Category: Student Life
- Brandeis fencers compete in South KoreaJuly 9, 2014
Five Brandeis fencers have traveled to Suwon, South Korea to participate in an international competition and cultural exchange.
- For art’s sake: A peek inside the Brandeis studiosJune 6, 2014
In Brandeis’ community of studio artists, you can watch creativity in motion. Students collaborate, learn from gifted faculty and hone their technical skills. Whether they work in printmaking, sculpture, painting or new media, students find their personal voice in the universal language of art.
- Business school honors teaching excellenceMay 30, 2014
Andy Molinsky and Jay Leu received the Brandeis International Business School's Excellence in Teaching Awards in recognition of their dedication to teaching and mentoring.
- Brandeis student-athletes earn All-America honorsMay 27, 2014
Mohamed Sidique '15 and Carley Cooke '15 turned in All-American performances at the 2014 NCAA Division III track and field and tennis championships.
- Class of 2014 celebrates, ready for new challengesMay 21, 2014
More than 7,000 friends, family members, faculty and staff were on hand to celebrate with the graduates participating in Brandeis' 63rd commencement exercises on Sunday, May 18.
- Grads: ‘leave the country better than you found it’May 18, 2014
More than 7,000 celebrated the academic achievements of their loved ones and friends during Brandeis' 63 commencement ceremony on May 18.
- Rachel Emily Benjamin '14 sings the national anthemMay 18, 2014
- Geoffrey Canada's commencement addressMay 18, 2014
- Excited. Anxious. Nervous. Proud.May 18, 2014
Parents bask in pride as Brandeis’ newest alumni take a backward glance, reflecting on the college experience and the surreal reality of leaving it as they embrace the future.
- Heller graduates reminded to ‘pull together’May 18, 2014
Graduates of the Heller School of Social Policy and Management gathered in Spingold Theater on Sunday morning for a diploma ceremony recognizing Master of Business Administration, Sustainable International Development, Master of Science in International Health Policy and Management, Master of Public Policy in Coexistence and Conflict and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Policy recipients.
- Advice at Rabb ceremony: 'geek out'May 18, 2014
In Sunday's kickoff diploma ceremony, the Division of Graduate Professional Studies at the Rabb School of Continuing Studies conferred nearly 100 graduate degrees and certificates on a diverse group of professionals from across the country and around the world.
- Eugene Kogan's graduate student addressMay 18, 2014
- Ariana Boltax's undergraduate addressMay 18, 2014
- #Brandeis commencement social media wrap-upMay 18, 2014
Graduates, family and friends took to social media to express their joy, trepidation and nostalgia at Brandeis' commencement.
- President Fred Lawrence's commencement addressMay 18, 2014
- Brandeisians earn Fulbrights, Goldwater, Gates CambridgeMay 13, 2014
Nine current students and recent graduates of Brandeis have earned nationally competitive scholarships. Most will continue their studies overseas, including in England, Honduras, Italy, Malaysia, Russia, Sweden, Tajikistan, and Thailand.
- Commencement weekend fast approachingMay 13, 2014
Brandeis University will hold its 63rd commencement ceremonies on May 18 in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center. Geoffrey Canada, president and chief executive officer of Harlem Children’s Zone, will present the commencement address.
- Brandeis teams selected for Davis Peace PrizeMay 13, 2014
Two projects from Brandeis University have received a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant funded by the Davis United World College Scholars Program for designing international initiatives that foster understanding, provide opportunity and promote peace.
- Seniors look back at their time at BrandeisMay 7, 2014
As commencement draws near, 14 graduating seniors shared their thoughts on video about graduation, their senior bucket list, the perfect day at Brandeis, what they will miss about Brandeis, and advice for incoming students.
- Phi Beta Kappa elects 69 membersMay 7, 2014
The Brandeis chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has elected 69 new members. Brandeis, which established the Mu chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1961, holds the distinction of achieving the quickest chapter chartering in relation to an institution’s founding.
