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‘Huntington 100’

Northeastern’s newest “Huntington 100,” a group of extra­or­di­nary students selected for their impressive achievements and impact both on campus and around the world, was honored last week at a reception with university leaders, faculty, and staff.

The honor, now in its second year, rec­og­nizes seniors and underclassmen who have excelled in their respective areas—from research and entre­pre­neur­ship to expe­ri­en­tial learning and athletics. This year’s newest “100” members were joined at the reception by underclassmen who received the dis­tinc­tion last year.

“We’re very proud of your accom­plish­ments,” Aoun said. “You were chosen because you are role models, and you’ve had a great impact on the uni­ver­sity, students, faculty, staff, and society.”

Many grad­u­ating seniors are set to begin exciting careers or pres­ti­gious graduate programs. Aoun urged soon-​​to-​​be-​​graduates to remain connected with Northeastern as alumni and network with fellow alums across the globe. “Your job is just beginning,” he said. “No matter where you go, you will be a Northeastern graduate and a leader. Take a piece of Northeastern with you.”

Lead­er­ship was a common char­ac­ter­istic among the group, which included Student Gov­ern­ment Asso­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Nick Naraghi, CIS’15; women’s soccer captain Hanna Terry, SSH’14; Max Kaye, DMSB’14, CEO of IDEA, Northeastern’s student-​​run venture accel­er­ator; Stanislas Phanord, SSH’14, who recently received the esteemed Rangel Fel­low­ship and Fulbright Schol­ar­ship; and Laura Marelic, AMD’15, who has spearheaded the creation of the new student design agency SCOUT.

Many “Huntington 100” students have also had dynamic co-​​op expe­ri­ences. Nate Bessa, CIS’14, developed a software program that mon­i­tors a physician pro­duc­tivity incentive program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Rachael Tompa, E’14, worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab­o­ra­tory on the Thermal Technology and Fluid Systems group. Klevis Xharda and Laura Mueller-​​Soppart, both SSH’14, were selected to complete expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties at the White House.

Stu­dents hailed co-​​op as both a pri­mary factor in their choosing North­eastern and their pro­fes­sional growth during their time here. Keith Rayburn, E’14, completed three co-​​ops at CDM Smith, a Cambridge, Mass.-based consulting, engineering, con­struc­tion, and oper­a­tions firm. On his third co-​​op, he was tasked with leading a sewer system rehabilitation project.

In addition to his work on co-​​op, he’s a member of Northeastern’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders, which has brought clean water to fam­i­lies in Honduras and Bbanda, Uganda since its founding in 2005. This spring, he accepted a full-​​time position as an envi­ron­mental engineer at Envi­ron­mental Partners Group in Quincy, Mass. “The on-​​the-​​job training was so valuable for me, just learning the day-​​to-​​day oper­a­tions,” he said.

Michele Bellini, DMSB’14, was part of the student lead­er­ship team that organized the university’s inaugural Global Summit on the 2008 financial crisis held on campus earlier this month. The Italy-​​native is also in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business’ BSIB program and chapter of Net Impact, an inter­na­tional nonprofit orga­ni­za­tion whose mission is to make a pos­i­tive impact on society by growing and strengthening a com­mu­nity of leaders who use business to improve the world.

“I’ve expanded my horizons here,” he said. “Northeastern really works hard to empower its students.”

-By Greg St. Martin

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