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Giving back to the community

Lynnea Olivarez PAGE 5

a behind the scenes look at the National Parks system

Sheryl Mayuski, Ben Landsberg,

6th annual honors evening PAGE 8

Where in the world

Student Travels and Adventures PAGE 17

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perspective Volume 6 – Fall 2009 Honors Welcome Week! The 2009 Honors Welcome Week started with a tasty evening of JP Licks ice cream enjoyed by the new honors class and upper-class volunteers in the brand new International Village. Students were able to enjoy their frozen treats surrounded by trees and a starry night in the new bamboo garden. With red t-shirts in hand we were ready to kick off an exciting week of both academic and social activities to help orient students and make lasting friendships. Our year kicked off with the first academic event of the semester. Our new honors students assembled in West Village F for a faculty panel to discuss the first pages selection Beautiful Boy a memoir by David Sheff. Students furthered their discussion on relating to the book and its impact with breakout groups with a variety of professors, res-life staff, and other campus organizational leaders. The workshop allowed students to develop topics like addiction, family struggles, and recovery.

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Director’s Welcome Greetings – the summer whizzed by and we are scampering through the early fall. During the summer we had the chance to meet all of our incoming students and sent them off with David Sheff’s Beautiful Boy, our pick for the Honors First Year Reading Project and the larger university-wide First Pages initiative. In choosing the book, fifty students joined us as Honors Readers and three students served with faculty and staff on the First Pages Committee. Efforts from both groups helped us hone in on a great choice. After we booked Sheff for September, he was named one of the 2009 Time 100 – people who are recognized on a number of fronts. Sheff was recognized for this contribution in the Scientists and Thinkers category. Special thanks to Associate Director Lauren Pouchak and the students on the First Pages Committee: Justin Alves, Sam Sokup and Rachel Regonini for their contribution. We will begin to rustle up some nominations and a new group of Honors Readers and student reps for the First Pages Committee in early November – look for the announcement! I’m going to claim that we broke the record for number of upper class volunteers that assisted us this past September for Welcome Week – maybe we even hit a Guinness World record: 138 volunteers for our class of 300 new students. There were so many purple Honors t-shirts floating around campus that President Aoun requested one! Way to go – thanks for your positive energy and great mentoring of the newbies to campus. Rumor has it that upper class competitive juices got rolling when we introduced our new honors Welcome Week Event – the Amazing Race Honors Style. Everyone made it back to campus safe and sound and 6 teams walked off with dinner at The Cheesecake Factory (I have noticed no invitation to join in these festivities!). In a third year tradition, we have tried to capture the essence of our program and the larger National Collegiate Honors Council mission with our course Enhancing Honors 101 – 300 students, 52 upper class mentors and meetings once a week have kept us hopping so far this semester. Mentors led Walkabouts throughout the city in early October – we’ve heard great reviews. Our focus this term is on the memorable concert given at “the Garden” by James Brown on April 5, 1968, the night after the Martin Luther King assassination. We’re using James Sullivan’s bio, The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved the Soul of America. And we are immersing ourselves in the tumult of the times including discussions of the desegregation of Boston’s schools. Thanks to the help of our Graduate Assistant Colleen Cronin who is managing all this at our end. This fall, our Honors Interdisciplinary Seminars are jammed – our Writer in Residence Michael Patrick MacDonald has returned to teach about writing about social justice issues, and two new courses, one on leadership and the 1960s and the other on law, ethics and Wall Street are being offered along with several other seminars. Be sure to check out the offerings for next semester. Our First Year Inquiry Series is also moving along – a new course in the spring will be taught by Professor Leonard Brown on Movement Music. Along with the seminars and the Inquiry series, we are offering about 120 courses this year – something for everyone we hope.

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Bright and early the next morning students piled onto buses to the Ashland Campus for a day of team building and ropes course activities. A true highlight was seeing students balance on wooden logs up to 50 feet in the air, and the delicious BBQ was a nice way to energize students for the rest of the day’s activities.

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Following this day of team building it was time to start the honors programs new event the Amazing Race. Eighty upper-class honors volunteers and over 300 freshman students embarked on a race through the city of Boston. Groups went everywhere from the North End, to Fenway, from the Back Bay to Chinatown answering clues and trying to beat the clock. The reward for running around the city with their pictures for proof in hand was a night out for 7 winning teams at the Cheese Cake Factory. Before the start of classes the first week, the honors students were recognized at our Annual Honors Induction Breakfast where students received their honors pins at the end of the reception. Later in the week honors students had a private afternoon lecture with the author of Beautiful Boy David Sheff that followed a Q&A and book signing with the author. Seven selected students were able to attend dinner with David Sheff, and after he commented “A special thanks to my dinner companions. I loved our conversation. It was a pleasure to begin to get to know them. Each was unique, each impressive.”

