Roosevelt Fellow Drop-in Hours

Each new student is assigned to a Roosevelt Fellow.  Fellows will be contacting new incoming students within the next several weeks. Please feel free, however, to contact any of the Fellows if you have questions or if you think you may share a common interest.

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, the Roosevelt Fellows are available for drop-in appointments Monday through Friday from 11am to 3pm in the Office of Academic Services Lobby (Usdan 130).


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Peer Academic Advisors

Roosevelt Fellows are peer mentors who offer one-on-one academic advising to all Brandeis students with a focus on first years. We are upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) who have gone through an application process in order to hold this position. It is our job to share the benefits of our Brandeis experiences, and we are eager to do so. We can tell you about everything from choosing classes and professors to doing well on your tests to taking advantage of cool events on campus.

We are friendly and open to speaking with any student. All incoming first years are assigned a Roosevelt Fellow, but students can communicate with any Roosevelt Fellow they wish. We are easily accessible during our drop-in hours, which are held every weekday from 11 AM to 3 PM in Academic Services. Additionally, we run a number of noteworthy events on campus to reach out to students and to let you know what Brandeis has to offer.

We hope you will come see us; we are looking forward to meeting you! For information about events "like" our Facebook page.

- The Roosevelt Fellows

Roosevelt Fellows 2012-2013

2014-2015 Roosevelt Fellows

Name Majors and Minors
Sarah Brugge HSSP, Sociology
Fallon Bushee Biology and Classical Studies
Ian Carroll Chemistry; German and Theater
Aaron Fischer European Cultural Studies, Philosophy; Theater
Margaret Hoffman Sociology and Film, Television, and Interactive Media; Education Studies, Social Justice and Social Policy
Joey Kaminsky Psychology, BA/MA in International Economics and Finance
Ina Karanxha Psychology and Education Studies; Italian Studies
Nick Levergood Chemistry; History of Ideas
Karan Malik Biochemistry; English, South Asian Studies
Libby Panipinto IGS, Anthropology; Legal Studies
Shayna Rubenstein Sociology, Biology; Chemistry
Alva Stux Anthropology; Legal Studies, Philosophy
Dan Truong English Literature; Creative Writing, Philosophy

Roosevelt Fellow Biographies and Emails

Sarah Brugge srbrugge@brandeis.edu 

Sarah Brugge

Sarah is a senior from Albuquerque, New Mexico, (Yes, she’s been to all the Breaking Bad filming locations) who is double majoring in Health: Science, Society, and Policy, and Sociology. One of her favorite parts of Brandeis is that she has been able to take classes that are inclusive of all her various interests!  Although academics are important to her, Sarah’s college experience has been made even more fulfilling by participating in various extracurricular activities.  Throughout her time at Brandeis, she has served as president of March of Dimes, secretary of Colleges Against Cancer, a member of the Kindness Day planning committee, a Peer Assistant for Internship and Analysis, and a volunteer for Fall Fest. Sarah is also proud to have started a club on campus last year called The Ripple Effect and serves as the club’s co-president. In addition to clubs, she works at the Department of Community Living and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. In her spare time, she loves hanging out in her kitchen and cooking with friends, hiking, going to Zumba classes even though she can’t dance, watching Food Network (she is slightly obsessed), and planning trips she can’t afford to exotic countries.  Sarah is incredibly excited for her senior year and can’t wait to welcome the Class of 2018 to Brandeis! 

Fallon Bushee   fbushee@brandeis.edu 

Fallon Bushee

Fallon is a junior from Malden, Massachusetts pursuing majors in biology and classical studies. She is a pre-health student who delights in seeking out different ways to incorporate her wide range of personal interests with her dedication to helping others. On campus she volunteers for Admissions, where she gives tours to prospective students and their families and aids in the training of new Ambassadors. She also spent her summer completing courses to become a certified nursing assistant as well as running a local summer swim team and swim lessons program. A passionate athlete, she is a varsity swimmer for the Brandeis University Swimming and Diving Team (affectionately called “BUSDT”) and has received All-Academic Recognition from the University Athletic Association for her excellence in academics. In her spare time, she can be found most often at Linsey Pool either training, lifeguarding or teaching swim lessons. She also enjoys reading ancient Latin, playing evocative ukulele covers, watching “How I Met Your Mother” and beat-boxing at inappropriate times. Fallon is ecstatic to welcome the class of 2018 to Brandeis!

