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Last year, the College of Computer and Informatin Science received accolades from both Microsoft and the Natinoal Security Agency. Private support, especially from young alumni, has been critical to building the college's national reputaton.

Young Alumni Invest in Computer and Information Science

Founded just over twenty years ago, the College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS) is Northeastern's youngest college, despite its relative youth, the college has made great strides in carving out a national reputation for itself.

"We haven't been in existence long enough to have built up a significant endowment yet. Fortunately, a growing number of our young alumni are giving back to the college."

Last year, Microsoft named CCIS among its top fifty computer science programs in the country, and the National Security Agency designated the college a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance.

"We are making great strides toward our goal of joining the top fifty nationally ranked programs in computer and information science," says Larry Finkelstein, dean of the college.

Private support is critical to such a young school. "We haven't been in existence long enough to have built up a significant endowment yet," explains Finkelstein. "Fortunately, a growing number of our young alumni are giving back to the college."

In the past year, for example, Brian K. Perry, CS'90; Gregory M. Moody, CS'93; R. Brian Wenzinger, CS'89; and Ian Holland, PHD'93, and his wife, Pamela, PA'90, all made significant contributions.

Perry and Moody teamed up nearly ten years ago to found Versal Technologies, Inc., a computer consulting and product development company based in Lexington, Massachusetts. Last year, the pair joined forces again to endow a $50,000 scholarship fund in CCIS.

Both are proud of their progress their alma matter has made and want to help keep the college accessible to all students.

"We feel strongly that alumni need to give back to make Northeastern the best it can be, and provide access to the best and brightest students regardless of their economic situation," says Perry, now president and CEO of BKP Technologies, Inc.

"We encourage our scholarship recipients to continue the cycle by giving back to this university after they graduate," adds Moody.

Wenzinger shares the commitment. An associate at the Philadelphia investment firm Aronson+Johnson+Ortiz, he endowed a scholarship fund with a gift of $50,000.

"My mother was a single parent, and we depended on scholarship support when I was a student," he says. "Now I'm giving back to students in a similar situation."

Ian and Pamela Holland have committed $50,000 to the Dean's Discretionary Fund. The couple chose to designate their gift in this way to provide the college with the greatest flexibility to meet its needs.

Ian, vice president of architecture and systems engineering at Kronos, Inc., says "The College was very supportive throughout my time at Northeastern. We hope that this gift enables the college to enhance the experiences of future students."

Young alumni support is a testament to the quality of a CCIS education. "Our alumni are doing well professionally, and their support is evidence that they credit their success to their experience at the college," says Finklestein. "They are each making a significant difference, and we greatly appreciate their leadership and generosity."


College of Computer and Information Science
  This article was published in the May 2004 issue of Northeastern University Magazine.          

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