Husky of the Week – Mayra Viviana Cerda Santiago

Hometown: Mexico City

Major/Year: Communications and Media/Screen Studies, 2017

Favorite thing about Northeastern/Boston?

About Northeastern, how many opportunities we have to do things that we like and about Boston, that it has a lot of awesome things to discover, the colors of fall and definitely sports.

What are you most looking forward to in SAA?

To get involve as much as I can; I’m not use to being in an association so I’m trying to make the best of it. Also, making friends!

What are some fun fact(s) about you?

I recently learned how to surf  (and surprisingly, I was good at it) so now I’ll do it in any chance that I get.

What are your favorite movies and/or books?

This is very difficult for me! As of right now, GoodFellas (but Forrest Gump and Big Fish are always in my list), and books would be The Great Gatsby (or Le Petit Prince).

How do you hope to stay connected to Northeastern when you graduate? 

As an alum, I hope I can come back and talk to other students about my experience in Northeastern.

What has been the highlight of your year here at Northeastern so far?

My highlight is this husky of the week! I was very happy when I found out and it means that I have been active in the association and learning I can do a lot more than what I had imagined.

Of the Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots, which is your favorite team?


If you were randomly told you had the week off and $5000 to spend, what would you do?

I would go to Mexico to visit my friends and family, and if I had money left I would definitely go to the movies with all of them.

As you may already know, there is another Mayra in SAA. Do you think the two of you can co-exist, or are you of the Highlander mentality: “There can only be one.” ?

At the beginning I was very intrigued about this other Myra, but after meeting her I found out that there can be two awesome girls with the same name in SAA.

You’ve booked a dream vacation in your dream country of your dreams. However, due to a freak storm, all the planes have been grounded indefinitely. As you leave the terminal, you are confronted by a strange bearded man that claims he can get you to where you want to go. Because you are desperate and naive, you follow him outside. He presents you with the choice of three mythical beasts to take you to your destination. They are the Hippogriff of the Harry Potter Universe, the Griffin (a majestic beast with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagle’s talons as its front feet), or a giant flying-squirrel named Ricardo. Keep in mind that the flying-squirrel is a misnomer. As opposed to flying, you would actually be required to take off from a very high cliff or mountain and glide to your destination. Which do you choose, and why?

After thinking this very carefully I decided that I would choose the Hippogriff, because it seems like a fun and safe creature, and also because I’m a Harry Potter fan and would love to meet one.

Congratulations, Mayra!  We’re so happy to have you and can’t wait to see the impact you make!Mayra


Thanksgiving Cheer

Thanksgiving Cheer

Thanksgiving spirit is in the air with these awesome volunteers! We are collecting non-perishable cans of food up until November 16th. On this day we will be having an event with students and alumni for Homecoming in the Alumni Center– decorating baskets and donating them to Haley House!

SAA members & the NEU Community are encouraged to bring cans along to the meeting as well as to OAR anytime!

Bouvé College of Health Sciences 5 Under 25

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New member, Saajan Shah, led our Q&A session with five young successful alumni from Bouvé College of Health Sciences.  It was great to have a past SAA member return to give back to SAA and Northeastern.  What a great group of people we had!  And a substantial crowd.

The panelists included:
Erin Archibald – ’13 – Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology – Speech-Language Pathologist at Easter Seals
Kayla DeVincentis – ’12- Health Science – Project Coordinator at Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Leah Ettman – ’12 – Health Science – Graduate Student at Tufts University
Travis Howlett – ’11- Health Science – Medical Student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Lauren Jodoin – ’13 – Speech-Language Pathology – Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow at Cedar Hill Health Care Center

Fall Trivia Night

Fall Trivia night was great fun and questions were difficult as usual.  Who knew there are 54 colored squares on a Rubik’s Cube?  The event brought together, not only alumni, but family, as represented by Aly, Adriana, and Lauren Jodoin (below).

The Jodoin Sisters, all of whom have  been the VP of Recruitment and Retention!

The Jodoin Sisters, all of whom have been the VP of Recruitment and Retention!

