Northeastern University

February 2012 
College of Business
Undergraduate eNewsletter

Welcome to our February eNewsletter!

Whether you are a current student, faculty member, staff, or alumni, we thank you for your interest in our Undergraduate College of Business Program. We invite you to read our newsletter and pass it along to anyone who may find it of interest.

Additionally, if you have a great story or idea you'd like featured in a future edition of the eNewsletter, please email Emily Unsworth.

CBA Names New Dean


"Northeastern University Provost Stephen W. Director has announced the appointment of Hugh G. Courtney as the new dean of the College of Business Administration, effective July 1, 2012. A business strategy and education expert and an accomplished scholar, Courtney brings a powerful combination of academic, industry and nonprofit leadership skills to Northeastern.

"Hugh Courtney's background and unique skills align perfectly with Northeastern's emphasis on experiential learning, use-inspired research and global programs," said Provost Director. "His appointment comes at a time of tremendous momentum at the College of Business Administration. Under his leadership, CBA will achieve new levels of excellence in education and research."

Courtney comes to Northeastern from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he served in the Robert H. Smith School of Business as vice dean overseeing the undergraduate, MBA and MS degree programs. He also served as associate dean of executive programs and as a member of the faculty."


To read the full article on CBA's newly-appointed dean, please visit the news@Northeastern link here.

Making Headlines


Auditing Honors

Congratulations are in order to Accounting professors Arnold Wright and Ganesh Krishnamoorthy who were recently awarded the AAA Auditing Section 2012 Notable Contribution to the Auditing Literature Award for their paper with Jeff Cohen entitled, "Corporate Governance and the Audit Process" which appeared in Contemporary Accounting Research in 2002. 


Best Paper Award

Professors Julie Hertenstein and Marjorie Platt receive Best Paper Award in the Communication & Institution Division of the Western States Communication Association Annual meetings.
Impact of Cold-Calling on Student Voluntary Participation. Elise J Dallimore (NU communication studies), Julie H Hertenstein, and Marjorie Platt.


Young Entrepreneurs Upbeat About the Future 

- The Bottom Line on

 A number of conference attendees emphasized that their goal as entrepreneurs was not just to make money, but to make an impact as well.  Michael Cantalino is a senior at Boston's Northeastern University where he studies entrepreneurship. He runs business operations for Jola Venture, a company that seeks to market solar food dehydrators in Africa and allow farmers to better preserve and market their crops


To read the full article from, please click here.

Alumni Entrepreneurs Hope Facebook App Makes a 'Splash' - CBA wesbite
Northeastern graduates Sean Naegeli and Lyle Stevens founded Apifia, a business that develops web apps such as SplashScore, which connects influential social network users with businesses.


As students at Northeastern, Lyle Stevens and Sean Naegeli filled notebooks with one business idea after another, planning their future careers as entrepreneurs before they even graduated. 

Today, the two alumni - Stevens graduated in 2009 with a business administration degree and concentrations in entrepreneurship and management information systems, and Naegeli graduated in 2011 with a degree in industrial engineering - are moving those ideas from paper to practice. 


To read the full article on our CBA website, please click here.


 Huskies Are Top Dogs in Entrepreneurship

-Paul Levy, CEO of Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center

More and more colleges and universities are promoting themselves as hotbeds of entrepreneurship, creating courses and even degree programs in this field.  I think one measure of the fertility of a college campus for this discipline is the extent to which the students take it upon themselves to create a club to support potential and budding entrepreneurs in their midst.


In that regard, I want to pay tribute to one local entrepreneurship club, at a university that might surprise some of you who immediately think of the Ivy Leagues or high technology schools.  In a recent ranking by FledgeWing, the Northeastern University Entrepreneurs Club was listed as number six in the world.  Among other things, the club holds Get Togethers, which attract over 100 students every week and involve a C-level executive speaking, a hands-on skill building activity, networking, and giving everyone in the room a free dinner.
To read Paul Levy's full blog, please click here.

Cory Bolotsky, a student at Northeastern University, is working on a worthy new project:Startup Summer, which wants to place 100 college students in internships at Boston-area companies this year.

The student population is by far the most valuable resource we have in Massachusetts, but we really need more good ways to integrate them into the start-up ecosystem," saysBolotsky, who worked briefly for the MassChallenge start-up competition before becoming the first director of Startup Massachusetts in December. (Startup Massachusetts is part of the national Startup America Partnership, which seeks to promote entrepreneurship and is marking its one-year anniversary today.)


