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Student Spotlight Academic Calendar Fall 2014 Registration Obtaining Husky ID Card Add/Drop Policy
FACT Graduation Information Appointment Calendar Walk-in Advising Schedule LGBTQA Resource Center Forward Your HuskyMail Academic Integrity Resources Veteran Services Specialist Academic & Writing Support International Student Resources Wellness Resources Yelp Questions
Student Spotlight August 2014
Each month the College of Professional Studies celebrates the unique and exemplary path of a selected student. The August 2014 selection is Chaitanya Datla who is pursuing an M.S. in Global Studies and International Affairs.
What is your background?
I was born in South India. My education at the Sri Aurobindo International Center of Education enabled me to grow up in a cross-cultural environment. As an undergraduate, I studied English, French, and philosophy. Subsequently, I earned an MBA, which exposed me to the management sciences. I worked for six years in human resources in different roles such as talent acquisition, talent management, and personnel management. Beyond my academic and professional experiences, I always sought out challenges that pushed me out of me comfort zone. I always dreamed of becoming a pilot!
What were the origins of your passion for flying?
I’ve always enjoyed adventurous sports. Plus, I liked the sense of freedom and space, so that is what probably attracted me to the skies. I applied to the Indian Air Force but didn’t make the final cut. Later on, however, I was able to realize part of my dream. While I was still working in the corporate sector, I came across a unique National Geographic program centered on the Indian Navy. I was one of five civilian participants selected in a national competition. That led me to experience what it actually feels like to fly in a Navy fighter jet.
What role did you play in the “Mission Navy” documentary?
I underwent training at Navy diving school, submarine escape school, and a Naval airbase, after which I spent one month sailing with the Indian Navy on maneuvers in the South China Sea. I became the first woman to sail on an Indian Navy warship. I got to experience life on board four different Indian naval vessels, including a replenishment tanker, two destroyers, and a corvette, as they participated in a multinational fleet deployment with American and Japanese naval ships. It was an unforgettable experience.
How did you continue your connection to the sailing after your “Mission
The following year I became part of the Indian delegation participating in the UN- sponsored Ship for World Youth exchange program, an initiative run by the Japanese government in collaboration with UN University Tokyo. Ten people between the ages of 18 and 30 were selected from 14 different countries to live and study together on a 45-day sail from Japan to Dubai. I took an onboard course on UN Millennium Development Goals and directed the Indian delegation’s national culture presentation along with a few other co-delegation members.
How did your experiences at sea lead you to the Global Studies program at the College?
One of the exercises on the Ship for World Youth program required us to speak about our dreams. This made me realize that I wanted to change careers and do meaningful work in the realm of international relations, specifically, conflict resolution and development. When I moved to Boston, I found that the Global Studies program offered a good match for my interests.
You recently returned from a master’s thesis research trip to India. What are you studying?
I am writing my thesis on the role of conflict in an intentional community, using Auroville, a UNESCO-endorsed project located in South India, as a case study. Auroville was founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa for the purpose of realizing human unity. She envisioned it as a universal township, where “men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics, and all nationalities.” Currently, Auroville’s 2,200 inhabitants represent 44 countries and come from all age groups, social classes, backgrounds, and cultures, representing humanity as a whole. It has offered me a unique opportunity to study the dynamics of conflict and peace in a multi-cultural environment.
What have you learned about the role of conflict in Auroville?
You see conflict emerging at the individual, group, and system ( i.e. governing structure) levels. In addition, the anarchic structure of the community leads to various kinds of tensions. In short, Auroville is a microcosm of the world. It contains every conceivable type of difference or social conflict. I have noticed that several Aurovillians see conflict as a constructive medium rather than destructive tool. The challenge is to find ways to balance everyone’s interests and perhaps create a model for sustainable peace that could be replicated in other contexts.
How do you plan to apply your Global Studies degree in the future?
I would like to work for an international organization like UNDP or an organization focused on conflict resolution. I hope the skills I have acquired through my education at the College will open the doors to some interesting opportunities. In the long run, I wish to return to India, where I feel there is a lot of scope for development and conflict resolution.
Summer 2014 Academic Calendar
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Fall 2014 Registration
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Obtaining a Husky Student ID Card Online
All College of Professional Studies students who are enrolled in a certificate or degree program and are actively taking at least one course are eligible to apply for a Husky Card. The Husky Card remains active for as long as a student has an active student record. Once a student graduates or moves to inactive status, the card is no longer valid.
A Husky Card will give students access to most university resources but there are some resources that are only available to students who pay an additional fee. Access to the Marino Center and other athletic facilities on campus, for example, would require a $10/term fee as well as the completion of a Recreation Fee Request. For detailed information about the Husky card, please click here
Students who do not take courses on the main Boston campus or cannot make it to the Husky Card Office during their hours of operation may apply for the Husky Card online. Newly accepted students who are enrolled in one or more courses should apply for a Husky Card after the third week of the term.
