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In honor of Northeastern’s 125th anniversary, 125 staff and faculty members from across the university system are empowering the community as Experience Powered by Northeastern campaign champions. Three campaign champions who proudly embody the Northeastern spirit and invest in the future of the university are Ryan Bender, Corliss Thompson, and Daniel Medwed.
Tina Eliassi-Rad, a world-renowned computer scientist and professor at Northeastern’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences, was installed as the first inaugural Joseph E. Aoun Professor. This is the first of eight professorships in honor of President Aoun, made possible by a $25 million gift from trustee Alan McKim.
It’s been said that to travel is to live—a philosophy that rings true for Kelly and Matthew Thomas and their sons Joe, AMD’18, and Max, Khoury’20. They’ve gained life-changing experiences from traversing the world, and now they’ve generously given the next generation of students the chance to do the same, by establishing the Joe Thomas Explore the World Fund and the Max Thomas Explore the World Fund.
The 2023 Compass Awards recognized nine exemplary students from the senior class who have demonstrated dedication to a core set of values: leadership, volunteerism, academic integrity, and commitment to Northeastern. And as part of the Compass Awards program, two additional students received the Wendy Breen Kline Award and the Garnet Award.
As a child, Dr. Lauren Speeth’s family moved from New York to New Delhi, where her parents co-founded a school for Dalits, people who occupy the lowest echelon of Indian society. “That experience opened my eyes to poverty, inequality, neglected diseases, and illiteracy,” says Speeth. It also propelled her to lead a purposeful life. Today, she’s supporting Northeastern students as they become environmental advocates, researchers, and leaders.
Northeastern will host its fourth annual Global Leadership Summit in Accra, Ghana, from Wednesday, March 8, to Saturday, March 11. The summit will provide networking and learning opportunities, foster understanding of Ghana’s historical sites and events and their global effect, and offer ways to create collective action and invest in the local community.
Since the onset of COVID-19, there has been a greater awareness of keeping our personal spaces clean—especially with potentially harmful bacteria aplenty in offices and labs. To help Northeastern combat this challenge, the Bhatt Foundation gifted the university more than $50,000 worth of medical grade antimicrobial keyboards.
From Bangkok to Oakland, California, alumni, faculty, students, and friends gathered for four special events across three continents as the university officially launched its historic campaign, Experience Powered by Northeastern.
To help catalyze the university’s fundraising campaign, Experience Powered by Northeastern, trustee Alan McKim is giving $25 million to establish eight new endowed chairs in President Joseph E. Aoun’s name.
Experience Powered by Northeastern is ‘Largest and Most Ambitious’ Fundraising Campaign in University History
Northeastern University has kicked off its largest and most ambitious fundraising campaign yet, Experience Powered by Northeastern. Over the next five years, the campaign aims to raise $1.3 billion in philanthropic support.