2014 Student Life Awards


Last Thursday, the Student Life Awards commemorated the amazing achievements of our student leaders and organizations.  The Downbeats set the tone for the celebrations by serenading us with some new hits and classic a capella throwbacks.  After the incredible performance, we spent an evening strolling down memory lane, reveling in everyone’s accomplishments this year.


Although we could not award every student organization, we sincerely thank you all for your commitment to bringing vibrancy and innovation to campus life!  We know you’ve dedicated countless hours, energy, and passion to your student organizations, and we look forward to seeing what has yet to come.

During the awards ceremony, we were honored to present the following awards:

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You can check out the rest of the event’s photographs here or for an inside scoop on the events, check out #NUSLA14 on our social hub!


#NUGreekWeek Winner


Thank you to everyone who participated in our #NUGreekWeek giveaway! We had a blast reading through all of your tweets/facebook statuses/instagrams.  They were funny, inspiring, and just plain awesome.  Though we wish the Greek Week Committee could give everyone a little prize, they could only choose one winner.  So, without further ado, our #NUGreekWeek competition winner is:


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Congrats, Tori!  Swing by the CSI office in 434 Curry Student Center when you have a few minutes to pick up your prize!

Now, because the committee had such a hard time narrowing down the submissions, here are a few honorable mentions:

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Again, thank you all for your participation!  Though Greek Week here at Northeastern is over, you can look through a few of our favorite moments here!  Do you have any photographs from the week of events?  Feel free to share them with us via social media (@434CSC).

Till next time,

2014 FSL Awards


And with that, Greek Week here at Northeastern University comes to an end! With a week chock-full of Fraternity/Sorority Life pride, friendly competition, dancing, and even a trending hashtag in Boston (#NUGreekWeek), we’re sad to see the events end, but extremely proud of the involvement and leadership we saw this week from the community.

We wrapped up the week with the FSL Awards, to recognize the amazing accomplishments of both individuals and chapters within the FSL community.  We’ll be sharing our favorite snapshots from the week here on our blog and on our Facebook, but first, here’s a quick recap of our FSL Award winners:

Individual Awards

Outstanding Scholar:

  • IFC: Matthew Schmidt, Beta Theta Pi
  • MGC: Hari Ilangovan, Beta Chi Theta
  • NPHC: Abdul Hafiz, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • NPC: Kayla Arruda, Kappa Kappa Gamma

Outstanding New Member/Neophyte of the Year

  • IFC: Nicholas Sciarratta, Delta Tau Delta
  • MGC: Vineet Pandharpurkar, Beta Chi Theta
  • NPHC: Joshua Harris, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • NPC: Julie Donnelly, Sigma Sigma Sigma

Outstanding President

  • IFC: John Hubbard, Beta Theta Pi
  • MGC: Joseph Vele, Sigma Beta Rho
  • NPHC: Javaughn Griffin, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • NPC: Marissa Kellner, Kappa Delta

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You’re Invited!

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You are cordially invited to join us at the annual Student Life Awards!  The event will be held on April 10 at 6:30 PM in the Curry Student Center Ballroom – RSVP here!  We will be presenting a variety of individual student awards and student organization awards in order to showcase the amazing work that Northeastern students put forth throughout the year.

Leading up to the event, we’re curious to know what some of your favorite memories are from involvement with your student organization or simply, your time spent in the Curry Student Center.  To share your photos/memories with us, post them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram – just make sure to use #NUSLA14 and mention @434CSC (the Center for Student Involvement).

To get the ball rolling, here are a few of our favorite memories:

So tell us, what are some of your favorite memories from this year?

Till next time,


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Senior Week AnnouncementJust a few more weeks until Northeastern’s Senior Week is in full swing!  The Senior Class Advisory Board recently announced the list of events for #NU2014 and we couldn’t be more excited!  Though the boat cruise is a Center for Student Involvement favorite, we’re looking forward to each and every event this year.

Which events will you be attending?

Till next time,

#NUGreekWeek 2014


It’s officially here! Greek Week 2014 kicks off this weekend with a day full of fun and games at Greek Olympics.  Curious about the rest of the week?  Check out all of the exciting events coming up:

  • Greek Olympics
    Sunday, March 23 in Centennial at 12 PM
    Join the FSL community and cheer on your chapter and Greek Week partners!  Greek Olympics will feature a variety of races, games, and activities.
  • FSL Speaker
    Monday, March 24 in Blackman Auditorium at 7 PM
    CAMPUSPEAK speaker, Sam Davidson, will discuss how and why FSL organizations can be forces for positive change.
  • FSL Tributes
    Tuesday, March 25 in Blackman Auditorium at 7 PM
    A friendly competition among the districts to become the ultimate representative of the FSL community.
  • Greek Sing
    Wednesday, March 26 in Blackman Auditorium at 7 PM
    A CSI favorite – the districts will partner up for the annual dancing and singing competition – a true staple of the week.
  • FSL Awards
    Thursday, March 27 in Blackman Auditorium at 7 PM
    The week’s culminating event where the community is recognized for its efforts in elevating the fraternal movement.