- Brandeis Achievement Award winners announced May 7, 2014
Five rising juniors have earned the Brandeis Achievement Award in recognition of their outstanding scholarship and academic achievements. The honor includes a scholarship of $5,000 per semester for the students’ remaining four terms of study.
- From IDF to CEO: Asaf Meir ’14 reflects on his pathMay 6, 2014
When Asaf Meir ’14 arrived at Brandeis, the 24-year-old freshman was already a decorated soldier, a world traveler and an experienced manager. Here he added to his resume, becoming a community advisor, an officer with Brandeis Visions for Israel in an Evolving World (BView), a teaching assistant and a web developer for Brandeis. Last fall, he added one more title to his list: CEO.
- Senior Week promises fun, ‘disorientation’May 5, 2014
Graduating seniors are invited to enjoy Brandeis in a more relaxed environment during the week leading up to commencement, May 9-17. Senior Week passes, which are good for entrance to all events, and tickets for individual events are on sale through May 8.
- Community service celebrated at BrandeisMay 1, 2014
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.
- Students ‘teach’ what they’ve learnedMay 1, 2014
‘DeisTalks - think TED Talks meet Brandeis - and the Experiential Learning Symposium provided students with two opportunities to speak with members of the Brandeis and local communities about knowledge they developed, or a learning experience they had, in or outside the classroom while studying at Brandeis.
- Update on sexual assault prevention effortsApril 30, 2014
- Brandeis student to embark on worldwide research tripApril 29, 2014
Junior Madeline List was named the first Circumnavigators Club Foundation Scholar at Brandeis, an honor that will enable her to travel to eight countries on five continents in 10 weeks to study the socio-economic and cultural challenges faced by people with disabilities across the globe.
- Festival goers find themselves in art of all typesApril 29, 2014
The 62nd Annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts showcased a range of artistic forms and styles, from concerts to plays, art exhibitions to modern dance, video art to public sculpture, and featured the work of national, local, student, faculty, and alumni artists and performers.
- Rwandan president meets with faculty and students April 25, 2014
Rwandan President Paul Kagame came to Brandeis University on Wednesday, April 23, for a round-table discussion with faculty and invited guests, including Brandeis students originally from Rwanda. The Heller School for Social Policy and Management’s Sustainable International Development program and Coexistence and Conflict program sponsored the visit.
- Nothing but Nets, mobilizing for malariaApril 25, 2014
Kira Levin ’17 is a Nothing But Nets Malaria Fellow, working with the United Nations on a grassroots campaign to raise awareness on college campuses about malaria and provide insecticide-treated bed nets to communities in Africa.
- D’Andre Young: world-class communicator April 22, 2014
After receiving a LAGRANT Foundation scholarship, and spending the semester at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, D’Andre Young ’15 is building a major, and a career, in international communications.
- Arts festival invites people to find themselvesApril 21, 2014
The 62nd annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, April 24-27, offers more than 50 events, performances and activities that cover a range of artistic forms and styles.
- 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.
- 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.
- Blood drive fuels Boston Strong spirit at BrandeisApril 9, 2014
The Boston Strong Memorial Blood Drive, which runs April 8-10 in Upper Sherman, is raising money for local charities including One Fund Boston and the Who Says I Can’t Foundation, which works with amputees. There is a raffle offering prizes such as a signed Red Sox photograph, vintage Brandeis athletic jerseys, free sessions with student trainers and much more.
- '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.
- Jay Pharoah coming to Brandeis for 'Deis DayApril 3, 2014
'Deis Day on April 6 gives students a chance to celebrate Brandeis, enjoy a barbecue, watch the Battle of the Bands, and catch a set by comedian-actor Jay Pharoah of 'Saturday Night Live,' who is known for his impersonations of Jay Z, Kanye West and President Barack Obama.