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Welcome week ended in the spirit of giving with our Neighborhood Outreach with Community Partners. With up to 14 different organizations needing volunteers, the honors students braved a rainy day to serve over 1,750 hours of community service. Special thanks to Sarah De Ritter, Associate & Program Director, for making the day a success. After such a sensational and memorable week we must thank all of the faculty, staff, students, and volunteers across campus that made the week a true success, and we can’t wait until next year!

“A special thanks to my dinner companions. I loved our conversation. It was a pleasure to begin to get to know them. Each was unique, each impressive.” –david sheff


Student Profiles Physics major Emily Batt attends the National Conference for Collegiate Women Student Leaders

This June, I had the privilege of attending the National Conference for Collegiate Women Student Leaders under the sponsorship of the Northeastern University Honors Program. For two and a half days, I met at the University of Maryland with 300 women from around the globe to discuss contemporary issues facing women leaders. The conference addressed attendees as individuals, as leaders, and as females, and confronted the challenges that arise when these three dynamics coalesce. Through a series of workshops, the program broached topics of contention: pay inequities between genders and races, the connotations of the term “feminist,” the obstacles inherent to taking maternity leave, and the role of women in politics. The themes were varied and the perspectives increasingly diverse. The opinions of the conference’s keynote speakers on these subjects were particularly compelling. Nontombi Naomi Tutu and Kirk W. Johnson closed and opened the conference respectively with their own insight. Tutu grew up in apartheid South Africa and has since been combating the dissension associated with race and gender relations. She vocalized the discrimination she faced, but urged the audience to remain unfazed by degradation. “If you are running from labels,” she explained, “you’re not even part of the struggle.”

What started as a plan to help a few individuals, has grown into a project to save 3,500 American allies. He attested that a strong leader steps up when there is need despite certain opposition. Annually, the conference administration honors five individuals whose contributions to their fields remain unparalleled. At this year’s “Women of Distinction” reception, recipients were Martine Rothblatt, pioneer of satellite radio and biotech mogul; Tammy Duckworth, member of President Obama’s administration and Purple Heart veteran; Melissa Poe Hood, who today manages an environmental group she founded at age nine; Diane Rehm, popular radio talk show host; and Anucha Browne Sanders, sports tycoon and activist against sexual harassment. Following the ceremony, conference participants had the opportunity to speak with each of these women. In a particularly engaging conversation with Martine Rothblatt, she explained how she entered the pharmaceutical industry after her daughter was diagnosed with a rare lung disorder. Without any previous medical experience, she established a biotech company whose net worth today exceeds $2 billion. Most importantly, her daughter is healthy and thriving. The weekend culminated in a night in D.C., where I talked with other women about the conference’s message. It was an inspiration and honor to join such an ambitious group of student and professional leaders. -Emily Batt, physics

Johnson’s sentiments were similar; as a human rights activist, he has traveled the world rescuing Iraqi refugees who have assisted American efforts.

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Journalism major Lynnea Olivarez volunteers for 2009 nuSERVES

Fifty Northeastern first year and 15 upper-class students learned that giving back to the community provides a fast return. This Center of Community Service organized the second annual nuSERVES program last month. The program provides the opportunity for a select group of first year students, who applied during the summer to move onto campus early and dive into a full week totally immersed in service. When I signed up to be a Team Leader during the first year of the program in 2008, I really didn’t know what the job entailed. But upon attending the team leader training prior to the freshmen’s arrival, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that that nuSERVES session, and each subsequent session in years to follow, would have a theme. All the week’s activities centered around the theme. The theme of the 2008 program was “Hunger and Homelessness” and in 2009 the theme was “The Environment.” This year, participants arrived a week and half before school started. A few hours after arriving on campus and seeing their dorm-rooms for the first time, these students engaged in team-building activities and ice breakers with their nine freshmen teammates and three team leaders. Each of the five

