Spring Final Dinner 2013

Spring final dinner was nothing short of memorable.  Not only was it full of its characteristic laughter, but also full of tears as we had to say goodbye to our seniors.  Shout-outs were particularly humorous, but above all representative of the great friendships we’ve all been so lucky to form over the years.  Seniors, you will all be greatly missed and impossible to replace!  Come back to our 5 under 25s!  On another note,  half our new E-Board was inducted in and welcomed.  It’s sure to be another great year!  Congratulations to the seniors and the new E-Board!

Seniors: “Anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” – J.K. Rowling

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Brenna Eagan, Senior of the Week

Our final featured senior is… me! I’m the graduating V.P. of Media and Marketing, Brenna Eagan, writing my 30th and final blog post on behalf of SAA.

I joined SAA at the start of my freshman year and served on the community service and newsletter committees. During both semesters of my sophomore year, I served as the Newsletter Chair. Inspired to take on more leadership, I decided to run for the Executive Board Liaison position. Over the course of that year, the e-board and I felt it was time to establish a Vice President of Media and Marketing position, which I filled for my fourth and final year in SAA. Additionally, I was able to attend four District 1 Conferences at UMass Amherst, UConn, WPI, and Bryant and one CASE ASAP National Convention in Indianapolis.

I’ve been running this blog, as well as Facebook and Twitter, all year – and now I confidently turn it over to the new V.P. of Media and Marketing, Emily Chiasson. It has been a pleasure serving in this role and I’ll miss every part of it, almost as much as I’ll miss all of you. Thanks!

Senior of the Week Brenna Eagan (center) in Indianapolis for the 2012 CASE ASAP National Convention.

Senior of the Week Brenna Eagan (center) in Indianapolis for the 2012 CASE ASAP National Convention.

Age: 22

Hometown: Hadley, MA (say it with me, e-boarders – “I’m from Hadley!”)

Major: Journalism with a minor in Communication Studies

Co-ops: Copywriter at Hasbro, Inc. and Media Relations Assistant at Northeastern University.

Favorite ‘90s tv show?
Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

What is your favorite movie?
I am obsessed with The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was that weird girl in middle school who wore “the precious” around her neck…

Favorite Harry Potter character?
Sirius Black. Handsome, dangerous, turns into a dog – what’s not to love?!

What are 5 things that every Northeastern student should cross off their bucket list?
1. Join SAA!
2. Dress up as Paws
3. Memorize every stop on the Green Line
4. Meet the Homecoming Comedian
5. Explore Boston (I recommend through food)

How has SAA contributed to your Northeastern experience?
I have made so many great friends through SAA that I would not have even met otherwise. Joining SAA was one of the best decisions I made at Northeastern, and I’m even happier that I ran for e-board. I’ve had the opportunity to meet celebrities, travel across the country, and attend more events at Northeastern than I ever thought possible. 

How do you hope to give back to the Northeastern community as an alumna?
I definitely plan on coming back any time I’m invited by SAA or OAR! I’d also love to hire co-ops some day, provided I am actually employed myself. 

Killian Brennan, Senior of the Week

One of this week’s featured seniors is… Killian Brennan!

Killian joined SAA in the beginning of his middle year. While in SAA, he has been part of the spirit committee and the media and marketing committee. Killian’s kindness and positive attitude have been a welcome presence in SAA over the past three years. Thank you, Killian! We’ll miss you.

Senior of the Week Killian Brennan (second from right) at Fall Retreat in 2012.

Senior of the Week Killian Brennan (second from right) at Fall Retreat in 2012.

Age: 23

Hometown: Brookline, MA

Major: Pharmacy

Co-ops: CVS Pharmacy, Beth Israel Hospital, and an international co-op in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Favorite ’90s TV show?
Hey Arnold!

What superhero would you be?
Iron Man – Does that count? Or is he just super rich?

Who is your favorite Harry Potter character?
Umm I haven’t read the books… but Hagrid seems cool.

What are five things every student should have on their Northeastern Bucket List?
1. Go abroad
2. Go on an alternative spring break
3. Have food delivered to the library
4. Go to Conor’s mid-week
5. and join SAA of course!

How has SAA contributed to your Northeastern experience?
I originally joined SAA because I met a couple of cool people who were in it. I was not too involved on campus and decided it would be a good idea. Once I joined, my life at Northeastern completely changed. I made so many great friends from the group and helped out with some fun events (Husky Hugs, Mayor of Huntington avenue, 5 under 25, etc.) during my time here. My one regret is not joining the group earlier.

How do you hope to give back to the Northeastern community as an alumnus?
I hope to stay connected to Northeastern through all of the friends I have made who will still be here.  I would love to come back and participate in some of the great events that the Boston Alumni chapter and SAA run here on campus. Also, I would love to hire and mentor a Co-op student in my future career.

