Joseph Aoun cheers in the student section at a Northeastern basketball game


President Aoun addresses international R&D needs
President Aoun participates in panel discussion convened by MassInsight as part of a three-day conference on the future of global partnerships among the United States, China, and India. Photos provided by MassInsight

President's Faculty-Staff Holiday Open House
President Aoun hosts the annual holiday party at the Fenway Center. Faculty and staff got to partake in a smorgasbord of sweets and enter the holiday raffle with a first prize of one free year of parking or T passes. Photos by Craig Bailey

Holiday tree lighting
President Aoun leads the countdown for the holiday tree lighting on Krentzman Quad. About 150 students, as well as preschoolers from the Northeastern Children's Center, joined the celebration sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs. Photos by Craig Bailey

Annual Faculty Senate address
President Aoun gives remarks at the Faculty Senate meeting, stressing opportunity during the current economic downturn and emphasizing that Northeastern is uniquely positioned to make changes while maintaining its core values. Photos by Lauren McFalls

Gala dinner honoring Kitty and Michael Dukakis
President Aoun welcomes guests at a tribute dinner honoring Professor Michael Dukakis and his wife Kitty. The event celebrated the former Massachusetts governor's 75th birthday and marked the renaming of Northeastern's Center for Urban and Regional Policy, now the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center. More than 1,000 guests attended, raising $1 million for the Center's research and community-based projects. Photos by Craig Bailey

Retirement reception for Senior Financial Advisor Bill Kneeland
President Aoun thanks Bill Kneeland, '67, for his 30 years of service at Northeastern at a reception celebrating his retirement at the end of the year. Kneeland joined the University's finance department in 1978 and served under Presidents Jack Curry and Richard Freeland leading up to his final two years under President Aoun. Photos by Heratch Ekmekjian

Keynote speaker at ABCD awards dinner
President Aoun reaffirms Northeastern's commitment to the Boston community during his keynote address at the annual ABCD awards dinner. The gala event honored the efforts of community leaders throughout the city in combating the effects of poverty. ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development, Inc.) is the largest human-services agency in New England. Photos by Lolita Parker, Jr.

Inauguration of homeland security ALERT center
President Aoun makes remarks at a ceremony to launch the newly funded Center of Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence. Jay M. Cohen, undersecretary of science and technology for the DHS, also spoke. Led by Northeastern and the University of Rhode Island, ALERT partners leaders in academia, industry, and laboratories in developing cutting-edge technology to prevent explosive-related threats. Photos by Heratch Ekmekjian

35th Anniversary Dinner for the Barnett Institute
President Aoun presents certificates of appreciation to Louis and Madalyn Barnett, longtime benefactors of the Barnett Institute, and to Dr. Barry Karger, director of the Institute and James L. Waters Chair in Analytical Chemistry. The Barnett family recently gave $3 million to the Barnett Institute to support the launch of the new Center for Advanced Regulatory Analysis, which promises to be the preeminent research center of its kind. The certificates were presented at a dinner celebrating the Institute's 35th anniversary. Also in attendance were Laurie (Barnett) Werner and her husband Lon and Eliot and Sheryl Barnett. Laurie and Eliot serve on the Barnett Institute's board. Photos by Heratch Ekmekjian

Homecoming 2008
President Aoun attends the Homecoming Weekend football game with Chairman of the Board Sy Sternberg, where fans cheered Northeastern on against the University of New Hampshire. During halftime the Homecoming King and Queen were crowned. Husky football did not emerge victorious, but better luck was had by Husky hockey (the men's team beat Boston College and the women's team topped Providence College) and volleyball (the team beat the University of North Carolina, Wilmington). Overall, a celebratory mood prevailed over the weekend, beginning on Friday night with the comedy of Jon Stewart, host of the Daily Show, and continuing Saturday and Sunday with the annual Homecoming Carnival and Parade, Husky FanFest, Head of the Charles, alumni events, and the first annual arts festival. Photos by Craig Bailey

State of the University Town Hall Meeting
President Aoun delivered his annual State of the University address to an audience of more than 300 faculty, students, and staff at a town hall meeting held in Curry Ballroom. President Aoun's remarks centered on the challenges and opportunities the current world financial crisis affords the university in the coming months. He cited curricular and management innovation, as well as setting research and academic priorities as broad areas of opportunity and change for the university. Steve Morrison, chair of the faculty senate agenda committee, gave opening remarks, and Provost Stephen Director outlined the topics he hopes to address going forward. Remarks were followed by a lengthy question-and-answer period. Photos by Craig Bailey

