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2000

  • Stephen Zoloth is appointed Dean of Bouvé College of Health Sciences.
  • During June commencement, Madeleine Albright and John Kerry delivered the keynote addresses.
  • In June, the first class to study under the new MD⁄MBA in health management program completed their studies.
  • Average combined SATs for the incoming freshman is 1157. External funding for research rose above $40 million and giving totaled $31.8 million
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked the undergraduate program of the College of Engineering as 60th in the country and ranked its graduate program as 63rd in the country.
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked the Physician Assistant Program 15th in the country.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes Northeastern's campus as one of the most attractive in the world.
  • The West Village Residence Halls B and C and the Renaissance Garage open at Renaissance Park in September.
  • The InfoCommons opens in Snell Library during the fall.
  • The University breaks ground for the Behrakis Health Sciences Center in the fall.
  • In November, the basketball court located in the Cabot Center is rededicated as the Bernard and Jolene Solomon Court.

2001

  • On January 11, President Bill Clinton speaks at Mathews Arena on his farewell tour.
  • In March, University College launches the Lamppost, an alumni newsletter.
  • In April, Daniel Robinson is named Dean of Pharmacy.
  • In mid-April, the University sponsors a national conference, "Understanding Practice-Oriented Education," raising the profile of Northeastern's educational model across the country.
  • In April, the Jewish Studies Program organized a symposium: "Third World Views of the Holocaust."
  • Professor Nicholas Daniloff is awarded a grant by the U. S. State Department to create a partnership between Northeastern's School of Journalism and the journalism department of the State University of World Languages, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
  • The Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, the Nano Manufacturing Research Institute, and the Race and Justice Research Center open.
  • Hillel House opens on St. Stephen Street.
  • Levine Marketplace opens in Stetson East.
  • In April, the NU-TRONS, a team of Northeastern and Boston-area high school students, win the 2001 national championship at the US FIRST National Robotics Competition for designing and building a robot.
  • The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department inaugurates the Capstone Design Laboratory.
  • Bill Richardson, former U. S. Energy Secretary, and Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard business professor, deliver the keynote addresses during the June commencement.
  • Ceremonies are held in remembrance of the victims of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center.
  • In September, Davenport Commons opens.
  • AfterHOURS, Northeastern's night club, opens in November.
  • Northeastern researchers receive a two-year $750,000 W. M. Keck Foundation grant to develop a 3-D Fusion Microscope.

2002

  • The Department of Music launches the 21st Century Hip-Hop Library and Archive in January.
  • Japan's Ministry of Enterprise, Trade, and Industry selects Northeastern to train ten Japanese entrepreneurial students in April.
  • The College of Arts and Sciences opens the Summer Institute in Mathematical Studies as part of a program to integrate research and education.
  • The Center for Criminal Justice dedicates the H. Robert Sheehan Seminar Room in Churchill Hall.
  • Nine graduate certificate programs are approved by University College.
  • Construction begins for West Village Residence Halls G and H in the spring.
  • On July 15, Ian McCaw steps down as Athletic Director.
  • West Village Residence Hall E opens in September.
  • Ground is broken for Badger-Rosen Squashbusters Center, a fitness facility, in the fall.
  • Northeastern launches a $200 million fundraising campaign, the Leadership Campaign: New Pathways to Excellence in the fall.
  • Northeastern launches the Office for University Corporate Partnerships.
  • Center for Work and Learning is dedicated in the Stearns Center.
  • Northeastern holds the first annual International Industrial Organization Conference.
  • On November 12th, the Behrakis Health Sciences Center is dedicated.

2003

  • Undergraduate minor in Urban Studies and a PhD program in criminology and justice policy are available.
  • Doctorate programs are offered in Criminal Justice, Physical Therapy, and Audiology, and masters programs are offered in biotechnology, bioinformatics, and information assurance.
  • Northeastern officially switches from the quarter system to the semester system in September.
  • Christopher Hopey is appointed Vice President of University College.
  • Lynn Wachtel Lyford appointed Vice President for Cooperative Education.
  • Edward Klotzbier appointed Vice President for Student Affairs.