- Students’ research addresses air quality in nail salonsApril 2, 2014
Justice Brandeis Semester students in the Environmental Health and Justice Program recently presented to the Boston Public Health Commission, sharing research that assessed nail salon workers’ exposure to volatile organic compounds and chemicals.
- Science Posse goes to WashingtonApril 1, 2014
Brandeis President Frederick M. Lawrence, Vice Provost Irv Epstein and several current and former Brandeis students met with members of President Obama’s administration in Washington on March 31 to talk about Brandeis’ Science Posse program.
- 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.
- 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.
- Scholars focus on the rights of people with disabilitiesMarch 27, 2014
A Ruderman Family Foundation grant establishes the Ruderman Social Justice Scholars in Disability, helping Brandeis prepare undergraduates to become leaders in disability-related fields, including research, advocacy and service provision, and to advocate for the full community participation of people with disabilities.
- Clinton, Mozart and meMarch 25, 2014
The founder of the undergraduate composers collective recalls how he found his calling, starting with violin lessons and his first composition at age 11. Shaffer studies classical piano as a member of the Chamber Music Ensemble, performs as a singer-songwriter, sings baritone with a barbershop chorus and serves as music director of ImprovBoston.
- Council enriches art, music and theater on campusMarch 24, 2014
The Brandeis Arts Council recently awarded $95,000 to the three departments within the School of Creative Arts for programs, including intensive studio workshops, a dance/theater piece for undergraduate performers and a residency that will allow undergraduate and graduate composers to write music for professional musicians.
- 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.
- Congresswoman Clark visits Brandeis to learn about science education initiatives, meet with studentsMarch 21, 2014
Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark was at Brandeis to learn more about its science education initiatives, meet with students, faculty and senior administrators, and to tour campus, including the Rose Art Museum.
- Students experience Jewish life in Moldova and UkraineMarch 21, 2014
Students enrolled in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program traveled to Moldova and Ukraine this past February to learn about the current state and challenges of Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union and to deepen their understanding of Moldovan and Ukrainian Jewish history.
- Nielsen Greater China president discusses Chinese consumer and media marketsMarch 19, 2014
Yan Xuan, P’17, president, Greater China, for Nielsen, was at Brandeis to talk about working and doing business in China and to share Nielsen’s insights into the diversity of the Chinese consumer and media markets.
- 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 Global Brigade captures Brandeisian spiritMarch 13, 2014
The Global Brigades builds relationships with villages in Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Ghana and sends students and professionals to work within the communities to implement health, economic and education initiatives.
- Runners, fencers set for NCAA championshipsMarch 12, 2014
Six Brandeis student-athletes will be competing at the NCAA championships in track and field on March 14-15 and in fencing on March 20-23.
- More programs added to Justice Brandeis Semester March 10, 2014
Students welcome the opportunity to do a deep dive into a topic, combining traditional classroom studies with a mix of field work and community-engaged learning.
- Ambassador Power highlights Mangok Bol’s plight in UN speech March 7, 2014
- Brandeis team ready to tackle worldwide challengeMarch 3, 2014
A five-person Brandeis team was among the 200 teams chosen from 10,000 applicants to participate in the Hult Prize regional finals in six locations, including Boston March 7-8. The winner of each region will present their start-up solutions at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York this September.
- Teach-in to focus on South Sudan humanitarian crisisFeb. 27, 2014
The recent outbreak of ethnic strife in South Sudan has spurred another crisis in an already hard hit region. Brandeis is hosting a panel discussion to raise awareness about the humanitarian emergency in South Sudan and the prospects for peace-building and reconciliation.
- Update on crosswalk safetyFeb. 24, 2014
- Long-distance loveFeb. 14, 2014
Cambodian graduate student Soothe Phan asked his wife for a first date on Valentine's Day 2012 - just before learning he received a scholarship to get his degree at the Heller School. This Valentine's, they are expecting their first baby.