To read the full article, please click here.
Oral Language Seminars Now Available 

Oral Language Seminars have officially been launched. Starting Monday, January 30th, the sessions 

will be offered during
the following schedule:


Fridays: 1:00 - 2:30pm, Meserve 162


Mondays: 4:00 - 5:30pm, Curry 348


These sessions are designed to assist students in improving their spoken English abilities to a level that will allow them to excel in their Northeastern courses. The goal is to emphasize skills that will allow students to build confidence, communicate effectively in courses, small group teams, and among their peers so that they can more seamlessly assimilate into Northeastern and become active contributors to the classroom experience. 


The seminars will be led by Danielle Kuczkowski who is a Speech-Language Pathology graduate student, working in collaboration with Dr. Rupal Patel in the Communication Analysis and Design Laboratory, where they are currently exploring assistive technology for teaching and learning language.


For more information on these seminars, please contact the office of  Global Student Success at 

Entrepreneurs to Unite at NEXPO 

IDEA is hosting NEXPO, Northeastern's Entrepreneurship Expo, on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. The event will run from 7-9pm in the West Addition of Curry Student Center. 


NEXPO is a celebration of the entrepreneurial groups, students and organizations in the Northeastern and Boston communities and is a unique opportunity to meet and network with fellow entrepreneurs. Ventures working with IDEA will be showcasing their businesses on the expo floor. NEXPO caters to those interested in all facets of entrepreneurship, whether you're a student looking to launch or expand your business or an industry professional looking to share your experience or service with others. 


IDEA invites and encourages Northeastern students and the general public to join us for a night of innovation and celebration. We look forward to seeing you on the expo floor!


Supply Chain Networking Expo Returns to Campus

Students from all concentrations are invited to come meet representatives (many are NU alum!) from companies in the supply chain arena at the 15th Annual Northeastern University Supply Chain Management Networking Expo.


The event takes place on Thursday February 16th from 11:00am to 3:00pm in 450 Dodge Hall.


Companies expected to attend: adidas Group (Reebok), Bose Corporation, Boston Beer Company - Sam Adams Beer, C&S Wholesale Grocers, CEVA Logistics, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Covidien, Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., Elizabeth Arden, GEXPRO, L.Knife & Sons, Inc. - Great Brewers, Hamilton Sundstrand, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Kuehne & Nagel, The MARMAXX Group - TJX Corp., McCue Corporation, Penske, Staples and UPS Supply Chain Solutions!


Many of the companies attending are looking to fill co-op positions and/or full-Time employees. Bring your resume!  

MIS Concentration Spotlight:
Pamela Aldridge 

Pamela Aldridge is a senior CBA student with a dual concentration in Management Information Systems (MIS) and Finance. 


In addition to her academics, Pam is on the varsity field hockey team and volunteers on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Pamela has completed co-ops at Wellington Management Company as well as at Bain Capital, both in Boston.


Below, Pamela talks about why students who are in the process of choosing a concentration may be surprised at all the things MIS has to offer.


What skills do you need to concentrate in MIS?

In order to concentrate in MIS, I think you need to want to have an in-depth understanding of how information flows through anything! Going into MIS, you don't need to have a huge number of computer skills. For example, when I started I knew nothing about Excel or Access but through my intro and concentration courses I learned to be good at them. 


Personally, what I think enabled me to take MIS was the fact I always wanted to know how things worked and was asking myself questions like "what are all these wires all around us really doing?" "What information are they carrying?" I would also say that attention to detail is really important. MIS involves looking at every aspect of processes, technology, and how organizations use them so I would encourage students who are able to analyze well and pay attention to detail to take this concentration.


What is something that may surprise students about MIS?

I think students will be surprised at the interesting courses that MIS has to offer. From working as a "consultant" during a semester long project to help a business go from paper to electronic in Business Systems Integration to learning how to build websites in Designing Web Applications, to drilling down and learning the basics of how to build a very effective database in Data Management, MIS gives  you a fantastic broad understanding of the MIS concentration as a whole.


What have you enjoyed the most about MIS?

