord is responsible for complying with the State Sanitary Code. Watch for fine print or addendums to the lease that might state otherwise. Boston also has an ordinance that no more than four undergraduate



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2019 Helpful Dates for Planning

LGBTQA Resource Center

Be sure to check out our 2018–2019 Parent & Family Calendar for important university dates, on-campus happenings, and holidays.

The LGBTQA Resource Center aspires to create an organized and empowered LGBTQA community at Northeastern. You can find out more about the center here or by reaching out to lgbtqa@northeastern.edu.

April 17

Last day of classes


April 18

Reading day

April 19–26

Final exams

The LGBTQA Resource Center invites all parents and families to an informational conference call July 9 at 4 p.m. EST to learn more about the LGBTQA+ student experience at Northeastern. First, our staff will give an overview of the various community spaces and support systems we provide, including our annual signature programs like Reach(OUT) LGBTQA+ Career Conference, Rainbow Graduation, and Queer Prom. Then, we will provide an opportunity for questions and answers with the staff. A recording of the information presented before the Q&A is made available for those who are unable to attend the call live. Click Here to sign up or request a recorded copy of the call.

May 3


May 6

First day of Summer I, NUterm, and full summer classes

June 24–25

Summer I final exams

July 1

First day of Summer II classes

August 8

Full summer classes end

August 12–15

Final exams for full summer classes

August 19–20

Summer II final exams

SAVE THE DATE: FAMILY & FRIENDS WEEKEND 2019 Family & Friends Weekend will be held Friday, October 25 through Sunday, October 27, 2019. Join us on campus to take part in a variety of events including college gatherings, featured speakers, a family and friends festival, athletic events, and much more. We encourage you to view our list of nearby hotels and make reservations early.



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David Luzzi, senior vice provost for research and vice president of the Innovation Campus at Burlington, MA

Research and Innovation: David Luzzi

Stay Connected

David Luzzi is the senior vice provost for research and vice president of the Innovation Campus at Burlington, MA.

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.

Since arriving at the university in 2007 as dean of the College of Engineering, Luzzi has dedicated himself to the success of the university and his Northeastern colleagues. He has contributed to many of the discussions, initiatives, and actions that transformed Northeastern into a top-tier research university. Under Luzzi ’s leadership, new academic programs launched, such as the PhD in Bioengineering and the MS in Energy Systems. Many faculty members and professional researchers were recruited, hired, tenured, and promoted, and remarkable achievements were made in philanthropy and the cultivation and recruitment of corporate and alumni leaders.

TUESDAY TALKS Join us for our monthly webinar series, TUESDAY TALKS, geared toward keeping families abreast of current student and university happenings. Check out our past recordings as well as what’s to come. PARENT/FAMILY MESSAGE BOARD Stay in touch with other parents and families, ask questions, and get advice through our interactive message board.

Luzzi is a full professor of mechanical and industrial engineering who has authored more than 120 scientific articles. He is a member of the board of directors of the Advanced Cyber Security Center and is a founding director of the International Cyber Security Center of Excellence. Luzzi was a member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and served as its science and technology chair. He has won the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the George Heilmeier Award for Research Excellence.

PARENT/FAMILY PORTAL Parents and guardians of current Northeastern students may create an online Parent Portal account and have access to specific 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. PARENT/FAMILY FACEBOOK

We invite you to join us for our upcoming TUESDAY TALK  April 23 from 7–8 p.m. with Luzzi. During this webinar, we’ll provide an overview of Northeastern’s key research themes, centers and institutes, and how your student can get involved. Registration details will be made available soon on our website.


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Contact Us for Assistance For assistance, please contact the Office of Student Orientation and Parent/Family Programs at 800.696.6516 or email parents@northeastern.edu. 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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