Engineering Technology student helps raise money for veterans

Under the team name, “Huskies for Heroes,” five North­eastern Uni­ver­sity stu­dents, including Nic Pszenny of the College of Professional Studies, par­tic­i­pated in a nine-​kilometer fundraising run, known as the Run-​Walk to Home Base, in sup­port of the Red Sox Foun­da­tion and Mass­a­chu­setts Gen­eral Hos­pital Home Base Program which ultimately raised over $2 million.

The pro­gram serves vet­erans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who suffer from combat stress and trau­matic brain injury.

Pszenny, a marine who served in Kuwait, founded the Huskies for Heroes team which has raised nearly $6,000 this year and counting. Pszenny and his fellow teammate Dennis Amblo, a political science major, are mem­bers Northeastern’s chapter of Stu­dent Vet­erans for America. Amblo served in Iraq and suf­fers from a trau­matic brain injury and post-​traumatic stress dis­order.

Northeastern News reporting on the team noted: “North­eastern student-​veterans praised the pro­gram for raising aware­ness of wounded ser­vice mem­bers. ‘It’s impor­tant to take care of them when they come home because they have sac­ri­ficed a lot,’ said Pszenny. ‘They are the future leaders of this country.”

In 2009, North­eastern reaf­firmed its com­mit­ment to edu­ca­tion for vet­erans by pledging $2 mil­lion to the Yellow Ribbon Pro­gram. Under the pro­gram, North­eastern pro­vides free tuition to nearly 200 vet­erans who have served in the post-​​​​9/​​11 era.

Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) is committed to providing career-focused educational programs that are designed to accommodate the complex lives of motivated learners. Offered in a variety of innovative formats, CPS courses are taught by accomplished scholars and practitioners who have real-world experience. The result is an educational experience founded on proven scholarship, strengthened with practical application, and sustained by academic excellence.

Northeastern University is a global university with a tradition of partnership and engagement that creates an innovative, distinctive approach to education and research. Northeastern integrates classroom studies with experiential learning opportunities in 70 countries, and pursues use-inspired research with a focus on global challenges in health, security, and sustainability.