2004

  • West Village A, B, and C win the 2004 American Institute for Architects Honor Award, the profession's highest recognition.
  • The Massachusetts Horticultural Society honors Northeastern with a gold medal for campus landscaping.
  • Head football coach Don Brown resigns in the spring.
  • The College of Computer Information Science building is finished.
  • The Nanotechnology Laboratory opens.
  • University College changes its name to the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.
  • Northeastern marks the 100th anniversary of the first World Series played on the Huntington Avenue Grounds, with a symposium on America's game.
  • Northeastern wins a Boston History Collaborative History Marker Award.
  • Two research centers open: The Center for Urban Environmental Studies, and the Institute for Security and Public Policy.
  • The field hockey team, the women's indoor track team, the swimming and diving team, and the men's and women's outdoor track team are all American East Conference champions.
  • President Freeland announces that Northeastern will leave the American East Conference to join the Colonial Athletic Association on June 30, 2005.
  • In June, President Freeland becomes the President of the World Association for Cooperative Education.
  • On June 9th, the nanomaterials instrumentation facility in the Egan Research Center is dedicated.
  • New School of Technological Entrepreneurship opens.
  • During the fall, West Village H opens, housing the College of Computer and Information Science.
  • During the fall, West Village G opens.
  • In the fall, Northeastern's biannual research magazine Synthesis: Advancing Interdisciplinary Research débuts.
  • A gift from Marguerite Parker to Northeastern of $2.4 million to support the President Scholars Program is the largest in Northeastern history.
  • In December, Northeastern breaks ground on the West Village Residence Hall F which will house the John D. O'Bryant African American Institute.

2005

  • In April, a gas explosion in Kerr Hall injures several students.
  • Asian American Center opens.
  • Three architectural awards received: one from the American Institute of Architects, a Harleston Parker Medal from the Boston Society of Architects in recognition of West Village H, and an Outstanding Design Award from American School and University magazine in recognition of Speare Hall Commons student services center.
  • Center for Microwave Magnetic Materials and Integrated Circuits is established.
  • The Law School's Tobacco Control Clinic is renamed the Public Health and Legal Clinic.
  • Northeastern University Press joins the publishing consortium University Press of New England.
  • The Boston Red Sox adopt the Center for the Study of Sport in Society's Mentors in Violence Prevention program for their minor league players.
  • Northeastern becomes a member of the Compostela Group of Universities, a network of 80 European Universities.
  • A fire breaks out on the second floor of Ell Hall on April 2nd.
  • In May, St. Ann Church site on St. Stephen Street is purchased.
  • In June, Northeastern hosts the 14th annual World Co-op Conference.
  • In July, Maya Angelou visits the University.
  • In August, President Freeland announces he will step down in August 2006.

2006

  • In August, Joseph E. Aoun becomes Northeastern University's seventh president.
  • Northeastern is ranked 115 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • External research funding jumps by 50% from $47 million to $70 million.
  • West Village Residence Hall F opens in the fall.
  • The National Cancer Institute awards a team of Northeastern researchers $3.3 million to establish a doctoral program in nanomedical science and technology.
President Joseph E. Aoun, 2006.

2007

  • 90% rate in freshman to sophomore retention.
  • More than 30,000 applicants for the fall 2007 class, a 12% increase from fall 2006.
  • Northeastern's Fenway Center reopens to house performances and other university functions.
  • The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor receives an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Northeastern University.
  • Mark Putnam is appointed Chief of Staff.
  • John H. McCarthy is appointed Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance.
  • Diane Nishigaya MacGillivray appointed Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
  • Incoming Freshman class is most diverse in history of Northeastern.
  • Unified Digital Campus (UDC) project announced. $10-14 million to be used over three years for creating a central source of university information.

2008

  • The Northeastern News is renamed The Huntington News.
  • Steven W. Director appointed Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  • Sy Sternberg elected Chair of Board of Trustees.

2009

  • Northeastern's football program ends in November.
  • Co-op program expands to include a four-year bachelor's degree, beginning in the fall of 2010.
  • The Princeton Review names Northeastern one of only two universities in New England which made the Greet Rating Honor Roll for sustainability efforts on campus.
President Joseph Aoun and George J. Kostas at the site of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, 2010.