Conference Asks: Do Institutions Matter?
President Aoun gave welcome remarks at a luncheon during the Conference on International Entrepreneurship and Institutional Theory, cosponsored by Northeastern University, Texas Christian University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The topic of the conference, which attracted scholars from universities around the world, was the role institutions play in entrepreneurship in the international arena. The keynote speakers at the conference were: Professor Dick Scott of Stanford University; Professor Max Boisot of the University of Birmingham in the UK; and Northeastern alumnus Professor Michael Tushman of Harvard Business School. Photos by Craig Bailey

Gallery 360 opens on campus
President Aoun attends the opening of Gallery 360, Northeastern's new on-campus art gallery located in Ell Hall. The first show is called “Wild Ones,†and features the work of found-object sculptor Michael Ulman, AS '00. The gallery is part of the Northeastern Creates initiative and will feature nationally renowned artists, as well as the work of Northeastern faculty and alumni. Photos by Judy Ulman

Tribute to Keven Fitzgerald
President Aoun delivers remarks at a tribute to the life and legacy of Kevin Fitzgerald, a beloved and longtime public servant in the Boston community. The event was held to honor Fitzgerald and to officially dedicate the Urban Youth Sports program he cofounded at Northeastern in his name. The program, now called the Kevin W. Fitzgerald Urban Youth Sports Program—or Fitz Youth Sports, will continue to be housed at Northeastern University and includes the several initiatives that help foster physical activity, healthier lifestyles, and confidence among the young people in our communities. The event raised more than $750,000 for the Kevin W. Fitzgerald Fund, which provides resources to sustain and expand Fitz Urban Youth Sports. Photos by Bill Brett

CEO Breakfast Forum
President Aoun makes remarks at Northeastern's CEO Breakfast Forum. The forum, held at the Four Seasons and attended by many prominent Boston business leaders, featured James Roosevelt, Jr. president and chief executive officer of Tufts Health Plan. Roosevelt, who is also chairman of the board of directors for the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans and grandson of President Franklin Roosevelt, spoke to the audience about the cost and quality of health care in the United States. Photos by Heratch Ekmekjian

President Aoun meets with the Student Government Association
President Aoun hosts an open-forum conversation with members of the Student Government Association and leaders from a variety of student organizations. Approximately 50 students attended. He summed up Northeastern's commitment to making the Northeastern experience all it can be for students, citing advancements made in greening the campus, expanding experiential education, and increasing our global reach. He also thanked the SGA for its leadership and engagement in setting a common set of priorities, encouraging them to continue this productive path. Aoun and senior leaders of the administration then fielded questions from the students on issues such as the future of athletics, the status of new residence halls, and financial aid. Photos by Craig Bailey

Dinner honoring Chairman Emeritus Neal Finnegan
President Aoun hosts a dinner in honor of Chairman Emeritus Neal Finnegan, '61, Hon. '98, following a reception and dedication ceremony. The dinner was attended by Finnegan's Board and University colleagues, friends, and family members. Vice Chairman of the Board Jean Tempel gave remarks, as did Finnegan Scholar Sylvia Warot, '08, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, and Chairman Sternberg, '68 . Finnegan was presented with a Northeastern sailor's hat as a token of appreciation for steering the Northeastern “ship†with such a steady and fearless hand. He then led Northeastern's a cappella group, the Downbeats, in a rendition of the Alma Mater. Photos by Heratch Ekmekjian

Dedication of Finnegan Plaza
President Aoun announces the dedication of the Veterans Memorial space in honor of Chairman Emeritus Neal Finnegan's service. The area surrounding the memorial, literally at a crossroads of what is both old and new at Northeastern, will be known as Neal F. Finnegan Plaza. The plaza is marked by a stone bearing its name, which was unveiled by President Aoun, Chairman Sternberg, and Chairman Emeritus Finnegan, '61, Hon. '98. Commander Kate Scanlon, head of the ROTC Liberty Batallion also made remarks. Guests from the reception were led over to the reception by flag bearers from members of Northeastern's ROTC. Photos by Heratch Ekmekjian