The thing I've most enjoyed about MIS is learning how to analyze businesses and the processes they employ in operations day to day. Sure, my Finance concentration has helped me to learn how a business is performing via financial ratios, but MIS really drills deep and asks the question "maybe our financial ratio is weak because..." or is there some process we are currently doing now that is damaging to our business, are we collecting the right data on our customers? I feel extremely empowered to know that I will have the understanding once I graduate how to improve systems no matter what business and consistently drive efficiency.


Which aspect of MIS has been the most challenging?

I think the courses themselves are pretty challenging, especially the intro courses but if you stay engaged and really try to learn the material, it will give you a great base for some of the more analytical courses to come later which was personally my favorite part of the concentration.


What other advice do you give students who may be considering studying MIS?

It's a great idea! MIS really enables you to be able to work in any field since the majority of companies have uses for people who are able to bridge the gap between IT and business careers. My first co-op was at a financial company but I also know a fellow student who took an MIS co-op with the New England Patriots! 


There are so many different ways that you can take the concentration and contrary to the stereotype that it's just a bunch of computer people sitting quiet at desks, it's a really interactive concentration with lots of teamwork, feedback, and interesting case projects. 

Competition Season Underway for Huntington Management Consulting Team

Next weekend, Northeastern's own Huntington Management Consulting Team will take both coasts by storm as it competes for three different case competition titles at three different business schools across the nation.


Last year, Northeastern took home first place at the 22nd Annual Marketing Summit, taking home a $10,000 prize. This year, the competition will take place February 16th-18th and teams will advise BB&T on a marketing strategy. This year's team to represent Northeastern at Wake Forest are Chantalle Hanna, Mark Ferrara, Michael Staffiere and Elliott Poppel.


The Business Strategy Competition at Georgetown University, a live case consulting a non-profit, is also being held February 16th-18th. The Northeastern team scheduled to compete at Washington, DC school will include Nicole Beres, Lauren Davis, Sam Landsberg, and Jacob Lorson. Last year, the Northeastern team landed second place at this competition.


The third and final competition that weekend will be the team's first showing at the USC Marshall International Case Competition. The University Southern California competition is an international case competition in which teams compete for the Marshall Cup. This competition takes place February 14th-18th and the NU team members in attendance will be Madeline Lutkewitte, Zachary Orlowski, Vlad Antohi and Andrew Malin.



Additionally, the Northeastern University College of Business Internal Business Case Competition (IBCC) will take place on campus Saturday, April 14th. 2012. The IBCC provides students the opportunity to hone their analytical, critical thinking and presentation skills by taking their course work from the classroom to a competitive arena. 


NU Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy, Ray Kinnunen, invites any Northeastern student who may be interested in forming a team to compete at this case competition to contact him at Please know that you are not required to be a CBA student to attend, so spread the word!

Entrepreneurs Gear Up For A Busy Month Ahead


Local Launcher   

Cort Johnson
Co-Founder of Dart Boston & Director at Terrible Labs

Tuesday, February 7th 

6pm 150 Dodge Hall

Passionate about helping start-ups and growing the Boston Entrepreneurial community, Cort Johnson has co-founded 3 companies. After graduating Bentley in 2006, he built one of the most popular start-up organizations in town, DartBoston, and also co-founded a web app development shop, Terrible Labs.

Connecting the Dots
Jason Evanish
CEO & Co-founder of Greenhorn Connect



Tuesday, February 14th
6pm 150 Dodge Hall

A 2009 Northeastern Grad in Electrical Engineering, Jason has become an integral part of the Boston startup community when he founded as a student. Jason is an expert on customer development and lean start-ups, which he led in his role at OneForty, before it was acquired by Hubspot.

Marketing Maniac
Spencer Bramson
Chief Imagination Officer (CIO) of Influencers@
Tuesday, February 21st
6pm 150 Dodge Hall

Spencer dropped out of Bentley as a sophomore after starting a fast growing college marketing company, Buzz University. Now a marketing whiz, Spencer is committed full-time to making influencers@ one of the strongest marketing firms around that connects brands with the 18-30 demographic. 

Tennessee to TechStars
Nick Francis
CEO & Co-founder of Help Scout
Tuesday, February 28th
6pm 150 Dodge Hall

A January 2011 TechStars company, HelpScout is transforming the way businesses handle customer service. As CEO, Nick did all of the front-end web development for the product after he graduated from school in Tennessee in 2004. The team of 5 works right down the street from NU in the south end and is now working to scale the company as a TechStars graduate.

