‘Double Husky’ John Lam is retiring from Boston Ballet. He’ll be busier than ever

The 20-year ballet veteran has balanced fatherhood, college and the grueling demands of life as an elite professional dancer. Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies has helped him do it — and prepare for his next chapter.

“It’s great to reflect on the 20 years that I’ve had here, but I’m really excited for the future. I’m still going to be dancing.”

He said in an interview a few days before “Spring Experience’s” opening night.

Master’s Degree in Sports Management Awarded to Distinguished Liberian Football Advocate Rochell Woodson

Former Liberia Football Association Executive Committee Member Rochell Woodson, who has been advocating for the betterment of women’s football and Liberian football at large, has earned a Master’s degree in Sports Management from CPS.

“I am happy to be receiving a Master’s degree today in Sports Management. I have always been focused on working to develop sports in Liberia and want other women to involve themselves,”

Speaking to FrontPage Africa, Rochell said she is happy to have earned a Master’s degree in Sports Management after a difficult and challenging time

Godfred Afriyie Owusu

What takeaway do you have to share about your Northeastern experience?
Be stubborn for your dreams.

College is hard. Balancing studies with life is a challenge. How have you faced these challenges and what lessons have you learned along the way?

I started my classes online due to multiple visa refusals. I finally got my Canadian visa approved for a different school and relocated to Canada. I was still schooling in Canada when I was double schooling online at Northeastern University Boston campus. Combining assignments from these two schools plus working was a hell of an obstacle that I always praise myself for coming out as the best student on top of my class.

After my Canadian degree, I decided to join my colleagues at the Boston Campus but there came the challenge that I wouldn’t qualify for Postgraduate OPT because I did all my first year online while in Canada. I was left between quitting Northeastern and saving money towards my career as an international student or taking the risk to become a Husky. I chose the latter and I have never regretted the network I have been able to build over the years including the establishment of my business.

What has your journey at Northestern revealed to you about yourself?

Let this be a reminder to all of us that no dream is too distant, no goal too ambitious. We are the architects of our future, and with perseverance, passion, and a little stubbornness, there’s no limit to what we can achieve.

Any advice for other current or prospective students?

Your dream about what you can make out of Northeastern should be higher than the obstacles you will face while at Northeastern or elsewhere.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

I love solving problems and master’s in project management gives me the exact leverage for that. Expand my business into an organization that stands as a beacon of innovation and a solution-oriented project management firm, helping organizations to find solutions to their project problems.

What other interests do you have outside of school?


Harshal Randad

Three words encapsulate your Northeastern University experience:
Transformative | Empowering | Diverse

What were some of the reasons you chose to attend Northeastern? What have been some of the opportunities and challenges you have experienced?

Northeastern University stood out to me for its exceptional course structure and Co-op program, which were among the many factors influencing my decision to attend. The vibrant Indian student community at Northeastern made me feel at home, further enriching my experience.

Balancing time management and networking as an international student presented notable challenges. I firmly believe in the symbiotic relationship between these aspects and actively addressed them during my time at CPS. Engaging with the diverse student body and various organizations provided valuable opportunities for involvement. As Head of Events at NU Sanskriti, I led initiatives within the community. Additionally, my role as an Event Assistant at the University Advancement Department allowed me to further develop my skills. Through effective task prioritization, I successfully managed my responsibilities, benefiting from the abundant resources available at Northeastern University.

What has your journey at Northeastern University revelated to you about yourself?

My journey at Northeastern University has revealed several insights about myself. First, I’ve discovered a heightened sense of adaptability and resilience, navigating new environments and challenges as an international student. I’ve learned to embrace uncertainty and thrive in diverse settings, fostering a greater sense of independence and self-reliance.

Furthermore, my experiences at Northeastern have reinforced the importance of effective communication and collaboration. Engaging with a diverse student body and participating in various organizations have honed my interpersonal skills, allowing me to build meaningful connections and work effectively in team settings.

My time at Northeastern has underscored the significance of perseverance and continuous self-improvement. I’ve encountered obstacles and setbacks along the way, but I’ve learned to approach them with determination and a growth mindset, striving to overcome challenges and achieve my goals.

What advice do you have for others considering higher education — either at Northeastern or elsewhere?

What interested you in the degree you pursued?

I completed my Master of Science in Project Management with a concentration in Agile. Drawing from my four years of experience in the IT industry, I progressively gravitated towards project and team management. Recognizing my aptitude for this field, I decided to elevate my skills to an advanced level, capitalizing on my strengths.