Here are the winners from the Trivia Night:

Nicholas Viviano

Ayln Orhan

Paul Carey

Ben Comean

Ashley Hallman

Julian Scherding

Andrew Cloud

D’Amore McKim School of Business 5 Under 25


Excellent advice and networking opportunities was certainly not in short supply at last week’s first 5 Under 25 of the semester.  The panel included Christopher Wolfel (BSBA in Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Minor in Emerging Markets ’13, Sales Consultant at Yesware, Inc.), Ronald Landayan, MS in Accounting Candidate, BS in Accounting and Finance, Minor in Economics ’13, Audit Associate Level 2 at Feeley & Driscol, P.C.), Dan Wendt, BS in Finance and Insurance /13, Account Development Manager at Plastiq), Drew D’Agostino (BSBA, Marketing and Interactive Media ’13, Co-founder of CTO of Attendware), and Elena McGinley (BS in International Business with a major in Finance ’13, Financial Reporting Specialist at State Street). 

The moderated Q&A session was lead by Shauna Reynolds, in which the 5 successful young alumni from the D’Amore-McKim College of Business shared their Northeastern experiences and how they obtained their current job positions.

Some excellent advice included:

“Dress for the role you’re seeking.” – Daniel Wendt

“Try not to network just for the sake of networking.  Do it to find people you genuinely get along with.” – Chris Wolfel

“Displaying you don’t have a fear of failure is key to being hired by a start-up.” – Drew D’Agostino

“Maybe you don’t think you want to lead, but get involved and you’ll find out.” – Ron Landayan

Chris Wolfel’s LinkedIn advice: have genuine recommendations from people with influence.  Quality not quantity.

As always, our 5 Under 25 events present excellent sources of the ways of success, along with the tradition of connecting huskies to huskies.  Tradition never graduates!

Welcome Back!

The beginning of SAA’s 2013 Fall Semester has been off to a great start.  After a week of interviews, our new members have successfully been chosen, and we’re looking forward to getting to know you all.  We’re sure you’ll each make a great addition to the “Tradition [that] Never Graduates.”  Congratulations!  Thank you to the e-board members and volunteers who made the selection process run smoothly!

To start off the year, SAA participated in OAR’s annual event, “Cup of Joe.”  Volunteers handed out free Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and donuts to NEU students on the first day of classes.  Definitely not a bad way to start the semester!  The first week of classes also included a lemonade stand, in which our VP of R&R, Adriana Jodoin, and other volunteers handed out lemonade and a list of “Top 10 Things to Do Before You Graduate” in the Freshmen Quad.  This definitely aided the recruitment process along with our table at the Student Activities Fair and our two open houses.

Meetings have officially started with our ice cream social we had last night, welcoming the new members.  Old and unfamiliar faces were all accounted for, and the new chemistry within the groups should make for some great experiences throughout the year.

Cup Of Joe

Cup Of Joe


Power Tabling


VP of R&R

It’s an exciting time of year, and our first 5/25 is just around the corner.  Looking forward to getting the semester officially underway!

Summer 2013 Update

SAA had another great summer! Thank you to our members that were able to attend our monthly meetings. For everyone else, we can’t wait to welcome you back!

Some major events of the summer included Family Day at Fenway and the National CASE ASAP Conference in New Orleans, LA. Family Day at Fenway was a great volunteer opportunity as well as a treasured alumni event. The weather was beautiful, and our members enjoyed being able to play games and interact with fellow huskies.

Conference was a great opportunity for representatives from our e-board to get to learn about SAA’s from all across the country. E-board members, Melissa Dunbar, Adriana Jodoin, Tiffany Seeber, Maria Claude, and Courtney Cowell were in attendance. The culture of New Orleans mixed with the learning possibilities completed the excellent weekend. The different presentations from various student alumni associations will certainly aid in improving our own structure and events!  Our own presentation on internal communication was particularly well-received, and for that we are humbled.  Proud to be representing Husky Nation so well.

Fall is just around the corner and with that brings the promise of new experiences (and members). We’re excited for another great semester!


(From left to right) Maria Claude, Cortney Cowell, Tiffany Seeber, Adriana Jodoin, Melissa Dunbar, Greg Trudell



Presenting at National Conference

Members: Melissa Dunbar, Bobby Hodge, John Kalliel, Emily Chiasson, Sarah DiCioccio

Family Day at Fenway Park – Northeastern Alumni Event
Members: Melissa Dunbar, Bobby Hodge, John Kalliel, Emily Chiasson, Sarah DiCioccio