groups became a respective family for that week. The next two days of the program were meant to educate participants about their community and the environment. In addition to taking a walking tour of the Back Bay area, students heard guest speakers from Al Gore’s The Climate Project and “upcycled” by creating leather-bound notebooks all from previously-used materials. The last two days of the program were spent by each team doing service in different areas of Boston. My team mostly spent our time removing “invasive species” (or really, really big weeds) from alongside the Charles River, an elementary school garden, and Franklin Park Zoo. Perhaps the greatest part of it all was that every single student was able to meet other first-years who shared their passion for service. My team shared such a passion for service that all of our members instantly bonded. I sincerely feel that all participants, in addition to gaining a better standing of our environment, walked away from that week and into the school year with at least one new friend, a respect for our community, and a huge increase in self-confidence and energy that I know I wish I had as a freshman two years ago. -Lynnea Olivarez, journalism

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Examining an Uneasy Partnership in the 1960s

“If you’re not leading change, you’re not leading.”

In the Classroom Leadership and Rebellion That insight – familiar to people who have studied leadership within organizations – suggests that a fundamental role of a leader is to shake up the status quo and move an organization toward greater effectiveness. But why not apply the same insight in a larger dimension: leadership and society. The purpose of this seminar is to offer 20 of us – 19 honors students and myself – to create a framework for exploring the synergy between leadership and change. And for an historical context, what could be better than America in the 1960s? The election and early death of John Kennedy initiated an especially intense debate over the centrality of charisma in defining leadership effectiveness. At the same time, American culture increasingly rejected formal leadership in favor of a grassroots oriented activism, typified by the participative democracy of Tom Hayden and the early members of Students for a Democratic Society. By combining history, sociology, political science, and popular culture, we place the concept of leadership within the broad cultural, political, and social environment that embraced Robert McNamara, Kennedy’s and LBJ’s secretary of defense and so-called “architect of the Vietnam War” and the dueling leadership styles of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. We delve into the leadership characteristics displayed by John Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis and by Robert Kennedy in challenging a sitting US President while demanding an end to the Vietnam War and a national agenda focusing on issues of poverty and race. As a professor senior enough to have lived through the 1960s, it is particularly intriguing to be able to match my memories with the acute analysis of the honors students. I found their discussion of the contrasting leadership styles of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King especially lively. Although preconditioned by high school history classes to view King as the “moderate” and

Malcolm as the fire-breathing radical, their reaction in the seminar has been quite different. Especially after viewing the two leaders in action, they were taken aback by the militancy of King. His rhetoric, his organization skills, even his ability to withstand the assault of J. Edgar Hoover demonstrated a kind of militancy that they found lacking in Malcolm. That is not, exactly, the way I remembered it, so it was useful to me to be part of their analysis. One of the most enjoyable sections of the seminar is the classes we devote to analyzing popular movies of the 1960s, with particular emphasis on their treatment of leadership. Every style of leadership is represented in films from that era: the leader as individual hero (John Wayne, of course, playing Davy Crockett in The Alamo), the doomed rebel (Spartacus), the charismatic personality (Lawrence of Arabia), the popular rocker who becomes President (Wild in the Streets), the hard-nosed military general (Patton), the conniver who gains power and authority solely on street-smarts (King Rat), the leader as Christ-figure (Cool Hand Luke), and the detached technocrat (Marooned). These varied films offer us an opportunity to understand the complex attitudes toward leadership represented in American culture during an especially tumultuous historical period. Perhaps the most troubling segment of the course places the spotlight on Robert McNamara. His story of engineering the Vietnam War and its ongoing build-up while privately harboring increasing doubts about the winability – and moral validity – of that war raises a fundamental question. At what point can leadership become troubling, even potentially dangerous? By spending a semester exploring these issues in the company of these many leaders, we can reflect on the ongoing battle between leadership and rebelliousness within the context of the 1960s. –Professor Bert Spector Associate Professor of International Business & Strategy, College of Business

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Sleeping under the stars, camping, hiking and adventure, not your typical Honors experience, but for eight of our students this summer, it was. Honors students were sent to three national Parks; the Grand Canyon-Parashant, Zion and Acadia to take part in the National Collegiate Honors Council’s Program, Partners in the Parks. Our students were given the chance to see the park, not like your typical tourist. Students spent a week in the national park, exploring, hiking, camping, listening to lectures from Honors faculty about the park, learning from Park Rangers and getting a behind the scenes look at the National Parks system. Our students were joined by other Honors students from across the country that also shared in this unique experience. This year’s Partners in the Parks participants included, Ben Landsberg who explored the Grand Canyon-Parashant, Eric Santagada, William Haugh and Diana MacDonald who went to Zion in Utah, and Sadie Lang, Gina Lento, Andrew Grube and Sandy Rago who went to Acadia in Maine. The Honors Program funds the registration for these students to take part in the Partners in the Parks experience. Applications to participate next summer will be available in spring 2010, if you have any questions about Partners please contact Sheryl Mayuski in the Honors Program at s.mayuski@neu.edu. –Sheryl Mayuski, Associate Director –Ben Landsberg, economics - photos