- Brandeis team prevails in second annual economic crisis game Feb. 12, 2014
Corruption, human rights violations and dependence on oil exports, a brain drain, and economic crisis are no match for a team of Brandeis International Business School students.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- ’DEIS Impact unites campus to pursue social justiceJan. 28, 2014
The third annual ’DEIS Impact, Brandeis’ festival of social justice, kicks off on Friday, Jan. 31. The festival continues through Feb. 10 and will feature more than 50 events, including a keynote address by Kweku Mandela-Amuah and Ndaba Mandela, grandsons of the late Nelson Mandela, as well as talks, workshops, performances, and exhibitions organized by students, faculty, clubs and academic departments.
- 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.
- 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.
- Magazine promotes wanderlustDec. 20, 2013
'We hope the magazine transports readers to other places, as well as inspires them to travel themselves and see what the world has to offer them,' says Isaac Steinberg '15, editor in chief of student-run magazine Wander. He recently completed the fifth edition of the magazine.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sit down, please!Nov. 8, 2013
Sarah Bierman's site-specific art merges with nature and lets the community take a load off. She currently has three installations on campus, all sitting furniture with trees growing out of them.
- 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.
- Hiatt hosts fifth annual Biotech, Health and Science Forum Nov. 5, 2013
This year’s Biotech, Health and Science Forum expects to draw more than 250 students, with more than 150 alumni participating online through a live video stream. This annual event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center.
- 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.
- Four questions for a young artistOct. 24, 2013
Paul Belenky ’14 is a biology and studio art major from Newton, Mass. When he’s not in the studio or the lab, he pursues outdoor adventure in Canada and Alaska.
- 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.
- No better time for the Now ProjectOct. 21, 2013
The Now Project is a student-organized conference and series of programs that aim to foster connections among Jews both on and off campus. Students, staff, alumni and community leaders are invited to the kick-off event, a conference that will take place on campus Sunday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
- 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.
- Queer students look back at studying abroadOct. 11, 2013
- 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.
- Lisa Boes named new Dean of Academic ServicesOct. 11, 2013
Lisa Boes, the Allston Burr Resident Dean for Pforzheimer House at Harvard University, has been named Brandeis University’s new Dean of Academic Services.
- Hundreds come out for inaugural Year in Service and Volunteer FairOct. 10, 2013
- 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.
- Building Bridges the Brandeis wayOct. 4, 2013
A new student initiative to strengthen ties between black and Jewish undergraduates is about to take off — to Israel. Brandeis Bridges will send five black and five Jewish students to Israel to learn about coexistence firsthand in early January.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Upperclassman offers words of wisdom to freshmenAug. 29, 2013
After arriving on campus and moving into their dorms Sunday, the Class of 2017 gathered in the Spingold Theater Monday evening for a new student orientation program called, 'This is Our House!' Dean of Students Jamele Adams led the event in which upperclassmen, including Osaze Akerejah '14, offered some advice in the form of a poetry slam.
- Pulitzer Prize-winning author addresses new studentsAug. 29, 2013
The Class of 2017 got their first real taste of academic life at the Helen and Phillip Brecher New Student Forum, where, like true Brandeisians, they posed challenging and thought-provoking questions to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edward P. Jones.
- 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.
- Discussion to mark 50th anniversary of March on WashingtonAug. 26, 2013
- A new beginning at The Rose Art Museum Aug. 26, 2013
The Rose Art Museum will reopen Sept. 17 with five new exhibitions that explore a range of topics, including American celebrity, the profound cultural and social shifts of the 60s and 70s, and the psychology of contemporary drone warfare.
- 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.
- Students catch computer science bug with 3D gamesAug. 2, 2013
Encounters, a family of immersive, residential programs for teens, brought 400 high school students to campus this summer. One of the newest draws is a 3D Game Design program taught by Tim Hickey, a computer science professor, who hopes it will help create a more diverse generation of computer scientists.
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