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Vantage Point

May 15, 2014

photo-2University Advancement and Human Resource Management were happy to host 38 graduates of the Leadership Development Program* on Thursday, May 15th. As part of the Vantage Point program, the luncheon featured Corporators John Burke, BHS’73, and Mark Vachon, DMSB’82 (pictured) as guest alumni industry experts who facilitated a discussion around leading innovation and change, one of the core competencies of Northeastern’s leadership model.

Focusing on case examples from NBC Universal, Staples, GE Ecomagination and GE Health Care the participants reflected on the challenges and opportunities that evolving industries face. Guests in attendance were graduates of the LDP program sponsored by the Training and Development department in Human Resource Management. 

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March 26, 2014

NEXPONEXPO featured about 50 ventures at the semi-annual celebration of entrepreneurs. The event is sponsored by IDEA, Northeastern’s student-run venture accelerator, which provides students and alumni with a range of resources—mentorship and coaching, gap funding, and connections to investors, to name a few—to help turn their entrepreneurial ideas into thriving businesses. 

A VIP Reception hosted in advance of NEXPO featured Head Coach of IDEA, Ben Preston, along with the winner of the spring 2013 Husky Startup Challenge’s audience favorite award, CoffeeBar. Co-founders Johnny Fayad and Ali Kothari (both DMSB’17) provided samples of the company’s mocha latte bar. It’s an all-natural, vegan, gluten-free bar that contains a shot of espresso.

During the reception, IDEA Board Member, James Bourdon, DMSB’73 and CEO and Founder of Accounting Management Solutions, Inc. expressed, “For a long time, I was thinking about reengaging at Northeastern, eventually and I found myself speaking to Dan McCarthy who asked that I consider becoming involved in IDEA. Since being introduced to IDEA, I’ve become an active mentor, Board of Advisors member and donor to the program. It’s been a great experience and it’s an outstanding program for our students and alumni.” 

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hosted by the Health Sciences Entrepreneurs and IDEA program , “The Power of Mentoring” highlighted the valuable effects mentoring has for entrepreneurship both from the mentor’s side and the ventures experiences. The audience consisted of alumni, faculty, students and friends who were interested in learning about the many mentorship opportunities Northeastern has to offer. A special Keynote Address was given by Bradley Waugh, CEO and President Tunstall Americas and the event was moderated by Terry Fulmer, Dean of Bouvé College of Health Sciences and three Northeastern Ventures and Mentors shared their collective experiences. The Mentor/Venture teams included Thomas Olsen E ’11 founder of Zephyr Energy with mentor Bret Siarkowski E ’87, Ben Maitland-Lewis Co-Founders of Presskit.to and mentor Greg Dalle-Molle DMSB ’05 and Eugene Khazan E ’01 Co-Founder of CleriCare and mentor Christopher Ford, DMSB ’73. It was a great evening of networking and yield much excitement about the many mentorship opportunities at Northeastern. For more information about mentoring or the Health Sciences Entrepreneurs please visit www.neu.edu/hse

Women Who Inspire

October 16, 2013

Women-Who-Inspire-590x392The Women Who Inspire series is an ini­tia­tive designed to pro­mote the advance­ment of women in engi­neering, tech­nology, sci­ence, and sus­tain­ability.  Wednesday’s event—attended by about 80 North­eastern stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff, as well as pro­fes­sionals from the biotech and phar­ma­ceu­tical fields—­took place in Cam­bridge at Biogen Idec, a biotech firm that man­u­fac­tures a drug for mul­tiple scle­rosis treat­ment and con­ducts research on res­pi­ra­tory dis­eases and con­ges­tive heart failure. Karen Wein­traub, a health and sci­ence jour­nalist and former editor at The Boston Globe, mod­er­ated the 80-​​minute dis­cus­sion, which ranged from self-​​promotion in the work­place to the impor­tance of career men­tors, whom Zohar char­ac­ter­ized as “people who make you feel like you can do anything.” 

Panelists included:

  • Dr. Rosana Kapeller, chief sci­en­tific officer at the biotech firm Nimbus Dis­covery, and Daphne Zohar, a 1992 North­eastern grad­uate with a bach­elor of sci­ence in busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion who is a man­aging partner at PureTech Ven­tures, a ven­ture cap­ital firm. 

