Category: Alumni

  • Brandeis staff and faculty are running for goodApril 17, 2014

    Several members of the Brandeis community will be running in the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21. A few of them shared their thoughts with BrandeisNow about their motivation for being part of this year’s marathon.

  • Student entrepreneurs innovate at 3 Day Startup April 15, 2014

    Brandeis International Business School recently hosted its third annual 3 Day Startup, a program that encourages graduate and undergraduate students to brainstorm, develop and pitch business startup plans in just 55 hours.

  • Hessan encourages global perspective, collaborationApril 7, 2014

    Brandeis International Business School honored Communispace Chairman Diane Hessan with the 2014 Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship and Gigaom CEO Paul Walborsky ’88, MA ’89, with the Asper Alumni Entrepreneurship Award on April 3.

  • 'Deis Day rocks campusApril 7, 2014

    Former, current and prospective students came together to enjoy a day of comedy, music and campus pride at Brandeis' annual 'Deis Day, sponsored by the Brandeis Student Union.

  • Israeli Parliament members visit BrandeisApril 7, 2014

    Six members of the Israeli Knesset met with Brandeis leaders, faculty members and alumni as part of the Ruderman Fellows Program, an initiative of the Ruderman Family Foundation, in partnership with Brandeis, to create and strengthen connections between Israeli leaders and the American Jewish community.

  • Equity and opportunity is the key to US economic growthApril 1, 2014

    Angela Glover Blackwell, the inaugural Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life at Brandeis University, says embracing the national demographic shift and creating a more inclusive society will hasten the recovery of the U.S. economy.

  • Musicians rock at audiovisual integration April 1, 2014

    Avi Aizenman ’13 asks, are musicians better at connecting sound and sight than non-musicians? She presented her thesis at the 2013 meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, and is now submitting her findings to a scientific journal. If the paper gets accepted, it will be her third published paper in two years.

  • Art of all styles, sounds and forms coming to campusMarch 31, 2014

    The annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts will take place on April 24–27 and feature nationally acclaimed performers and visual artists, including Livingston Taylor and the Hungry March Band, along with music, dance, theater, film, and artwork by more than 300 Brandeis students, alumni, and faculty.

  • Leslie Lamport, MA'63, PhD'72, wins the ‘Nobel of Computing’March 19, 2014

    The Association for Computing Machinery named Leslie Lamport, MA'71, PhD'72, the recipient of the 2013 A.M. Turing Award, an honor widely known as the 'Nobel of Computing.' Lamport, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, received his MA and PhD from Brandeis University in mathematics.

  • Renowned vision scientist to receive Pepose AwardMarch 7, 2014

    Richard Masland to be recognized with the Jay Pepose ’75 Award in Vision Sciences for his pioneering studies of the retina, which may translate into a better understanding and treatment of glaucoma and inherited retinal disorders.

  • Brandeis Magazine: The Winter issue is hereFeb. 18, 2014

    Deciphering digital natives, unmasking Pius XI and Mussolini, reclaiming the victims of modern slavery: It's all in the Winter issue of Brandeis Magazine, which is now available in print and online.

  • Assistance for Mangok BolFeb. 16, 2014

    The Brandeis community is helping Mangok Bol, MS ’13, who is traveling to South Sudan to assist in the search for his three nieces and a nephews, aged 2 through 8, who were abducted in a raid in which their parents were killed.

  • Blackwell named Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life Feb. 6, 2014

    Angela Glover Blackwell, a national advocate for promoting economic and social equity for low-income people and communities of color, has been appointed as the inaugural Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life at Brandeis.

  • Students’ interest in fashion results in national scholarships and career opportunities Feb. 5, 2014

    In what is becoming an annual tradition, two Brandeis students were awarded $5,000 scholarships from the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund. This is the fourth consecutive year that Brandeis students have earned the national honor.

  • Brandeisians win recognition for Jewish literatureJan. 24, 2014
  • Alum recalls meeting young MLK on campusJan. 14, 2014

    Campus will celebrate King’s life and work with the 9th-annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial: 'For the Love of a Dream!' The event will be held on Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater.

  • Newest Brandeisians arrive on campusJan. 9, 2014

    On Thursday, 134 new Brandeisians arrived in Waltham, bringing some much needed warmth and life to a cold, quiet campus. They are members of the largest and most competitive midyear class in Brandeis’ history.