Ian Carroll  icarroll@brandeis.edu 

Ian Carroll

Ian is a senior from Pittsburgh, PA. He's majoring in Chemistry with minors in German and Theater. Ian can often be found in the SCC theater where he has done many musicals with Tympanium Euphorium and Hillel Theater Group and is now one of the co-coordinators for Brandeis Ensemble Theater, a group that loves entertaining audiences using all kinds of theater including student written and experimental pieces. He is also the Coordinator for Student Production Services, a group that provides lights and sound for many club events from dances, to a capella, to cultural events and many more. Ian loves experiencing new things at the many different events throughout the year and hopes to see you at some! This summer, Ian is excited to be working in Professor Christine Thomas' Inorganic Chemistry Lab at Brandeis. He is also a huge Harry Potter fan, just saying. Ian can't wait to meet the Class of 2018 and is glad they chose Brandeis! 

Aaron Fischer fischer1@brandeis.edu

Aaron Fischer

Aaron is a senior majoring in Philosophy and European Cultural Studies and minoring in Theater. He finds European Cultural Studies to be an especially cool major because it encourages him to department-hop: he’s had the opportunity to take and audit classes in Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, Fine Arts, Russian Studies, History, Music, and more. But as great as his classes are, Aaron — not unlike Batman — really lives for the hours after dark, when Brandeis’s extracurricular world comes to life. In addition to having spent some time with the radio station, Swing Club, Debate Society, and sketch-comedy writing team, he has fallen in love with Brandeis’s theater community, for which he acts, directs, and occasionally writes. In the Fall, he is scheduled to perform in BTC’s production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone and direct BET’s production of Yasmina Reza’s Art. And he’s carried this love of theater home with him: this summer, he’s assistant directing for a Los Angeles Shakespeare company while also working as a graphic artist for a web-design company. He has spent his previous summers as a teacher of high school English and as the director of a high school debate program. As a midyear he has also had the opportunity to spend a semester working at a Hollywood production company. In his free time, Aaron is known to watch and re-watch Woody Allen movies, consume all sorts of short fiction, and do nerdy things with his friends. Aaron finds kale incredibly funny, and hopes to work it into more conversations in the coming year. And he can’t wait to start when he meets the class of 2018!

Margaret Hoffman mphoff@brandeis.edu 

Margaret Hoffman

Margaret is a senior from Carlisle, Massachusetts pursuing a double major in Sociology and Film, Television, and Interactive Media Studies with minors in Education Studies and Social Justice, Social Policy. She plans on pursuing a career in arts education and children’s media. She spent this past summer working in the Education Department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Outside of the classroom, Margaret is a member of Brandeis’ oldest improv comedy group, False Advertising. She experiences her happiest moments making a fool of herself in a public forum. She has interned at New York City’s most famous improv theater: Upright Citizens Brigade. Additionally, she loves punk, indie rock, and retro pop music and making funny videos for Brandeis Television. If you’re ever bored Wednesday nights at 11:00pm, listen to Hot Mess: Margaret’s radio show on WBRS. Margaret is also involved in the Waltham Group, Brandeis’ community service umbrella organization. She is a member of Waltham Kids’ Club, an organization that works with elementary-age students from the area after school. She is also an Eco-Rep and promotes Brandeis’ many sustainability initiatives and has been a Teaching Assistant for the sociology department. Margaret can often be found studying in the SCC library, re-watching Arrested Development, or eating hummus in Usdan. She feels so fortunate to have been selected to be a Roosevelt Fellow and cannot wait to get to know the class of 2018!

