As we close the 2022 spring semester, prepare for commencement activities this week, and start the summer academic sessions, I want to take a moment to recognize some members of our community who have gone above and beyond this year and the recognition they have earned.
Faculty/staff awards and recognition
Each and every member of our faculty and staff community cares deeply about student learning and life outcomes and research quality and productivity. Following are people who have earned recognition for doing these things in extraordinary ways.
- Six faculty members were recently approved for promotions effective July 1, 2022: Kwong Chan to Senior Academic Specialist, Barbara Larson to Teaching Professor, Curtis Odom to Associate Teaching Professor, Dee Spencer to Principal Lecturer, Kelly Harrington to Senior Co-op Coordinator, and Maura Miller, to Associate Co-op Coordinator.
- Daniele Mathras won Northeastern's Excellence in Teaching Award. Nominated by her students, their glowing remarks about their experiences in her class helped her earn the coveted award.
- Kevin Boudreau has been awarded a Fulbright Canada Research Chair for the 2022-2023 academic year in recognition of his leadership and contributions to society.
- Several other faculty members, including Klein Lecturer Nada Sanders, were recognized at the university's Academic Honors 2022 event.
- The D'Amore-McKim Outstanding Staff Award annually recognizes a staff member for excellence, innovation, and collaboration. Congratulations to Cynthia Elcock for winning the award this year and to finalists Anthony Grimaldi and Kathleen Odierna.
- This spring, each Group Research Committee nominated a paper published in 2021 by a faculty member in the Group for consideration for a Ronald Copeland Best Paper Award. The top two papers selected were Kevin Boudreau's “Promoting Platform Takeoff and Self-Fulfilling Expectations: Field Experimental Evidence,” Management Science, and Barbara Larson's “Work-from-anywhere: The productivity effects of geographic flexibility,” Strategic Management Journal.
- Mary McNamara‘s project entitled “Mentoring Others Elevates All: The Benefits of Diverse Mentor-Entrepreneur Dyads,” earned the Business and Entrepreneurship: Graduate RISE Category Award at RISE 2022.
- Two faculty members, an undergraduate program teacher and a graduate programs teacher, will receive Best Teacher awards on Thursday during the D'Amore-McKim commencement celebrations. I can't ruin the surprise, but they are both the epitome of excellence!
Student awards and recognition
The caliber of our students never ceases to amaze me, and this year is no exception. Several national and international awards programs have recognized some of our best and brightest students as exemplary in their field of study.
- Theater and Marketing major Amanda Brea is one of six Huskies receiving a Fulbright Scholarship, awarded to exceptional students to research, study, or teach English abroad to foster diplomacy and mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries.
- Finance major Arlen Agiliga has been awarded the Schwarzman Scholarship and will participate in a one-year, fully funded master's degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The scholarship's purpose is to build a global community of future leaders who will serve to deepen understanding between China and the rest of the world.
- Several other students have been honored with scholarships, including the Condit Award, the Joseph Curran Scholarship, and the Mark L. and Karen D. Vachon Scholarship.
- The university annually honors 100 students who embody Northeastern's mission, ideals, and values. This year 14 D'Amore-McKim students were recognized in the Huntington 100.
- Other university award winners include University Honors Program honorees and winners of the Compass Award.
- The school has also recognized several students for academic excellence, leadership, and achievement in their discipline and cooperative education. These awards include the Wendy Kline Award, the Max and Sherman Starr Award, the Wes Marple Award, the Edward Willet Award, the Hobart Award, the UPS Award, the Cooperative Education Award, Building Belonging Fellows, the OSEAI Impact Award, Poets&Quants Best and Brightest Business Majors, and the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.
- And last but certainly not least, I'm so pleased that MBA student Aniyah Smith will be giving the graduate student commencement address at Fenway Park on Friday.
Alumni awards and recognition
The hard work, dedication, and generosity of our alumni are truly inspirational. Honorees well represented D'Amore-McKim at the Networked for Life event last week, which recognizes distinguished alumni who have helped to further the work and reputation of Northeastern.
- Thomas P. McDonough, DMSB‘71, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award for his leadership as Chair of the Dean's Executive Council at the D'Amore-McKim School of Business. He has also served as a member of the Northeastern Corporation, a member of the Academic Affairs and Student Life committees, and he continues to be an active member of the university community.
- Molly Beck, DMSB'09, Khoury'22, and Lamar Letts, DMSB'17, were both honored with Emerging Leaders Awards. Molly is an award-winning entrepreneur who founded Messy.fm, a startup that allows companies to easily record, edit, and distribute podcasts for internal communication purposes. She is also an author, penning the best-selling business book Reach out: The Simple Strategy You Need to Expand Your Network and Increase Your Influence. Lamar combined his passion for sports, healthy living, and entrepreneurship to found Hylux, a vitamin-enhanced water company that addresses nutritional deficiencies in sports beverages. His products can be found on Amazon, and he is one of the youngest CEOs to have a product sold on Walmart's retail site. In 2015, he also founded Letts Learn, an education administration program that produces content for high school and college-aged business students.
Congratulations to all these deserving honorees as well as to all of the Class of 2022 graduates! You've gone through some extremely difficult times and made it to the finish line. I look forward to celebrating with you this week!
D'Amore-McKim School of Business