  • So you’ve survived cancer, now what?Dec. 23, 2013

    In the 10 years since Samantha Watson founded the Boston-based SAMFund for Young Adult Cancer Survivors, the organization has given away $1.1 million to cancer survivors — helping them pay their rent, medical bills, gym memberships — almost anything to help survivors rebuild their life after cancer.

  • Celebrating unsung heroesNov. 22, 2013

    At a celebratory 35th anniversary party and website launch Thursday, generations of women and men looked ahead and back at the founding of the women’s and gender studies program, and the cultural climate that led to it.

  • What is your generational moment?Nov. 21, 2013

    We all have that moment — that moment that imprints itself on the fabric of our lives and the lives of a whole generation. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, BrandeisNOW asked professors, students and alumni to share their generational moments.

  • Henry Grossman '58 to be profiled by '60 Minutes'Nov. 8, 2013

    As a young photographer during the early 1960s, Henry Grossman ’58 enjoyed unusual access to President John F. Kennedy and the Beatles. The photos he was able to capture — startling in their directness and intimacy, and many of them seldom seen — will be featured by '60 Minutes' in a segment that will air this Sunday, Nov. 10.

  • The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation gives $5.25M to BrandeisNov. 4, 2013

    The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation awarded $5.25 million to fund a faculty chair and to strengthen programming at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education.

  • Charney makes it all add up Oct. 21, 2013

    Professor Ruth Charney has long been an advocate for women in math and earlier this year was elected president of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), an organization that empowers, connects and supports women in the field.

  • Ranis remembered for his direction, devotionOct. 17, 2013

    Dedicated alumni leader Gustav Ranis ’52, H’82, who was the valedictorian of the university’s inaugural graduating class and achieved a series of other 'firsts' during his 65 years as a Brandeisian, died Oct. 15. The professor emeritus of international economics at Yale University was 83.



  • Brandeis scores big with athletic homecomingOct. 15, 2013

    Hundreds of former Brandeis athletes — from 'Benny’s Boys,' who represented the school on the football field in the 1950s, to young alumni whose onetime teammates still compete for the Judges — gathered on campus last weekend for the inaugural athletics homecoming to celebrate a sports program that has always prized excellence on both sides of the student-athlete equation.



  • J. Bernard Calloway gives advice to act onOct. 8, 2013

    When J. Bernard Calloway MFA’00, advised students at his alma mater last week about the acting life, he pulled no punches. 'Most times in our business, we get rejected,' Calloway told a crowd of third-year MFA acting students in the Spingold Theater studio. That's why he returned to campus: to share the secrets of his success.

  • Tom Brady helps kick off rededicated TYPSept. 25, 2013

    New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady, who grew close to Myra Kraft ’64 during his long tenure with the National Football League team, made a surprise appearance at team owner Robert Kraft’s home on Tuesday to meet the TYP students and alumni.

  • Lawrence issues university report card at staff meetingSept. 12, 2013

    At his third annual meeting with all staff Wednesday, President Fred Lawrence assessed Brandeis’ progress in reaching academic and financial goals since the Board of Trustees formally endorsed the Strategic Plan last May.

  • Scholar of race and gender honored with Gittler PrizeSept. 9, 2013

    Patricia Hill Collins, an eminent scholar and Brandeis alumna who has dedicated her career to understanding the intersections of race, gender and class, will receive the fifth annual Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize for lasting and outstanding contributions to racial, ethnic and religious relations.

  • March on Washington: Dreams met and unfulfilledAug. 28, 2013

    Associate Professor Chad Williams, President Fred Lawrence and Jules Bernstein '57 recall the tumultuous years leading up to the historic March on Washington and its lasting impact. For many involved, Dr. King's dreams remain unrealized.

  • Youth summit explores the world of medicine July 18, 2013

    The inaugural Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine gathered a diverse group of nearly 175 teenagers mulling careers in medicine and healthcare. Over nine days, the delegates received a behind-the-scenes, hands-on education, attending talks by renowned doctors and scholars and visiting medical schools and hospitals in the Boston area.

  • Students win Fulbrights to pursue passions abroadJuly 18, 2013

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program will send seven Brandeis students and young alumni around the world this year to pursue their passions while promoting global understanding. Three of the Fulbrighters will teach English in countries as distant as Thailand and Azerbaijan, and four will conduct research abroad.

  • A lost boy finds community on campusJuly 9, 2013

    Mangok Bol's journey has taken him from South Sudan, to refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, to New Hampshire and finally to Brandeis, where he has found a home and community on campus — as a student and then as administrator for the International and Global Studies Program and the Mandel Center for the Humanities.