Joey Kaminsky jkami@brandeis.edu

Joey Kaminsky

Joey is a Junior from Nashville, TN, majoring in Psychology and Business. As a student worker at the International Business School, he enjoys learning about a diverse range of topics in business and finance, and applying this knowledge to his academics and extracurricular activities. Outside of class and work, Joey enjoys interning at a law office advocating for children and families, and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. In his free time, he loves to explore Boston and the surrounding areas with friends, run along the Charles River path, read, and discover new and exciting places to eat. Joey is extremely excited to take an active role in welcoming the class of 2018 to the Brandeis community! 

Ina Karanxha inatree@brandeis.edu 

Ina

Ina is a senior from Stoneham, MA pursuing majors in Psychology and Education Studies and a minor in Italian Studies. On campus, she is passionate about and thoroughly enjoys volunteer work and has participated in many community service activities through Waltham Group including: Companions to Elders, Tutoring in Public Schools (T.I.P.S), Volunteer Vacations, and K.I.D.S Club. She works at Lemberg Children's Center as a teacher's assistant while she's at Brandeis and when she's on break, she works at the Paper Store where she has the pleasure of meeting much of the elderly population of Stoneham, MA and engaging in memorable conversations. Aside from being super excited about welcoming the class of 2018 as a returning Roosevelt Fellow, Ina is also looking forward to interning at Boston Children's Hospital this upcoming year in the Mayo Family Clinic Pediatric Pain Rehab Center! She loves crocheting, Marvin Gaye, laughing, gazing at the majesty of trees, and being a Roosevelt Fellow. Most importantly, Ina is extremely excited to meet and welcome the class of 2018 to Brandeis University!

Nick Levergood  nlever@brandeis.edu  

Nick Levergood

Nick is a junior from the tiny town of Northwood, New Hampshire. He is studying for majors in Chemical Biology and Anthropology and a minor in History of Ideas. He became certified as an Emergency Medical Technician during his freshman year and has volunteered ever since with the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCo). Nick greatly enjoys serving the campus through BEMCo’s medical services and also oversees BEMCo’s budget and purchases as the Treasurer.  Besides being a Roosevelt Fellow, Nick also works in Student Academic Services as a General Chemistry Tutor. He is also a Teaching Assistant for the Organic Chemistry Laboratory course. Some of his favorite memories came from volunteering at his local hospital and meeting lots of inspiring people. He loves playing squash in Gosman, crafting homemade wooden pens with his dad, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, finding every coffee shop in Cambridge and Boston and exploring all of the secret spots around the Brandeis campus with his friends. Nick is thrilled to meet the Class of 2018 and be a Roosevelt Fellow!

Karan Malik kmalik@brandeis.edu 

Karan Malik

Karan hails from Long Island, NY and is a rising senior pursuing the BS/MS dual degree in Biochemistry. Although most of the courses Karan has taken at Brandeis are science-related, he has a deep appreciation for the humanities (especially english literature). Karan knew at ASD '11 that Brandeis is the school for him. To this day, matriculating in the Brandeis Class of 2015 has been one of his best decisions. Although academics are very important to Karan, campus involvement has always been just as important. On campus Karan is involved with the a cappella group Rather Be Giraffes, is a member of FMLA, has served as an undergraduate TA, serves as the UDR for the Biochemistry department, and is very involved with his research project in the Oprian Group. As a pre-health student, Karan's interests have always coincided within the life sciences with focus on research and education. In his free time Karan enjoys having friendship lunch in Usdan, singing Beyoncé songs, blogging, reading Toni Morrison, watching TV, and napping. Karan can usually be found in his natural habitat: the SSC. So, Class of 2018, you know exactly where to find him. He can't wait to meet all of you this fall!

