Category: General

  • 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.

  • BEMCo at the Boston Marathon — then and nowApril 15, 2014

    Yedidya Ben-Avie ’15, a member of the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps, believes in being proactive when an issue arises. This philosophy was put to the test last April when the bombs went off near the Boston Marathon finish line, and close to where he was stationed as a medical volunteer.

  • Brandeis staff to run Boston Marathon for bombing victimApril 11, 2014

    The 2014 Boston Marathon will have extra meaning for many, including assistant swim coach Breda O’Connor and club sports coordinator Matt Callahan. They will be running the race to raise money for Marc Fucarile, Callahan’s cousin who was seriously injured in the bombing attack during last year’s marathon.

  • 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.

  • Sexual harassment in America, then and nowApril 4, 2014

    Anita Hill, whose newly released film 'Anita' revisits the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Clarence Thomas in 1991, discusses the issue of sexual harassment in the United States, the need to confront it and society’s response to it.

  • Geoffrey Canada to speak at commencementMarch 31, 2014

    Geoffrey Canada, president and chief executive officer of Harlem Children’s Zone, is recognized for his organization’s groundbreaking work to provide students in Harlem with educational, social and medical services that follows them from birth through college.

  • Inside the archives: The screen siren and the scholarMarch 27, 2014

    Actress Joan Crawford became involved with Brandeis in the mid-1960s, thanks to her friendship with Nathan and Frances Spingold — early supporters of the arts at Brandeis. She began exchanging letters with Brandeis’ founding president Abram Sachar and the two embarked an unlikely friendship.

  • Taking on cancer – one step at a timeMarch 24, 2014

    The Brandeis community came together for the Relay for Life on March 23-24 to demonstrate its commitment to bringing an end to cancer, to show support for those who have cancer and to remember those who have died from the disease.

  • Ronny Zinner, trustee, vice-chair of Heller overseersMarch 20, 2014

    Longtime Brandeis University Trustee Rhonda (Shapiro) Zinner, whose family’s generosity helped transform Brandeis and who enhanced her own individual impact with a type of personal philanthropy that brought her close to many students, died on March 18 in Boston.

  • What’s your extraordinary Brandeis Story?March 17, 2014

    As commencement nears, we are looking for stories that illustrate what makes Brandeis so Brandeis. Are you a graduating student who has had a Brandeisian experience? Do you know of a graduating student who has made a difference on campus and beyond? If so, we’d love to hear from you.

  • Brandeis launches leadership incubator for Russian-speaking Jewish communal professionalsMarch 10, 2014

    The Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry, in partnership with the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis, has launched the Brandeis Jewish Leadership Incubator, a 12-month fellowship for Russian-speaking professionals who work at Jewish communal organizations in the United States and Canada.

  • Ambassador Power highlights Mangok Bol’s plight in UN speech March 7, 2014
  • Timo Gilmore, professor emeritus of English, dies at 72March 5, 2014

    "Devoted friend to all," Timo helped Brandeis’ English department achieve a national reputation in the study of American literature, particularly in 19th-century literature and culture.

  • Chad Williams speaks at White House panel on African American veteransFeb. 28, 2014
  • And the Oscars go to ... Brandeis Feb. 28, 2014

    The Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections house not one, but two Academy Awards, belonging to composer Victor Young and screenwriter George Froeschel

  • Throwback Thursday: Winters pastFeb. 27, 2014

    We can all agree — this has been a long, rough winter and it’s not over yet. Yet, the cold and snow are almost a rite of passage on Brandeis’ campus and the 2013-2014 winter has hardly been the worst. Let’s take a look at Brandeis’ winters past, and take heart that spring is less than a month away.

  • Going to the head of the class in teachingFeb. 25, 2014

    The Davis Teaching and Learning Fellowship has become an invaluable resource for faculty to explore, discuss and implement effective teaching methods.

  • Update on crosswalk safetyFeb. 24, 2014
  • 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.

  • Mandela’s grandsons laud ’DEIS Impact, seek to create ‘African Dream’Feb. 11, 2014

    Who better to inspire a ballroom full of young social justice enthusiasts than the grandsons of a man who inspired the world to fight discrimination? Kweku Mandela-Amuah and Ndaba Mandela, grandsons of the late Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid activist and first black president of South Africa, gave ’DEIS Impact’s keynote address to a packed Levin Ballroom.

  • Are you Generous U?Feb. 10, 2014

    Generous U, a national college-based philanthropy contest, was launched by the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis’ Heller School in 2009 to increase philanthropy on college campuses. This year, the contest will award $10,000 to the winning student group and $1,000 to the runner-ups operating engaging, sustainable and impactful philanthropies. The deadline for submission is Monday, March 3.

