Community service celebrated at Brandeis

5th Annual Celebration of Service honored students, faculty, staff and community partners

CTSA Award winners

It was quite a year for community service at Brandeis. BEMCo volunteered at the Boston Marathon, the Brandeis Black Student Organization piloted a college access program at Waltham High School, more than 60 students traveled to Honduras as part of Global Brigades, Brandeis hosted a special day of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the Waltham Group reached their highest number of volunteers, averaging 800 students per semester.

On April 28, the 5th Annual Celebration of Service honored those students, staff, faculty and community partners who participated in community service work throughout the course of the year. The event’s speakers included Andrew Flagel, senior vice president for students and enrollment, Marsha Patel '14, the founding president of Brandeis Brigades, and community partner Marilyn Lee-Tom, executive director of the Community Day Center of Waltham.

In addition to celebrating all those who participated in service, this year's event paid special tribute to seniors who logged hours as part of the Commitment to Service Award Program, sponsored by a donation from Michael Gerstein '96. Seniors on track to log 300, 600 or 900 hours received bronze, silver and gold medals respectively. More than 561 students registered for the Commitment to Service Award, volunteering at 341 organizations around the world.

This year’s Clubs in Service award went to the Men' s Football (Soccer) Club, for their involvement in a variety of youth based programs in the community.

Commitment to Service Award Program Award Winners

Gold (900 hours)

Colin Gibbons
Kara Faktor
Emily Balmuth-Loris
Marsha Patel
Esther Martin
Nathanel Shammay
Eva Chiu
Roni Rosen
Gwendolyn Teutsch

Silver (600 hours)

Joshua Waxenbaum
Sarah Fahmy
Lansara Jaruthien
Sharan Shah
Lindsey Weiss
Sindhura Sonnathi

Bronze (300 hours)

Aaron Yang
Monica Ferrer Socorro
Charlotte Erb
Nicole Carlson
Christina Fischer
Rachel Strax
Emily Stott
Rebecca Montana
Gabriella Podolski
Sifang "Kathy" Zhao
Ilana Mittleman
Suzannah Scanlon
Haleigh Brockman
Venus Tran
Justin Robbins
Yael Bellin
Deepti Kanneganti
Yifei Sun
Maria Alkhasova
Zoe Oppenheimer
Michelle Wang

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