compass awardsThe Compass Awards Program, our signature student awards program, recognizes exemplary students from the senior class who, during their time on campus, have demonstrated a true dedication to a core set of values: leadership, volunteerism, academic integrity, and commitment to Northeastern. Students who display strength in these values demonstrate to us that they are on a path to alumni leadership.

Each year, nine Compass Awards are presented. The eight undergraduate colleges are represented and one award is presented from the Office of Alumni Relations.

As part of the Compass Awards program, two additional honors are made.

The Wendy Breen Kline Award, established in 1997 and named in honor of the late Wendy Breen Kline, BB’84, PAH’88, is presented to one senior who embodies both leadership and volunteer spirit.

The Garnet Award recognizes one junior or third-year student who has demonstrated the same core values as the Compass Award recipients, making an impact in our community while showing promise for even greater success at Northeastern in the future. The Garnet Award debuted in 2014.

This program evolved from the Professional Promise Awards, a past model that was successfully established and implemented by the Alumni Association Board for several years.



2017 Recipients

  • Alison N. Campbell, SSH’17

    Alison N. Campbell, SSH’17

    Shying away from a difficult conversation or topic has never been part of Alison Campbell’s personality, in fact it’s quite the opposite. Alison has said “I want to use photography to facilitate difficult political conversations and bring awareness to different issues.”

    This ideal is most highlighted through her first co-op with the National Commission for the Prevention of Genocide in Kigali, Rwanda and her photography exhibit “Rwanda Unseen,” which was a result of that experience. She is committed to the study and prevention of mass atrocity and has a hands-on approach in working towards that mission. Alison was incredibly pro-active in applying for and receiving two undergraduate research grants and organizing travel plans, materials, and meetings across the country of Rwanda, all of which culminated in her exhibit, which is permanently housed on campus.

    Her experience in the international realm doesn’t end there. In the summer of 2016 Alison completed research in Jordan, conducting interviews with Syrian refugees to better understand migration experiences and patterns and in the following fall, she participated in a co-op in Guatemala. Her co-op with Mercado Global allowed her to work on various media and design projects while partnering with indigenous Mayan weavers.

    Back in Boston, Alison’s impact can still be felt through her work with ArtLifting, a social enterprise which partners with artists impacted by homelessness and disability to help them sell their artwork and her own studio, Dos Manos.

    After graduation, Alison will be continuing her studies at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland to pursue a post-graduate degree in communication studies.

  • Katherine T. Cokorinos, AMD’17

    Katherine T. Cokorinos, AMD’17 It is clear to see that one of Katherine Cokorinos’ true passions is working to benefit the greater good of others and the community. Since beginning her involvement with the Strong Women, Strong Girls organization in 2013, Katherine has been a site leader, a cohort leader, and most recently has led the Junior Mentor Program, which is a leadership opportunity for girls in grades 6 through 8.

    Additionally, her dedication to the greater good is evident through the three co-ops she has completed during her undergraduate career. During her most recent co-op experience at WilmerHale, she facilitated a 12-week Mock-Trial program for middle school students, managed eight high school students during a Summer Leadership Institute, and planned three pro bono clinics. It is clear to see how this experience and her leadership with Strong Women, Strong Girls has fueled her passion for working with children and young adults, which she plans on pursuing after graduation.

    Her reach and passion extends far beyond the city of Boston. While on co-op in Peru, Katherine developed and presented a strategic plan for Amawaki, which involved interviewing 22 artisans, writing individual profiles, designing a blog, and developing social media accounts. The impact of this project on the Andean women was profound and allowed them to connect with the global textile market.

    Through all of these activities, Katherine has been able to maintain a remarkable 3.995 GPA and has been inducted into the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society. She has also been awarded the Michael Woodnick Quality of Life Award which is presented to a student who exhibits outstanding scholarship and a clear understanding of how authentic communication informs and influences their quality of life.

  • Ryan D. Daley, CPS’17

    Ryan D. Daley, CPS’17Working full time while pursuing a college degree is challenging enough, but Ryan Daley was doing so while enlisted in the United States Army as a cryptologic linguist. He expertly balanced his responsibilities as a squad leader and non-commissioned officer stationed at Fort Gordon in Georgia with the requirements of a Northeastern degree program.

    Since completing his Active Duty time, Ryan has moved to Boston where he immediately became active in state government, interning in Senator Karen Spilka’s office as well as with the Department of Veteran Affairs, while still pursuing his degree full-time. Ryan has also completed intensive language study at both John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School and The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.

