Northeastern launches loan program for women and minority entrepreneurs

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity announced on Tuesday that it will launch the region’s first university-​​supported loan pro­gram for women– and minority-​​owned busi­nesses. The ini­tia­tive, called the Impact Lending pro­gram, will enable local small-​​business owners to secure loans, at below-​​market interest rates, to acquire cru­cial resources to expand their businesses.

With new academic plan in place, State of the University highlights Northeastern’s ‘bold’ future

On Thursday, uni­ver­sity leaders, stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff under­scored Northeastern’s suc­cesses over the past decade and looked ahead to its future. The new aca­d­emic plan, Pres­i­dent Aoun said, “is nothing less than a roadmap for cre­ating the world’s first global uni­ver­sity system.”

Through disruptions, higher ed faces questions, opportunities

On Wednesday, Pres­i­dent Aoun led a dis­cus­sion with former Tufts and MIT pres­i­dents Lawrence Bacow and Susan Hock­field, respec­tively. The three talked careers, dis­rup­tions, and opportunities–both per­sonal and for the higher ed sector in general.

HUBweek: Explore and celebrate the future being built in Boston

North­eastern is hosting sev­eral exciting events as part of HUBweek—an annual event in Boston billed as “a first-​​of-​​its-​​kind civic col­lab­o­ra­tion that brings together the most cre­ative and inven­tive minds making an impact in Boston and around the world.”

At Faculty Senate, President Aoun issues challenge for continued innovation, global leadership

In his annual address to the Fac­ulty Senate on Wednesday, Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun described the increasing com­pe­ti­tion in higher edu­ca­tion while reaf­firming Northeastern’s com­mit­ment to lead­er­ship in edu­ca­tion and research.

Driving, autonomously, into the future

At “The Future of…” pres­i­den­tial speaker series on Tuesday, Lyft chief tech­nology officer and North­eastern grad­uate Chris Lam­bert dis­cussed how autonomous vehi­cles are the future of transportation—and what that means for Lyft, for people, and for cities in America.

Alumna fights debilitating neurological diseases with science

Beth Stevens, an alumna and neu­ro­sci­en­tist, has spent her career researching dis­eases like Alzheimer’s and schiz­o­phrenia. On Thursday, the MacArthur “genius award” recip­ient joined Pres­i­dent Aoun to dis­cuss her success.

Northeastern welcomes 119th entering class

At the President’s Con­vo­ca­tion on Tuesday morning, Pres­i­dent Aoun, along with other uni­ver­sity and stu­dent leaders, under­scored the diver­sity of the incoming freshman class and pointed to the myriad opportunities—from global co-​​op, to cutting-​​edge research, to stu­dent organizations—that lie ahead.

Northeastern celebrates achievements of D’Amore-McKim school’s 2016 graduate class

This country can’t suc­ceed without your skills,” Com­mence­ment speaker Sy Stern­berg told some 300 stu­dents at the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness’ grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in Matthews Arena on Thursday night. “This country does not move for­ward without you.”

New campus mural from start to finish

Uni­ver­sity pho­tog­ra­phers were there to doc­u­ment Boston-​​based artist Cedric Dou­glas as he cre­ated a new mural on the Behrakis Health Sci­ences Center. The mural is the latest instal­la­tion in Northeastern’s Public Art Initiative.