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Defining Moments

The following highlights of the Empower campaign illustrate how our generous and dedicated alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends raised a record-smashing $1.4 billion for students, faculty, and research at Northeastern.

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October 2017

EMPOWERED

EMPOWERED

Empower: The Campaign for Northeastern celebrates its conclusion, tallying a historic $1.4 billion raised for students, faculty, and research.

August 2017

Fernie Flaman Men’s Hockey Coach

Fernie Flaman Men’s Hockey Coach

Northeastern announces the Fernie Flaman Men’s Hockey Coach position, the first of its kind in university history and a tribute to the late legendary coach. The men’s ice hockey coach since 2011, Jim Madigan, DMSB’86, is named the inaugural holder of the post.

 

“This will positively impact the program far into the future, and to honor the legacy of Coach Flaman in the process makes this even more special.” — Bill Shea, LA’70, MA’72, supporter of the Flaman Fund

June 2017

The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe

The article and photo archives of The Boston Globe come to Northeastern. The collection, valued at more than $85 million, is a rich resource for researching past and present happenings in the New England area and beyond.

May 2017

Global Scholarships

Global Scholarships

Two students who received Fung Scholarships complete their international co-op experiences. The Fung Foundation also gives $1 million in June to launch a new fund.

 

“The award made it possible for me to feel free of financial stress during my co-op in France. I believe the experience will help me be more prepared for a job in renewable energies.”

—Taylor Wilde, E’19, Fung Scholar

May 2017

Dunton Family Dean

Dunton Family Dean

Raj Echambadi is named the inaugural Dunton Family Dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. A gift from Gary Dunton, DMSB’78, and his wife Lea Anne, the position is the first endowed deanship at Northeastern University.

March 2017

Pierre Choueiri Family Professorship in Global Family Enterprise

Pierre Choueiri Family Professorship in Global Family Enterprise

Pierre and Maya Choueiri, PNT’17, ’20, conceive the Pierre Choueiri Family Professorship in Global Family Enterprise.

 

In today’s business climate, education is essential to understanding complex issues faced by family-owned businesses so that the family is running the company, not just owning it.” —Pierre Choueiri, PNT’17, ’20

November 2016

Tattoo NU

Tattoo NU

Northeastern’s Gallery 360 displays an art collection donated by Jenny Mui, wife of the late fashion designer and entrepreneur Peter Mui*, who assembled it. Nearly 1,000 pieces, appraised at $2 million, include tattoo art, as well as Japanese woodcuts and “flash art” comic book prints.

August 2016

The Boston Phoenix

The Boston Phoenix

The articles, photos, and other content of The Boston Phoenix, valued at $1.3 million, arrive at Northeastern, donated by the newspaper’s owner Stephen M. Mindich. The Phoenix served for nearly 50 years as the first word on Boston’s social justice, politics, and the arts and music scene.

May 2016

The Torch Scholars Program

The Torch Scholars Program

The Torch Scholars Program celebrates its 10th anniversary of supporting first-generation college students, offering them full scholarships and a comprehensive array of resources.

 

“This is one of Northeastern’s great legacies.” — Torch donor Ted English, DMSB’76

April 2016

FAS Center for Global Business

FAS Center for Global Business

A Global Family Business class visits the Gulf Coast Council, supported by the FAS Center for Global Business. The center is launched thanks to a generous international family, who are investing $15 million to facilitate high-impact collaborations between students, faculty, and industry leaders worldwide.

 

February 2016

A Mosaic of Opportunity

A Mosaic of Opportunity

With a lead gift from faculty member Daniel S. Gregory, Mosaic officially launches. The initiative supports student-led organizations such as the venture accelerator IDEA, the intellectual property clinic IP Co-Lab, the design studio Scout, and the engineering hardware prototyping group Generate.

 

“Students across disciplines are helping other students, alumni, and faculty launch their ventures.” —Daniel S. Gregory

January 2016

Empower on the Road

Empower on the Road

Empower makes stops in sunny Miami, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

November 2015

Robert J. Shillman Award for Engineering Excellence

Robert J. Shillman Award for Engineering Excellence

Logan Jackson, E’16, a recipient of the Robert J. Shillman Award for Engineering Excellence in 2015, is named Northeastern’s first Rhodes Scholar. Logan is also a Gordon-CenSSIS Scholar.