  • Experience makes all the difference for HSSP majorsJan. 31, 2014

    The HSSP major requires hands-on learning through internships, pre-approved summer programs or research projects. Since its launch in 2003, the interdisciplinary major has become one of Brandeis’ most popular.

  • Brandeisians win recognition for Jewish literatureJan. 24, 2014
  • Winship wins prestigious fundraising awardJan. 24, 2014

    The Council for Advancement and Support of Education's District I honored Nancy K. Winship, P’10, P’13, with the prestigious Quarter Century Circle Award for distinguished professional achievement.

  • Brandeis announces changes to its executive compensation policiesJan. 23, 2014

    The Brandeis University Board of Trustees approved significant changes to its executive compensation policies as well as several new procedures for setting, reviewing and disclosing executive compensation.

  • Another step in preventing sexual violenceJan. 22, 2014

    College administrators from around the country gathered at Brandeis for a full-day seminar on sexual assault prevention and response on campuses. The program, led by The Clery Center for Security on Campus and the Victim Rights Law Center, focused on how to implement federal laws to best protect sexual assault survivors and universities.

  • Celebrating MLK's legacyJan. 21, 2014

    The 9th-annual memorial, 'For the Love of a Dream!' included performances by Emmy Award-winning Sean Fielder and the Boston Tap Company, Brandeis’ own Kaos Kids, songstress Erica Barnett, Brandeis Bridge Fellow Malakani Mak, motivational speaker Jermaine Hamilton and talks by the MLK Scholarship students who fundraised for five African American and five Jewish students to travel to Israel together, and the keynote team of Jane and Hubert Sapp.

  • 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.

  • Brandeis condemns American Studies Association's boycottDec. 24, 2013
  • 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.

  • Hallelujah: The finals countdownDec. 12, 2013

    What happens as the semester comes to a close? See this portrait of the Brandeis campus during final exams.

  • Special offer from Brandeis University PressDec. 10, 2013
  • Latkes, jelly donuts and a laser light show — it must be HanukkahDec. 6, 2013

    Members of the Brandeis community joined together on Dec. 4 to celebrate Hanukkah. Sponsored by Hillel at Brandeis, with the support and participation of Chabad, the evening included the lighting of individual hanukkiot, eating jelly donuts and latkes,and watching a laser light show.

  • Campus mourns Nelson MandelaDec. 6, 2013

    Nelson Mandela, the 95-year-old former South African president who helped end apartheid, died yesterday, leaving behind a legacy of compassion and social justice. Brandeis students and faculty have always been closely aligned with Mandela and the campaign to promote human equality.

  • Engerman, Willrich tapped for endowed professorshipsDec. 4, 2013

    Michael Willrich has been named the Leff Families Professor of History and David Engerman the Ottilie Springer Professor of History.

  • Brandeis students go away with Gilman Scholarships Dec. 3, 2013

    Five Brandeis undergraduates are selected by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to receive a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which provides $5,000 that can be applied to study-abroad costs.

  • Remembering Joachim Gaehde, professor emeritus of fine artsNov. 26, 2013

    Joachim Gaehde, a scholar of Carolingian illuminated manuscripts and the "eminence grise" of the department of fine arts, passed away Nov. 24 at the age of 92.

  • Brandeis celebrates employees’ service, contributionsNov. 26, 2013

    Members of the Brandeis community came together to celebrate their colleagues’ exceptional service and contributions to the university at the 2013 Employee Recognition Awards luncheon.

  • Put on your yarmulke, it's time for ThanksgivukkahNov. 25, 2013

    This year, Jewish Americans will be carving the Thanksgiving turkey and lighting the menorah on the same night. It’s the last time the two events will coincide for thousands of years to come. Rabbi Elyse Winnick '86 of the Brandeis University Interfaith Chaplaincy answered a few questions about this unusual confluence of celebrations.

  • Message from Board of Trustees Chair Perry TraquinaNov. 22, 2013
  • President Frederick Lawrence requests dialogue with Al-Quds UniversityNov. 22, 2013
  • 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.

  • The immortal Gettysburg AddressNov. 19, 2013

    English professor John Burt, author of the critically acclaimed 'Lincoln’s Tragic Pragmatism,' shares his thoughts on the Gettysburg Address, 150 years after its delivery.

  • Response to Nov. 17, 2013 Boston Globe articleNov. 17, 2013
  • Forum highlights Heller’s focus on achieving diversity, equity Nov. 5, 2013

    At a discussion on the state of diversity at the Heller School, Dean Lisa Lynch underscored an institutional commitment to creating equity and eliminating barriers that keep individuals from achieving their full potential.