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6th Annual Honors Evening On April 6, 2009 over 39 honors scholars presented research completed as either a Junior/Senior project, work from an Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar, or Independent research done with a supporting faculty member. Over 240 students and faculty mentors viewed their poster presentations in the Curry Indoor Quad. After the poster presentation, the event moved upstairs to the Ballroom for a formal dinner and celebration of participants. Biology Professor and Pre-Med advisor Gail Begley was presented with our second annual faculty award, the Honors Program Portz Award. Named after former Honors Director John Portz, this award is given to a faculty member who has been instrumental in the ongoing development and success of the honors program. Prof. Begley taught the popular First Year Inquiry Series course, “The Microbial World”, and serves as a member of the First Pages Committee. We also honored graduating senior Andrew Cabasso, entrepreneurship, with the Honors Student of the Year Award. This award is given to a student who has shown exemplary leadership and dedication to Honors. Andrew served as Honors Student Council President for 2 years, and was the first student in the College of Business to complete and Honors Junior/Senior Project thesis. Andrew is currently a first year law student at Fordham University in New York. To cap off the evening, graduating seniors were awarded their red cords to wear at graduation, along with Honors pins. Each participating scholar was also given an Honors portfolio as a token of our appreciation of their hard work. We look forward to the Honors Evening next spring!

2008–2009 Honors Junior/Senior Projects Presented at the 6th Annual Honors Evening; Christin Barry Bouvé Health Sciences Nutrition at NU

Kostas Papamarkakis

Bouvé Health Sciences Cancer Awareness on Campus

Vanessa Castro

Bouvé Health Sciences

Translational Research

biochemistry Determining the Enzymatic Mechanism of Human AP Endo

Elaine Denenburg economics Economic Impact on the US Exchange Rate

Meghan Eaton

psychology Perceiving Emotions in Dance: An Analysis of the Difference in Nonverbal Accuracy Between Dancers and Non-dancers

Bouvé Health Sciences Cancer Awareness on Campus

psychology Serotonin’s Effects on Circadian Rhythms and Sleep Symptoms for Depression and Anxiety

Rachael Diamond

Bouvé Health Sciences Cancer Awareness on Campus

history & political science The Czech Experience in World War II

Matthew Evola Rachel Clark

Alicia Jones

Steven Criscione

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Casey, Hamilton biology Social Transmission of Immunity in the Carpenter Ant Camponotus Pennsylvanicus

communication The Post Secret Project: A Case Study of the Ethics of Online Confession

Scarlett Trilla human services Why are Women Driven to Participate in Social Movements? A Case Study of Women’s Cooperatives in Reforming Argentina

Andrew Cabasso entrepreneurship & new venture management Microfinance in Hispaniola: Eradicating Poverty in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Julie Vera

music industry The Concept of Musical Change and Rebellion in the NYC Art Scene

Lauren Hale

biology Base Excision Repair in Early Development

electrical engineering electrical engineering David Montaquila electrical engineering Vishal Patel electrical engineering S.C.A.T.R.: System of Cooperative and Autonomous Tracking Robots

Nicole Keimer

Daniel Lanoue math Explorations in Topological Group Theory

physics, math & philosoph Transport Studies on One-Dimensional Nanostructures

Jesse Silverberg

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Sean Fortier

industrial engineering Digital Stimulation Techniques - Creating Arena Tutorials

Samir Mistry Ray Cheng


6th Annual Honors Evening continued

2008-2009 Honors Seminar Research Prof. Dennis Shaughnessy Microfinance: The Business of Alleviating Extreme Poverty in Developing Countries Kathryn Jerdee, business

Prof. Jeffrey Burds, History of Espionage Emily Batt, physics Enormous Force: The Establishment, implementation, and Effects of the Soviet Atomic Bomb

Daria Caritano, business Gwendolyn Kidera, human services & international affairs