October 2015

Moving the Goal Line for Empower

Moving the Goal Line for Empower

Buoyed by early success, the university increases the goal of Empower: The Campaign for Northeastern to $1.25 billion.

July 2015

A Bright IDEA

A Bright IDEA

Annika Morgan, DMSB’16, is named the first Altschuler-Meyer CEO of IDEA. Two IDEA board members—Samuel Altschuler, MBA’58, and professor Marc H. Meyer— partnered to endow the CEO position, which leads Northeastern’s student-run venture accelerator.

March 2015

A Bequest for Good

A Bequest for Good

Adding to her longstanding support of the D’Amore- McKim School of Business, Janet J. Bullard, MBA’78, commits $4 million to fund a distinguished professorship, an endowed scholarship, and an international co-op stipend.

 

“I want each student to be the best person they can be, not only academically, but as a balanced individual who relishes life because they’re prepared and well equipped for it.”

—Janet J. Bullard, MBA’78

March 2015

Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering

Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering

Professor Thomas J. Webster is installed as the inaugural Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering, established with a $2.5 million gift from Arthur W. Zafiropoulo, E’61. Webster’s team is focused on developing nanosensors that can detect and respond to illness or infection within the body.

February 2015

Social Impact Lab

Social Impact Lab

Social Impact Lab founding director Rebecca Riccio speaks about strategic philanthropy at a Saudi Arabian university as part of the Khaled and Olfat Juffali Social Impact Lab Fund. Inspired by Riccio’s work, the Juffalis are also endowing the Juffali Directorship of the Social Impact Lab.

January 2015

Daniel J. McCarthy(s) Venture Mentoring Network

Daniel J. McCarthy(s) Venture Mentoring Network

Professor Daniel J. McCarthy and venture capitalist Jeffrey P. McCarthy, DMSB’77, join forces to launch the Daniel J. McCarthy(s) Venture Mentoring Network, designed to match student, alumni, and faculty entrepreneurs with experienced alumni and other industry professionals.

September 2014

The Lowell Institute School

The Lowell Institute School

The Lowell Institute School announces a new focus on STEM degrees, made possible in part through a $4 million gift from the Lowell Institute facilitated by William Lowell. The school targets nontraditional students with some undergraduate experience.

September 2014

Engineering Entrepreneurship in Action

Engineering Entrepreneurship in Action

The Michael J. and Ann Sherman Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship Education opens, providing students the education on tools, concepts, and resources to foster creativity and the ability to develop commercially viable ideas.

 

“ We know wonderful things will happen here, one idea at a time.” — Michael J. Sherman, E’68

June 2014

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Bernard M. Gordon, H’07, commits $10 million to the Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership. The program teaches students the hallmarks of leadership, among them vision, courage, integrity, interpersonal skills, trust, and advocacy.

March 2014

Empower Travels the Globe

Empower Travels the Globe

Empower travels the globe to San Jose, San Francisco, New York, and Hong Kong for events showcasing the campaign.

January 2014

A Legacy as Deep as the Ocean

A Legacy as Deep as the Ocean

Donald Comb, H’14, moves Ocean Genome Legacy, his collection of tissue and DNA from the world’s most rare, strange, and remarkable ocean creatures, to Northeastern’s Marine Science Center in Nahant, Mass.

September 2013

Arnold S. Goldstein Simulation Laboratories Suite

Arnold S. Goldstein Simulation Laboratories Suite

The Bouvé College of Health Sciences opens its state-of-the-art Arnold S. Goldstein Simulation Laboratories Suite, made possible by a $2 million gift from Marlene Goldstein in memory of her husband, pharmacy professor Arnold S. Goldstein, P’61, PhD’90*. The lab sports computer-driven mannequins that replicate clinical symptoms.

June 2013

The Power of Professorships

The Power of Professorships

In addition to a scholarship she created in 2001, Barbara Alleyne, LA’70, pledges to create an endowed Associate Professorship.

May 2013

The Dawning of Empower

The Dawning of Empower

Empower: The Campaign for Northeastern kicks off its public launch with a dynamic, interactive on-campus celebration drawing more than 400 supporters and friends. The international leg of Empower launches in July with events in London and Paris.

May 2013

Giving Dancers a Leg Up

Giving Dancers a Leg Up

The first students in the Northeastern University-Boston Ballet Education Program begin classes in an innovative partnership for dancers to earn degrees for post-ballet careers. The program is made possible by a gift from two Boston Ballet board members, chair Jack R. Meyer and Henri Termeer.*

April 2013

Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis

Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis

Northeastern celebrates the Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis’s 40th anniversary and the more than 50 years of service of the institute’s director, Barry L. Karger, now the James L. Waters Professor Emeritus of Analytical Chemistry.