  • Korean, 'Brandeis-style'Oct. 28, 2013

    This fall, the university’s first-ever Korean language course, Korean 10A, launched, exceeding enrollment limits in a couple of hours thanks to the popularity of Korean pop music.

  • New travel grant program takes undergraduates to IsraelOct. 25, 2013
  • Say 'Brandeis!'Oct. 25, 2013

    Shutterbugs across campus are showing their love of Brandeis this week as part of a campus-wide 10-day Photo-a-Day Challenge on social media.

  • Brandeis goes orange for Open Access WeekOct. 23, 2013

    This week, LTS turned its website orange in support of Open Access Week, a worldwide promotion of free, online access to scholarly research. LTS is reaching out to faculty, graduate students and staff to explain the concepts and ramifications of open access.

  • Fall Fest offers comedy, classes and communityOct. 22, 2013

    Belly dancing. A petting zoo. Judah Friedlander. What do they have in common? They’ll all be part of Fall Fest, which begins Thursday evening and runs through Sunday. The annual family weekend features an array of on- and off-campus events.

  • Historian Eugene Black dies at 85Oct. 22, 2013

    Professor Emeritus of History Eugene C. Black, a Europeanist in the department who played a critical role in building its national stature, died Oct. 18 at age 85.

  • Brandeis physicist wins award for biology textbook Oct. 18, 2013

  • Inaugural Brandeis Law School Reception draws students, alumniOct. 18, 2013

    Nearly 100 Brandeis students and alumni, along with students from select Boston area schools and law school and LSAT representatives, kicked off the inaugural Brandeis University Law School Reception Oct. 15. The event was sponsored by the Hiatt Career Center.

  • Brandeis launches MS in Strategic AnalyticsOct. 16, 2013

    Graduate Professional Studies announced today it has launched a new Master of Science degree in strategic analytics. The online program is designed to harness the proliferation of data in all aspects of business using advanced analytic tools. With the advent of “big data,” businesses can reduce risk and improve performance through better-informed decision-making in areas such as revenue management, dynamic pricing and business modeling.

  • Philosophy of inclusion helps debate club carry the day Oct. 11, 2013

    The Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society is in peak form this season. Ranked as both the No. 1 club and team of the year in the American Parliamentary Debate Association, BADASS has left Ivy League teams like Harvard and Yale in the dust. Now, they're training the next generation of debaters, and hosting a high school debate tournament.

  • McMahon hired as sexual assault services and prevention specialistOct. 7, 2013

    Brandeis University has hired Sheila McMahon to lead sexual assault services and prevention activities. As sexual assault services and prevention specialist, she will coordinate advocacy services for survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking; conduct outreach and education to promote a healthy campus environment, and serve as a liaison to student organizations.

  • Psychological Counseling Center meets gold standard for suicide preventionOct. 4, 2013

    Brandeis University has been awarded the JedCampus Seal from The Jed Foundation, a leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students.

  • Burt and Gessel awarded named professorshipsOct. 1, 2013
  • Brandeis’ youngest generation gets new center Sept. 25, 2013

    Yesterday’s ceremonial groundbreaking for a $2.5 million Gersh and Sarah Lemberg Children’s Center added new meaning to Brandeis’ commitment to educating young people. The new 7,000-square-foot, located on Old South Street, will double its capacity and include an infant center.

  • All work and no play? Not anymore.Sept. 23, 2013

    Brandeis and local children finally reaped the reward of months of hard work: A new playground at Prospect Hill Terrace, a low-income housing development. Together with Bentley University, the Waltham Housing Authority, KaBOOM, UnitedHealthcare and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, the playground was built in a single day.

  • Brandeis hosts conference on sexual, domestic violenceSept. 18, 2013

    More than 300 Massachusetts college and university administrators and faculty members gathered on the Brandeis campus Sept. 17 for a forum titled 'Massachusetts Steps Up: Key Sexual and Domestic Violence Issues for College Administrators.'

  • 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.

  • Waltham Group to hold annual blood drive Oct. 1 to 3Sept. 10, 2013
  • Brandeis IBS introduces new brand platformAug. 28, 2013
  • Orientation brings new friends, calms nervesAug. 27, 2013

    After arriving over the weekend in cars filled to capacity, the Class of 2017 unpacked, hugged their family goodbye and embraced the beginning of their Brandeis experience. Together, and with some help from their orientation leaders, they prepared for their freshmen year.