Reception honoring Chairman Emeritus Neal Finnegan, '61, Hon. '98
President Aoun hosts a reception prior to a dedication ceremony and dinner honoring Chairman Emeritus Neal Finnegan, '61, Hon. '98. Finnegan served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2008. He joined the Board in 1988. Under his leadership, Northeastern dramatically increased its retention rates, raised its academic profile, built a residential campus, and strengthened its faculty body. Sy Sternberg, '68, took over as Chairman on July 1, 2008. Photos by Heratch Ekmekjian

Barbecue following the President's Convocation
The newest members of the Northeastern community flocked to Centennial Common for a barbecue held after the President's Convocation. More than 1,800 people attended. The U2 tribute band Joshua Tree performed, while students, faculty, and staff enjoyed burgers, hotdogs, and other barbecue fare. Photos by Craig Bailey

President's Convocation for the 111th entering class
President Aoun welcomed students in the 111th entering class at the annual President's Convocation ceremony. Northeastern University doesn't want to train students for their first career, their second or even their third, President Joseph Aoun told the incoming freshmen class. “Our goal is to get you ready for life,†he said. Provost Stephen Director served as master of ceremonies. Students also heard addresses from Student Government Association President Rob Ranley and Hodgkinson Scholar Kiette Tucker, as well as performances by Distilled Harmony, the Downbeats, and the NU Pep Band. Photos by Craig Bailey

President Aoun addresses Fall 2008 graduates
“The value of your education is that you are now able to negotiate and face the unknown,†asserted President Aoun during his address during the Fall Commencement ceremony. Graduates also heard from two keynote speakers, Peter and Ellen Zane. Peter and Ellen are pillars of the Boston business community, and passionate enthusiasts of Northeastern's unique model of education. Ellen has been on the Northeastern Board of Trustees since 1994, and together she and her husband have generously supported Presidential Scholars from the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Photos by Craig Bailey

Barbecue celebrating opening day of circus
President Aoun attends a barbecue celebrating the opening day of the Atlanta-based Universoul Circus, which ran through Sunday of the holiday weekend. More than 300 community members stopped by Centennial Quad for hotdogs, hamburgers, and other grill favorites before the Universoul Circus tents in Columbus Parking Lot opened to the public at 7 p.m. Throughout the week circus-goers enjoyed acts that included the usual tigers, elephants, clowns, and trapeze artists, as well as more urban acts like break dancers, motorcycle daredevils, and hip-hop performers. Photos by Lauren McFalls

President congratulates graduates of the Mayor's Youth Council
President Aoun attends a celebration honoring this year's graduates of the Mayor's Youth Council. The program provides Boston's young people with an active role in addressing youth issues. High-school juniors and seniors are selected to serve as volunteer representatives of every neighborhood in the city where the young advocates provide outreach to Boston teens, inform them of existing opportunities, and listen to suggestions on what the city can do to improve its youth oriented efforts. Photos by Heratch Ekmekjian

Naming of Outstanding Student Chapter Community Service Award
President Aoun helps celebrate the naming of the American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Student Chapter Community Service Award in honor of Professor Richard Scranton, associate dean of undergraduate programming in the College of Engineering. The event, held in the Alumni Pavilion, also kicked off the Richard J. Scranton Endowment fund in support of future engineering student group activities. Photos by Craig Bailey.

20th Annual Retiree Luncheon
President Aoun mingles with attendees of this year's annual recognition of those who have retired from Northeastern. Approximately 140 people attended the festivities, which included the luncheon, held at the Alumni Pavilion, and trolley tours of the campus. Photos by Craig Bailey.

President Aoun welcomes Provost Director to Northeastern
President Aoun makes remarks to the faculty and staff at a special reception welcoming the University's new provost, Dr. Stephen Director and his wife Laurie. Members of the Provost Search Committee, as well as several faculty, added their words of welcome, and the new provost said that he and his wife are enthused to be joining the Northeastern community. Dr. Director was previously the provost at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Photos by Craig Bailey.

School of Law commencement exercises
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer delivers the keynote address in Matthews Arena to the Law Class of 2008. Honorary degrees were conferred upon Breyer and Margot Botsford, associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and students heard from President Aoun, Dean Emily Spieler, professor Karl Klare and fellow students. Photos by Craig Bailey and Lauren McFalls. Video by Video Link

Annual meeting of the Corporation
President Aoun meets with the University's Corporation to report on the institution's accomplishments over the past year, and outline Northeastern's vision for the future. The meeting's agenda also included a financial report by Treasurer William E. Kneeland, Jr., consideration of the election of the University auditor for FY2007-2008, a report from the Committee on Trusteeship, recognition of newly elected members of the Governing Boards and service of those stepping down, and remarks from Chairman Finnegan and Chairman Elect Sy Sternberg. Photos by Craig Bailey.