Prof. Bert Spector Business, Pop Culture and the Cold War

Ruthie Wyshogard, international affairs

Lauren Gianino, chemical engineering The Marshall Plan and its Benefits to America

Mhani Gingi Microlending: Eradicating Poverty One Small Loan at a Time

Special Guest Presenters Michael Patrick MacDonald, Honors Program Writer in Residence Social Justice: The Role of Reading, Writing and Understanding Non-Fiction Elizabeth Gillispie, psychology Writing About the Only Life I Know Lynnea Olivarez, journalism The Rhythm of Change

Prof. Harlow Robinson The Image of Russia in American Culture Jay Cinq-Mars, history & Spanish The Abraham Lincoln Brigade and Early SovietAmerican Relations

Prof. David Rochefort

Lauren Chapman, chemistry Microwave-Assisted Intramolecular Keck Cyclization of Aryl Chlorides Jeffrey Cumplido, biology Attempts to Express the DNA Repair Protein AP Endonuclease 2 in a Recombinant System Heather Gardiner, biology A PCR Method for Evaluation of Aerobic Bioremediation Treatment of Vinyl Chloride-Comtaminated Groundwater Erin Pritchard, physics Triggered Release of Doxorubicin Nanoparticles Jessica Robinson, political science The International Arms Trade Erin Ronayne, chemistry Designing Ligands for SPECT Imaging of Hormone Responsive Breast Cancer

Mastering the Language of Public Affairs: Theory and Practice Christina Schlegal, political science Political Language and Public Affairs

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where in the world? Honors students travel the globe far and wide. ‘Where in the World?’ is meant to capture students on their adventures around the world. If you plan on travelling, studying abroad, or attending one of Northeastern’s wildly popular Dialouge of Civilizations, make sure to bring the Honors Perspective along for the trip, and snap a photo! If you would like to submit a photo, please send your entries to Lauren Pouchak – l.pouchak@neu.edu. The top three photos each newsletter will receive a $50 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble.

Barbara Lee, psychology – In Sydney, Australia Caitlin Gillooly, biology - Coliseum and the Arch of Constantine, Rome Sadie Lang, environmental studies - At the top of St. Mary’s Tower at Oxford University

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Student input shapes Res Life programming, and a collaborative effort goes into each hall program that takes place.

Living Learning Corner West Village F This fall, West Village F made the transition from a first year community to an upper class honors residence hall. We look forward to having our upper class students in the building with us! Resident Assistants including Kylie Haung, Justin White, Quinn Bott, Erica Garfinkel and Residential Director Laura Piechowski have many events planned for the fall semester. In October, Kylie Huang will be leading a group of students around the traditional Chinese holiday Mid-Autumn Day, a group of students will visit Chinatown and taste Dimsum, a Chinese cuisine which involves a wide range of light dishes served along with Chinese tea. Justin White is working on bringing in a professional masseuse around either midterms or finals for a de-stressing session in December. The masseuse is the mother of an NU student and would be able to give a hands-on demonstration of some basic techniques. He also would like to put on a pool

tournament with Hall Council as well as a floor potluck in the near future. Quinn Bott is focusing his programs on cultural and arts events. Comedians and acrobats are being planned through collaboration with on-campus centers. Erica Garfinkel is working on collaborating with another LLC to attend “Mystic India� in IMAX at the Museum of Science. Also, I plan on doing an arts and craft instruction session, still to be determined. These and other fun cultural events await residents as they learn more about the opportunities to get involved and learn about diverse groups on campus. An interdisciplinary approach utilizing the unique landscape of Massachusetts, the enormous influence of Boston, and the personal resources of students, faculty, and staff, will help students embark on programs that assist them in traveling, learning, and growing. Student input shapes Res Life programming, and a collaborative effort goes into each hall program that takes place. We look forward to a great year ahead!