Libby Panipinto libbyp@brandeis.edu 

Libby

Libby is a senior from Dallas, Texas.  She is double majoring in IGS and Anthropology with a minor in Legal Studies.   Libby loves being involved on campus, and has been an Orientation Leader, Student Events Coordinator, Fall Fest Coordinator, worked in the box office as well as participated in a variety of campus clubs.  With a passion for travel and culture, Libby has studied abroad in three different countries.  After taking a gap year in Israel, she participated on the Brandeis in The Hague summer program and just returned from a semester in London.  These experiences gave her the opportunity to see the world, learn about various cultures, and study a variety of subjects.  She loves going to new places, and is spending Summer 2014 living in NYC.  When she isn’t studying or participating in extra curricular activities, Libby can be found spending time with friends, volunteering, sitting out in the sun, reading, and re-watching Friends and The Office.  During her final year at Brandeis, she plans to explore more of Boston and get to know the city.  She is very excited to return to Brandeis as a Roosevelt Fellow and can’t wait to welcome the class of 2018! 

Shayna Rubenstein shaynarr@brandeis.edu    

Shayna Rubenstein

Shayna is a junior, originally from Lexington, MA. Pursuing double majors in Biology and Sociology and a minor in Chemistry, she has loved being able to delve into so many different academic departments at Brandeis. A pre-health student, Shayna always makes time to participate in activities she loves on campus. She can often be found dancing with Brandeis’ Adagio Dance Company and Hooked on Tap, designing costumes for various Undergraduate Theater Company productions, and helping with Hillel at Brandeis in both official and non-official capacities. Shayna also serves as an Organic Chemistry Laboratory Teaching Assistant where she loves to help others succeed! In her free time, she enjoys eating ice cream with friends, hiking, running, looking up random facts, cheering on the Red Sox, and quoting Harry Potter and “The Office.” Shayna is extremely excited to be a Roosevelt Fellow and cannot wait to share her love of Brandeis with the incoming class of 2018!

Alva Stux astux13@brandeis.edu 

Alva

Alva is a senior from NYC majoring in Anthropology and double minoring in Legal Studies and Business. She is also passionate about listening to and playing music; she has been playing the violin since the age of two and a half and performs with a Brandeis chamber music group. Though her academic achievements are quite important to her, including her GPA, consistent Dean’s List status, and receipt of the Brandeis Achievement Award, she loves being involved in extracurriculars on campus too!  When she is not studying or practicing for performances, you can find her coordinating events for the Anthropology club as the group’s Events Coordinator, or being involved with SCRAM, the Student Committee for the Rose Art Museum. She has also amply taken advantage of study abroad opportunities; she studied abroad during her Midyear semester at City University, London, last summer in Madrid, and for the entirety of her junior year at The University of Oxford. She hopes to attend the Brandeis in the Hague program next summer. She thinks that the most important tip in being active at Brandeis is time management and taking charge of what is important to you! In her spare time, you are likely to find Alva watching Netflix, crafting, baking, dancing (only when no one is watching), or going on adventures in Boston with friends. She loves to give advice and is super excited to welcome the class of 2018 to Brandeis!

Dan Truong dtruong2@brandeis.edu 

Dan Truong

Dan is a senior from the city of Boston proper, from a little town at its southernmost edge called Hyde Park. His major and life’s passion is English Literature, and he is pursuing minors in Creative Writing and Philosophy. Dan came to Brandeis because of its reputation as an amazing liberal arts school with a very flexible curriculum. With such a small, tight-knit community, Dan has made it his goal to help as many in his community as possible. When he is not in the library sticking his nose into a book or five, Dan is actively involved in the peer counseling service at Brandeis called Student Talking about Relationships (S.T.A.R.), lending an open to ear to anyone who needs it. He is also involved in the Brandeis Gateway Program, meeting with students weekly to help with their UWS essays. Dan is part of many cultural clubs on campus including the Southeast Asia Club (SEAC) and the Taiwanese Student Association (TSA), and has met many amazing friends through them. In his free time, Dan loves playing the piano (badly), playing volleyball (even worse), and buying books that he knows he’ll get to eventually. Dan is the biggest Beatles fan in the universe and dares anyone to prove him otherwise. He is also obsessed with the bands Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, and (though he would never admit this), Katy Perry. He is looking forward to meeting the incoming class of 2018!