Empower creative leaders
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Empower – The Campaign for Northeastern University
Unprecedented in its scope and ambition, Empower: The Campaign for Northeastern is about people empowering people. Fueled by the “power of we”—alumni, parents, friends, faculty, students, and staff, and corporate and industry partners—our students and faculty will master and create knowledge that improves lives.
The goal is to raise $500 million in philanthropy for three strategic priorities: Innovation in Education and Research, Student Support and Financial Aid, and Faculty Advancement and Expansion. Explore the campaign’s three strategic priorities at CAMD below.
Innovation in Education and Research
Empower inventive minds to tackle global issues
At CAMD, faculty and students transform their fields through research and creative risk-taking, buoyed by our experiential learning opportunities. Journalists devise new ways to report and transmit the news as it breaks. Game designers create entertainment that instills health-promoting habits. Artists help artisans in developing countries launch businesses. And architects build sustainable urban communities in fragile coastal habitats.
Innovators at CAMD
Jane Amidon is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research and Professor and Director of the Urban Landscape Program at Northeastern University’s School of Architecture. Amidon is at the forefront of a growing movement of environmental designers advocating that ecology should inform design—an approach with very quantifiable benefits when it comes to offsetting urban pollution and creating sustainable futures for cities.
Sarah J. Jackson is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies with a focus on media constructions of social identity, inequality, and social movements. Her forthcoming book project, Black Celebrity, Racial Politics, and the Press: Framing Dissent, examines how journalists in the mainstream and black press cover the political dissent of African American celebrities.
Antonio Ocampo-Guzman is an Associate Professor of Theatre as well as an actor, director and author. He serves as a consultant for CEUVOZ, a center for voice studies in Mexico City and teaches annually at the Estudio Corazza, in Madrid, Spain. Antonio is a proud member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), serving as the association’s treasurer. At Northeastern, Antonio teaches all levels of acting, voice & movement and directs for the mainstage season. He also runs a Dialogue of Civilizations Program in London every summer.
Student Support and Financial Aid
Empower tomorrow’s leaders to shape their world
CAMD students aspire to be global thought leaders, platform innovators, disruptive technology developers, and creative leaders who connect and inform people worldwide. By supporting co-op, study abroad, service learning, special projects, or research opportunities, you can give students competitive advantage over their peers: a sophisticated grasp of their discipline, a global mindset, a willingness to move beyond their comfort zone, and a proven ability to navigate change.
Brandon Challener, AMD’14, was the 2013 recipient of the Curtis Lemar Haigh Scholarship, an award that honors Communication Studies students who are driven to succeed and who serve as an inspiration to others. Brandon was selected to receive this award due to his dedication to academics, his participation in the community service group, nuSERVES, and for his spot as the lead play-by-play announcer for Northeastern basketball.
Laura Marelic, AMD ’15, a Graphic Design major with minors in both Computer Science and Digital Arts, combines her passion and entrepreneurial spirit as a designer and consultant for various student-run startups on campus. She is currently working alongside a team of other designers and developers to start SCOUT, student run design studio, that crafts creative, strategic, and user-centric solutions for the greater Northeastern community.
Elie Lamazerolles, AMD’15, has been DJing since he was 13 in his home country of Belgium. A Music Industry major, Elie is a Husky Ambassador, President for the Council for University Programs, and host of a two-hour long DJ set on WRBB, a freeform radio station run by students. For his first co-op he worked in the Artist and Repertoire department at Island Def Jam Music Group, part of the Universal Music Group, in New York City where he gained valuable and practical skills in research, sales, and air-play statistics.
Empower industry leaders to enrich lives
At CAMD, faculty members bring their passions and expertise into the classroom and the studio, onto the stage, and into the field. As teachers and mentors, they give students a solid foundation in both theory and practice. With expertise ranging from digital media to investigative reporting to music industry leadership, they exhibit the entrepreneurial approach and creative risk-taking needed to create something new.
Dietmar Offenhuber, Assistant Professor of Information Visualization, offers a unique approach to translating data into visual, physical, and virtual forms that construct the realities of urban landscapes and spatial organization into both scientific discourse and public policy. Offenhuber’s many projects have been exhibited internationally and won numerous awards, and he has recently published three books on the subject of infrastructure legibility and waste systems.
Susan Gold, Professor of the Practice of Game Design, brings together the fields of art, science, and technology. Gold is the Founder and President of the Global Game Jam, an annual worldwide development event hosted in over 72 countries. With a long and successful career in academics, she led the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Education SIG from 2006 to 2010, she is a member of the SIGGRAPH Education Committee, and she is on advisory boards of 6 academic programs. Prof. Gold also serves as an advisor in video games to the Office of Science & Technology Policy at the White House.
Jeff Howe, Assistant Professor of Journalism, brings 15 years of industry experience and multimedia journalism expertise to the classroom. Howe has traveled around the world working on stories ranging from the impending water crisis in Central Asia to the implications of gene patenting. As a published author he has written for U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, and Mother Jones, and is a contributing editor at WIRED, where he covers the media and entertainment industry, among other subjects.
Join Our Supporters
Sean Legnini, AMD’12
Sean Legnini, young alumni and founder of Aid Aircade, a company that connects charities and game designers, engages with the university as a donor and a volunteer. We look forward to Sean sharing his professional experiences with students at Northeastern’s 5 under 25 event.
“I gave to Northeastern so soon because I wanted to be able to help support the school that supported me so much. Without Northeastern, I wouldn’t have found my career path or been able to experience such great co-ops and classes. Aid Arcade probably wouldn’t exist! It gives me a way to stay connected with the school that helped me so much.”
Donald and Cheryl Fair, PNT’10
Donald and Cheryl Fair continue to give to CAMD even after their daughter’s graduation as they value the confidence and experiences that she, Marisa Fair, AMD ’10, was able to attain while at Northeastern.
“If our donation helps some other parent’s child have the same kind of experience our child had then it’s worth it.”
Hannah Becker, AMD’14
Journalism major Hannah Becker, AMD’14, is fully engaged in all the opportunities our campus has to offer. As the Evaluation Chair of the Husky Ambassadors, and the Social Media Co-Chair for the Senior Gift Drive Committee, Hannah is committed to supporting the programs and faculty at Northeastern that support her.
“I donated to Northeastern through the 2014 Senior Gift Drive because I wanted to say thank you to Northeastern for all of the amazing opportunities I have been given as a Husky. From my incredible co- ops, to my involvement in student groups, the Northeastern experience has changed my life both professionally and personally. I donated to ensure future students have the same incredible experience I’ve had as a Husky.”