  • John Unsworth to serve on national humanities councilAug. 9, 2013

    The White House has appointed John Unsworth, the vice provost for Library & Technology Services and chief information officer, to serve on the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

  • Professor Wendy Cadge honored by Association of Professional ChaplainsAug. 7, 2013
  • Brandeis, partners help local children draw playful futureAug. 6, 2013

    A new playground will be constructed Sept. 17 at Waltham's Prospect Hill, thanks to Brandeis and several community partners. Last week, the community's children offered a few ideas to the organizations, drawing depictions of their dream playgrounds.

  • Hugh Huxley, pioneering experimentalist, dies at 89 July 29, 2013

    Professor emeritus Hugh Huxley, a biologist who conducted pioneering research on muscle structure and function, died July 25. Huxley came to Brandeis in 1987 as professor of biology and director of the Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center. He retired from the faculty in 1997.

  • To be let alone: Brandeis foresaw privacy problemsJuly 24, 2013

    Thanks to Louis Brandeis, Americans have a constitutional right to privacy. Long before the invention of the Internet, Brandeis warned how technology could be used to invade privacy. What would he make of the government's wide-ranging electronic surveillance programs such as PRISM?

  • LauraBen Moore ’14 helps USA rugby to cup finalsJuly 19, 2013

    Senior LauraBen Moore, in only her second year of competitive rugby play, has earned a starting role on the USA Rugby Women’s Junior All-Americans (WJAA) team at the 2013 Under-20 Nations Cup. She’ll be playing for a gold medal against Canada on Sunday.

  • Brandeis to pilot test-flexible admissions optionJuly 19, 2013

    The new pilot program is 'an evolutionary change' that will give fall 2014 undergraduate applicants the option to submit applications either with a combination of subject tests, or with an enhanced academic portfolio.

  • Defense lawyer Leonard Goodman elected to boardJuly 19, 2013

    Chicago veteran criminal defense attorney Leonard C. Goodman was elected to a four-year term on the Brandeis Board of Trustees in May. He has won awards for his work on behalf of the wrongfully convicted, and is known for taking on high-profile and challenging cases.

  • Business school ranked No. 1 by Financial TimesJune 27, 2013

    In the Financial Times' annual rankings of pre-experience master’s programs released this week, Brandeis International Business School was ranked No. 1 in the United States for the third straight year for its Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (Lemberg Program).

  • President Fred Lawrence to participate in Supreme Court Review panelJune 25, 2013
  • President Fred Lawrence offers perspective on affirmative actionJune 25, 2013
  • Brandeis to offer Semester Online courses in 2014June 11, 2013

    In a partnership between 2U, Inc. and a group of top-tier colleges and universities, Semester Online offers rigorous, small, online, for-credit courses in real time to college students from anywhere in the world. Brandeis will offer 'Psychological and Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Health' and 'The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: Then and Now.'

  • 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.

  • Mal Sherman finishes term as board chair, stays on at BrandeisMay 28, 2013

    Malcolm L. Sherman – “Mal” to hundreds of Brandeis professors, students and staff who have known him during his 33 years on the university’s Board of Trustees – has brought strong leadership to a long list of for-profit and nonprofit organizations, but nowhere has his commitment been as long or as deep as at Brandeis.

  • Brandeis retirement plan transition underwayMay 28, 2013

    All Brandeis faculty and staff should be aware of important changes to the Brandeis University Retirement Plan. While the employer contributions and vesting schedule are not changing, the university is offering a streamlined and simplified investment lineup, designed to offer employees choice, simplicity and value. A detailed Fund Change Transition Guide was sent to all participants’ homes in April. The guide provides complete details about these changes, including a comprehensive fund mapping guide to show where retirement money will be moved if employees don’t take action by the deadline.

  • 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.

  • President Fred Lawrence's commencement addressMay 19, 2013
  • 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
  • Remembering Emeritus Professor of Music, Harold ShaperoMay 18, 2013

    Classical music composer, pianist and longtime professor of music at Brandeis University, Harold Shapero, died in his sleep on May 17, following complications from pneumonia. He was 93.



  • Angela Gutchess wins Wellington LotteryMay 17, 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.

  • Brandeis National Committee to honor Whitfield with Sachar AwardMay 3, 2013
  • Graduate teaching fellows honoredMay 2, 2013
  • Student speakers for commencement selectedApril 30, 2013

    Undergraduate Ellyn Getz and graduate student Enrique Levin have been chosen to give the student addresses at Brandeis’ 62nd commencement on Sunday, May 19. Getz is a double major in business and theater arts; Levin is receiving an MBA from the International Business School.

  • Brandeis Magazine has rare Beatles photographsApril 21, 2013

    The cover story features photographer Henry Grossman ’58, whose genuine friendship with the Fab Four gave him unique access to their daily lives, captured in some 6,000 rare photos he squirreled away — until now. There are also features on basketball in Afghanistan, comic escapades in China and more.

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