What are you hoping to do after you graduate? Where do you imagine yourself 5 years from now?

I’m looking forward to applying the skills and experience I gained at Northeastern as I join Convergint Technologies as a Project Coordinator. But this is just the start of many achievements I’m looking to gain in the future where I see myself heading a global and diverse portfolio department and of course to relate to Northeastern as a proud Husky alumnus. I want to keep helping other students like me.

We know you are more than the person who shows up at Northeastern — what are some of your hobbies and other passions? Where do you find your joy?

I enjoy dedicating time to daily gym sessions, prioritizing my physical well-being amidst other responsibilities. One of my passions lies in aiding individuals who seek assistance, whether it’s securing part-time campus employment or overcoming challenges. Over the past two years at Northeastern University, I’ve taken on active roles in organizing various events such as Giving Day, Fall Fest, and Commencement.

My leadership position at NU Sanskriti has allowed me to spearhead cultural celebrations like Deepavali and Holi. I find immense joy in the company of my loved ones, cherishing quality moments together regardless of the setting or circumstance.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I have read somewhere that most people fail NOT because they set goals that are too high and that they don’t accomplish them. But rather they set goals that are too low, and then they accomplish those. Most people end up leaving potential on the table because they don’t set goals that are ambitious enough. We shouldn’t shy away from big goals because we are afraid of failure. We need to let our school experiences be a reminder that in pursuit of these dreams, it’s okay to fail, and it’s okay to struggle because it is this dark moment that gives us the fuel to do great things.


Insurance Analytics and Management Virtual Information Session

We’ll be covering how an MPS in Insurance Analytics and Management can help you be successful in one of the most essential industries in the world with a forward-thinking, data-driven approach. You’ll learn how Northeastern prepares you to stand out and thrive in this rapidly growing field and discover a multitude of career paths available to you.

During the event, you’ll also:

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Date: July 10, 2023

Time: 08:00 AM to 09:00 AM

Event Category: Online

Baseball Player Sidelined by Disability Hits Home Run With Education

After a sudden and serious medical condition ended his baseball career, Ryan Westmoreland, CPS bachelor’s student in liberal studies with a focus on leadership and business management, is reinventing himself in the sport he loves.

Meet the CPS Lecture—Making Connections in Project Management

Making Connections in Project Management: What professional project management is, why companies are investing in it, and how you can grow your career.

Northeastern University in Arlington is pleased to host a Taster Lecture with the College of Professional Studies focusing on our Master of Science in Project Management.

In this class, you will have the opportunity to hear a brief overview of the discipline, why it matters, and where it is growing. You will also learn how the College of Professional Studies offers an accessible but effective degree to give students the skills they need to join this growing revolution.

After a presentation in the main room, attendees will be able to learn more about specific areas of project management in small group conversations with Northeastern faculty members in breakout rooms. Enrollment counselors and academic advisors will be available in the main room to answer questions about applying and getting started in the program.

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Workshop facilitator: Shannon Alpert

Dr. Shannon Alpert spent the first 15 years of her career leading projects and teams responsible for creating learning solutions in the telecommunications and financial services industries. She also consulted with K-8 and higher education organizations on project and portfolio management while also teaching online graduate courses at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Dr. Alpert joined Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies at the end of 2014 and served for over 6 years in the Doctor of Education (EdD) program. She was the lead faculty for the Integrative Studies concentration of the EdD program, principal instructor for the Advanced Research Design course, and dissertation chair for over 30 doctoral research projects. In 2021, Dr. Alpert joined the Professional Programs domain as a principal instructor for the Bachelor of Science in Project Management. In 2022, she became Faculty Lead for Project Management programs, including the Master of Science in Project Management, Bachelor of Science in Project Management, and graduate certificate programs.

We will also have time for a Q&A, so bring any questions you have for Shannon Alpert.

Small Business Owner Makes Big Move in Support of Ukraine

For more than ten years, College of Professional Studies alumna Natalie Kaminski ’06 owned a successful software company outside of Moscow. But when Russia attacked Ukraine earlier this year, the childhood she spent living in Ukraine spurred Kaminski’s decision to quickly help dozens of employees and the business move across the border to Georgia.

After a narrow escape, the company and its employees are making their way in a new home.