  • Dr. Joanna Horobin, chief med­ical officer at Verastem, a clinical-​​stage bio­phar­ma­ceu­tical com­pany.

  • Daphne Zohar, managing partner at PureTech Ventures and a Northeastern University alumna.

“You actu­ally have to spend time thinking about your fail­ures because we learn so much from them,” explained Dr. Horobin, “I think if we gloss over them and think about moving on to the next project too quickly, there is a rich­ness of under­standing there that we leave behind.” – See more at: “You actu­ally have to spend time thinking about your fail­ures because we learn so much from them,” explained Dr. Joanna Horobin, chief med­ical officer at Verastem, a clinical-​​stage bio­phar­ma­ceu­tical com­pany. “I think if we gloss over them and think about moving on to the next project too quickly, there is a rich­ness of under­standing there that we leave behind.” – See more at: http://www.northeastern.edu/news/2013/10/women-who-inspire-2

Arnold S. Goldstein, P’61, PhD’9o Simulation Laboratories Suite Dedication and Reception
September 19, 2013

Bouvé College of Health Sciences graduates, faculty and friends gathered on September 19, 2013 to honor, Arnold S. Gold­stein, P’61, PhD’90. Gold­stein, who passed away in 2010, was a pro­fessor of phar­macy at North­eastern and had served as acting dean in what was then the Col­lege of Phar­macy and Allied Health Professions. Arnold’s wife,  Mar­lene Gold­stein invested $2 mil­lion to name the new sim­u­la­tion lab­o­ra­to­ries suite in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences in his memory.

“Arnold loved acad­emia and his thirst for knowl­edge was unquench­able,” said Mar­lene Gold­stein. “Our gift to North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will hope­fully make a dif­fer­ence in the future, one that lasts longer than our life­times. Arnold would be so delighted and very proud to see it at work.”


By educating stu­dents in tech­niques designed to ensure patient safety, improve out­comes and pre­vent med­ical errors, the Arnold S. Gold­stein Sim­u­la­tion Lab­o­ra­to­ries Suite will have a sig­nif­i­cant impact on the next gen­er­a­tion of healthcare providers and bol­ster national efforts in health edu­ca­tion, research and service.

“Arny Gold­stein was a far­sighted inno­vator who rec­og­nized the value of expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion,” said Joseph E. Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “With this trans­for­ma­tive invest­ment, Mar­lene is solid­i­fying the legacy of his pio­neering spirit and is strength­ening the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences as a national leader in patient safety and health- care quality.”

The Gold­stein Suite will facil­i­tate health care instruc­tion, uti­lizing computer- driven man­nequins and life­like models, and will allow fac­ulty and stu­dents to repli­cate clin­ical symp­toms and mod­u­late real­istic human responses. By prac­ticing hands- on skills such as starting intra­venous lines, resus­ci­ta­tion, and admin­is­tering anes­thesia, stu­dents will acquire the training nec­es­sary to work as part of a strong health- care team, in set­tings ranging from emer­gency rooms to home care.

“Arny had a long his­tory with Bouvé and he remained ded­i­cated to our stu­dents throughout his life­time,” said Stephen Zoloth, former dean of Bouvé. “His pas­sion for teaching and inno­va­tion was unpar­al­leled, and thanks to Arny and Mar­lene the col­lege will offer one of the most advanced clin­ical sim­u­la­tion envi­ron­ments in the nation.”


Gold­stein, who ulti­mately pur­sued a career in law, founded Arnold S. Gold­stein and Asso­ciates, LLC, and was a man­aging partner at Presser & Gold­stein, LLC. In addi­tion to being an accom­plished legal author and speaker, he was an inau­gural member of Northeastern’s Health Sci­ences Entre­pre­neurs pro­gram and reg­u­larly led stu­dent work­shops on campus.

“In naming the Gold­stein Sim­u­la­tion Lab­o­ra­to­ries Suite, Mar­lene is cel­e­brating Arny’s dynamic per­son­ality and hon­oring the value he placed on edu­ca­tion,” said Diane MacGillivray, senior vice pres­i­dent for uni­ver­sity advance­ment. “Future gen­er­a­tions of North­eastern stu­dents and fac­ulty will learn about Arny and be inspired by his tire­less enthu­siasm for learning and knowledge.”

“Arnold was a great human­i­tarian,” said Mar­lene Gold­stein. “One of his greatest aspi­ra­tions was to have the oppor­tu­nity in his life­time to better people’s lives.”