  • Gary David Goldberg ’66 dies at age 68June 24, 2013

    A television producer and writer best known for the hit series “Family Ties” and “Spin City,” Goldberg died of brain cancer June 23. The Emmy Award winner was an engaged member of the alumni community and visited campus two years ago to accept an Alumni Achievement Award.

  • Transitional Year Program named in memory of Myra Kraft '64June 13, 2013

    Established in 1968, Brandeis University’s Transitional Year Program is a one-year academic program for students who have not had access to necessary resources either at home or in school to prepare for a rigorous four-year undergraduate experience.

  • Mimi Huntington, MFA '87, wins 2013 StageSource Theater Hero AwardJune 7, 2013
  • Alum brings 'Seinfeld' characters into 21st centuryJune 6, 2013

    What if 'Seinfeld' were still on the air? That’s a question Josh Gondelman ’07 and his friend Jack Moore posed to each other one lazy Sunday afternoon. The result: @SeinfeldToday, a Twitter profile that now boasts more than 588,000 followers, and offers a variety of possible answers to the question.

  • Reunion weekend features parties, classes, awardsJune 3, 2013

    Undergraduate alumni whose class year ends in a 3 or an 8 are invited back to campus June 7 to 9 to celebrate their Reunion with family and friends. The celebration kicks off with Friday night’s all-class Fire and ’Deis Welcome Back Party, featuring a tapas-style dinner and dancing to live music under a tent on the Great Lawn.

  • World of Work program helps jumpstart careersMay 28, 2013

    The WOW program offers financial awards to Brandeis students who wish to pursue summer internships with organizations that may not be able to provide a salary. It encourages students to use the summer to explore career fields, gain new skills and experience the world of work.

  • Erica Rabner's performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner"May 23, 2013

    Erica Rabner '13 gave a powerful performance of the national anthem for fellow graduates of the Brandeis Class of 2013, families and friends in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center.

  • Wieseltier reminds humanities grads of their valueMay 19, 2013

    Leon Wieseltier, the literary editor of The New Republic, started commencement ceremonies off eloquently with a heartfelt defense of the humanities and an encouragement to humanities graduates to resist the forces of technologic gimmickry and scientism.

  • Heller School grads celebrate diversity, altruismMay 19, 2013

    They came to The Heller School of Social Policy and Management from across the globe – from Ghana to Indonesia, from Israel to Jamaica – to learn how to make their communities healthier, stronger and more just. At the Spingold Theater on Sunday, The Heller School celebrated the Class of 2013’s commitment to social justice and civic engagement.

  • 'Run to do good...Get your hands dirty'May 19, 2013

    Inspirational speeches, heartfelt thanks and an abundance of joy marked Brandeis University’s 62nd commencement, as more than 7,000 students, faculty, families and friends celebrated the awarding of 850 bachelor’s degrees, 803 master’s degrees and 93 doctorates in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center. In his commencement address, Dr. Rick Hodes, who has devoted his life to helping severely afflicted children in Africa, urged graduates to “run to do good” and “get your hands dirty.” In addition to Hodes, honorary degrees were awarded to Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York; painter, sculptor and printmaker Ellsworth Kelly; Chaim Peri, director emeritus of Yemin Order Wingate Youth Village in Israel; visionary community leader and co-founder of Operation P.E.A.C.E. (Partnerships in Education and Community Enrichment) Elaine Schuster and Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic.

  • Text of Ellyn Getz's student addressMay 19, 2013
  • Grads, families look at Brandeis and the road aheadMay 19, 2013

    As students raced up and down South Street to commencement ceremonies – clutching coffee and pizza or each other, accepting flowers, adjusting their caps – the road that follows graduation was on their, and their families’, minds.

  • Dr. Rick Hodes' commencement addressMay 19, 2013
  • All in the Family: Getz parents and children feel that campus is their second homeMay 14, 2013

    Ken ’84 and Debra Hassenfeld Getz ’85 met at Brandeis and brought their young children to campus so frequently it felt like home. This Sunday, daughter Ellyn will deliver the student commencement address. Her brother David is a member of the Class of '15.

  • Events, speakers will mark 62nd commencementMay 13, 2013

    A weekend of celebrations will mark the university's 62nd commencement. The main ceremony will be held on May 19 in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center. More than 850 undergraduate degrees, as well as more than 900 graduate degrees and certificates, will be awarded.

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