Compass Awards Program

The 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 as well as one award representing the 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 undergraduate senior who embodies both leadership and volunteer spirit.

The Garnet Award recognizes one junior or third-year undergraduate 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.

2022 Awardees

Taranehv Tabib-Azar, AMD’22

COMPASS

The best journalists see things from multiple viewpoints and have limitless interests. Taraneh “Tara” Tabib-Azar has a head start, as she is also a photographer, performing artist (guitar, piano, bass…

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Carrie Tam, E’22

COMPASS

During the height of the pandemic, most things shut down or tried to adjust to a “new normal.” Carrie Tam, a 2022 candidate for a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering & Architecture, instead forged ahead, convincing 30…

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Nicole Occidental, S’22

COMPASS

Nicole Occidental has a 4.0 GPA and is on track to receive her Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience in May with a minor in health, humanities, and society. Nicole says her favorite class—Writing to Heal—…

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Khailah Griffin, DMSB’22

KLINE

Khailah Griffin, the 2022 Wendy Breen Kline Award nominee in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, grew up in a military family and lived in 10 different countries. This incredible experience gave her a global…

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Anisa Amiji, BHS’22

COMPASS

How one student can accomplish so much in just a few short years is amazing. Anisa Amiji is amazing. On the Dean’s List with a 3.91 GPA, she will receive her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. While at Northeastern, Anisa has…

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Fiona McCrae, Khoury’22

COMPASS

“Fiona’s list of accomplishments is so long, and stretches back so far, that it makes me question how I spent my time in high school and college,” says Professor and Director of the BS in…

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Yachi Christie Lee, SSH, S’22

COMPASS

A brilliant thinker, social justice leader and generous colleague – that’s how Professor Elizabeth Britt of the Department of English describes Yachi Christie Lee, who will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science in English…

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Timothy Van Bloem, AMD’23

GARNET

“I want to make the music industry a better place,” says Tim Van Bloem, a third-year student candidate of a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry with a 3.99 GPA, Dean’s Fellow, and Honors student. “I aspire to find the…

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Jack McKim, DMSB’22

COMPASS

Imbued with an entrepreneurial spirit, Jack McKim has made his mark on the Northeastern community. Jack will soon receive a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in…

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Lauren Herfindahl, CPS’22

COMPASS

It’s rare when a student starts college while actively engaging in a full-time career that started when she was three years old. Lauren Herfindahl is one of those rare young women. She has been…

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Sarrah (Manisha) Asokumar, DMSB’22

COMPASS

Sarrah Asokumar, a first-generation college graduate, has proven that one can bring heart to auditing. Sarrah received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in December…

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Awardee Listing

2007

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

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2008

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

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2009

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

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2010

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

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2011

Kay Beach, SSH’11
Samantha Sokup Ippoliti, S’11, MS’12
Martha Lefferts, BHS’11
Kenneth McGrady, Khoury’11
Jennifer Mitchell, E’11
Brian Nelson, E’11 (Alumni Relations)
Maxine Roca, AMD’11
Kadeen Tyndale, CPS’10,’11, MS’17
Rani Pimentel Wise, DMSB’11

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2012

Darren Costa, SSH’12 (Alumni Relations)
Matthew Howansky, KCIS’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

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2013

Alaa Alhomaizi, S’13
Dalal Alhomaizi, S’13
Jenna Battle, CPS’13
Andrew Childs, E’13, MS’13
Sarah Leahy, AMD’13 (Alumni Relations)
Andrea Magri, BHS’13
Frank Marino, SSH’13
Michael May, Khoury’13
Gail Waterhouse, AMD’13, MA’17
Christopher Wolfel, DMSB’13

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2014

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

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2015

Melanie Arenson, S’15
Matias Campos, BHS’15, PharmD’16
Noah Carville, SSH’16
Courtney Cowell, S’15 (Alumni Relations)
Rose DeMaio, Khoury’15
Zolan Kanno-Youngs, AMD’15
Kyle Koleoglou, CPS’15
Mitzi Madrid-Diaz, DMSB’15
Ashley Tokarz, E’15, MBA’17

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2016

Jaime E. Conway, S’16
Sarah E. DiCioccio, SSH’16 (Alumni Relations)
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, Khoury’16
Katie N. Wong, DMSB’16

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2017

Alison N. Campbell, SSH’17
Katherine T. Cokorinos, AMD’17
Ryan D. Daley, CPS’17
Korrinne J. Ivey, BHS’17 (Alumni Relations)
Kayla F. Joyal, BHS’17, PharmD’18
Kelli A. Lynch, E’17
Erika C. Nothnagel, DMSB’17, MS’17
Emma M. Parrish, S’17
Shivanjali Singh, Khoury’17

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2018

Corinne C. Bowers, E’18
Timothy M. Foley, AMD’18
Elliot A. Horen, Khoury’18
Kathryn E. Larkin, S’18
Diana J. Ojeda, CPS’18
Suchira Sharma, DMSB’18 (Alumni Relations)
Taylor N. Straatmann, SSH’18
Tejas S. Vora, DMSB’18
Brandon D. Yip, BHS’18

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2019

Alya Abourezk, AMD’19
Maura Eaton, BSH’19
Maria Franko, E’19, MS’19
Katherine Hayes, DMSB’19
Daniel Lim, DMSB’19 (Alumni Relations)
Vishal Makhijani, SSH’19
Jessica Merritt, Khoury’19
Jameson O’Reilly, S’19
Olga Tiatina, CPS’19

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2020

Marley Arborico, Khoury’20
Alex Bender, E’20 (Alumni Relations)
Tara Boyle, DMSB’20
Carlos Garcia, CPS’20
Casey Greenleaf, SSH’20
Jamie McGloin, BHS’20
Katelyn Ripley, E’20
Hana Shaprio, S’20
Tia Thomson, AMD’20

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2021

Felicia Zhang, Khoury’21
Kristen Pontin, DMSB’21 (Alumni Relations)
Miranda Nimmer, DMSB’21
Youssef El Yamani, CPS’21
Anneke Gustafson, SSH’21
Jordan Goodman, BHS’21
Louiza Wise, E’21
Jingwen Ren, S’21
Ben Silvers, AMD’21

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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, DPT’17
2016: Nicholas P. Polanchik, S’16
2017: Miranda S. Beggin, DMSB’17
2018: Payton A. Schenck, SSH’18, MS’19
2019: Rebecca Green, SSH’18
2020: Zipporah Osei, Khoury’20
2021: Lily Harris, BHS’21

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Garnet Award

2014: Nicole Bourque, BHS’15, MS’17
2015: Dan Calacci, Khoury’16
2016: Thurston E. Brevett, E’18
2017: Gabrielle M. St.Jarre, BHS’18
2018: John J. Lovett III, SSH’19
2019: Stephen Alt, Khoury’21
2020: Gabriel García, SSH’21
2021: Ari P. Zlota, S’23

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