CPS Launches Master’s Degree in Applied Logistics

In an era of disruption, new credential will position graduates for success in diverse markets

With business leaders increasingly focused on overcoming the challenges of global disruption, a new degree in logistics promises to prepare graduates for success in multiple fields. Integrating multiple knowledge areas with advanced technology, the Master of Professional Studies in Applied Logistics will train students to respond nimbly to challenging circumstances, leveraging the increasingly important role of logistics and supply chain professionals in daily operations and strategic projects across industries.

“In today’s fast-paced and disrupted market, employers demand graduates ready to hit the ground running, graduates who have mastered the practical side of the complex and sophisticated field of supply chain management,” said Ammar Aamer, Ph.D., associate teaching professor in the Project Management Programs. “In response, the new applied logistics degree focuses on the day-to-day understanding and execution details of logistics and distribution operations within supply chain management. The curriculum is infused with data analytics, emerging technologies, project management, and leadership skills to prepare students to be creative and adaptive in an ever-changing world.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for logisticians—whose median pay in 2021 was $77,030—is projected to grow 30 percent from 2020 to 2030.

Students in the program will learn to handle unexpected challenges and develop leadership and project management skills to help communicate with customers, avoid reactionary responses, work collaboratively to find innovative solutions, and effectively collaborate across supply chains. Using project-based learning and short-term experiential projects, students will train to plan for the worst and lead confidently, responding to disruption without becoming overwhelmed.

The new degree is designed to prepare learners for professional roles that might include transportation, warehouse, and distribution manager; supply chain manager; distribution-center or warehouse operations supervisor; logistics or supply chain analyst; logistics specialist/analyst/manager; purchasing manager; inventory specialist; operations manager or project manager.

Like many CPS programs, the MPS in Applied Logistics was developed in consultation with corporate leaders. Drawing on the expertise of supply chain professionals from companies including Carhartt, Gulfstream, Gap, Inc., and Transportation Insight, faculty consulted a range of employers to better understand their hiring needs, deepening industry connections as they researched industry standards and practices. Then, they built essential professional skills into the curriculum.

Based on this research, the program integrates technical expertise with systems thinking. Students will learn to use descriptive analytics in real time, responding to variables such as changing customer profiles, sales trends, and unusual conditions in supplier networks as they learn to manage inventory, change packaging based on customer demand, and optimize routing among distribution centers as markets shift.

Graduates will thus benefit from a program focused on the applied science of distribution—one that employs a three-part approach to develop awareness and proficiency in existing and new technologies that impact distribution; builds skills and proficiency to holistically analyze and manage the dynamic interactions of the end-to-end supply chain components; and provides students with the tools they will need to confront disruption and confidently manage people and projects in highly fluid and dynamic environments.

An Accelerated Degree in Organizational Leadership

With the job market for management positions projected to grow rapidly until at least 2030—and U.S. companies eager to fill a self-described “leadership gap”—an accelerated master’s degree program centered on experiential learning prepares graduates for success in a broad range of fields.

“The new One Year Experiential Master of Science in Organizational Leadership can benefit professionals from all industries,” says Les Stein, assistant teaching professor and faculty director of the program. “This is a one-year degree that can energize graduates’ careers, make them more competitive in their individual professions, and offer opportunities to change their career trajectories or to grow within their current professional context.”

According to Stein, participants in the new program will begin with an introductory course in leadership in which they will conduct a self-inventory of their leadership skills, identifying areas of strength and opportunities for growth. In classes of 15 or fewer, students will explore a wide range of leadership styles, with special emphasis on understanding the ways digital technologies have shifted the landscape of leadership, with social media creating both new risks and new opportunities.

With sponsors from technology, healthcare, manufacturing, financial and other industry sectors providing meaningful, priority projects, and concentrations available in six categories—Coaching, Health Management, Human Resources Management, Leading and Managing Technical Projects, Organizational Communication, and Project Management—the new master’s degree program will give students ample opportunity for experiential learning. Representatives from industry partners will serve as speakers and lecturers, and students will work directly with partner employers to solve problems and connect with industry experts as they navigate the theories and techniques of leadership. The program is designed as a cohort model, offering students the opportunity to develop a network of peers, faculty, and potential employers.

“The accelerated, experiential Master of Science in Organizational Leadership will offer you valuable relationships with your program cohort as you gain firsthand experience in several industries and work alongside experts on real-world projects,” Stein said. “In just one year, you will complete your degree, add considerable connections to your professional network, and become a better candidate for your next promotion or dream job.”