    Not only has Ryan excelled academically attaining a 3.950 GPA, Dean’s List recognition every semester, and the Army Achievement Medal for his academic excellence, but he inspires others to get more involved in their studies and improve academically. He is constantly sharing his resources and expertise to help other realize and achieve their own goals. Faculty and students who have had the privilege of working with Ryan note that his work ethic, intelligence, and dedication is unsurpassed.

    Embracing the importance of being a global citizen, Ryan will continue his studies at the London School of Economics after graduation, where he will pursue a graduate degree with plans for a doctorate in the future.

  • Korrinne J. Ivey, BHS’17 (Office of Alumni Relations)

    Korrinne J. Ivey, BHS’17 From choosing her major, to how she approached on campus leadership roles, and determining her post-graduate plans, Korrinne Ivey has always been driven by a passion of caring for all people.

    Korrinne has had the opportunity to care for a variety of patients and their families both at Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Her work in the Balance and Vestibular Program at Boston Children’s Hospital led to a published article in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in June 2015. In both roles Korrinne’s attention to detail and support she provided to both the patient and hospital staff resulted in increased positive outcomes for patients.

    During her time on the Student Alumni Association leadership team, culminating in her position as president, one of Korrinne’s main focuses has always been on the members and their experience. Her ability to be empathetic while pushing members to be their best is second to none and was integral in the restructuring of the organization in her final year. She was able to balance the demands of her own workload and the challenges of leading the organization while still ensuring she made time to connect with each and every member to ensure they were feeling valued.

    As president of the Student Alumni Association, Korrinne also played a key role in Homecoming Week, notably securing the Homecoming Headliner. Through hours of planning and collaboration, she was able to bring Amy Poehler to campus to a sold out arena. The attention to detail and dedication that Korrinne displayed in coordinating an event of this magnitude is exactly what makes her successful in the health sciences field.
    After graduation Korrinne plans on staying in Boston to pursue a nursing degree in a city replete of some of the most renowned hospitals in the country.

  • Kayla F. Joyal, BHS’17

    Katherine T. Cokorinos, BHS’17

    Being a leader and contributing to her community comes natural to Kayla Joyal. Described by faculty as “an outstanding student leader in the School of Pharmacy,” Kayla has not let a challenging pharmacy curriculum get in the way of her volunteer activity. Additionally, she took the lead on developing policy proposals seeking to advance the profession of pharmacy through various outreach events.

    Kayla’s leadership in the School of Pharmacy is difficult to match. She is currently serving her second term as the President of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Students of Pharmacy (APhA-ASP) and is a past-president the Pharmacy Governing Organization which brings together eleven different student organizations in the School of Pharmacy to serve the collective interests of the school, the college, and the profession. Kayla was also elected to be the Region 1 Midyear Regional Meeting Coordinator which resulted in a successful APhA-ASP conference.

    Kayla’s interest in Pharmacy is only paralleled by her passion for organ donation. She has raised awareness among her peers on campus for this important cause through her efforts with the American Society of Transplantation which resulted in Kayla receiving an award at their national conference last summer. She also volunteers with the New England Organ Bank and is a member of the Northeastern University Organ Donation Awareness Committee.

    Her involvement in Northeastern does not end with organ donation. Kayla has been a member of the Northeastern University Triathlon team since 2013, the Gamma Kappa Chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma since 2014, and the Beta Tau Chapter of Rho Chi since 2016. She has also served as a member of the Rethink Your Drink Committee on campus and served as a Relay for Life Team Captain for three years.

    The recipient of numerous previous awards, Kayla has maintained an impressive 3.76 GPA throughout her five years in the strenuous Pharmacy program. She plans to complete her Doctorate of Pharmacy at Northeastern and pursue a Transplant Pharmacy Residency Program.

  • Kelli A. Lynch, E’17

    Kelli A. Lynch, E’17Northeastern pride isn’t something that can be taught, but students like Kelli Lynch have a special skill for instilling that passion and excitement in others through their own drive and poise. She frequently serves as an ambassador for the College of Science and for the University, speaking at events such as Admissions Open Houses and Welcome Days, University Scholars Weekends, and presentations to the Board of Trustees. None of this should be surprising given the commitment and passion she had before even attending Northeastern.