Career Services Leaves No Stone Unturned for February


International Student Small Group Job Search

Thu, February 9,             4pm - 5pm, 113 Stearns


Finding an Internship

Fri, February 10, 12pm - 1pm, 12 Stearns & Monday, February 13th, 12pm-1pm, 113 Stearns


Mind Mapping: An Organizational Tool for Grad Students (open to anyone with interest in this topic)

Mon, February 13, 3pm - 4pm, 12 Stearns


Small Group Job Search

Mon, February 13, 4pm - 5pm, 113 Stearns


Salary Negotiation

Tues, February 14, 12pm - 1pm, 12 Stearns

Learn how to navigate the often uncharted waters of salary negotiation and accepting a job offer. Please contact Sabrina Woods with any questions at


Employer in Residence: IBM

Tue, February 14, 12:30pm - 2:30pm, 101 Stearns


Employer in Residence: Shawmut Design & Construction

Tues, February 14, 2pm - 4pm, 101 Stearns


Career Conversations: Careers in Fashion

Wed, February 15, 12pm - 1pm, 12 Stearns

Pizza will be served. For questions, contact Erin O'Dea, or Aileen Axtmayer, in University Career Services.


Cover Letter Writing

Wed, February 15, 4pm - 5pm, 12 Stearns

Please bring a job description.


LinkedIn for Networking

Wed, February 15, 5pm - 6pm, Registration Required


Employer in Residence: Raytheon

Thu, February 16, 11am - 4pm, 103 Stearns

Available appointments at 11, 11:30, 1, and 3:30. To schedule an meeting with Anthony, contact Career Services at 617-373-2430. Or drop in to meet Anthony during our Walk-In Hours (1:30-3:30pm) on those days.


International Student Small Group Job Search

Thu, February 16, 12pm - 1pm, 12 Stearns

Registration is required. Call 617-373-2430 to sign up. This workshop is offered weekly from January 9 to April 13. Please see the calendar for specific dates and times.


Interview Clinic with Employers

Thu, February 16, 5pm - 7pm, 1st Floor of Stearns

For questions, please contact Sabrina Woods at


Resumes for Internships

Fri, February 17, 12pm - 1pm, 12 Stearns


Employer in Residence: City Year

Tues, February 21, 12pm - 3pm, 101 Stearns


Graduate Student Small Group Job Search

Tue, February 21, 12pm - 1pm, 113 Stearns

Registration is required. Call 617-373-2430 to sign up. This workshop is held four times during the spring semester, on January 27, February 21, March 29, and April 11. Please see the calendar for specific times.


Employer in Residence: IBM

Tues, February 21, 12:30pm - 2:30pm, 101 Stearns


Employer in Residence: Shawmut Design & Construction

Tue, February 21, 2pm - 4pm, 101 Stearns


LinkedIn 101

Tues, February 21, 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Registration Required

Space is limited. Register via email to Dan Doyle at In the email subject line please write "LinkedIn 101 Registration" AND the workshop date.


Career Conversations: Careers in Public Policy

Wed, February 22, 12pm - 1pm, 12 Stearns

Pizza will be served!


Small Group Job Search

Wed, February 22, 4pm - 5pm, 113 Stearns


Government Careers Information Forum

Thu, February 23, 12:00pm - 2:30pm, Boston University: George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor (GSU Metcalf Ballroom)

Must be a US Citizen to work for the federal government. Please contact Steve Johnson at for more info.


GMAT Prep Class

Thu, February 23, 5:00pm - 6:30pm, 12 Stearns

For questions, contact Diane Ciarletta at


International Student Small Group Job Search

Fri, February 24, 12pm - 1pm, 113 Stearns


Practice Test Day sponsored by Princeton Review

Sat, February 25, 9am - 1pm, Shillman Hall

Please go to to sign up. Contact Susan Loffredo at for more information. Note: GRE test takers MUST bring a laptop in order to take the exam.


Small Group Job Search

Mon, February 27, 12pm - 1pm, 12 Stearns


Cover Letter Writing

Mon, February 27, 4pm - 5pm, 12 Stearns


Teaching Abroad

Tues, February 28, 12pm - 1pm, 12 Stearns

Please contact Ellen Zold Goldman at for more information.


