North­eastern University’s “One Cam­paign” wrapped up March 31st after engaging an extra­or­di­nary 2,500 alumni, par­ents and friends in con­ver­sa­tions about the University’s momentum in just one month. Many of the face-​​to-​​face con­ver­sa­tions inspired people to deepen their involve­ment with North­eastern and fur­ther cel­e­brate the pride they feel for the institution.

This is a mean­ingful moment for our uni­ver­sity. The thou­sands of people we met, and the sto­ries we heard, will build on Northeastern’s strengths in new and exciting ways,” said Joseph E. Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “The One Cam­paign raised aware­ness and vis­i­bility about the tremen­dous impact our fac­ulty, stu­dents and alumni are having on society, and strength­ened the bonds that unite the North­eastern family.”

Together, Northeastern’s pres­i­dent, provost, deans, fac­ulty and staff, from every col­lege and school, blew by the campaign’s goal to per­son­ally visit with one in every 100 alumni in just one month. Each of these con­ver­sa­tions was an oppor­tu­nity for alumni to learn more about what’s hap­pening on campus and to share their per­spec­tives about Northeastern’s future.

One of the most impor­tant things I heard is pride about Northeastern’s dis­tinc­tive aca­d­emic and research rep­u­ta­tion and student-​​centered cul­ture,” said Diane MacGillivray, senior vice pres­i­dent of uni­ver­sity advance­ment. “People are proud to be affil­i­ated with a uni­ver­sity that has momentum and are eager to partner with us to advance North­eastern even further.”

Sev­eral common themes emerged as North­eastern rep­re­sen­ta­tives vis­ited with, lis­tened to and learned from alumni and friends around the world.

Hun­dreds of alumni expressed sup­port for enhancing expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion and co-​​op oppor­tu­ni­ties. Alumna Chris­tine Wal­lace, AS’01, is ener­gized by Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun’s vision to expand expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion pro­grams glob­ally, even beyond the 88 cities world­wide it is already in. “Cre­ating pro­grams to give grad­u­ates a greater global under­standing posi­tions them extremely well for cor­po­rate envi­ron­ments,” she said.

Many people are proud that their uni­ver­sity is moving for­ward at a time when others are retrenching. Tom McDo­nough, BA’71, former Pres­i­dent of Coventry Health Care, in Wash­ington, D.C., said he was impressed that North­eastern has not slowed down in recruiting top faculty.

The One Cam­paign illus­trated the University’s global reach as alumni from India to Peru e-​​mailed per­spec­tives about North­eastern, asking how they can get involved. A parent whose com­pany in China employs two co-​​op stu­dents came to Boston as part of the cam­paign seeking two more. Alumni in Greece and Turkey expressed excite­ment about the alumni clubs that just opened in their hometowns.

The involve­ment of alumni and friends, whether it is phil­an­thropic sup­port or vol­un­teerism, is crit­ical as we advance North­eastern to the next level of excel­lence,” said MacGillivray.

During the cam­paign people shared hun­dreds of per­sonal sto­ries about why they trea­sure and invest in North­eastern, and the var­ious pro­fes­sors, class­mates and campus expe­ri­ences that inspire their giving, be it to The North­eastern Fund, or by estab­lishing a planned gift.

The impor­tant role North­eastern has played in so many people’s lives, careers and suc­cess came through loud and clear during One Cam­paign visits,” said Eliz­a­beth Hill, director of gift plan­ning. “Many of the alumni I vis­ited now plan to strengthen their ties with the Uni­ver­sity because we reached out to them.”

Var­ious events and pro­grams brought the North­eastern family together during the One Cam­paign, including Insights, the alumni fac­ulty lec­ture series, Art­sAlive!, an alumni per­forming arts series, and var­ious alumni chapter events in Florida, Boston, Chicago, and New York, including the Huskies vs. Red Sox spring training game. For the first time, people could follow One Cam­paign con­ver­sa­tions on Twitter. Chapter leaders from Chicago to Con­necticut logged on to “tweet” about the many pro­grams, events and net­working oppor­tu­ni­ties that keep their chap­ters connected.

Although this cam­paign may be over, the alumni rela­tions effort has no plans of slowing down. We’re going to keep vis­iting with alumni face-​​to-​​face to hear what they have to say. This cam­paign proved just how valu­able these con­ver­sa­tions can be,” said Jack Moynihan, vice pres­i­dent for alumni relations.

MacGillivray said one theme that became apparent during the cam­paign was the strong sense of tra­di­tion and his­tory that unites North­eastern alumni and friends.

Our aca­d­emic tra­di­tions stretch back many gen­er­a­tions and it is impor­tant that we trea­sure Northeastern’s past, even as we cel­e­brate its future. The Uni­ver­sity will soon be launching an oral his­tory project to cap­ture this spirit and pre­serve the rec­ol­lec­tions and reflec­tions of people who have shaped North­eastern through the years,” she said.