    Kelli’s interest and research of water purification began in high school and became a constant source of pride during her undergraduate career, earning her a Scholars Independent Research Fellowship which enabled her to travel to Bolivia for purifier testing. Kelli earned another Fellowship two short years later to design and build a therapeutic device for individuals suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis. Her academic excellence has earned her Dean’s List recognition every semester and induction into the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

    Both in and out of the classroom Kelli strives to share her skills and knowledge with those around her. As one of the founding members of Generate, a student run product development studio, she provides support and expertise to student entrepreneurial ventures at Northeastern. She was also instrumental in helping the College of Engineering see the benefits of creating a new department and undergraduate major, and then attracting new students through her involvement in the student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

    Outside of the class room Kelli has volunteered over 450 hours since 2012 as part of the Civic Engagement Program. Additionally, she is the founder of the “Science Squad Civic Engagement Science Fair Program” at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in Boston.

    Students and faculty alike admire Kelli’s “can do attitude and her personal enthusiasm.”

  • Erika C. Nothnagel, DMSB’17

    Erika C. Nothnagel, DMSB’17The entrepreneurial spirit is something that sets Northeastern students apart from their peers, but combine that spirit with a passion for social responsibility and you will understand what sets Erika Nothnagel apart from others.

    During her second co-op at RSM International, a global accounting, tax and consulting firm located in Mexico, Erika was responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s first corporate social responsibility initiative. This consisted of the creation and execution of a company sponsored, formal financial education program to grammar school students in Mexico City. The program reaches over 150 students annually to provide early education and intervention that will enabling them to be financially literate.

    Her experience in Mexico was so profound that she wanted to expand on and share the impact of her opportunity and is currently working for the Cultural Agility Leadership Lab, a joint partnership between the National Peace Corps Association and the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. Through this endeavor she is able to provide solutions for corporate-sponsored international volunteerism and pro bono advisor programs in International NGO’s.

    Outside of working to further corporate social responsibility in a variety of settings, Erika was a volunteer for the Northeastern University Teaching English Language and Literacy and founder of Amphibious Achievement. As a founding member and leader of this organization she not only helped inner city students learn to swim but developed and led a ten-week series for students to design a non-profit organization focused on the Boston community. It is evident how Erika’s passion for philanthropy was able to extend beyond the reaches of Northeastern’s campus.

  • Emma M. Parrish, S’17

    Emma M. Parrish, S’17In her time at Northeastern University Emma Parrish has not only seized every opportunity to come her way, but created a multitude more for herself. Emma has worked in three campus labs, presented and published her findings in various arenas, and completed research at both Beth Israel’s CEDER Clinic and The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.

    During her co-op with The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Emma was a co-author on several publications and research posters, and made several presentations internationally. It was this experience, in addition to her clinical co-op in early psychosis and previous work as a research assistant, that inspired Emma’s work for her honors thesis. She will be presenting her research “Clinical High Risk for Psychosis: Stigma in an Undergraduate Population” at the Harvard Psychiatry Research Day.
    Emma has been an essential student leader within the department of psychology and the College of Science. She served as a teaching assistant for several classes and is always willing to help other psychology students through initiating review sessions. Emma is also a College of Science and Global Ambassador where she presents information to perspective College of Science students and assists any students who are considering going abroad for an international co-op.

    Beyond her work in the psychology and research arenas, Emma has volunteered as a tutor for the Harrington House, part of the Home for Little Wanderers, and is an active member of the Downbeats, a Northeastern a cappella group. She also serves on the board of directors for the Dare to Reach Foundation.

    Currently, Emma is working as a relief residential counselor at Vinfen, where she provides support to clients living in psychiatric group homes in the Boston area. After graduation, she plans to continue working as a research assistant and ultimately pursue her PhD in clinical psychology.

  • Shivanjali Singh, CIS’17

    Shivanjali Singh, CIS’17Challenging herself and those around her is something Shivanjali Singh has thrived on during her time at Northeastern. As a Presidential Scholar, a New World Scholar, a member of the Honors program, and an award winning Resident Assistant, she has not only challenged her thinking as a computer science and business administration combined major but has used her skills to give back to the Northeastern and Boston communities.

    During both co-op experiences Shivanjali was able to use her technical skills to meet the needs of her business colleagues and clients, first as an application developer at Goldman Sachs and then as a software engineer at Intuit. While at Intuit, she led a team in creating and delivering not only a financial literacy app for millennials, but also developing a proposal and product pitch to go in front of investors. This experience not only landed her a position for after graduation, but set her up for success in the development of her own app and startup.