President Aoun hosts Night at the Pops
President and Mrs. Joseph Aoun hosted a special reception prior to Northeastern Night at the Pops to recognize Northeastern's most generous annual donors. After the reception renowned conductor, Keith Lockhart, H'98, led the performance honoring one of America's greatest composers and conductors, Leonard Bernstein. To cap off the evening, Chairman of the Board Neal Finnegan, BA'61, H'98, guest conducted Stars and Stripes Forever. Photos by John Gillooly.

End-of-year barbecue for faculty and staff
President Aoun mingles with faculty and staff at the annual end-of-year appreciation barbecue. More than 1,000 people attended, socializing as they enjoyed hotdogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken, and other refreshments, and listened to the reggae band performing. An new twist this year: faculty and staff could take advantage of the Latin dance instruction offered by the professional instruction group Salsacontigo. Photos by Craig Bailey.

106th Commencement exercises
Commencement exercises for the 106th graduating class unfold during a morning ceremony held at TD Banknorth Garden and an afternoon ceremony held at Matthews Arena. SEC Chairman Chris Cox was the keynote speaker for the graduates of the morning ceremony, and higher education scholar Dr. Sylvia Hurtado was the keynote speaker of the afternoon exercises. The morning program also included inspiring words from political science and communication studies major Arminé Nalbandian, this year's student speaker. Photos by Craig Bailey.

President hosts Honorary Degree Recipients Dinner
President Aoun asks this year's honorary degree recipients to reflect on their own commencements during a special dinner held in their honor. Those who attended the dinner included Nancy Zimpher, president of the University of Cincinnati; the Honorable Margot Botsford, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court; Dr. Sylvia Hurtado, professor and higher education scholar from UCLA; Michael Cronin, vice chairman of the Board of Trustees; Henry Nasella, director of fundraising for the Board of Trustees; and Katherine McHugh, a 25-year veteran of the Board. At the dinner's conclusion, the President surprised Chairman Neal Finnegan by presenting him with the first ever Presidential Medallion for his 10 years of service as chair. Photos by John Gillooly.

President hosts dinner to celebrate Northeastern's partnership with Hebrew College
President Aoun welcomes members of the Hebrew College community, as well as members of the greater Jewish community to a dinner celebrating the unique and expanded partnership between Northeastern and Hebrew College. Dr. David Gordis, who will be stepping down this month as president of Hebrew College, gave remarks, as well as the incoming president Dr. Danny Lehmann. Betty Brudnick, a friend of both institutions and who is credited as the catalyst for the partnership, also spoke. Photos by Heratch Ekmekjian.

Northeastern celebrates the family of Anthony Manganaro, E'67
President Aoun hosted a special dinner at the Fenway Center to honor and thank the family of Anthony Manganaro for their unwavering support of the Torch Scholars program. Recently, the Manganaros bolstered the unique and highly successful program with a gift of $7.5 million. Anthony, and Michelle Manganaro and their children, Todd Manganaro, BA '95, and Nicole D'Amore, L'97, helped to develop and launch the program with an initial gift of $1.25 million. Photos by John Gillooly.

Remembering Hercules Geromanos, the father of co-op
A group of predominantly Greek-American trustees, students, alumni and family members of Professor Hercules Geromanos, gathered to celebrate the unveiling of a commemorative plaque honoring the man who introduced the concept of cooperative education to Northeastern. Photos by John Gillooly.

President Aoun teaches linguistics class
President Aoun lectures on the topic of anaphora in Professor Janet Randall's linguistics class on syntax. This is the second time the President, who did his graduate work in linguistics at MIT, has led a lecture on this topic since arriving at Northeastern.Photos by James Chiavelli.

New England Latino Student Leadership Conference
Northeastern University's Latino/a Student Cultural Center (LSCC) won the bid to hold the 6th Annual New England Latino Student Leadership Conference (NELSLC). The conference helps to culminate a year of celebration of Latino activism and leadership on campus as the LSCC celebrated its 10th Anniversary. President Aoun speaks on the conference's premise, Pa'lante: Empowering Latino/a Leaders of Tomorrow in an Increasingly Global Environment. Photos by Craig Bailey.

