Husky Happenings

Transition Team created to help Aoun adjust to NU According to a university-wide memo sent July 10, Neal Finnegan, chairman of the Board of Trustees, has enlisted 17 members of the academic and administrative community to form a Transition Team for helping Northeastern’s seventh president Joseph Aoun adapt when his tenure begins on Aug. 15. The team will collect information from the university, ready data for review by Aoun, manage event timetables and broaden community input. The members of the team are: Jack Greene, team chair; Linda Allen, university registrar; Jean Egan, associate coordinator of cooperative education; Luis Falcon, vice provost for faculty and graduate education; Jean Fleischman, executive assistant, Office of the President; Robert Gittens, vice president for Public Affairs; Carol Glod, professor of nursing and chair of the Faculty Senate; Seamus Harreys, dean of Student Financial Services; Chris Hopey, vice president and dean, professional and continuing education; Deanne Jantzen, director, Office of the Board of Trustees; Brian Kenney, vice president for marketing and communications; Rogan O’Handley, president, Student Government Association; Purak Oza, vice president for academic affairs, Graduate and Professional Student Association; Mark Putnam, director of planning and institutional research; Sam Solomon, budget director and assistant treasurer; Emily Spieler, dean, School of Law; Marian Stanley, vice president for corporate sponsorships. In addition to the formation of the team, a Web site, www.president.neu.edu/transitionteam.html, has also been started in hopes of gathering ideas and suggestions for the team in its beginning stages.

– Chris Brook, News Staff

Grant awarded to NU for anti-gang research The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety has awarded Northeastern $70,000 in grants to combat statewide gang violence. The grant money was bestowed July 12 by the $11 million “Senator Charles E. Shannon, Jr. Community Safety Initiative,” a program named after former Senator and Northeastern graduate Charles Shannon. The grant aims to strengthen anti-gang movements between community groups, law enforcement and government agencies. “We are eager to work side-by-side with Massachusetts law enforcement to reduce gang violence” Jack McDevitt, associate dean of Northeastern’s college of criminal justice and director of the Institute on Race and Violence, said in a release. “We hope that our research will empower local officials and community leaders with additional intelligence as they face the complex issue of gang violence in our neighborhoods.” With the funding, Northeastern will act as Massachusetts’ Statewide Youth Violence Research Partner as experts from the school’s college of criminal justice and Institute of Race and Justice to determine which crimes are gang-related, develop databases on gang members, and further understand the factors that cause violence on our streets.

– Chris Brook, News Staff

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