    Her interdisciplinary thinking continued to shine through during her time abroad and showed how this marriage of skills could impact not only the global community, but future Northeastern students as well. In 2015, she took part in a Dialogue of Civilizations where she studied Islam and Christianity to understand their influence on Spanish culture. Then in the fall of 2016, Shivanjali studied at the University of Edinburgh, splitting her time between her computer science and business courses. This application of her academics in a global context set the stage for her development of a curriculum for International Business majors, which allowed them to record their experiences at Northeastern and the impact they had on their development of core cultural competencies.

    While Shivanjali’s accomplishments are astounding on their own, she believes that her most significant achievement is her “ability to utilize [her] privilege as a college-attending, woman in STEM to give back to the community, whether that be in CCIS, Northeastern, or Boston.” It is through her involvement in various organizations that she has been able to learn from the students around her while sharing her own passions and knowledge with other students and educational organizations.

  • Wendy Breen Kline Award: Miranda S. Beggin, DSMB'17

    Miranda S. Beggin, DMSB’17If you need more evidence of the impact of Northeastern’s co-op program on the global community, look no further than Miranda Beggin. Pursuing a combined business administration and political science degree, she has dedicated her energy to understanding and building stronger global relations. The skills she has learned in the classroom are evident through her various experiences abroad.

    One of her experiences took her to the Dominican Republic where she worked to implement the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University commitment, which involved the planning and execution of Vision Spring. This program distributed more than 1,500 pairs of reading glasses to low income members of the Dominican community. Then, while on co-op in Jordan, Miranda became involved with “Hope for Women in Education,” which she notes as one of most impactful experiences during her time at Northeastern. She worked with the organization to develop a strategic plan, cultivate potential sponsors, and teach English classes. Miranda was also an integral part in creating the organization’s Banaat Connect program, which is a virtual language exchange program with college women in the U.S. and refugee girls living in the Jerash Camp. She continues to co-direct and grow this program with a colleague from the University of Virginia.

    As a volunteer for LIFT: Boston, Miranda assisted low-income Boston-area community members through the process of finding housing, employment, education and citizenship. Miranda also worked with 8th graders in a local school as they prepared to apply and enter Boston high schools through Citizen Schools. These experiences led her to co-found the Northeastern Chapter of BuildOn, a mentorship and service-learning program that work with high school students based in Dorchester.

    Miranda has been an active member of IDEA: Northeastern University’s Student-Run Startup accelerator. She also serves on and contributes to the NU Social Enterprise Review and the NU Political Review. In all of these organizations she connects her academic background with her dedication to global affairs.

    Miranda will continue her international work after graduation by participating in a Critical Language Scholarship for Arabic Study in Morocco.

  • Garnet Award: Gabrielle M. St.Jarre, BHS’18

    Gabrielle M. St.Jarre, ’18The Boston community will be in good hands with Gabrielle St.Jarre as their nurse. Her passion for nursing, though, extends far beyond the reaches of city limits as she also learned the value of care around the world on medical mission trips through Northeastern. Visiting rural areas of Panama, Gabby has been able to touch the lives of over 700 patients.

    In March 2016 Gabby was a member of the first ever Northeastern Global Medical Brigade that traveled to Panama. During this time, Gabby connected with a young family experiencing a medical crisis, taking care of a young boy for an entire day while his mother fought for her life. All turned out well for the family and for Gabby, who grew this opportunity into a calling. She now serves as a leader of the chapter on campus, executing fundraisers, organizing trips, and recruiting physicians. Gabby returned to Panama this March and anticipates participating in the Global Medical Brigade long after her time at Northeastern is over.

    Back in Boston, Gabby has taken full-advantage of the co-op opportunities through the College of Nursing. Her first co-op in a Transplant and Oncology unit showed her how precious life is, and how valuable a nurse can be to a family in need. As a young student Gabby remembers sitting with a family that just lost a loved one and how she knew at that moment this is what she was meant to do. Her co-op working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit deepened that understanding. Caring for the smallest babies and the newest parents strengthened Gabby’s understanding that nurses care for not only patients, but their families as well.

    On campus, Gabby gives back to her peers as well. She volunteers as a Bouvé Ambassador, peer tutor, and Welcome Day student speaker. Her very impressive 4.0 GPA has earned her a position in the Honors Program and on the Dean’s List every semester. Additionally, she was inducted in the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing. There is no doubt that Gabby is a valuable member of the Bouvé and the Northeastern communities.