Employer in Residence: IBM

Tues, February 28, 12:30pm - 2:30pm, 101 Stearns


Employer in Residence: Shawmut Design & Construction

Tues, February 28, 2pm - 4pm, 101 Stearns


Finding an Internship

Tues, February 28, 4pm - 5pm, 12 Stearns


Is Getting an MBA in your Future?

Tues, February 28, 5:30pm - 6:30pm, 12 Stearns

Please contact Maggie Shea in Career Services for more information ( or 617-373-6547).


Career Conversations: Careers in Public Health

Wed, February 29, 12pm - 1pm, 12 Stearns

Please contact Susan Loffredo at for more information.


Non-Profit Job Search

Wed, February 29, 3:00pm - 4:30pm, 12 Stearns

For questions, contact Diane Ciarletta at


International Student Small Group Job Search

Wed, February 29, 5pm - 6pm, 113 Stearns

Northeastern University Undergraduate College of Business 2012
In This Issue
New Dean
Making Headlines
Oral Language Seminars
Supply Chain Expo
Concentration Spotlight
Huntington Management Consulting Team
Entrepreneurs Club
Career Services
Helpful Links
Reflection of the Month
Tip of the Month
February 1
Last day to file a final exam conflict form

Internship Fair

February 2
Finance & Investment Club: Hercules Technology Growth Capital

Pi Sigma Epsilon Info Session

February 6

February 7
ENTR Club Meeting: Local Launcher

February 8
Career Fair

February 9
Finance & Investment Club: Goldman Sachs

Pi Sigma Epsilon Info Session

Costa Rica and Iceland Info Session

February 10
Bloomberg Assessment Test

February 12

February 13
Immigration Law Presentation


February 14
Valentine's Day

ENTR Club Meeting: Connecting the Dots

Supply Chain Networking Expo

February 15

February 16
Finance & Investment Club: Silver Point Capital
Alumni Network Event

February 20
President's Day: 
No Class
February 21
Summer registration begins at noon

ENTR Club Meeting: Marketing Maniac
February 23
Finance & Investment Club: 
Sverica International

 LLC Co-op Panel

February 24
Bloomberg Assessment Test

February 28
ENTR Club Meeting: Tennessee to TechStars

Helpful Links   

cba website


undergrad website



the huntington news


  student clubs  


volunteer opportunities


student handbook


campus calendar


career services


social enterprise institute


study abroad


Reflection of the Month 



The man who will  use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed. 


- Henry Ford


Tip of the Month


Useful Tips When Attending Career Events

-San Francisco State University's College of Business

Arrive as Early as Possible

Events are usually less crowded at the beginning and busiest during lunch hour and at the end. Events close promptly to accommodate employers' travel arrangements.

Ask the Representative for His/Her Business Card

You now have a direct contact with the company, the correct spelling of the representative's name, and direct telephone number. After the event, promptly send a thank-you note. A brief thank-you note acknowledges the help they gave you and the time they took to visit campus. In addition, a thank-you note is a good professional habit.


Be Courteous

In addition to representing yourself, you also represent your college's department, and the university. Companies are here because of their interest in hiring students. Show sensitivity to students waiting to speak with employers by keeping your questions brief and offering to continue your conversation at a later time.


Bring Multiple Copies of Your R�sum�

Dress for Ambition

First impressions are important. You will probably be most comfortable if you at least dress in business casual, i.e., think comfortably relaxed version of classic business attire, with no sacrifice of professionalism or personal power.

Introduce Yourself

Extend your hand, say hello and clearly state your name. Be sure to have your resume ready to hand to the employer.


Orient Yourself

When you arrive, take a minute to review a site map or directory for the event. You can then quickly locate and walk by employers in whom you're most interested. Also, take note of crowds and long lines of students waiting.

Prioritize those Employers that You're Most Interested

You might find it easier to start with the employers in which you're the least interested. This allows you to improve your approach and be most confident when you approach the employers you're most excited about. Weigh this tip with the reality that you may have little time and that many students will be interested in the same employers.

Research Employers

You will be able to ask focused and specific questions. This impresses representatives because it shows a genuine interest in them.

Take Notes

for any next steps you wish to take, along with names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of others in the company whom you want to contact. Jot down any employer information sessions, on-campus interviewing, and projected hiring dates that interest you.



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