Sarah Leahy, Senior of the Week

One of this week’s featured seniors is our two-term president… Sarah Leahy!

Sarah joined the SAA in fall 2009 and chaired the newsletter committee her first semester. She was a part of the first-ever Project LEAP committee in spring 2010 before she began her e-board career. In March 2010, she chaired the CCIS 5 Under 25 event (yup, a communication major chairing CCIS – it happens). For the 2010-2011 academic year, she served as the V.P. of Alumni Relations and from 2011-2013, she has served as the president of the SAA. Sarah has been able to attend four district conferences at UMass, UConn, WPI and Bryant, as well as two national conferences in Nashville and Indianapolis.

We cannot thank Sarah enough for all of the hard work and endless effort she has put into SAA over the past four years. Her contributions have certainly shaped SAA into the organization it is today. The self-professed “Mom” of SAA will be missed by all. Thank you for everything, Sarah!

Senior of the Week Sarah Leahy

Senior of the Week Sarah Leahy

Age: 23

Hometown: Dorchester, MA

Major: Communication Studies, minor in Journalism

Co-ops: First two co-ops were with the Boston Bruins Foundation – the philantrhopic arm of the Bruins organization. Third co-op was with Staples, Inc.

How does the feeling of graduating from college compare/contrast to graduating from high school?
It’s unbelievably scary! At least when I graduated from high school, I knew Northeastern would have structures in place to help me succeed and reach my potential; graduating from college means the real word – real job, real bills and real responsibilities … and Wednesday night trips to Conor’s are no longer socially acceptable.  

If Ben & Jerry hired you to come up with a new flavor of ice cream, what would it be?
Oh boy – it’s hard to beat their Half Baked flavor, but I’ll try: chocolate, hot fudge, caramel, cookie dough, mint chocolate, peanut butter cups, marshmallow –> I call it “Heaven.”  

If you could describe yourself with a single song lyric, what would it be?
Easy – storming through the party like my name was El Nino.

If you could go back in time and witness any event, which would you choose?
Hmm, in 1985 when Doc Brown turned the DeLorean into the time machine. With some extra plutonium I could see other things I missed.   

Pulling out of your driveway, you accidentally hit a traveling gypsy. The gypsy is noticeably upset. As retribution, she decides to curse you, but gives you a choice: Either every word you say is said in song, or you never speak again. Which do you choose?
Definitely the song lyrics to up my chances of winning a Grammy. And if I did win a Grammy, that acceptance speech would be unreal.  

You are humanity’s last hope. Earth’s cumulative military efforts have fallen short of stopping the alien invasion. As the leader of the rebellion alliance, you are captured by the Z’loktin forces and brought in for questioning. With your hands laser-cuffed together (like hand-cuffed, only with lasers) you are brought before the General. As you walk into the room, he laughs a dry, heinous laugh, marveling at how easy it was to find the mighty Sarah Leahy. Suddenly, the room falls silent. He turns around, and you know he’s about to ask you a question. A question where the answer determines the fate of your planet. He looks you square in the eye and asks, “Starbursts… or Skittles?”
Hands down Skittle (get it??) – choosing Starbursts would be silly considering my hands are laser-cuffed together and the wrappers could create a serious pollution problem given the current state of the planet.  

How has SAA contributed to your Northeastern experience?
A better question would be how hasn’t it contributed?! SAA has allowed me to find my passion in philanthropy, student advancement and giving back, in general. Not only have I been able to represent Northeastern at regional and national conferences, but I’ve been able to share that with some amazing people because of my involvement in SAA.   

How do you hope to give back to the Northeastern community as an alumna?
As an alumna, I plan to remain activity within the young alumni community, including the SAA! Whether that’s giving a gift to the university, giving time to a current student or attending the SAA events, I can’t wait to see how the organization evolves in the coming years!   

* shout out to Andrew Cloud for coming up with these awesome questions!

D1 Conference at Bryant University

On April 12, members of SAA traveled to Smithfield, RI for the annual CASE ASAP District 1 Conference. For two days, students from colleges all over New England came together at Bryant University to share ideas and learn from one another.

Friday night kicked off the Mardi Gras-themed weekend with cajun food, acrobats, and games.

Sarah Leahy, Melissa Dunbar, Lynelle Schmidt, and Jil Rinne goof around in the photo booth.

Sarah Leahy, Melissa Dunbar, Lynelle Schmidt, and Jil Rinne goof around in the photo booth.

On Saturday morning, all conference attendees gathered together for the official District 1 meeting before breaking off into education sessions.

Northeastern SAA presented three sessions:

V.P. of Recruitment and Retention Melissa Dunbar and V.P. of Events Lauren Wheeler present "Senior Send-offs: Making their Senior Year Special."