  • Past Recipients

    Lynn Fraser, UC’02, SPCS’07, MS’08
    Jessie Goldbas, AS’07 (OAR)
    Tera Mae Hagen-Collins, DMSB’08
    Christopher Lambert, CS’07
    Sergio Marrero, E’07
    Matthieu Newton, BHS’07, DPT’08
    Rogan O’Handley, CJ’07
    Joelle Torregrossa, AS’07, MS’07

    Corey Ashby, E’08
    Tanya Cashorali, CIS’08
    Elizabeth Cilia, SSH’08
    Richard Desmond, UC’03, SPCS’08
    Julia Doty, AS’08
    Christopher Marshall, BHS’08, MSL’11 (OAR)
    Amanda O’Brien, DMSB’08
    Jessica Pepin, BHS’08

    Matthew Eaton, DMSB’09
    Kathleen Gillis, AS’09
    Matthew Horan, CIS’09
    Jason Horton, DMSB’09 (OAR)
    Megan LoVullo Koster, BHS’09
    Ethan Phillip LaRochelle, E’09
    Arnold Phillips, CPS’09
    Liza Sabine-Mathosian, AS’09

    Sarah Barone, AS’10 (OAR)
    Jeffrey Cumplido, AS’10
    Rachel Correia, CJ’10
    Colleen Gerrity, BHS’10
    Brian Lepley, DMSB’10
    Lindsey Mathews, E’10
    John Mendelewski, CIS’10
    Isaiah Silva, CPS’08,’10

    Kay Beach, SSH’11
    Samantha Sokup Ippoliti, S’11, MS’12
    Martha Lefferts, BHS’11
    Kenneth McGrady, CIS’11
    Jennifer Mitchell, E’11
    Brian Nelson, E’11 (OAR)
    Maxine Roca, AMD’11
    Kadeen Tyndale, CPS’10,’11
    Rani Pimentel Wise, DMSB’11

    Darren Costa, SSH’12 (OAR)
    Matthew Howansky, CIS’12
    Meaghan Hitt, BHS’12, DPT’13
    Samuel Landsberg, DMSB’12
    Kimberly Masi, E’12
    Christina McMahon, CPS’12
    Evan O’Toole, AMD’12
    Alison Robey, S’12
    Abby Wagner, SSH’12

    Alaa Alhomaizi, S’13
    Dalal Alhomaizi, S’13
    Jenna Battle, CPS’13
    Andrew Childs, E’13, MS’13
    Sarah Leahy, AMD’13 (OAR)
    Andrea Magri, BHS’13
    Frank Marino, SSH’13
    Michael May, CIS’13
    Gail Waterhouse, AMD’13
    Christopher Wolfel, DMSB’13

    Nathaniel Bessa, CIS’14
    Kristen Coletti, E’14
    Caitlin Courtade, BHS’14, DPT’15
    Melissa Dunbar, S’14 (OAR)
    Siena Falino, AMD’14
    Jennifer Griffith, S’14
    Sadaf Shekarkhand, DMSB’14
    Lionel Shiwala, CPS’14
    William Pett, SH’14, MPA’15

    Melanie Arenson, S’15
    Matias Campos, BHS’15
    Noah Carville, SSH’16
    Courtney Cowell, S’15 (OAR)
    Rose DeMaio, CIS’15
    Zolan Kanno-Youngs, AMD’15
    Kyle Koleoglou, CPS’15
    Mitzi Madrid-Diaz, DMSB’15
    Ashley Tokarz, E’15

    Jaime E. Conway, S’16
    Sarah E. DiCioccio, SSH’16 (OAR)
    Caleb J. Donnelly, E’16
    Elise LeCrone, SSH’16
    Rene Mandeville, CPS’16
    Nicholas R. Martin, BHS’16
    Madelyn M. Stone, AMD’16
    Jeffrey A. Wallace, CIS’16
    Katie N. Wong, DMSB’16

    Wendy Breen Kline Award
    2007: Erika Sanchez, SSH’07
    2008: Caitlin C. Bowring, AS’08, MA’08
    2009: Julie Miller, AS’09
    2010: Rachel Sherman, AS’10
    2011: Lindsay Tremblay, SSH’11
    2012: Carolina Prieto, AMD’12
    2013: Elise Funke, S’13
    2014: Heather Viola, SSH’14
    2015: Kayla Hazel, BHS’16
    2016: Nicholas P. Polanchik, S’16

    Garnet Award
    2014: Nicole Bourque, BHS’15
    2015: Dan Calacci, CCIS’16
    2016: Thurston E. Brevett, E’18


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