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Jacob Wirth Restaurant
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Northeastern University School of Law - Alumni Reception at Jaco

School of Law graduates, faculty and friends gathered on September 12, 2013, to honor William “Mo” Cowan ’94, who served as US Senator from Massachusetts during the first half of 2013. The event was hosted by Trustee Emeritus Kevin Fitzgerald ’77 at  Jacob Wirth, the legendary Boston restaurant owned by Mr. Fitzgerald. 

“I always make a point of emphasizing my good fortune in attending Northeastern University School of Law and how the many people, past and present, ­in the institution opened my eyes to the value of public service and provided me the skills to not only become a lawyer but also a useful public servant,” Cowan told more than 100 guests. “Northeastern is where I grew up academically and socially, and where I really began to develop my sense of self and lessons that would help me become not only true professional but a better man.”

“I was honored to be able to do something for Mo, who has done so much for others,” said Fitzgerald, who got to know Cowan several years ago when they worked together on a fundraising campaign for the law school.

Those who attended the event were invited to make a donation to the law school’s Fund  for the Public Interest. “When we contribute to the Fund, ­ as we are doing tonight, ­ we empower the law school to be that exemplar of what a law school and her alumni can ­ and should be: powerful agents of agitation and change who, above all else, use their talents to ensure justice is available to all and work tirelessly to ensure inequality harms none,” said Cowan.

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The College of Professional Studies Scholarship Celebration
August 27, 2013

CPS Annual Scholarship CelebrationThe Annual Scholarship celebration for the College of Professional Studies gathered scholarship recipients and donors together for an evening to congratulate the students on their accomplishments and thank the donors for the difference they make in the lives of students. Donors were able to meet the students benefiting from their philanthropic support, and students expressed their thanks and shared how receiving a scholarship will allow them to achieve a degree and become one step closer to realizing their goals. Alumnus Allan Ditchfield ’68 hosted the evening’s ceremonies; he shared with the students the importance of hard work and gave his tips on how to be successful. Allan introduced the two guest speakers, current recipient and junior Erica Roche, and past recipient and alumna Cheryl McCormick ’09, both shared stories of overcoming obstacles to achieve an education. As full time workers and mothers, Roche and McCormick were incredibly honored and grateful for their awards, and explained the great financial burdens that were lifted through financial support.

Professor Herb Itzkowitz, a participant that evening shared his thoughts on giving back through philanthropy:

“As a member of the faculty, I taught evening courses over the years.  Seeing the various circumstances of student financial need, I was inspired to help.  At the start of each of my classes I made it a point to inform the class of available scholarships.  It is wonderful to have the opportunity to move someone’s life forward and I enjoy being part of an effort to make it easier for the next generation.  I can’t do it for everyone but if I can help at least one person that is my goal.  I serve the University through my philanthropy as had it not been for Northeastern, I may have not had the same opportunities in life.”

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The D’Amore-McKim School of Business Golf Outing on the Cape
August 20, 2013

golfThe D’Amore McKim School of Business alumni leaders, Bill Casey, DMSB’68, Ted English, DMSB’76 and Billy Cotter, LA’73 hosted Dean Courtney and members of the Dean’s Executive Council at the Golf Club of Cape Cod on Tuesday, August 20th 2013.  An annual tradition, this meeting on the green is an opportunity for a small group of engaged and newly engaged volunteers to get to know each other better and to discuss the kind of relationship they have with the University and the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

On asked why he hosts this annual golf outing, Trustee William “Billy” Cotter shared, “Engaging alumni support for the business school in a format that is both fun and productive is our goal.  It is my pleasure to host a day where invited academic leaders, coaches, fundraisers, donors and alumni and parent volunteers can deepen their business relationships while strengthening Northeastern friendships.”

Trustee Bill Casey stated, “It is very important for alumni to get back involved in any capacity that they love to do.  The University, under team leadership, is outstanding!  All alumni should be involved to see the progress.  One of the projects I’ve worked on for the last five years is this annual golf outing where we honor alumni.  It gives us an opportunity to hear from several Deans and members of the board of trustees while being a good way to express our gratitude to the leadership of Northeastern. 

As many will hear me say, or sing, “We’re doing alright, we’re getting good grades, as Northeastern alumni the future is so bright, we gotta wear shades.”

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