President Aoun tours the Research & Scholarship Expo
Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, give President Aoun the highlights of their poster presentations at the 6th Annual Research & Scholarship Expo. The Expo was the largest ever, with 262 posters. It also had broadest scope of disciplines in the history of the Expo, with abstracts of projects in the humanities, arts, social sciences, business, law, health sciences, technology, engineering, life sciences, and computer and information sciences. Photos by Tom Kates and James Chiavelli.

President Aoun speaks with members of the Student Government Association
President Aoun addresses the members of the Student Government Association in an annual gathering, where he also answered their questions on topics such as international co-op and athletics. Photos by James Chiavelli.

President Aoun makes remarks at Senate field hearing hosted by Senator Edward Kennedy at Northeastern
President Aoun welcomes the U.S. Senate's Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to Northeastern, where Senator Kennedy presided over a field hearing to discuss how to ensure access to college in a turbulent economy. The field hearing coincided with Northeastern's announcement earlier in the day that it will move to a direct lending program beginning this fall. This significant move will allow students and families to access Federal low-cost educational loans.

President Aoun welcomes Dean Luzzi to Northeastern
President Aoun makes welcoming remarks at a dinner held to welcome David Luzzi as dean of the College of Engineering. Dean Luzzi joined Northeastern in the fall of 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was known as a distinguished scientist and innovator. Hosting the dinner was Provost Ahmed Abdelal. In attendance were College of Engineering benefactors Bernard Gordan and his wife Sophia, who recently gave $20 million to support the Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems and establish the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program, as well as number of faculty and members of the Provost's Office. Photos by Heratch Ekmekjian.

Biogenerics 2008 Conference
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and President Aoun spoke at a dinner held during BIOGENERICS 2008: An Open Forum on the Scientific and Regulatory Issues. The Barnett Institute at Northeastern University, a leader in bioanalytical research, hosted the three-day long forum. The conference underscored the leadership role in analytical and scientific aspects of protein analysis by bringing constituents together to address unmet scientific needs of regulators. Photos by John Gillooly

Annual Winter Golf Classic and Alumni Reception and Dinner
President Aoun attends the Alumni Reception and Dinner following the Annual Winter Golf Classic hosted by Mel, P'56, and Martha Aronson at the exclusive Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida. About sixty alumni and friends participated in the golf tournament, and more than 300 alumni and friends attended the reception and dinner. All proceeds raised at the events will support scholarships for deserving students. Photos by Sam Johnson.

Alumni Gather to Watch Husky Baseball Squares Off Against the Boston Red Sox
Nearly 700 alumni and friends attended the event at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Florida which was hosted by the Naples Alumni Chapter. Alumni and friends from 17 states--including some from as far away as Wisconsin and California-- helped account for the largest turnout in the history of the event. Participants enjoyed a barbecue luncheon at the park, and event emcee Jack Moynihan, MPA'93, Vice President of Alumni Relations and the Northeastern Fund, kept things going as the crowd heard remarks from Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun; Northeastern baseball coach Neil McPhee, Ed'68; Husky pitcher Kris Dabrowiecki; and Sam Kennedy, Larry Lucchino and Tom Warner of the Boston Red Sox.

President Aoun attends robot unveiling
President Aoun attends the unveiling of the robot that will compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Boston Regional Robotics Competition in March. The robot was built in 6 weeks by the NUTRONS, a team of Northeastern University engineering students and local high school kids. The high schools involved are Boston Latin, Catholic Memorial, and Brookline High. Photos by Craig Bailey

President's Late Night Mardi Gras Celebration
President Aoun greets students to the annual Mardi Gras celebration he hosts. More than 1,000 students turned out for the event in Stetson East. The party, in its sixth year, featured music, games, piles of beads, and student competitions for cash prizes. Photos by Craig Bailey

Eye to Eye with President Aoun
President Aoun meets with students in a question-and-answer forum sponsored by the Council for University Programs. Also there to answer questions were members of the University's executive team and the provost's office. Issues discussed included relations with the community, experiential education, diversity, and the athletics program. Photos by Craig Bailey

President Aoun welcomes the University to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., convocation
The University gathered in Blackman Auditorium in celebration and remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Organized by the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute, the convocation featured readings from Dr. King's works, music by the Unity Gospel Ensemble and Marchelle Jacques-Yarde, and moving words by keynote speaker Reverend Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes. Photos by Craig Bailey