V.P. of Recruitment and Retention Melissa Dunbar and V.P. of Events Lauren Wheeler present “Senior Send-offs: Making their Senior Year Special.”

V.P. of Media and Marketing Brenna Eagan and Newsletter/Blog chair Sarah DiCioccio present "Internal Communications: Organizing the communications process."

V.P. of Media and Marketing Brenna Eagan and Newsletter/Blog chair Sarah DiCioccio present “Internal Communications: Organizing the Communication Process.”

Relay for Life Chair Nick Viviano and V.P. of Community Service Hailey Koop present "Serving the Community."

Relay for Life Chair Nick Viviano and V.P. of Community Service Hailey Koop present “Serving the Community.”

On Saturday night, all attendees got dressed up for the Awards Dinner. Our very own Melissa Dunbar took home the award for Outstanding Student Leader. Congratulations, Melissa!

V.P. of Recruitment and Retention (and next year's President) Melissa Dunbar accepts the award for Outstanding Student Leader from D1 Representative Chip Redihan.

V.P. of Recruitment and Retention (and next year’s President) Melissa Dunbar accepts the award for Outstanding Student Leader from D1 Representative Chip Redihan.

Thank you to Bryant University for hosting and to the Office of Alumni Relations for making this trip possible! All of our members had a great time and are excited to share what they learned with the rest of SAA.

All of the Northeastern SAA attendees gather for a group photo.

All of the Northeastern SAA attendees gather for a group photo at the Awards Dinner.

Chris Campbell, Senior of the Week

One of this week’s featured seniors is… Chris Campbell!

Chris joined SAA in the fall of his middler year. Thanks to his high level of participation, he was invited to attend District 1 Conference at the University of Connecticut in 2011. Chris also chaired the Bouvé College of Health Sciences 5 Under 25 that year.

Chris has been a dedicated and valued member over the past three years. Thank you for all of the effort and time you have put into SAA – we will miss you!

Senior of the Week Chris Campbell with fellow seniors Lauren Jodoin, Adrienne Kowcz, Rebecca Miller, and Alf Carroll.

Senior of the Week Chris Campbell with fellow seniors Lauren Jodoin, Adrienne Kowcz, Rebecca Miller, and Alf Carroll.

Age: 22

Hometown: Mineola, NY

Major: Pharmacy

Co-ops: Franklin Square Pharmacy, Shriners Burn Hospital for Children – Boston, BWH Anticoagulation Management Service

Favorite ’90s TV show?
Boy Meets World.

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
Italy or Greece to explore the country and learn about their history and cultures.

Favorite study spot in the library?
“Late night.” 

What are five things every student should have on their Northeastern Bucket List?
1. Join an organization on campus 
2. Go to a hockey game 
3. Live off campus 
4. Stretch your comfort zone 
5. Explore the city!

How has SAA contributed to your Northeastern experience?
SAA has opened so many opportunities for me to explore the campus and give back to my university. I’ve met some of my best friends through this group and I’m so glad that I joined.

How do you hope to give back to the Northeastern community as an alumnus?
I’d love to come back to Northeastern as an alum to mentor students on how to make the most of their experiences here. I’m excited for the opportunity to be on the receiving end of the great outreach that the SAA and OAR employ.

Katie Waller, Senior of the Week

One of this week’s featured seniors is… Katie Waller!
Katie joined SAA during her freshman year. As a junior she took on more leadership roles, chairing the the Alumni Relations committee and planning the first Connecting Huskies to Huskies Networking Night. Katie has also chaired a few 5 Under 25 panels. As a freshman Katie was invited to attend District 1 Conference at UMass Amherst, where she was crowned “Queen of the Jungle.” She also attended D1 Conference in 2012 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she and other members were inspired to create a big networking night after seeing another school present a similar program.

Thank you for your enthusiasm, smiles, and laughs. We will miss you!

Senior of the Week Katie Waller

Senior of the Week Katie Waller

Age: 21, but almost 22!

Hometown: Well, I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico but moved to Glenwood Springs, Colorado in 4th grade so both places?

Major: International Affairs with minors in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies/Arabic

Co-ops: I did my first co-op at two places, both in Washington DC. One was at the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the other one was at Women’s Action for New Directions – a lobbying group for nuclear disarmament. Then for my second co-op I did marketing and social media for WS Development.

When you were five, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An actress/Jane Goodall. I was weirdly obsessed with Jane Goodall.

What is your favorite movie?
Saved! I have a weird sense of humor so I think this movie is perfect and I can quote the entire thing. 2nd place is Mean Girls.

Boloco or Qdoba?
Qdoba.

Which residence hall is your favorite?
GO SPEARE!!!

How has SAA contributed to your Northeastern experience?
I have made some amazing friends through SAA!

How do you hope to give back to the Northeastern community as an alumna?
When (if?) I get a real job, I would love to hire coop students!!