You must use your Husky email account to email HuskyCard@neu.edu to request access to upload your photo for the Husky Card. Please include your NUID number and your mailing address. Your mailing address MUST match the mailing address on record at the Registrar’s system. You may verify this information via your myNEU account. If you need to update your mailing address on the Registrar’s system, please do so as follows:
1) Log into your myNEU portal.
2) Click on the Self-Service tab.
3) On the left-hand side of the page, select “Change of Address” under the Registrar heading.
4) Select the “Edit” button next your permanent address.
5) Edit the permanent address as appropriate and press the “Submit” button.
Once your information is verified by the Husky Card Office, you will receive an email response to inform you of access to upload your photo.
Once your photo is submitted, it will take up to one week for the photo to be approved and the Husky Card to be mailed to you. Please allow more time for international mail.
You can add or drop courses through your myNEU account. Students who wish to add a course that has already begun should consult with the instructor to determine the feasibility of catching up and succeeding in the course. It is the right of any instructor to refuse permission for a student to add a class that is already in progress. Students who drop a course before the add/drop deadline will not be charged for the course and will not have a W recorded on their transcripts. Once the add/drop deadline has passed, students may withdraw from a course up until the Saturday before the term ends. A W grade will be noted on the student’s transcript and the student is responsible for 100 percent of the tuition charges and applicable fees.
Faculty-Advisor Communication Tool (FACT)
FACT is an early-warning tool that provides faculty with a method for providing feedback to advisors and students for early intervention, coaching, and assistance. Faculty members are expected to submit warnings around the mid- point of each term/session.
If you will complete your degree requirements by the conclusion of the Summer 2014 term, please submit your online graduation application via your myNEU account prior to the September 6, 2014 deadline. Students who finish all requirements by the end of the Summer term will have their degrees conferred on Sep 25, 2014. Only students who apply to graduate will have their records reviewed for graduation consideration.
To make an appointment with your Student Success Specialist:
Click on https://prod
web.neu.edu/webapp6/public/calendar/booking/app/secure/main.action and log in using your myNEU credentials.
2. Choose "College of Professional Studies" from the "Find a Calendar" drop down menu.
3. Click on the name of your adviser from the list.
4. Select an appointment date and time.
Walk-in Advising Schedule
The Office of Academic and Student Support Services is open from 9:00 AM through 7:00 PM, Monday through Thursday and 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM on Fridays. Meetings with advisers during some of those hours take place by appointment only.
If you show up at a time outside of designated daily walk-in advising slots below, you will be directed to make an appointment with your adviser. Walk-in advising is available during the following times:
• 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Monday through Friday)
• 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Monday through Thursday)
• 4:00 to 5:00 PM (Fridays)
During these walk-in times, students can have an express (15-minute) meeting with the Student Success Specialist on duty. To avoid waiting and to ensure that you will be able to meet with the Specialist designated to serve students in your particular program of study, your smartest course of action is to make an appointment in advance with your adviser. To find a list of advisers by program, click here.
Forward Your HuskyMail
Official university correspondence is sent to students' HuskyMail accounts only so you should make a habit of checking your account regularly. You have the option of forwarding your HuskyMail to a secondary email account:
1. Log into your HuskyMail account through myNEU
2. Click Settings in the upper right corner
3. Go to the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab
4. Select Forward a copy of incoming mail to
5. Enter in your desired e-mail address to receive forwarded HuskyMail
6. Select the action messages should take after being forwarded
Academic Integrity Resources
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Veteran Services Specialist
Northeastern University's Veteran Services Specialist, Andy McCarty, is available to assist veterans, military service members, and their dependents. Walk-in hours are 8:30am - 4:30pm, Mon-Fri. in 354 Richards Hall (Student Financial Services). You can also email Andy at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic and Writing Support Services
Has someone suggested tutoring to you, or you're considering it, but don't think you really need it? Even if you think you'll do well,, tutoring can take you from good to great. If f you've already made it on to the Dean's List, regular tutoring can help ensure that you stay there! For information on academic support resources, including SMARTHINKING, the Writing Center, the International Tutoring Center, and the Math Center, please click here
International Student Resources
Global Student Success (GSS) supports the development and needs of international students at Northeastern University. To register for various resources and services, please click here.
The WeCare program is a support system to aid students during times of difficulty or crisis. For more information, click here.
Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service
The Center serves a vibrant and diverse community of religious, spiritual and related groups that meet regularly on campus. For more information, click here.
University Health and Counseling Services
University Health and Counseling Services (UHCS), located on the first floor of the Forsyth Building, Suite 135, provides medical and behavioral health services. For more information, click here or call 617.373.2772
Northeastern University’s LGBTQA Resource Center provides information, support and other resources for the Northeastern Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, and Ally community. The LGBTQA Resource Center is located on the 3rd floor of the Curry Student Center, in room 328. The Center is a place students can come to socialize, relax between classes, study, and learn more about opportunities for students who identify as LGBTQA within the Northeastern Community. There is also a LGBTQA resource library students can use for research or entertainment. All of the Center’s training sessions, programs, and resources are available to the entire Northeastern community, including College of Professional Studies students, faculty, and staff. For more information, click here
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