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What’s Happening in International Village! The beginning of the semester in INV was filled with anticipation, uncertainty, and an abundance of Mini-fridges. The first class of honors students moved in to the new building on September 11, 2009. The year was started off with an Ice Cream Social in the Bamboo garden. The students were not only able to enjoy a tasty treat from J.P. Licks, but were able to interact with their new classmates and Residential Life staff. There have been many successful programs with the Honor first year students in INV this fall semester. A very elaborate scavenger hunt took place in the very beginning of the semester throughout Boston and more specifically, Chinatown. There was another program where many of the residents had the opportunity to meet our Faculty in Residence, Dr. Carey Noland, a professor in the communication studies department. Dr. Noland is a viable resource to the residents as she helps bridge academics with residential life. Also, there have been programs from writing letters to American soldiers and college night at the Museum of Fine Arts, to Yoga in the Bamboo Garden and a “Night to Remember” which consisted of formal attire, formal etiquette, and non alcoholic ‘mocktail’ drinks. The Honor’s Living Learning Community in International Village is one that despite being surrounded by other Living Learning Communities, is able to cater specifically to the Honor’s residents in the hopes that they build meaningful and lasting relationships, gain experiences, and develop into thriving members of the local and global communities. –Noah Baum, Residence Director, INV

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Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards Fulbright Teaching Assistantship Emem Adjah

einternational business – Hong Kong

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship 2009-2010 Steven Criscione

biochemistry

Steamboat Summer Scholar 2009 Chelsey Mitchell

Honors Travel Grant Krupa Asher

Laura Ann Boston

African-American studies

& political science Danielle Dobson

international affairs/economics

Daniel Lindquist

business administration

The Gladys Brooks Honors Award 2009-2010

biochemistry

Lily Sussman

history & Spanish

Honors Fellowship Award 2009-2010 Danielle Dobson

human services & international affairs

Partners in the Parks 2009 Will Haugh

mechanical engineering

Andrew Grube

chemical engineering

Ben Landsberg

economics

Sadie Lang

environmental science

Gina Lento

pharmacy

Dianna MacDonald Sandy Rago

Chelsey Mitchell, chemistry

international affairs & economics

political science & international affairs

Brendan Rigby

Junior/Senior Honors Grants Ben Hills

biochemistry

environmental studies

psychology

Eric Santagada

entrepreneurship

2009-2010 Honors Teaching Assistants Riley Pruett

finance & insurance

Jay Cinq Mars

Steven Criscione

biology

English

Jordan Elliott Clark

Jay Cinq-Mars

human services & international affairs

Megan Kassick Ashley Pira

Presidential Scholars

chemistry

history & Spanish

Saumitro Dasgupta

electrical &

computer engineering

behavioral neuroscience

Elizabeth Viet

history

Hillary Jones

biology

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Alumni Corner

As an undergrad, I was fortunate enough to take an Honors Seminar that introduced me to a method of sustainable poverty alleviation for called microfinance. Microfinance involves providing small loans, from as little as $50, to help the poor start their own small businesses. With the help of the Honors Program, I was able to research the effects of microfinance in the Dominican Republic. I traveled to the DR to work with Esperanza International, a microfinance institution. I met borrowers, mostly single mothers, who previously were malnourished, had no sources of income, and were unable to send their children to school. Thanks to the newfound opportunity to access basic financial services, these borrowers were able to provide for their families and give their children a better future. This past summer, Northeastern sent 19 students and 3 faculty members to the DR to see how microfinance works, interview borrowers, and help Esperanza improve its services. Recently, I was able to create a bank branch with Esperanza thanks to the help of the Honors Program and Social Enterprise Institute. Effectively, the Northeastern University Honors Program created a bank to the poor in the Dominican Republic. Our bank is located in Ingenio Consuelo, a batey (sugarcane-growing community). On the Dominican bateys, a population

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largely comprised of illegal Haitian immigrants works in the fields harvesting sugarcane for around 31 cents an hour. With microfinance, we can supplement the income of the families living on the bateys to help them earn a livable wage. Today, I’m studying at Fordham Law School, very interested in international and human rights law. During my spring break, I plan on bringing a contingent of law students to the DR to work with microfinance institutions and Fair-Trade cooperatives. My ultimate aspiration is to work with foreign governments that prevent microfinance institutions from operating in their countries, and to ease these restrictions. Some governments are misinformed about the potential for microfinance to help improve quality of life for the poor and I seek to remedy that. If you’re interested in seeing how our loans are progressing, please visit: www.esperanza.org/us and login as “neucredit” with password “huskies09” [this is still being set up and should be completed soon] –Andrew Cabasso '10


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perspective Volume 5 – Winter 2009

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International Village moves in

David Sheff & Beautiful Boy

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Boston Symphony Orchestra

Pizza and Profs, Prof. Meleis

Advising for Spring courses begins

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Boston Ballet, The Nutcracker

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Honors Perspective Fall 2009  

The Northeastern University Honors Program newsletter.

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