April 2013

Women Who Empower

Women Who Empower

The Women Who Empower speaker series launches, with philanthropic support from Henry J., UC’77, H’08, and Michele Nasella. The first event features distinguished female leaders who share advice with more than 75 Northeastern students, faculty, staff, and area professionals.

September 2012

D’Amore-McKim School of Business

D’Amore-McKim School of Business

An on-campus ceremony celebrates the newly named D’Amore-McKim School of Business, for which Richard A. D’Amore, DMSB’76, and Alan S. McKim, DMSB’88, pledged a joint gift of $60 million.

 

“I truly believe in Northeastern, and I’m inspired by the way the university has moved forward while remaining true to its essential character.” —Richard A. D’Amore, DMSB’76

 

“There are few greater feelings in life than to be able to share one’s success with something one cares so deeply about.”
—Alan S. McKim, DMSB’88

March 2012

Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor

Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor

Alessandro Vespignani is installed as the inaugural Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor. Vespignani now directs Northeastern’s Network Science Institute.

 

“Now that Professor Vespignani is here, the incremental funding provided by the chair is really helping him accelerate his research. He’s in the news a lot.” —Sy Sternberg, ME’68, H’12

March 2012

Recognizing Engineering Leadership

Recognizing Engineering Leadership

Northeastern dedicates the Bernard M. Gordon Tribute to Engineering Leadership “archway.” Gordon, H’07, pledged $20 million in 2006, then the largest gift in Northeastern’s history, to support the Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (Gordon-CenSSIS) and create the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program.

February 2012

The Gries Center for Sports Medicine and Performance

The Gries Center for Sports Medicine and Performance

A gift from Michael F., DMSB’77*, and Dr. Deborah Shomberg Gries, PAH’77, establishes the Gries Center for Sports Medicine and Performance, which delivers student-athletes a personalized approach to injury prevention and rehabilitation.

September 2011

George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security

George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security

Northeastern celebrates the dedication and opening of the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, a 70,000-square-foot secure, state-of-the-art facility.

April 2010

A More Secure World

A More Secure World

George J. Kostas, E’43, H’07*, commits $12 million, the largest gift for a capital project in Northeastern’s history, to build the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at the university’s Burlington, Mass., campus.

“This is one of the happiest days of my life.”
—George J. Kostas, E’43, H’07*

June 2009

In the Public Interest

In the Public Interest

Nonnie S., L’78, H’07, (right) and Richard Burnes, Jr., pledge $2 million to the Burnes Public Interest Law Scholarship, advancing law students who are dedicated to social justice. The program was launched in 1999.

June 2008

Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis

Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis

Louis H. Barnett, B’44, H’77, and the Barnett Family Foundation pledge $3 million to the Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis, advancing interdisciplinary research and training in analytical chemistry and biotechnology.

FACT: Research advances at the Barnett Institute have led to more than 1,000 published papers and 75 patents.

April 2008

The Sternberg Professorships

The Sternberg Professorships

Sy, ME’68, H’12, and Laurie Sternberg commit $5 million to create the Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professorship and the Sternberg Interdisciplinary Associate Professorship.

January 2008

Galante Engineering Business Program

Galante Engineering Business Program

Edward G., E’73, and Catherine Galante pledge $5 million to launch what will become the Galante Engineering Business Program, enabling engineering students to acquire business skills.

 

“Engineering is a great foundation. We are giving students the technical skills that go on top of that: to speak business language, to understand the business process.” —Edward G. Galante, E’73

December 2007

Manganaro Family Torch Scholarship

Manganaro Family Torch Scholarship

Anthony R., E’67, H’08, and Michele F. Manganaro and their family donate $7.5 million to the Manganaro Family Torch Scholarship, adding to their original gift of $1.25 million to launch the Torch Scholars Program, which awards full tuition, room, board, and other support to first-generation college students with leadership potential.

 

“ The Torch Scholars Program is effective altruism at its best.”
— Anthony R. Manganaro, E’67, H’08

October 2007

Nasella Family Endowment

Nasella Family Endowment

Henry J., UC’77, H’08, and Michele Nasella pledge $5 million to create the Nasella Family Endowment, which supports undergraduate financial aid.

* Deceased