If you’ll be attending one (or more!) of the week’s events, make sure to tag your photographs and updates with #NUGreekWeek! Alternatively, if you can’t make it out, follow #NUGreekWeek for all things – you guessed it – Greek Week.

We’ll be tracking all posts and images tagged with #NUGreekWeek on our Social Hub, so feel free to follow along with us there.

Till next time,

Connect With the Crew on Skype

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Have you heard?  The CSI Crew is now on Skype!  If you can’t make it into the Programming Lab, feel free to connect with the Crew on Skype at csicrew240.  Simply email csicrew@neu.edu to set up an appointment, or just give them a call at anytime during normal business hours.

For more information about the CSI Programming Lab and the CSI Crew, check out the Event Planning page on our website!

Till next time,

Let’s Stay Motivated

I know I am not the only one who feels a little down about the unpredictable New England weather we have all been experiencing.  Just when the temperatures rise slightly above freezing for a day or two, we are brought right back to snow, wind, and bitter cold.  How are we supposed to stay motivated?  Here are a few of my favorite tips:

1. Keep your goals in sight

Goal setting is by no means a new phenomenon.  We are well aware of the importance of setting goals; however, if we lose sight of our goals, we can become less motivated.  Keep a checklist of both your long- and short-term goals to track your progress and motivate yourself to accomplish everything on your list.

2. Eliminate distractions

There are distractions all around us!  Facebook, twitter, music, television, friends…these can all be distractions.  And just because something may interrupt your work, does not mean it does the same to others.  First, determine what you feel are your distractions, and then find a space that can be your distraction-free zone.  This space will help motivate you to tackle that to do list, and don’t worry…those distractions will be waiting for you!

3. Reward yourself

What’s the point of attaining your goals if there is no reward at the end?  Think of something that is really worth working towards—a treat from the coffee shop, that shirt you have wanted to buy, the class at the gym you’ve been dying to try, a nap — to help you to stay motivated.

One of my tips?  Try this delicious Mint Chocolate Chip Mug Cake as a reward!  In fact, you can find the recipe below!


4. Give yourself breaks!

Taking a break every now and then does not make you lazy or less of a hard worker.  If you are burning yourself out, you are certainly not going to stay motivated, at least not for long.  Take time to have dinner with friends, go to the gym, take a walk around the city, etc.  This can help both motivate and rejuvenate you!

Spring will come…it always does.  But for now, let’s help each other to stay motivated!

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Top Ten Tips for Collaborating

How often does your student organization work with other organizations, offices, or community partners while planning events?  Collaboration is always an amazing opportunity and can be a great lesson in working with others.  In my personal experience with event planning, and now with advising student organizations and leaders, here are ten of my favorite tips to keep in mind  for collaboration.

10. Resources

Remember that other groups are a resource. Think creatively about what type of resource these other organizations can be – funding, idea generation, a source of volunteers, etc.

9. Communication

Communication is key! Frequent communication with all groups involved not only keeps the event organized, but it also keeps everyone invested in the work they’re doing.

8. Goal Setting

Keep the prize in mind! Set goals and remember that everyone should be working towards common goals.

7. Compromise

If you’re asking others to be part of your event or working with others on their event, try to compromise! Not everything can be their way or your way.

6. Flexibility

Not everything may happen the way you plan it to – be flexible!

5. Know Your Role

The more people involved, the more confusion there can be. Set expectations and outline responsibilities.

4. Delegation

You don’t need to do it all yourself.  Not only within your own organization, but also with the other groups involved.  Sharing tasks will help with retaining members, dedication to the program, and ideally less stress for you!

3. Creativity               

Put all your minds together and think of something new or different for your event!  Utilize the other groups’ perspective to think differently about your new and old ideas.

2. Organization

Whether you’re planning a small event or a large-scale event, organization is important to keep your event planning and the event itself running smoothly.

1. Enthusiasm breeds enthusiasm!

The more energy and excitement you have for the program, the more others will too!  This is the best advice I had in my undergraduate programming experience and still find it to be true today.