2010

  • Northeastern University's co-op program celebrates its centennial anniversary.
  • The bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture in the College of Arts and Sciences is created, along with a Ph.D. program in Information Assurance in the College of Computer and Information Science. Both begin in the fall of 2011.
  • Effective on July 1, Northeastern University restructured the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Criminal Justice into three new schools: the College of Arts, Media, and Design; the College of Science; and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. While the College of Criminal Justice will become the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice within the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.
  • In September, the university broke the ground on the Burlington campus for the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security.
  • Northeastern University, the YMCA of Greater Boston, and Phoenix Property Company agree to construct a 720-bed residence hall that will house undergraduates. The residence is due to be completed in 2013.
  • Awarded $13.5 million research grant by the National Institutes of Health in order to establish a Center for Translational Cancer Nanomedicine.
  • Northeastern named an Overall College Sustainability Leader and, for the fourth consecutive year, a Campus Sustainability Leader by the Sustainable Endowments Institute. The Sustainable Endowments Institute awarded Northeastern a grade of A-, one of the highest ratings in North America and the highest rating of any Boston-based university.
  • Yes.Oui.Si opens as a multi-genre art gallery.

2011

  • Ralph Martin appointed senior vice president and general counsel.
  • For third consecutive year, recognized by the Princeton Review for commitment to Sustainability, and ranked second for Best Career Services.
  • Terry Fulmer appointed Dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences.
  • George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security opens.
  • Satellite Campus in Charlotte opens.
  • Freshman retention rate at all-time high (95%).

2012

  • Northeastern receives record number of applications for Fall 2012 freshman class.
  • Laura A. Wankel appointed vice president for Student Affairs.
  • President Joseph Aoun named new chair of American Council on Education.
  • ROTC program honored with MacArthur Award.
  • Susan Ambrose appointed Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Education.
  • Jeremy Paul appointed dean of Northeastern University School of Law.
  • Steven Kadish appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
  • Construction begins on GrandMarc.
  • Rehan Khan appointed Chief Information Officer.
  • Graduate Campus opens in Seattle, WA; Tayloe Washburn named Dean and Campus Executive Officer.
  • Curry Student Center and Snell Library renovated.
  • Richard D’Amore (BA’76) and Alan McKim (MBA’88) donate $60 Million, College of Business Administration renamed D’Amore-McKim School of Business.
  • Former Northeastern University President Kenneth G. Ryder passes.
  • Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell receives Honorary Doctor of Public Service and speaks at Commencement.

2013

  • Empower: The Campaign for Northeastern University launches.
  • Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis celebrates 40th Anniversary.
  • Uta Poiger appointed dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.
  • Incoming class sets records for strongest academic profile in Northeastern history.
  • President Joseph Aoun named to American Council on Education’s Presidential Innovation Lab.
  • Campus goes Smoke-Free.
  • School of Law alumna the Honorable Margaret Wood Hassan elected New Hampshire Governor.
  • GrandMarc topping off celebration.
  • School of Nursing Celebrates 50th Anniversary.
  • Entrepreneurship Program ranked top 10 by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Mgazine.

2014

  • Bioengineering department added to the College of Engineering.
  • Kendall Coyne of Northeastern University women’s hockey team named to US Women’s Olympic Hockey Team.
  • Faculty Senate announces two new Masters Programs: Master of Science in International Management and Master of Arts in International Affairs.
  • Northeastern ranked third greenest school in world and first in America by GreenMetric 2013 World Rankings.
  • For third year in a row, number of applications sets new record.
  • Plans announced for three international satellite campuses for graduate studies in Canada and Western Europe.
  • June Commencement speaker: Janet Napolitano.
  • $20 million Ruggles Station renovation announced by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun.
  • Us News and World Report Ranks Northeastern University at number 42 on the list of "Best National Universities."
  • Curry Student Center celebrates its 50th anniversary.

2015

  • East Village residence hall opens.
  • Northeastern University to open satellite campus in California focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
  • College of Arts, Media and Design welcomes Elizabeth Hudson as its new dean.
  • Northeastern University granted $20 million for defense research in collaboration with the US Army Research Laboratory.
  • Northeastern Crossing community center opens.
  • Northeastern’s College of Engineering in Puerto Rico to have research center funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and National Health Institute and headed by Akmar Alshawabkeh.
  • Snell Library celebrates 25th anniversary.
  • Northeastern University announces Toronto campus.

2016

  • Chris Gbandi named the new head coach of the Northeastern men’s soccer team.
  • Northeastern University men’s hockey team wins its first Hockey East title since 1988.
  • Northeastern women’s hockey team makes first appearance in NCAA tournament.
  • College of Computer and Information Science begins offering Data Science major.